Wanna be an internet star? Knowing a few tricks will put you on the most-viewed list in no time.
Step 1: Research Click the "Videos" tab on YouTube to see what the most-viewed videos of the moment are—and then make a video response to one. Parodies of currently popular internet videos often "piggyback" on the fame of the original and end up becoming famous themselves.
Step 2: Find your audience Aim for a large but specific group, like video game fanatics, or people who hate Carlos Mencia. Although throwing out a wide net seems more logical, a targeted audience is actually more likely to latch on and spread the word.
Step 3: Use your best idea It seems obvious, but use the best idea you have. It's probably the one that makes you and your friends laugh the most or has you using the word "awesome" repeatedly.
: Violence really hurts, and should never be used for base, commercial motives. So don't do it.
Step 4: Make the video shine Shoot for the highest production value you can afford. Videos that are severely underlit or have blown out audio are pretty unwatchable, and unlikely candidates for internet fame.
Step 5: Upload wisely Before you output, do a Google search for "Exporting for YouTube." Heavily pixelated, out-of-sync video clips rarely make the rounds in office emails.
Step 6: Attract an audience One of the keys to getting your video seen is having a title, tags, and a thumbnail that will attract your audience. YouTube offers you a choice of 3 different thumbnails—whichever images are found a 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 of the way through your video. Savvy users find a frame they like during editing and make sure it occurs at one of those points.
TIP: The other key factor in attracting an audience? Keep your video short and sweet. Two minutes or less is ideal.
Step 7: Reach out Remember the specific interest group you targeted? Now that you're finished, consider emailing your video's link to websites relevant to that group. Sometimes all it takes is a single blogger to get the ball quickly rolling.
Step 8: Join the YouTube Community Don't just upload your video and forget it; become part of the community. Comment on other videos, respond to comments on your own video, maybe even stir up a little controversy.
Step 9: Repeat Repeat the process. Each time one of your videos makes even a small dent, you gain subscribers, and a large subscriber base is the number one reason a video attracts a large viewership.
FACT: According to its community guidelines, YouTube does not allow videos that show "graphic or gratuitous violence," or "someone getting hurt, attacked, or humiliated."