Some investors and others have renewed calls for more transparency from YouTube in light of accounting rules and recent questions raised by the Securities and Exchange Commission about its disclosures. They say YouTube has become a material part of Alphabet’s business and an important driver of its growth, warranting quarterly disclosure of its revenue, costs and profitability. Some investors are also arguing that the lack of disclosure around YouTube could potentially be undervaluing Alphabet.


“Explainer videos are the best types in the engagement field: they use a short introduction to present the problem during the first few seconds, then they offer a possible solution to that problem and finally introduce the brand and explain why people should choose this product among the competition to solve their problem.” – Juan Mendez, 12 Video Marketing Tips to Help You Rank Higher on YouTube, TheNextWeb; Twitter: @TheNextWeb
Need a Plan to improve and grow your channel? I can help you improve and optimize your channel and give you strategies to grow your channel successfully. I can help you with any YouTube related question. Contact me for great prices on Channel consultations! I work with Businesses and Individuals with generally less than 50K subscribers. About Me: I created my own channel Lindsey LaVida and within 6 months, I went to work in office with Grant Cardone's team. Grant Cardone has over 750K subs and 100,000,000+ views. I can personally coach you along the way to YouTube success. Now, I am sharing my expertise on Upwork! SERVICE: YouTube Channel Consultation/Review: I will review your channel and videos and provide you feedback on areas to improve and strategies to help you grow and succeed in your niche and business. I can provide you ways to monetize your channel, create a script that gets subscribers, and tips on creating your own custom thumbnails easy and fast! *I can also created thumbnails and banners for your channel if you do not want to do it yourself or don't have time! Contact me with your channel and goals and I would love to help get your channel growing! ____________ About me: I started my own channel in 2016 and I started working for Grant Cardone New York Times Best Selling Author and speaker in 2017. I learned the secrets of Social Media, particularly YouTube, for growing businesses. Grant Cardone is the author of the 10X Rule and has grown a multi-million dollar business empire utilizing YouTube, video and social media. I will take what I have learned from experience with his team and my own channel and use it to grow your channel and business exponentially. Forbes says that if you aren't getting into video in 2018, you are missing out on money for your business. When your video and channel are ranked higher they will show up on the first page of YouTube search which is key for being found by potential clients, customers, and subscribers. YouTube is owned by Google, so having a video on the first page of YouTube search, is like having a website on the first page of Google. Consistently uploading quality content on a regular basis, is also an essential way to grow online. If you have the content, but don't know how to optimize your channel for growth or do not have the time, that is where I can help you. If you are just starting out with a YouTube channel or have had a channel for a while and aren't seeing the growth that you would expect and need a coach, strategist or someone to bounce ideas off of, then I am the person you are looking for. In addition for working with Grant Cardone's team, I have taken courses in video and channel optimization from Sean Cannell from Think Media. He is a top YouTube Creator and consultant, listed in Forbes. I look forward to working with you! Lindsey Jordan PS - YouTube Bonus Tip: Secret to YouTube Success: YouTube is a search engine, not social media. Therefore, it is essential to create video ideas around popular and searched titles that viewers are looking for. You must research your topics and video titles and verify that people are actually searching for that information if you want to grow a channel. People frequently make videos on whatever they want to talk about and are disappointed when they don't get the views and subs they want. Research first so that you do not waste time! If you are a business, consider "How-to" videos, tip videos, and informational videos on topics related to your business and topics people are searching for. If you need help understanding how to grow your channel and make videos people want to see, do a consultation with me and I can get your channel on the right track!
The great thing about sponsorships is that you don’t have to give YouTube a cut. Plus, you can negotiate whatever contracts you want based on impressions and the size of your audience. In most cases, the amount of revenue you generate from sponsorships is substantially more than YouTube ad revenue. (Meanwhile, you can still generate ad revenue. So it’s like having two sources of income from the same video.)
3. Choose your channel art carefully. “There will be two images that you choose. The first will be your account’s picture, which will work similar to Facebook’s profile pictures. The second will be your channel art, which will be displayed at the top of your channel much like Facebook’s cover photo. You need to choose these images wisely, as they’ll be one of the first things that users notice about your brand…

