YouTube is more than just a video site. Its purpose goes beyond entertaining you with funny videos of cute, little kittens or babies. It’s also not just a one-stop shop for video tutorials that can teach you how to do basically anything, like how to create a blog post.
For a lot of bloggers, it’s an awesome way to increase blog traffic.
YouTube is very popular. In fact, it gets more than 800 million unique visitors per month. Imagine being able to get even a tiny fraction of that. Even if you manage to get 1% of that to view your videos, that means 8,000,000 views for you!
Most people also consider it as a search engine. Today, people who want to learn how to do something, which is basically why people search online, go to YouTube because videos provide answers better.
This is why it’s time you start creating and posting those YouTube videos. And if you know how to do it right, you will see an improvement in your blog traffic.
Here are some tips on how to get more people to watch your YouTube videos and increase blog traffic.
Compose Titles that Stick
The video title is the first thing people see when browsing the search results. You only get one shot in getting people to click your video, so make sure to maximize that opportunity. A well-crafted title is going to do that.
An effective video title has the following qualities: succinctly explains what the video is about, builds interest, and is keyword-optimized.
Visitors search YouTube for specific information. But since there are tons of videos on different topics, it will be challenging for them to find what they need. That’s why they look at titles. They’ll see which one is close to addressing their concerns.
An inexperienced person who wants to know how to setup a Word Press blog is more likely to click a video that has “How to Set up a Word Press Blog for Newbies in 5 Minutes” as its title.
That briefly explains what the content is. It also creates interest because it says it can help new bloggers get their site up and running in just 5 minutes. Who doesn’t want to have a blog set up in quickly?
Use Keywords in the Right Places
Keywords are very important because they can get your videos on the top of YouTube’s search results (and also in Google’s).
Videos that show up at the top of the search results have the most chances of getting watched simply because visitors don’t prefer scrolling down the pages. And to get to the top, your videos need to be keyword-optimized.
Place keywords at the title, video description, and the tags. If the video contains texts, then it’s all right to sprinkle some. Just don’t stuff it with keywords.
Compose a Compelling Video Description
This section can get your video ranked high in search results and attract more visitors. A lot of people overlook this part. Or if they do write something in the video description, they don’t give it much thought, so they end up not getting many views.
You don’t have to write a long description. Just briefly discuss what the video is all about (2-3 paragraphs should do it) and don’t forget to include your keywords. This should help rank the video better.
Strategically Place Your Links
It’s critical that you include your link. That is, after all, the whole point of creating YouTube videos. You want your viewers to visit on your blog. That’s not going to happen if you don’t make your URL prominent.
Does that mean the video has to display the links from start to finish? No.
Putting links can be tricky because most people are wary of videos that advertise websites. They don’t trust videos that advertise links. They won’t trust that you’re genuinely giving them something useful. Putting links can lessen the impact and credibility of your video so make sure to do it right.
Mention the URL at the end of the video, after providing enough information. You can say something like “for more information on how you can (setup a blog or get more traffic) go to this link” or offer them free stuff, like a guide, which they can download in your blog.
You can also create clickable links in the video and use the Video Annotation option. Put a link in the video description as well.
YouTube videos go viral when shared in various social networking sites so make sure that your videos are “shareable.”
YouTube videos have embed codes, which allows anyone to post your videos in any site. But this is not enough to get more views. You have to promote your videos.
Post the video’s URL in your Facebook account. Tweet it to your followers. Email it to your subscribers. You can also blog about it (make sure to write an entertaining post telling your readers why watching the video is worth their time).
Social bookmarking sites are also great places to share your YouTube videos. Digg, Reddit, and Stumbleupon are some of the best sites to submit your video URL to.
Comment on Other Videos
Commenting on other videos can increase the chances of getting viewed because your video can appear at the bottom of the video you’ve just commented to. And if you’ve done a great job in writing a catchy title and video description, people who watch the same video (and comment on it) will see yours.
Leaving sensible comments on various videos is also a great way to interact with other YouTube users. Once you’ve established a relationship with others, they can click on your username and see the different videos you’ve posted.
You will get significant traffic for your blog by using YouTube. It’s highly effective and does not cost anything. It will enhance the results you’re already getting from traditional link building methods that you could already be using.
As long as you do it right—creating videos that have useful content—then you’re sure to significantly increase blog traffic.
