5 Ways To Make The Perfect Amateur YouTube Video

5 Ways To Make The Perfect Amateur YouTube Video

Make The Video The Right Size

Before you plan out your first video, make sure you know how long you want to talk.  Videos should be no more than 5 minutes long, and 90 seconds to three minutes are the perfect sized videos.  Many people will not even click on longer videos, so find a way to be succinct and get your point across in 90 seconds for the best YouTube results.

Label Your Video The Right Way

Make sure that you have a kick-ass video title, a cool thumbnail pic, a knockout description, and great tags.  This will allow people to find your video in the searches, and entice them to click on your video which will help you drive video and channel views.

Make Your Video Interesting, Informative, or Funny

Just like anything else on the internet, content is king.  You will never have an awesome YouTube account unless you add value to the people who are watching your videos.

Put A Personal Face On The Video

As much as people hate to actually put their face in their videos, a person speaking will always be more enticing than a video slide show.  If you are not willing to appear in the video, use a real person’s voice or some awesome music.  No matter how good your content is, if the video appears boring it will never go viral.

Ask People To Comment On Your Video

Ask them for comments at the end, then respond to every comment (try to have some thick skin and engage rather than confront your detractors).  The more views and comments you have, the higher your video will show up in search, and the more effective your video will be.


I hope that helps you as you get ready to start making your own YouTube videos.  Please feel free to follow me @MrEmergingMedia on Twitter for more tips and tricks on Social Media and Branding.  Thanks!

About Todd Hagopian (@ToddHagopian)

Todd Hagopian received his BA from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Political Science. After graduation, he worked as a Financial Advisor and a Bank Manager before returning to school. He attended Michigan State University, where he completed an MBA with a double-major in Finance and Marketing. Todd is now a Senior Product Development Manager for a Fortune 500 company. He frequently writes about business issues, social media strategy, and political issues that he finds important. Enjoy the blog!

Posted on January 3, 2012, in Social Media and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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