Why Your Videos Suck Most Of The Time And How You Can Fix Them

A while ago I sent out an email to my subscriber list and got a very interesting response back from an old friend. I was a little surprised at his response at first, but then realized that he was actually helping me out a great deal to be more successful with what I do.

When you get to a certain level in your profession or calling, you become so “advanced” in your knowledge and experience that you often forget the basics of what it is that makes you truly successful.

And this is the thing that my old friend pointed out to me.

So, I decided to create a short video on it, revealing his response, and how you can use that to help you make your videos (any anything else you do online) MUCH more effective and powerful, where you actually touch people’s lives in a real way!

As you watch the video, ask yourself this question: “Do I make the same mistake? And if so, what can I do to correct it?” Why don’t you share your experiences with this inside the comments below – cos that’s where the REAL value takes place!

Stay visible!

Gideon Shalwick

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About Gideon Shalwick

Gideon Shalwick is a YouTube and video marketing expert, and has figured out how to get a TON of attention using online video (with one YouTube channel reaching 10 million views!), and today, he's built a following of over 100,000 people for his business ventures, and 60,000+ people on this very blog, where he shares some of his most powerful video marketing strategies.

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158 Responses to Why Your Videos Suck Most Of The Time And How You Can Fix Them

  1. [..YouTube..] For some reason, your videos are more awesome when I have the vuvuzela sound on. LOL. :)

    -Desmond Ong

  2. [..YouTube..] @destalks huh? not sure if that’s a compliment or an insult hehehe… Is my accent really that bad?

  3. [..YouTube..] @destalks ah now I get it… it’s cos I’m from South Africa right? Sorry I’m a bit slow today – had way too much gluten!

  4. [..YouTube..] @GideonShalwick LOL. It’s a compliment of course! ;) Great video. I sure hope none of my college professors is “evaluating” me right now.

  5. [..YouTube..] Very good advice. I always try to keep my audience in mind. Some of my videos may seem strange is if you watch them and don’t know me or my audience. I created the short film “Sexual Understanding” specifically for my audience because so many people were writing me asking me to be shirtless in my videos. It may be very strange though if you stumble upon it.

  6. [..YouTube..] great video

  7. [..YouTube..] Hey Gids,

    Great video!

    It’s true, I believe that before putting a video out, you should firstly think about how this video could benefit the viewers and at the same time, it should be valuable enough that they can decode the message you’re talking about to what you expect they should learn from it and vice versa. It’s called the sole purpose of creating the video to them. :)

    Thanks for the reminders!

    Tyrone

  8. [..YouTube..] @tyroneshum Hey Tyrone – I like the “sole purpose” framing.

  9. [..YouTube..] You look older Gideon! Are you sleeping well?

  10. Desmond Ong

    For some reason, your videos are more awesome when I have the vuvuzela
    sound on. LOL. :) -Desmond Ong

  11. Gideon Shalwick

    @destalks huh? not sure if that’s a compliment or an insult hehehe… Is my
    accent really that bad?

  12. [..YouTube..] @TheCuso har har har… actually… could do with some more sleep. Maybe in a few years time once baby girl is a little older ;)

  13. TheCuso

    You look older Gideon! Are you sleeping well?

  14. Gideon Shalwick

    @TheCuso har har har… actually… could do with some more sleep. Maybe in
    a few years time once baby girl is a little older ;)

  15. [..YouTube..] That’s a good thing to think about. Sometimes we can only think about that when it comes to a salesletter of your offer. I need to do that for everything.

  16. Also, got another question to add, how did you set up your comments to stream from YouTube directly to your blog comments? That’s a really cool feature!

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Tyrone

      It will all be revealed inside my free Rapid Video Blogging report in a few weeks time… counting down!

      If you haven’t yet, you can sign up here for the early notification list:

      http://rapidvideoblogging.com/

      (I know you’re signed up Tyrone… just for other people reading this :) )

      Gideon

  17. [..YouTube..] Very pertinant Gideon. In fact this will help get over the ‘getting over yourself’ thing where you’re so worried about what you look like that you forget your message. This will DEFINITELY help me! Cheers.
    Hope you’re getting some sleep by the way !! :o)

  18. [..YouTube..] @wendydashwoodquick Hey Wendy!

