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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 [...]

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 [...]

When’s the Best Time to Upload?

“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 two of five:
Having a lot of subscribers is nice, but it isn’t everything. Knowing your subscribers, no matter how many [...]

Proof of Concept that the Book Works

“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 one of five:
I’ve read tons of blog posts, ebooks, published books and more that all claim they can teach you [...]

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 [...]


Guest post written by Micahel W. Dean, co-author of YouTube: An Insider’s Guide to Climbing the Charts
Basically, a large part of being a success on YouTube is interacting with everyone in a professional manner. It’s often the difference between being well employed and being unemployed.
I remember several years ago talking to a guy I know [...]

Mediocre Films Interview

Greg, of Mediocre Films (over 120,000 subscribers on YouTube) has his plate full lately, with numerous online series, work for 20th Century Fox and more. But Greg was kind enough to talk with me for a bit, and answer some questions for the readers of my blog.
AL: When and why did Mediocre Films start making [...]

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