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.

Recent Posts by Andy Smith:

5 Things You NEED to Know Before Creating Sponsored Video Content

5 Things You NEED to Know Before Creating Sponsored Video Content

Can sponsored content can ever really flourish on YouTube when so many viewers react so badly against it? Yes, absolutely! But it needs to be done right. Read our 5 top tips for creating the best type of endorsement videos.

Want Online Video Success in 2015? Then You Need to Get Social

Want Online Video Success in 2015? Then You Need to Get Social

As a brand, you may not think social video is a vital part of your digital marketing presence. But sites like Facebook, Vine, Instagram, and yes, YouTube, are where your audience are watching the videos your competitors are posting. It's time to get aligned with social media for 2015.

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for the Video Enthusiast

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for the Video Enthusiast

It's never too late to buy that last minute holiday gift for the video enthusiast in your life - we have a few ideas for little, and not so little stocking fillers that will make any video creator, or watcher, smile.

Attention Brands: Make Video Ads That Viewers Won't Want to Block

Attention Brands: Make Video Ads That Viewers Wont Want to Block

Despite the video advertising industry's best efforts, many Internet users are still using adblocking software to cut out the ads. But is the real problem the quality of the video ads in the first place?

Online Video Streaming Up 60%, TV Consumption Down But Not Out [Report]

Online Video Streaming Up 60%, TV Consumption Down But Not Out [Report]

A new report from Nielsen confirms that digital TV consumption is growing at a phenomenal rate, while traditional broadcast TV viewing is on the decline. That being said, TV still accounts for an average of about 141 hours watched each month, compared to 11 hours a month for online content.

YouTube Videos Pulled for Failing to Declare Oreo Sponsorship

YouTube Videos Pulled for Failing to Declare Oreo Sponsorship

Oreo has been penalized for failing to declare it sponsored some YouTuber vlogging content. As the ASA and FTC begin to more actively enforce their rulings about ads in online video, where is YouTube? The site needs a feature to help creators to promote a brand without risking the quality of their content immediately.

How-to See Videos From Only the YouTube Channels You Subscribe To

How to See Videos From Only the YouTube Channels You Subscribe To

If you are active on YouTube and watch a lot of content, the site will populate your signed-in home page with other recommended videos it thinks you will like. This amount of info can sometimes be a little overwhelming, so here's a quick fix to make the YouTube user experience more manageable.

Is YouTube Way Too Late to the Game with Music Key?

Is YouTube Way Too Late to the Game with Music Key?

Spotify and other services have been streaming music for a small subscription fee for many years. Now YouTube has entered the fray with Music Key. But is it too little and too late for the video giant to stake its claim in the streaming music provider industry?

A Brief History of Video Marketing on YouTube

A Brief History of Video Marketing on YouTube

The history of video marketing is constantly evolving and has been through a huge transition since it first hit the internet. In the last 20 years, we've been on a journey from personal, to viral, to social video marketing, and YouTube has been center stage for most of it.

How-to Make YouTube Safe for Children: 8 Family Friendly Tips

How to Make YouTube Safe for Children: 8 Family Friendly Tips

As a site that hosts user-generated content, YouTube poses a number of challenges for parents and guardians who want to ensure that children aren't exposed to risky content. We show you 8 ways to make YouTube as child-friendly as possible.

YouTubers in Breach of FTC if They Fail to Disclose Sponsorships

YouTubers in Breach of FTC if They Fail to Disclose Sponsorships

Are you a YouTube creator that receives payment or payment in kind for your sponsored videos? Do you declare that interest within the video itself? If you are not crystal clear about paid endorsements, the FTC confirm you are in breach of its guidelines, and it will investigate if it receives enough complaints.

ATTN YouTube: Where Are Your Sponsored Video Guidelines?

ATTN YouTube: Where Are Your Sponsored Video Guidelines?

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?

Get the Lyrics For Every YouTube Music Video With This Chrome App

Get the Lyrics For Every YouTube Music Video With This Chrome App

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.

New Video App Makes YouTube Safe for the Whole Family

New Video App Makes YouTube Safe for the Whole Family

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.

How to Make a YouTube Video into a GIF in 6 Easy Steps

How to Make a YouTube Video into a GIF in 6 Easy Steps

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.