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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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11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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