Ok, so I'm getting started on youtube. Well, I actually have some videos up and have attempted a few different methods of marketing with them. I've finally settled in on focusing on 3-5 main videos for specific KWs and SEOing them for both YT and google. However, I want to expand upon that, if possible. Since I'm using vids to build a list so that I can promote my own branded products (i.e. - my face/name is all over them), I can't go totally blackhat with it. But I want to incorporate some blackhat methods in a greyhat way...if it would make sense. Some of the KWs I'll be going after in my niche have a bit of competition. At the same time, there are other videos in the niche that I already know do well. What I'd like to do is find the videos in my niche that do well/are popular and snipe their tags. At the same time, pick out another 5-15 KWs in my niche that get good search traffic. Then, I'd create say 5-10 unique videos for each KW. The goal here ISN'T to rank them in YT or google. (If it were to happen, it's just icing on the cake.) Instead, I want there to be a good chance of one of my videos appearing in the "related videos" areas of youtube when somebody watches other videos that target the same KWs. All the vids go to the same list-building squeeze page, so it's just about trying to drive the most people to that page as I can. Would this be a valid strategy to even go after? (Creating the videos isn't that big of a deal for me - waiting for them to upload is the biggest pain in the ass of all of it.) If so, what is the main factor that causes videos to show up in the "related videos" area? I know if someone watches/comments/likes/etc one of your vids and is signed in, this will be more likely. But just in general, what is the most important factor? Is it total on-page optimization (file name, title, tags, content with LSI KWs, optimizing the captions file, etc), or is it based primarily on just the tags as I've read? I also know that YT will give preference to channels with more "authority". Would it make sense or somehow create extra "authority" to go out and buy a bunch of channel subscribers (I currently have just under 200 naturally with ~40 public videos) in a sort of "fake it till you make it" vein? Sorry if these are dumb questions - I'm still relatively new to youtube and so much of the info on this forum tackles so many different areas of YT that I didn't really find anything along these lines. Thanks for the help.