How To Change Video Thumbnail On YouTube

Your YouTube thumbnail is the first impression viewers get of your video when they’re searching for a solution to their problem on YouTube. Therefore, you need it to stand out if you want viewers to click on it.

Step 1.
Create a clickable custom thumbnail.
Here are some must-have features to include in your thumbnail. Contrasting colors, bold text, a few words, a face or logos so the thumbnail identifies with your channel.

Click here if you want step-by-step instructions on how to create a clickable thumbnail.

Step 2.
Change your current video thumbnail
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Sign in to your YouTube studio dashboard. Click the thumbnail of the video that you wish to change.

As you can see, I’ve got auto-generated thumbnails here and I’ve got my custom thumbnail here that I want to change. You can select an auto-generated thumbnail that’s created by YouTube or you’d select a custom thumbnail. I highly recommend uploading a custom thumbnail. Here is a custom thumbnail but I want to change this. Click on the three dots. It says options. Click Edit. I’m going to select this custom thumbnail and click Save.

It’ll take a few minutes for the new thumbnail to display correctly. If I click on videos, I can see that my thumbnail has been changed to the new custom thumbnail. Here is the original custom thumbnail.

Here is a new custom thumbnail.

Here are some important things to keep in mind.

  1. Think about your thumbnail before you shoot your video. I typically create two or three different thumbnails to choose from.
  2. Make a high-resolution thumbnail. Typically, my thumbnails are 1920×1080 pixels and keep it under two-megabyte limit.
  3. Check if your thumbnail looks good at a small size. Most viewers are watching videos on the cell phones so it has to stand out on a small size screen.
  4. Make sure your thumbnails stand out from your competitor’s thumbnails
  5. Check if your thumbnails deliver on performance. Go to the analytics section of YouTube studio dashboard and check your thumbnail click-through rate. If it’s a high click-through rate, that means people are clicking on your thumbnails. If it’s low click-through rate, think about uploading a different custom thumbnail.
  6. Avoid clickbaity thumbnails. Your thumbnail, to give us the title of your video, you should tell a story about the content of your video. If your content doesn’t expand upon what you promised in your thumbnail, people won’t watch your video.
  7. Split test your thumbnails. When you compare two different thumbnails by split testing them, you’ll often find that one performs better than the other. If you upgrade to a legend version of the TubeBuddy Chrome extension, you can split test your thumbnails.

Click here ff you want to see how I split test my thumbnails.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

How To Monetize YouTube Videos On Your iPhone

Did you know that you can monetize your YouTube videos on the go?

You no longer have to be tethered to your computer to manage your videos. In the video below, you’ll learn how to monetize your YouTube videos just using your iPhone.

One of the greatest benefits of turning on ads for YouTube channel is that you can generate a passive income. After you’ve turned on monetization for YouTube videos, you don’t have to touch it anymore.

You’ll automatically generate revenue from your videos day after day, year after year, by displaying AdSense ads across your videos. That’s a beautiful thing indeed. I’m assuming your channel’s already met the minimum eligibility requirements for monetization. If not, I’ll mention them after I show you the steps on how to monetize YouTube videos on your iphone.

Here are the steps to monetize your YouTube videos from your iPhone using the YouTube Studio app.

Tap the App Store on your phone, enter YouTube Studio in the search box, tap Search. I’ve already installed the app, but if you haven’t installed it, just click GET.

Go back to your home screen to view the YouTube Studio app icon. Tap the icon. Here’s the Dashboard window. It shows the most recent videos. Tap VIEW MORE to see more videos. It shows all the most recent videos on my YouTube channel.

The videos with the green $ icon means they have already been monetized. Select the video that you wish to monetize. That’s the one that doesn’t have the green symbol. Tap the pencil icon. In this window, you can edit the thumbnail, you can download the thumbnail, edit your title, edit the description, change the privacy settings, add it to a playlist, and edit your tags.

We’re going to click on the $ icon. Currently, this video is not monetized with ads, so I’m going to slide the icon to the right. The first one, Display ads Desktop only (required), has been activated by default. I’m going to activate Overlay ads, Skippable video ads, and Non-skippable video ads. After you’ve monetized your video, just tap SAVE. It says, “Saving changes,” and it’s done. You’ll notice under the title, the green $ icon has turned green. That means your video has been monetized for AdSense ads.

You can always check your revenue by looking at your estimated revenue.

Here are the minimum eligibility requirements to monetize your YouTube channel with AdSense ads.

1. Be accepted into the YouTube Partner Program.
To become a member of the YouTube Partner Program, you need 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the past 12 months. After that, your channel will be reviewed by YouTube to see if it meets the YouTube Partner Program policies.

2. No Strikes
The channel must also have no strikes where you violated the community guidelines or copyright policies.

3. You also have to link an AdSense account to your YouTube account. After you’ve been accepted into the YouTube Partner Program, you can turn on monetization for YouTube videos.

Did you know that just turning on your ads doesn’t guarantee that ads will automatically appear on your video? Before your ads get displayed, they go through an automated and human review to see if they meet YouTube’s guidelines.

