It’s time for the 13th week of our Get More Blog Traffic Blueprint. This is a series where we talk about specific strategies you can use to skyrocket your traffic stats.
Today we’re going to continue our discussion of how to get traffic from YouTube. Specifically we’re going to talk about the biggest question that most people have: How can I get more video views on YouTube?
To start, I’d like to admit I’m not an expert in YouTube marketing. But I’ve been learning and applying a lot of things in the past week which has brought some great results. So while I’m definitely a “newbie” on this subject, I’ve had a few ah-ha moments that can help you increase your success with promoting on YouTube.
Okay, let’s talk about seven ways to increase YouTube views:
#1 – Create Great Content
The key to success with video marketing is creating great content. You don’t necessarily have to be funny or bizarre to get attention. All need is a reputation as someone who provides helpful information on a regular basis.
I suggest a simple idea to get attention with video marketing – Create one quality video each week.
This is similar to my MVP concept I talked about in week 4. Find a topic that’s really helpful to your audience and create content around it. This works really well if it’s something that needs to be visually demonstrated.
You won’t get a lot of views if you don’t release videos that provide real value to viewers. In fact, the other six tips I’m about to discuss work best when you’re producing top-notch content. So make that commitment to create a great video each week.
#2 – Use Automatic Tools
Some people will disagree with this tip. But I think you can increase viewership by using automated tools. This is software where you target popular, niche-specific profiles and add the people who follow these individuals. This can be done through friend requests, subscribing to their channel, or by sharing a video.
I use an automated tool because it saves a lot of time. However I’m smart about it. I don’t go spamming hundreds of people with links to videos where I pitch an affiliate product. Instead, I simply send a friend request and when this person comes to my page, he or she sees my best videos. Then it’s up to them if they want to subscribe to my channel or be “my friend.”
Be careful with any “YouTube adder tool” you use. The quickest way to get your account deleted is to be labeled as a spammer. Use a tool that complies with YouTube’s terms of service. It should add people in a slow manner that doesn’t appear like software.
Last week, I started using the Tube Fool software (not an affiliate link.) It’s helped me pick up 30+ subscribers and over two hundred friends. Only time will tell if it brings real, legitimate results. So I’m saying this is a tool I use. But it’s NOT a recommendation. Do your research before determining if it’s worth buying.
#3 – Respond to Popular Videos
Alex Whalley has a post about increasing views by video responses. The idea here is you find a video that gets a lot of attention and add one of your videos (that’s related to the subject) in their comments section. This is an excellent way to piggyback on the success of others.
I think Alex has a great idea here. Especially if you have a lot of videos on your desktop. But I’m not sure if you can add the same video more than once.
With that in mind, you can get a lot of YouTube views by giving video responses. One thing to try is to target the top 100 videos/channels in your niche. Then give 1 to 2 minute responses for each. This definitely takes a little bit of time. But you can easily create and upload five or more videos ever y hour. Do this for one day and you’ll blanket an entire niche with video content that’s linked to your profile.
#4 – Keyword Searches
As you know, SEO is a great way to drive traffic to the website. What you might not know is you get lots of traffic by targeting keywords with your videos. YouTube has a keyword tool where you can find out the search volume for different phrases.
It’s not perfect. So I suggest using this in conjunction with the Adwords External Tool. Both will help you discover those phrases that people use in your niche.
All you do is create content around each phrase. This is similar to what you’d do with SEO. Since many niches don’t have a lot of video content, it’ll be much simpler to get views.
#5 – Do User Profile Commenting
Mitz has a great strategy for increasing video viewership. In this article, she talks about using profile commenting to get backlinks to your YouTube channel.
I definitely have to agree that this could be an excellent technique if applied properly. I suggest focusing on all the major profiles in your niche. That way, you’ll get target traffic to your profile in addition to the backlink benefits.
#6 – Become a Featured Video
The featured video option is a great way to get extra viewers. The downside is you have to pay money. This works on a per-click basis similar to Adwords.
While you might be averse to paying for viewers, I think this is an incredible way to gain traction with a new account. My advice is to target the one video that’s most helpful to viewers. Especially something that works best with a broad range of people. This increases the likelihood that people will watch your other videos and subscribe to your channel.
#7 – Buy YouTube Views
The final tip is also the most risky. What you do is buy people to watch your videos. As with similar services, I’m a little skeptical if these works. The trick I feel is to find companies that have real people watching your content, instead of the ones that use bots or software.
One site I’m researching is YouTube Jumpstart. Again, I’m not giving a recommendation. But this looks like a promising service that can help you increase viewership.
Another technique is to use a site like Fiverr where people offer gigs to watch your videos, submit comments and recommend them to their friends. This is a great way to get a little bit of extra exposure.
Final Thoughts on Increasing YouTube Views
That’s it! Seven different ways to get more video views on YouTube. As I said, I’m still experimenting with this technique. But it seems to be working. Within the next few weeks, I’m going to implement all of these concepts and get back to you with the results. Till then, I recommend you try them on your YouTube account.
Finally if you want to see me put these techniques into action, then I recommend you subscribe to my YouTube channel.Take Action. Get Results.