How to Get Your Video Noticed on YouTube. Wanna be an internet star? Knowing a few tricks
will put you on the most-viewed list in no time. You will need A great idea Video and
computer equipment and persistence. Step 1. Click the "Videos" tab on YouTube to see what
the most-viewed videos of the moment are—and then make a video response to one. Parodies
of currently popular internet videos often "piggyback" on the fame of the original and
end up becoming famous themselves. Step 2. Aim for a large but specific group, like video
game fanatics, or people who hate Carlos Mencia. Although throwing out a wide net seems more
logical, a targeted audience is actually more likely to latch on and spread the word. Step
3. It seems obvious, but use the best idea you have. It's probably the one that makes
you and your friends laugh the most or has you using the word "awesome" repeatedly. Violence
really hurts, and should never be used for base, commercial motives. So don't do it.
Step 4. Shoot for the highest production value you can afford. Videos that are severely underlit
or have blown out audio are pretty unwatchable, and unlikely candidates for internet fame.
Step 5. Before you output, do a Google search for "Exporting for YouTube." Heavily pixelated,
out-of-sync video clips rarely make the rounds in office emails. Step 6. One of the keys
to getting your video seen is having a title, tags, and a thumbnail that will attract your
audience. YouTube offers you a choice of 3 different thumbnails—whichever images are
found a 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 of the way through your video. Savvy users find a frame they
like during editing and make sure it occurs at one of those points. The other key factor
in attracting an audience? Keep your video short and sweet. Two minutes or less is ideal.
Step 7. Remember the specific interest group you targeted? Now that you're finished, consider
emailing your video's link to websites relevant to that group. Sometimes all it takes is a
single blogger to get the ball quickly rolling. Step 8. Don't just upload your video and forget
it; become part of the community. Comment on other videos, respond to comments on your
own video, maybe even stir up a little controversy. Step 9. Repeat the process. Each time one
of your videos makes even a small dent, you gain subscribers, and a large subscriber base
is the number one reason a video attracts a large viewership. Did you know According
to its community guidelines, YouTube does not allow videos that show "graphic or gratuitous
violence," or "someone getting hurt, attacked, or humiliated."