How can you check if your video has been monetized?
If it has a green icon next to it, it means that it’ has been monetized. If a yellow icon has been activated instead of the green one, that means your video has been demonetized. Demonetization means that your video did not meet the advertiser-friendly guidelines from YouTube. If you want to learn more about demonetization, click link in the card.

You’re probably asking the question, “How can I generate revenue from my YouTube channel if I don’t meet the requirements of the YouTube Partner Program of 4,000 hours and 1,000 subscribers?

I’m glad you asked. Just watch my next video on 7 Alternative Ways To Generate Revenue From YouTube Channel Without 4,000 Hours and 1,000 Subscribers. You’ll not only make more money, but you’ll make it faster.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

How To Get 40,000 Subscribers On YouTube (10 Powerful Lessons Inside)

Thank you for helping grow my channel to 40,000 subscribers. Without your support, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve that goal.

Click here to watch one of the first videos I published my YouTube channel in 2006. At that time I didn’t know what I was doing and I was just publishing irregularly. Hopefully, you see some improvement in today’s video below from 2019.

On this beautiful snowy day, I want to share with you 10 powerful lessons that you can take away from my journey to achieve 40,000 subscribers

1. Have the correct mindset.
Instead of thinking about short-term success, think about the long-term like one or two years. Instead of just focusing on views and subscribers, focus on creating good content for your target audience.

Instead of comparing your channel with bigger channels, just focus on doing the best you can. If you don’t have an expensive camera, just use your smartphone like I did for several years. Just make sure you have good lighting and good sound. Like today I’m just shooting outside in natural light.

2. Study your target audience.
If you can tap into the mind into your target audience and create videos that they want to watch, then your videos will get a lot of engagement. A few ways to tap into your target audience is to find the search terms that people are searching on Google and YouTube.

Other ways is to look at the comments of your own videos as well as your competitors’ videos. You also check out Facebook groups, forums and live streams in your niche. You often find questions in there that you can answer in your videos.

3. Be passionate about your niche.
If you’re passionate about your niche it’ll be easy to keep going when the going gets rough. Sometimes you won’t feel motivated to come up with new ideas or to create new videos, but because you have a passion you’ll keep going. It’ll also show in the delivery of your video content.

4. Set goals.
Instead of thinking about short-term goals, think about long-term goals like one or two years. Perhaps your goal is to impact others by making a difference in the world with your video content. Perhaps you want to generate enough revenue so you can go full-time on YouTube. Perhaps you want to generate leads for your business.

5. Branding.
Make it easy for viewers to recognize your channel by making your channel art congruent. For example, include your face in your thumbnails and channel banner.

6. Target the correct keywords.
Targeting the correct keywords is a foundation for the success of your channel. If you’re just starting out, target less competitive keywords because they’re easier to rank for.

One of the best YouTube tools that will save you a lot of time and frustration is TubeBuddy. It’s a free Chrome extension that allows you to quickly and easily find the correct keywords.

If you want to know how to target less competitive keywords for your channel, click here.

7. Keep a consistent upload schedule.
Your channel is like a TV show. People want to know when to return to find the content that you’re producing. For example, if you upload once a week, try to upload every Tuesday. If you increase the upload frequency of your videos, you’ll get more traffic.

8. Make small tweaks.
A couple of top ranking factors for YouTube videos is click-through rate and watch time. The click-through rate is how many people click on your thumbnails. The watch time is how long people are watching your videos.

Instead of just watching one video they might watch successive videos in a row like in a playlist. That means you have to create attractive thumbnails, a great title and engaging video. The key is to get a high audience retention on a single video and then keep them watching on successive videos.

9. Batch your videos.
I typically batch my scripts, batch film and batch edit my videos. This frees up time to work on my business, go on vacation or have videos in the can if I get sick. It also helps release stress trying to keep up with my publishing schedule.

10. Study your analytics.
Look at the top performing videos in YouTube analytics, because these are the ones that are getting the most traffic. Create more of these type of videos by looking for associated keyword phrases. This will help you to capitalize on the videos that are already doing well, so keep an eye on your click-through rate, audience retention and watch time.

If you can improve these three factors, then this will help to improve your videos on the channel.

Here’s a bonus tip.
Have fun. If you’re not enjoying the creative process of creating videos for your audience then you’ll soon burn out. Ideally, you want to keep yourself happy as well as your audience, so create videos for both.

Coming up with new content every day can be very draining. Make sure you take lots of breaks and eat healthy. Also, every few months you might want to take a mini vacation. This will help you to prevent burnout. One of the ways I prevent burnout is to go jogging or skiing. It helps release stress and boosts creative energy.

Let me ask you a question…
Do you want to get YouTube to promote your videos for free on YouTube?
If so, watch this video on how to rank YouTube videos and YouTube search and Google search. You’ll learn how to generate traffic, leads and sales on autopilot 24/7 year after year.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

How To Stop Unrelated Videos At The End On YouTube Embed (and only show your own related videos)

Did you know that when you embed a YouTube video on your website, it shows unrelated videos when the video stops playing?

In the video below, you’ll discover how to stop unrelated videos appearing at the end of YouTube Embed and only show your own related videos.

