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Simple Youtube Trick to Drastically Increase Your Views and Clicks

Today I wanted to share with you a super simple technique that you can apply to ALL your Youtube vidoes in order to increase the number of views and clicks.

Optimizing your videos for better rankings is just one way of increasing the exposure to your videos.  However, there is a very simple technique that you can use that gets more of your audience to click on your videos rather than those of your competitors.  What I’m referring to here are “Video Thumbnails”.  The little still “Preview” images that display in both the Youtube and  Google search results to depict your video.

Having a video thumbnail that creates curiosity will always attract more clicks and I have used this technique myself over recent years to get more views and traffic for my videos.  Many people do not even think about this though so by applying this tweak you will reap massive benefits.

Here Are How Video Thumbnails Look In Google

Youtube video thumbnails in Google Search Results

You can see that the thumbnails above show good action shots and as a result will attract a high click through rate.

Here Are How Video Thumbnails Look In Youtube

Youtube Search Results showing video thumbnails

You will see that the thumbnails shown above create curiosity.  Most show some kind of action shot or something that makes their audience want to know “What happens next”.

The Problem

The problem when uploading videos to Youtube is that you generally only have a choice of three thumbnails to choose from.  Youtube choose a “Still frame” from the start, middle and end of your video.  However, if you have a Youtube account in good standing then you also have the ability to upload a custom thumbnail.

Below is an example of what Youtube offers you during the video upload process.

video thumbnail selector

The issue with this is that the preview images being offer by Youtube are generally not very good.  The “stills” are often from a stagnant part of the video and they do not effectively reflect the video content to make it look intriguing.

To the right hand side you will see a “Customised thumbnail” option.  This is where you can upload an image of your choice.  An image that will create curiosity, shock and awe with your audience.

Examples of Good and Bad Video Thumnails

good and bad thumbnails

With the examples shown above you will see that the top one shows no action and gives little hint as to what will follow.

The second thumbnail however shows a “peak” action shot and will make your audience curious as to what will happen after the kick. It also includes an arrow that emphasizes and area of the video and it also includes some text that gives a direct statement of what they can expect to see in the video.

These tweaks can be used in almost any kind of video… It doesn’t just have to be action style videos.  It’s just a case of picking the best stills and embedding some curiosity.  The results can be staggering.  How many more views do you think the second example would get over the first example?

 A Simple Effective Solution to Create BETTER Thumbnails

I recently got my hands on a pretty neat piece of software called “Insta Thumbnail Creator” by Joey Xoto (a friend of mine).  He is well known in the marketplace as the video guy.

Insta Thumbnail Creator is a brand new cross-platform (Mac & PC) desktop software that allows you to quickly grab the best stills from your videos, add filters, text, shapes and icons to make eye catching traffic pulling thumnail images for ALL of your videos.

This software gets released tomorrow (4th August) at 9am EDT (Earlybird).  However, I got my hands on a copy early so thought I’d create a short demo video for you so you can see how simple but effective it is.


Insta Thumbnail Creator goes LIVE tomorrow (4th August) @ 9am EDT and for just 3 hours you will be able to pick up the software for just $17 (Single License).


I’ll email you as SOON as it goes LIVE so keep a close eye out for that email.

To your success

Andy Black

How To Make Money Using RocketBar

In today’s blog post I want to show you just a few examples of how you can make money using RocketBar.

However, please bear in mind that the special offer for RocketBar is ENDING in TWO days so if you haven’t got your lifetime access yet then act quickly.

The Magic Of RocketBar

With RocketBar you can make a profit simply by sharing trending or popular news articles and stories on social media, forums, websites.  Wherever!

Sites like Lad Bible and Huffington Post for example create content that goes viral every single day.  Their content is loved by many and as a result people SHARE it.

So, how do you profit from that?

This is where RocketBar comes in and I’m going to give you a few examples below just so it gets your creative juices flowing.

RocketBar literally takes less than a minute to setup and it allows you to add “Call-to-Action” banners and opt-ins to the top or bottom of ANY site.  Sites like Lad Bible, Huffington Post and the BBC.

It then generates a special link for you that you can post and share ANYWHERE.  All you are doing is sharing viral content that people like to read (or watch) and which they often then share themselves.

Every time someone shares YOUR link MORE people will see the the story or content… The only difference is… It is monetized with YOUR call-to action.

It’s a powerful and unique way in which to make sales and build your own niche specific mailing list.

Let Me Show You Some Examples

#1: Drones

Drones are becoming more and more popular.  Well, they certainly are here in the UK anyway and more importantly there is a lot of controversy surrounding them.

They are becoming the “Boys Toy” to have (and I have one!!) 🙂

So, in the example below I found a news story on the BBC where a drone was flown down a large tunnel.  Here is an example of how you could monetize this page (link) by adding a banner that then links to Amazon using YOUR affiliate link.

You will see a BLUE bar at the top that includes my call-to-action – “Want Your OWN Drone? Order Yours Today. Best Prices Available” and a button.

This is a numbers game so the more times your link gets re-shared and distributed the more people will see your call-to-action and SOME of them might “Buy” on impulse.  After all… Drones are cool and this video is pretty neat.

