HOW TO TITLE YOUTUBE VIDEOS (My Secret Video Title Writing Formula)

Imagine getting a higher click through rate on your YouTube videos because you crafted compelling video titles, You’ll get higher rankings, more views, more subscribers, and grow your channel faster.

Watch the video below to discover my secret formula on how to title your YouTube videos, even if you’ve never had any copywriting experience.

There’s two parts to writing compelling video titles. The first part is to satisfy the search engines so people can find your videos in YouTube Search.

The second part of writing a video title is to add something compelling for your viewers, so they’ll be curious to check out your video.

Step one your main keyword in the YouTube suggestion box.

The purpose of doing this is to tap into the mind of your potential viewers.

If I enter how to build a birdhouse in the YouTube suggestion box, I get other suggestions… how to build a bird feeder, how to build a birdcage, Do it yourself birdhouse, cardboard birds in bird house, how to build a bird nest, log cabin birdhouse, et cetera. These are all search phrases that people are entering into YouTube search to get the answers to their questions.

Step two at a letter or underscore before or after your main keyword phrase.

If I add underscore space before build a birdhouse, I get other suggestions like how to build a birdhouse in Minecraft, had to build a birdhouse out of wood, how to build a birdhouse with Popsicle sticks, et cetera. If I add space underscore after build a birdhouse, I get build a birdhouse in your soul, build a birdhouse plans, build a bird house with Popsicle sticks, build a little bird house with your soul lyrics, et cetera.

I can also add letters before or after the main keyword phrase, so I’ve put a space then B. I get how to build a basic good house, how to build a Bluebird bird house, how to build a big bird house, how to build a birdhouse step-by-step.

I can also choose alternative words that mean the same like make a bird house so I can just repeat the process for make a bird house. So I’ve got make a bird house, make a bird house in your soul, make a birdhouse from milk carton, et cetera. If I who put underscore space at the beginning, I get all the how to combinations. If I put space underscore at the end, Then I get make a little birdhouse in your soul lyrics make a little birdhouse in your soul pushing daisies, so you’re substituting different words that mean the same or look different.

Use the LSI graph tool to generate LSI keywords that Google loves. LSI keywords are keywords related to the main keyword.

If I add build a birdhouse in LSI graph, I get different combinations of words, so build a birdhouse kit, birdhouse measurements, build it, decorate a bird house plans. It also gives me the search volume and cost per click.

Step three, view the search volume.

If you install keywords everywhere, it’ll give you the search volume and cost per click.

For example, I’ve got build a birdhouse 5,400 searches per month. Build a bird house in your soul, 70 searches per month. Build a bird house plans, 390 searches per month. This means if you target those keyword phrases and put them in your title, you can rank on the first page of YouTube.

LSI graph also shows you the trends and the search volume. So how to build a birdhouse YouTube, 110 searches per month.

Build a birdhouse kit, 700 searches per month. So you know these are keyword phrases that people are entering in YouTube search.

Step four, check the competition using TUBEBUDDY .

If I enter how to build a birdhouse in Keyword Explorer of TubeBuddy , it gives me similar suggestions to the YouTube suggestion tool. If I click explore, then it gives me an overall score, which is very poor. So I definitely wouldn’t want to go for this keyword phrase because it’s too competitive. Ideally, I want to go for a less competitive keyword phrase, so I can rank on the first page of YouTube. So even the unweighted score is only fair.

Let’s choose a less competitive title from these related titles that YouTube suggests. So I’m going to choose how to build a birdhouse step-by-step. Immediately it says it’s very good, so this is going to save me a lot of time. 76 out of a hundred this keyword isn’t too competitive. It has enough search volume to make it worth targeting. If you click on the weighted tab, it’ll be geared to my specific channel. So I click on weighted and it’s still very good. 79 out of a hundred. So this will be a great keyword phrase to go after it to get high search engine rankings.

I can also check the results by clicking results. I can immediately see that the top 10 videos don’t have the exact title phrase, how to build a birdhouse step-by-step.

So this would be a perfect phrase to go after to get high search engine rankings in YouTube. If you want to get even more suggestions, I can check out web searches from Google. Click web searches. I get how to build a birdhouse out of wood step by step. Step by step instructions on how to build a birdhouse. Immediately I get a higher score, 80 out of a hundred very good for the weighted score. U weighted score, v ery good. 77 out of a hundred.

If I check the results, I can see there’s no step by step instructions on how to build a birdhouse in the top 10 videos, so this would also be a perfect phrase to go after to rank in the search engines.

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Step five, add exact keyword phrase to start of title. Start your title with a main keyword phrase. You’ve already researched. For example, how to build a birdhouse was the main keyword phrase we chose because it has a great search volume. Now that we satisfied the search engines by placing an exact keyword phrase at the beginning of our title, we want to add something to the end of the title to satisfy viewers.

Step six, add emotional trigger to end of title. Here are some examples of attention grabbing titles…. How to make the best Apple pie without oven.

5 easy ways to write a resume, 7 extreme fashion do’s and don’ts. The secret of creating your own fashion designs. The best ever fashion designs video, the top 10 fashion mistakes you need to avoid.

If I apply these title examples to how to build a birdhouse, I could write how to build a birdhouse step-by-step. How to build a birdhouse without experience. How to build a birdhouse do’s and don’ts, how to build a birdhouse secret formula. How to build a birdhouse mistakes you need to avoid. How to build a birdhouse, 5 easy ways.

Here are some video titles and thumb nails that have done really well. This is not yellow, 19 million views.

How to tie a tie quick and easy. 38 million views.

I put 100 million or BS and my friend’s backyard, 74 million views, and here’s one of mine, how to block content on YouTube, 2020….30,000 views after six months.

Step seven weave the title into your video description.

For example, in this video that I titled how to make your first video on YouTube 2020 so it doesn’t suck. The first line says, your first video on YouTube is probably going to suck because you don’t have any experience. The second line says in this video, I’m going to show you how to make your first video on YouTube in 2020 so it doesn’t suck.

Step eight, measure title, effectiveness. Audience Retention. Look at the first 10 or 15 seconds of your audience retention graph. If there’s a sudden dip in the first few seconds, that means your video didn’t meet the expectations of the title.

Traffic sources. Identify the keyword phrases that are driving traffic to your videos. Use these same keyword phrases in your title to boost the search results of your videos. If you have the TUBEBUDDY keyword tool,

you’ll be able to see the keyword phrases that your video is ranking for. As you can see, this video ranks for multiple keyword phrases, so you’d create a series of videos using different titles.

I’ve already got confirmation that these keyword optimized titles would rank on the first page of YouTube search. You can then use those keyword phrases in your titles for future videos. You can also create a series of videos on a similar topic, but with different titles and put them in a playlist.

Click through rate. If you get a high click through rate, that means your title and your thumbnail are working well together.

Here are 7 common video title mistakes.

Number one, no SEO benefit. Your title must contain a keyword phrase, otherwise it won’t rank in the search engines.

Number two, no reader benefit. Avoid writing boring titles that don’t compel the viewer to click on the video.

Number three, lack of curiosity. When writing a title, keep in mind the searchers intent. What kind of questions are they asking and what kind of information are they going to receive from you Video?

Number four, lack of specificity If you add a number like top 10 tips or 3 easy ways that makes your title more specific.

Number five, lack of simplicity. Short titles, make them easy to read and easy to scan. Avoid using words in your title that are difficult to understand.

Number six, no sense of urgency. For example, if you write a title like how to build a birdhouse within 24 hours, that tells the viewer it’s not going to take a long time.

Number seven, title doesn’t compliment your thumbnail. Your thumbnail and title should work together to win the click. If nobody clicks on your thumbnail, they’re not going to watch a video that you spent hours creating.

Now you know the SECRET FORMULA for writing compelling video titles for your YouTube Videos.

