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Viral Video Wannabe

Top 5 Most Unexpected Viral Videos of ‘08

Viral video doesn’t always simply mean millions of views. Sometimes a video manages to inspire YouTubers to actually turn on their cameras and respond to, or parody, what they’ve just seen instead of being a passive viewer. Some of these videos even manage to do this while remaining underground. Here, I’m going spotlight videos which [...]

How To Get Popular on YouTube, Part 317

Do a favor for someone with more subscribers than you. And I don’t mean a favor that you expect something in return for. I don’t mean saying “sure Anthony Padilla, I’ll do that for you, if…” I mean honestly and sincerely doing something that needs doing for no remuneration.
Recently I landed the final, and one [...]

Free Resources for Your Next Profile Design

YouTube allows you to control many aspects of your channel design, but sometimes finding images, design inspiration, or free image-editing software, can be a pain. So, I’ve put together a resource list here of some free stuff that will ignite your creative spark!
When redesigning your channel profile, keep a few things in mind:

Readability is key. [...]

Do You Need a Response Channel?

Early on, YouTubers decided that as they got bigger - more views, more subscribers, more comments - they needed a place for all their less-than-entertaining videos. They needed a place for unedited vlogs, or video responses to others’ videos. I mean, c’mon, these Tubers couldn’t bore their audience with a video of them just talking [...]

How To Cheat on YouTube for More Views

I read an article a while back from about how to cheat your way to the top on YouTube. The article “revealed” some of the more fruitless forms of gaming the YouTube system.
The TechCrunch article most prominently focused on auto-refreshing. Auto-refreshing is when you install a plug-in that automatically refreshes your video page at [...]

FHM Interview

I was recently interviewed for a future issue of FHM magazine to hit newsstands in October. This is the full interview:
When did you begin posting videos on YouTube?
For a while, I just uploaded how-to videos and a short film that I needed to be able to put on my own website. I began posting these [...]


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…is written by Alan “fallofautumndistro” Lastufka, co-author of the book, “YouTube: An Insider’s Guide
to Climbing the Charts“. This site offers resources
for readers of my book and new tips and techniques expanding upon what is in my book. Visit the Purchase page above to order your own copy today!