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Want to be a YouTuber (be in my own videos). What strategies will make a YouTuber popular?

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by tylerwolcox, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. tylerwolcox

    tylerwolcox Newbie

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    I have picked out a niche and a concept for my own YouTube channel. I'll make my own videos with me "starring" in them. There is so much competition out there that, even if you make good videos, they may not even be viewed by many people. They may go viral, but it can take months and even years for them to do so.

    What strategies can be used to make a legit YouTuber (someone who has there own YouTube channel and makes and stars in their own videos) and their channel(s) popular asap without risking getting banned?
     
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    I'll have to take the conventional approach and say that the best way to be seen is make great content. If you feel a video isn't at the peak of your ability/confidence, don't upload it just for the sake of putting a video up. Take the time to make great content that people will want to watch.

    Of course, this is not the answer to getting views. General YouTube SEO can help, but often it is not enough. If you want to get known, get views, etc then advertise like there is no tomorrow. You have to put yourself out there. Even someone who doesn't like your video still gave you a view and now knows you exist. You just have to advertise as much as you possibly can. Sometimes people get lucky and YouTube does all the work for them, but do not count on this.

    Overall, if your content is good, you have original ideas, and you're promoting yourself, that is the best way to get yourself known. You will never know until you try. Take some serious action!
     
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    You're right. The competition is extremely high, and it would be very hard to even get noticed. What you can do is get high retention views and try to rank for highly searched keywords, or even try the "one hit wonder" effect, by getting one of your videos extremely viral by purchasing tons of views. Two things that I thought of right away.
     
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    If i'm you i will start by studying the competition especially the content
    you will learn some valuable strategies on how to engage viewers to help you promote your content

    you can over do them by offering some kind of giveaway where people participate by commenting and liking your vids
     
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    I can tell you from my experience that consistency is the key.
    For the first few weeks I was uploading videos daily or at least every 2nd day, however, as the days went by I started to lose focus and my subscribers count stopped growing.

    Just do the basic stuff - upload, share on all the social sites you are registered with and tell your friends to like/share it.
     
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    Make sure u upload regularly and keep your viewers entertained!

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    Try to be funny, youtube is all about the entertaining, I've seen couple of brand new pranksters getting millions of views nowadays. So go for it.
     
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    Can you guys recommend me a cheap camcorder?
     
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    To be asians
     
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    What you want to do is get inide the head of who you are marketing to. Your content has to match up with their psychological triggers that will help them not only subconciously accept your videos as appeasing but also tie emotional triggers directly to your videos causing queue actions or cravings for your content. Ideally you want to make your content explosively funny for a funny audience, but unique enough so that they keep coming back to you for more. Ironically those that upload to YouTube do not have this mindset and often fail. Couple this with marketing strategies like viral marketing concepts shared on here about YouTube and money and you are set for expansion.

    It will take money to get popular, but once there the money will start rolling in.
     
  12. tylerwolcox

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    What do you recommend doing/using in order to get ranked for highly searched keywords without getting banned/blacklisted?


    How would you recommend figuring out the mindset of the people you're trying to market to?
     
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    Getting popular - You might want to buy ads.
    Getting ranked - Follow the ranking factors that have been listed here in this section for 2013 :)
     
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    1. Make QUALITY Videos
    2. Do proper SEO (title, description, tags, backlinks - if you want to rank on google too)
    3. Add a shitload of quality views
    4. Subscribers are very important for ranking purposes so pump as many as you can.
    5. Post your videos on facebook, twitter and wherever you have accounts and ask your friends to share it.
    6. Find big facebook pages on your niche and pay them to post your videos each time you make one (if the videos are very very good this can make them go viral)
    7. Rinse and repeat
     
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    You need to research them and look for online and offline feedback for your target niche. I look on other people's sites, forums, channels that either belong to my competition or sites dedicated to the niche. This is the only way you will actually paint a mental picture of their triggers, behavior, and reactions. Once you fully understand them you can literally just produce content they will like and share (and if need be defend). It just doesn't happen overnight unless you have tons of money.
     
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    I have about 100k subscribers (about 30k are fake though) and star in my own videos. You mentioned getting a viral video can take months or even years. I hope your first video doesn't go viral, this is what happened to me. My first video went "viral" and got over a million views but because I didn't have any other videos uploaded, only about 200 people subscribed to my channel. People aren't going to subscribe to a channel that only has one or a couple videos.