Notice the before and after results…

Notice in the BEFORE video clip, YouTube suggests unrelated videos after the video has stopped playing.

Notice in the AFTER video clip, the video only recommends my own content after the video has stopped playing.

YouTube recently removed the ability to check a box that would stop showing related videos at the end of a video. Instead of showing your content, it shows unrelated content from someone else. This really sucks because you want visitors to consume more of your own content. You want to keep them on your website or watch more of your related videos.

Here are steps to stop unrelated videos from showing up at the end of YouTube Embed and get YouTube to recommend your own videos.

Here’s how you would normally embed a YouTube video on WordPress website…

  • Grab the URL, or click share, then click copy the URL then I go to my WordPress website.
  • Make sure that you’re logged in to your WordPress website, click on the dashboard, hover over posts, click add new.
  • Add your title then add your copy.
  • Now I hover over “add block”, select YouTube and I put my URL in there and click embed. Now my video is embedded on the page in WordPress.

If I play it to the end, unrelated video show up at the end of the video. That’s exactly what I don’t want.

Let me show you the correct way to embed YouTube videos in WordPress so only your videos show up at the end of the video.

We go back to my video, I click share down the bottom, click embed, you want to grab all this iframe embed code, you also have the option to start your video at a different time by checking the box, and you also have these embed options such as show player controls, enable privacy enhanced mode.

You no longer have the option to check a box to not show related videos at the end of your video. I’m going to can click copy to copy the iframe embed code, I’m going and to open up notepad and then paste it into notepad. What you want to do now is add the HTML code, ?rel=0 to the end of your YouTube Embed URL.

I’m going to grab this code and add it to the end of the URL. Now I’m just going to highlight the whole embed code, copy it, go back to my post, we’re on the block mode of YouTube at the moment.

Run the visual editor of YouTube, so we want to go to the code editor. So hover over the three dots, here it says visual editor, click on code editor, highlight the HTML code and then paste in your iframe code.

Hover over the three dots again, go to visual editor, you can see that looks kind of weird now but it’ll look fine when you publish your post. If we save the draft, you’ll see that the video looks fine.

Let’s play the video and see which videos YouTube recommends at the end of the video.

All right, there you go. Now only my videos are suggested at the end of the video. That’s exactly what you want.

Let me ask you a question…
Did you ever want to trim an existing video on YouTube without losing the views and comments? If that’s a yes, watch my next video on how to trim an existing video on YouTube using YouTube’s new video editor. You can remove sections on your video without losing any views and comments.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

What Is Good Audience Retention On YouTube?

Ok, you’ve got viewers to click on your video, but how do you keep them watching all the way through and what is good audience retention on YouTube?

In the video I’ll explain what audience retention is, what YouTube has to say about it and show you 7 ways to increase audience retention on your YouTube videos.


Why does audience retention matter?
Audience retention is a measurement of how much your audience watch your video. For example, if you upload a 10 minute video and two minutes of it was watched, then you’ve got a 20% audience retention rate.

If you get a high audience retention on your YouTube videos, then YouTube will recommend your videos on the right side of the video watch page, on the videos that play next after a video has ended, and under Up Next below the video on the YouTube app.

What is the official word from YouTube about audience retention? Here’s a quote from Amy, a product manager on YouTube that works on recommendations.

“There is no magic number that the audience is looking for when they choose a video. Similarly, there are no magic numbers of minutes or percentage our systems optimize for. More is better.” “As for the importance of absolute versus relative watch time, it varies by surface. For example, Search, Home, Up Next, et cetera, and changes over time. Our advice would be to find a good balance. Use your audience retention reports in YouTube analytics. If you see viewers are abandoning at a certain point, try to figure out what in your video might have led to that. If most viewers are watching the whole way through your video, you probably have room to experiment with longer-form content.”

In a nutshell, it completely depends upon your audience if they’re going to watch your video all the way through.

If they do, you can experiment with creating longer videos as long as they keep watching. This is what YouTube recommends if you look in YouTube analytics and studio beta. You can increase the chance of YouTube suggesting your content by increasing your click-through rate and your video watch time.

If you want to learn more about how to increase the click-through rate of your YouTube video, click here to watch the replay of my livestream.

Here are 7 ways to increase the audience retention on YouTube videos.

1. Grab viewers attention in the first 15 seconds of your video
If you do this, there’s a high probability they’ll watch it all the way through.

A few ways to do this is to ask you a question. Another way is to teach them about what’s coming up later in the video. Another way is to try to do something entertaining at the beginning of your video. Most importantly, your hook should relate to the thumbnail and title of your video. Otherwise, they won’t keep watching.

2. Create compelling content.
If your content doesn’t deliver what was promised in the thumbnail and title of your video, then your viewers are going to leave. Ideally, you want to offer solutions to the problems that they may be asking.

Instead of saying that your video is coming to an end, suggest a related video that dives deeper into the content that they just watched. Use a card or an end screen to redirect them to that video. Even better, send it to a playlist of related videos so they can binge watch your content.

