An idea has crossed your mind and you have crystallized it into a terrific YouTube video. Or, better yet, you have started the hard journey of becoming a regular vlogger with your own YouTube channel. Have to say it: you’ll need discipline for ensure, as well as a constant stream of fresh ideas, if you’ve chosen the path of vlogging.
The effort make the videos just is half. The other 50% are reserved for the good old video promotion. A total fail rate in video responses was noted by YouTube (in nearly 1 million only 4 people were reported to click on the comment option which has since been moved)…so there’s one less method of promoting your video.
What should you do? How are you going to approach sharing? And most importantly, where to further your YouTube videos?
Don’t worry, this is what I’ll be telling about in today’s Revamply Review.
Let me focus on the community forums and discussion boards before I mention anything else. Do not make the rookie mistake like many people seem to think that social media killed the forum culture, and while Facebook/Twitter certainly have had their effect.
Forums are still a great place to further your YouTube videos, specially if you make the effort and research some boards that are strictly related to the nature of your channel. Most people are in discussion boards for a reason: to talk, give comment and study in-depth the main forum theme, so the engagement will surely be high.
What you need to ensure, though, is that you’re adding value. Because forum users can be extremely scrutinizing and sensitive to spam, don’t make the mistake of shotgunning your video link all over the place. You may get banned and then good luck furthering your video.
Social media platforms
An obvious place and maybe normally the most popular answer of the “Where to further my YouTube videos?” question. Both Twitter and Facebook are alright, specially Facebook which gives you the freedom of designing your own page to support your personal YouTube channel.
It’s been heavily utilized by both vloggers and streamers from Twitch currently, and it can really net you a few thousand likes in no time.
Remember about Google+, though. Google’s own social media is a great method to connect with like-minded individuals and take part in community discussions while underrated. Same applies for LinkedIn and its niche groups with thousands of people. Just remember what I said about the forum rules – LinkedIn groups (at least the quality ones) are very sensitive to spamming, so you’ll want to avoid that.
People who are close to you
A friend of mine who’s a semi-prominent YouTube vlogger said that it all starts with a bunch of friends and relatives. If you’re a company – with your most loyal customers.
Reaching out to your close people (or customers) is a good headstart to any YouTube channel, so he might be right. What you need to do is just tell them that you’ve got a video running and they can see it and give you some feedback. In addition, you might ask them to share it on your profiles for extra exposure.
It actually works to a great extent. Remember that Kickstarter follows a similar principle – most of the initial project backers come from family, friends, and relatives. Utilize this approach when thinking where to promote your YouTube videos too.
Similar to the concept of forums, yet a little bit different due to its unique structure, Reddit can be a powerful method to increase your audience. Subreddit segmentation means that you have at least several core subreddits to the nature or industry you’re vlogging in. Sometimes when a small website gets shared, Reddit “breaks” it due to huge traffic inflow. This is pretty vocal for the power this platform has.
I’ve seen numerous videos and channels get their main audience from Reddit and people staying loyal to the YouTube channel. If you a) provide real value with your videos and b) don’t spam, and remember to take part in the discussions, this could occur to you easily.
Collaborations with other YouTube channels
Although YouTube collaborations are worth a mention here, deserve a whole another post. What you need to think is teaming up with another vlogger because other people’s channels are a powerful place where you can further your YouTube videos.
In this method you two (or more, depending on the size of the collaboration) will profit from mixing each other’s audience (given that you’re similar in a method). It will get forth a surge of new subscribers which will effectively boost your channel views.
May be a tricky experience with collaboration. For now just do not forget it as one of the five great places to further YouTube videos…later I’ll be ensure to revisit the topic for more in-depth study.