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How To Save Videos On YouTube To Watch Later

Imagine watching a video on YouTube, then leaving to get a cup of coffee. When you get back to your computer, you can’t find the video that you just watched.

Don’t worry, because in the video below you’ll discover how to save videos on YouTube to watch later. You’ll learn how to add to add or remove videos to a private playlist, you’ll discover how to rearrange the videos, you’ll also learn how to create a new playlist for a series of videos based upon one topic.

This is going to make your life a lot easier.

Stay tuned to the end of the video where I show you how to watch a series of videos without being distracted.

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How To Save A Video To Watch Later
If you’re watching or browsing a video on YouTube and want to watch it later, hover over the thumbnail video image at the top. You can it watch later or add it to a queue.

If you click on the three dots under the video, you have these options,
– Add to queue,
– Save to watch later,
– Save to playlist,
– Not interested,
– Don’t recommend channel,
– Report.

If I hover over the top of the video, it says, “Watch later.” If i click on watch later it says “Added” and it’s saved to my Watch later playlist.

If I click on the Watch later playlist, you can see that the video has been added to the bottom of the playlist. This is a private playlist created by YouTube. You can see the lock icon with the word “Private” next to it.

How To Sort  Videos In Watch Later Playlist
You can shuffle the videos by clicking on the left of the video to drag it and drop it where you want it. If you bring it to the top, then the thumbnail changes at the top.

If I click on the three dots to the right of the video, I can add it to a queue, save it to a different playlist, remove it from the watch later playlist, move to the top or move to the bottom.

If I drag it to the bottom, then it’s moved to the bottom of the playlist. If I click on the three dots again, then click Move it to the top, then it’s moved to the top of the playlist.

If I click on the three dots, click Add to queue, then it plays in a little mini-player down the bottom of my page. Now if I click the X, then you get a little popup saying the queue will be cleared. Are you sure you want to close the player? Click Close player.

Here’s how to create a new playlist from the watch later playlist videos. – Select video,
– Click three dots,
– Click Save to playlist.
I’m going to uncheck Watch later. I can add it to any of my current playlists or I can create a new playlist.

Click Create new playlist and give it a name. I’ll just call it “Fitness” for the purposes of this video, then I can select my privacy settings. I’m going to just make it private so it’s only available to me, so nobody else can watch it, then click Create.

If I go to the left-hand column of my channel home page, I can now see my new playlist called Fitness. If I click on Fitness I can see my Fitness playlist.

These are all videos in a private playlist that are now only available to me but not available to the public.

How do you add videos to a private playlist you’ve created?
Select the video you wish to add, click the three dots, click Save to playlist. Here I’ve got my fitness playlist so I can just add it to that or I can create a new playlist. That’s all there is to it.

How do you remove videos from the Watch later playlist?
– Hover over the video,
– Click the three dots,
– Click Remove from watch later.

How To Add Videos To A Queue
Let’s go back to the YouTube homepage. Here’s another exercise video. I can save it to Watch later playlist or I can click Add to queue. If you click Add to queue and it plays in a mini-player at the bottom right of the page. When I click on the X, that says, “The queue will be cleared. Are you sure you want to close the player?” Click Close player.

You can do this for any video you’re watching or browsing on YouTube.

Keep in mind that your queue won’t save after you’ve closed your browser. If you want to continue watching later, just save your video to your Watch later playlist.

Here’s another video that I want to add to my private playlist called Fitness. Just click on the three dots, click Save to playlist, select Fitness, close the window. Now if I click on Fitness, I now have two videos that are saved to my private playlist called Fitness.

If I click on these three dots, I can collaborate so collaborators can add videos to this playlist, I can change the playlist settings and allow embedding, add new videos to the top of the playlist.

You can also click Advanced settings and click Add videos.
– Go to video search.
– Enter URL of a video I want to save in this playlist or I can select my own YouTube videos.
– If I search for “knee pain,” click Search. I can select from any of these videos. For example I choose..Two gentle stretches to reduce knee pain. I just select the video, click Add video.

How do you delete your saved playlist?
– Click on the three dots,
– Click Delete playlist.
“Are you sure you want to delete Fitness from my saved playlist?” Deleting playlist is a permanent action and cannot be undone,
– Click Delete.

Now you know how to save any video to a watch later playlist, add it to a queue or create a private playlist.

Let me ask you a question….

Do you often get videos recommended to you on your YouTube homepage that you’re not interested in?

If that’s a yes, watch my next video on how to block content on YouTube. You’ll learn how to stop YouTube recommending channels on your YouTube homepage.

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How To REMOVE COPYRIGHT CLAIMS On YouTube Using YouTube’s New Studio Tools

Nothing is more frustrating than getting a copyright strike
on your video after you’ve spent hours creating it.

I’ve received multiple strikes on my channel over the years so I know how it feels, and it doesn’t feel good. In the video below, I show the new YouTube studio tools you can use to remove copyright claims from your videos.

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You’ll learn…
* Where to find a copyright strike info for your channel.
* What happens when you get a copyright strike
* How to use the new claim editing tool.
* How to use a new video list feature for copyright claims.
* Important things you should know about YouTube and copyright.

Where to find copyright strike info for your channel.
– Log to YouTube channel,
– Click on YouTube studio.
– On the channel dashboard, you’ll see your channel violations
– Click the videos tab, click filter,
– Click copyright claims.
You’ll be able to see the videos, visibility, monetization, restrictions, date, views, comments, likes, dislikes.

If I hover over the copyright claim, it says this video was found to contain copyrighted material. As a result, it cannot be monetized by the uploader.

This means I can still keep the video active on my channel, but I just can’t make money from it.

If I click on see more details, then I get the copyright summary in status. It says video cannot be monetized, the content ID claim on your video doesn’t affect your channel. This is not a copyright strike. It shows the content used, claim type, impact on the video, video can’t be monetized or I can select ad revenue paid to copyright owner.

If I click on select action drop-down box, I can trim out a segment, replace the song, mute the song or dispute it. If I replace the song or trim out the offending segment, then I can monetize this video. I wouldn’t have to worry about the content ID claim on the video anymore.

When you trim out copyrighted content claimed by Content ID on your video, it automatically releases the claim.

If you got a copyright strike and absolutely believe it was an error, then, by all means, appeal the strike.

Here’s the message you’ll receive in YouTube studio if you got a copyright strike. The copyright owner asks us to take down the video because they believe it contains material that violates their copyright. As a result, the video is removed from YouTube, your channel received a strike. If you get three copyright strikes, your account along with any associated channels will be subject to termination. If you do nothing, the strike will expire after 90 days, you can request a retraction, or you can submit a counter notification. Deleting the video will not remove the strike.

Under actions you can contact the claimant or you could submit a counter-notification.

What happens when you get a copyright strike?
1. It acts as a warning.
The first time you get a strike you’ll have to go through copyright school. YouTube does this so you can understand copyright and how it’s enforced by YouTube.

2. Monetization is disabled.
This means you’re no longer be able to make money from AdSense ads that are on that video.

If your live stream was removed for copyright, you won’t be able to go live on your channel for 90 days.

3. If you get three copyright strikes, your channel and associated channels will be subject to termination.
This means all videos that you uploaded to your account will be removed, you won’t be able to create any new channels.

4. Courtesy period.
If your channel is a member of YouTube Partner Program, you’re eligible for a courtesy period of 7 days before your channel is disabled. During the seven day period, your copyright strikes won’t expire and you also won’t be able to upload new videos to your channel.

Wow, that really sucks!

Your channel will remain live during this period so you can resolve these strikes. If the strikes are resolved through a retraction or a counter notification, then your channel won’t be disabled.

What if I give credit to the copyright owner…does this mean I can use their content?
Giving credit to the copyright owner doesn’t automatically give you the rights to use the copyrighted content. Make sure you get permission from the copyright owner to use their content before you upload the video to your channel.

