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How to Get More People to Click Your YouTube Videos and Increase Blog Traffic

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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

Online Video and YouTubeThis 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.

Enable Sharing

Depositphotos_3391795_XSYouTube 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.

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Irwin creates awesome content for various businesses online. He blogs about writing and other stuff, like Survivor. He also contributes for a lifestyle magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Do You Need to Make a Huge Blogging Shift?

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Sometimes, you get bogged down with your blogging routine. Routines feel comfortable, right?

But blogging is a feeling game like life is a feeling game. All flows based on your emotions. If you feel really good – first – then you take good feeling blogging actions and over time, with patience and trust, see good feeling blogging results.

Unfortunately, most humans give almost zero thought to their emotions before diving in to a blogging routine. Bloggers believe you need to do something or follow a set routine to succeed, to drive traffic, and to make money. Day after day, year after year, most bloggers follow a routine without giving zero thought to how they are feeling, if they enjoy blogging, if they have fun following the routine, and if they feel detached, patient and trusting in the process.

This is the only reason why as of about 7 years ago, 80% of bloggers never made more than $100 during their blogging careers. If 8 out of 10 humans can not make $100 through blogging over 1, 2, 5 or 10 years, 8 out of 10 bloggers clearly give zero thought to their feelings BEFORE blogging. Feel bad, and you see no money. But those 2 out of 10 bloggers who feel really good make lots of money over the long haul.

Shift

Maybe it is time to make a shift, guys.

2-3 months ago I made one shift. 1 month ago I made an even bigger shift; quite huge, for me. But what I did differently made almost zero difference. How I chose to feel marked the big shift, then, I moved into different blogging actions.

For example, I faced some deep fears, felt the fears, and instantly, after feeling pretty crappy for a short time, I felt better and better. Choosing to face fear, clear it, and feel better, helped me see things clearly. I tired of my blogging schedule, my social sharing groups, blog commenting and heavy cross promotion. In truth, I hated it. I did have some fun with each for a while but the passion long left me. Since how you feel before and while you blog means everything, my mindset-feeling shift told me I’d have so much fun guest posting. So as of about 3-4 weeks ago – maybe less – all I do is guest posting because I have fun guest posting and guest posting comes easily to me.

Making the shift involved facing deep fears of failure, loss and struggle. I had to feel the fear of letting go lifeless activities for me – at the time – to clear out the fear, and properly release these strategies, and to move forward so I could feel good, then, decide what blogging actions would feel fun and easy and enjoyable to me.

All shifts happen emotionally first, by your choice. After feeling some muck and then feeling better, you clearly and intuitively feel through the next fun-feeling, enjoyable step.

What About You?

Do you need to make any shifts with your blogging campaign? Or do you need to make one big, sweeping, all-encompassing shift?

Getting caught up in blogging routines feels comfortable, familiar and safe, sometimes. But do you feel good before you begin the routine? Do you feel good working the routine? Do you feel detached, relaxed, trusting and like you are cared for, and prospering, while following your blogging routine?

Be honest to make a necessary shift. If you love following your routine, cool. Proceed. But most humans are taught – me included – to follow some routine (no matter how you feel) to get something, specifically money, so you can avoid failure, struggle, poverty, going hungry, illness, and embarrassment. This is exactly why most humans work jobs. Follow a routine to get money even if you feel really bad or terrible following the work-routine; aka, even if you hate your job and it feels lifeless, or soul-less.

May be time for a big shift guys.

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Why Comedians Teach You a Powerful Blogging Lesson

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Last night I saw a funny comedian perform in Atlantic City.

Chris Delia charmed the audience with his silly, somewhat absurd, level of humor.

He also explained how comedians need thick skin to become successful. Humor is a very personal, subjective topic. Some people find some comedians hysterical but never laugh at other comedians. As you imagine, bombing feels terrible to most comedians. At least until they develop a thick skin.

I once read how Kevin Hart often waited until 1 AM to work an open mic. Sometimes he waited until 1 AM and the place closed down so he never got the chance to do his set. Imagine how thick-skinned you need to be to not let that bother you? Is it any wonder why he is now worth $150 million? He became immune to criticism, failure and rejection. As a matter of fact, after developing a thick skin, he likely did not see criticism, failure or rejection.

All those evenings of 1 AM sets in front of 1-2 lifeless people or all those nights of being told to go home at 1 AM after waiting for hours to do his act purged the fear of criticism, failure and rejection from his being. Void of these fears, he rose up to being one of the most famous, wealthy and powerful comedians on earth.

