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How To Get More Views On Your YouTube Videos

December 12, 2011 | By Adrienne Smith

How To Get More Views On Your YouTube VideosAccording to Alexa, YouTube is the third most visited site on the web.   Just in case you are wondering who holds the top two spots, that would be Google and Facebook.

Now don’t go and freak out on me here if you aren’t already doing videos.  If you aren’t my first question would be why the heck not! Don’t you know how many people online love watching videos?  You guys seem to enjoy the videos I share on my blog and my YouTube channel so if you haven’t started there is no time like the present.

If you need help learning how to even start, don’t forget my free training site where I will walk you through every thing you’ll need to know.  At the top of my blog you’ll find a tab that says, “Free Training” where I share more with you about my site or you can go directly to my training site and skip the introductions.

If you are doing videos then I’m going to share with you how to step up your game and get more views on your YouTube videos.  Even if you are new, pay close attention.

The Secret Weapon

Is there really a secret weapon?  I mean is there something no one has shared with you yet about how to get more views on your videos?  Probably not but YouTube wants you to step up your game so they are actually going to help you.  That’s right, YouTube wants you to get more views because let’s face it, it’s a win/win for you both.

Are you ready for their secret weapon?  It’s called “Creator Playbook”.  I actually have my good friend Paul Wolfe to thank for this.  He wrote a fabulous post over at Danny Iny’s blog, “Firepole Marketing” (yes, it’s the same blog that named me the “Engagement Superstar“) about how to have more engagement on YouTube.  It’s an exceptional post so be sure and check it out if you want to learn more.  It’s a beauty.  It’s titled “Harnessing YouTube: Secrets of Engagement with Video“.  Oh, and you can download the playbook by clicking here.

What’s Inside

So what’s the low down on this Creator Playbook you might ask?  Well let’s see…  YouTube is actually sharing with you:

  • The first 15 seconds of your video
  • A strong call to action
  • Your posting schedule
  • Tent-pole events (interesting indeed)
  • Cross promotion and collaboration with other video creators
  • Keeping tabs on your analytics
  • Write optimized title, tags and descriptions for your content
  • Thumbnails for your videos
  • Annotations on your videos
  • Organizing your content
  • Optimize and design your channel pageʼs metadata, layout, and background
  • Involve your audience
  • Share your content with relevant blogs, sites and online communities
  • Leverage other social media

It’s like someone is handing you the formula for having success with your videos so are you going to ignore it or run with it?  Me, I’m going to run with it which means you will be seeing a lot more videos from me.

So there is the secret formula for getting more views on your YouTube videos.  Be sure to download that playbook and read what YouTube is sharing with you.  If you want to have success with your videos, this is definitely how to do just that.

One More Cool Thing To Add

Since we are on the topic of videos and how to get more views, I wanted to share something else with you.  It’s something I have not been doing but it seems I’m not the only one.

In any type of training you receive on YouTube they will tell you to locate a video in your niche that has a lot of views, preferably over 100,000, and when you comment on their video, use one of your videos instead.  This is a great way to get your video not only viewed more but it has a better chance of showing up in the playlist after their video has been viewed.  How cool is that!

I was checking my YouTube subscriptions yesterday and Ileane of Basic Blog Tips had shot a video response to a request Lisa Irby of 2createawebsite.com did recently.  Lisa was telling her students to shoot a video response to those videos instead of just placing one of your older ones in their comment section.  It makes perfect sense really.

What you do is just watch the video you want to comment on and then shoot a video responding to what you thought of the video instead of writing in the comment section. Let them know what you liked or you didn’t like about the video. Talk about getting some attention.

Ding, ding, ding, ding…  Do you hear the bells going off?  Yep, me too!  :-)

Are You Ready To Start Shooting More Videos

I guess it’s time for us all to step up our game.  Why don’t all of us commit to reading this playbook, learning what YouTube is instructing us to do and shooting more videos on a regular schedule.  I think it’s a pretty good idea myself so I’m going to have to put my thinking cap on now and come up with some good topics.  Any suggestions?  Anyone have something in mind they would like me to shoot a video on?  Sounds like a great way to start to me.

One other thing for you guys…  Paul Wolfe of One Spoon At a Time is going to do a guest post for me pertaining to YouTube and I gave him a few topics that I believe my readers would enjoy so I hope to see that here before the end of the year.  That’s right, I’m having a guest post and I have no doubt that it will be fabulous.

Let me know your thoughts now.  Are you going to shoot more videos?  Do you have any subjects you would like me to share?  If you want to know what I’d like to see from you, let me know in the comments and I’ll do the same for you.  Remember, we are all in this together.

Will talk to you then!

{ 142 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dee Ann Rice
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Adrienne,

Thanks for all of the great information on videos.

I know that I do not do enough videos and the ones I do are not getting the views they could if I would do some of the things you have mentioned.

So after reading this, I am thinking I need to do more with videos. Am going to get the “Creator Playbook” and read it for sure.

I have commented with a video I already made a couple of times but doing a comment as a video on a video is a great idea.

Dee Ann

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2 Adrienne Smith
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December 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Hey Dee Ann,

You are so welcome.. I thought, heck, if I didn’t know about this then some of my readers probably don’t either. I love that YouTube is helping us understand what most people enjoy viewing so it will help our process so much more.

I’ve never done the video comment because I never had one that I thought went well enough. I never thought about shooting a video response and the funny thing is that Ileane said that her video response got more comments then any of her other videos. Now that I find kind of funny. I’ll have to give that a try.

Thanks Dee Ann and enjoy your day! Stay warm!!!

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3 Jay Carter October 7, 2012 at 9:08 AM

I have never made a video, don’t even have a Youtube account although I watch videos on Youtube often, I think it would help to give your video a similar name to a popular video as well.

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4 Adrienne
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October 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Well, you definitely need to put that on your “to do” list Jay. You even admitted that you enjoy watching videos. I know for me that I learn so much easier when being taught through videos so definitely look into adding that to your content marketing in the very near future.

There is plenty of information online today that will teach you how to get your videos ranked high.

~Adrienne

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5 Paul Wolfe
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December 12, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Ha ha

Nothing like putting the pressure on then!!! You might freak out when you see the list I’ve got for YOU – it’s already got around 40 different videos on it!!! But what I want to do is show your readers how THEY can find 20 or 30 video topics for themselves. So somehow I’ll combine the two….

The Video Response thing….there’s some stuff you need to know about them.

Firstly they can be a great way of piggybacking on the traffic that another popular video is getting. So that’s good.

BUT.

You can only have each of your videos being a video response to one other video. And the owner of the other video has to approve your video response before it goes live – and often they won’t. So you can either do it hit or miss….or you can use it as a chance to build a relationship with a video blogger who has a bigger profile in your field.

And getting Video Responses to your own videos helps your videos rank on YouTube – so it’s good to do the thing you mentioned in the post and get people to respond to your videos. (Very very good if you can tee up two or three people to post video responses within a few hours of a new video going live – that’s a hint!).

Plus the OTHER thing you can do with video responses is when you post a new video make that a video response to one of your more popular videos – both of your videos benefit from that!

And for anyone doing videos please please please read the section on Playlists and get creative with it. I don’t want to say too much as this will be part of some paid content that I’m creating for a course…but read about playlists and GET CREATIVE!!!

Ok, better go the video lab!

Paul

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6 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Oh hey Paul!!! Yep, did I put a little pressure on you! :-)

Wow, you’ve already found 40 different videos on those topics I suggested! That’s awesome and I can’t wait until you show us how exactly you go about locating them. I never seem to have much luck with that. Shall I just say the videos I located were so so..

You are so right about video responses. I don’t approve most of the video responses that people share with my videos and that’s for a couple reasons. I don’t know these people, they’ve never commented before or even left me a message on my channel. I know they are only after the views so to me it’s the same thing as what spammers do. So I believe it’s important to do these types of responses to people you know who are willing to accept them and it will eventually grow from there. That I do definitely agree with you.

I’m going to have to use some of your suggestions and I did read through the Playlist and I definitely have a lot of work ahead of me. I appreciate you pointing that out. I have no doubt your course will be awesome because you’ve definitely learned a lot in this area.

Thank you again Paul and I do look forward to your guest post. You just let me know when.

Have an awesome day!

