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YouTube Checklist

Lots of people try to get famous via YouTube. Few succeed. If for some reason you think you have what it takes, and you really want to post your video, please peruse this handy checklist:

  1. Your content must be unique and interesting
  2. Your video must be well-made (no cheap webcams please)
  3. Your video can’t be a video game review (it’s been done to death)
  4. Nobody wants to listen to you whine and complain about your life (WARNING: This video contains coarse language and severely low levels of intelligence)
  5. If you’re going to make a series of videos, wait until you have three or four posted to actually call it a series

Even if your video meets these criteria, you’d be smart to run it past a few of your friends first. If they give you a thumbs up, go ahead and post it, but don’t be surprised when nobody notices it. If you want it to go viral, it had better be shocking, really weird, awesome, or all three. Submit it to Digg and hope for the best.

If you’re really, really lucky, someone will make a parody of your video. This is the best thing that can possibly happen to you, because it means your video is worth imitating. Get enough parody videos and you can make a website dedicated to them. Remember the Star Wars Kid? This site is dedicated to that video and all of the parodies that surfaced, and if you go there you might notice more than a few advertisements on the page. Someone got lucky off of all that media buzz and probably made a nice sum of cash.

Other than that, there’s not a whole lot of ways to monetize a YouTube video. Tay Zonday’s gig with Dr. Pepper was rumored to have made him $50,000, but that’s a very unique situation. At best, a viral video will get your name out there for future use.

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