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Andy Smith: ReelSEO Author
Andy Smith is the host of ReelSEO's "Behind the Reel" show. He has been exploring what makes YouTube and its creators tick, on his own YouTube channel, since 2010.
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Internet video content is largely unregulated, which lends itself very well to paid advertisements appearing under the guise of genuine reviews and recommendations. Last week Twitch announced a new policy related to transparency in sponsored content and promotion. It took Twitch 3 years to realize how important a policy like this is for online video platforms, but where does YouTube, the market leader, stand?
A brilliant new Chrome app from musiXmatch allows you to sing along with the lyrics to almost any music video that's been uploaded to YouTube. With a database of over 7 million song lyrics, and some impressively accurate software, it's the best way to find the lyrics to a song on YouTube by far.
YouTube is the wild west of entertainment if you have a young family. One minute your child could be watching a short clip of Thomas the Tank Engine, the next they could be watching a parody of the show that is wildly inappropriate for children. But now, thanks to a new app called HomeTube, YouTube may find itself much more family-friendly.
Why bother watching a whole video clip when you can simply cut out the good parts and put them in a GIF to share around? A new tool for doing just that has surfaced and made it super easy to turn a YouTube video into a GIF in just 6 east steps.
In this week's best branded Vines, we hit the red carpet with Delta, join our gaming friends on #PS4, wince along with Dollar Shave Club, drink along with Pepsi Max, and learn that girls only want one thing at Taco Bell.
Hewlett-Packard does amazing things with oranges - on both sides of the Atlantic, Greenpeace turns to Lego to raise awareness of the devastation that an oil spill can bring, and we see how Red Bull literally gives you wings. Welcome to the best Vine videos of the week.
When YouTube introduced the new commenting system in November 2013, it was an attempt to tackle a number of issues, one of which included making users accountable for their comments by forcing them to use their real names. After an avalanche of bad feeling from the YouTube community, Google has now reversed the decision.
When it comes to social media, one of the most important things is to follow the viewers to where they are watching content the most. Vine is currently the best place to quickly grow an audience, so let's take a look at some of the best branded Vines of the past week.
Have you ever visited YouTube and been bombarded by suggestions from channels you have absolutely no interest in? Chances are that you have if you’ve ever used the site. These channels can constantly show up as suggested and related regardless of your level of interest in them, but we’re here to help.
Never mind that Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on a thrilling late game goal to become the first European team to prevail in a World Cup in the Americas. YouTube prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy was streaking and Lebron James caught it all for Instagram to see!
Google has released the Creator Studio app for iOS devices and this app is no slouch. With the increasing importance of mobile in the video market, this app provides a one stop shop for creators to see all of the most important details about their channel on the go.
YouTube used to be known for being the home of interesting content that couldn’t be found anywhere else - it was the home of the one off video. You could find clips of everything from Charlie biting his brother’s finger to Obamagirl and Keyboard Cat. Viral fame can come and go very quickly, but building a meaningful community around a brand can add longevity to a flash in the pan video market.
According to reports, YouTube accounts for $3.5 billion of the nearly $58 billion in revenue at Google. It is quite impressive that YouTube is profitable at all, considering that it ran in the red for at least its first five years in existence. However, if video creators looking to make content for a living will need to go where the money is and if YouTube can’t raise revenues for creators, it may not be the destination it was once.
VidCon is a classic YouTube gathering, rooted in the coming together of creators to prove that they do exist outside of YouTube. 18,000 people attended VidCon this year, but are the serious YouTube creators, and marketers, in danger of being pushed out in favor of the teen fans?