3. Delivery.
How you deliver your content will make a big impression on your viewers. Be passionate about your content and make it easy for them to digest, such as step-by-step instructions like I’m doing here in this video.

4. Add B-roll and transitions.
Adding stock video footage, graphics, and transitions helps reset the attention of viewers so they keep watching your video all the way through.

5. Remove the fluff.
Most people watching YouTube videos have the attention span of a mosquito. It’s very short. Therefore, make sure you get to the point very quickly and remove extraneous content. If you waffle on about a particular topic, you’ll quickly lose your viewers.

6. Tell a story.
Another way to create compelling content is to tell a story. People love stories.

Example…
“Yesterday, I went skiing with my friends. When we got up in the morning, it was freezing cold and there was freezing rain, not ideal conditions for going skiing. When we checked the weather forecast of the ski field, it said it’d be a mixture of freezing rain and snow. We decided to take the risk and just go for it. It was really worth it because it ended up snowing the whole day with perfect temperatures, no lines, and perfect pile of snow.”

As you can see, I just painted a perfect story of my snow skiing day.

7. Create a series of videos and add them to a playlist.
When you create a series of videos that’s organically connected to each other, it’s easy for people to continue watching video after video. This increases audience retention and watch time. Instead of watching one video, a viewer may watch several videos in a row.

You can also link to this playlist in your cards and end screens.

So what is a good audience retention on YouTube?
Most of my videos have an audience retention of around 50%. Therefore, I would recommend shooting for 50% or higher on your own videos. As Amy recommended from YouTube, if you find that your viewers are watching your video all the way through, experiment with creating longer-form content.

Let me ask you a question….
What’s the highest audience retention you ever got on a video from your channel? Post your answer in the comments below. I’d love to hear about it and I’m sure others would too.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com


YouTube’s NEW Copyright Match Tool (How To Report Stolen Videos)

Wow, I just discovered that 8 channels have stolen the content from my YouTube channel. They found my original content and re-uploaded it to their own channels.

Now, that really sucks.

Fortunately, I received access to YouTube’s new copyright match tool. It finds full re-uploads of your original videos on other people’s channels. Once a match has been identified, I can review it then choose which action I want to take.

Watch the video below to see if your channel is eligible for the YouTube copyright match tool and how to use it to report stolen video content at the click of a button.

Eligibility.
Here’s what YouTube says….”At this time, we’re rolling this tool out to a subset of channels in the YouTube Partner Program as a small pilot, with plans to offer it more broadly over time. If you’re not currently a member of the YouTube Partner Program, you won’t be able to gain access to this tool.”

For a channel to meet the requirements of the YouTube Partner Program, you need to have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the past 12 months before your channel can be reviewed.

Fortunately, I recently received an email about YouTube’s copyright match tool. It says that “we’ll automatically find content on YouTube that matches your own. You simply review the matches and choose your next step.”

YouTube's new copyright match tool

The first step is to create and upload your video to YouTube.
The second step is we’ll let you know when we find copies of your content. The third step is review matches and take action.

Watch the video above to see how the YouTube Copyright Match Tool works more deeply on my own channel.

Matching videos refers to the names of the videos that use my content. There’s a second line that shows which video of mine the content came from.

The total views shows how many times real viewers have watched the matching video.

The date refers to when the matching video was published or uploaded.

Channel refers to the name of the channel that uploaded the matching video and also shows how many people subscribe to that channel.

The set match shows the amount of matching content and shows how much of the video contains my content. If it’s 100%, it’s an exact match.

Frame shows the thumbnails from the matching video. The frames help identify the content that’s the same as my content.

Actions show what you can do. I can request video removal, I can contact the channel owner, or I can move it to an archive.

I click request video removal, then it says one match selected. If I click request video removal, then a box comes up, then I just going to enter the details of my copyright removal request, and this will be reviewed before YouTube takes any action. I have to fill out the form and just click submit. After you’ve submitted the removal request, keep it on in your email because YouTube may want more information from you.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind.
1. Before you submit a removal request, make sure the video is not protected by fair use.

2. It might be just a small channel so they may not know what they’re doing. In that case, it may not be worth of time and a hassle to submit a removal request, and you want to be fair to new creators. Instead of getting YouTube to send them a takedown notice, you can simply contact the channel owner and ask them to remove your video.

3. Don’t abuse the copyright removal process. Just because YouTube found the video that matches your content, it doesn’t guarantee copyright infringement. Make sure you review the video first before submitting a takedown request.

Let me ask you a question….
Do you want to know how to get 1,000 YouTube subscribers fast? If that’s a yes, watch my next video. You’ll learn how to grow your audience on YouTube that loves your content.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

How To Get 1000 YouTube Subscribers FAST in 2019

Getting your first 1000 subscribers on YouTube is like preparing a rocket to go to the moon. You need a lot of preparation and a lot of fuel.

In the video below, I show how to get 1000 YouTube subscribers FAST in 2019, 2020 and beyond so you can grow an audience that loves your content.

Stay tuned till the end of the video to find out the one thing that you should absolutely avoid when you’re trying to get 1000 subscribers.

Why is it so important to get 1000 subscribers on your channel?

