I used smoke stock footage from here: videocopilot.net /blog/2011/12/new-tutorial-and-free-stock-footage/ (sorry can't post proper link)Thanks for the link! I downloaded few already
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I think they also might be whom I call "quick learners". You are right about the audience. I noticed for kids channels, unless you are very big, only about 5% of subscribers would watch videos in the first 2 days. Not sure if the same for non-kids niche.I'm going to try tags on tonight's video, very interested to see the results! But it's hard to tell without proper A/B testing if any traffic is due to what, there are just so many factors involved.
Yep true about the lights. Probably not so much the lights, but their shooting technique is good, definitely not a first video (if I compare to my first one, or some other first ones I've seen). Of course the guys can also have experience just with normal home movies or some other projects which greatly diminishes the learning curve.
Yep consistency and keyword concentration are key until you build your audience over a certain tipping point. At that time, they will watch even if you go off trend or do your own stuff. EmilyTube and ToysToSee are great example, no matter what they do they have an audience.