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How Fast My YouTube Views and Subscribers are Increasing… AND WHY!

In the last few months I’ve been focusing on Increasing my YouTube Subscribers List, my Video Views and my Email List Readers here on How To Get Views.

I think one of the key reasons why this is working for me is that I’ve become more methodic and now follow a clear strategy to achieve it.

Writing this blog has probably been the number one reason why I’ve been able to keep my focus and get so many great results.

When I was in school I used to do mini-lectures with my friends right before the exams as if I was the teacher. This helped me learn the boring lessons so much faster and easier.

It’s the same here.

Because I blog about how to get more views and subscribers on YouTube I think I’ve become a real expert in the subject matter…

Results speak for themselves

Since February 2010 (about 15 months ago) when I launched this blog, my YouTube subscribers have gone from 4k+ to 16k. That’s close to a thousand new subscribers every single month. Not bad, right?

Views have also gone up like crazy. My main YouTube channel’s Total Upload Views (that’s the total number of views on all my videos) is now around 9,7 Million. That’s almost TEN MILLION PEOPLE who have watched my videos.

I have 46 videos with over a hundred thousand youtube views on my card flourish channel. Two of them have actually passed the 300k views mark.

Getting blog or email list subscribers is a totally different thing. When I started this blog I decided not to make a new YouTube channel to promote it just to see how far it could get without all the youtube traffic, which is funny -I know- but has thrown some really interesting results.

My email list is growing consistently every single day, which is pretty good considering I’m not driving any traffic from YouTube. I can’t imagine how big it could be if I also made videos instead of just text posts…

Who knows, I might just start doing that sometime ;)

Anyway, I already have a great youtube channel for my “obscure” little niche that I can use as a “real time” case study and it actually drives tons of traffic to my card flourish blog.

Why didn’t I create a specific youtube channel for How To Get Views?

As I said, it was a little “traffic” experiment but it also has to do with what I wrote at the beginning of this post.

It’s all about STRATEGY and FOCUS.

How Can YOU Increase your YouTube Views and Subscribers starting TODAY

Get a Plan

The first thing you need is a plan. You have to be able to keep focusing on it and to create AWESOME -not just good- quality videos.

Find out who you are communicating with, who your audience really is and give them what they want.

You can go back and read this 5 Lessons To Kick Ass On YouTube that I wrote long ago. They will help you get a clear vision and set up a plan of attack.

Invest on a Good Camera

It’s 2011 and you can’t just hope that people watch your low-framerate webcam videos. Save some money and get a good camera.

I bought a Canon 550D / T2i DSLR camera a few months ago and I totally love it. This little machine can create Hollywood-style movies and people just “like” my videos for how awesome they look.

It’s really hard to compete when everyone else is putting up amazing HD videos and you still use your old nokia to record yourself.

Get a DSLR camera and you’ll see why I’m proud to say it’s been one of the best investments I’ve made in the last few years.

Create and Upload TONS of High Value Videos

To become a real YouTube Pro you will need not only quality content but also quantity.

People love it when you regularly upload new videos and so do the guys on the YouTube Partner Team.

If you want to start making money on youtube you will have to make A LOT of awesome videos. You’ll have enough time later to learn all the effective ways to increase youtube views there are.

Get a Blog TODAY

This is the completely opposite to what I have set up here right now. If you do have a youtube channel but you don’t have a blog where you can grow your email list…

You are doing it WRONG.

Find out how to set up a blog for your youtube channel, even if you already blog about any other stuff YOU WILL NEED a blog for your channel.

Here is my favorite guide on how to do this: Rapid Video Blogging (Free Download)

I can keep going but I think you have enough things on your To-Do list for now so get down to it.

Didn’t I start this post talking about FOCUS anyway? ;)

If you can’t wait to get more tips you can always subscribe to my email list and I -as a thank you- will send you my YT SUB MAGNET so you can too use it on your youtube videos.

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How To Get Views on YouTube “MUST READ” Featured Posts

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If you only have one YouTube account you are missing out on a lot of views, check out this post and open up a new account ASAP: 10 Reasons Why You Need A Secondary YouTube Account

Have you ever heard about box4box? It’s one of the fastest JV tools to increase your subscribers on YouTube: Get More YouTube Subscribers Using The “Other Channels” Box

I’m sure you’ve seen them, cats and boobs all over the place. Learn these grey hat techniques from self-called pros: Get More YouTube Views using a Sexy Profile Picture (Grey Hat)

Here is a quick tagging tip that will ensure your videos rank better on the YouTube search results: Add YouTube Search Terms As Tags To Increase Your Views

Hot Spots is an underrated YouTube feature that most people never ever heard about. Here’s how to profit from it: Use YouTube HOT SPOTS To Get More Views And Subscribers

Everything you need to know about revenue sharing and why it might not be a good idea to use it on your videos: Don’t Enable Revenue Sharing on YouTube Before Reading This

What does it REALLY take to become a YouTube Partner? Just hear the “official” requirements from a YouTube representative: Do You Need A Lot Of Views To Become a YouTube Partner?

