The popularity of YouTube has exploded over the past sixteen months. Anyone with a video recorder can make themselves a star if they know how to market themselves. People post funny videos of their kids playing, accidents caught on video and of course personal rants and blogs. Getting the word out about what you have published there might seem a bit discouraging at first. If the hits are slow to happen then you may need to start pimping yourself out. Don’t worry, it’s not that kind of pimping.
If you have a MySpace or FaceBook account make sure that you advertise yourself there. Place links to your YouTube page near the top of your page and uses the embedded links for videos that people can click on to view them. The easier you make it for people to access your videos and YouTube items, the greater chance you have of getting repeat viewers. Click here to learn more about how to purchase views on youtube, It is really easy and a legitimate way to increase your video’s views and likes. With more views you get more exposure and popularity, with that your video will gain more popularity over time.
Join a free photo hosting site like Photobucket; you can store larger chunks of the video there, create slide shows of your main screens and use it to store other images. You have the option to make your albums private, give out a ‘view only’ password or make it accessible to the public.
If you have a Photoshop program you can invest in some blank business cards and design some that you can hand out to people. Make sure that it has the correct URL and a small blurb about what they might be able to see on your videos. Make sure to include your email address in case someone wants to get in touch with you.
Word of mouth is the best advertising, tell your friends that you are looking for some free publicity and ask them if they will throw up a banner or link on their web page. You can return the favor by hosting a banner for one of their sites too. Join a link swap site to promote your YouTube page and raise your popularity level.
If you want to pay for advertising there are tons of sites that will put a small advert up for you. Some of the state as little as five dollars for 250 hits. Of course, you will want to avoid sites like AdBux.org and other “pay to click” sites. Why? Members of those types of sites are rewarded for clicking on links, banners, and adverts so they really don’t care what it is about as long as they make money from it.
Check sites that you belong to and see if there are any areas where you can add favorite links. On Yahoo, you can add it to your Yahoo 360 page or on your Yahoo profile. Likewise, add a link in the tag section of your outgoing emails.
Going with a theme for your content and making sure it is organized is one of the best ways to make sure that people visit your YouTube page and return over and over.
Makeup half or quarter page adverts and post them at community bulletin boards at the grocery store, laundry, cyber cafes or anywhere your target viewer may congregate. You can do quarter sheet adverts, make a simple pocket from some poster board and hang them so people can take one home with them.
Accurately tag your videos. I hate typing “Kid Rock” into the search engine and getting 200 irrelevant results. Proper tagging will ensure that people looking for “how to frost cookies” or “polishing boots” will be able to find what you have posted.
Most of all, remember to have fun when you are promoting yourself. If you come up with a catchy phrase that people will remember, chances are they will bookmark your page and pass it along to others. Be creative. Posting things your pets do that seem incredible to you could be seen as boring and average to everyone else. Oh, a cat jumps off the counter, wow, that’s earth-shattering. To grab the attention of viewers you have to go beyond the norm and once you do that, people will become regulars.