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Viral Videos – How To Get Your Video To Go Viral

You often hear that making a viral video is pure luck, but that’s just not true. Most of the videos that do go viral online were created with that goal in mind. The creators have to work quickly to push the video and get as many views as possible. By following the proper steps and using the right tools, you can get your video to go viral too.

The content of your video obviously plays a major role in getting it to go viral. It has to be entertaining and something out of the ordinary- either laugh-out-loud funny, or something that will make viewers say “wow!” The video quality doesn’t necessarily have to be great as long as the content makes people want to share it with their friends. Ideally, you want your video listed on YouTube’s “Most Viewed” page, as that will make your views grow quickly.

Your video should be short, only about 30 to 60 seconds long. Anything much longer than that is hard to get people to commit. Be careful when giving your video a title because that is a major attention-getter. Sometimes you may have to use something a little misleading to get a better viewership. When you tag the video, include as many tags as you can that will help people find it if they don’t know the title. Be sure the video is embeddable so it can be posted to various websites.

When you upload your video, you need to act quickly and get as many views as fast as possible. Start with your address book and email it to as many contacts as you can. Ask them to forward it on to help get the ball rolling. The next thing you’ll need to do is to post it to all your social networking sites and to friend’s profiles. That will give it good exposure to friends of friends. After that, move out into the web and start posting it on forums, blogs, and any other appropriate sites to get the most exposure.

One of the best ways to promote a video is to get comments on it, especially controversial comments. You can do this yourself using multiple accounts or get a friend to contribute. Most viewers will take the time to read the comments even though few will leave any. That controversy could be the element that gets people sending it to friends to view.

When you post your video, YouTube gives you the choice of three thumbnail screen shots of your video to post along with it. Of the three, one is always from the middle of the video, so take care to have something notable in the middle that will give you a great thumbnail to post. Once your video is on the web and you have people passing it along to friends, you are on your way to a viral video.

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