    Getting over yourself is key! And yes, this is a great way for doing it. Actually, it seems that the less I worry about myself, and the more I concentrate on my audience, the better my content becomes!

    Talk soon!

    Gideon Shalwick

  19. Gideon Shalwick

    @wendydashwoodquick Hey Wendy! Getting over yourself is key! And yes, this
    is a great way for doing it. Actually, it seems that the less I worry about
    myself, and the more I concentrate on my audience, the better my content
    becomes! Talk soon! Gideon Shalwick

  20. sandy

    Thank you Gideon. I’m glad you started thinking on this. Overall I think you have thought about your audience. But here is where I think people have problems–they don’t drill down to the level of the person they are dealing with. For example I am in the process of setting up a word press blog based on your videos. And I’m no techy. So I follow the steps and get to video 4 and then low and behold I’m wondering if your statement that it takes 24-48 hours for the domain to get connected to the webhost means that I should stop doing what I’m doing and wait 48 hrs before moving through the other steps. So then I do a search on your website for the answer: your forum is down because of spam(spammers need to stop this stuff…I digress) and then I can’t figure out how to reach you or if my issue is considered important per your definition. So I’m just sitting here waiting for 24-48 hrs to be up before moving on to uploading files, and doing the config stuff. Now don’t get me wrong–I love your videos and your teaching methods but this is just an example where sometimes you don’t realize just how deficient your viewer’s skills are and that you really have to perhaps assume they don’t know anything about technology. So I was glad to hear you say that this “what’s in it for me” triggered something for you. We can all improve in this area. Me too, obviously.
    Anyway I love your website, your blogs and your videos and I know they’ll only get better and you will be blessed with abundance beyond your wildest imagination–so I’m asking my question now before you are out of reach. Thanks for everything. And if you have time, you can let me know right here on this post if I should go on with all stages of the set up video even while I’m waiting for the host and the domain to connect.
    Thank you.

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Sandy

      Thank you for your thoughtful response!

      Sorry to hear you’re having some issues with setting up your WordPress blog. The method I teach is a little more complicated than the latest method around. But the reason for that is to allow everyone in our course to be “on the same page” so to speak and to eliminate unnecessary confusion.

      But concerning your specific issue about waiting 24 to 48 hours for your domain name to propagate… as far as I know, you can actually already install your WordPress files on your server even before all the “propagation” has taken place. It varies from hosting service to hosting service, but I am pretty sure it should work regardless.

      I’m not quite sure how better to give you instruction with my videos as I’ve made them as simple to follow as humanly possible – I challenge you to find ANY other videos on the topic online that does a better job. The next best thing would be for me to fly over to your place, and to come and sit next to you and tell you exactly what to do… which of course is not feasible :)

      So, one huge recommendation, if you’re still stuck, is to either get in touch with Joel from http://www.BlogTechGuy.com so that he can quickly do the installation for you. Or you could even join our course and then get access to our members only forum area where you can then trouble shoot your technical issues.

      With around 65,000 people combined on my email list right now, obviously I cannot respond to everyone personally. So please forgive me if your question has fallen through the cracks. But my customer support team should always get back to you with a recommendation… especially if you’re one of my paying members.

      Once again… thanks for your constructive feedback. That’s how I learn and make sure I serve you better :)

      Gideon Shalwick

  21. sandy

    Thank you for answering right away. On with the show. I’ll see if I can do it myself, for now. Thanks for the referral to the blog tech guy. We’ll see what happens. And by the time of this writing the webhost and the domain name server is connected.

    Take care.

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Good stuff Sandy!

      All the best!

      Gideon

  22. [..YouTube..] Great reminder! It’s stuff most of us know but like you said, so easy to forget when thinking about other things like lighting, audio and production values! Cool!

  23. GreenGorillaVideo

    Great reminder! It’s stuff most of us know but like you said, so easy to
    forget when thinking about other things like lighting, audio and production
    values! Cool!

  24. Yep, that serves as a good reminder not only in videos but also business in general. We should always be thinking, ‘what is in it for them’. There are plenty of business’ that have great products and features but they forget to connect with their audience and state clearly ‘what is in it for them’.