~Adrienne

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7 Ileane
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December 12, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Hi Adrienne! I’m grateful that you mentioned the video response I did to Lisa Irby’s video. It was a lot of fun to do. It’s interesting that when looking for ways to get more views on YouTube, people rarely mention the video response as a technique. I think a lot of it depends on the YouTuber you are responding to because some people don’t check their inbox and your response might not get approved right away. That’s why it’s important to pick someone that you know is active with their account. Thanks for the post and the shout out. I think you and I should pick out a good video from one another and make a response video.

Let’s do it girlfriend!

Have a wonderful day.

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8 Paul Wolfe
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December 12, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Ileane

What you jsut outlined with Adrienne – vis a vis the video responses – is a GREAT IDEA. Take it further and find three or four others…..you’ll create a rising tide that floats all boats.

Paul

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9 Adrienne Smith
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December 12, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Hey Ileane,

I couldn’t do this post without mentioning your video response. I thought it was fun and Lisa definitely made a good point, something we all should be doing more of.

I check my email daily so I’m always quick to respond to comments on any of my sites. It’s too bad that others don’t pay closer attention to that. But you are right, we need to pick a video to respond to and shoot our own comment. So I’ll work on that this week along with everything else I have going. I do need to do more of this so stay tuned.

Thanks Ileane and I hope you have a wonderful week. Speak soon!

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10 Steve
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December 12, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Adrienne,

YOu are so right about YoutTube being a great means of traffic and education for you readers. Some people like print. Some people like podcasts. Some People Like ebooks. ANd of course obviously a lot of people like video.

When you do all of these methods you make sure you have the widest possible base of readers (and of course there is a ton of overlap)

Reading this reminds me that I have not been doing enough video myself recently… something that i have to change.

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11 Adrienne Smith
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December 12, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Hi Steve,

I agree with you Steve. I have learned over the years that people learn in different ways. Just because we prefer sharing our content in a certain way doesn’t mean everyone else enjoys receiving it that way. I am just as bad, I don’t put my content in all different forms, shame on me. Although I have over 160 videos up, I’m not consistent with making them. I know people have requested I shoot more but a lot of the times the topics I share, I don’t think people want to hear me share them in a video. Or maybe that’s just me. I don’t want to listen to me sharing this content. I really enjoy doing a lot of tutorials myself.

I guess we both needed this reminder right Steve! So, I’ll be seeing more from you too? ;-)

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12 Mark
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Thanks for providing some great insight on creating video. I will be following both of you closely as I would like to do some video blogging in 2012.

Lot’s to learn!

Thanks Paul and Adrienne!

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13 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Hey Mark,

Paul is a fabulous teacher on this subject and I promise to step up my game now. I guess we both better get to work. Hopefully you’ll find what we both share extremely helpful for you as well Mark.

Thanks for stopping by today. It’s always a pleasure to see you!

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14 Adam Paudyal
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Adrienne,

It does make perfect sense.

I have created some videos but I stopped making them. One question Adrienne, what is the best video camera you recommend? I have flip video camera. It is pretty easy to use but the video quality is not really great.

Definitely going to check out Creator playbook and your free training guide. And I am also bookmarking this page for future reference.

Thank you and have a wonderful week!

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15 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Hey Adam,

Ah, you stopped making videos? Well, we need to remedy that now don’t we Adam!

I use the Flip Camcorder so all the videos you see of me talking to you, those were shot with the Flip. And, mine is about three years old so I’ve had it awhile. It’s really the only one I’ve ever used. I use Camtasia for my tutorials and I swear you can’t go wrong with that software. It’s around $300 but well worth it plus they’ll give you 30 days to play around with it first. If you decide not to purchase it you don’t have to. Why don’t you just give it a try!

The Creator Playbook is really chalked full of great stuff. I love that they are actually helping us learn how to make our videos better. If you need any assistance with my training site, give me a shout. I’m here to help.

Have a wonderful week yourself Adam! Stay warm!!!

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16 Sonia
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 12:18 PM

You know I read an article about videos I think from Paul Wolfe and I really have to get on the ball with this. I love videos myself and find that those tend to be the most effective when learning something new.

Some people don’t want to read long posts and are more visual when someone is walking them through steps where they can actually see it being done live. I am all for that and making steps to start adding a bit of “me” on my blog. Thanks Adrienne for the free tutorial because some of us out here need the help!

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17 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Hey Sonia,

Yep, Paul recently wrote a great post on this subject which is why I thought I better share what I learned from him.

You are right Sonia, I enjoy watching videos. If every single blog post I visited had a video I would be in heaven. I think that I can relate to them more so you are probably wondering why haven’t I done more myself. Darn good question… I love learning by watching videos plus I just love a good laugh and sometimes just something that will make me smile. So I guess we all have some work to do right!

Thanks Sonia and hope you have a wonderful day!

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18 Lewis LaLanne aka Nerd #2 December 12, 2011 at 11:55 AM

One idea I’ve been exploring is turning blog posts into videos.

My posts run long so I’m not able to power-point the whole thing (which is the most basic and simple approach to doing this) because the video would be forever long, so I give the major highlights which I feel appeals to people who just like the big picture, and then I give a link to the post at the end of the video to cater to the detail people who want the in-depth picture.

I think this approach would be attractive to people who don’t like reading or *GASP* can’t read which I think you’d be surprised to find how often this occurs.

Dan Kennedy spoke about doing a “Learn to Read” info-mercial with Danny Glover and in the testimonials they had a Fed Ex delivery guy who couldn’t read, business owners who couldn’t read and were sneaking documents home and having their spouse read them for them, a short order cook who couldn’t read who had the waitresses reading off the orders and he’d commit them all the memory as fast as they could say them.

These people were going through all kinds of gyrations to get around this problem, many of the gyrations more difficult than just learning how to read. Makes me think this could be a contributing factor to YouTube having the number 3 spot and why it’d be important to have an audio and video component to any information you sell or publish free.

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19 Adrienne Smith
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December 12, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Hey Lewis,

Well, most of the top income earners will tell you that you need to have your blog content in written form, video form and audio form because everyone likes to view content differently.

I agree Lewis, your posts are rather long but I think you are resolving it in the right way. Do like a summary of the post in video format and then for those who want to read the entire thing, link them to the post itself.

Wow, I had no idea there were still that many people who couldn’t read. How is someone able to get a job as a FedEx guy if they can’t read? That’s what they are doing all day, reading directions to make the deliveries and reading the information for the packages. Wow, that’s incredible. I’m sure that a business owner is intelligent so starting their own business is something that they can have success with but we all know that documents are involved period. That’s really a shame.

Another reason video is so popular and it’s not the same boring thing just reading content too. I need to keep this in mind from this point forward. Thanks for sharing that Lewis. I really had no idea.

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20 Ruth
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December 12, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I have such a disconnect when it comes to videos. I feel completely out of my element, awkward, ignorant. I have no idea what I’m doing – I don’t particularly want to pay someone else to do it….I’m stumped. I will download Paul’s playbook and see if that helps :-(. I love Paul.

Perhaps it’s because I feel so comfortable with the written word that video or ‘live communication’ eludes me.

Or maybe it’s just that I’m camera shy.

Regardless, I know I need to step up my game in the video department, so thanks Adrienne for this push!

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21 Paul Wolfe
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Ruth

It’s not my playback – it’s YouTube’s official playbook. And it’s a highly important document as it highlights many of the things that YouTube want to see.

I understand the thing about preferring to write…I’m exactly the same myself. I’m much more comfortable with the written word than putting my ugly mug in front of a camera. But in my bass guitar field hardly anyone wanted to read my article – even though they were good.

The minute I started adding video – and the first ones were painfully bad (I’ve got them still on YouTube to prove it!) – traffic and subscribers started exploding exponentially.

(And the strange corollary was that once I’d built an audience with video, I was able to get them to read my articles. And because NOW they liked me, trusted me etc…they really liked the articles!).

There will always be an audience for the written word – but it’s diminishing. Video is getting more and more important – and will continue to do so. Marcus (Sheridan) has a concept called The Law Of Compound Information – and it applies just as much to video as it does to the written word.

Throw in the growth of mobile platforms where videos are easier to access and assimilate than the written word….and those people who ignore videos will find themselves way behind the curve in a year or two.

I’ll write some more about this over on One Spoon as ‘the video overwhelm’ seems to stop a lot of people in their tracks. But YOU can do it Ruth. I’m currently teaching a friend how to do everything – from building a website, to filming and editing his own videos. He’s 54 and bought his first computer last week – and his current technology level is turning it on and watching videos on YoUTube.