Need to spice up your YouTube Channel and track your subscribers history? Here is a little gift for you: Ascii Art for your YouTube Channel – Subscribers Goals

Need more? Check out this free course on YouTube Marketing:

Free YouTube Marketing Course

LESSON 5: An Overlooked Goldmine: YouTube Comments

Something as simple as writing a couple of lines in a comment box can get you dozens of subscribers evey single week.

youtube comment box

I know why writing comments is so overlooked. It’s because people don’t know how to get results from doing it and thus it makes them think comments are useless.

The problem is in them, the problem is in you.

Comments are a goldmine!

To make good videos you have to learn and develop some skills, the more you train and study from guides and from watching tutorials the better your videos are.

In order to get results from leaving comments on people’s videos and blog posts you have to know how to actually do it.

It’s not something that will take you months to learn, in fact you can get instant results if you start to apply these tips as soon as you finish reading this lesson.

Here is a little example…

One comment can be written in no more than eight seconds.

Eight seconds can be turned into at least six curious youtubers.

Four of those can become lovers and the other two haters.

You want to have at least as many lovers as haters (better be more of the first ones though) but you don’t want indiferent people around you.

Do you have a PC or a Mac? iPhone or Android? Do you love Justin Bieber or would you like to put a strap on his lips and shave his hair off? Either way, they are always under the spotlight.

Why? Because people talk.

If you learn how to write comments that spark a conversation you’ll get people interested and talking about your brand.

How do you do it? It’s simple, stand out.

Go to a popular video and see what kind of comments are there. You’ll see a lot of those “awesome”, “very good”, “loved it”, “please watch my videos and subscribe”, “funny lol”, etc.

Those comments aren’t really comments. They are rubbish.

Every now and then you get to a comment that is a bit more elaborated, maybe just two or three lines. Those are the ones that get read. I’m sure you got at least one of those cool comments once. You read it, and you clicked throught to see who was the guy writing. Didn’t you?

It works.

Next time you watch a video or read a blog post, before you click away remember this:

Every single comment counts.


Invest eight seconds
, that’s all you need. One comment is one more link to your channel or website, one more chance to get people to see your work, to watch your videos, to listen to your message.

It pays off.

In blog posts it’s the same. If you don’t have a website but you have a youtube channel, when it prompts you for a url just use the link to your channel. If people is interested in what you are saying they might as well click throught to check what you have to offer.

So here are 5 easy tips that you can use to write better comments to get more views and subscribers on youtube.

5 Easy Tips To Write Better Comments On YouTube

1- Stay away from short two-words comments.

If people write one line you write three lines. Stand out in structure and meaning.

2-Always sign your comments with your name.

It makes them more personal and gives you more credibility. At least you are not hiding behind a nickname.

3-Don’t ask favours like “subscribe me” or “watch my videos”.

People tend to ignore those kind of stupid requests. Make them want to investigate you by themselves instead. Spark their curiosity and use you own version of the good ol’ “don’t click” principle.

4-Use the “skip to second” feature.

On youtube you can specify a certain point in a video by typing in the time like this “2:18″…

The time will be turned into a clickable link and will make the video start playing at 2 minutes and 18 seconds.

Use this to tell people about things that happened in different parts of their videos.
Since they don’t know what happened there exactly they will click to check, and once they’ve done it the chances that you’ll get a reply will be much higher as they alredy took action.

5-Step into active conversations

If you find a comment that already turned into a little discussion (if the video creator replied to someone’s comment) step into the game and position yourself for or against the different parties. Leave a threaded comment under another comment. This will notify both the video owner and the commenter so your chances of getting noticed will increase.

Here is an extra technique you can use (but not abuse), it’s a bit sketchy but a lot of fun when done right:

Mastering Hate Comments To Get More Views On YouTube

So what are you going to do in the next eight seconds? ;)

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LESSON 4: Leverage – The Importance of a Secondary YouTube Account

I know you are tired of theory and stupid exercises so let’s start to implement practical stuff that works, right now. But first I want you to understand something:

Leverage-

Ability to influence a system, or an environment, in a way that multiplies the outcome of one’s efforts without a corresponding increase in the consumption of resources.

leverageIn other words, leverage is an advantageous-condition of having a relatively small amount of cost yield a relatively high level of returns. Thus,

“doing a lot with a little”

The Easiest Trick in the World to Double your YouTube Subscribers

I LOVE YouTube. They make it so easy for us to become popular but since we are so damn lazy we never end up using it to it’s full potential. I’m talking about a particular feature that you probably don’t use, or at least you are not using it as you should. It’s called “Other Channels”.

youtube channels

This little box allows you to display “up to 16 destination channels in the order you would like them to be shown in your channel.”