1. Join the YouTube Partner Program. I
f you meet the requirements of the YouTube Partner Program of 1000 subscribers and 4000 watchers in the past 12 months, you can monetize your channel. When your channel has been enabled for monetization, you can begin showing ad banners on YouTube videos and generating income. This is great because you’re getting paid for your creative efforts.

2. Foundation for growth of your channel.
Getting your first 1000 subscribers is usually the hardest part of growing a YouTube channel. It’s easy to get discouraged when you don’t see a lot of people subscribing to your first few videos.

Here are the steps to get 1000 YouTube subscribers fast in 2019, 2020

1. Know your target audience.
If you want to grow your channel fast, make videos that your audience wants to watch and that you enjoy making. If you create videos that you just enjoy but don’t take into account the wants, needs, and desires of the audience, your channel is not going to grow fast.

In my case, I’m my own target audience so it’s easy to figure out what my target audience likes. My audience typically has the same questions as I have.

Some of the best ways to tap into your target audience is to visit groups, forums, live streams, and even visit the comments on other people’s videos. You’ll soon notice the same types of questions that people are asking in your niche.

2. Keyword research.
Research keywords is another great way to tap into your target audience because you’re discovering keyword phrases that people are actively searching on in YouTube and Google.

When you target the right keywords, your videos can show up in YouTube search, Google search, and YouTube’s suggested videos.

Click here if you want to learn how to do correct keyword research for YouTube videos using free and paid research tools.

3. Create an engaging video.
If you’re just starting off on YouTube, I highly recommend keeping your videos short to just a few minutes because you haven’t built up an audience yet on your channel.

One of the top ranking factors on YouTube is watch time. This means if you can keep people watching all the way through your video or watching successive videos, YouTube will promote your video on other people’s channels.

Therefore, the first 10 or 15 seconds of your video has to grab people’s attention. You can do this by asking a question, doing something entertaining, or teasing people about what’s going to come at the end of your video. Make sure your main content dives deeper into what you presented in your introduction.

End your video with a strong call-to-action by asking people to subscribe and give them a reason to subscribe. You can also ask people to subscribe at the beginning of a video, but make sure you give them a strong reason to subscribe to your channel.

To keep people’s attention throughout the video, you can ask questions, add b-roll, transitions, and graphics.

The most important aspect of creating an engaging video is to present content that people want to watch. If you present solutions to their burning problems, you’ll gain a subscriber.

4. Optimize YouTube channel.
Make it easy for first-time visitors to subscribe to your channel. You can do this by adding a subscribe watermark across all the videos on your channel.

Another way to gain subscribers fast is to optimize your about page.

Make sure you outline the benefits of subscribing to your channel in the description on your about page. End your summary by asking visitors to subscribe and include a subscribe link.

Another way is to add a subscribe link to your channel banner. You can add this when you’re optimizing your about page. You can add up to five links on your channel banner.

Another way to gain subscribers fast on your channel homepage is to create a channel trailer. Create a one to three-minute video that outlines the benefits of subscribing to your channel. When your channel trailer video ends, YouTube automatically shows a subscribe button.

5. Optimize YouTube videos.
As I mentioned before, add a subscriber watermark across all the videos on YouTube channel. After you’ve uploaded a video, make sure you’ve optimized your title, description, and tags with the keyword phrase that you targeted in step two.

It begins with an attractive thumbnail because this the first thing that visitor see in the search engines.

The second most important feature is your title. Make sure you optimize your title both for the search engines and for your viewers. To do this, include your main keyword phrase that you researched at the beginning and include an emotional trigger that motivates viewers to click on your video.

Include a subscribe link in the description of all the videos on your channel. Visitors often read the description while watching the video. You can also put a subscribe link at the top of the comments, so when people go to make a comment, they’ll see your subscribe link.

Power Tip
Reply to the comment left by your viewers. Often visitors have questions in the comments, so you can reply by redirecting them to another video that answers their question. In that video, you’ll ask them to subscribe.

Most visitors don’t subscribe just by watching one video, but if they watch success of videos in a row, they’ll be more inclined to subscribe to your channel. Therefore, make it easy for them by including a link in your description and also in the cards of your videos.

6. Promotion.
After you’ve uploaded and published a video, your work has just begun. If you want to get more people to subscribe to your channel, you have to expose your video to different audiences. You can do this by submitting your video to different social media sites. Just click the share icon under the video and submit it to the social media sites you see listed there.

If you have a website or a blog, embed it on your blog.

You can also upload a transcript of your video content, so people who can’t hear well or have a sound turned off can read the closed captions on your video.

7. Check your traffic sources.
If you study your traffic sources in YouTube Analytics, you can identify those videos which are getting the most views and subscribers. Instead of creating more videos on content that doesn’t resonate with your audience, create more videos on the videos that are performing well. If you discover videos that are ranking well and get lots of views and subscribers, create more of those types of videos.

Bonus Tip. -Be Consistent.
When you’re trying to get your first 1000 subscribers, you want to upload videos on a regular schedule. If you only upload once a week, you’ll only have 52 videos by the end of the year. However, if you upload twice a week, you’ll have twice the number of videos on your channel.