Can I use content that I purchased from iTunes, CD or DVD?
Just because you purchased the content it doesn’t mean that you can upload the content to YouTube.

Even if you have a credit to the copyright owner from the content that you purchased, it may still violate copyright law.

What if I recorded content from my TV, the movie theater or the radio…Is that okay?
Just because you recorded the content yourself, doesn’t mean you have the rights to the content and you can upload it to YouTube.

For example, if you are filming video in a mall, and there was background music that is copyrighted, you couldn’t use that background music in your video, you’d have to get permission from the owners of that music.

What if I use a few seconds of copyrighted content in my video?
Any amount of unlicensed content, even if it’s for a few seconds, may result in a copyright claim from that owner.

For example, I received a copyright claim on a four-year-old video for just using a couple of seconds in the video. My appeal failed so the video was removed, I lost revenue that was generated from the video and I had to wait 90 days for the copyright strike to be removed from my channel.

Click here to learn how to avoid fair use copyright on YouTube.

Copyright strike or community guidelines strike…What’s the difference?
YouTube says copyright strikes are issued when we remove content because a copyright owner sent us a complete and valid legal request asking us to do so. Community guidelines strikes are issued when we remove content because it violates YouTube’s community guidelines. This includes but is not limited to nudity, sexual content, violent or graphic content, harmful or dangerous content or spam.

If you want to know how to legally use copyrighted music on YouTube without getting a copyright strike, watch this video, you’ll discover how to add a copyrighted music clip to your video.

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How To Come Up With Endless YouTube Video Ideas

Have you ever stared at a blank computer screen struggling to come up with a new YouTube video idea?

Forced creativity doesn’t make a good video.

Watch the video below to discover 7 ways to come up with endless YouTube video ideas.

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  1. Research the most popular search phrases.
    These are phrases that people are entering into the search engines to get answers to the questions.

    For example, asking how to tie a tie? How to grow tomatoes? How to get more views on YouTube? You’re literally tapping into the mind of your target audience. An easy way to do this is to get suggestions from the YouTube search bar.

    For example, if I enter YouTube video ideas on YouTube search bar I get “YouTube video ideas for beginners“, “YouTube video ideas without showing face“, “YouTube video ideas with friends“, “YouTube video ideas for couples“, et cetera. Whatever your niche, use YouTube search bar to quickly get new YouTube video ideas.

    You can do the same with Google. For example, if I enter “YouTube video ideas“, on the Google search engine, I’ll get related keyword ideas. Under related keywords, I see “YouTube video ideas generator“, “YouTube video ideas challenges“, “YouTube video ideas for couples“, et cetera.

    You also get more keyword ideas under the title “People Also Search For“. If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, you get searches related to YouTube video ideas.

    If you want to speed up your keyword research, you can use a tool like TubeBuddy. For example, if I enter YouTube video ideas in keyword explorer from TubeBuddy, then click explore, it will give me the overall score, the search volume, competition, optimization strength, number of videos and search results, number of monthly searches.

    It will also show me related used phrases and the most used tags. This quickly speeds up my keyword research.

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    Another great tool is AnswerThePublic.com. You simply enter your keyword phrase in the search box, and within a few seconds, you get the most frequently asked questions that are asked in your niche. These are popular questions people are entering into the search engines, so you’re tapping into the mind of your most target audience.
  2. Survey your audience.
    If you have an email list or a Facebook Group, survey your audience. If you belong to somebody else’s Facebook group or forum, ask a question on the group or forum. You can also start a poll in those forums or groups. You can also see which questions have been asked again and again in your comments. You also pint a question to the top of your comments asking for new video ideas.
  3. Visit competitor’s channels.
    If I’m stuck for video ideas I often visit my competitor’s channels, so I get inspiration from watching their videos. You can also see which video topics are getting the most traffic.

    Instead of presenting the same content, approach the topic from a different angle. Viewers often resonate with content that comes from a different personality. You can also get ideas from watching videos from other people’s channels that are not in your niche.
  4. Revamp old videos.
    If you’ve been publishing videos on your channel for a while, you probably have several videos that need updating. Create a new title and update the content with more relevant information.

    If you’ve been scripting your videos, you can just take the old script and rewrite it. This will save you a lot of time instead of starting from scratch.
  5. Capitalize on your most successful videos.
    Go into YouTube Studio analytics and observe the top 10 videos in your niche. You already know these topics attract a lot of traffic, so try to approach the same topic from a different angle or come up with similar topics, containing similar content.
  6. Popular trends.
    If you’re one of the first ones to jump on a popular trend in your niche, it can result in a lot of growth to your channel. One of the best ways to keep up with popular trends in your niche is Google Trends.

    Just enter a main keyword in Google Trends and it’ll show you the trends in your niche.

    Alternatively, you can set up Google Alerts or receive an email once a week or once a day about industry news in your niche. You can also subscribe to industry publications, blogs and forums.
  7. Take a break.
    If you try to force creativity, you’re probably not going to get very creative. Instead, change your environment by getting out of the office and go outside.

    For example, I usually go for a one-hour bike ride every day to get a break from the office. This relieves stress and often results in coming up with new video ideas.

    You can do something similar by going for a walk or listening to music. Even if you do something boring it will give your mind a rest so new ideas can trickle into your mind for future videos.

    BONUS TIP
    Do a brain dump.
    Take out a piece of paper and just write down a bunch of ideas without thinking. Taking action gets your creative juices flowing.

    Let me ask you a question.
    How do you currently generate new ideas for future videos?

    Post your answer in the comments below. I’d love to read them and I’m sure others would too.

    Did you know that your first video is probably going to suck? Even if you create a lot of videos some videos are still going to suck?

    If you want to know how to make a video on YouTube that doesn’t suck watch the next video. You’ll learn what equipment to use and how to plan, film, edit and promote your video.

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How To Make Your YouTube Videos Searchable

Discover how to make your YouTube videos searchable so you can get more views, comments and subscribers and stop wasting time on videos that don’t get discovered.

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Here are 7 tips to make your YouTube videos searchable.

  1. Tap into the mind of your audience.
    Ideally, you want to create videos that your audience wants to watch by offering solutions to their problems.

    How do you do that?

    Fortunately, you don’t have to guess because YouTube gives us suggestions using a YouTube search bar. For example, if I enter “How to translate YouTube videos” on the YouTube search bar, I get a bunch of suggestions from YouTube. These are search phrases that people are entering into the YouTube search bar to find solutions to their problems.

    If you install a Chrome extension Keywords Everywhere, it’ll give you the search volume and the cost per click. For example, “How to translate YouTube videos” gets 210 searches per month and a cost per click of ¢0.79. This is how much advertisers are willing to pay for their keyword phrase.

    If you have a small channel, it’ll be hard to compete with a popular keyword phrase like, “How to translate YouTube videos.” Instead, you want to find less competitive keywords phrases that are easier to rank for.

    How do you do that?
  2. Find less competitive keyword phrases.
    As you can see in the video, the competition for ranking the keyword phrase “How to translate YouTube videos” is very fierce. The first video got 119,000 views. The second, 219,000 views. The third, 61,000 views. My video, 105,000 views.

    It’s best to find long tail keyword phrases that are less competitive. One way to do this is to put letters after the main keyword phrase. For example, if I put “a” after “How to translate YouTube videos“, I get “How to translate YouTube videos to Arabic“, “How to translate YouTube videos to another language“, “How to translate YouTube videos on Android“. These phrases would be easy to rank for.

    Is there an easier and faster way to find low-competition keyword phrases?
  3. Use the TubeBuddy Keyword Research Tool to quickly and easily find keyword phrases to rank for.
    If I click on the TubeBuddy icon, click on Keyword Explorer, enter my keyword phrase “How to translate YouTube videos“, click Explore and quickly see that they’ve got a poor score for their keyword phrase, so it’s no use creating a video for that keyword phrase.