That’s not the best thing.

second youtube channelYou might think that nobody will go to your channel, scroll down to that box, see who you recommend, click on their display picture and then click again to subscribe to them. And you are right when you think that. Nobody will do that.

However, there is something that makes it really awesome: Every time someone subscribes to your channel, YouTube will recommend them to also subscribe to your “Other Channels” by showing them a list of already checked items (your other channels) that they might want to subscribe to.

It’s like YouTube telling them…

Hey, before you walk away just say yes and I’ll give you access to more awesome content for free. Just say yes and you are in!

So how do you use this to double your subscribers?

You guessed it right, simply sign up for a new YouTube account with a new email address, link them with the “Other Channels” and everytime you win a new subscriber it will count as two, as simple as that.

Ok, there is a catch…

I’ve got a lot of emails from people interested in making money with their YouTube videos. Some pople want to become a partner to enable revenue sharing with Google Adsense for videos, others just want to purchase one of those cool new Flip Slide HD pocket cameras to shoot videos in high definition, other people wan’t the money to promote their videos and get more exposure… And I’m going to teach you how to do it.

Hey! This is not doubling my subscribers!

For what it’s worth IT IS. If you start with 20 subscribers and in one year you reach, let’s say 900, and some company wants you to review a product or post a demo / trailer / teaser / unboxing video / interview / promo … To their eyes you just have 900 subscribers.

But, if you use this little trick you’ve just learned, once you hit 900 people you will infact have a base of 1800 subscribers. (two accounts with 900 subscribers each)

Now tell me, which option do you think is more appealing to the company willing to pay you for your advertisement services?

Ok, I got it but… Do people really use this?

People actually CHARGE for this. If you have millions of subscribers you can set a price to having a spot in your Other Channels’ list.

Just think about it…

Here is an example of a “top” YouTube user using this technique to attract more views and subscribers to his YouTube channels:

shane dawson youtube

His two YouTube channels, ShaneDawsonTV and ShaneDawsonTV2, are the fourth- and ninth- most subscribed of all time, according to YouTube.

Did he build the second channel from scratch? The answer is no. He used leverage.

Disclaimer time!: With this example I’m not saying Mr. Shane Dawson is charging people on his list to show up as a related channel. Just think about how much YOU could charge if you were in front of such a huge audience…

Don’t know what to use your secondary channel for? Here are some ideas.

10 Reasons Why You Need A Secondary YouTube Account

Do you have more ideas? Leave a comment below.

Enjoy your new toy,

Alejandro

LESSON 3: Inspiration Sources – How to make Viral Videos

New lesson today, bear with me until the bottom of this long post ;)

Let’s start with something boring such as finances. Don’t worry it’s just for educational purposes and you will see why I decided to start like this in a moment.

In the stock market, there are basically two ways to make money. The first way is to get a small amount of the companies assets and wait until the company grows. This of course in the long term allows you to sell your shares at a much higher price than what you originally paid for since it gained value over time.

The other method is called Day Trading. It’s all about buying and selling the stocks within a couple of days, sometimes even between a few hours. The strange thing is the people earn more profits using this method compared to the long term pain-in-the-back one.

In YouTube it’s not so different. You can upload extremely detailed and elaborated videos that would take someone a month to shoot, edit and finally put together and it just might be worthwhile but chances are you probably wasted a considerable amount of time putting everything together only to receive a couple of hundred views on them, if lucky.

This is not to confuse you but the concept here is not Quantity vs Quality but rather You vs Them.

Let’s go through this together…

In general, humans are all different. They may not share the same likes and dislikes as you. You might enjoy listening to Justin Bieber while your best fan may listen to Lady GaGa. (Or hopefully none of this applies to you)

What I’m saying here is that what you think might be of high value to your audience could instead be a waste of time and effort if you don’t take the time to really understand your subscribers.

How can this be solved?

Since it is nearly impossible to conduct a survey on every one of your subscribers and considering that your goal is to attract much more than just the few that lurk around your YouTube channel, you should learn about the latest trends, the “what’s hot” on the internet and try to find the balance point between good hard-work content and long tail regular updates.

