This post is a result of our very first question on YouTube by ImpulsivMusic who asked about promoting YouTube Vids and getting more exposure.
Increase YouTube Views
There are many ways to get more views on YouTube. For this post, I’m sticking to legitimate and real ways to increase YouTube views. I mean you can easily just use page refresh tools or tactics, or even pay for views, but what good is that unless you’re just trying to boast numbers. Okay, maybe a few hundred quick views might help with social proof. But despite all that, remember that real viewers and real YouTube traffic means real interest, which is ultimately what you want.
I’m also going to ignore paid methods like the “YouTube Promoted Videos” program. Let’s keep it all free and natural for this one.
If you ignore all the viral hits and big time YouTubers, many people don’t even generate 100 views on a video. So if you’ve got a few hundred real views, consider yourself lucky and on track.
Every now and then, you’ll hit some numbers with a video you might not expect and as you grow and stay committed to your channel, you’ll naturally progress to focusing on the quality of your video content. You won’t worry so much about how to get more YouTube views.
Here are important tips to keep in mind in order to increase YouTube views and facilitate your mission to make money online:
1. Careful with your Keywords
Keywords are definitely one of the most important factors on how to increase views on YouTube. Be sure to take five minutes in order to quickly research and pinpoint some keywords that are being searched on the web. Your titles, descriptions and tags tell Google what your video is about. Using carefully chosen, relevant keywords will do wonders for helping organic searchers locate your video. Remember to keep your keywords RELEVANT and don’t always aim for terms with the largest views. Keywords with lower volume are generally less competitive and will get you decent (if not high) placement more quickly. You can do some easy research with the Google Keyword Tool.
2. Help Videos Really Rock
Videos that provide useful information or valuable content will naturally incite more interest from YouTube users. An effective way to increase YouTube views is by posting up ‘how to” videos or tutorials on various subjects. This doesn’t have to be the case with every video you post. Just the same, a genuinely helpful video will almost always produce more views than a “regular” video. This doesn’t include super entertaining videos, which always do well since many YouTubers are looking to be entertained.
3. Questions and Curiosity
Ask questions in your videos. Get your watchers engaged. One engaged viewer can lead to more engaged viewers. You can also play the “curiosity” card by hinting on an upcoming video. Encouraging participation and comments from your viewers is vital if you want to build up your views/subscriber count.
4. Embed and Share Vids on your Blog
If you don’t have a blog, you definitely need to set one up immediately so that you can build an audience and target base for the videos you’re posting. If you need any help in this department – I recommend reading ABR. If you do have a blog, embed your videos like we did for this post and leverage your blog traffic in order to increase YouTube views.
5. Build Backlinks to Improve Rank!
Once your videos are up and running or embedded on your blog, you should consider linking directly to either the video on YouTube or to your post, with specific anchors that contain your relevant keywords. If you create backlinks to your post page, you’ll be increasing your ranking for the page, which will inevitably result in more hits – if peeps are searching for your terms of course. This will increase YouTube views on the embedded video. Creating specific backlinks directly to your video on YouTube will help your ranking on Google searches for your video as a stand-alone. Put on your SEO marketing hat and can create links from your sites or do a little bit of article marketing, using the very popular EzineArticles.
There are of course, other ways to increase views. I just gave you some of the principal ways to boost your YouTube efforts.
I really hope these help out! Please take a minute to share your tips and ideas in the comments section below. What strategies have you personally used (or plan to use) to increase YouTube views?