This will dramatically increase the number of people that want to subscribe to your channel.

What’s the one thing you should absolutely avoid when you’re trying to get 1000 subscribers on your YouTube channel?

The one thing you should avoid is asking sub for sub. When someone asks you to subscribe to their channel because they subscribed to yours, they’re not really interested in your content. It also goes against YouTube’s rules and can result in the termination of your channel.

Let me ask you an important question. Do you want to rank your video on the first page of YouTube so that you can generate views and subscribers 24/7, year after year? If that’s a yes, watch my next video. You’ll discover how to get YouTube to promote your videos for free.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

Best Stock Video Footage Sites (free and paid)

One of the most effective ways to keep people watching  your YouTube videos all the way through, is to reset the attention of your viewers by adding stock video footage. In the video below you’ll discover the 10 best stock video footage sites including free and paid options so you won’t have to go on location and film studio quality video clips to add to your videos.

One of the top ranking factors for getting your videos recommended by YouTube is watch time. This means if you can keep at least 50% of your viewers watching to the end of your video, youtube will recommend your video on the right side of the video page you’re watching or the videos that appear after a video has finished playing.

Adding a stock video clip at strategic points in your video, helps reset the attention of your viewers and inspires them to keep watching.

Here are 10 best stock video footage sites

1. Pexels.
https://videos.pexels.com/
This is one of the bigger sites for free stock videos. You can just enter a keyword on the search box, look on the popular videos, popular searches or new free videos. It also has free stock photos shared by talented photographers. The license says that all videos are all licensed under Creative Commons Zero license which means that you can edit or change the videos and use them free for personal and even for commercial projects. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source, so that attribution is not required.

2. Stock footage 4 free.
https://www.stockfootageforfree.com/
Stock footage 4 free as professionals called it Stop footage and video. It says that our footage comes with a royalty-free license allowing you to use it in all types of productions for worldwide distribution. It also has a search box and you’ve got a whole bunch of categories here on the right.

One of the frequently asked questions is, “Am I allowed to use your footage for a commercial purpose?” Their answer is, yes, you are permitted by our license agreement to use our footage commercially as long as you are adding substantial value to the footage.

If I use your footage, do I have to give you credit? Their answer is, no, you do not. If you’d like to, you may, but it is not required in our license agreement.

3. Pixabay
https://pixabay.com/en/videos/
Pixabay has over 1.6 million royalty-free stock photos and videos shared by the community. It also got a great search box. It could be searched for stunning free videos. It got photos, illustrations, vector graphics and videos and more.

At the bottom of the page it says, all contents are released under the Pixabay license which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist, even for commercial purposes.

4. Covver
https://coverr.co/
Cover is another great free stock video footage site where you can search for free to use videos.

According to their license, all videos published on Covver can be used for free. You can use them for commercial purposes and non-commercial purposes. You don’t have to ask for permission from or provide credit to the videographer or Covver.co. Although, it is appreciated when possible.

5. Videvo.
https://www.videvo.net/
Videvo contains thousands of free stock videos, motion graphics, music tracks, and sound effects all in one place. You can enter a keyword and click the drop-down for the kind of video footage that you wish, your footage, motion graphics, music, sound effects, and a premium collection. Here’s more popular videos, recent stock video and motion graphic.

Down the bottom here it says, when you download royalty-free content from Videvo, you can use that content as many times as you like and in as many projects as you like forever. There’s also no need to give credit to the artist in your final production.

Here it says, each clip is displayed on the clip download page on the top section on the right-hand side of the video player. On this example, this video clip has a Creative Commons license which you can use it for all projects and medium. When you use a site just make sure that you check the license before you download the video clip.

6. Videzzy.
https://www.videezy.com/
Videzzy has free HD stock footage and 4k videos. You can browse by newest or browse by category. Here you got some popular new video footage, valentines day footage, after effects templates. Let’s search “cats”, at the top here it got sponsored videos by Shutterstock. You don’t want to choose those because you will be paying for the clips.

Over here on the left, you can swap by best match, newest, file type, license type. If you want to get free clips, I will go for Creative Commons. Just click on one of these videos you will see the license info under the clip. Creative Commons buying, you’re free to use this file however you want, but you must provide proper attribution according to the Creative Commons guidelines. Just make sure you check the license before downloading any video clips from the site. Use the Creative Commons license so you can just give attribution.

7. Pond5.
https://www.pond5.com/stock-video-footage/1/.html#1/18447/pricelt:0
Pond5 is mostly a paid site for getting royalty-free stock video footage. It also contains free stock video footage. Just make sure that you always check the license.

8. Motion Places.
https://www.motionplaces.com/
Motion Places is a great place to get free stock video footage from many different places like New York City, Los Angeles, London et cetera. On the license and terms page, it says, footage are provided under a royalty-free license. We retain the copyright, you cant re-sell the footage or make it available for download. If you are using free clips, you must credit Motion Places as a footage source and link to www.motionplaces.com.

If you download any footage from Motion Places make sure you give credit to Motion Places.

