Small YouTube Movie Critic Cyber Bullied By Big YouTube Critics [Video]

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The video posted below is by YouTuber Adam Olinger, Creator of the mildly popular YouTube channel Feud Nation where he reviews movies. His channel has a distinct charm but he’s still one of the small guys when it comes to online movie reviews.

Recently Adam has been cyber bullied by those in the top-tier. I won’t name names but from the looks of the video Adam is not without support. Adam’s video details how the drama started and it’s quite a fascinating watch. It truly speaks to how crazy the YouTube community has become and how dangerous cyber bullying can be.

Be sure to watch the video in entirety because missing even a single detail of this story will ruin the lesson it aims to teach on how it feels to by cyber bullied by your peers.

How You Can Support Adam

I for one stand behind Adam. As a supporter of online movie critics and self-absorbed white males every where, this is a cause I do not take lightly. Frankly, I hope after viewing this video you do as I did and subscribe to Adam’s channel. After the abuse he has bravely endured, I think Adam is entitled to some good fortune.

-Chris

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Proof YouTube is NOT Going to Fix The YouTube Glitch [2016]

As many of you know, I am a YouTuber. This distinction means that I make YouTube videos, in particular I make about 3 videos every single week. I have posted consistently for 4 years and at first I expected this to be my career. Now, That will never happen.

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How To Succeed on YouTube and Immediately Fail

3 years ago I was riding high on the wave of having my videos debut on not only my favorite websites like Kotaku but also huge multimedia platforms like CNN and Forbes, needless to say I pretty much had this YouTube thing in the bag. I even won a national contest in 2013 where YouTube gave me $5,000 worth of equipment and educational courses.  You might be saying to yourself, “That sounds awesome!”  or “Ok, so what went wrong?”…The answer is YouTube went wrong.

Better people than me can complain about the YouTube algorithm and how it killed a lot of career’s in 2012 when they jumped to what was then known as “Cosmic Panda”. Instead of the system favoring videos with similar data, it favored videos based on general viewing habits and other unknown identifiers. Personally, this change destroyed my momentum and cut my views in half. I was angry but since it was happening to everyone I had no choice but to adapt. I made major changes on my channel and did everything they said to do, I cultivated playlists, I posted my videos on blogs, I chased trending topics but It didn’t work to restore me to the days when I was able to make a video about pooping and be guaranteed a couple thousand views.

My subscriptions grew regularly but my views stayed the same. At some points the views were dropping and rising at random. I was confused as to what I was doing wrong and made a video about the issues I was having. That video did pretty well and a few smaller and larger YouTubers gave me some advice on surviving in this new unfair environment. The solution? CLICKBAIT.

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THIS IS A CLICKBAIT TITLE: Clickbait Fixes Everything

I resisted this because in my mind clickbait was a dirty word and even dirtier tactic. Essentially it’s tricking people into clicking by using; deceit, mystery, illusions, over hype and really anything to get people to pay attention. However despite my feelings on the matter, I was curious so I tried it and it worked!  My views were on the up per average video with the exception of Live Streams, which are typically draw in a smaller but more dedicated audience. I was pretty happy with this but didn’t want to sacrifice my integrity so I used the tactic sparingly. Utilizing this and community sharing I was able to get a few videos to reach over 10,000 views with my base audience always kicking things off with a solid 1,000 views within the first day of the upload but that all came to a stop when my channel started getting hit with the YouTube glitch.

The YouTube Glitch Comes to Town

I remember it like it was yesterday. I uploaded a video about the Dr Strange 2016 movie trailer, a video topic that if timed right would usually get me about 10,000 plus views and usually 100 views after about 20 minutes. As a practice I make a point to reply to every comment that comes in within the first 2 hours so I walked away for about 30 minutes to breathe and when I came back ready to reply, just like I had been doing for the past few years, I was shocked to see that not only did the video have no comments but it also barely had 40 views. WTF? I reloaded the page a few times but what I was seeing was real.  I decided to re-upload the video and got the same results.  I thought maybe it’s just the topic is over saturated so I chilled and put out another video, this time on a much less crowded topic but the same thing happened. It was very evident that I had a problem.  I decided to look at my analytics and noticed something else that was quite peculiar.
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On top of this random loss of video delivery, I was also bleeding subscribers. I had loss about 40 that day and didn’t understand why because barley anyone got the last two videos and I hadn’t uploaded anything at all that day because of the strange behavior of my last two uploads.  I chose to reach out to YouTube for help since they had just provided me with a support rep. She said she didn’t see anything wrong with my channel but would forward the issue to technical support. Later that night I decided to upload another video and success! I got a couple thousand views and the comments were back too.  I was pretty satisfied and continued my uploading schedule.

On the front end things looked great but behind the scenes every single month that I was uploading videos I was losing more and more subscribers seemingly out of nowhere. In one month I lost 600 people with me losing the most people on days I hadn’t uploaded. None of my videos were getting high numbers of hate or dislikes and I was playing it pretty safe as far as topics go. Analytics data did not point to it being “dead/inactive accounts” and the numbers happening in such large quantities without being related to a particular upload date that I once again knew something was wrong. I contacted YouTube and was told a few things but overall the point was that I was informed that I was experiencing a glitch on my account. The YouTube glitch was taking my hard-earned subscribers each month at high numbers and naturally this resulted in lower average views and revenue across my videos. YouTube’s over arching reply? “We’re Working On It!”

