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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.

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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Why Does It Take Time to Be a Successful Blogger?

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Successful bloggers implore you: it takes time to succeed.

I advise following your fun, helping people generously, trusting the process and seeing the blogging journey through. I mention in my eBook how time saving tips make your journey easier.  But in the same regard, this journey takes time. Impatient bloggers weed themselves out. Generous, patient, persistent bloggers succeed. Sometimes, successful bloggers realize not the time element and how it works, and never explain in detail why it takes time to succeed. Why do you need to be patient? Why does it take time to succeed? I uncovered 3 reasons why it takes time to be a successful blogger.

1: It Takes Time to Practice a Skill So You Become Really Good At It

Today, I can write 10 to 20 blog posts daily if I so desired. I could easily create 20 videos daily.

10 years ago, I could write 1 blog post weekly and feared doing videos, to where, I never recorded videos as a newbie blogger.

Generous practice plus time made me prolific. Nobody gains skills in 1 day. Humans gain skills practicing 1 craft daily for months, then years. I love basketball. A handful of NBA players disclose how terrible they played after picking up a ball for the first time, 5 or 10 years, prior. Patient, persistent practice and time polished their skills to the point they became successful enough to go pro. Blogging is no different. Successful bloggers practice daily for years before being skilled enough to become a pro.

2: It Takes Time to Gain Big Exposure

Gaining big exposure for success takes time. Every creative act expands your presence a little bit more but those little bits add up over time. New bloggers blind themselves to this concept, believing 1 day and 1 blog post gives them successful exposure enough to make money and gain clout. Nope. Time reveals persistently generous bloggers because getting massive exposure requires months to years of generous, patient, persistent service.

No human can begin blogging at 8 AM as a new blogger and land a Forbes appearance by 12 noon. Nobody knows you. You have no exposure. Humans require time to create and connect in enough spots to gain success promoting exposure. Relax. You are on the way. But allow for time and generosity to leverage your presence. Time is required to be seen in many places.

3: It Takes Time to Uncover and Feel and Release Fears

Do you want to know why I wrote this post? I uncovered this reason a few moments ago. I noticed one income stream yield lesser amounts over the 2 days prior and felt a tiny but palpable surge of fear. Aha! I got you. Feeling fear, I released it and proceeded. I blogged for 10 years. I still feel tiny fears if an income stream yields less money, day to day, based on my expectations. But I needed to face this fear to make more money. New bloggers generally have deep fears concerning money, success and freedom. It takes time to feel and release fears concerning making more than $1 a day until you vibe at the $100, $1000 or $10,000 monthly – or more – level of blogging income.

Time unearths fears for feeling and releasing, to reach the next level of blogging success.

Be patient.

Time is a great blogging ally.

All you need flows to you over time.

Generously create, connect, follow your fun and nudge into fears.

Success is yours.

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What Does Your Blogging Network Look Like?

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I do nothing on my own.

Everything is a team effort.

As I teach in my blogger networking eBook, the way to increased, ever-expanding blogging success is to look for, grow and tap into a huge, loyal network of blogging friends through the power of generosity. Be generous. Help people. Shout out fellow bloggers. Release expectations. Get super connected. Most of us understand this is how to succeed online; be generous and get connected because 100 is better than 1. 100 friend efforts are far better than your effort alone.

One basic problem arises for most new or struggling bloggers: overcoming the deep fear of networking. For odd reasons, humans cling to pulsating fears concerning reaching out to other human beings. Bloggers fear being rejected, failing, being criticized or giving up credit for their blogging success. Honor that fear. See how far you get on your own steam. Not only that, the agony of micro-managing makes you sick, broke and quite dumb, if you are honest with yourself. How silly of you! Why do everything on your own today? Why not comment genuinely on a few blogs, retweet a few blogger blog posts and mention a few bloggers on your blog? Begin networking. Build a network. Succeed online.

What’s It Look Like?

Be honest, my blogging sweet robbins. What does your network look like? Is it even there? Do you even have a network? Many bloggers publish a post, share it to Twitter and Facebook and sit there, dumbfounded. Do you honestly believe your network just materializes out of thin air? Nope. But if you buy my eBook, follow my 13 steps and build your blogger buddy network by being generous, you can land on famous blogs, earn coin and drive traffic to your blog, too. Everything hinges on your honesty. Admit having only 1, 3 or zero blogging buddies. Truths set you free to network generously and successfully.

