Web traffic with video sharing sites

Get web traffic with videos from video sharing sites like YouTube. Video sharing sites are popping up like mushrooms these days. This is because of the added videos support in Flash. And that more and more people are getting broadband internet connections.

On video sharing sites users can upload video clips to a server and share them with others. Visitors can comment on the videos and vote for their favorite clips. Just like with the social bookmarking sites the top voted videos will get a lot of free traffic.

Using these sites is really simple. You create your free accounts and upload your videos with a description. Do not forget to add a link to your site in the desciption. When you upload your video it will be converted to the size and format supported by the video site, ie Flash video.

In the beginning these sites were filled with illegal video and tv clips but now most of the content are from users.

You don’t need state of the art equipment or be a movie producer to create videos for the sharing sites. A simple camcorder will do and really you don’t even need that.

When I started this blog I said I would not link to my software sites. Here I am going to do it anyway.

FastVideoIndexer is my software to extract single video frames from video files. On the site you can download the program. You can also learn a lot about video on the web sites knowledge base, link is on the bottom of the page.

I want to say one more thing about video creation.

The simplest way to create a video is probably to re purpose your content. If you have a Powerpoint, make a video where you record the power point when you do your presentation. If you have a site or a software do a screen recording with comments about it.

You have your video and are ready to upload it to the site.

Make sure you add a watermark to the video with the url to your site. People actually type this in on the address field of browsers.

As you post your video you have the chance to add a description. Make the description interesting and make sure to include a link to your site and a good reason for people to go there. Make a promise; ask a question that you answer on your site.

I will tell you the truth…

Even though I have created video software, video promotion is probably one of the ideas I have used the least. I know people are getting good results with it but personally I have not had much success. I do use video on my site for documentation and you should to. There is not much extra effort to add it to video sharing sites once you have the videos.

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Comments

Hi,
Video sharing is all the rage since a while now, and it does not seem to end. Everybody wants to share their videos, their passions and the things they like. There are so many sites around to publish videos on the web that it is sometimes hard to make a choice. We know some of the big players on the market like YouTube, Revver or Dailymotion, but there are so many others competing to be the number one, or targeting a specific audience, be it geographically (China, Japan, Turkey…), by language (German, Arabic, French…) or for the kind of content they focus on (cooking, planes, extreme sports…).
I have compiled a growing list of more than 800 video sharing sites, video search engines, video download sites, and video publication and statistics online services that you can check at http://www.ilikesharingvideos.com
For each of them, you will get useful information such as their history, the country from which most of their visitors come, their niche, their rank, their latest news…
This site offers some other interesting features, like a forum about online videos, how to make money with your videos, how to create your own YouTube site, video contests, etc.
So if you are interested in video sharing or online video marketing, give an eye to this site, it worths it.
Cheers

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