Bloggers Need Thick Skin

I once promoted a course to the tune of 8000 page views before I sold one copy. Did I quit promoting the course? No. I developed a thick skin during the process. I did not see 8000 rejections. I only saw meeting and helping more human beings through my blog. Even during moments when I felt like giving up I trusted in myself and believed in the blogging process. Quitting and failure were no options for me. But in the same vein, I needed to be thick skinned to see through criticism, rejection and failure.

I needed to be aware of opportunity amid the appearance of nobody reading my blog. Toss in being patient and persistent in helping folks during my most trying times and you have a pretty thick-skinned individual.

Do Not Care What People Think

Chris Delia shared how he could care less what people thought about him. He dressed down a few hecklers during the show.

Comedians succeed because they care less about what people think of their acts; being heckled, ignored or criticized had nothing to do with their belief in self and their belief in their comedic style.

As a blogger, give no thought to what people think of you. Guess what? You cannot control your reputation. No matter how long and hard you work in life to maintain a positive reputation, you can never physically control what people think of you. I am largely a nice guy 99.99% of the time yet some people genuinely hate me. I cannot control their demons. Plus I know we see the world as we see ourselves so if someone hates themselves I cannot do anything about that self-loathing.

Focus on yourself. Focus on what you think about yourself because this is the only thing that matters. Being comfortable in your own skin aligns you with loving, loyal followers who appreciate you for who you are. Let go everybody else. Critics form an energetic yoke if you care about their thoughts but dissolve into thin air when you could care less about what they think of you.

Bloggers become successful because these few folks who have thick skins shine brightly in a world of thin-skinned bloggers who fear criticism, judgment and rejection. The few who step it up do wonders because we all want a piece of free spirits who march to the beat of their own drum without caring what people think, say or do, in response or reaction to them simply being themselves.

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Do You Have an Exit Plan for Your Blog?

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This past week I ceased sharing posts in blogging tribes.

I finally got it; I joined tribes because I feared unless I shared other blogger content, nobody would read my content. I feared if nobody shared my content, nobody reads my content, and I needed to share other blogger content to effectively influence bloggers and people to share mine. Ouch.

As you can imagine, I put in many long, hard hours working a job, NEEDING to be online to succeed with my blog. Rewind. Working a job. Did you see this phrase? I worked a job. I needed to be online to succeed. Largely, at least. Does that sound like a business owner to you? Does that sound like leveraging? Sure I drive some passive traffic and profits to my blog but being honest, I largely worked a job and had a job for much of my 10 years online, and I did not have a pure business so I could step away from my blog and business for months, at a time. Or, forever.

Exit Plan

I have more of an exit plan now. I have a blogging business. I am writing my tail off to be in as many spots as possible without relying on sharing tribes and other groups that require me to be online, to social share posts, so other people can social share my posts, so I get traffic and profits. I began to think; what am I doing? I mean, if you love joining social sharing tribes, do it. Nice friendship builder. But you need to have some exit plan with your business and need to see how you can step away one day so it is about a 100% passive income machine – or, so you can sell it at a tidy profit – in order for you to be a free entrepreneur, versus a bound employee.

Think Leveraging

I am having so much fun writing blog posts and guest posts daily. Plus it is easy peasy. Every piece of content is forever, unless all these blogs vanish or get closed out by all these bloggers. Fat chance. Plus I can drive to Atlantic City today with my wife and enjoy a show this afternoon into evening and my business will still grow from a heavy passive element. Even though I am online writing this morning, all my blog posts and guest posts serve as a passive promotional army for the Blogging From Paradise blog and brand.

Imagine me trying to social share other blogger posts as I am driving down the Parkway? Not happening.

Networking Rocks

Network. Have fun making friends. Build a rock solid foundation for your blog. But eventually, evolve into someone who leverages your presence so you work a business, not a job. Any strategy 100% dependent on you being online, sharing blogger content so other bloggers share your content and boost your success, is a job, not a business, because you are tied to the online world and have no exit strategy, and a light passive element to your blogging business.

Gradually place less emphasis on networking online. Focus on purely passive elements, like writing more blog posts and guest posts, which last forever. Humans change, quit, fail, change tastes; you never want to be at the mercy of the fickle human beast. Unless all blogs close down, all of those blog posts and guest posts you wrote are pretty much forever.

Focusing a bit more on things – things helping people – helps you leverage your blog and business powerfully so you can make an exit plan and step away from your blogging business for 1, 2 or 3 months. I know bloggers who take vacations for months; everything keeps growing money-wise because they leverage, and are not dependent on people for cash flow, because their system creates the cash flow.

Trust in the process plays a big role too.

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