    There is a great video on TED titled ‘Insire others to action’ which touches on the same theme and talks about why companies such as Apple and even people like Martin Luther King managed to attract such great appeal. They didn’t just tell people what they wanted but appealed to something other people wanted too (M.King – ‘a dream of a better USA’, Apple – ‘being different from the status quo).

    Your message is spot on Gideon, but it goes much deeper then just videos, we should add that message throughout our whole business thinking.

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Cant agree more with you Dee!

      Well said!

      Gideon

  25. Hi Gideon,

    Thanks for all the work you’ve done and are continuing to do in this area of video presenting. I have to admit that, while writing a blog doesn’t scare me too much (I’m a writer :-)), the idea of actually talking off the cuff–or even from a script–on any sort of visual media terrifies me.

    The silly thing is I can stand up in front of groups of 20 to 200 and, other than the normal nervousness, there is no problem. But stick a camera in my face and everything I want to say sneaks out my ears and slithers down my spine in an effort to get away from the pressure of the ‘all-seeing-eye’.

    It’s really annoying, and more than a little embarrassing. Am I the only person this happens to? Surely not. Do you have any advice for devout camera-cowards?

    Many thanks,
    Gracie

    • Gideon Shalwick

      Hey Gracie

      I am releasing a video next week that addresses this specific issue – there is an easy solution that I think you will like.

      Talk soon!

      Gideon

  26. Oh, that’s excellent!

    Thank you so much. I can’t wait!

    :-)
    Gracie

  27. I have the ebook from the other site. I think this site is worth visiting.

  28. [..YouTube..] Very nice. I’ve been enjoying watching all your content. Well done.

  29. What service do you recommend for storing video and audios in the cloud?

    I ask because I am getting heavy into podcasting now and I do not want to run of out bandwidth with my
    website hosting company.

    I already have feedburner and my itunes channel set up and I am looking for a solution that I can use that
    will still submit my podcasts to my already establish itunes channel.

    Please advice

    thanks

  30. [..YouTube..] Great video Gideon. I was recently stuck on stupid, not giving it any thought whats so ever to how my delivery was affecting my video views. Thanks again for the EYE OPENER Gideon. :-)

  31. Hi Gideon,
    Your content is awesome but more than that you have a lovely manner on camera. Not hypey, not egotistical – just simple, engaging and warm, as well as informative.
    Well done, I think you’re an inspiration to more introverted marketers! :-)
    Laura

  32. [..YouTube..] Thanks for this ! Ive been trying to think about this very thing lately, I know I want a better camera so its more pleasant to watch, but Ive also noticed I forget to look into the camera as if I was talking to an actual person. Great advice! Going forward Im going to try to keep this in mind.

  33. [..YouTube..] check out my vids

  34. [..YouTube..] Give this man a gold Star, nice videos Gideon. thanks for the help

  35. [..YouTube..] please excuse my french, but this messg is fucking brilliant.

  36. [..YouTube..] /watch?v=SzsjVbYkAjE
    Secret glitch / room on Nuketown!!! Check it out and sub

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  38. this is much better on 100% sure you are getting more views, this video is also helpfull but this is also good : /watch?v=Gi9M_yPJVZE

    thumps up so you can help other peable getting what they want :)

  39. hmm… I Subscribe!! :D

  40. TheNoisyTonesTNT

    hmm… I Subscribe!! :D

  41. You make really great honest videos. I have been trying to figure out how to increase my online Youtube awareness. I would love to hear some feedback from you about my page and videos if you get the chance. Keep it up on your end, Thank You.

  42. [..YouTube..] this kinda sucks my @#%ls

  43. [..YouTube..] It’s a great point you make about the one-to-one nature of internet video. We don’t talk about that enough.

  44. great vid and tips

  45. pause at 00:12

  46. How do you expect us to get more views if you don’t get any!

  47. AliandJess1

    How do you expect us to get more views if you don’t get any!

  48. @AliandJess1 this is just my teaching channel – to see where I got over 10 million views, visit my other partner channel at freemagiclive

  49. Gideon Shalwick

    @AliandJess1 this is just my teaching channel – to see where I got over 10
    million views, visit my other partner channel at freemagiclive

  50. no one ever watches my videos :(

  51. @MCZombieKiller why?

  52. @AliandJess1 he obviously has 5,000 views. Last time i checked, thats a pretty big number.

