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How to Increase Your Views on YouTube

How to Increase Your Views on YouTube

Video has established itself as one of the most popular source of media online. With the introduction of YouTube in 2006, many have taken to the video hosting website to publish their content in the hope of gaining exposure and establish a following. YouTube offers an enormous platform to its user base, which over the years has made many videos world renowned. YouTube has created careers for many content producers as well, and increasingly plays a huge part for start-ups looking to gain exposure.

Whether you want to produce videos to entertain, educate or promote, there are certain steps that are recommended to be followed in order to gain the most out of your YouTube videos.

How to increase your view count on your YouTube videos

Step 1 – Creating Content

The first rule when creating content for your YouTube videos is to know your target demographic. Is it aimed at the general audience? Or is it aimed at football fanatics? Establishing this will help you down the line when you go on to promote your videos. Do not try to create something out of your expertise merely because “there is a larger audience for it”.

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The most important thing is to have fun: your passion will be reflected through your content. Always remember to take your time and put in a 100% effort in your work. Strive to give your viewers a compelling reason to watch your content.

Secondly, always be prepared for harsh criticism. The online viewer base have nothing to lose so they WILL be harsh. Use the feedback wisely and learn to ignore the trolls. Most of the time, the feedback you gain from your audience is golden because it will be the honest truth; it will not be sugar coated in the way your parents will give their feedback.

Once you have your content ready, the next step is the uploading process.

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Step 2 – Uploading

When it comes to uploading your video, there are minor details that are often overlooked such as the file size, resolution etc. The first thing to double check is to ensure that your video is well edited; lazy editing can—and will—cause backlash from your viewer base because it shows a lack of effort. You should always strive to set the best standards; simple things such as colour correction can take you far.

If you want to leave messages such as “subscribe” or “follow” on your YouTube videos, ensure that you attach them clearly to the credit sequence. Avoid using annotations on YouTube as most users toggle annotations off at the beginning of a video. What’s more is that annotations are not supported on mobile devices.

Take care when choosing the title of your video: this is probably one of the biggest factors that will draw viewers in. Think about how people would stumble upon your video if they were to manually search for it. Thumbnails are also an extremely important factor, as a well presented thumbnail will catch the attention of your viewer base and tempt them to check out the video. Remember to keep the thumbnail relevant to your content—an irrelevant thumbnail will just draw criticism.

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Finally, when writing up tags for your videos, make sure the tags are in quotations; this will make your tags into topics and it will help make your video more relevant when certain tags are used in search engines.

Step 3 – Networking

For new YouTubers, this step is probably the most important part of increasing your view count. A simple marketing strategy will help you gain more exposure; connecting your YouTube account to your social profiles such as Facebook and Twitter will help you share the video far more easily. Reach out to similar YouTubers with a similar subscriber base in order to cross-promote or collaborate. Look for blogs or forums that cover the same content as your videos and try to get it published.

Communicate with any of your viewers if they reach out to you. Encouraging communication and making it easy for them to reach out to you will help to build up small relationships and a loyal viewer base.

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Reach out to relevant social network profiles on Twitter and Facebook to help promote your videos. Again, you can use your social network with others to help cross promote your content. Communication is key in this step.

Consistency

Consistency is important, since potential new viewers will judge on whether to stick around or not by the quality of your videos. Be consistent in quality, and put 100% effort into each video. If you start slacking, it will be reflected through your videos and your audience will catch you out.

I hope these tips and tricks will help you gain some extra exposure on your YouTube videos. I have been following these guidelines and it has allowed me to have my own videos gain views in the high thousands.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

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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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