If you’re trying to go viral on YouTube, there are a few things that could make or break your video. YouTubers like to compare their work to something called “the golden ratio” (also known as the Fibonacci sequence), which refers to an ideal ratio between the length of your video and its width.
This means that if any part of your content is too long or too short relative to its neighbors in the timeline, people will stop watching it. And they won’t even bother doing so if they can tell right away that their time is being wasted. So here’s what I’ve learned about making an effective piece of content:
Use a catchy title and write a compelling description
A catchy title is the first thing people see, and it’s also the one they remember. A good title has to be short but descriptive enough that it makes your video sound interesting.
The second thing people read when they click on a video (after its thumbnail) is its description, which shows up next to this page’s title. Your description should be written in such a way as to make people want to watch more of your video. And most importantly, it should provide them with enough information about what exactly happens in each scene so that they can decide whether or not they want their time wasted watching yet another silly kitten playing with a ball toy for hours on end!
Look like a good person
The most important thing you can do to be a good person on YouTube is to look like one. Your viewers will judge you by your videos and the way you portray yourself, so it’s important that they see themselves in what they’re watching.
To avoid this, make sure that the content of your video aligns with its subject matter; don’t talk about politics if it’s not about politics!
If there are any topics or issues at all that don’t relate directly with the topic at hand (this includes topics like religion), then find another way around them instead of trying to hide them from view.
Otherwise, people may start thinking less of your channel because they think you’re dishonest or unprofessional—and these thoughts could lead them away from watching other videos by other creators who aren’t hiding their own flaws behind an image of perfectionism.”
Quality matters a lot
A good camera, microphone, and lighting can make or break your video. Make sure you have all three of these things before you start recording. If not, get them as soon as possible! The quality of your audio and video will determine how many people will watch your content on YouTube (and potentially share it with others).
Talk to people.
If you want to go viral, talk to people.
If you’ve already made a video on your topic and it’s started gaining traction, reach out to people who have watched it and ask them if they can share it with others. If they say no, ask why not. You’ll probably get some interesting answers that will help further explain how others feel about the content of your video.
If possible, aim for feedback from people who haven’t seen the video yet. They might offer fresh perspectives that would add value or context for viewers unfamiliar with those topics or concepts (like me!).
Talk about other YouTubers
You can also mention other YouTube stars in your video, in its description and comments.
- Talk about other YouTubers in your video: If you’re talking about a specific person, like a creator or influencer, make sure that you mention their name at least once during the video (at least). This will help them see that they have an audience on YouTube and encourage them to keep making videos.
- Talk about other YouTubers in your description: If you’re talking about something else entirely—like how great it is outside—make sure there are signs for viewers who might not already know what it is (or why this is important).
Find your niche
The first step to going viral on YouTube is finding your niche. Your niche is the topic or subject area that you want to cover. You want to make videos about something that you are passionate about and can talk about for a long time because this will help build up your audience and keep them interested in what you have to say.
Your chosen topic should be broad enough so that it’s not too narrow or too general (i.e., an entire genre), but it should also be specific enough so as not to make viewers feel like they’re being sold something—like buying into a religion with no proof of its existence!
The best way I’ve found for finding my niche was just by looking through Google Image search results until something caught my eye: Maybe there’s an image of people smiling at each other over lunch; maybe there’s one of the cats playing catch with laser pointers; maybe even just one picture really stood out from all others because all its subjects looked happy together!
Find what people like to watch.
The first step to go viral on YouTube is finding out what people like to watch.
- Look at what other similar channels are doing. If you want to be successful, look at the videos of people who are similar to you in terms of content and style. If they’re making videos about skateboards or cats, then it may be worth trying out some of their ideas for yourself!
- Look at what the most popular videos of all time are. These will give us an idea about how people interact with each other online and how they engage with content – so if we can understand what makes these clips successful then maybe our own efforts will get noticed too!
Make thumbnails that draw the eye in.
The thumbnail is the first thing people see when they visit your channel, so it’s important to make sure yours stands out. A good thumbnail will draw the eye in and make viewers want to click on it. Here are some tips for creating great thumbnails:
- Use bright colors
- Use contrasting colors (e.g., dark vs light)
- Make sure the image you choose is clear and easy to read
If possible, avoid using images that are too busy or blurry because these will make it difficult for people watching your video to understand what’s going on right away.
Don’t be afraid to get controversial!
Being controversial can be a good thing if it’s done in a respectful way. However, don’t be afraid to get controversial! It’s important not to go too far and alienate your audience if you want them to share your content with others.
One of the most common mistakes that people make when trying to make their videos go viral is being too offensive or inflammatory towards other groups of people (like race).
This may seem obvious but many creators forget that their audience will also be watching them as well – so keep an eye on what kind of language you use during your video because some viewers might find it offensive or upsetting if they’re watching from home rather than attending live events like protests or riots where such incidents could occur.
The best way to make a video go viral is to strike the right balance between all of these factors. You need to be unique, but not too unique. You should be relatable, but not too relatable. You need to be controversial, but not too controversial.
You can use all of these tips to make sure your videos go viral, but it will take some time and a lot of hard work. The most important thing is that you stay positive and never give up!