How Most People Think Blogging Is and How it REALLY Is
I love my gig. Right now, I blog from beautiful NYC. Quick 9 day trip to Manhattan. Can you imagine how fun and freeing this life is? Circling the globe, seeing places like Fiji, Bali and Thailand, experiencing these spots for years at a time? Amazing journey indeed. I feel appreciative of this fun, freeing life. I also know how most people think my life goes; write a few words, tap a publish button, make money, soar off to Fiji for 4 months. Most human beings cling to a terribly flawed aspect of their personality; ego. Ego sees free people and assumes, to preserve itself, how freedom must be an easy, comfortable journey for other people to take, because ego KNOWS freedom has not been an easy, comfortable objective, for ego.
Most human beings vibe from a dominant energy of fear so most human beings see illusions, appearances, NOT reality, a magic trick, something not REALLY happening. Most humans see me living in Thailand for months and see the illusion of me spending 2 hours to publish a post, seeing me making money, then, flying to Thailand. What fear-filled folks cannot see is the truth of this: me blogging for 5,000 hours – or more – through ups and downs, highs and lows, love and fear, peace and terror, and an even wider range of emotions….to live a life of blogging in Thailand for months at a time. The truth, the reality, of how blogging really is: blog for thousands of hours, make little or no money, then, after blogging for thousands of hours from a generous, calm, trusting, abundant vibe, feeling deep fears here and there along the way, the money flows in freely and you get to circle the globe whenever you want to circle the globe.
Take a look at this picture of me in Lyttelton, New Zealand:
Most people see an illusion: “Ryan is SO lucky! He gets to spend 2 months in New Zealand! I wish I had his life!”
The few human beings on earth who see the truth see this: “That guy lives an amazing life, being in New Zealand for 2 months, because he blogged for 10,000 hours, often times, when things did not appear to be coming together, outlook, appearing bleak.”
Truth seers are rare birds, folks. Why do you think I spend 3 or more hours daily meditating, doing yoga and exercising? I stabilize my vibe, uncover and purge illusory-producing fears and see the truth, more often than not. You need to see the truth to taste freeing, sweet blogging success. Can you taste my life? Imagine how it’d feel to live in NYC for a week? Imagine how it’d feel to live in Bali for 6 months? Fun, eh? Freeing, right? Of course you’d feel free, circling the globe, changing time zones like people change their minds. But to live this fun, freeing life, you have to live the truth of blogging for hundreds to thousands of generous, trusting hours, before you live the life, and, before you experience this level of fun and freedom. Most humans mean well but totally get caught up in the illusion, not seeing the truth because they fill their minds with fears, creating the insanity of luck and the delusion of envy, and the crazy, mentally ill, concept that you can live an amazingly fun, freeing life with a few hours, a few weeks or a few months of lazy blogging effort.
Do you want to step up to the blogging big time? Step away from most people. See the truth. This blogging gig takes serious effort and serious time. Most people live in delusion, in an illusion of fear. You know better. You know how blogging REALLY is. Sure blogging feels scary in moments but the ride feels largely fun and freeing when you follow your fun, generously help people and trust in yourself, and, trust in the blogging process. I know you’re up it!
I have this funny skill where I write entire eBooks based on silly analogies. Do you crave increased blogging success? I can help you with these colorful fruit bat analogies. Buy my eBook here:
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Face Newbie Blogger Fears Early to Accelerate Your Success
Do you genuinely want to hit the ground running with your blog? Face newbie blogger fears early. Do not mess around. Do not play around. Never be anchored down by doubt. Face fears, feel fears and you will feel so good, and free, and ready to succeed through your new blog because fear cannot hold you back if you face it, feel it, release it and proceed.
Life as a solopreneur feels fun, freeing and highly challenging because you do not possess the resources of more established entrepreneurs or people working for a company. The #1 tool in your new blogger arsenal is a willingness to face, feel and release deep fears related to being a newbie. Do this; be golden. Fun, freedom and expansive success awaits you because your generosity, creativity and willingness to connect just accelerates your blogging success…yes…even as a new blogger. How cool, right? No new blogger needs to struggle, fail and quit before giving themselves a chance, because fear is the only thing standing between you and what you need to do, to succeed. For example, I routinely tell new bloggers to buy courses or eBooks for due diligence material. More importantly, I tell them NOT to rely solely on questions and answers through Quora for their due diligence campaign because free platforms pale in comparison to trusted, premium resources from the top bloggers, in terms of research materials.