  53. WahcoleAndEmery

    @AliandJess1 he obviously has 5,000 views. Last time i checked, thats a
    pretty big number.

  54. @wahcoleANDemery Who? You? I didn’t mean you don’t get any views I thought u meant like a million views you want us to get. But now I get it.

  55. @AliandJess1 alrighty then..:)

  56. HEY!my videos dont suck

  57. please check out my channel cenathon 123 and subscribe

  58. @AliandJess1 well when i started with my other channel
    (1makermovie) in the begin no vieuws but later it gets more and more
    now each day i get 12-15 vieuws an hour and i have like 7k views

  59. Thank you so much. I will be remembering that great tip.

  60. my videos only have like 2 views:(

  61. Thank you very much for take out the time to give us this tips your greatly appreciated

  62. [..YouTube..] this is such great advise…i’m a New fan of your youtube videos!!! Thank you

  63. Mary fahey

    this is such great advise…i’m a New fan of your youtube videos!!! Thank
    you

  64. [..YouTube..] @AliandJess1 Dude you just got owned, this guy has over 10 million views, just stfu…

  65. Ethan Jackman

    @AliandJess1 Dude you just got owned, this guy has over 10 million views,
    just stfu…

  66. [..YouTube..] @GuitaristEthan Huh? This is 6,000. Though I’m not against him.

  67. [..YouTube..] Cool, That’s great. Thanks man for helping! ;)

  68. [..YouTube..] that was concise.. ure the best!

  69. [..YouTube..] ofensive title

  70. on ma first day i had 16 channel views
    second day i had 32 channel views
    third day 242 channel views

    thats all im up to at the moment as I only made my account 3 days ago.

  71. [..YouTube..] @Strawsville Congrats – that is a great result!

  72. [..YouTube..] Oooo, thats’ great advise… to talk to one person only. It’s realy working. Thank you :)

  73. JaanaJ1

    Oooo, thats’ great advise… to talk to one person only. It’s realy
    working. Thank you :)

  74. everyone check out my videos

  75. [..YouTube..] but why all this for just youtube views?????it does not gain you anything

  76. COD5252

    but why all this for just youtube views?????it does not gain you anything

  77. [..YouTube..] how to get more views?easy..make a video on how to get more views..:)

  78. [..YouTube..] I really found this helpful

  79. [..YouTube..] what if there’s two people watching a video on one computer…..

  80. Stephen Zimmermann

    what if there’s two people watching a video on one computer…..

  81. [..YouTube..] watch?v=BV1HZoA8wbo

  82. [..YouTube..] @AliandJess1 actually he has quite some nice views on this channel ;O i can hardly get like 50 views on my videos and i work my ass off so 1 or 2 people can watch em…

  83. [..YouTube..] actually he has quite some nice views on this channel ;O i can hardly get like 50 views on my videos and i work my ass off so 1 or 2 people can watch em…

  84. [..YouTube..] i actually found this useful that is a point most of us forget so tnx alot for posting this vid =)

  85. [..YouTube..] Thank you for the tips.

  86. GoldDemonDragon

    the fact for me is, people make excelent videos ive seen great title, great
    discription, but only 20 views for a minecraft video i once saw, people
    diserve more

  87. [..YouTube..] the fact for me is, people make excelent videos ive seen great title, great discription, but only 20 views for a minecraft video i once saw, people diserve more

  88. [..YouTube..] sub ill sub back

  89. JerryCurlify

    I like your video, but my videos don’t suck!

  90. MsMizmia

    i just loaded my first youtube baby :) now it’s off into the world :’) go see my bebe video!!

  91. 19barcakid

    lol. like thatl hapen:P

  92. [..YouTube..] @JerryCurlify lol. like thatl hapen:P

  93. studenth1690

    porn

  94. MrRise17

    T – Stands for THANKS for reading this comment

    H stand for help becasue i need your views

    A – Stands for ANYBODY who gives me a view is helping

    N – Stands for letting NOTHING stop your dream — I’m a 17 year old rapper

    K – Stands for KEEPING this comment at the top with your likes hopefully

    Y – Stands for YOUTUBE which is the area I need your help

    O – Stands for ONLY you can help my dream come true

    U – Stands for I UNDERSTAND if you don’t

  95. XBLspartanx170

    the views are OVER 9000!!!!