And he will succeed – because he’s determined to. If he can succeed – anyone can. (PLus he’s dyslexic and can’t type – again, if you’re determined to succeed, you WILL). Watch for some video articles in your Triberr Feed from me!!!

Paul

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22 Ruth
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 1:07 PM

You’ve convinced me. I may need some handholding. Do you coach on this subject? I need someone to spoon feed me (pun intended) some best practices guidelines and basic ‘how to’s’. Or maybe you can point me in the right direction. I’m going to scan your archives now to see what resources you have. And I’m going to re-watch Adrienne’s training videos. Thanks Paul.

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23 Paul Wolfe
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Ruth

Sorry I missed your question…here’s an answer.

My speciality with video is teaching people how to get the most eyeballs possible on their videos once they are made. There is a guy called Steven Washer who is my ‘go to’ guy to learn about the technical aspects of creating videos (cameras/microphones/lights/scripts/personas etc etc).

If you head over to The Spoon tomorrow I’ll post a link to some great free content that Steve is using as part of a launch.

Paul

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24 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Hey Ruth,

I think we are all like that in the beginning Ruth. But treat video like you are talking to your best friend. View it like you’re just having a conversation with a really good friend. Over time you’ll become more comfortable but the good thing about video is that this is the way for other people to be able to relate to you. They actually feel like you are the only one they are talking to so whenever they might decide to work with you you’ll hear them saying, I feel like I already know you. Video will do that.

The playbook was created by YouTube, not our dear Paul. But, he’s the one that wrote about it over at Danny’s blog so I soon learned that I better get my hands on this and start reading.

You are definitely good with the written word but think how great it will be to put your written work in video. Do some powerpoint slides sharing your content so you don’t actually have to be in front of the camera all the time. I have a feeling you are just camera shy but don’t worry, you’ll grow out of that. If I can do this, anyone can. I don’t even like getting my picture taken which is why I don’t have tons of just me.

I’ll push you Ruth, no problem! :-) Don’t worry though, I’ll catch you.

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25 weaver December 12, 2011 at 12:23 PM

hi adrienne… wow and thank you for this great post – i love learning more and more from you… the one tip you mention about adding a video response to other videos actually does work – doing this certainly helps one reach wider within ones genre or niche for sure – i tried this where one of my music videos is now receiving a lot more views as a result (over 3,660 and growing vs the original 150 or so) which has been pretty cool… thanks again mucho! weaver :o)

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26 Adrienne Smith
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December 12, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Hey Weaver,

That’s good to hear that this is working for you. I have a feeling that it all depends on your niche as well. I’m definitely going to be doing more video responses but think I’ll take the time to shoot them and see what happens.

Thanks for sharing and glad to hear you’re getting more views on your music videos. :-)

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27 John Garrett
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December 12, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Hey Adrienne, this is definitely a major jumping on point for people to get more involved in video.

I had already downloaded the playbook and I’m looking to change direction from video tutorials to getting in front of the camera and jaw-jacking some.

I saw the video response thing a while ago, but as Paul mentioned, sometimes the other user doesn’t approve the response. Actually I’ve never had one approved and they were all pretty targeted responses (I thought so anyway).

The only ones I ever get are spam, but maybe I can change that by using some of these techniques.

Also, I only have a couple of sites, but I get way more Adsense revenue from YouTube than from my sites. Not to say that I’m raking in thousands every month but it’s consistently more from YouTube than from ads on a page somewhere.

So I think the thing to do here is to go through that playbook and just jump in. I can’t wait for that guest post to hit!

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28 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Hey John,

What I see you doing is taking your comics and putting them in video. Kind of like a powerpoint slideshow with each section on the screen at one time. Hope I explained that right. You could do the voices and all of that and that would be so entertaining. Then you shoot some of what it takes to create your comic strips like you do in your posts. I have a feeling those would go over really well.

I haven’t had a lot of success with the video responses either but I think it might be the niche and maybe not having a connection with those people yet. Probably a huge difference.

Like you, I just need to go through the playbook and follow their steps for my next videos. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for us both!

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29 Allyson Stewart December 12, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Hi, Adrienne.

It’s been a long time since my last visit, my friend. Sorry about that. I just wanted to say, wow! What great tips! I read a book about harnessing the power of YouTube a few months back, but never heard about using videos to comment to another video. Now, that’s a new one for me. I want to thank you for keeping us updated about YouTube.

I was planning on putting together some more videos, but the laptop I use for that has been down for a while. I hope to get back into that again soon. There’s just something about videos. They really help bring the point across and people love watching them.

About what you can share in your next video… Since you just provided some tips about YouTube, how about creating a video that goes along with it? I bet people would watch it!!! I know I would.

Thanks again, Adrienne! See you again soon…

Allyson

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30 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Hi Allyson,

Always a pleasure to see you and I know you’ve been busy. Glad you enjoyed this post and I have a feeling whatever you read about harnessing the power of YouTube was good. So you weren’t familiar with using your videos as responses? I learned that some time back but the downfall is you have to get them approved. You see you can’t put URL’s in the comment section but you can in the video. I guess most people don’t like people visiting other sites from their own.

Hopefully your laptop will be back up and running soon. I went through that a couple weeks ago myself. Now I have a whole new issue darn it. But, I will be shooting some videos.

Good idea Allyson, I thought about that while writing my post yesterday but something came up unexpectedly and I didn’t have the time to shoot the video too. May still go back and do that so thanks for reminding me not to totally drop the ball on that idea.

You take care and good luck with your search. I’m rooting for you. Have a splendid week!

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31 Allyson Stewart December 13, 2011 at 3:14 AM

Thank you, Adrienne! I appreciate that.

I’ll await your new video once you get things squared away.

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32 Cat Alexandra
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Hi Adrienne,

These are some excellent tips for YouTube videoing. I’m working on a little setup here in my studio to provide myself with a better video shooting area. This is an area I’m really committed to improving as a part of my 2012 growth goals.

I must say that tent pole events and cross promotions are ideas I hadn’t thought about before, but I can see how incorporating these into my game could produce some fantastic results. Thanks for the great resource links. I’m going to be doing some research into this as I’m beefing my video game up!

Have an awesome week!
Cat Alexandra

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33 Adrienne Smith
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December 12, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Hey Cat,

I’m so glad YouTube provided these excellent tips for us and I can also see so many areas that I need to improve as well. I’m excited to hear that you will be moving more into the video portion of your marketing as the new year arrives. I can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us.

They did share some things I hadn’t thought about either. I definitely see some areas I need improving. I’ve got my work cut out for me for sure.

Thanks Cat for dropping by and you have an awesome week yourself.

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34 Matthew Hooper December 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Video content is becoming more and more important on the web today. It does require a little more time to produce which is why I have not put out as many videos as I would like. I read Paul’s guest post the other day and now yours, so now I feel like I need to get my act together and start posting videos on a more regular basis.

- Matt

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35 Adrienne Smith
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December 12, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Hi Matt,

I’ve always known video was huge and I have done quite a few videos over the past few years but I haven’t been consistent with it like I should have been doing all along. It does require a little more effort, you are right about that. But like researching and writing content, it becomes easier with time.

Paul’s guest post was awesome and he made me realize I need to step up my game. So, I want all my readers to do the same so we can all move in the right direction as video continues to increase in popularity. Glad to see that both Paul and I have helped encourage you to start posting videos on a more regular basis too. Looks like we all have our work cut out for us.

Thanks Matt and hope you’ve had a very enjoyable day!

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36 Jack
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December 12, 2011 at 6:53 PM

One of these days I really need to start doing videos. Been a bit shy about it, but I suppose that it can’t hurt to start pushing out a few here and there. Got to start somewhere.

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37 Adrienne Smith
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December 12, 2011 at 9:25 PM

I bet if you did some videos sharing some of your stories that would be awesome! Telling some of your own experiences Jack. I know the short video you did about shaving, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I love your sense of humor. Warped and all. Yep, I say go for it.

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38 Viola Tam
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Hi, Adrienne,

Thank you for such an excellent post! Full of really great tips, especially the one about video commenting. I have just had my YouTube account but no video uploads yet. I have a lot to learn.

I appreciate you.

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39 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Hi Viola,

Glad you found this helpful.

So if you haven’t started making videos yet, this will really be great for you. Start from the beginning and do it the right way. I wish you the very best of luck. Can’t wait to see some of your videos.

