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How to Get Your Video Noticed on YouTube

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Published on Feb 20, 2008

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Wanna be an internet star? Knowing a few tricks will put you on the most-viewed list in no time.

Step 1: Research
Click the "Videos" tab on YouTube to see what the most-viewed videos of the moment are—and then make a video response to one. Parodies of currently popular internet videos often "piggyback" on the fame of the original and end up becoming famous themselves.

Step 2: Find your audience
Aim for a large but specific group, like video game fanatics, or people who hate Carlos Mencia. Although throwing out a wide net seems more logical, a targeted audience is actually more likely to latch on and spread the word.

Step 3: Use your best idea
It seems obvious, but use the best idea you have. It's probably the one that makes you and your friends laugh the most or has you using the word "awesome" repeatedly.

Warning
Violence really hurts, and should never be used for base, commercial motives. So don't do it.

Step 4: Make the video shine
Shoot for the highest production value you can afford. Videos that are severely underlit or have blown out audio are pretty unwatchable, and unlikely candidates for internet fame.

Step 5: Upload wisely
Before you output, do a Google search for "Exporting for YouTube." Heavily pixelated, out-of-sync video clips rarely make the rounds in office emails.

Step 6: Attract an audience
One of the keys to getting your video seen is having a title, tags, and a thumbnail that will attract your audience. YouTube offers you a choice of 3 different thumbnails—whichever images are found a 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 of the way through your video. Savvy users find a frame they like during editing and make sure it occurs at one of those points.

Tip
The other key factor in attracting an audience? Keep your video short and sweet. Two minutes or less is ideal.

Step 7: Reach out
Remember the specific interest group you targeted? Now that you're finished, consider emailing your video's link to websites relevant to that group. Sometimes all it takes is a single blogger to get the ball quickly rolling.

Step 8: Join the YouTube Community
Don't just upload your video and forget it; become part of the community. Comment on other videos, respond to comments on your own video, maybe even stir up a little controversy.

Step 9: Repeat
Repeat the process. Each time one of your videos makes even a small dent, you gain subscribers, and a large subscriber base is the number one reason a video attracts a large viewership.

Did You Know?
According to its community guidelines, YouTube does not allow videos that show "graphic or gratuitous violence," or "someone getting hurt, attacked, or humiliated."

Comments • 1,521

ADHD Gamer
oh gawd dat youtube homepage....the memories...
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Maximum Matt
Yay old youtube
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StickMaster500
How to really get your videos noticed on YouTube Step 1: Put boobs into the thumbnail
Speedy
You Follow Chad Wild Clay
Naruto Uzumaki
Or you could just clickbait
Lion Entity
If Youtube does not allow "graphic or gratuitous violence," or "someone getting hurt, attacked, or humiliated", please explain to me why many videos of Gaddafi being tortured to death have been on youtube and still are.
Every Jon
YouTube sucks at forcing there rules and laws.
Mizannet
true
HeadHoonter
I like how people use this video to spam about there channels XD
Kandy Hearts
I'm trying to reach a 100 subscribers or more,and I'd love to help each others channels!I make all sorts of videos,I make crafts,art and drawings,challenges,gaming videos,and many more...its fine if not,I thought I'd just ask cause of the topic :(
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Easter Egg Central
Well its been a while. Mind having a look my way?
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Have it
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