  96. ronniekyo

    I’m making a video for furries.

  97. ronniekyo

    Thats was the best view on youtube ever.

  98. marioblasalegria

    Thank you i learned alot i want my audience to give me more views thanks

  99. kiljunen2

    thanks GideonShalwick. + i try to get views to my “How to do somersault in a limo” -video :DDD

  100. T T
     _

  101. VloggingVirus

    T T
    _

  102. holly james

    NEW CHANNEL, just started out pleaaase check me out you wont be disapointed

  103. [..YouTube..] NEW CHANNEL, just started out pleaaase check me out you wont be disapointed

  104. yak6ex

    Thanks for the post.

  105. gamefreak561

    Hey guys Please look at my channel. If ya like Pokemon, Megaman, Sonic, Mario, or anything Ill try to do a walkthrough and maby even let you viewers choose my next walkthorugh. If ya wana be friends thats fine or add me as contact, or even just have a little chat. Sadly there is no commentary but ill do it soon maby about a month or two. Ill only do GBA or DS walkthrough for now until I have the material to make Xbox 360 Vids. So guys give look at my channel and sub and Msg me on what you think.

  106. Zaid BeFunny

    true story bro :)

  107. xChRxOxNiC420

    goon

  108. reeseandclaireshow

    heyy i need so truthful feedback about my videos could u guys maybe check out my channel?? AND SUBBED thank u

  109. heyy i need so truthful feedback about my videos could u guys maybe check out my channel?? AND SUBBED thank u

  110. heyy i need so truthful feedback about my videos could u guys maybe check out my channel?? AND SUBBED thank u

  111. KarateEmptyHand

    Was your Prof from South Africa?

  112. Patrik Instedt

    Thanks. Great tips.

  113. garu8193

    your such a bore to listened to

  114. garu8193

    I dont care if you got 50 million views, your still an english bore mate !!!

  115. StopMotionNeal

    Thanks!

  116. [..YouTube..] great video, and great advice.
    thanks.

  117. janet hussain

    great video, and great advice.
    thanks.

  118. FlamingFlame11

    Thank You!!

  119. ROBwithaB

    freemagiclive
    “This account has been suspended due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams and commercially deceptive content.”

    Hmmm…..

  120. GideonShalwick

    yup – unfortunately that one got deleted after my involvement with it. I helped set it up for the first year or so, and then it was run by someone else. Not sure what happened after I left… but yes it was rather unfortunate.

  121. GideonShalwick

    Uhm… that should read… the FreeMagicLive channel did NOT get deleted because of the work that I did on it. It was deleted after I left, and someone else was managing it at the time. Hope that’s clear :)

  122. Fuzz4Ever17

    ur south african right?

  123. XxRawradimoxX

    lol by looking at this title its a little offensive.

  124. TheIntertainmentMan

    Hey Everyone, i make great videos and im trying to get more subscribers and views. Check out my channel i make all sorts of videos that you may like. So check out my channel

  125. CacRSgaming

    nice video , thank you :)

  126. CandeeCoatedGlam

    Hey decided to try to get my viewers and subbies up! Will start making weekly vids ;) view, suggest & sub & ill sub back!

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    Please check out my channel? I put quite a lot of effort into my videos! ;D Subscribe if you like them… It means a lot to me and tells me I’m doing something right xD

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  131. Codie Tawhai

    I don’t like your nose

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    I like your videos!!!

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    You just so easy and pleasure to listen!!!! Thank you…:))

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    Ill make you a free YouTube Background and or Logo if you have over 100 subscribers and get at least 200 views on mostly every video.

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    Sub to me I’ll sub to you

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  145. KindKidProductions

    Thanks it was a lot of help!!!!

  146. Mazon99

    Thanks, good advice!

  147. Sean Taylor

    why is every1 spamming this vid

  148. acr4wayne

    Thanks for this advice :-)

  149. Flynn01582

    Thank you that will hopefully help

  150. WaqarTV

    Hey guys, I’ve been posting quite a bit recently and some good videos too, I was wondering if people could give me some feedback on my videos by maybe commenting

  151. Football Picks

    honestly, i think its nice that you care about what your old professor said
    but really i think you are giving to much credit to him.

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