How to Grow Your Network

Simple. Be generous. Begin now. Publish a thoughtful, personalized comment below. Be seen. I cannot read all comments but the thousands of people who read blogging tips tend to read comments. Somebody eventually reads your blog comment if you comment genuinely and generously every day on Blogging Tips after reading posts. Someone clicks your link because they love your comment and want to meet you. One visit to your blog later, you may have a blogging buddy, or even a client or customer. Or maybe you have a loyal reader. This is networking 101; be generous, engage people and you build your network.

But do not stop after commenting on Blogging Tips. Branch out. Go wide. Read and comment genuinely on other blogs in your niche. Make more friends. Life gets easier and easier if you have more blogging friends in your corner because these folks inspire you to keep going, plus your friends amplify your presence exponentially.

Be generous and genuine. Reach out to more bloggers every day. Networking is a bit uncomfortable sometimes if you look for immediate returns but gliding through these temporary feelings helps you tap into something special with your blog. Connected bloggers have no issues growing their blogging business because 100 is better than 1. Remember that they next time you try to go lone wolf with your blogging campaign.

 

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Are You Leveling Up with Your Blog?

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Play up.

Every time I reach a new level with my blog, I notice another level invites me. I do not work harder. I never work longer. I love what I do and keep generously helping people but think of how to go wide as I level up. Think of that one for a moment: consider how to go wide, and what it means.

I write and publish multiple posts to my blog. Each post gains views. Going wide. 4 quality posts beats 1 quality post. But I go even wider by writing and publishing multiple guest posts daily. I speak to 2 or 3 or more different blogging audiences, going wider and wider, increasing my exposure and expanding my presence online. But I go even wider as I level up; I contribute on Quora and on the Warrior Forum daily. Leveling up is uncomfortable sometimes but always freeing. Leveling up helps you see greater success versus hitting blogging ceilings.

Be More Generous to Make More Money and to Avoid Lulls

I speak to bloggers who suffer lulls. One client signed up 4 months ago but no clients signed up since. The appearance of a 4 month client drought, or lull, simply indicates a lack of leveling up and a lack of generosity. Even if no clients signed up during your 4 months of leveling up, your eBook sales would triple. Audio book sales would jump, too. Plus you would open 2 new income streams. This just happens. Be generous and blogging will be generous to you.

Being more generous by helping more folks across multiple platforms feels uncomfortable sometimes. Who wants to go wide when doing so means leaving your comfort zone on a daily basis? I love blogging. But I feel uncomfortable writing my third post on a  train ride to Connecticut. I will go super wide when I reach the destination though, publishing a combo of posts and guest posts to level up effectively, reaching more people in less time.

Most Bloggers Never Level Up

Most bloggers write and publish a post to their blog weekly. Struggles ensue because they never level up after publishing weekly for 3-6 months. Be more. Serve people generously. Go wide. Publish blog posts and guest posts more frequently to expand your reach. Increase blogging traffic and profits.

Why do you think most bloggers never make $100 during their careers? Few bloggers regularly level up, playing small to be comfortable, dodging their fears. Of course, their fears manifest as 0 dollars and 6 blog visitors daily for the next 12 months UNTIL they level up, go wide, be generous, leave their comfort zones and face their fears. This is not a fluffy, pleasant process but we all pay a fear tax to level up and to become successful bloggers.

Pay Up to Level Up and to Play Up

Pay up by spending time and generous energy reaching as many people as possible through blogging. Guest post. Publish more frequently to your blog. See increased blogging responsibility as more fun and freedom and service. I enjoy freedom offline because I level up online. I pay up, level up and play up in higher blogging circles because all top bloggers paid the same dues to reach the top. Why do top bloggers hobnob with one another? Top bloggers respect how other top bloggers pay their dues on this blogging journey and connect deeply with one another, co-promoting each other’s success.

The fun and freedom you experience through blogging is well worth the effort and discomfort of leveling up.

If you need a guide for facing blogging fears, grab my blogging mindset eBook on the way out.

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