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Will YouTube Actually Fix the YouTube Glitch in 2016?

Fast forward to the past 2 weeks and that issue where my videos don’t hit their usual numbers returned and then went away. I’m working to rebuild my daily average on my videos back to somewhere around 1,000 views and YouTube was hit with yet another glitch but this time it wasn’t just me. The bug took about 1,000 subscribers from me and close to 1 million for larger channels. YouTube claims they have addressed the bug and that the YouTube glitch is solved but in my experience it ‘s only a matter of time until comes back and just as likely that YouTube isn’t going to do anything to solve the problem.

It sucks to put all this hard work into something and seeing it destroyed by pure happenstance and the company that is responsible for it all continues to just provide canned responses and false promises. YouTube used to look a like opportunity to me and now it reminds of failure, lies and broken promises.

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YouTube Removed my video so here’s Screen Shots

YouTube removed my video on this topic for violating their new Terms of Service…So here’s all the screenshots they didn’t want you to see. I left out the service rep info just so no one got the wrong idea:

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How To Get More Views on YouTube in 2016 – Video SEO

YouTube is a tough industry to break into these days because the market is saturated, there are literally millions of videos going up every day; Also your subscriber numbers will never reflect your views because YouTube’s delivery system and algorithm does not send your videos to everyone that subscribes but instead delivers to them based on viewing habits. I currently have 60,600+ Subscribers after 4 years in the industry. I average about 1,500 views a video but sometimes get lucky and a video will reach 3,000 or even 19,000 people. I have one viral video with 1 million views and a few mini viral videos with over 300,000 views. This is my channel if you’re curious: Chris Sanders

The number one thing that helped me grow is learning Video SEO and marketing. If it takes you an hour to make a video, you should be marketing and developing the back-end metadata for about 2 hours. Once you optimize this data it will be much easier for your channel and your videos to grow. I’ll detail everything you need to do, some are the normal tips, others are things I’ve personally seen success with.

Step 1: Optimize your titles, tags and description. With your titles make sure it’s both something that people will want to click and are searching for. With the description, Write as much information as possible, honestly writing a miniature blog post with your keywords and key phrases in the first 2 sentences is a very strong best practice because YouTube will use this information when deciding what videos to recommend to users on the front page and side panels.

Step 2: VIDEO SEO. Since you do political videos, tying your titles, description and meta data to trending topics in the news would be very easy and help you gain a lot of ground. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all good places to watch for trends. On a larger scale you will also want to utilize a tool Google provides called “Google Trends”. Learn how to use this tool and you can get tags and keywords right from the source and you can chase the topics that people are searching for actively and grow your ability to be found very quickly. EXAMPLE: I started a second channel that doesn’t have a niche associated with it yet, it has ONE subscriber and I posted my first video on it last week and my video already has 52 views. Here’s a link to that channel: How To Monster

I’m choosing not to use my existing audience to bump up the numbers on this channel and video because I want to grow as organically as possible. To test this out, I made a video on the whole BREXIT thing and used one of the trending terms as my title and keyword. My plan is to make an entire channel of just “How To Videos” targeting trends based on the research I do to uncover what things people are looking to learn how to do. I might fail but i figure why not just give it a shot. I know how to perform market research and that’s going to be the biggest feather in my cap.

Step 3: Do research on your industry. Find places and online communities that like your kind of videos and share them sparingly. You don’t want to be a spammer but if you make something you think has a lot of potential to grow then share it! I suggest becoming a member of Reddit and paying attention to the type of videos that get shared and then make those kind of videos with your own voice. Reddit itself is hard because they don’t want to be used as a promotional vehicle but it is a good place to learn what the internet is talking about and what things go viral. If you can replicate some of the basics you will increase your chances of connecting with an audience. Tumblr is also a great place to do this same thing and the community is much less brutal. The growth potential isn’t as high but since you’re just starting out you have time to carve things out and experiment.

Step 4: Lastly you’ll want to network and collaborate with other YouTubers. I know you’re thinking, but I’m so small. How will that work? TRY. Early in my career and even now. I will reach out to people with millions of subscribers via e-mail and offer them ideas and ask them if we can work together. I usually have a fully laid out plan or script and make sure that bigger person has as little work to do as possible. Believe it or not occasionally, some of them will actually respond and will help you out. I had one guy actually flip the collaboration and decided to host it on his channel and it gave me a couple hundred new subscribers. This guy has 600,000 subscribers and didn’t need to help me out but did so anyway because despite being bigger than me is still a human. Reach out to people bigger than you and you may just get a very lucrative surprise. It won’t work all the time but it’s better than not trying at all.

BONUS TIP: STAY AWAY FROM MCN’S. Multi Channel Networks are the worst if you’re a little YouTuber. They will promise to help grow you but all of them are lying. They will only help you if you are doing REALLY well. If do talk to them negotiate. If they won’t negotiate stop talking to them.

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Good luck and remember to not let the numbers get you down and to try to post regularly, at least ONCE a week. YouTube says posting on the same date around the same time will work in your favor but if your schedule doesn’t allow for that, I wouldn’t overthink it. If you ever need any advice feel free to reach out to me on my channel or twitter. I respond to everyone that posts on my videos and most twitter people.

Chris Sanders

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