~Adrienne

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40 Sergio Felix
Twitter:
December 12, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Hey Adrienne,

I saw Paul’s guest post on Danny Iny’s blog and thought it was a great idea to do video guest posting on other blogs as Paul said there, “no one is doing this” (except for Paul of course! lol)

However, here on your own article I liked your tip on doing video responses to get some serious exposure, so I have one quick question about this:

What would you normally call a video response in sense of titling it?

Would you take the same exact keywords and add “Video Response” or what is the deal on this?

Thanks in advance and sorry if this is covered on the YouTube’s Playbook, I still haven’t read it! ;-)

Sergio

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41 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Hey Sergio,

Paul is so darn smart and I love that he shared about the guest posting videos as well. Let’s see how many people actually start doing it now.

You can definitely do that, like whatever the name of their video is and before it put Video Response to ….. I would start with people you know first but it would be the same as with blogging. Build up a rapport with some of your YouTube friends because a lot of people will reject your video. But I think with a personal response, more will be accepted. I think it’s such a cool idea.

This particular thing wasn’t covered in the playbook, I learned this one some time back but Ileane brought it up after Lisa Irby gave her students a challenge. I thought that was a pretty cool idea!

Have a great day my friend.

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42 Herbert
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 2:05 AM

Wow!! This is awesome Adrienne, I have a youtube account but its more on slideshows, I guess if I will doing some promotions or something I would definitely be considering the tips mentioned. Thanks a lot

Happy Holidays

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43 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Be sure and grab that playbook and read it carefully. YouTube tells you have to have success with your video and who better to learn from right!

Happy Holidays to you as well Herbert. Thank you and enjoy your week.

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44 Harleena Singh
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 2:37 AM

Great reminder once again to start with videos Adrienne!

I remember an earlier post on your blog about YouTube and this one again sure reminds me to get started, though I am indeed camera shy and have no idea about things. I guess I am quite like Ruth here, and would be totally lost on YouTube!

However, I have bookmarked this page whenever I do plan to start up with videos, maybe soon after my site and blog are done up. Would gather up the courage and just get started :)

Thanks for all the links and information that would surely help anyone a great deal :)

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45 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Hey Harleena.

Did you see Paul’s reply to Ruth! You both can do this.. I was camera shy too if you can imagine that but you have to walk through the fear and do it anyway. Trust me, it’s a lot of fun on the other side.

Videos will help bring more traffic to your site so be sure and keep that in mind. Look at it as doing something new with the new year.

You are so welcome and be sure and have a great day okay!

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46 Gabriella
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Hi Adrienne

This is a great post to remind us how important it is to make videos these days. Blogs are great but there will always be something missing – a sense of familiarity or interaction. watching someone say something rather than reading is far more appealing. Being able to hear and see their emotions is what I like.

Congrats on all of your successful videos! :)

Gabz

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47 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Hi Gabriella,

I agree, we all enjoy watching videos and I’m sure more of us should be doing them. Hopefully with YouTube’s playbook more will start cranking some out. I have found them to be very helpful indeed.

Thank you for your kind words and please be sure to enjoy your day! :-)

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48 Devesh December 13, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Hey Adrienne,

This is fantastic post and remind us the importance of doing videos. I haven’t done any videos but bookmarked this post for feature reference.

Keep up the rocking work, girl :) !

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49 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Hey Devesh,

Long time, no hear! Hope you are doing well my friend and glad you enjoyed this post. Paul reminded me that I need to step up my game so I better kick it into gear as the new year approaches. Hopefully we can see some from you in the near future as well? Will definitely look forward to that!

Take care Dev and have a fabulous day! ;-)

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50 Devesh December 13, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Woww.. You were so quick in responding ;) !

Yup, I’ve been doing very well and been incredibly busy from last few months working on Blokube, niche sites and of course studies. Moreover, I recently sold the Technshare blog to focus on Blokube, wpkube & niche sites.

I will be defiantly doing the videos in the near future or i might hire you to create the awesome videos ;) !!

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51 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Yep, I usually respond to my comments first thing in the morning Dev!

Wow, you have been busy but I figured you had a lot going. Congratulations on selling Technshare. I have no doubt your others sites are really doing well. I do love Blokube.

You are too funny my friend… I want to see YOU on camera! :-) Maybe soon?

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52 Sylviane Nuccio
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I’ve seen that post on Firepoll, but because of lack of time I haven’t read it yet because I saw that it was a very long post full of goodies and wanted to make sure I can settle enough to read it and get that playbook.

I am trying to use YouTube more and more, but the thing that bother me a bit is that YouTube doesn’t allow more than one channel, so for someone like me that’s a bit tricky, since I have at 3 major niches that really have not much to do at all with one another. Maybe I can learn something helpful about that in that book :)

Thanks for encouraging me to go ahead and learn more about YouTube.

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53 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Hi Sylviane,

Be sure and read Paul’s post, it’s definitely chalked full of really good stuff for creating videos.

That’s the way it is about several different sites, Facebook included. They do that for a reason. Like Facebook, YouTube is not for business purposes really. They want you to share helpful and/or entertaining material. They don’t want you promoting stuff which is how a lot of people get their channels shut down. But if you are helping in three different areas, I don’t see why they wouldn’t allow it. Those are their rules though. Their playbook doesn’t cover that, only how to create better videos.

I would definitely take the niche you are the most passionate about and learn more about creating videos. You can really help a lot of people in that area Sylviane.

Good luck.

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54 Paul Wolfe
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Adrienne (and Sylvienne)

If I can jump in and offer some thoughts….you CAN have separate YouTube channels for separate ‘niches.’

What you need to have is a separate Googlemail account for each niche – if you have that, then you can link that separate Googlemail account to each new YouTube channel and then you can create more than one channel. (I’ve got three).

The only issue it that it becomes a PITA signing in and out of different Google accounts for checking YouTube, Google Plus, Googlemail etc. I’m SERIOUSLY considering having different computers for my different accounts….it’s that much of a PITA.

HTH.

Paul

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55 Sergio Felix
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Hey Paul,

In case the implemented feature in Gmail and YouTube about switching accounts is not enough, you could always install software to virtualize more operating systems.

Performance will obviously vary depending on the computer’s resources but it is a quick and easy fix to have “more computers” in just one.

I used to do this a lot in the past (for other tasks though) and the software is very intuitive to use.

Check out VMWare Fusion and Parallels.

Hope that helps!
Sergio

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56 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Hey Paul,

Thanks for sharing that. I thought you had to have three separate IP addresses in order to have three separate accounts. I knew about the separate gmail accounts. That’s good to know. I learned something new today! Yipee!!!

What I do for that case Paul is I have different browsers open to handle my different gmail accounts. I have two for business and another one that I use just to “sign-up” for things to check people out. I forward that one to one of my accounts so I don’t have to open another one since I never reply using that account. Just a suggestion.

Thanks bunches for this info!

Thanks for sharing that though, I learned something new today.

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57 Sylviane Nuccio
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Yes, Adrienne, I totally understand your point. YouTube was not created for internet marketers. We just took over :)

However, they might want to rethink it maybe in the future, because someone like me would look for another channel to post other videos that are not related with my YouTube channel, but if I had the choice of more channels I would put them on YouTube which would mean more money for them.

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58 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 7:48 PM

The bad thing about that Sylviane, is that the video programs that will allow commercial videos are only paid programs. All of the free ones that I’m aware of don’t allow videos they consider to commercially related. I guess I can see why because everywhere we turn people are there throwing stuff in our face again. You have to be smart about your marketing and the majority of us do enjoy free. Did you see Paul’s response? They do allow more than one channel, it just has to be on different gmail accounts.

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59 Jane December 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Videos are getting more popular in recent years. Thank you for providing informative article on how to get the maximum from video promotions especially from YouTube.

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60 Adrienne Smith
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December 13, 2011 at 2:09 PM

They sure are Jane and as Paul noted in his blog post, within just a few more years, people will be gravitating more toward videos then the written word. So if we don’t get cracking and get our education on this topic, we may be left in the wind. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want that happening to me.

I appreciate your comment, thanks for joining in.

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61 Ryan
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Hello Adrienne!
I’m in the midst of producing some YouTube videos for exposure and helping a musician in my family. It won’t be the next hit viral videos like Mystery Guitar Man but this post will definitely help me reach a bigger audience.
Until next time, take care and happy holidays!

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62 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Hey Ryan,

Oh goodie, we get to check out some videos Ryan is doing. Will you be in them or just helping out an up and coming musician? You just never know my friend, he may be a big hit. That sounds great though! Can’t wait to see them.

