Now I don’t pretend to have THE definitive secret to being popular on YouTube.  If I did, then my own channel would be extremely popular and I would be a YouTube partner and earning money from my videos.

As it is I’m still working on it and I figure that I’m doing something right because I’m gaining more subscribers every day.  Three days ago I hit the 400 subscriber mark and as of this morning there are 454.  54 new subscribers in three days tells me I must be doing something right and that someday mine won’t be one of those channels that hardly anyone has ever heard of.

I must admit that one of the things that bugs me sometimes about YouTube is that some of the most popular people on there are young kids that look like they should still be more concerned with getting their next order of peonexin than what they are going to do for their next video that will likely be seen by over a million people.

One of the things that I have been doing is to watch some of the more successful YouTubers and pay attention to how they do things.  One example is RayWilliamJohnson, who as of this morning has 1,353,516 subscribers!  His channel is also the fourth most viewed on YouTube this month, He’s got to be doing something right.

I figure that if he’s got that many subscribers, then he’s somebody to watch and learn from.  Don’t get me wrong, I have no intention of copying him.  Ok, I did do a parody of his “Equals Three” show which I called “Equals Pie“, but I don’t need to copy him normally.

His show did influence my vlogs to a degree.  After that parody I adopted the name “Equals Pi” (as in the number Pi, 3.142859…) and an element of style or two but my channel remains distinctly mine.  Oh, and that parody, It’s one of my best performing videos with over 12,000 views.  Yeah, I know that a big part of it is because when people look for parodies or episodes of =3, my parody will often show up in the search results and people frequently look at it out of curiosity.

I also think that parody isn’t quite understood by Ray’s regular audience because of some of the shall we say, impolite and / or unflattering, comments that people leave on it.

This video, his most recent as of this writing, is a typical example of what he does.  Basically he reviews viral videos and throws in some “colorful” comments.  He has fun with it and the people whose videos he’s reviewing get exposure and video views out of the deal as well from his featuring their videos because he puts links to the videos he’s reviewing in the description for his video.

By the way, the ninja bear is totally cool.

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