Please Help Me by VOTING for this video...Thu, September 17, 2009 - 11:46 PM
The topic: Why do some videos go Viral, and others don't?
My question is this: How the heck is it that one guy will post a video on YouTube that gets MILLIONS of hits in a short period, and another person posts an equally-funny video (subjectively speaking) and it gets like 100.. or 1000? Sure.. I get that people love cats and kids (in videos) and stupid stuff. But even if I made the coolest cat video, if it didn't get past my circle of friends.. well, you get the question.
The question came up because I've been fascinated with it and started doing a little "playing".
- I have a decent collection of bellydance videos on my YouTube channel at youtube.com/candlelightvideo, and yet the most popular has under 10,000 views in a year. In contrast, I just watched another tonight that has over 7 MILLION views in 3 years.
- I created a "funny wedding dance" (comes up #1 when searching youtube for 'funniest wedding celebration dance')... no worse or better than others I've seen out there... and nada...
- I NEED 1,000 VOTERS to vote for my video (at videocontest.ecompliments.com/index.php by end-of-September.
It's for a video contest on eCompliments.com.. is free and quick to vote. My video is called "28 Narvelous Compliments".. and I managed to cram 28 funny/strange compliments into 60 seconds. (you think that's easy?!!) It's #1 when searching YouTube for: funniest compliments, strangest compliments or narvelous compliments
And yet views are only fair, and votes just aren't getting up there. Even if it wasn't the best, so what? Voting is free and people can vote for more than one...
So I sit here wondering... how or where does one spread the word to help videos circulate like mad? Do I need to create the "flatulent fruit" video I thought would surely go viral? I stopped myself, cuz why make an awesome-funny awesome-crazy video, and then not win (and the company gets a million $ commercial idea for free!)? Do I need animated cats that compliment their masters? I mean .. seriously.. c'mon.. what does it take?
PS if you're reading this, please vote for my video using the links above :-) (and then tell your friends)
PPS OK, I know that's a cheap attempt to get you to vote... but HEY.. I really really need people to vote! So sue me for trying? I promise to give you an extra piece of dark chocolate next time we see each other!
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voting is doneLearned a lot..
#1 -- never enter a popularity contest unless you are very popular OR have enough time, will/energy and strategy to get that popular
#2 -- don't count on friends-of-friends. Just cuz my friend has 1000 FB friends, apparently it means squat -- can't count on friends-of-friends to support my cause
#3 -- I need to spend more time building out my own social networks, and in particular, need to build up a mass of YouTube subscribers... still need to figure that one out....
Payoff?okay..I admit it..I don't get the pont of having alot of views on youtube...do you get paid for it? Does it help biz in anyway? thanks for the tutrial..hope all is well in your world..cathy
Lots of YouTube Subscribers...Here's the thing I learned there Cathy.
There are some people, varied in ages from 17 to over 50... who have over 100,000 YouTube Subscribers on their YouTube channels. This means that whenever they post a new video, 100,000+ *interested* people find out about it instantly.. it's a tremendous marketting force.
So this guy enters the video contest with a crappy video 2 days before the close date, and in one day gets more than twice the votes as the next nearest video. The video was really pathetic. He had over 20,000 views from people, and about 4,000 votes. In two days.
Oh.. and he gets other money that way too. As a YouTube "Channel Partner", ads pop up when folks are watching his video.. if someone clicks on one of those ads, he gets paid.