Everything You Need To Know About Video Blogging…From Puppets!

Meet Mario and Fafa the Groundhog. Mario and Fafa are here to teach you everything you need to know about video blogging, from what a video blog is to how you should set your blog up, how to get subscribers and more.

Meet Mario and Fafa the Groundhog.  Mario and Fafa are here to teach you everything you need to know about video blogging, from what a video blog is to how you should set your blog up, how to get subscribers and more. The video is silly and entertaining, but it also really does offer up some good tips that can make for a successful YouTube channel.

So what is a video blog?  According to Mario and Fafa, a video blog is “a video on the Internet” where you just talk about stuff that you want to talk about.  Pretty simple, right?  Check out the video below and then read on for a rundown of all the different video blogging tips that our puppet buddies provide.

Now that you’ve seen the video, let’s review some of the great tips that Mario and Fafa offer up:

Don’t forget the crazy opening graphic

Fafa points out that popular video blogs “usually have a crazy graphic up top.”  Opening your show with a graphic is a great idea.  It not only quickly lets viewers know the name of your show, but also helps with building your brand.  People will recognize your graphic and tie it to you, your videos and your brand.  Once you start getting a lot of subscribers and fans you can even start selling merchandise with this graphic on it.

Pretty girls get a million views

It’s true—pretty girls do get a lot of views.  I mean, just look at iJustine, MissHannahMinx and HotForWords.  Okay, this point is kind of a joke.  Having a hot girl in your video won’t guarantee millions of views.  But it can’t hurt either, right?

Use annotations

Mario and Fafa illustrate a couple of uses of YouTube annotations in the video.  First, they use an annotation to let viewers click to watch one of MissHannahMinx’s videos.  They also use annotations to add funny speech bubbles to the video, to ask viewers to click and subscribe, and to link to their next video blog at the end.  Annotations are a great way to engage your viewers and get them to take action.  Find out more in our post on How To Use YouTube Annotations.

Develop your own unique style

Some YouTubers talk really fast, while others talk really slow.  Some have made their way to the top by lip-syncing, while others have gotten popular for their rants.  Choosing your own unique “gimmick” or style can, like a nice graphic, help build your brand and make you more recognizable from video to video.  You want to keep a consistent style throughout your video uploads.

Interact with people through social media

If you aren’t promoting yourself on Twitter and Facebook then you need to get on that ASAP!  ‘Nuff said.

Ask and you shall receive

Ask your fans to subscribe, leave comments, rate your videos and leave video responses.  A lot of times your viewers aren’t thinking about taking these actions and all you have to do is ask to get them involved.

Thanks to Mario and Fafa for the tips!  I’ve there are any other tips you’d like to add, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.