Well, you don’t have to do a daily digest but it certainly works. I recommend every client that hires me for video marketing purposes to set up at least one secondary YouTube account. I will go over the benefits of this later in this course but now I want to show you how to get started when you don’t know what to make a video about, how to avoid getting stuck and keep releasing fresh content to your subscribers and potential audiences every other day.

Where can I get inspiration to make viral videos?

Here are some great resources to find about what people is searching for almost in real time. Use them to get inspiration about topics to make videos for your youtube account.

Twitter Trending Topics

http://www.twitter.com

These are basically the most tweeted words that are occurring right now. What people are saying in real time. If you don’t know or never heard of Twitter, you should by all means HIGHLY CONSIDER creating an account as this is one of the strongest social tools out there, and every YouTube Star uses it (I’m just saying…).

Once you start reading people’s tweets, you will notice the # symbol. They will be followed by a keyword (i.e., #ipad).
These are called hashtags and are used to indicate topics. If you see a tweet of someone using a hashtag, you can click on it and you’ll be redirected to the twitter search for that keyword. It gets updated every second so you can get an idea of what people are discussing about the given topic.

Google Trends

http://www.google.com/trends

This is one of those not so famous google tools that only marketers and weirdos like me use. It will show you the top searches for a defined period. It is pretty useful once you get the hang of it.

Digg

http://www.digg.com

This by far the best social bookmarking site. If you manage to get one post to the frontpage there then you’ll get tons of traffic to your blog, but it’s also a great place to get inspired and there is even a whole video podcast show called Diggnation, which talks about the most popular stories on Digg. Remember to keep an eye on it. It’s a goldmine!

YouTube Most Popular

http://www.youtube.com/videos?s=pop

Simply sort YouTube videos by most popular, most watched or most discussed. You can watch daily, weekly and monthly results and you can also select categories and stuff.

Newspapers and TV

Isn’t this obvious? Yes, that is why I don’t use them ;)

There are other places you can go to but these will keep you busy for a while. Here is another overlooked one that works really well: Forums and discussion boards.

I will show you all the tactics that I use to get a lot of views on my videos by using Forums the right way. I’ll let you know via email so if you are not subscribed already, put your name and email me on the form to the right.

I promise to only send you good stuff ;) .

Now you don’t have an excuse, if you want more subscribers don’t sit around and throw the bait, make a video today!

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LESSON 2: Awesome Points – What makes You the Real Deal?

In this lesson we are going to take a look inside our own selves. You want to identify your strength points, your true skills and abilities, the reasons why you started this whole journey on YouTube to become a video star. I like to call these my “Awesome Points”.

strenghtsIt is very important for you to take just a little bit of your time to write your APs down and to make sure to always keep them in sight. For instance, go ahead and stick them next to your computer’s screen on a post-it note.

Make a list of 5 and only 5 things that set you apart from the rest. Why are you better than the other people doing the same thing on YouTube? What can those hungry viewers get from you that they won’t be able to find anywhere else?

Ask yourself these two important questions:

  • Why are you the real deal?
  • What makes you unique?

You can probably make a big list of things but I want you to stick to just the top 5 and make them very specific, not just vague affirmations. These would be 5 specific things from which your audience can directly benefit from by simply watching your videos.

These Awesome Points are going to become your strongest pillars, secure and solid rocks that you can, and must, hold on to whenever you decide to create and deliver a new video to your subscribers.

“Always stay true to yourself.”

I’ve already told you about the importance of knowing who you are talking to but most important is knowing who you are, where do you come from and where do you see yourself in the future.

This last one is perhaps the most important one because on the Internet and especially on YouTube, nobody cares about where you come from. Moreover, knowing that you can change who you are every day (at least through the character that represents you, the shining star deep inside of you) the only thing that matters is setting your mind to a positive thinking.

You must act as a celebrity in order to eventually become one. You must, at least, train on how to become one, such that when you reach stardom, you are ready for it.

If you don’t believe in yourself, let me tell you something, you are NEVER going to convince them otherwise.

“Start by defining your APs”…

Later in this course I’ll dedicate a few words to show you how to use a positive mindset to engage your audience. This is one of the key factors to nailing  a good performance. I know it works because I do magic, mentalism and a bunch of other jedi mind tricks.

You’d be surprised by the amount of things that you can achieve just by setting your mind in the right direction… I’m not talking about weird smoky New Age stuff but crowd management, customer seduction and attention keeping techniques.

But anyway, for now, just write down your 5 Awesome Points. Choose wisely.

Until next time, when we are going to really talk about practical changes that you can instantly implement on your channel to make the most out of the random views you get on your videos.

You are going to love them just as much as those free YouTube views that I sent you ;) !

Have fun and keep rocking!

Alejandro

If you missed Lesson 1 you can read it here: The Avatar Principle – Understand your Subscribers

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