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Free YouTube Book Giveaway!

Hey everyone,
Starting today through Saturday, February 28th, everyone who signs up for my mailing list, by using the form below, will be entered into a drawing to win one of three FREE copies of my book! The book is called YouTube: An Insider’s Guide To Climbing the Charts, and I co-wrote it with independent filmmaker, [...]

Purchase and Download YouTube Videos

Today, YouTube announced that they will begin allowing select partners to charge a small fee for, or give away, their YouTube videos as downloads.
While most people would have no reason to download a rambly six minute vlog, many people would love the opportunity to download and re-watch (in higher quality) music videos, short films and [...]

How To Contact “Popular” YouTubers

Last week, during my live Q&A broadcast on blogtv, I was asked by one viewer how I got LisaNova and WhatTheBuckShow to appear in my videos multiple times. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve worked on paid jobs for both of them. But they both appeared in my videos before they were paying me, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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!