    Instead, I can choose one of the related searches. It says choose “How to translate YouTube videos on Android”. It says the unweighted score is very good, 75 out of 100.

    The unweighted score refers to how good this keyword is to target based on search volume and competition.

    The weighted score is also very good, 71 out of 100. This refers to how good this keyword is to target for your specific channel based on search volume, competition, relevancy and how you compare to others currently ranking in search.

    A TubeBuddy Pro license is required for this, but if you use the promo code hermansbuddy at checkout, you’ll get 20% off.

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    It’s well worth it because it’s going to save you a lot of time doing keyword research for your YouTube videos.

    If I click the results tab in TubeBuddy, then it shows me the competition. However, I don’t see any competing video titles that say, “How to translate YouTube videos to English on Android.” This would be a great video to create to get first-page rankings on YouTube.

    Now I understand.

    If I click on the historical tab, I can see that the keyword phrase “How to translate YouTube videos” is still very popular.

    Is there a fast way to see the common questions that people are typing into the search engines?
  4. Answerthepublic.com
    Here are the questions I get when I enter “How to translate YouTube videos” in the search box in answerthepublic. As you can see, I’ve got hundreds of suggestions. If I scroll down further, it gives me 140 alphabeticals.

    If you have the Keywords Everywhere extension installed, you’ll see the search volume and the cost per click for that particular keyword phrase. Now that you finished your keyword research, you’ve got to create an engaging video.
  5. Create an engaging video.
    The most crucial part of creating an engaging video is to have a great hook. If you can grab the attention of your viewers in the first 30 to 60 seconds, there’s a greater possibility they’ll watch the rest of the video.

    Some ideas to create a great hook is to ask a question or to tease them at the beginning of the video about what’s coming up next.

    For example, at the beginning of this video, I showed screenshots for videos that have been getting top rankings in YouTube search. You can do the same or try something different.

    The most important factor is to keep people engaged throughout your video. Ideally, aim for 50% audience retention rate. This means that 50% of the people watching a video watch it all the way through.
  6. Optimize your videos correctly.
    The two most important factors for optimization are your thumbnails and titles. An attractive thumbnail that stands out on search engines is more likely to get clicked on.

    Here are some important things to include in your thumbnail.
    * Use bright colors. Include bold text. Just use a few words, but don’t repeat the title.
    * Add your face and include an expression.
    * Try to tell a story so your viewers are curious to check out your video.
    * Check that your thumbnail still looks good at a small size because most people watching YouTube videos are on their phones.

    How do you write a good title?
    Place the keyword phrase that you researched at the beginning of your title. Add something at the end of your title that motivates viewers to click on your thumbnail. For example, for this video “How to stop unrelated videos on YouTube embed“, I added “and only show your own related videos“. The phrase I added to the title will motivate viewers to click on the thumbnail.

    Here’s another one. “How to find and use creative common videos on YouTube“. I added the phrase to motivate viewers “without copyright claims“.

    For your description, summarize the content of your video in the first three lines. Make sure you weave your keyword phrase in that first paragraph.

    When it comes to tags, make sure they’re relevant to the video content. For example, put your main keyword phrase as a first tag, followed by relating keyword phrases.

    How do you track the ranked new videos so you can see how well they’re doing?
    The manual way is to go incognito. On your Chrome browser click File, New Incognito Window, enter YouTube, enter your search term, click search. Now you’ll see your videos ranked not based upon your personal browsing behavior.

    If you had the TubeBuddy extension installed, you’ll be able to see the rankings for multiple keyword phrases in your tags.
  7. Track your results.
    The purpose of tracking your results is to see what you’re doing right. If your videos get ranked on the first page of the YouTube search results, they’ll get a lot of views and subscribers. Therefore, you want to go to YouTube Analytics and see which videos are performing the best.

    Also, check which videos are getting the most real-time activity. This means these top videos are getting the most views day after day. If you discover videos that are getting a lot of views and subscribers, create more of those types of videos. This is because they’re performing well, so you want to create similar videos from similar topics.

    If you want to check the performance for an individual video, go to YouTube Analytics and check on the reach tab. You’ll see the traffic source types, the click-through rate and the average view duration. Always try to improve the click-through rate and the average view duration for every video you upload. If you do this, your channel will grow consistently.

    Keep in mind that 90% of your traffic comes from non-subscribers, so make sure you tap into the mind of your audience as I mentioned in the first point.

    Did you know that the top traffic source for most channels is suggested videos?

    These are the videos that appear on the right side of the watch page or the ones that come up next after the videos stop playing. Watch the next video to discover how to get your video suggested and recommended by YouTube.

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How To Get Your First 100 Subscribers On YouTube Fast

What if you’re starting a new YouTube Channel….how would you hit your first 100 subscribers fast?

In the video below, I’m going to give you 10 tips if was I starting a YouTube channel from scratch.

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  1. Narrow your niche.
    If you choose a very broad niche, it’ll be hard to appeal to everybody. It’s best to narrow down your niche so you can appeal to a very select group. For example, if you pick the broad niche like how to train puppies, it’d be better to niche down into how train puppies for a specific breed of dog. It would be easier to rank for a specific keyword phrases and yet attract more traffic to your channel.
  2. Plan a video series.
    Instead of creating a solo video, think 10 videos ahead. Choose a topic based on a particular theme then go deeper into the topic.

    For example, recently I did a series on YouTube playlists. I talked about how to create and manage playlists. I talked about how to rank YouTube playlists. I talked about how to save videos to a private playlist and how to use playlists to get more traffic. When you create a video series, you encourage viewers to watch more than one video.

    The whole purpose of creating a video series is to give more content on what people want to watch. To do this, you have to create a content calendar so you can plan out your video ideas in advance.
  3. Choose the correct keywords.
    Keyword research is a foundation for getting your videos ranked in the search engines. If you choose the correct keywords, you can easily rank your YouTube videos and attract a lot of traffic.

    If you’re a small channel, choose less competitive keyword phrases because they’re easier to rank for.

    For example, instead of choosing a keyword phrase like how to train puppies, I choose a keyword phrase like how to train puppies not to bite. If you install the Chrome extension Keywords Everywhere, it’ll show you the search volume for the keyword phrases you enter into the YouTube search bar. Shoot for keyword phrases that get between a hundred to a thousand searches per month.

    Another tool that speeds up keyword research is TubeBuddy. It gives you the keyword score, the search volume and related phrases to rank for.

    Click here to get TubeBuddy
    Use Promo Code HERMANSBUDDY to get 20% off any paid option.

    While doing your keyword research, check out your competition on YouTube. If there’s hardly any videos ranking for those particular keyword phrases, you’ve got a winner.
  4. Brand your channel
    This includes your channel banner and your thumbnails. The purpose of branding your channel is to make it easy for viewers to recognize your brand across the internet. When they see your thumbnail on search engines, they’ll easily recognize that that belongs to your channel.

    Another thing to consider is that many people subscribe when they visit your YouTube channel homepage. Therefore create a beautiful channel banner, add a channel trailer and put playlists in the sections on your channel homepage.

    When people first visit your channel homepage, they can immediately take a deeper dive into your content.
  5. Create short and engaging videos.
    When you first start a YouTube channel, you have no audience so you want to attract new subscribers. To do this, you want to create short and engaging videos. First, you have to create an attractive thumbnail that stands out in the search engines.

    Secondly, you’ve got to come up with a great title that reinforces your thumbnail. A great thumbnail and a great title will cause viewers to click on your video because viewers have a short attention span.

    Keep your video short from two to five minutes. If you can keep 50% of your audience engaged all the way through your video, your video will do well in the search engines.
  6. Track the performance of your videos.
    The three metrics to keep an eye on is audience retention, click-through rate (CTR), and average percentage viewed.