Until next time is right so enjoy the rest of your week. Happy Holidays to you as well!

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63 Nicky
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Now that was very interesting! I love it when I learn something new from someone’s blog! – I had never thought of doing a video response to someone else’s video. To be quite honest I don’t use YouTube nearly enough, but I will be sure to check out the Creator Playbook you mention – I had never heard of this before!

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64 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Hi Nicky and welcome to my place.

I’m with you, I love learning new things at other people’s blogs which is why I enjoy it so much. Plus I’ve met some fabulous people this way and have built some awesome relationships as well.

Glad you enjoyed this tip and do be sure to download their playbook. It will open your eyes about how to generate a lot more traffic to your videos.

Hope you are enjoying your day!

~Adrienne

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65 Dia December 13, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I admit, I’m still behind when it comes to marketing on youtube. It is one of the top sites out there and we should use it to our advantage to market our businesses. I guess before I worry about views from youtube, I should worry about making videos lol Thanks for sharing my friend

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66 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Hey Dia,

I think that most of us haven’t really been consistent with using YouTube. But you do definitely need to include it in your marketing. I would hate to see a few years down the road, YouTube just take over with videos and leave everyone else in the dust and no one actually got started when they were aware of this impending change. So, get that playbook and start thinking about some videos you’d like to share with us. People do enjoy watching videos Dia! :-)

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67 Bill Dorman
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Whew, it’s been so long since I’ve done one I will probably need a refresher; this looks like a good start. I have thought about doing one recently, maybe this will be the little push that I need.

Thanks for putting this together and sharing; good to see you.

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68 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 7:49 PM

We could all use some more Bill live and in person! Videos do that for us since you live so far away. We’d love to see another video Bill. So, get that playbook out and get to work young man! :-)

Always a pleasure to see you!

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69 Deeone
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Hi Adrienne!

As you know, I’m constantly evolving into a YouTube maniac. I’ve found it to be a very useful tool to get traffic to my site, and on top of all of that I’ve become quite addicted to making them.

Now, I’m not saying that I’m a pro or anything just yet with only having 4 videos on my channel (the fourth being uploaded just an hour ago), but as I practice more and more, I definitely see where I’m improving; as well as where much improvement is needed.

My challenge comes in the content arena… I’m trying to figure out what’s the best direction for me to go with the type of site that I have. So for me, how to choose the right material to post would be the most helpful.

However, at this point, any information you provide I already know is going to be extremely helpful. :)

Thanks in advance for the future post on YouTube tips. ;) You Rock, as usual!

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70 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Hi Deeone,

I love your videos and I love how natural you are. See, you are living proof that you have to start at the beginning and with time you’ll become more comfortable in front of the camera. People just love watching videos and it helps that they now can see who is behind the content.

I loved your trip to Orlando, thanks for sharing that with us. You are becoming quite the movie producer. You might have to teach others how you put that together.

What it all boils down to Deeone is that people enjoy receiving information in different ways. We as bloggers love to write but as you know from the popularity of YouTube, a lot of people prefer watching videos. Then you have the people who like to listen to your message through just audio. That’s why whenever you are learning from the top income earners they will tell you to take the written word and put it in video and audio form too. So you can either take what you’ve written in your post and do a slide show presentation of your content speaking what you’ve shared or just shoot a video summarizing the message in your blog post. As YouTube is stating in their playbook, add more video to your blog. That way, whoever comes to your blog can read it or listen to it. But they will have that option.

The message you share on your blog is important for anyone who has ever been where you have been. Watching you evolve and listening to how you go there is inspiring. So not only are you helping people through the written word, you can help them through your video message as well Your message is valuable however you chose to share it.

Hope that was helpful my friend. I appreciate the kind words but I think you kind of rock too! ;-)

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71 Deeone
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Hey Adrienne,

Just wanted to come back by and tell you thank you for the compliment. It means a lot to hear that I’m heading in the right direction. It’s also wonderful to hear the tips you’ve shared with me, as well.

I have often thought about adding my content to video, but wasn’t sure if that’s what people were looking for or not. That’s very helpful, indeed.

One of these days, don’t be surprised how soon, but I’m going to WoW you. lol With your expertise information shared, plus the other material I’ve run across here and there, and my desire to do it the best that I possibly can… it’s bound to happen, sooner than later. :D

Thanks again, my friend, for all you do. May the blessings continue to find you and overtake you.

All the best. :)

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72 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Deeone, you are definitely headed in the right direction and sharing your content in different forms will bring a lot more traffic to your information whichever form it’s in. As I shared, people enjoy if in different ways.

You mean you haven’t wowed me already? Oh my, I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve. I love to be wowed and you are just the person to do that Deeone.

Thank you for your kind words, you are so thoughtful. I appreciate that!

Hope you’ve enjoyed your day and I’ll see you again soon. I can’t help myself! ;-)

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73 Carolyn
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Okay, Adrienne, I’m not the first to comment this week, and I’m hoping I’m the last (though I doubt it). You’re assuming in this article that, well, we want our YouTube videos to be found.

I’ve done two videos, one with you holding my hand (in a virtual, techie manner) the whole time. I’m a better writer than video producer, so shouldn’t I direct people to my blog more than my videos? After all, if I want their eyeball time, shouldn’t I want that time to be spent on my written work instead of my videos?

I would greatly appreciate your guidance on this, my dear Adrienne. :-)

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74 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Hey Carolyn,

I’m chuckling as I read your comment.

I think you did great in both your videos personally and yes, you definitely want them to be found.

So here’s your question. How are you getting people to your blog? You are sharing your blog posts on Twitter right! You are sharing your links on Facebook right! So why not shoot a video and share your link in the description. Not everyone enjoys reading the written word. Some people prefer audio while others prefer videos. I think it’s pretty safe to say that YouTube is gaining popularity because of that. So why not give them both? If you download the playbook you’ll learn that it’s really going to benefit you in the long run if you shoot more videos. They do go well on your blog too! You can walk people through some of the apps that you are sharing.

Hope that was helpful Carolyn!!! Now, have yourself a great day! :-)

Did you happen to read Lewis’ comment where he mentioned that “Dan Kennedy spoke about doing a “Learn to Read” info-mercial with Danny Glover” because there are so many people out there today that still can’t read. From FedEx drivers to business owners, now that’s sad. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in having more in their life or in your case, learning about tech.

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75 Carolyn
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Excellent points, Adrienne. My second video only got 41 hits though and took quite a while to record. I suppose they go faster the more you do them?

You seem like such a natural in front of the camera, Adrienne!

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76 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 7:36 PM

The more videos you do, the quicker you will get them done because you know what you’re doing now. I may seem like a natural now but I’ve been shooting them for three years, that’s the only reason why. Everything gets better with time. That I do know for sure.

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77 Jimmy
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I am one of those that you are referring to not doing any videos yet. Not sure why, but I think deep down I do not have the time to venture into this area yet. Personally, I am a very visual learner and I believe in videos. My presentations are power packed with visual and related youtube videos which I download for free. I love seeing my audience become entranced by the video selections I give them to enhance my presentation.

I know video is probably something as easy as A,B,C. Your training is probably the best place to start. can you tell me briefly what is the time required to say do a simple 3min video with slides? What tools are needed and so on? Just a taster for me before I jump over to your training again.

You can be sure that you will be the first one to know when my first video is up.

Cheers

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78 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Hey Mr. Guest Poster!!! You’ve been a busy guy lately! WOW, very impressed with both of those posts you wrote. Great job!

See, you just admitted to being a visual person so think of all the other people who are as well. That’s why YouTube has the number three spot in traffic. People love videos so why not give them what they want. That’s just going to make you even that much more attractive in their eyes.

Everything takes time to learn so there will be that initial learning curve. Not knowing what type of computer you have, Windows has “Windows Movie Maker” that you can use for free to incorporate slides and photos to create a movie. And yes, I walk you through how to use their service as well. If you have a Mac, I believe they also have something similar to that but not sure what it’s called. It might take you a little while to learn how to actually incorporate all of this but that’s the great thing, once you learn it become much easier to do.

I hope you’ll consider it at least in the future because a lot of people are predicting that videos are going to just continue to become that much more popular and eventually kill the written word. So, why not be prepared and ready just in case?

Thanks Jimmy and hope you are enjoying your day! :-)

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79 Jimmy
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Thank for that compliment, teacher! I guess I can call you take as well since you have been responsible for teaching me quite a few break through stuff about blogging. I believe that my first video will be from you as well, and I certainly remember your kindness online.