    You're starting YouTube at a very difficult time. There is a lot of competition like you said. If you would have started in 2005 like Smosh or 2006 like NigaHiga you'd probably have an easier time getting noticed. Both Smosh and NigaHiga have attributed much of their success to this. I've heard Smosh say if they hadn't started when they did, they'd probably not be known at all. Ryan has also attributed being Front Paged on YouTube early on to helping kick start his success.

    Even though it is more difficult now, there will always be "new comers" who breakthrough and have a ton of success. Look at PewDiePie; he went from 60k subs to 2.9 million subs in the course of 12 months. JennaMarbles went from 45k subs to 4.9 million subs in 24 months. Once you have a good collection of quality videos, all you need is one of them to hit big and then all the rest of your videos will gain more views and they'll turn into real subscribers.

    Just stick with it (give yourself at least 2 years to become successful) and concentrate on making the best content you can. By best content I don't necessarily mean high video or audio quality. Make sure the content is consistent from video to video. Don't upload a "video game" video one week, then a "sketch comedy" the next week. Pick a theme/niche and stick with it so people can know what to expect every time they click into one of your videos. Pick any one top YouTuber and watch 5 of their videos. Each video will pretty much follow the exact same format. Each video will be unique and have it's own topic but you'll see a lot of consistency between all videos.

    Unfortunately, I do believe it is a "necessary evil" to take some short cuts when first starting out. Otherwise you'll be chasing your tail years on end. Having a large number of subscribers (fake or real) does help you get more subscribers. I notice that when I look at person's channel and see only 100 subs, I'm guilty of thinking "oh this channel must not be very good, it only has 100 subs". If it had 10k subs I'd probably give it more of a chance. I know it sucks that I think this way but I bet most people do, whether they know it or not. Free sites like AddMeFast (http://addmefast.com/) and YouLikeHits (http://youlikehits.com/) can help you with this.

    The same goes for views. If a person clicks into a video with a lot of views, they will be more inclined to assume it is good and stick around a little longer. Vagex (site down?), SYV (http://www.shareyoutubevideos.com/share-youtube-videos-software/), EnhanceViews (http://www.enhanceviews.com/) and U2Bview (http://www.u2bviews.com) are a few free options that can help you with this. There are also numerous view suppliers around (search this forum for sellers "Skittles", "BigBuddy", "PinguSpy" & "Ruoall"). Try to find longer views (high retention views) though. Short views can harm your ranking.

    That leads me to SEO. Research as much as you can around here about showing up high in search results. Pay attention to trending topics and do videos about them (as long as you can make good quality content about that topic, don't just do it just because it's popular). One of the keys to success is getting good search engine placement inside of YouTube. If some of your videos can get lucky and show up on the 1st page of results for popular searches, you'll start earning lots of quality views and subscribers (assuming your content is awesome of course). This is known as Tent Pole event programming. It is talked about in detail in the YouTube Creators Playbook, which by the way, if you haven not read it, you're not taking your YouTube career seriously. It is a must read. Believe it or not, YouTube actually wants you to be successful because the more money you make, the more money they make (they take a 45% cut off the top). You can read it here: http://www.youtube.com/yt/playbook/index.html

    Study that Playbook. If you don't, you might not have the work ethic it takes to be successful on YouTube.

    Also, follow these channels on YouTube. They are an amazing source of YouTube tips and advice on how to be successful with your channel:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/reelseo
    http://www.youtube.com/user/VideoCreatorsTV
    http://www.youtube.com/user/vidiseo
     
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    Prank videos are basically insta-fame now if you get lucky. Go out with your friends and do embarrassing stuff and you'll get noticed in no time. Remember you'll need a GOOD mic and a HD camera.
     
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    I'm interested in hearing how all of this information may have evolved now.
     
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    If you don't wanna get banned you can simply stay a way from too blackhatty techniques.

    But buying some views etc. shouldn't be a problem! All of the big ones out there do it.

    And of course you gotta make sure you rank your videos very high. Get a trending topic, choose a not too competitive keyword for it and try to rank it. If you do you get subs on autopilot.


     
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