    Click-through rate refers to how many people saw your thumbnail and clicked on your video to watch it. The average click-through rate is between 2% and 4% so if you get 4% you’re doing really well.

    Audience retention is how long people are staying watching your video. Try to aim for audience retention of 50%. If you get higher than that you’re really doing well and YouTube will promote your videos.

    Average percentage viewed is the percent of each video the average viewer watched. Try to get an APV score of 50% or over.
  7. Make more tweaks.
    Try to improve one thing in every new video you upload. As I mentioned previously, you want to improve your audience retention, click-through rate and average percentage viewed. For example, if you want to improve your click-through rate, improve the design of your thumbnails.

    If you want to improve your audience retention, improve the engagement throughout your video.

    Small tweaks can make a big difference to the growth of your channel.
  8. Have a consistent upload schedule.
    If you want to get your first 100 subscribers fast, you’ve got to upload on a consistent basis. For example, you might upload once a week at the beginning, then increase it to two times a week later on.

    Just try to upload on a consistent schedule so viewers know when to expect new content for the channel. Keep in mind that practice makes perfect so your first few videos are not going to be perfect.

    Also, don’t compare yourself with the competitors who have been doing it for a long time because you’ll only get depressed. Instead, focus on being the best you can be and create videos that your audience wants to watch.
  9. Repurpose your video content.
    After you finished optimizing and publishing video, your work has just begun. Share your video on social media sites by repurposing your video content.

    For example, upload the same video to IGTV and post a graphic or a square video to Instagram. You can upload a native square video to Facebook.

    Transcribe your video and add your transcript to a blog post containing your embedded video.

    If you have an email list, notify your subscribers about your new video.

    Make sure you also engage with the viewers by replying to them in the comments.
  10. Double down on what works.
    When you notice a video topic attracts a lot of views and subscribers, create more of those types of videos. For example you can approach the topic from a different angle. You can do more keyword research to find alternative keyword phrases to rank for.

    Here’s a bonus tip….
    * Use the features on YouTube to get people to subscribe to your channel.

    * Add a subscribe watermark to all the videos on your channel. Click here to find out how to create a subscribe watermark.

    * Add a subscribe button in your end screen.

    * Ask viewers to subscribe in your video and give them a strong reason why they should subscribe.

    * Put a subscribe link to the top your comments.

    * Add a subscribe link in the description.

    * Add a subscribe link on your about page.

    * Add a channel trailer because YouTube automatically adds a red subscribe button at the end of your channel trailer.

    * Add a subscribe link on your website, social media sites and in your email.

    Let me ask you a question, what is the one thing that has caused the most rapid growth for your YouTube channel?

    Post your answer in the comments below, I’d love to read them and I’m sure it’ll help others too.

Do you want to grow a YouTube channel fast this year and beyond? If that’s a yes, watch the next video on how to grow your YouTube channel fast.

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How To MAKE YOUR FIRST VIDEO On YouTube (so it doesn’t suck)

Your first video is probably going to suck because you don’t have any experience. In the video below, I’m going to show you how to make your first video on YouTube so it doesn’t suck.

You’ll learn how to plan your video, what equipment you need, how to script your video, how to film your video, how to edit your video, how to optimize your video and how to promote your video.

By the end of this tutorial, you’ll know how to make your first video that doesn’t suck.

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

Camera
When I first started creating videos, I just used my iPhone. I also used a Logitech webcam which I picked up for 50 bucks. You can also use the webcam on your computer. It wasn’t until several years later that I upgraded to the Canon M50 which is a little beauty.

Do the best you can with what you’ve got.

External Microphone
I highly recommend getting an external mic because the sound built into the camera or built into the phone is not really good. A great mic that I use for the phone is the Rode smartLav+ microphone. It’s a lapel mic that clips onto your shit. You can plug it directly into your phone and start using it.

For my Canon M50 camera, I use the Movo VXR10 which sits right on top of the camera out of the way of everything.

Lighting
If you can’t afford any lighting, you can film outside. Don’t try to film in direct sunlight because you’ll get washed out colors. The best time to film outside is in the morning or late in the day when the sun is not directly above you.

Alternatively, you can film in the shade.

If you’re filming indoors and don’t have any lights, you can use the soft daylight that comes from a window. If you want to control the lighting in your office or in your studio, I highly recommend getting the Neewer Ring light. You can also use a couple of softboxes on the left and the right at 45-degree angles. In my case, I have the ring-light in front, a softbox to the left and a softbox to the right.

Great lighting makes a big difference in your video.

Backdrop
When a shot my first few videos, I just did them outside where there was natural lighting and beautiful scenery. Nowadays, I use a brick wall as a backdrop. It’s not actually a real brick wall, but a wall hanging that I purchased Dresslily. Click here to purchase a backdrop for around $20.00. A couple of softboxes will cost about a hundred dollars. A ring light is about $150.00.

Tripod
If you’re filming a video standing up, you can just get a tripod like this for 20 bucks. If you don’t have a tripod for your camera, you can just sit on some books. If you use your phone, you want to have some clamp that clamps onto your phone and screws onto your tripod. You can also use a desk tripod, which is what I’m using now like a GorillaPod. The beauty of the GorillaPod is they can wrap the legs around a pole or around a tree, when shooting outside.

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Plan your content
Think about planning out content for a series of videos based upon a particular theme. For example, if your main topic is how to grow tomatoes, you can create videos on how to grow tomatoes in a pot, how to grow tomatoes at home from seeds, how to grow tomatoes in containers, how to grow tomatoes indoors in the winter. One of the easiest ways to come up with topics that people are searching for in the search engines is to enter your main keyword phrase in the YouTube search box.

For example, if I enter how to grow tomatoes, I get how to grow tomatoes from seed, how to grow tomatoes indoors, how to grow tomatoes in a pot, et cetera. You can create a series of videos instead of a solo video. Once you have decided on your topic, you want to script your video by jotting down several bullet points so you can stay on track throughout your video instead of waffling on.

Video Structure
Structure your video by hooking people at the beginning with a question or stating upfront what the video is about. Reinforce your introduction by going deeper into your content for your main presentation. End your video with a strong call to action by inviting people to watch the next video in the series. Try to eliminate any fluff that occurred on the video such as rambling on about a particular topic.

Ideally, we want to keep most of your viewers engaged throughout your video because the high audience retention and a longer watch time contributes to YouTube promoting your video in the search engines.

Filming
When you film your video, make sure you’re staring directly at the lens at eye-level. Avoid looking at the flip-out screen if you’ve got a camera because you won’t be looking directly at the person that you’re trying to address. Keep your lens at eye level and frame yourself with a little bit of space above your head. You can also use the rule of thirds by being to the left of the frame or to the right of the frame.

Delivery
If you’re using a script, memorize a few lines first and speak into the camera, pause, look down, memorize the next few lines, and then speaking to the camera again. You can always edit out the pauses in your video editing software.

Keep in mind that when you’re delivering on camera, some of the volume and the energy will be decreased. To counteract that, raise your energy and raise your volume a little, but keep it natural.

Imagine you’re talking to your best friend while you’re delivering your content on camera. If you do this, you’ll come across more natural than if you think you’re just looking at the camera. Try to mix up your delivery by intonating your voice throughout your presentation. Make sure you relax so you’d come across real natural like you’re talking to a friend.

Editing
Now that you’ve finished filming me your video, you’re ready to edit your video. You can use free software like iMovie for the Mac, DaVinci Resolve, Shotcut, Kapwing. You can also use an app like KineMaster.

I use ScreenFlow because I edit on a Mac. It’s easy to use and easy to learn. When you’re editing your video, start from the end and work backwards. If you’ve done several takes, the last take will be at the end and then you can eliminate the other takes before. This will really speed up the video editing process.

