How to use Youtube for Newbies Part 6 of 6 – Conclusion & FAQ
By Fred Horstman December 19, 2013
This is the sixth and last article to help newbies to Internet and YouTube by providing some quick start information about using YouTube to your advantage. From registration to uploading videos, you will find some answers to your most pressing questions in a simple and easy-to-follow way. These six articles do not go into great detail. They are designed to give newcomers to Youtube a basic knowledge of how to make and upload videos. More authoritive information can be found with a search and on YouTube itself.
As you can see, YouTube is making life incredibly fascinating. Using YouTube for entertainment, as a promotional tool, or to learn more about a subject you are passionate about is easier than ever.
You do not have to be a technical wizard to figure out how to use YouTube to your advantage. In fact, YouTube provides detailed instructions for all the features, including the advanced features it offers on its site.
Before you seriously consider using YouTube as part of a self-promotional campaign, log onto the site, create a profile, and try uploading a few test videos. This will allow you some time to get used to the sites features and figure out exactly what you need to do to get your videos up and running. Don’t forget to check in often with the featured videos section, so that you get a better idea of what others are doing. Have fun!
Now that you have the basics down, it is up to you to make extraordinary videos. Here are several frequently asked questions newbie’s have when starting with YouTube. If you do not find the answer you need, check out YouTube.com’s help section, where you will find a comprehensive listing of hundreds of questions users have about the service.
Q. Can I comment on other people’s videos?
A. Yes, you can. Much like blogging, you are able to place comments about a video. The more often people rate and comment about a video, the more likely it is to achieve higher ranking on the site. Keep in mind however, once you make a comment on another video, it is permanent. Only the creator of that video can delete it. You can however, delete unwanted comments from your own video clips. You should in fact, keep an eye on the kinds of comments people make to your video so you do not have Spam comments posted to your clip.
Q. My comments are not showing up, and sometimes I can’t comment at all. Do you know why?
A. The chances are high either (1) you did not confirm your e-mail address, so you are not showing up as a registered member, or (2) you haven’t given it some time. There is a slight delay in the time you post comments to the time you can see them on the website. If you find you are having other technical difficulties, sometimes it helps to simply clear the cache on your Internet browser. Typically, to do this you will want to delete any temporarily files, your search history and any cookies stored on your computer. Next, be sure to log out, and then log back in again. Most of the time you can do this by using the Tools menu Options tab. Other times you can click the Start button, then go to your computer control panel and find the Internet Options bar, which will allow you to delete the files you select.
Q. I want to save a video clip to my computer. How do I do that?
A. You can’t actually download and save any videos to your computer, except for your own videos. YouTube created a structure that allows all clips to run on the site, but on the site alone. Sometimes you can save a video in your “save videos” list on YouTube, and watch them when you log back in later. You can also bookmark videos much like you would your favorite sites, so you can come back to them later.
Q. What are playlists and how do I use them?
A. Playlists are lists of your favorite videos. When you bookmark videos you add them to your playlist. Typically, creating a playlist is as simple as clicking on the “save to Favorites” button. This link is just below the video you watch. You can classify your favorites into separate playlists by using the dropdown menu. All you have to do is create a title and the properties for each playlist you create. You can even share your playlists with others. When you go to your playlists page, located at: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists you simply select the playlist you want others to see, then click the bar that says share this list. It’s that easy. You will need to add the e-mail addresses of people you want to share your list with. When you click send, the people you appointed will receive a message telling them they can log on and view your playlist.
Q. Why are Playlists of use?
A. Playlists can serve many purposes. If you want to get a marketing message out to many people, you can create a series of videos that talks about your products, services or one you are promoting. You can then send a link of your playlist out to your opt-in list. You can also use Playlists to send out family videos to members living out-of-town. Simply compile a few clips of your favorite family videos, add them to your list, and then send them to distant family members. If you have a series of products you sell, or a book series you want to promote, you can provide audio clips about that series on a specific playlist. You can then create other playlists to market and show off other products you want to promote. Remember, the list of possibilities is endless when you use YouTube.com as a promotional tool.
Q. What if I do not want other people to see my video?
A. YouTube allows registered members to keep their videos private, meaning only people you invite will be able to view your video clip. Simply visit the following link: http://youtube.com/my_videos You will want to go to the “Edit” section, and select the private button. You will then need to choose the contacts you want to allow viewing rights to.
Q. Is it hard to watch videos on YouTube?
A. Watching a video is simple, anyone can do it. All you have to do is visit the site. Remember, anyone can watch video clips without registering. Click the video and you are in business. If you want to save videos to your favorites list, you will need to register, but remember, registration is free!
Q. I want to use my cell phone to upload a video. How do I do that?
A. Many newer phones allow you to record short video clips. Before uploading to YouTube, you will have to set up your account so it can receive videos from mobile devices. To do this, simply log into your account. Then, follow the account settings choice and click on the link to “Mobile Upload Profiles.” Here you can enter information about the mobile unit you plan to upload from. Then you create a file for your cell phone. YouTube.com will provide you with a specific e-mail address you can use to send your videos to. Make sure you send your video direct to the e-mail address provided by YouTube.
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