Thanks Adrienne.

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80 Adrienne Smith
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December 15, 2011 at 8:49 AM

You are so very welcome Jimmy, you are doing fabulous my friend. See what happens when you take consistent action! These are the kinds of things you can share with others. You are doing such a great job and I’m glad that I was able to help you.

Enjoy your day and I KNOW I’ll be seeing you again soon.

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81 Lynn Brown
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Hey Adrienne you really out did yourself on this one. Lots of great stuff and it really is all about knowing a few things to get your videos seen and ranked higher on YouTube.

I wanted to ask about your tip where you go to another channel that has videos with a high view stat and then use our own video in the comments …. just wondering if that would be considered spam? This is a tip I never heard about, sounds great but just wanted to get your feedback.

I know I just recently did a ‘video’ response thanking a fellow online marketer and she was so taken back, she thought that was the best idea since sliced bread!

Always a pleasure to visit your site and learn all the great tips you share! Thanks.

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82 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Hi Lynn,

Well, Paul definitely brought it to my attention so with the new year heading our way, why not have all of us step up our game. Who better to learn from then YouTube themselves.

What you would do is go to the search feature in YouTube and put in the keywords you are searching for. Those videos will appear and you want to search for the most popular videos. The videos are just like blog posts and you would then chose your video that had to do with that subject. Instead of writing a comment to what you thought of their video, you would post your video response. It can be considered spam to some people if they haven’t built up a relationship with you while others really just enjoy sharing videos. That’s why Lisa’s idea was fabulous. I’m so happy to know that you’ve done that already and see, people loved it. It’s a more personal approach and I think a better way to leave a video response then just posting a video on a certain subject. It definitely will get some attention which is what you want.

Thanks Lynn for stopping by and sharing that with me. I love hearing how well received your video response was. I need to get cracking. :-)

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83 Faissal Alhaithami
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 12:37 AM

This is just great! I’m think about creating my first video, I really need a confidence to do so, reading the playbook will add a lot more to my videos..

thanks for sharing the tip too I guess it is really great way to respond to videos.

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84 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 10:47 AM

This playbook will be great for you Faissal since you haven’t even created your first video yet. I have no doubt that whatever you do, it will be packed full of great information just like your posts.

I wish you the best of luck and you need to let us all know when it’s completed. We’ll be sure to share it with our readers. :-)

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85 Faissal Alhaithami
Twitter:
December 15, 2011 at 3:25 AM

You will be the first to know about my first video, I’ll do my best to make the quality of the video as high as possible.

Thanks a lot Adrienne!

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86 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 15, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Thank you Faissal, I’m so looking forward to it.

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87 Daniel Sumner
Twitter:
December 13, 2011 at 11:47 PM

Why do I feel I have been surrounded by Youtube lately and I feel so guilty that I only have 2 videos on my channel. All my intentions are Good Adrienne I just haven’t been giving it the attention it deservers. Thanks for the kick in the behind and reminding me that I’m missing out on another traffic source.

In my deference I do have a lot of videos, but they are all behind paid memberships. To put those on YT would be counter productive. Although I have always wondered how well they would do out in the open??

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88 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Hey Daniel,

You are not alone which is why I wanted to do this post. I have a good bit up myself but am not consistent with my efforts. At least YouTube is giving us a heads up on how to improve the quality of videos from this point forward.

I have my free training site so I know what you mean. I actually have tons of videos I’ve done, they just aren’t all on YouTube! I have no doubt the videos on your paid site would do well but then that would defeat the purpose of having the paid membership. Maybe you could do a summary of what you offer to entice people to get access to your membership site. People love to learn via videos so get them to your site.

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89 Dan Sumner
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Great idea Addrienne I like the sound of a summary. I do have a full training plan for the new year for YT which should do well.

It’s funny, as I reply to your post I am siting with my headset on editing and producing a video (not for YouTube) :-(

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90 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 1:17 PM

I bet if you are doing a series for YouTube then it would be a huge hit on YouTube Dan. Doing a summary of what you are offering or giving them a sneak peak would entice anyone who wanted to learn more. I hear the thoughts rolling around in your head right now as I respond to your comment. ;-)

I’ll be doing one later myself Dan, but not for YouTube either. See, just because we don’t have them all on YouTube doesn’t mean we aren’t cranking them out. Hope your editing is going well.

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91 Barry Wells
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 6:58 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Another really helpful post. I’ve not checked out “Creator Playbook” but will be doing so now.

I read Pauls post and wow wasn’t it a great read. I have in fact bookmarked it as there was so much to take in. I can’t wait to see his guest post here :)

As you know I’ve been creating videos for some time now but having been shown how to make them look more professional, in the video itself and the way I describe them on YouTube, I have now started seeing YouTube in my top ten traffic source :)

I’ve never thought of doing a video comment in response to another video but can see the benefits of doing so, ummm I’ll have see about trying that out as well.

I think people who haven’t created videos yet tend to think it’s an added expense, but it really isn’t as there’s free software available, which is how I got started. In fact my very first video was simply showing people how to set up an auto reply in outlook express. That video has been viewed more times than any other that i have created with over 3,400 views. I didn’t have any of the skills I now have and didn’t enter a very good description of it either.

Videos are red hot online and viewed from all these new portable devices that are growing in numbers on a daily basis so we really do need to move with the times and make the most of how we apply ourselves.

Now I’m off to “Creator Playbook” for some education ;)

Thanks for posting about it Adrienne.

Oh by the way: You’re also in my top ten traffic sources this month, thank you :)

Catch you later Adrienne,

Respect and regards,
Barry

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92 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Hey Barry,

Paul did open our eyes didn’t he! So if we don’t take his and YouTube’s advice from this day forward we are just hurting ourselves.

I love the videos you’ve shot so far Barry. I love the opening and I also just love tutorials. They are my favorites because I enjoy learning that way. I’m a visual person although I do enjoy the written word too. When I learn, I learn better by seeing. But, I’m an avid reader too.

That’s fabulous that your first video has received that many views. See, people were searching for what you had to share so it didn’t matter if it was professionally done or not. People have no idea what software you used. That’s the important thing to remember. It’s giving your audience what they want.

Glad to hear you’re getting traffic from my site. You’ve got some great stuff to share so I’m happy to send my readers your way. That’s great Barry.

So, I’ll be chatting with you soon. Looking forward to that interview! Talk to you later. ;-)

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93 Janet Callaway
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December 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Adrienne, aloha. Thanks so much for adding something else to my “to do” list; I so appreciate it. Seriously, I do. You’re right that we need to step up and change up our game.

Your post is, of course, a masterpiece of advice and inspiration. If there is anyone in the blogosphere who does not know about Paul, what an important introduction that is. Paul is a wealth of information. Quite honestly, Adrienne, when I see he is commenting on a post I know I will receive even more great advice. What he shared in your comments is a perfect case in point.

Thanks so much for the information. YouTube’s e-book is waiting to be read, absorbed and acted upon. Best wishes for a Wonderful Wednesday. Until next time, aloha. Janet

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94 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Hi Janet,

I know what you mean Janet because I need to step up my game too. I know videos are important, I know people love to watch them and I certainly don’t want to be left behind. I have Paul to blame for that. There he went, off to write some guest posts for Danny and called us all out on what we aren’t doing.

He is always such a wealth of information so we got to chatting since he’s so very helpful. He’s offered to do a guest post for me on this very topic which I’m so thankful for. If my readers aren’t familiar with Paul, they certainly will be soon enough if they didn’t hop over and read his post already. What better way to learn then from people having success in that area right!

You are so very welcome and the playbook is chalked full of great stuff. I guess we both have some work to do right Janet!

Hope you are having a wonderful week and enjoying yourself. Hope your trip was fun!

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95 Jonathan Gaurano
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Hi Adrienne:

As someone who is planning to begin the Youtube grind – I find this post very reassuring. Of course I’m scared and ready to puke. However, it’s only a matter of time before I get used to the process. I’m ever grateful for the youtube playbook link – it means a lot as I’m going to start planning. And, planning. And, planning. I hope to impress when it arrives? Also, because of this post – I am now looking at your Youtube videos.

Fun Fun Fun! Thank you (:

Sincerely,
Jonathan Gaurano
P.S. No debate this time (:

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96 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Hi Jonathan,

Glad you have YouTube in your sights Jonathan and don’t worry, we’ve all been there. It took me three months to put my first video up and it was horrible. Guess what, I did it anyway and over 200 videos later, I’m not nervous at all. You’ll just get use to it.

