I Only Have 5 YouTube Channel Subscribers!

Oct 25th

Yesterday I created 9 SEO videos and posted them to YouTube, but so far I only have about 5 YouTube subscribers, including my wife, mom, dog, and self. Can you give a few videos a look, and subscribe if you like them to help me increase that number? If you think they could use some improvements please offer those tips too. :)

Should I make individual post pages for each video on SEO Book and offer texual background like I did on some of my past videos?

I think I am getting a bit better at doing the speaking part of creating videos, and am getting better at keeping them succinct, but could greatly improve at the visual formatting part. For some reason the end format looks ok on my monitor, but the stills are fuzzy. Many people made video suggestions here, but I still have to get to doing about 100 more of these real quick...hopefully after I figure out how to make the still look cleaner.

Published: October 25, 2007

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October 25, 2007 - 12:11pm

I'd love to watch the videos, sadly though Youtube is blocked these days in China. Are the videos available on another site as well?

October 25, 2007 - 12:54pm

Right now they are only on YouTube. Down the road I might look to publish them elsewhere too. I really wish China wouldn't do that.

the1982smith
October 25, 2007 - 12:16pm

Hi Aaron, liking the videos, thanks for posting those. Found an SEO calling himself Loudguy who's made some fairly interesting Vlogs and the image quality is perfect, so might be worth asking him what he's using. Heres one of his vids - http://loudle.com/goog_dom/

Cheers

Andrew

October 25, 2007 - 12:53pm

thnx for the heads up Andrew. I will take a look.

baccioly
October 25, 2007 - 12:26pm

Hi, Aaron,
I've just subscribed to it.
Thanks for the tip.

Best Regards Brazil

October 25, 2007 - 12:47pm

I am going to check your videos and subscribe to your Youtube channel.

I am really excited about it.

What do you think about the new Page Rank slap.

Can it be a new algorythm, TrustRank?

Any news.

Will we start SEO from scratch?

Francesco @ Nuovibusiness.com

October 25, 2007 - 12:52pm

I think the pagerank update was laregely aesthetic, as I stated in a recent post. Greg Boser had a great post on the issue as well.

October 25, 2007 - 12:51pm

I was going to say "I only have 5 rss subscribers" but I actually do have just a few more than that thank goodness. Thanks for posting the videos, I will be sure to check them out. Scott

October 25, 2007 - 1:22pm

Hi Aaron

Just finished reading your book - really pleased with my purchase. The book is excellent on many levels.

Wanted to say that I will be looking at the vids later today (when everyone's gone home from the office!). Wondered if anyone else was waiting to have the office to themselves to watch the vids??

Cheers - Gareth

October 25, 2007 - 2:34pm

Hi Aaron,

just subscribed...I can't hear the videos (no soundcard), but it's what I call "trust" (the same reason for your dog's subscription...)

Cheers
Alessio

October 25, 2007 - 2:41pm

Hi Aaron,

Great bunch of content in the videos. Thanks!

I do have a suggestion for at least one of the videos (I haven't watched them all yet). In the video titled "How to: Create Elegant Search Spam" you present a lot of info. The first half or so of the video is a static shot of an SEO Book page with your voice narration. I suggest that you:

1. Add some static intercut shots with the title of each technique you are about to discuss.

2. Discuss each topic, showing some specific examples. For instance, you talk about buying links, but for some of us, it's unclear where we would get those. Showing us an example of a paid link would be helpful and even a brief shot of a site where one can buy links. You could have a whole video on this topic. (Maybe you do already!)

3. Plot out the pages you're going to show. For instance, when you discuss domain names and logo text, show us a few good ones. The PayPal example is great. Are there others that will make it clear to us?

4. When you mention something like meta descriptions, point out that you already have another video on this topic. That'll get people to look for that video too.

There's a lot of info in this particular video. I think you could create two videos and expand some of the examples for each tip.

Regardless, really appreciate the videos. Very helpful.

October 25, 2007 - 9:51pm

Great suggestions Mark.

I totally agree that I should have used some pages with words in them to cue more visual relevancy, more examples, and highlighted that there are other related videos.

I also agree that that particular video was a bit dense with stuff. In time I will definitely create other related videos that are less dense.

October 25, 2007 - 4:16pm

Hi Aaron,

I'd personally like to see you move a bit quicker on the videos. I know a lot of webmaster are in a hurry these days due to the amount of content they need to read and work to do.

I've never been able to get your SEO for Firefox tool to work on my mac but I never realized how cool it was till I saw the video. On the mac it just has a bunch of question marks where all the data is supposed to be. Oh well....

Keep up the blogging and the videos. Maybe you could post some of the videos on your Blog too from time to time.

