How to Promote Your YouTube Videos
Now YouTube does want you to succeed!! If you go to your Analytics and then click on Reach, you will see a funnel pyramid. This funnel shows you how many times your thumbnail was shown to viewers who were also using YouTube. So as you can see from the example in the diagram shown below, the thumbnails were shown 28.3K times to other people using YouTube. So as you can see YouTube is actively promoting your thumbnails. This is one reason why your YouTube thumbnails need to stand out in a crowd.
Click Through Rate on YouTube
So as you can see from above, from the 28.3K that YouTube recommended my my videos, 1.3K views came from those impressions. So the CTR (Click Through Rate) was 4.5%. Our aim is to try and improve on the CTR, so the more popular your channel becomes, the better the click through rate.
However, to really make your channel grow, you CAN NOT just rely on YouTube to put your video thumbnails in front of other eyeballs!
Other Places to Promote Your YouTube Videos
Under all videos, you will notice a Share Button. When you click on that share button you will see something similar to below:
Now I would imagine that YouTube considers these places to be good and trusted places to share your videos to. So why not go through the list and see how many of these sites you can sign up to and promote your videos?
Here are some sites that I have found useful:
This is a great little site for promoting your YouTube Video on. What I really like about it, is that it encourages you to interact with other posters in order to promote your YouTube Video. I personally find that many of my views do come from Trinding
Reddit can be a rather fickle place to post your YouTube Videos to. When using Reddit, I would recommend that you get used to the platform, before making your first post. Within Reddit there are Sub Reddits, on just about any subject that you can think of. When first starting out, maybe post to YouTube Start Ups as this group is more tolerant. Then once your are used to Reddit, choose a category that suits your YouTube Niche.
This site is a little like Pinterest, it was back in the day called StumbleUpon, but more recently changes it’s name to Mix. I am currently testing this site out for my own sharing needs, so far looks good. Mix.com
Facebook is jam packed full of different groups. Whatever your YouTube Channel is about, join as many groups as you can relating to your YouTube Channel niche. Alternatively there are many YouTube Groups on FaceBook. You could join as many of these as you can and post to them whenever you create a new video. For my knotting channel, I would post to over 70 groups, that were all related to Knotting! Here is a link to FaceBook Groups YouTube.
Is another great place to promote your video to. I am not an expert on Tumblr, but if YouTube are recommending this as a site to share to, then it must be worthwhile! Tumblr I do know that many views on my knotting channel came from Tumblr!
I do not think I need say much about Twitter, as most people do have an account. Another great place to share your YouTube Videos to! Twitter
Although a Russian Social Media site, I did read a while ago that signing up to sites like this, is another really good way of promoting your videos! ВКонтакте.
I do recall that Linked in was very popular in the past, so why not give this site a go? Linked In
Quora is a basically a question and answer site. People can ask a question and then the community will answer. If you think your videos will answer some of the questions posted on Quora, then why not join and search what people are asking, so that you can answer?