How To Get Free traffic from Youtube

 

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free website trafficYouTube gets crazy traffic.  We’re talking hundreds of millions of page views.  For marketers, the challenge has always been how to get a slice of this traffic and do it within the rules of YouTube.  This means no comment spam or obvious spam links.  Regardless, it’s obvious people are still running comment spam bots–betting on the pure statistical possibility that a huge amount of comment spam can yield some decent paste in traffic.

Video Comment spam

The most obvious ways to advertise on YouTube won’t yield much results.  Links aren’t clickable when you post them in the comments section and besides, spam links look out of place.  Spam comments are usually dealt with through the SPAM link.

Video annotations

If you decide to go one step further and put annotations in your video, your links can only go to your channel page.  Here’s how to create annotations in videos:  google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=92710

Push your Channel or Video Hard

The only allowable area where you can put links is your video’s description and your video channel.  For a good example of a video channel with clickable links, check out youtube.com/user/hotforwords  Obviously, the best way to get people to your channel or your video is to create high quality content that people would want to view.  Previously,  it was reported that webmasters can play a “PUMP AND CHUMP” strategy: use proxy-powered bots to pump up the views of videos that have a link in the description and Youtube’s old “popular now” system would show the videos in the front page.  Real users will then see the videos and pump up the stats even more and more people see the video (and the link).  YouTube put an end to this by changing how front page videos appear.

Profile Comment Advertising

As I mentioned above, the only two areas that clickable links can appear are in the video description (right side) and in the user’s individual channel.  There is a third area–when commenting on a channel or on an individual video, the user name is clickable to the user’s channel.  Channel clicks and video description links can click OUT of youtube.  So, the trend is to comment in a way that gets a lot of drama (semi-trolling) and user profile clicks.  This is an art–you can’t post outrageously or you’ll get marked as spam or your comment buried with thumbs down.  The other approach is to use a very appealing image as your avatar.  Use an image that gets clicks (but avoid copyright issues).  Video viewers click and go to your channel.  Your channel can have links that link to sites outside of YouTube.

Key tips to keep in mind

Always be aware of and follow the Terms Of Service when marketing on Youtube.  Hint: if in doubt, focus on creating and sharing CONTENT.
Use real and useful content on your channel
Use appealing graphics
Comment/Post with useful info or in such a way that gets clicks
To maximize your ROI:  Make sure your links and the channels you target match your niche/content or product category
Target video channels or videos that get a lot of traffic: high traffic videos’ comments sink too fast due to volume–try the slower moving comment section for the channel for the poster of the video

High value and responsible “tubing” is the key to Youtube traffic success

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Comments

  1. JohnKhoo says:

    Very source of information. Is it a must for everyone who wants to get traffic from Youtube has to create a video?

  2. You don’t necessarily have to upload a video although that’s one of the easiest ways to get your LIVE link on Youtube. You can put a live link that links out from Youtube in the description section of the video. The non-video ways to get links are: comment links (not recommended) and channel links (works the same way as video description links). SEOwise, all non-youtube links are no follow.

  3. Youtube is free way to get full free trafic

  4. Tips on Web Traffic says:

    youtube is one of the bigger sites out there. which really is boon for the webmasters. and i liked these tips.

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  5. Yes i agree youtube is a good resource for traffic but its time consuming too at times.

    But yes i have had success with youtube and i think its good, but i cannot spend much time on building traffic through it.

  6. inapaler@DesktopTube says:

    Youtube is really a powerful internet marketing tool, I guess everybody will agree with me. :)

    I guess just being natural will help you get what you want but you have to do it everytime LOL!

  7. Jannice@Enterprise Networking says:

    Youtube is pretty much a link freebie. Its a must to have a link there because of its volume of viewers per day.

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