Do be sure and read this playbook and absorb all they are teaching you. Check out Paul’s post too because he definitely knows his stuff. He’s got a very successful business online and videos is what helped it along.

I have no doubt you’ll do fine and please do let us know when you have them up. We’ll be sure to check it out and share it.

Enjoy my videos! :-) I’m always ready for a debate!!!

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97 Jonathan Gaurano
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 5:57 PM

I’ll do what I Can (; Have an awesome week! See ya soon! (:

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98 Craig McBreen
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Holy mackerel, lady :) ;) 85 comments already!!

I’m working on video right now, so will bookmark this and be back to comment later! Thanks!

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99 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Hey Craig,

I’ve got some faithful followers Craig, what can I say! Plus, this is a pretty good topic to grab their attention so it was a win/win.

You’re working on a video right now! Can’t wait to see this one. Let me know when it’s live. Until then, enjoy your evening. See you again soon.

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100 Craig McBreen
Twitter:
December 16, 2011 at 1:20 PM

I’ll let you know how the video goes. Talk to you soon. :)

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101 Jens P. Berget
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Awesome information and I totally agree about Paul. I have created a few videos, but a lot less than I was hoping for. It takes a lot of time, and I discovered that it took a lot more time than I thought. I’ve created many for the University, but it’s so much easier in Norwegian.

Maybe 2012 will be the year of video for me :-)

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102 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Hi Jens,

You did such a great job with the video you did for Carolyn. Although we’d all love to see you in front of the camera too! I enjoy shooting video tutorials more I must admit. I think it’s because people love to learn wouldn’t you agree? Maybe 2012 will be the year. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Thanks Jens and have a great rest of your week. :-)

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103 Carolyn December 14, 2011 at 7:07 PM

I agree, Adrienne. Jens’s video for The Wonder of Tech was amazing! I was so impressed with how clearly he explained Spotify. He accent rocked too. Between his Norwegian accent, your Texas twang and Bill’s Southern drawl, I can’t imagine how boring my voice must be!

I agree with Jens, video takes a lot of time, but I very much appreciated his great work!

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104 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Oh let’s not discuss whose accents are better because trust me, I would lose hands down. Jens for sure has us both beat Carolyn. I think yours is great though!

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105 Carolyn
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Your accent is great, Adrienne! But I certainly don’t have an accent, do I? Unless you count my accent as American. :-0

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106 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 14, 2011 at 8:02 PM

I think you have about as much of one as I do! See how different we all perceive each other’s accents? :-)

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107 Marcus Baker
Twitter:
December 15, 2011 at 6:35 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Lots of awesome ideas and inspiration here on the topic of videos and thanks for the play book download link. I have had a quick look at it and what a great resource it is.

Just today I was speaking to someone who told me that a very simple video I did ages ago helped her so much. She just wished there more very simple short videos to help older marketers who are trying to fathom online marketing and who often need things broken down a lot more than most people who make videos realize.

After speaking to her and reading your post I think I am quite keen to do some more videos again! :)

~Marcus

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108 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 15, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Hi Marcus,

Hope you find these tips helpful and the playbook will really come in handy for a lot of people who are still struggling with getting those views to their videos. I know I can still use some tips.

I understand what you mean. I have done a few that have been inspirational to help others understand that they can do this too and I still get a lot of calls after people have watched them. Isn’t it a wonderful feeling!

I have no doubt that you can help even more people along the way Marcus so get back to it my friend. Now we have the play by play book to help us.

Hope you’re enjoying your day!

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109 Justin Mazza
Twitter:
December 15, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Hi Adrienne,
I like to watch YouTube videos, especially ones that walk you through how to do something on WordPress. I think this winter I will shoot some videos that I can add on YouTube. Videos are a great way to balance out all of that blog reading. :)

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110 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 15, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Hey Justin,

There are so many people who want to understand how to do things Justin and since WordPress just updated once again, I have no doubt those videos will come in very handy. :-) We all do need just a little help from time to time.

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111 igor Griffiths December 15, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Hi Adrienne

Great post and looking over some of the comments, I can vouch for the fact that video is that fastest way to provide solutions to your audience and it gets faster the more you do it. The new youtube layout will reward those that engage with like minded people as it is designed for community building and social proof of your standing in that community.

Looking forwards to reading the guide as video is the direction I am going to focus upon.

Here’s to your success
igor Griffiths

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112 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 15, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Hi Igor,

Videos are so powerful and a lot of people shy away from them because they are uncomfortable getting in front of a camera. But you don’t have to get in front of the camera in order to shoot videos. I hate to see people miss out on one of the best traffic methods and let’s face it, we all love to learn watching videos. I heard you shot one recently going over the new YouTube look! I’ll have to check that one out. I haven’t spent much time playing with it. I know I don’t like the way they have the channels set up.

Enjoy the guide and I have no doubt it will help you tremendously!

Here’s to your success Igor!

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113 Mitch Mitchell
Twitter:
December 15, 2011 at 11:31 PM

You know, I’m kind of disappointed because I came here expecting this to be a video post. lol Actually, I’m doing some videos, but I’ve done them so I could post them on my blogs. I’m not sure if this is what you’re talking about or just posting videos that sit on the channel, then waiting for people to find them. Could you clarify this part for me?

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114 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM

lol… Yeah, I know Mitch but I didn’t want to shoot me walking you through this playbook! How boring would that be! :-)

Well in the playbook they are sharing with you how you can get your videos viewed more which is what we all really want even if you are just putting them in your blog. I’m sure your goal is to get more people to view your blog right? If that’s the case and they happen to locate your video via YouTube then that will entice them to check out your blog. What this playbook is helping you with is how to make your videos more attractive to your viewers. They take you step by step on how to do just that plus if you need topics to blog about, they help with that as well.

Hope that helped Mitch..

Enjoy your day and I’ll see you in a bit! :-)

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115 Ian Ieba
Twitter:
December 16, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Hi Adrienne

Wow! Adrienne what a great post and it’s packed full of great information. I have just downloaded the “Playbook” and printed it off so I can read it on the plane! Should help with the 9 hour trip! ;)

As you know I have only recently started to do videos and more so after having done the LWS Course which was excellent. I learnt a great deal about making videos from Sally. I have a lot more confidence now and I really enjoy doing them.

As you say we are living in the video era and people are engaging in the use of it a lot more now than they ever did. I know each person is different; some like to read, some like to listen, but I think people tend to interact better and get more out of watching a video I know I do.

Video commenting now that is new to me but what a great idea! I can definitely see the benefits; I’ll have to look at that a little closer now!

I haven’t yet read Pauls post Adrienne, but I will make my way over to Danny’s blog and check it out.

As always Adrienne I have learnt a great deal from my visit today and thank you again for sharing such great information :)

If we don’t catch up before the holidays; “Have a great Christmas Adrienne and A Happy New Year”

Take care, catch up soon

Ian :)

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116 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 16, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Hi Ian,

You are a video making fool Ian so this playbook will really benefit you. I mean YouTube is helping us learn how to get more views and isn’t that what we all want? I know that Sally is a fabulous teacher and was able to share so much great information but we all know that things change over time so keeping up with the latest scoop will only benefit us all.

Like you said, I know people like to view content differently. I know plenty of people who can’t stand watching videos. I know, shock right! Who doesn’t enjoy videos, but there are people. So for those who are writers they enjoy the written word more and then you have the people who prefer listening to things on audio. They are the ones that will purchase books on audio because they don’t enjoy reading. So to be able to cater to all the different people so that if they do land on your blog, they will have the different options of viewing your content the way they enjoy it. I will definitely start doing things a little different over here next year myself. I’ve got my work cut out for me.

Thank you Ian and you all have a wonderful vacation. I know you will and I can’t wait to hear all about your trip. Have a Very Merry Christmas as well Ian and stay safe ringing in the New Year! We are going to make it a great one.

Take care my wonderful friend. :-)

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117 Jeffrey Morgan
Twitter:
December 16, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Great Post! Shooting videos is a tricky business for the Internet Marketer. They are so powerful that I not so sure if you want to go out and shoot a ton of marginal videos, actually making it harder for those that are searching to find the really good material.

Don’t get me wrong, I think if you want to do a V-Blog that’s cool. However mixing and matching platforms can be confusing for some.