Make sure you reset the attention of the viewers by mixing in some B roll and transitions. This works especially well if you’re just doing a talking-head video. Every few seconds change the scenery, change positions, add a transition or add some graphics.

Publish
After you’ve finished editing your video, you’re ready to publish your video on YouTube. Make sure you create a title that includes your keywords and is also optimized for your viewers. For example, your main keyword phrase could be how to grow tomatoes, which people are entering into the search engines. At the end of that phrase, you could say how to grow tomatoes without any experience. The phrase without any experience is an emotional phrase that captures your audience’s attention.

Thumbnail
Design a great thumbnail that stands out from your competitors so when people search in the search engines, they’ll see a thumbnail and click on it to watch a video. A high click-through rate will help your video to appearance in suggested videos which appear on the right side of the watch page. They also appear below the video in the YouTube app.

Promote
After you’ve finished publishing your video on YouTube, you want to promote your video on social media sites. Use the share button under the video to promote it to Twitter, tumbler, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Facebook, and even Instagram.

Alternatively, you can repurpose your content to promote it in many different ways. Watch this video on how you can repurpose your video content.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind….

1. Don’t have high expectations.
Your first few videos are probably not going to be perfect, so give yourself time to improve. You want to commit yourself to do a hundred videos without the high expectations of getting a lot of views and a lot of subscribers. Instead of focusing on the metrics focused on just getting better in each new video that you publish.

2. Don’t compare yourself with others.
If you compare yourself with someone that’s been filming videos for years, you only get discouraged. Instead, just try to compete with yourself instead of trying to compare yourself with others.

3. Get feedback.
It’s easy to fall in love with your own videos, thinking that you did a great job, but if you get feedback from others, you’d get a more objective view. I invite you to join my Facebook group so I can get feedback from other members. You can also ask questions and interact with likeminded people. I’ll place a link to my Facebook group in the description below this video.

4. Be consistent.
Try to publish a new video on the same day at the same time every week. Your viewers will then know when to expect new content from your channel. Most of all have fun. There’s going to be times when you might get discouraged. Where you could get so little views and so little subscribers. If you have fun creating your content, you won’t be discouraged so easily.

Let me ask you a question….
What part of publishing your first video on YouTube was the most difficult?

Post your answers in the comments below. I’d love to read them and I’m sure others would too.

Here are the results of a poll when I asked the same question to my YouTube subscribers. 54% selected content idea and scripting.

If you want to get some lessons on how to get your first 100 subscribers, watch my next video. You’ll learn the exact steps you need to take to attract your first 100 subscribers on YouTube.

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YouTube TOS, FTC, COPPA – 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions

Are you confused about YouTube’s new Terms of Service that requires you to designate your content as made for kids or not made for kids, otherwise, you’ll get fined by the FTC?

In the video below, I answer the top 10 frequently asked questions regarding FTC, COPPA and YOUTUBE and how it’ll affect your channel, videos, and revenue. Keep in mind, I’m not a lawyer, but I’m just giving the answers from YouTube and FTC to the best of my ability.

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  1. What happens if you set your content as made for kids?
    If you set your individual video or live stream as made for kids, these features won’t be available….Personal advertising, comments, channel branding watermark, donate button, cards and end screens, live chat or live chat donations, notification bell, playback in the mini-player, super chat or super stickers, saved playlists.
  2. What happens if I set my channel as made for kids?
    The features I just mentioned for individual videos also apply to your channel as well as stories, community posts, channel memberships, as well as saved to watch later or saved to a playlist.

    Thirsty desert asks, “Okay, wondering if they have anything to say about private videos. They’re not public right so they should leave them alone the way I see it. What do you think?”

    Answer: Advertisers can’t advertise on private videos so they’re not going to be affected. But you’ll still have to designate them as made for kids or not made for kids.
  3. What happens if I set my audience incorrectly?
    YouTube says, “You may face compliance issues with the FTC and may have to take action on your YouTube account.”

    What the heck does that mean?

    The FTC says, “The rule allows for civil penalties of up to $42,530 per violation, but the FTC considers a number of factors in determining the appropriate amount, including a company’s financial condition and the impact a penalty could have on its ability to stay in its business.

    So, if you have a small channel like myself that doesn’t earn much revenue from ads, they’re not taking into account my financial condition. It’s not going to be $42,000 so I just don’t have it lying around. The bottom line is, choose your settings accurately.
  4. How do you determine if your content is made for kids or not
    These are factors that YouTube and FTC give us to determine if your content is made for kids….
    – Subject matter of the video,
    – whether children are your intended or actual audience for the video,
    – whether the video includes child actors or models,
    – whether the video includes characters, celebrities or toys that appeal to children, including animated characters or cartoon figures,
    – whether the language of the video is intended for children to understand,
    – whether the video includes activities that appeal to children, such as play-acting, simple songs, games, or early education,
    – whether the video includes songs, stories, or poems for children.

    In this document from the Federal Trade Commission, they added competent and reliable empirical evidence about the age of the audience.

    One of the ways to see the age group or the people that are watching your videos is to go YouTube Analytics. Just go to YouTube studio, click on the Analytics then click on audience. My top age group is between 18 and 34 so definitely my content is not directed towards kids.
  5. How old is a kid?
    The age of a kid in the United States is anyone that is under 13 years old but it can be higher in different countries. It means, if you’re under 13, you can’t set up a YouTube channel but you could do you under your parent’s account.

    Alternatively, you can just install YouTube Kids app which is free.
  6. Is animated content considered made for kids?
    According to the FTC, “Just because your video shows bright colors or animated characters, it’s not covered under COPPA.”
  7. What do I do if YouTube says my account is made for kids, but I disagree?
    If you haven’t set your video’s audience yet, YouTube may do it for you. YouTube says they’ll use machine learning to identify the videos that are directed towards kids. They further go on to say that you shouldn’t rely upon their systems to set the audience for you.

    I totally agree with that because many times, YouTubers incorrectly demonetize my videos or give me a strike. So, don’t rely upon YouTube choosing the settings for you.
  8. What if my content appeals to a wide audience, not just kids?
    YouTube says, “It is your responsibility to comply with COPPA and designate your content accurately.”

    That sounds pretty vague. Can you give me more clarification? Watch the video clip in the video from Jeremy who’s a lawyer and a YouTuber with 5 kids about adding a mixed audience designation.

    Jeremy: The mixed audience exception is when your content may fall under the factors that they layout. When I’m talking about the factors, I’m talking about subject matter, the visual content, animated characters like that list of things where YouTube and the FTC are saying, “This is child-directed, or appealing to children,” you could fall under those factors but still not have children as your primary target audience. I want people to be able to see the specific language from the FTC.
  9. Will my channel get deleted if it’s not commercially viable for YouTube?
    Well, this section has got a lot of content creators worried, is a section on the accounts and suspensions. It says, “YouTube might terminate your access or your Google account’s access to all or part of the service if YouTube believes in its sole discretion, that provision of the service to you is no longer commercially viable.”

    Here is YouTube’s response. “To clarify, there are no new rights in our Terms of Service to terminate an account because it’s not making money. As before, we may discontinue certain YouTube features or parts of the service, or parts of the service, for example, if they’re outdated or have low usage. This does not impact creators/viewers in any new ways.”
  10. How can you prepare for these changes?
    * Make sure you designate your content correctly as made for kids or not made for kids. If you can’t decide, look in your demographics and YouTube Analytics.

    *Look for other ways to monetize your content besides ads. Click here for 21 ways to monetize your YouTube content without AdSense ads.

    * Sign a petition. Creators on YouTube are signing this petition asking the FTC to clarify and reconsider copy regulations they say will punish family-friendly content.

    Over 700,000 have already signed the petition. Let’s make it one million. Click here to sign the the petition.
  11. Don’t delete your channel.
    It’s easy to get upset with these new Terms of Service and react emotionally by deleting your channel. Instead, do your best to designate your content correctly as made for kids or not made for kids.

