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More tips on how to get more views
I haven’t been making videos for my blog posts lately, like I was in the past – simply because of time. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do! But someone else has started doing them and has been sharing some great tips. Tbone Pearson just started a web series about ways to get more views on YouTube. While he hasn’t said anything that groundbreaking yet, what brings his videos to my attention is the way he presents them and how open he is to audience participation. He has a very personable attitude and sunny disposition… and because personality is such an important factor with YouTube videos, he stands out from the crowd of boring presenters (or even worse, screen capture videos with no one seen in them).
What’s also great about his web series is that his video library is quite organized and he focused on one tip per episode. Here’s a recap of the things he talked about in his videos:
1. Be on Twitter. Set up a twitter account and update your status with links to your newly uploaded videos. Use it to follow people who share your interests, and who are most likely to follow you back. Tbone also emphasizes that YouTubers should develop a kind of “follow for follow” relationship with their audience and not just expect that everyone wants to follow you without you returning the favor and showing interest in what they have to say too. For me, unless they are a YouTube content creator or live in the same city as me, I don’t typically follow back… until they tweet at me or retweet something I’ve written. Then I follow them back (hint, hint).
2. Be on Facebook. Update your Facebook status and paste a link in it that redirects to your newly uploaded videos on YouTube upon clicking. This could be a great way to share your videos with your friends, who may be more likely to watch your videos than your Twitter followers. Encourage people to comment on your videos and join in the discussions too. Tbone also strongly suggests for YouTubers to create a Facebook fanpage too which should have the same name of your YouTube channel.
3. Use video responses. Search for a popular video on YouTube that’s related to the theme or content of your video, and post your video as a response to it. This will help you get the attention of other YouTubers with whom you might develop a good friendship with (which could open doors for collaboration), and their fans too, who may find interest in seeing your videos. Also, edit your YouTube channel settings to automatically approve video responses to yours to help encourage people to leave more video responses and not continue looking around for a different video to post theirs as a response to.
4. Use your YouTube bulletin. This is perhaps one of the elements of YouTube that’s often being overlooked by YouTubers. Tbone says that YouTubers should update their channel’s YouTube bulletin (it’s located at the top of your channel/homepage) with a status message, and attach their videos’ link to it every time they upload a new one, just like what’s being done on Facebook. That way, updates will be seen by people who are subscribed to them, or even those who just happen to pass by their channel.
What do you think of these tips?