October 25, 2007 - 9:48pm

Hi Nick
The reason for questionmarks is that by default I set it up such that you have to edit the settings from on-demand to automatic to prevent the most abusive users from ruining it for everyone.

Plus I didn't want to turn everything on by default and be responsible for search engines blocking some searchers from making certain queries due to too many automated search queries.

October 25, 2007 - 4:18pm

Excellent Aron; Are you planning to do many more or branch off into other topics?

I have never been able to wire make a good omelette? :)

October 25, 2007 - 9:44pm

I want to do many more, but wanted to get a bit of feedback before doing like 100 of them.

October 25, 2007 - 4:32pm

I subscribed Aaron, not instead of 5 you have 95 maybe a free book give away? :)

jasongolod
October 25, 2007 - 5:16pm

First of all, great start. I think this is a natural extension to blogging and to what you do. I think marksmallwood is thinking along the same lines that I am. I am not sure if you can do this, but I think posting a set of bullet points with links to the actual examples would be great to use to follow along in another tab while listening and/or doing some screen shots to do the same. I would prefer the former myself. Obviously, that is more work for you, but I think it makes watching a video for knowledge that much easier to absorb.

October 25, 2007 - 9:42pm

Hi Jason
That is what I was thinking too. I just have to take the time to make the follow up posts for each of the videos, and embed the videos in them.

October 25, 2007 - 5:21pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGuQ4Uezpg0

After watching this video a few minutes ago and seeing the Elite Retreat Interview; I've decided to buy your book.

Been reading your feed for months now - always great content, when I have time I'll watch some more of the videos.

October 25, 2007 - 6:57pm

....just to keep you happy ;)

October 25, 2007 - 7:16pm

Hi all, I just bought the SEOBook and I'm new to this blog. Really wanna watch the videos but my Bandwidth limit is over :(

October 25, 2007 - 7:35pm

I hope you create videos in a regular basis. I think you could be a great teacher!

jbspartners
October 25, 2007 - 8:22pm

Yes, make post pages here.

Is there a reason not to put your videos on the blog?

Would it allow the guy in China to see your video?

It would give you the opportunity to add detail, corrections and links. And it removes the "frozen at a point in time" aspect of video.

There are always things that we think of or that folks comment on after the vid is shot. Posting here gives you the ability to respond, without re-shooting the video.

October 25, 2007 - 9:40pm

Good points on the value of syndicating them through to the blog here. I think that the Youtube syndication would still be blocked in China, but outside of that there are lots of potential benefits you mentioned.

Google Boost
October 25, 2007 - 9:08pm

Hi Aaron,

I have been doing SEO for several months and just recently bought and read your amazing book - the wealth of info you present is incredible.

These new videos are a great extension to the SEO book - thank you so much for them and congrats on your wedding!!!

October 25, 2007 - 11:40pm

A friend of mine just suggested closing with something like this

Thanks for watching, this is Aaron Wall of SEOBook.com, come by and visit my site – and if there are topics that you’d like me to discuss on video, please send me an email at ____@seobook.com.

October 26, 2007 - 2:24am

Hi Aaron,

Your friend makes a good suggestion. I think it's actually not a bad idea to come up with an opening salutation and a closing like the one you mentioned, that you always use for every video. We're all creatures of habit, and those little bookends just add a bit of predictability to the videos.

Great job and looking forward to watching more.

Best,

Mark

October 26, 2007 - 4:17am

Good informative videos. Haven't seen all of them though. How about Vimeo in case YouTube continues to be blocked in China!

October 26, 2007 - 6:11am

You should have a contest with Shoemoney for Youtube subscribers.

Aaron Harding
October 27, 2007 - 7:04pm

Hi Aaron.

Just been and had a look at some of your videos, great stuff. The only thing I'd say and I think it's been mentioned before is the visual quality, but saying that I'll certainly be looking forward to seeing more.

Must admit I've never paid much attention to the subscribe feature on You Tube, and I bet theres a big percentage of visitors who never log in and just casually browse. The best thing you did was give people a heads up on subscribing. Sometimes people just simply need to be told what to do, not in a bad way but it's just the nature of the web and how people interact with it these days.

JamesDeanNash
October 28, 2007 - 7:56pm

Aaron, I'd consider subscribing if you get into some more advanced SEO tricks not Newb stuff.

October 28, 2007 - 10:35pm

One man's advanced tricks is another man's newb stuff. :)

October 28, 2007 - 11:34pm

Aaron;
It sounds like you've read/heard some of Brian Clark's 'Teaching Sells'... hmmm? ;) Keep up the great work. Polish 'em up a bit, but - more videos!

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