How to get traffic to your site using Quora

I have written a number of articles and made some videos on how to get more traffic to our web sites. A site which may be new to you is Quora. I have been using this site for some time now and have been pleasantly surprised by the good results. 

If you haven’t used it before it is a question and answer site, where people ask all sorts of questions and other members answer the questions. It is not just for the Internet, but for other business-related matters as well as personal matters.

Here are the steps I suggest.

1 Set up your account-it is free to join.

2 Set up your profile– as with other sites it is best to include a photo to make it more personal.

Add your interests so that other members can see what you do.

Also add a link to your web site or blog.

3 Add what you know about.

This is how Quora know what questions you may answer.

For example, you may be interested in Search Engine Optimization and Video Marketing.

4 Follow other members

If you have a particular interest, e.g., SEO and you know somebody in that sector then follow them. It will be worth looking at their profile to monitor their activity.

5 Take a good look around the site.

Before starting your activity, it is well worth looking at the sort of questions being posted as well as the answers.

6 Start to answer questions

This is how you will attract traffic to your site so it is worth spending time on this activity. To get noticed you need to answer questions that attract a lot of interest as well as being topical.

Perhaps you want to answer questions on Instagram, in which case enter that into the search bar at the top and you will see all the questions and answers.

Personally, I look for posts that have a lot of answers so that my answer will also be seen by a lot of members. I concentrate on quality rather than quantity, by which I mean that I write fewer articles comprehensively rather than answer lots of questions for the sake of it.

7 What to include in your article

I try to answer the question as fully as possible, rather than writing just a few words. My main aim is to inform NOT TO SELL. The only time I promote is if somebody has asked a particular question and I have written an article or made a video.

For example if somebody asks the question :

“How do I post my YouTube video to social media sites?”

I would answer that this can be done within YouTube without using software.

As I have written an article and made a video I would add :

“If you would like to see how this is done please visit …… where I include my link.”

Conclusion

I am finding that using Quora has been beneficial and has the following benefits :

1 More traffic to my site-in order for this to be successful, consistency is the key.

You don’t have to answer lots of questions, but be consistent and answer a few each week.

2 Learning a lot- just by reading other people’s answers I have extended my knowledge, which I can use in my business.

3 Ideas for posts-as people are asking topical questions,it has given me lots of ideas about my future posts.

If you have any questions or comments please contact me.

Link to Quora

 

 

 

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How to get more views on YouTube by leaving comments

You have taken the trouble to load your video onto YouTube and obviously you want to attract viewers.  

There are a number of ways of doing this as you will see from my other articles and videos. This article and video are about posting comments on other videos.

The first question you may ask is :

“Why leave comments on other videos ?”

The answer is that if you leave a meaningful comment, other viewers may see it and if it is a good answer they may visit your channel and videos.

Here are the steps that I take :

1 Find other videos in your niche.

For example, if you are interested in dog training just type “dog training” into the YouTube search bar.

At the moment that will result in over 8 million results, which you want to reduce.

2 Use the filter

A lot of videos may have been there a long time,so I use the filter and select those loaded this year. This reduces it slightly, but we still have over 7 million results.

There are other filters that you can use, and I like the relevance filter.

3 Open a spreadsheet

I then open a spreadsheet. You can use Excel if you have Microsoft Office but if you haven’t bought that you can use Google docs which is free and very similar to Excel.

4 Select some videos

I then look through the videos and see which ones interest me from the thumbnail and the title.

When I watch the video I look at the number of views,comments and the dates of the comments.

What I am looking for are videos that have had recent comments

5 Enter the details on the spreadsheet

On the spreadsheet I record the YouTube URL, the number of views and the number of comments. I normally track 20-30 videos.

6 Start to comment

This is the important part, so it is worth taking some time to do it properly.

I normally watch the video and take some notes after which I make a comment.

The comment should not be spammy and should not be trying to sell anything.

“Great video,keep up the good work” is unlikely to entice anybody to watch your video.

If you want an idea of what to comment, look at some of the other comments and see what would make you click through to the commenter’s video.

I try to make the comment relevant by picking out something in the video. This shows that I have watched the video.

I also try to make it personal,so if the name of the person is included I use that name in the comment.

7 Comment consistently

This is quite time consuming, so I try not to do too much. You may start with 2 comments a day. If you do that, try and be consistent and do it every day. It is often quoted that if you do the same thing every day, it becomes a habit.

Conclusion

This is well worth doing, but it can be time consuming. If you cannot commit the time, it is better to use one of the other methods of getting more views.

An unexpected bonus, is that you will probably learn things about your niche, which you can use for your own article and video.

How to automatically post your YouTube video to social media sites

Once you have taken the trouble to make a video and load it to YouTube, there are a lot of other sites where you can post it.

There is no need to buy software as YouTube actually helps you to do this.

Within YouTube, it is possible to post to these sites :

LinkedIn

Pinterest

Tumblr

Reddit

Blogger

Google +

Twitter

Facebook

StumbleUpon

These are all high authority sites and are well worth posting to.

Once you have set up an account with each of theses sites, it is very easy to post to them and it literally only takes a few minutes.

Please watch the short video below to see how easy it is to do.

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.

 

How to use YouTube Live to convert prospects into clients

Until YouTube live was available , every video would be made and then uploaded to YouTube, when it would become available almost immediately.  

That has worked very well but then YouTube started to test streaming videos in real time. Initially it was tested with events like a U2 concert, a Barrack Obama speech and the Indian Cricket League.

