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The End of YouTube?

As most of you have heard by now, April 16th is going to be a very important day for those in the YouTube community. For those of you who haven’t heard, in exactly one week, YouTube is planning a major redesign of their website.
The redesign will structure the website so as to promote commercial content [...]

Book winners and a special offer!

Thank you to everyone who signed up for my email newsletter and entered the drawing for one of three free copies of my new YouTube book. The three random winners were chosen and contacted yesterday (I assigned everyone’s email address a number and then asked my friend Rachael to pick three numbers). Please check the [...]

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, [...]

YouTube Live Report

YouTube broadcasted Live for the first time this evening. I watched the entire broadcast, it just wrapped up minutes ago.
The event included live performances from rock and pop stars (Katy Perry and Soulja Boy), a few of the most well-known YouTubers (LisaNova and WhatTheBuckShow) and various other acts from some of the site’s most viral [...]

Pay YouTube for Search Placement

For a small fee that you set, YouTube will now feature (or “sponsor”) your videos in YouTube search results. Google owns YouTube, so this type of advertising, similar to AdWords, makes a lot of sense (no pun intended). In fact, YouTube is using the established AdWords infrastructure to power this new feature.
YouTube Sponsored videos appear [...]

Missing Some Subscriptions?

Note: This bug has been fixed since I originally posted this.
Every one has noticed that views have been dropping on their videos lately. And most of us know the cause: YouTube no longer removes the videos you’ve watched from your subscription inbox. Meaning, unless you refresh your subscriptions inbox very frequently, day and night, you [...]

Cool blogTV trick!

Ever get stuck in a main room on blogTV and wish you could refresh the video window without leaving the main room? Happens a lot when broadcasts freeze. Next time this happens to you, rather than refreshing the page and getting stuck in a waiting room with all the spammers, erase the blogTV url and [...]

I’m Live! Right Now: Free blogTV eBook

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This eBook is, first and foremost, a guide for beginner broadcasters who want to understand the numerous features of blogTV. It is written simply, by a daily user of the site, so you won’t find any technical mumbo jumbo here. I am not employed by blogTV, and blogTV did not have any [...]

Inspiration Video Contest Winners!

This past Sunday saw the conclusion of my second Video Challenge where I asked the question, “What inspires you?” I received 26 amazing entries from all kinds of YouTubers. Thank you to everyone who entered.
From those 26 entries both my guest judges (nerimon and achampag) both agreed that two vloggers deserved a tie for first [...]

Collab Challenge Winner!

Two weeks ago I wrapped up my first challenge in which I asked readers to make a collaboration video on YouTube with someone who they had never collaborated with before. The challenge was mostly to help foster the YouTube community, while also providing some promotion to the winner.
Michael Buckley (WhatTheBuckShow) and Kevin Nalty (nalts) were [...]

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Viral Video Wannabe...

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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!