    There will be more clarification coming from YouTube and the FTC, as they get more feedback from YouTube creators.

    If you want to learn more about COPPA and how to change the settings on the individual videos and channel, watch this video.

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How To Get 50,000 Subscribers On YouTube – My Top 10 Tips To Help You Grow

Thank you for enabling me to get to 50,000 subscribers. It’s taken a while but through consistently publishing new videos every week for several years, I was able to achieve that goal.

In the video below, I share my top 10 tips on how to get 50,000 subscribers. I wish I knew these tips before I started my YouTube channel so it could have grown a lot faster.

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  1. Set a goal.
    Setting a goal is like having a destination on a map, once you arrive at your destination, you’re happy you got there. It’s the same for a YouTube channel. Say you started off with a new channel and your first goal was to get 100 subscribers.

    When you achieve that goal, it inspires you to make another goal. For example, when you’ve achieved 100 subscribers and verified your channel, you’ll be able to get a custom URL, upload a custom thumbnail and upload videos longer than 15 minutes.

    After you’ve achieved that goal, your next goal might be to achieve 4,000 public watch hours and 1,000 subscribers in the next 12 months so you can become a member of the YouTube Partner Program. Once you’ve achieved that goal you’ll be able to monetize your channel.

    You see each goal inspires you to achieve the next goal. This is a way you can rapidly grow your YouTube channel.
  2. Don’t compare the growth of your channel with other people’s channels.
    If you just started a YouTube channel it’s easy to compare your growth with the growth of someone who’s been at it for years. This will only get you depressed because you’re comparing the start of your journey with their journey where they may have been at it for two or three years.

    Don’t compare the number of views and subscribers you’re getting at the beginning of your journey with their journey where they’re getting much more views and subscribers. Just focus on being the best you can be and be your unique self instead of comparing yourself with others.

    If you do look at other channels on your niche look at the different ways they’re being successful. It could be their delivery, their channel art or the way they optimize their videos.
  3. Focus on three simple metrics: click-through rate,
    average view duration, and average percentage viewed.
    You can track the progress of each of these in YouTube Studio Analytics. Click-through rate is how many people have seen your thumbnail then clicked on it to watch your video. According to YouTube, most channel’s click-through rate is between 2-10%.

    If you increase the click-through rate of your YouTube videos then YouTube will service more of your videos to other people’s channels.

    Average view duration means the estimated average minutes watched per view for the selected content.

    Average percentage viewed means the every percentage of a video your audience watches per view.

    Your goal should be to get above 50% average view duration and average percentage viewed. The higher the better. If you track and improve these three metrics for every video you publish, your channel will definitely grow.
  4. Improve one thing at a time.
    In the previous point, I mentioned about improving your click-through rate, average view duration, and average percentage viewed.

    How do you improve those metrics?

    If you want to improve your click-through rate you’ve got to design better thumbnails. If you want to improve the average view duration and average percentage viewed of your videos, you’ve got to improve the engagement rate of your videos. This means you’ve got to try different tactics to keep the attention of your viewers all the way through the video.

    Some small tweaks you can make to your videos is improving the audio, improving the video quality, your backdrop, lighting, and delivery. Sometimes one small tweak can make a big difference.
  5. Get feedback from others.
    It’s easy to fall in love with your own style of making videos. You might think you’re doing a good job but when you get objective feedback from others, they can see things that you can’t see. Therefore, get feedback for your thumbnails, for your videos by asking your wife, your kids, and your friends.

    If you want to become a member of my Facebook group Tube Video Boot Camp, click here. You’ll be able to get feedback on your thumbnails, your videos and interact with like-minded members.
  6. Create content your audience wants to watch.
    One of the best ways to tap into the money your audience is to do keyword research. For example, if you enter a keyword phrase on the YouTube search engine, it gives you a bunch of suggestions based upon what people are searching for.

    If you use the TubeBuddy keyword research tool, you’ll save a lot of time by discovering keyword phrases that are easy to rank for. It shows you the search volume, the keyword score, related keyword phrases that you can rank for and even the ability to spy on your competitors. It also shows you the hot trends in your niche.

    Click here to get TubeBuddy

    After you’ve researched a bunch of keyword phrases you want to rank for, list them in a Google Excel spreadsheet so you know what videos you want to publish in the future.

    I highly recommend choosing a theme then creating a series of videos that you can put into a playlist. When you create the video you can link to other videos in that playlist using cards and end screens, so people will binge-watch your videos. YouTube loves this because your viewers are spending more time on their platform. This gives you more watch time which is a big ranking factor on YouTube.
  7. Trends.
    Look for hot trends in your niche that you can capitalize on. For example on my niche, a lot of people started creating videos when YouTube changed their Terms of Service. When the FTC fined YouTube $170 million, YouTube had to make some massive changes to their Terms of Service. When this happened, a lot of creators in my niche jumped on this trend to get a lot of views and subscribers to their channel.

    Click here if you want to learn more about these massive changes that affect all content creators. You can find current hot trends in your niche by going to Google Trends.
  8. Don’t just focus on search.
    Although you can get a lot of traffic from search, most traffic comes from suggested videos. These are the videos that appear on the right side of the watch page and the videos that appear after your video has stopped playing. They also show up below the video on a mobile app.

    Some of the best ways to get into suggestive videos, as I mentioned before, is to improve your click-through rate, average view duration, and average percentage viewed. Work on improving the design of your thumbnails and improving the engagement rate of your videos.

    Also, try to increase the watch time by suggesting other videos at the end of the video they’ve just watched. Make sure you link to related playlists in your cards and end screens. You can also put a playlist to top of your comments, so when people go to comment on your videos they’ll see that playlist.
  9. Re-purpose your content.
    After you’ve published a video, your work has just begun. Make sure you share your video on social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You can also embed it on your website or blog. This will help your video to get found in Google search, which is a number one search engine and YouTube is number two.

    For example, a top traffic source for my channel is Google search. This is because I’ve been posting a transcript of my video content and embedding a video on my blog for several years.

    You can monitor the top traffic sources for YouTube channel in YouTube analytics. Select the videos that are generating the most traffic to your channel, then create more of those types of videos because you know they have performed the best. As I mentioned before, create a video series and put them in a playlist.
  10. Be consistent.
    One of the biggest factors that contributed to the growth of my YouTube channel was uploading videos on a consistent basis. For the past few years, I uploaded new videos three times a week on my channel.

    When YouTube sees that you’re publishing videos on their platform on a regular basis they’re more likely to promote your videos. This is because they see constant activity on your channel.

    You also want to make sure that you generate a lot of interaction on your channel by replying to comments, getting likes and asking for subscribers. Keep in mind that YouTube is a social platform, so you want to interact with your viewers and subscribers.

    You can also increase interaction on your channel and your videos by using the community tab, asking questions and doing polls.

    BONUS TIP – Have fun!
    If you’re not having fun pursuing your passion or sharing your skills, it’ll be hard to keep going when the going gets tough.

    Please do me a favor…

    If there’s any way that I’ve helped grow your YouTube channel post your testimonial in the comments below. I’d love to read them and I’m sure others would too.

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How to MONETIZE YOUTUBE videos WITHOUT 4000 Hours and 1000 Subscribers

Imagine if you can make enough money from YouTube channel to pay for your next vacation, camera, conference or car payment.

Wouldn’t that be sweet?

In the video below, you’ll discover how to monetize your YouTube videos without 4,000 public watch hours and 1,000 subscribers in the last 12 months.

You’ll not only make more money, but you’ll make it faster.

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Here’s how to check if your channel is eligible for monetization.
– Click on YouTube studio beta,
– Click monetization.
– You’ll see a box that shows a current number of subscribers and public
watch hours on your channel and how much is still needed.