“So, use YouTube Analytics to see what videos are successful at keeping viewers watching. Pay close attention to the Watch Time report and Audience Retention report. Keep viewers watching each of your videos by using effective editing techniques to maintain and build interest throughout each video. Then, direct viewers to watch more content by adding end screens to each of your videos. Next, build your subscriber base, because subscribers are your most loyal fans and will be notified of new videos and playlists to watch. Finally, build longer watch-time sessions for your content by using playlists and creating a regular release schedule to encourage viewers to watch sets of your videos instead of just single videos.” – Greg Jarboe, 3 Big YouTube Numbers Video Marketers Need to Care About, Tubular Insights; Twitter: @tubularinsights
In 2006, Time Magazine featured a YouTube screen with a large mirror as its annual 'Person of the Year'. It cited user-created media such as that posted on YouTube and featured the site's originators along with several content creators. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times also reviewed posted content on YouTube in 2006, with particular regard to its effects on corporate communications and recruitment. PC World Magazine named YouTube the ninth of its Top 10 Best Products of 2006.[20] In 2007, both Sports Illustrated and Dime Magazine featured positive reviews of a basketball highlight video titled, The Ultimate Pistol Pete Maravich MIX.[21]
During the summer of 2006, YouTube was one of the fastest growing sites on the World Wide Web,[11] hosting more than 65,000 new video uploads. The site delivered an average of 100 million video views per day in July.[12] It was ranked the fifth-most-popular website on Alexa, far out-pacing even MySpace's rate of growth.[13] The website averaged nearly 20 million visitors per month according to Nielsen/NetRatings,[12] with around 44% female and 56% male visitors. The 12- to 17-year-old age group was dominant.[14] YouTube's pre-eminence in the online market was substantial. According to the website Hitwise.com, YouTube commanded up to 64% of the UK online video market.[15]

9. Know your audience. “Your audience has needs, and no two audiences are alike. This group of people that have started to follow your content, these are individuals that are interested in what you have to say. You need to be able to give them what they came for, while also being able to stay true to your brand. Finding that healthy balance between what your brand needs and what the audience wants is key to maximizing how you market your content. By using YouTube as a social media marketing tool, you’re connecting with the people who support you, while also growing your brand.” – Stevan McGrath, The 7 Key Ways to Be Successful on YouTube, BestTechie; Twitter: @besttechie


29. Prioritize the visual appeal of your YouTube channel. “Next, work on the visual appeal of your channel. Describe what the channel is all about and add links to relevant content that you may have shared in websites and other platforms. This makes it easier for visitors who want to check your credentials again or learn what your brand is all about. Do not neglect the margins on the left and right side of your channel. Use them to showcase pictures and other content related to your brand.” – Maryanne Gaitho, How to Make YouTube Your Social Media Marketing Tool, SimpliLearn.com; Twitter: @simplilearn
4. Connect with your audience by telling a story. “Video content is a powerful way to tell your story. Not only do consumers develop more emotional connections with video thanks to the sound, motion, and visuals, but they also are more likely to engage with a video to the end (and see and hear your entire message) than they are to read content. When done correctly, video content marketing makes significant impacts on your audience and gives you an ideal platform for testing your promotional campaigns and content efforts.” – Amy Cross, 4 Video Content Marketing Tips: Storytelling, Personalization, and More, NGDATA; Twitter: @ngdata_com
Nobody likes content interrupted, commercials are at least half of why I stopped watching TV shows on TV. Besides a majority of youtube videos are ~2-5 minutes long, a 30 second ad is too long as a % of total time. Internet ads for video tend to serve the same ad repeatedly which is a big mistake. Our privacy will be sacrificed for targeted ads here too I’m sure.

In re: your second point, getting users to pay for content is absolutely part of the equation, but not the entire equation. The whole other half of it is creating ways to minimize the cut a middleman takes such that even if it’s zero sum game, more of the sum is going to the content creators, as well as developing new revenue streams that don’t require a direct cost from users to give direct profit to content creators.
In any case, if you have incontrovertible evidence that YouTube is actually unprofitable today, and why that is (i.e. is it because they’re just investing all that profit back into growth, or are their upkeep costs truly just on the order of multiple billions of dollars?), would love to see it and adjust this accordingly. Doesn’t really change any of the points made though.
The tech conceit of starting with nothing and growing a business into being profitable sounds appealing. Who wouldn't like to minimize initial investment? But the successes have typically required hundreds of millions, if not a billion or more, of investment to ultimately succeed. And there are many ways in which the grand concept can fall short the way theory sometimes does when faced with the reality of application.
YouTube will only show the first two to three lines (about 100 characters) of your video’s description, then viewers will need to click “show more” to see the rest. For that reason, be sure to include any important links or CTAs in the beginning of your description, and write the copy so it drives views and engagement. Below this, you can include the video transcript. Video transcripts can greatly improve your SEO because your video is usually full of keywords. You can also add a default channel description that includes links to your social channels, video credits, and video specific time stamps. You can also include #hashtags in your video titles and descriptions -- just be sure to use them sparingly. 
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