 

Let’s consider the benefits of YouTube Live :

1 You can share live events with your audience.

For example, if you have a new product release you can let your audience be part of the experience by letting them comment.

This can be very useful as it is effectively market testing your product.

The feedback you get from such sessions can be invaluable in your product launch.

2 Credibility

You can share with your audience the product launch sequence going from concept through various phases until the product is completed.

3 Improved rankings in YouTube

It is true that you can dramatically improve your chances of being on Page 1 of YouTube with live streaming.

I have personal experience and can report that I have been on Page 1 of YouTube inside of 1 day.

It is fair to state that this was not achieved purely by using live streaming. In addition to streaming, I did my research on the tags I needed to use and also wrote a description of over 400 words.

 

In the accompanying video, we show how to stream your video live.

Although it is not particularly difficult, there are a number of products being released which will make life much easier for you.

 

There are now solutions available which will let you schedule your video for streaming in the future. Not only that but you will also be able to stream variations of your video.

The end result is that you could have 10 or more videos streamed to YouTube.

This is a very powerful tool which could see you with a number of videos on page 1 of YouTube.

How to optimize your YouTube video to generate traffic

Once you have made your video, the next step is to make sure that you can generate traffic. This means being found in YouTube searches. 

We need to optimize our video by using Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

In this article, and associated video, we will outline 5 strategies we can adopt to drive targeted traffic to our video.

Although there are billions of web sites and videos by adopting the right strategies we can be found high in the YouTube searches.

Here are the 5 strategies we recommend :

1 Compose an outstanding video title

This is the first thing viewers will see so we need to make it appealing so that viewers click on our video.

It is best to keep the title to less than 10 words and 100 characters.

People do not read more than 9 words in the search, so it is important to keep it short.

Actions and numbers work well, e.g.

“How to Gain Massive Leads in Three Days”

You should also include a benefit and use words like new, secret, best, etc.

“Discover the new way to lose weight in 14 days”

As well as a benefit it is advisable that the video solves a problem, e.g. losing weight, earning money to pay off debts, etc.

Insert keywords. Words like best and secret are found to be used a lot in searches, and have been proven to generate more clicks.

2 Compelling Descriptions

This is frequently overlooked by many people.

It is important because these words are the ones found by search engines.

The first 3 lines are important as these are the ones seen by viewers on YouTube.

Repeat your keyword phrase in the first line.

On your second line include your link to the service or product you are promoting. If your link is www.mysite.com/howtoloseweight you should include the full http, http://mysite.com/howtoloseweight

The reason is that the link is clickable when you include http.

You want to make it easy for people who will be happy to click a link but will be unlikely to copy and paste if you only include www

3 Tags

These are very important and are equivalent to keywords in searches such as google.

You are allowed up to 500 characters, so use as many as possible.

4 Video Thumbnail

You should include text within your thumbnail.

I have made another video showing how you can design your own thumbnail using www.canva.com

5 Call To Action

At the end of the video have a call to action.

This may be to click on your link or subscribe to your channel.

 

Please watch the video below and look out for my next video in this series.

 

 

 

How to start a YouTube Channel for your business

By now, we should all know the benefits of having a presence on YouTube. 

These include:

1 People prefer to watch a video these days, rather than read a lot of text.

When people want to learn about a new product or service, as many as 98% said they preferred to watch a video.

2 Video can increase your sales

It is estimated that adding a product video to your landing page can increase your conversions by 80%.

3 Videos are more appealing to mobile users

We have all seen the growth of mobile usage over the last few years and it is forecast that this growth will continue.

More than half of video viewing is now done on mobile phones.

It is also forecast that watching videos on mobiles will overtake traditional TV viewing.

Quite simply, people find it easy to watch a video while on the go, than scrolling through trying to read lots of text.

4 YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world, so it is well worth having a presence.

YouTube Channel-what is it ?

Now that we have covered the benefits, let’s discuss what a YouTube channel is.

You may have lots of interests with videos on subjects such as golf, photography, dog breeding, etc.

If a golfer is looking on your YouTube account, he/she may not wish to look through your videos on photography and dog breeding.

To overcome this, we would have separate channels for each of our interests.

If you are looking for viewers, it is estimated that YouTube visitors are watching around 6 billion hours of video every month.

You only need a small part of that to have a viable business.

 

In order to customize your YouTube channel, you need the following :

1 Channel icon- this should either be a photo of yourself or your brand.

2 Channel art-personally, I use a site called www.canva.com, which is free and enables you to design your own channel art.

I have made a separate video to show how this is done.

There is a link below.

3 Channel description-this tells your viewers all about your channel.

Conclusion

That is basically how you set up your YouTube channel.

For further details,please refer to the video below.

In addition, I will be adding further videos on YouTube marketing.

Here is the video on how to create your YouTube channel art using FREE sites

 

Below is a link to the next YouTube video in this series :

Watch next YouTube video

 

How to add channel art to YouTube

Here is a short post and video on how to design your YouTube channel art

Once you have a YouTube channel you will need some channel art.

You can pay a designer to do this, or if you are sufficiently skilled ylotsou can design it yourself.

Another alternative is to use a number of free sites to generate some art.

The first is :

www.canva.com

You will need to create a free account, after which it is possible to design you art as covered in the video below.

The sites I use for free images are ;

www.pixabay.com

www.pexels.com

There are some really good images in lots of different sectors.

Please watch the video below.

As usual, if you have any questions or comments, please contact me.