You can get YouTube to send an email when you’re eligible to apply. Keep in mind not all watch hours count towards YouTube Partner Program threshold. Videos that don’t include public watch hours are private videos, unlisted videos, deleted videos, and TrueView campaigns with Google Adwords.

So you’ve now discovered your channel is not eligible for monetization so you can’t make money from Adsense ads…what are the alternatives?

Here are 21 alternatives for making money from YouTube channel without Adsense ads.

  1. Affiliate marketing
    This is one of the easiest ways to make money from YouTube videos. You simply sign up for an affiliate program related to your niche and you can earn 50% or 60% commissions. All you have to do is create a review video related to the particular product.

    For example, I created a review video for TubeBuddy. When somebody watches the review video and purchase the product through my affiliate link, I’ll make 50% commission.

    Click here watch my review of TubeBuddy
  2. Online course.
    This is where you can sell your own products and receive 100% commission. If you’re an expert in a particular niche, you can create a series of video tutorials that take people step by step through the course. For example, I created an online course called Master Video Ads which takes people step by step on how to use video ads to sell products and services.

    You can promote your course with little tutorials on YouTube.
  3. Membership course
    This is a great way to create a passive income online month after month. If you can get people to sign up for your membership course by promoting it on YouTube, you can make money month after month. Even while you having a vacation at the beach your YouTube channel is generating revenue.
  4. Ebook
    An ebook is a great way to repurpose the content you’ve already shared in your videos. You can certainly take the transcript of your video content or a blog post and compile it into an ebook.

    Click here to learn how create an ebook in 30 seconds from a Google Doc or blog post.
  5. Write a book.
    You’ve already repurposed the information you shared from your YouTube videos into an ebook, but why not convert it into a hard copy? You can then sell this on Amazon or take it with you when you go to a conference, you’ll be recognized as an authority in your niche.
  6. Sell merchandise
    You can sell coffee mugs, t-shirts, and sweaters related to your niche. One way to do this is to set up an Amazon store or become an Amazon Associates member. As people are watching your videos, you can just send them to a link in the description to your Amazon store.

    Once your channel has reached 10,000 subscribers, you will showcase official branded merchandise from YouTube channel. The Merch shelf will appear under your video.
  7. Brand deals and sponsorships
    Brands want to get their product in front of a hungry audience. If you have a loyal audience on YouTube, you can approach different brands to promote their products.

    For example, I did a review video for video blocks a while back and got paid hundreds of dollars. You can use an online service like FameBit to easily find paid sponsorships for YouTube channel.
  8. Crowdfunding
    If you want to get paid for creating your content, consider a membership site like Patreon. Patreon enables you to create a membership business and create a direct relationship with your biggest fans. This will allow you to create recurring revenue from your creative work. It’s free to get started and you pay nothing until you start earning.
  9. Video editing
    If you’re an active YouTuber, you’re probably doing a lot of video editing, so why not offer it as a service to other creators. It’s a great way to make some additional income to support your YouTube channel. Just make sure that you use professional video editing software.
  10. Video coaching
    A lot of people want one-on-one personal help, so if you’re an expert in your niche you can offer personal coaching. For example, I offer personal coaching for people who want to grow their YouTube channel at drostvideo.com/coaching.
  11. Hold an event
    There are many events taking place in your niche throughout the country. For example, I recently attended VidSummit where there was over 1,500 creators from around the world. You could do the same on a smaller scale by holding an event in your local area.

    For example, create a video making day where you interview small business owners. You can create a series of videos for them by getting the most frequently asked questions from their customers.
  12. YouTube channel manager or consultant
    There are many businesses in your local area that need to set up a YouTube channel to market their products and services. You can be the one that sets up and manages their channel. You could also be their consultant for video marketing.
  13. Make videos for local businesses
    As I mentioned before, you can create videos for local businesses, that answers their most frequently asked questions.

    For example, I used to offer a service to local businesses that compile all the reviews online into a specific video. They can then embed this video on their website and social media sites or typically charge them to $300 to $500 per video.
  14. Branding channel and social media sites
    Most people are not perfect artists, so they don’t know how to create marketing materials for their YouTube channel or social media sites. If you have experience creating marketing materials and graphics for your own social media sites and channel, why not offer it as a service for local businesses.
  15. Set up and run YouTube video ad campaigns
    Many businesses want to sell their products and services or generate leads. A great way to do this is to set up a video ads campaign in Google Adwords. If you’ve had experience setting up and optimizing campaigns, you can offer this as a service to local businesses.
  16. Speaking engagements
    A great way to boost your income if you’re an expert in your niche is to speak at a local event or even at a national event. Well, the best ways to train for this is just to do live streams on YouTube channel. As you get more comfortable with live streaming, you’ll get more comfortable with being on stage.
  17. PayPal Tip Jar
    Previously I mentioned setting up a crowdfunding site so you can get paid for your creative work. If you don’t want to go through that hustle, you can just set up a PayPal tip jar. You can simply create a donation link in your PayPal account, then add it to your channel banner. It’s a quick way to receive donations for your creative work.
  18. Live streams and webinars
    Live streams are a great way to interact directly with your audience, by asking questions, offering great information and recommending your products and services, and you can do all this live. You can also record a webinar and place a recording on your website. If you use slides, you can repurpose them by using them as a lead magnet to generate leads.
  19. Repurpose your video content
    Since you’ve already created the content on YouTube, you can repurpose it for other social media sites and your website. As I mentioned before, you can convert it into an ebook, webinar, online course and even a podcast. It’s a great way to generate revenue from different audiences.

    Click here to learn how to repurpose your content in many different ways so you can expose your content to different audiences.
  20. Send traffic to your blog
    Your Blog or website should be the main hub for your business. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket like YouTube which you don’t own, create a website that you actually own. Use YouTube to send traffic to your blog or website so you can sell your products and services.

    Even though you can’t monetize your channel with Adsense ads because you don’t have 4,000 watch hours or 1,000 subscribers, you can actually do it on your blog with a plugin. You don’t have to meet the same requirements.

    You can also sell products and services from your blog or website. Just redirect the traffic from YouTube videos to your blog or your website.
  21. Build an email list
    As I mentioned previously, you don’t own YouTube, so you want to build an email list that you own. You can then recommend your products and services.

    One of the best ways to build an email list is to offer a free lead magnet at the end of your video. This could be a free ebook, cheat sheet or report. You offer a free download in exchange for the viewer’s contact information. You can then follow up with a series of emails by offering more information and recommending your products and services.

    Another great benefit of building an email list is that you develop a long-term relationship with your audience so they get to know, like, and trust you.

Here are some important things to keep in mind….

  • You don’t need a lot of subscribers to make money from YouTube. All these methods I showed you can be done with a small channel, You don’t need a certain of subscribers or a certain number of hours and you don’t need to be a member of the YouTube Partner Program.
  • Make videos for your audience. If you only make videos that you like, you’re not going to get many views or subscribers or generate much revenue. Make videos that your audience wants to watch by providing solutions to their problems.
  • Be authentic. Just try to be yourself when you appear on camera, don’t try to be like somebody else. Focus on search, identify the keyword phrases that people are actively looking for in the search engines. The more videos that you rank on the first page of YouTube or Google, the more money you’ll make.
  • Create a video series. One of the biggest ranking factors on YouTube is watch time, so you can get your viewers to watch more than one video, YouTube will promote your videos in the search engines.
    The goal of YouTube is to keep people on the platform as long as possible.
  • Build multiple streams of income to increase revenue. Don’t just rely on one income stream to pay for your vacation, camera or conference. Instead, build multiple income streams at the same time. For example, if you’re generating some income from Adsense ads, add another income stream like promoting affiliate products.

How can you get 4,000 public watch hours and 1,000 subscribers in less than 12 months so you can monetize your channel?

I’m glad you asked, just watch my next video on how you get 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 public watch hours…FAST

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