In Erik’s never-ending pursuit to find ways I can make him rich, doing YouTube channels has proved to be the most discouraging.
Yes, that’s “channels”. Plural. My second channel, “stories with suz” or “storytime with Suz” (haven’t decided yet) should be up and running by the end of the week.
Now, while I despise adding any more worthless projects onto my already over-flowing plate, I wouldn’t agree to do the channels if I didn’t see a secondary reason for it. Besides someday making DECENT money (so far I’ve made a whopping $0.10), the two channels have a promising marketing career for my books.
Ah, you knew there had to be a catch!
Sadly, most agents/publishers look for a large social media following to see how much impact your book might have. With a large subscriber base, you can solicit your book and are more likely to sell greater numbers of copies to people who already know your background.
My second channel solves a few problems of the first:
1.) You Tube has changed how it pays for ads. They will no longer run ads on videos with violence, swearing or any number of other things.
2.) You Tube is moving towards kids shows. If you don’t believe me, type in “Lightning McQueen” sometime into You Tube and check the stats on the videos. Or look at “Blippi”. The much-loathed You Tube personality hailing from the days of PeeWee Herman, Blippi enthralls kids all over the world, and makes millions of dollars doing it!
3.) My new You Tube channel will have shorter videos, and less editing. I can push out several videos a day if I wanted. More videos = more ad revenue.
And simply, because I love reading kids books out loud. I like making them come alive. I also have a taste for excellent kids literature (although some of the dumb stuff will no doubt be on there too). Kids are overwhelmed with CRAP on YouTube, and there are not too many book readers on there. GOOD book readers especially. Anyone can READ a book, but it takes talent to “make it come alive”!
And of course, it gives me an avenue to get more attention focused on my OWN children’s book, which I will also do a read on. It will allow me to see the market potential of the book, and give proof to publishers of the demand for it.
I’d like to thank my avid website viewer base. The more hits I get on my website, the more often I try to update it (when I get a chance). And while I’m supposed to be working on video editing, I’m doing this instead.
The genius of this website, is I can track all the traffic coming and going. From my Instagram, from my Facebook, from Twitter or YouTube, my site stats log ALL my visitors.
-Wait, you are SPYING on ME?!-
Yes and no. All websites track you and what you do. Even if you set cookies to “do not track” and turn your location data off. Your phone hits a cell phone tower, and your home/work internet has a main terminal. Every device has an “IP”. Go to iptracker.org and it will show your IP. And what location you are sending. If you are from my area, and have everything turned “off” on your phone, it will list location as “Detroit”. Home internet wi-fi is “Rockford”.
I know exactly who my regular visitors are (so no, you can’t run off and hide now, it won’t do you any good!) and I track them to see if I need to add more blogs. If I haven’t posted anythign new, well, I guess you haven’t visited in a while!
And I use the trackbacks from my social media to see if I need to update that too.
Now if only YouTube could track my traffic as clearly as my website . . . but alas it won’t even show me who’s liked my videos, or who my subscribers are.
The other added bonus as to why I track everything? Hackers. They get into every website. It’s part of life as a webndesigner. I’ve got some coded into my files somewhere. Nothing to be alarmed about unless you randomly decided to type all your credit card info into my search box . . . just a pain in the butt and yet more work for me!
And don’t worry, I’ve been tracking everything over the last year, so there is nothing that can surprise me 😉