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118 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 16, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Thanks Jeffrey,

You definitely don’t want to take the time to shoot a bunch of videos just to get them up there and them not be quality stuff. I know there are a lot of people who would much prefer watching a video in your blog post then reading them but then there are plenty who don’t. I think you have to be happy with what you’re doing so whichever direction you choose to go, it will be the right one for you.

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119 Ed Welch December 21, 2011 at 6:35 AM

Hey Adrienne,

What a great post. I’ve been thinking for a while now that I ought to get into YouTube videos. How timely was your post? I wasn’t quite sure how to start but you’ve given some great tips. This is definitely one I will be looking at in the New Year. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Ed.

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120 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 21, 2011 at 7:26 AM

Hi Ed,

Videos are only getting hotter Ed so make 2012 the year you join in with the crowd. Will definitely look forward to seeing what you share with us. I love watching videos, especially when I want to learn something.

Take care and Merry Christmas to you as well. May the new year be your best ever.

~Adrienne

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121 farouk December 21, 2011 at 9:45 AM

that’s very good
i stopped checking my youtube channel long ago
i want to revive it once again
thanks : )

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122 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
December 21, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Ah, YouTube is the wave of the future Farouk! Be sure and revive that one for sure. I have a feeling you’ll not regret that decision.

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123 Lenia
Twitter:
February 11, 2012 at 2:41 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Videos is a whole new field for me. I understand very well the importance in order to get traffic as you explain it very well in this post.
From now and then I will definitely check out the sources you give us and learn more about how to make videos. I start from the creator playbook.
Onve again, I find such great information here in your blog.
Thank you :)
Have a great we and see you :)

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124 Lenia
Twitter:
February 11, 2012 at 2:45 AM

and off course I came back to this comment just to tell you: congratulations for the title you got as engagement superstar :)
I have just discovered that in the link you mention. Once again, never late than never!

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125 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Oh thank you and it’s never too late. I was honored, flattered and thrilled. :-) I appreciate that!

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126 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Hi Lenia,

Videos are huge and they are only getting bigger. Statistics are now saying that by next year, 90% of the content people view the most will be videos. So you definitely need to start learning how to get those going yourself. It will benefit you in the long run and just think how you would be able to connect more to the Greek community. I have faith in you Lenia.

I also have this section in my free training site so be sure and check that out as well if you need further help.

Always a pleasure to provide information on topics I have also learned.

Have a wonderful weekend Lenia and we’ll catch up again next week.

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127 Lenia
Twitter:
February 13, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Oh yes i saw there is a section in your training course but i haven’t checked out the videos.
Wow it is a very big %
I will start to work on that as soon as possible. I see a few players in the Greek market that use videos but i want to make something better than they do :)

As far as my Weekend: great and sunny saturday on Chios Island but rainy Sunday!

What about you?
Have a good week!

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128 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
February 13, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Hi Lenia,

I have no doubt that you’ll do much better than those others who have gotten a head start with videos. You’re a learning machine.

Hope you were able to enjoy your weekend anyway.

I had a fabulous weekend, spent it with family and I intend to have a wonderful week. Hope you do the same.

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129 sandy
Twitter:
April 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Hello Adrienne,

This is more than important to me as I am just starting with video marketing you are just sharing the right information with all of us.
And I will check out the Creator Playbook for more info.
Oh yes and I have a BIG problem now:I already created some videos but I can’t see myself online so I didn’t uploaded them on Youtube yet.
it is so new to me,hopefully will get used to it.

Sandy

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130 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
April 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Hi Sandy,

Oh good, I’m so happy to hear that you are getting into video marketing now. I have a lot of information now on creating videos so hopefully all of that information will be helpful. This Playbook has a lot of really great information. YouTube is trying to help us all out.

Oh come on Sandy! You’ll do great and we all had to start at the beginning scared to death to do those first few videos. I hated seeing myself online and I still do but everyone seems to be able to connect with me which is what is really important. They will be able to do the same with you. Plus learn from you as time goes by. So just go for it! You’ll look back and think that was nothing. :-)

You’ll get use to it over time. That’s the name of the game.

Thanks Sandy and the best of luck to you! Always a pleasure to hear from you.

~Adrienne

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131 Tom Bradley May 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I’m always happy when a blog post has ‘nuggets’ but yours seem to have buckets of nuggets!

Mastering YouTube is at the top of my list! Thanks!

Tom

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132 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Ah thanks Tom, I do love to give those buckets of nuggets away. Just want to help my fellow onliners get to where they want to go. YouTube is a fabulous place to do just that. Glad you enjoyed it and you’ll have to check out Annie’s guest post where she shares how to make your video stand out. Priceless information.

Have a great weekend.

~Adrienne

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133 Dr.Spencer Jones
Twitter:
June 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Adrienne, Thanks for sharing the youtube playbook. Downloaded, but seems like it’s 90+ pages to read. :0 Will have to find time to read. Yes I will be recording more videos. May I know how often you create videos ?

Dr.Spencer Jones

P.S:I read the blog post of you being selected as the engagement superstar. Danny sure picked the right winner.

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134 Adrienne
Twitter:
June 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Glad you downloaded this book. Hey, it’s from YouTube so they definitely know their stuff and want you to succeed. It’s not a long read really, but each section will help for creating better videos. Enjoy!

I should be doing at least one a month and I was for awhile, sometimes more. I haven’t done one in a couple months so I’m really behind with that. back in April I lost a dear friend and it took me a few months to “deal” with his loss. I was exactly video material but I need to step it back up now.

Thanks for that shout out and I was thrilled when I heard who Danny chose. Shocked, but thrilled. :-)

Thanks Spencer,

~Adrienne

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135 Atish Ranjan
Twitter:
August 12, 2012 at 5:48 AM

Youtube can be a great source of traffic But If its get done well. I think For creating an informative videos and write good title and description while uploading it on youtube can give more views to the video.

~ Atish

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136 Adrienne
Twitter:
August 13, 2012 at 9:48 AM

It most definitely is Atish and should not be ignored. People love to watch videos so others should keep that in mind when doing content that they want viewed.

Thank you for sharing that.

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137 Gordon Robinson September 13, 2012 at 4:12 AM

Hi Adrienne – thanks for the ‘chat’ on Facebook the other day and for pointing me towards your blogs – particularly this one. Its really been helpful and I will be implementing some of the advise that you have shared.

Never new about the YouTube playbook so thanks for that as well …. I will bookmark your site as a reference document …. thanks again.

Gordon

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138 Adrienne
Twitter:
September 13, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Hi Gordon,

I’ve enjoyed getting to know you so thank you so much for that. Glad we connected and you’re enjoying my blog. I’m all about helping others learn what I have and what works for me. I have some awesome people contribute to my posts as well so when I don’t know something they are here to help as well.

Glad this post was helpful and YouTube is such a goldmine when used properly. I appreciate you bookmarking my blog and please feel free to visit anytime.

Have a glorious day!

~Adrienne

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139 Doug Johnson November 21, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Adrienne,

This post so far and the one you asked me to check out back in December are the two articles I NEEDED to read to understand what I wasn’t doing. Thank you, thank you, thank you! There’s few things more frustrating than having information you know people may want to learn about, but not having the means to get it out to them.

Now I just need to brainstorm what my YouTube videos could be about! :)

Excellent post.

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140 Adrienne
Twitter:
November 21, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Hey Doug,

Welcome and so glad you checked out my other post and found this one helpful too. I love hearing that and I know what you mean which is why I love sharing what I have learned and I sure have some awesome people who have been helping me along the way. It can be so frustrating but at the same time, very rewarding when you find what you’ve been searching for.

Happy brainstorming and thanks for your comment. It’s greatly appreciated. Now, enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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141 Brittany Bullen July 25, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Adrienne,

I have been looking around your website and learning so many great new techniques! I can’t thank you enough. I’ve subscribed via Feedly and will be returning often. Congrats again on your great success. You deserve it! I’m checking out some of the blogs on your “Thank You” page too. Have a great weekend!

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142 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 25, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Hey Britany,

I just let your site girl, commenting on your hilarious video about grammar. Girl, that cracked me up now. I can’t wait to share that one too.

Glad to hear you’ve been looking around here. You found an old one now didn’t you! I wish everything that I had learned early on still worked but that’s how everything is right! Everything changes over time. But if there is anything in particular I can help you with don’t be bashful. Give me a shout any way that’s comfortable with you and I’ll see if I can’t help. I don’t know it all but I’ve learned a LOT!

Thank you for your kind comment and you have a wonderful weekend too. I definitely intend to.

~Adrienne

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