What can you do to accelerate your new blogger success fast? Nudge into the fear of spending money on training resources, feel the fear, release the fear and buy the course and/or eBook. Doing this, you begin taking the course and/or reading the eBook, putting your new knowledge into action, succeeding more quickly. Meanwhile, most new bloggers who refuse to face their fears keep asking questions on Quora, relying on strangers, possibly skilled but usually unskilled bloggers to supply them with non-vetted answers for critical blogging research. How in the heck can you rely on this most crucial of information if you have no idea who offers the answers? Can you see why this method is totally unreliable, for getting your blogging research? A few skilled bloggers offer some keen insight but step out of the fear-vibe into the abundant, successful vibe by investing money in a top blogging education.
If you can either pay for a Harvard education or ask some stranger on the street for their free advice, what seems to be the more intelligent decision? Invest money in expert advice? Or save money to get advice from some stranger on the street who may or may not know what they are talking about? Can you see why so many new bloggers struggle, fearing to invest money in the best blogging advice, choosing to get free, unreliable blogging advice from the general blogging public?
Pay up to play up. Invest money in your blogging education to move higher in blogging circles. Be a fear-diver; keep nudging into fears to better understand how to succeed, feeling and releasing these confining, restricting forms of bondage. Face newbie blogger fears early and often to remove the shackles that hold you down. Doesn’t it feel better to dive into fears routinely so you can accelerate your blogging success, even as a newbie?
How to Promote Yourself without Bragging and Repelling Readers
You do know promoting yourself freely constitutes one pillar of blogging success, right guys? Bloggers need to be clear, confident and relaxed enough with self to appeal to us. Who wants to follow someone with low self-esteem? We seek out bright lights, not bloggers slumming around in the blogging sewer, eh? But self-promoting is a fine art for the discerning blogger to master; go too far, bragging your butt off, and your arrogance repels readers. People despise someone who speaks about self all day long because these over-compensating buffoons, deep-down, fear they are not enough. Bad trait in a leader. I figured it’d be easiest to self promote by simply…..self promoting like the dickens.
Example; buy our new course. Yep, Sue-Ann and I plan to make you happy as a blogging pig in slop with our new course. Do you see how I got right to the point? No beating around the bush. I promoted me, and, Sue-Ann, clearly explaining why you need to buy our blogging course….by saying….buy it, and you will be a happy blogger. Promoting yourself through virtually all content you create is the easiest, simplest way to find the happy medium between being a shy guy or shy gal and being an arrogant, boastful, bragging clown. The real secret is to keep promoting self through all the self-conscious, anxious, money-related, appearance-related fears most of us cling to, before we become clear, confident self-promoters.
Put Attention on Your Readers
Do you feel disgusted with wasting time online? Do you want to drink up sweet blogging freedom, using your time online effectively, powerfully and efficiently? Buy my eBook:
Let us rewind for a moment, shall we? Time to review how I promoted myself by putting attention on you, you rocking readers of Blogging Tips Dot Com. I promoted self because I promoted my eBook. I make money every time you buy the eBook. Cool. Feels good to me. But did you notice I asked if YOU felt disgusted, and if YOU wanted to drink up sweet blogging freedom, before I promoted ME? This is one secret to promoting your products and services without looking like a dingbat. I helped you by putting the attention on you, making my self-promotion about you and me. We both win. You access a freeing, fun, valued resources and I access an energy we call “money”. Fair exchange, methinks. I never come off as bragging, being boastful or outright being a cocky jerk because I make it about US. See how thinking about everybody, and bringing folks together, benefits everyone? Cultivate your sense of compassion guys; developing this skill helps you go far in blogging, and, in life.
Be Subtle in Sharing Your Accomplishments
Feel free to share your accomplishments if you feel doing so boosts your credibility. But never be a flat out braggart by speaking about yourself in boastful, self-centered, self-serving tones. Why? Doing so turns off folks because braggarts secretly do NOT believe in themselves, and need that facade of boastfulness to even dream of trying to succeed online. Every braggart is broken. Point blank. Even if you achieved immense worldly success and appear to be happy, the appearance is an illusion, as you do not believe in yourself, and people who do not believe in themselves cannot succeed in leading others. Be subtle in sharing your wins. Be delicate in sharing your feats. Humble yourself. Allow other folks to do the bragging so you promote yourself from a relaxed, chill, attractive energy.
Tap those Twitter and Facebook buttons to spread the word on this important topic of self-promoting. Let’s empower bloggers to taste sweet success by teaching them how to promote themselves the right way, shall we?
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