# 2: Weight Loss

Weight loss is always a hot topic and although it may be hard to muscle your way into this saturated niche… Doing it virally using this method might be easier than you think.  People love to read and share inspirational “Weight Loss” success stories.  Here is an example of how you can distribute a REPORT without an email optin.  I would ALWAYS recommend collecting leads but it’s also possible to freely give away reports.  However, you could include information and links to affiliated products inside your report.

My example call-to-action message here is – “Want to Discover 7 Easy Steps To Losing Weight? Download Our FREE Report Today” with a “Download Report” button.

# 3: Dog Training Niche

One of the most popular types of content being shared on Facebook and other social media are themed around “Animals”.  People LOVE animals.  However, most of the people who click through to see funny cat photos or funny videos about dogs tend to be cat or dog lovers themselves and usually own one (or two) themselves.

Target audience!!

Here is an example of how you can build a mailing list by offering a simple report.

Ready To Try Out RocketBar?

RocketBar is exceptional value and will barely cost a fraction of what you think it will cost.  However, their special launch offer is ending in two days so don’t hang around with this one.

Remember, you can literally jump straight in and start sharing your links and making money right away.

If you haven’t already seen my 4 tips for getting the most from RocketBar then you can see them HERE.

Don’t forget that there are some cool BONUSES waiting for you in the members area too.

Hope you enjoyed this post and if you decide it is for you.. Have fun and I wish you the best of luck with it.

To your success

Andy Black

How to Generate Sales and Build a Subscriber List Just By Sharing Viral Content

Imagine being able to build a subscriber list and make sales just by sharing viral content and distributing links via social media.  Well, the good news is… You can!

And in this post I’m going to SHOW you how using a new application called “RocketBar” that I’ve been given early access to.

In a NUTSHELL What is RocketBar?

It is a new online web application that allows you to add YOUR OWN banner or “Lead Capture” opt-in to ANY website or web page.

So, What Does This Mean?

It means that you can post links to viral content and trending news stories / videos across social media, forums and blogs from TRUSTED sources… and include your own “Call to Action” on those pages.  Content that is highly shareable.

Let me give you an example…

Let’s say that you have a “7 Easy Steps to LOSE Weight” report that you can give away in order to build an active subscriber list.

You would simply find a controversial news story or video from a popular authority site (ie – BBC, Huffington Post, Youtube), ideally recent… and add your “RocketBar” banner or optin via your RocketBar dashboard.  It takes seconds to do.

You then share your unique link and when people click on that link they will see the actual page content from the authority site… BUT with your banner or optiin at the top or bottom (you choose the position!).

Why Is This Effective?

It is so effective because…

  • You do not have to write your OWN viral content or stories.
  • You can tap into UNLIMITED viral and highly shareable content.
  • People are more likely to share stories and content from popular, trusted sites.
  • People are more likely to click a BANNER that appears to be on a trusted site.
  • People are more likely to opt-in for a “Freebie / Report / Video” that appears to be from a trusted site.

There are similar applications available that do “similar to this” BUT this is the ONLY one that can be used with any site.  All of the others are unable to add banners and opt-ins to sites such as the BBC, Youtube plus thousands of others.  It uses unique technology that bypasses any blocking and iFrame issues.

It’s really VERY cool!

I recorded a quick video for you so you can see how it works and just how easy it is to use.

Watch My Quick Demo Below

The great part about this is.. You are only limited by your creativity.  I’m sure you have seen news stories on your Facebook “Newsfeed” that have thousands of Likes and Comments?  Now imagine sharing one of these trending stories, it gaining traction and thousands of people seeing it in a matter of days.  Only this time is has YOUR call to action at the top.  Pretty neat aye?

RocketBar goes LIVE tomorrow at 9am EDT but before then I would like to give you a few of tips for getting the most from it.

Tip #1:

When you post your viral links on Facebook, message some of your closest friends, colleagues and family members to “Share” your post.  This will drastically increase your audience reach and improve your chances of your post being shared further and going viral.

Tip #2:

Try and share REALLY funny, unique stories or videos… or share current trending stories.  Stories that are a hot topic of discussion right now.  It could be related to a controversial TV program that was aired the night before or it could even be politics.

Tip #3:

Try and match your chosen STORY or page to the product your are trying to sell or give away (in exchange for an email lead).  If you share a political news story and are trying to give away a “How to LOSE Weight” report your success rate would be lower than if you shared a story relating to “weight/diet/fitness”.

Tip #4:

If you are struggling to get your links to go viral then consider setting up a Facebook page and run some Facebook ads to get the ball rolling.  With Facebook ads you can target your audience… those that are more likely to be interested in your story.  You can also do this from as little as $5.  Once your link goes viral you can always stop the ads and let the viral sharing take over.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and have seen the potential that RocketBar has.

If you would like to get access to RocketBar so that you can start implementing the strategies above, click on the button below.

Want a BONUS?

I’m going to be uploading a SECRET but valuable software bonus which you will be able to access straight away after grabbing your access to RocketBar.

See you then!

Andy Black