Stay connected with your fans on the go with YouTube Capture
Thursday, November 21, 2013
is sharing famous film quotes from the road,
is sharing her Chipotle order before a flight to NYC, the
are sharing highlights from a flag football game and
is sharing lessons on how to laugh like a pixie (from the heart of course). These creators are using
to make and share videos with their subscribers on the go, and if you haven’t tried it yet, today’s a great day to give it a shot.
On top of easily recording and sharing videos of any length with your subscribers from your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, YouTube Capture now lets you film, trim and edit together multiple clips, and add music from the
YouTube Audio Library
or your iTunes library. You can then share your new video on YouTube and your Facebook, Google+ and Twitter all at the same time.
So vlog on, cut the boring parts with multiclip editing, add cool stuff like your own music and colour correction, and share videos with your fans from anywhere. To get started,
download YouTube Capture
for free and learn more about today’s updates
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Thinking about buying views?
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
We know that you work hard on your videos, and perhaps they don't always get as many views as you'd hoped for. But if you're considering paying someone to increase your view count, you may want to think again. You probably won't get what you paid for.
Views generated by some third-party businesses and services will not be counted on YouTube, and can lead to disciplinary action against your account, including removing your video or suspending your account.
Long-term success on YouTube is based on creating great content and engaging with fans. If you're looking for ways to grow your audience, check out the great tips in our
There are also legitimate paid options.
solutions offer cost-effective ways to build your audience with many targeting options, along with deep insights into the types of viewers engaging with your videos.
If you're considering a third-party service, proceed with care and find out how they intend to promote your content:
Ask where your videos will be promoted
Ask about transparency of data and analytics
Ask about targeted demographics
Ask if they require video views in return for access to services or incentives
Remember that ultimately, you are responsible for your video traffic. If you contract a company that gives you spam instead of views, you pay the penalty, not the company.
We’re trying to keep YouTube an even playing field for all creators like yourself, and to keep the focus on great content rather than quickly accumulating views. The next time you come across a company promising lots of views for cash, please think twice.
To learn more about buying and getting YouTube views through third-party services, check out more information
The YouTube Team
Introducing YouTube Fan Finder
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Behind every great channel are great fans. A few months ago we announced Top Fans, a tool to help you interact with your most engaged viewers. Today we're launching Fan Finder, a new initiative designed to help you introduce and connect your channel to new fans, at no cost to you.
To get started with Fan Finder, just create and upload a video introducing new fans to your channel (more on that below) and then submit it here to
We'll turn your video into a
TrueView video ad
, which gives viewers the option to skip after 5 seconds. We’ll show your ad for free across YouTube to connect you with brand new fans. Fan Finder takes into account the interactions that viewers have with millions of YouTube channels in order reach the people who are most likely to engage with your channel.
Ready to get started? Create and upload your ad to your channel, then submit it to
Here are some tips for creating an effective channel ad:
Keep your channel ad short and engaging: Introduce the viewer to your content; don’t assume they have heard of you or your channel before. Remember, your channel ad will run as a TrueView ad which the viewer can skip after 5 seconds, so get to the point.
Entertain the viewer: When in doubt “show” what your channel is about, don’t “tell”. If you have a comedy channel make sure your ad is funny, if you have a music channel make sure your ad has music. You get the drift.
Aim for a strong message: Keep your channel ad focused on your channel and why viewers should subscribe or check out your content.
Have a clear call to action: What do you want your viewers to do? This should be scripted and annotated in your channel ad. Don’t forget to explain what subscribe means (example: want to see more content? Subscribe here).
Branding matters: Make sure your branding is clear and reiterated throughout the ad. You want viewers to remember your channel.
for more information and to see some great sample channel ads.
The YouTube team
Turning comments into conversations that matter to you
Friday, November 8, 2013
Updated November 12: We know there are issues with spam and abuse in the new comments and we're working hard to fix them. We’ve already made a number of changes in the last 24 hours to reduce spammy comments and bad links, and we have more fixes coming soon.
We know how important comments are to you, and we’re making these improvements quickly so you can continue those conversations with your fans. Stay tuned for updates.
Let’s say you’re enjoying
Epic Rap Battles
’ latest video and want to join in the conversation. Would you rather see comments from people you care about (including Lindsey or ERB themselves), or just whoever in the world was last to post?
We told you recently that
is coming to YouTube. Starting this week, when you’re watching a video on YouTube, you’ll see comments sorted by people you care about first. If you post videos on your channel, you also have more tools to moderate welcome and unwelcome conversations. This way, YouTube comments will become conversations that matter to you.
Here’s more detail about the new YouTube comments powered by Google+:
Comments you care about move to the top:
You’ll see posts at the top of the list from the video’s creator, popular personalities, engaged discussions about the video, and people in your Google+ Circles. You can still see the most recent comments by switching from “Top Comments” to “Newest First.”
Join the conversation publicly or privately:
You can choose to start a conversation so that it is seen by everyone, only people in your Circles, or just your bestie. Like Gmail, replies are threaded so you can easily follow conversations.
Easily moderate comments:
If you also post videos on your channel, you’ll have new tools to review comments before they’re posted, block certain words or save time by auto-approving comments from certain fans.
If you're like the majority of people commenting on YouTube, you’ve already connected your account to a Google+ profile or page and can start commenting now. If you haven’t connected yet, you can do it
or learn more
. Remember, you’re in control of how you're seen publicly on YouTube, whether that’s keeping your current YouTube channel name, using your own name, or creating a new one.
To learn more about connecting your YouTube channel to Google+,
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