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Best of Viral Video Wannabe 2008

2008 is coming to an end. Most of the collab channels are wrapping up their final videos (including the fiveawesomegirls and fiveawesomeguys), a few YouTubers are hosting live countdown parties on blogTV, and I wanted to take a minute to look back over the last year’s worth of posts.
I choose the top five posts of [...]

Happy Holidays!

Just wanted to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas!
Your viral video wannabe tip of the day: If you want YouTube to feature your Christmas-themed video, make sure to upload it a good three or four days before Christmas. Most of the editors are out of the offices for the holidays and features [...]

Tune In

Recently I was interviewed by CBS Radio, Forbes.com, and answered some questions for a PC Magazine piece that will be running soon about YouTube and my book, YouTube: An Insider’s Guide to Climbing the Charts. But my co-author, Michael W. Dean, is also doing some press. This weekend he will appear on “Into Tomorrow with [...]

Project for Awesome Pwns YouTube

Last year, the vlogbrothers, along with many of their fans, completely blindsided YouTube and all of its visitors when we “took over” the Most Discussed list with the Project For Awesome. The idea was to have many, many nerdfighters (fans of the vlogbrothers) upload videos talking about their favorite charity. All of these videos would [...]

blogTV is now Sharing Ad Revenue

blogTV has announced a public, revenue-sharing Partner Program for all of its broadcasters. Similar to YouTube’s revenue-sharing, the broadcaster will be paid a percentage (50%) of the revenue earned from the ads placed on live and pre-recorded video streams.
Most have figured out by now that the top broadcasters on blogTV have been collecting paychecks for [...]

On Collabs

As promised, here’s the bonus post from last week’s blogging series:
Many people have wondered “Who is this Michael W. Dean guy, and what did he write in the book? I see occasional sidebars and sections by him, and a few too many pictures of his darned cats, but what is this “Punk rock cheerleading” he [...]

Tips for Businesses on YouTube (TGIF)

(Note: Even if you’re not running a business, your goals as an individual are the same, to “brand” yourself, so, read on.)
“YouTube: An Insider’s Guide to Climbing the Charts” authors Alan Lastufka and Michael W. Dean are doing a five-day blog post series on “How to create and promote more effectively on YouTube.” Here’s part [...]

YouTube Writer’s Block

“YouTube: An Insider’s Guide to Climbing the Charts” authors Alan Lastufka and Michael W. Dean are doing a five-day blog post series on “How to create and promote more effectively on YouTube.” Here’s part four of five:
When my publisher asked Michael Dean and I to run this week-long blogging event, I sat down and [...]

YouTube: It’s Not Just for Cats Anymore!

Guest post by Michael W. Dean
“YouTube: An Insider’s Guide to Climbing the Charts” authors Alan Lastufka and Michael W. Dean are doing a five-day blog post series on “How to create and promote more effectively on YouTube.” Here’s part three of five:
Greetings, eager blog reader! You probably expected another installment on “Making it big [...]

Upload Custom YouTube Thumbnails

A few days ago YouTube users were up in arms over some of YouTube’s changes posted about in their blog. I wrote about that here.
However, YouTube has just tonight added a brand new feature which allows for Partners to upload a custom thumbnail image of their choosing. This image does not have to come from [...]

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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
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