Hey Guys... My first post here... great forum... hope this technique helps a few... You Tube Free Web Traffic Strategies While having a well ranked video on YouTube is certainly not the equivalent of having a top ranking page for your best keyword in Google, it is comparatively easier to accomplish, and may yield productive results much quicker. YouTube has become an important part of online web marketing these days. Many online marketers haven?t even scratched the surface as it relates to capturing exposure and capitalizing on the marketing power of YouTube. One of the keys to understanding and using YouTube effectively is to understand the search parameters that are available for sorting and organizing YouTube searches. These can be found by selecting ?Advance Search? in the search bar. The search parameters are important because the search results are presented in a manner that can be extremely helpful to any online marketer. By default, the search parameters are typically sorted by ?Relevance?, however there are several different ways that you can sort search results. Here?s just a few: Relevance: Returns your search results sorted by relevance to your search term. This is helpful whenever you want to make general searches for topics specifically of interest to you. This is also helpful for developing long tail key words associated with a specific topic. As many marketers know, long tail keywords present unique opportunities for finding new clients. Statistics & Data: This feature allows you to see statistics & data about your search term. This sort feature can be especially useful when sorting YouTube search results. These groupings tend to attract people that are quite passionate about specific subject matter. If your marketing efforts are targeted at specific target markets. This is a great way to identify people that are interested in your market. URL?s are also noted. This is also a great way to find herds of people that are interested in your market. Most marketers try to find web traffic opportunities and ?lure? the traffic to their web portals. Using ?statistical? search parameters on YouTube, you can find the market and go stand ?smack dab?, right in the middle of it. Find groups that are of interest you and engage them in conversation. Date Added: This feature allows you to find playlists or videos organized by the date they were added. This sort function is great for finding ?clusters? of current videos on common topics. This can be a very good source of finding videos for re-branding, particularly if you need current and relevant content. View Count: This sort allows you to sort videos base on videos that have been viewed the most. This is another hidden jewel within the YouTube search options. When sorting your search by ?view count?, you?ll be conveniently provided with information that tells you which videos were viewed the most. In some cases, tracing the source of the video back to it?s original home can provide you with great ideas for advertising and promotion. This is also a great way to use video branding. Here?s how it works. Search on your topic, find a very popular video and see if you can trace it back to the original site. It the video is ?really? popular, there?s a good chance that others have done exactly what you just did. Contact the web site or blog owner and negotiate the placement of one of your advertising banners on their web site or blog. Find the traffic and stand in front of it! Rating: Sort by ?stars? ratings. This is a good sort parameter as well. Though not as useful as some of the other sort methods, it does give you an idea of how popular a particular video has been. Use this as a factor, when considering popularity that could possibly lead to larger gatherings of like minds. Refine by Category: This is pretty self-explanatory, you can search by what topic of video you are looking for. This is a great ?drill down? tool to get to videos that are quite targeted to a specific term or theme. Depending upon your goals, refining a category for specific criteria can also be useful. Though most people think of YouTube as a directory of videos, it may be a good idea to look a little deeper. YouTube can also be used as a great tool for accomplishing a variety of online marketing tasks. Probably one of the most over looked uses of YouTube is the ?Search? function. This is a great place to find gatherings of similar interest. Use YouTube to find specific targeted demographics and stand in front of the traffic you need.