9. Splitshire.
http://www.splitshire.com
Splitshire primarily contains drone footage of beautiful outdoor scenes and you can download them by clicking on the title below each video. Let’s check out a sample drone footage of this fly over sea at sunset. I just click on the link at the bottom of the video and here’s the video, fly over sea at sunset. Scroll down and here’s its got download fly over sea at sunset. Just click on that. Here it is, I can just save it to my desktop.

Let’s check out the license. Here’s how you can use Splitshire free stock photos on your website, advertising, image placeholders, template, social media, magazines, book covers, music artworks, software applications, personal and commercial works.

What you can’t do with Splitshire photos or videos?
It’s not allowed on projects that have inappropriate content such as violence, racism, discrimination, prejudice or intolerance towards any individual or group.

8. Motion Places.
Motion Places is a great place to get free stock video footage from many different places like New York City, Los Angeles, London et cetera.

On the license and terms page, it says, footage are provided under a royalty-free license. We retain the copyright, you cant re-sell the footage or make it available for download. If you are using free clips, you must credit Motion Places as a footage source and link to www.motionplaces.com. If you download any footage from Motion Places make sure you give credit to Motion Places.

9. Splitshire.
http://www.splitshire.com
Splitshire primarily contains drone footage of beautiful outdoor scenes and you can download them by clicking on the title below each video. Let’s check out a sample drone footage of this fly over sea at sunset. I just click on the link at the bottom of the video and here’s the video, fly over sea at sunset. Scroll down and here’s its got download fly over sea at sunset. Just click on that. Here it is, I can just save it to my desktop. Let’s check out the license.

Here’s how you can use Splitshire free stock photos on your website, advertising, image placeholders, template, social media, magazines, book covers, music artworks, software applications, personal and commercial works. What you can’t do with Splitshire photos or videos, it’s not allowed on projects that have inappropriate content such as violence, racism, discrimination, prejudice or intolerance towards any individual or group.

10. Video Blocks.
http://videoblocks.com/isitebuild_1217
This is a low-cost subscription service that gives you unlimited stock video footage. You get a video footage, motion backgrounds, and after-effect templates.

Here’s a short story I’ve put together just using free stock video footage. When I run outside every day, I take in the beauty of nature and suck up its energy. Sometimes I encounter majestic deer, ducks paddling peacefully across the lake, birds flying gracefully through the air. When I get back from my run, I’m fully energized and ready to get back to work.

Now it’s your turn to tell a story using these video clips from the 10 best stock video footage sites.

One of the biggest problems Youtubers have is getting their videos ranked in the search engines. If you want to discover how to rank your videos on the first page of Youtube, watch my next video. You will also learn how to rank one video from multiple keyword phrases. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

How To Legally Download A Video From YouTube

YouTube makes it easy to share your own videos or other people’s videos, but when it comes to downloading videos you have to follow YouTube’s rules. In the video below, I explain what rules you need to follow to download videos from YouTube, how to download a video from your own YouTube channel, and how to legally download other people’s YouTube videos. Watch to the end of the video to find out where you can download free music, free images, and free video clips, to use in your videos.

Why would you want to download a video from YouTube?

Perhaps you want to store it on the computer so you can watch it later. Perhaps you’re on a plane and you don’t want to pay for internet access.

Let’s first take a look about downloading videos from YouTube

According to YouTube’s terms of service. Let’s go to YouTube terms of service and look under the section 4C. 4C says, “You agree not to access content through any technology or means other than the video playback pages of the service itself, the embeddable player, or other explicitly authorized means YouTube may designate.

5B, under Use of Content says, “Content is provided to you as is. You may access content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the service and as permitted under these terms of service. You shall not download any content unless you see a download or similar link displayed by YouTube on the service for that content. You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of YouTube or the respective licenses of the content. YouTube and its licensors reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the service and the content.

The bottom line is, you can’t download any video on YouTube that you don’t own and use it for yourself. You have to get written permission from YouTube, or permission from the owners of the content. All content online is copyright protected. That’s why YouTube recently clamped down on duplicate content.

Click here to learn more about the rules concerning duplicate content on YouTube.

Here’s how to easily download a video from your own YouTube channel.

Go to YouTube Studio dashboard, click on videos, check the box next to the video that you wish to download, click on the three dots that says options, click download.

Now it’s downloading the video to my Mac. Click save, and here’s a downloaded MP4 video saved to my desktop.

That’s all there is to it.

How can you legally download other people’s videos from YouTube so you can watch them on your computer?

You can do this legally by getting a one-month free trial from YouTube Premium, or pay $11.99/month. You’re going to enjoy ad-free YouTube wherever you sign in, on your mobile device, desktop or enabled TV.

Download and go means you can save videos when you’re low on data or can’t get online.

Background play is where your video plays uninterrupted in the background, even when you open another app.

YouTube Music Premium is where you can explore the world of music ad-free, offline, and with the screen locked. It’s available on mobile and desktop.

YouTube Originals is where you can play all kinds of movies from award-winning actors and watch them on all your devices.

Let me ask you an important question, when do you download videos from YouTube and what do you use them for? Post your answer in the comments below. I’d love to read them, and I’m sure others would too.

