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6 Tips to Enhance your Next YouTube Video Experience

6 Tips to Enhance your Next YouTube Video Experience

YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine after Google. According to a survey report, YouTube produces almost 94 billion page views every month. It’s a primary source of traffic for a lot of blogs, websites, and YouTube is uploading 36 plus hours of video every minute.

What you need to understand, however, is the fact that it’s not enough to just upload the video until you’re a famous company or brand or either a celebrity.

People make videos such as entertainment videos, beauty tips, tutorials, etc. to upload on YouTube but these videos should be of great quality and must contain unique content to get the maximum number of clicks.

Here, in this article, I’ll let you know five advanced SEO tactics to enhance your next YouTube video experience. I’ve tested these 6 tips myself so; that’s a proven success.

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1. Use Keywords in the Video’s Title

First of all, you need to start from the video title. It’s the video name which one can use to recognise your video. It represents what’s your video is all about, so always choose it carefully. The title must be user-friendly to the YouTube algorithm for search engine optimisation and the viewer as well.

If, let’s say your video contains the tech tutorials and people will search them, then you can use the auto-complete feature of the search engine (Google).

On the other hand, if you think people will search your video content including music videos or live video tutorials on YouTube then you can use the auto-complete feature of YouTube.

2. Adding Annotations to Your YouTube Videos

When it comes to the YouTube annotations, it’s a particular way to add interactive comments to your video.

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These annotations help to push visitors to take action on your content such as;

  • Signing up to your channel
  • A link to watch more videos
  • To add a remark
  • Liking your Facebook Page or Twitter account

3. Video Description

Now comes the description of the video. You have to write short video description of about 2 to 3 lines. Always remember that these starting lines matter a lot to get natural YouTube views.

It might be the theme of your video that what’s your video is all about. Another good way is to add google’s auto-complete keyword phrases as the description of your video.

If the viewer types the same keyword written in the first two lines of the description, then the video will rank higher in the Google search engine.

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4. Rename Your Video File Before Uploading

It is another important thing that you need to remember while uploading your video. When you create, edit your video and name it as mov002.avi or random_hbd.mp4. Don’t forget to rename it by your keywords such as  your_keyword.mp4.

When you name your video this way, you’re telling the search engine what’s actually inside your video.

As a matter of fact, Google doesn’t look the video content from inside, but the keyword used in the file will let the search engine know what the video contains. Using the keywords as your video file name helps in ranking the video higher in Google.

5. Use Closed caption YouTube feature

It’s another fantastic feature that allows viewers to see your text over the video. It helps them to understand your video narration, which can be translated into some languages as well.

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It’s a transcript of the video that contains text related to the content inside it; your voice in the video will automatically convert into transcript with the help of YouTube’s new algorithm.

Moreover, you can also have the option of writing closed caption, if your video doesn’t contain voice.

6. Tagging & Keyword Research

Now come the ‘Tags’ that are another important feature to get the highest ranking in the search engine. Here’s how to tag a video;

  • You need to list down the important keywords first to put some weight in algorithms.
  • List down general matching keywords and there you go!

Above are some simple and great ways to actually increase the visibility of your YouTube videos and this can get you an opportunity to actually impress your subscribers.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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