So I released my first Youtube video last night at around 10.30pm (UK time). It’s titled “4 Signs You’re About To Be a Victim Of Manipulation – Secrets of The World’s Greatest Con Artists”. By the time I woke up I had over a 1,500 views – all organic by the way!
I put my heart and soul into the video. But let’s be honest it’s not a very good one. I’m nervous during it, I ramble a lot, the examples suck, some of my jokes are forced – and it’s just missing that X-factor which makes a good video.
I knew all of this when I released it. I thought many times of re-doing the whole thing. I even did one time! But in the end I said ‘fuck it’ and put it out. This is an important trait. The willingness to put something out even though you know it’s not great.
You see it’s impossible to become great at anything right off the bat – you will always improve – and public feedback is a vital part.
- Building a business – your failed sales attempts and wasted advertising $ or £s are guiding you towards that Scrooge Mcduck vault of money you dream about.
- Wanna sex it up with beautiful girls? – the blowouts, rejections, and screw-ups will slowly hone you into a ladykiller
- Aim to be the most magnetic guy in the room – those awkward embarrassing moments are what’ll get you there.
So I released the video, promoted it, and went straight to the feedback. Some of it was brutal:
What People Thought Of My Video (Hint: A Lot Thought It Sucked)
Here’s what a few people said about my video when I promoted it on other sites – it isn’t pretty:
User A: Seriously who the fuck is voting this?
User B: “Side splittingly hilarious” [Admittedly I put that into the title to try get views]
Dude can barely speak English.
User C: can’t you just list those 4 damn things, that video is total shit from the 1st second
User D: I very much doubt a master of social engineering would not be aware of how to target an audience properly and how such juvenile humour would come across. That he has unwittingly made me question his credentials is itself reason enough for me to skip his video entirely. I’m sure his information is neither novel nor well presented.
User E: No, sorry, he’s describing a 74 year old’s cock. Can’t take any of this seriously.
User F: I wouldn’t consider you a thicko. Just that the author is a bit inelegant with his information. Considering how hard he is selling his own website, it screams unprofessional and untrustworthy.
How I felt
Here’s a particularly brutal thread:
User 1: What were the 4 things? [in reference to the 4 signs of manipulation title of my video]
User 2: Don’t know, i gave up on the video once i realized it was a waste of time (around 2:30 in)
User 3: Lol fair enough – I was trying to avoid sitting through it at all!
User 4: Come on, somebody should take one for the team.
Dan Kennedy’s #1 Trait Of Successful Entrepreneurs
Dan Kennedy – who I believe to be one of the smartest people to have walked this earth – say that one trait which virtually every successful person has is the following:
Immunity To Criticism
Dan says you pretty much can’t be successful in anything worthwhile if you’re over-sensitive to criticism. Money, girls, charisma – anything.
I know this. I released the video knowing this. But man, when you put hours into a video and release it, it does hurt. I was hoping after all to be loved and adored. I went to bed with my fingers crossed, hoping when I awoke to be revered as the internet’s new overnight star. Maybe they’d make a meme about me! But I awoke to the comments above. Bummer!
I’ve always thought of myself as pretty immune to criticism, but I’m not 100% there. I’m trying to put a piece of myself into my writings and videos. And I know they’ll be more criticism ahead. It’s going to test me, but I know it’ll help improve my immunity to criticism.
My Immunity To Criticism Now
I think there’s a few good points which came from the criticism. It’s always important to take these with a pinch of salt – some of these guys are bitter morons, but not all of them. Here’s what I think I can improve:
Point: A few have said my humour is juvenile and wrecks my credibility to the point they don’t want to listen to what I have to say.
My thought: I’m leaving the humour in. Without it, what’s the point of doing this – I feel it separates me. But admittedly I was over-trying to be funny, which usually leads to the opposite. But I feel I’ll calibrate to this naturally as time passes.
The fact my humour is coming off clownish to the point it fucks my credibility on the topic isn’t good – not sure how I’ll sort that just yet. I reckon I’ll do a few more videos, and if I keep getting the same response I’ll have to take action.
Point: Some comments were made that I’m over-selling my website. And people aren’t liking it, instead finding it pushy and unprofessional.
My thought: Urghh. This is the problem. People hate promotion to some degree in any way. But it’s necessary to promote otherwise no one does what you want them to. My goal is grow this website of mine. After all it’s my dream to run a radio station free from today’s politically correct faggotry free from any personality or heart. If I can’t grow my website, what hope do I have of anything bigger? I’m going to keep promoting – but who knows, maybe I’ll change how I do it later on…
- I got over 1,500 organic views to my video in 11 hours on my first ever video. That’s fucking good promotion!
- Despite the comments on how shitty I came off, how crap my humour was, and how bad my credibility is – there was a clear curiousity to know the 4 signs of manipulation my video is referring to. This is a great testimonial to how good my headline writing is.
- I got 15 likes and 5 dislike on my video. Not a great ratio, but my content is aimed to polarise. Now admittedly 2 of those likes are from me. But the fact I got 13 likes is a good thing. We humans give so much weight to the negatives, that we almost forget the good things*.
- I got 3 subscribers to my channel! Pretty sure that’s not great when you consider the number of views, but hey that’s 3 more than I had this time yesterday. Rome wasn’t built in a day
Obviously it’s too early to know how to adjust just yet. I need more feedback. And admittedly the fact I didn’t get one comment on my youtube video itself means it’s likely it’s not engaging the audience that much. Let’s see how things develop.
It’s been emotionally draining, but I’m extremely proud of myself for putting the video out. And I’ll keep going.
Expect the videos to only get better. And expect my view and subscriber counts to increase.
I’ll leave you with a quote from one of most stoic men of the past century – The Terminator:
“I’ll be back!”
Wise words from Socrates – I mean the Terminator
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