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10 Ways To Create A Popular YouTube Channel

10 Ways To Create A Popular YouTube Channel

Considering the fact that YouTube has a billion unique viewers every month, creating a channel for yourself or your business is a great tool for marketing. However, if you don’t have viewers or haven’t increased followers in a while, it’s time to rethink your strategies. Here are 10 tactics to create a popular YouTube channel.

1. Design your brand

Decide what the overall theme of your videos should be and how you want your channel to be known. Because of the massive influx of YouTube videos uploaded everyday, your videos should have a distinct quality to make them stand out from the rest. Be known as someone who makes amazing, edgy stop-motion videos rather than the common cute versions.

The name of your channel should incorporate what kind of videos viewers can expect from you. Having a logo that attracts and keeps people’s attention is also a bonus.

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2. Offer something professional

YouTube is not only a place for home videos you and your friends decided to upload for fun; it’s also for professional use. Make people actually learn from your knowledge. If you have a degree in Chemistry and think people automatically shut their minds off upon mention of the subject, why not hold lectures online? Be sure to make it interesting and less intimidating by using less jargon and more specific, relatable examples.

3. Consider reviews

Reviews perform much better when they are done in video format as opposed to text. It is easier to understand something when it is presented visually because it means you don’t have to use your imagination. Reviews are descriptive in nature and YouTube is one good venue for sharing your thoughts on products, movies, ideas, and establishments.

4. Do covers or live performances

You might think, “Hey, everybody on YouTube does that!” but most people who got discovered on YouTube had something unique in them that grabbed a record label’s attention. If you’re going to offer the same old acoustic covers, then people might not notice you. However, if you can think of something creative and unique, it is possible to make even acoustic covers seem fresh.

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Why not put on a masked face and let viewers focus on your music? You could be known as the mysterious, masked guitarist from YouTube that everyone’s excited to see.

5. Work on the tags

Tags let your videos be categorized and appear on YouTube searches easily. Make sure that they are relevant to your video‒don’t just use popular tags such as famous artists’ names who are trending on YouTube. If your video is about making cupcakes from scratch, put the specific tag first follow by the generic ones.

For example, “How to make cupcakes from scratch” should be the prioritized tag. “Making cupcakes from scratch,” “Cupcakes,” “Party,” “Dessert,” and other related tags should follow.

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6. Complete the description

Do not forget to complete the information on the description box. This is where you can freely state anything about the video. It will make viewers know more about the video before and after playing it. Giving complete information is not only professional, but it also lets viewers know that you are serious about what you are doing.

7. Videos should neither be too short nor too long

Do you think a 15-second video can teach viewers how to put on Halloween makeup? Will 30 minutes just for a reaction video get them to stay? No. Most people on the web have short attention span and if you give them something too long, it might be boring.

Something too short will make viewers look for more, and that’s not a good thing. They will look for other channels that offer them what they need, which you failed to give them.

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8. Produce quality videos

The video’s content may be thought-provoking or extremely creative, but if the production value is low, nobody will continue playing it after the first few seconds. Invest in a video camera to capture videos in HD. If your channel mainly uses graphics, use a video editing program recommended by professionals.

It takes a lot of effort to make your videos look good, but if you are going create moving pictures, you might as well do it in a visually-appealing way.

9. Promote through other social media

Actively engage in social media to promote your YouTube channel. Facebook and Twitter are primary social networks you can use to let people in your circle know about your videos. This will not only target your family and friends but also people in your friends’ circles. Let them promote you too.

Use hashtags to let users who might be interested in the kind of videos you produce easily find you.

10. Embed it into your website

Do you have a website or blog that already has a following? Embed your YouTube videos on your website or post a link directing to your channel somewhere on your blog. Loyal followers share everything their favorite blogger posts, so it’s best to let them have something to promote.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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