How do I get permission to use somebody else’s content in my video?

If you plan to use copyright-protected material in your video, you need to get the owner’s permission. YouTube can’t grant these rights to you. If you want to add background music or sound effects to your video, just use YouTube’s audio library, all the music in there is free to use. If you want to add free video clips to YouTube videos, you go to free stock video footage sites, like Pexels or Stock Footage 4 Free (no attribution required)

Just make sure you check the licenses before downloading the video clips.

If you want to download unlimited royalty-free stock video footage, check out Video Blocks. You don’t have to worry about copyright issues, and you get studio quality video clips. If you want to watch my review of Video Blocks, click here

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com

YouTube Rank Checker Online – How To Check YouTube Video Ranking Position (free & paid options)

Do you spend a lot of time checking the rankings of your YouTube videos?

Manually checking rankings on YouTube wastes a lot of time. In the video below you’ll discover 5 YouTube video rank checker tools that include free and paid options and will save you a ton of time.

If you rank your videos on the first page of the YouTube Search results, you’ll be able to generate traffic, leads and sales 24/7, year after year. Not all your videos will get high rankings therefore you need to constantly track your rankings so you can improve them.

Here are 5 ways to check your YouTube video ranking positions.

1. Manual is a free method wastes a lot of time.
If you enter “how to get fit” in the YouTube search box, you’ll see a list of videos ranked on the first page. These are ranked according to my personal browsing behavior. If you use Incognito mode, which means it’s not based upon your personal browser behavior, you’ll get ranking results that are not based on your browsing behavior.

To use incognito mode, go to “File” in Chrome, the click on “new Incognito mode window”. In the search box, enter “how to get fit“. Click “Search” and then you will see that the search results are a little bit different. The first two results are the same, but the third result is different. If you check your rankings manually, it’s better to use Incognito mode from your browser to get the true rankings.

2. YTRank
If I go to ytrank.net, insert my URL, and insert the keyword that I wish to rank for, “how to translate videos” then click “Find rank”. I can see that my video ranks on Page 1, Position 1.

If I check the same keyword phrase in Incognito mode, “how to translate videos” I can see that my videos rank number one on Page 1 of YouTube also, so YTRank checks out.

3. VidIQ
This is a free Chrome extension which also allows you to check the rankings of your YouTube videos. It does a lot more, but let me show you how to check the rankings using VidIQ.

If I choose my video how to translate YouTube videos, then click “Edit video” all the blue icons show the rankings for all the keyword phrases of my tags.

Click here to download the free Chrome extension VidIQ.

4. TubeBuddy
This is also a free Chrome extension. According to the pricing page on the video SEO tools, you need to upgrade to the Pro version and to check the rankings for keyword phrases in the tags.

To check the rankings of one of my videos, just go to the Video manager and select the video you wish to check the rankings for and click “Edit”. All the green icons symbolize the rankings for these particular keyword phrases that I’ve used in my tags. You can see I’ve got multiple rankings for multiple keyword phrases for this specific video.

Click here, if you want to learn more about TubeBuddy.

5. EZ Video Ranks software
The great benefit of using this software is that you can check the rankings of all the videos on your channel or your competitors’ channels in YouTube Search, Google search, and even Google Videos.

Let me show you what it can do. Here’s the home page of EZ Video Ranks.

  • You can load in any channel URL and receive ranking positions in Google, Google Videos, and YouTube.
  • It has automatic scanning for reporting. There’s no manual keyword input. It exports results via email to show progress to your clients.
  • It’s web based so you don’t have to install anything. Here’s some different testimonies.
  • Here’s a video that I created that shows how it works. Here’s an example of a weekly report I receive via email every week. As you can see, it’s got the video ID, the keyword, the YouTube rank, Google rank, and Google Videos rank. Here’s a quick look inside the software. You’re at your dashboard, you’re at channels. You can add a channel. You can add a competitor’s channel. You can check individual videos or you can add videos and bulk. You got Reports, so you can Schedule Email report or View Scheduled Email reports.

Here you can see a list of all my videos and the rankings. You got the Video, the Keyword, Google Rank, Google Videos Rank, YouTube Rank, Last Check, and the Actions. You can also copy them, download them as a CSV, an Excel, as a PDF, or print them.

Here are some important things to keep in mind regarding the rankings of your YouTube videos.

1. Your rankings will fluctuate. When you first publish a video on YouTube, the rankings will bounce around for a few days before it reaches its final ranking position.

2. Not all your YouTube videos are going to achieve first paid rankings. If you’re in a very competitive niche, it’s going to be hard to rank your videos on the first page of YouTube. The best way to achieve first page rankings in a competitive niche is to find less competitive keywords.

Check the link in the cart to watch my video on how to find low competition keywords.

3. YouTube rankings will differ from Google rankings. Not all your YouTube videos are going to rank in YouTube search and Google. Most of them will appear on YouTube search, but some of them will also get rankings in Google. This is great because Google is a top search engine and YouTube is a second large search engine.

If you achieve this, you get a lot of traffic to your videos.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at TubeBootCamp.com