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.

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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 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.

How to add a logo onto an Instagram post

When I post on Instagram, with all my accounts I post a logo. 
As it is possible for members to re-post other peoples’ articles at least the post has my logo on.

From my Instagram viewers, I have had a lot of questions as to how I manage to post my logo on a photo.

Fortunately,it is very easy.

Firstly there is a logo.
If you already have one,that’s fine, but if not you can either design it yourself (if you have the skills), or you can have one designed on http://www.fiverr.com

Secondly you need a photo, and fortunately there are a number of sites where you can find high quality photos.
The main sites I use are :
http://www.pixabay.com
http://www.pexels.com
http://www.unsplash.com

Thirdly you need to put the logo onto the photo.

In order to do this I use http://www.canva.com

I have made a short video showing how to do this.

If you have any questions,please let me know.

YouTube description- 7 tips to help you optimize your video

When posting a video to YouTube,the description is so important.  

After all,YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world, so to be found in the search engines, we need to include a meaningful description.

Here are the things I suggest :

1 Firstly decide on your keywords.

This is a whole subject in itself, but let’s assume you have decided on

“How to make money online”

2 Include it in your title

However, it is better to make it more appealing, for example:

“How to make money online-learn the secrets never revealed before”

Or

“How to make money online-7 simple steps for you to follow”

3 I repeat the title as my first line of the description.

4 Include your URL in the second line including http.

For example, mine is

https://johnhayesonline.wordpress.com

The reason you want to do it this way is that the format above is a clickable link.

You do not want your viewers to have to copy and paste the URL, because most of them will not do it.

5 Write your description

Ideally this should be between 200 and 500 words.

The important thing is that you should write the description for the viewer NOT for the search engines.

When writing, keep the sentences short.

Use paragraphs with only 2-3 sentences per paragraph.

Your viewers will not read a full page of text with no breaks.

Use bullet points-these make the reading more interesting.

Try to include your keyword phrase 3-4 times in the description, but do not overdo it as it may appear unnatural to the search engines.

6 Include your other social media links

If you are on sites like Facebook, Twitter , LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ or any other of the major sites, you can show the viewer that you are active on other sites.

7 Include an external link

There are various thoughts on this, but it is something I normally do.

I normally include a link at the bottom of my description.

I go to google and type in the keyword phrase or something similar.

When I see the results I normally include a Wikipedia URL as this is a higher authority site.

I hope you find this useful, and if you have any suggestions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

John Hayes