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How To Make Your Own Viral Video

Updated on October 25, 2014

How To Make A Viral Video!


Everyday, viral videos are watched by millions of people! Everyone dreams of being able to make a video that will skyrocket them to internet fame. If you happen to have that popular video monetized, on Youtube, then you stand to gain a nice amount of money from all the views, not to mention, all the attention.

In this article I will bring up some key points & elements about viral videos and what makes them such a hit and how you could possibly go about making one of your very own. I came up with a nice formula for what genres exist on what makes them special and what path, or ways, you might want to choose when trying to make yours.

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Everyone loves watching Viral Videos! They hope, that someday, they will have one of their own, make it to center stage.

Just think of it.....A video that's yours! Everyone's talking about it, watching it, sending it to others....It's spreading like wildfire! How awesome would that be!

Also, at the end of this page I've added some videos I've put together that may or may not be epic! The views are climbing for my videos but as of yet, I don't have one of those instant sensations, that catapults to the top of the cake in no time at all. Sometimes when you make a video, it can take awhile before it goes viral, sometimes you just have to sit and wait for it to be passed around like a serving tray full of delicious goodies.

What Are Viral Videos? What Makes Them HUGE? What Can I Do To Make One? - The Key Elements & Reasons For Viral Videos

Simply put, Viral Videos are a Phenomenon!

Each viral video has it's own reason for being famous. These reasons are pretty simple and I've made them into an acronym.....

The F.A.C.E.S. of a Smash Hit, Viral Video Are:

F. is For Funny, Very Funny.

Viral Videos that are hilarious & make it so you can't stop laughing and you've got to show someone else this gold! Funny because something ridiculous happened or someone was acting ridiculous. Either way, it struck a chord in your laughing mechanics.

F. is Also For Fail. Fail videos are ones in which something disastrous happens. Whether it be an accident of physical proportions(crash & bangs)or a video about something not exactly going the way it should have. Maybe, even a person thinking they can do something that they can't. Either way, Fail Videos are a big deal on the web.

A. is For Awesome, Amazing & Awww

A video showing something that is just so amazing that you're in Awe! Explosions! Talent up the Wahzoo! You get the Idea. Maybe even a video that girls will find cute and say Awwww.

Kittehs! Cuddles & Schmoopies! hahaha

C. is For Cool & Crazy.

The Cool factor is pretty much the same explanation as Awesome & Amazing but not in the sense of explosions & it's more refined/shaped, like the saying "That's So Cool!"

Someone playing an awesome song on a piano, a cool gadget, a nice piece of work.

Crazy would be something that happened a certain way that you're like "Holy Cow, That's Crazy!" Some freak accident or even a controlled subject working perfectly. The Wow factor!

E. is For Entertainment & Educational.

An absolutely entertaining video with all the elements, a music video with all the perks. Pretty much any video that has great value and substance, deeming it entertaining to watch and keeps you invested in it, throughout or for a good amount of the time.

Educational videos are another highly viewed genre of viral videos. Whether it's needing to know how to tie a tie or learning to finally play that guitar or piano you bought, the internet has you covered!

S. is For Shocking, Suspense & Sex Appeal!

Shock & Awe! You can't watch it but you can't look away. Your jaw has dropped to the floor, you can't believe that just happened.

Suspenseful Anticipation in it's truest form. Will the person or subject make it out of the woods and into the clearing, away from the danger.

You have to see what happens, the ending to this climax is crucial! Until you get that closure, you're on the edge of your seat and unrelaxed, working towards being relaxed as your mind races ahead, to scout what might be coming or the possible ending.

Sex Appeal! Sex Sells! Scantily clad or just plain beautiful girls talking about anything under the sun, will always be a sought after video by guys. Gotta Love Eye Candy!

Those are the reasons for Viral Video Success!

Which Is Better?

What Type of Video's Do You Like Watching More?

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Some Ideas, On How To Get Your Own Golden Footage

How Can I Make A Viral Video?

One of the key ways to get some video captured gold, that might be Viral some day, is to always have a video camera with you. Thankfully, almost all phones have video function nowadays, but if the subject, of your recording goes long, then you'll run out of memory space on your phone and the video will end.

A lot of viral video happenings, start & end rather quickly. But you just never know if it could be a long drawn out situation that might warrant a long interview from a news company or maybe a morning talk show that pays pretty nicely for your content, participation & time.

Camera Ideas

Some webcam ideas to get you started on making viral videos.....

Start Making Your Viral Video Today!

Security & Web Camera Viral Footage

A Great Way To Make A Viral Video

Security cameras are a sure way of catching something that could end up being worthy of attention. Most of the security camera recordings will hold nothing of value but at least it's on, in case something does happen. Or just put a webcam in your window & if you happen to live near, or, on a busy street then that would be a great setup. Car accidents are an unavoidable statistic that constantly happen. Widely populated areas bring in a lot of diverse groups & types of people. Unpredictable elements are a plus.

Here's an article I wrote, it's an easy & affordable way on how to make your own security camera system:

How To Make Your Own Security Camera System With A Computer & Webcams

Info On Making Money Off Viral Videos & Online In General - Ways To Make Money Off Your Possible Viral Video

If you're interested in making money online, by way of viral videos, here are some books to help you.......

What Should You Do, Once You Have A Possible Viral Video?

I Have A Possible Viral Video, What Should I Do?

When you have, or before you have, a possible video that might get hits/views.....You should make a blog and a Youtube page, and get some ads on there.

Google Adsense for Youtube &/or your blog, or a different ads company for your blog.

There are also, other websites that will pay you for your content, or they will offer to buy your video from you for a lump sum(which means they own it) or just pay you so they can use it, but you own the video.

One of those websites is Break.com

So keep taking videos with your cameras and you never know, you may just capture some golden footage or be the next viral video, internet sensation.

*Next Up Are Some Videos I've Captured On My Security Cameras, That May or May Not Be Worthy of Viral Video or Even Attention/Notice Status

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Bike Crash

Automobile crashes or near misses can be viral worthy. Even Bike crashes.

Road Construction/Paving Time Lapse

Time Lapse videos, with some great music & entertainment value, can be worthy of Viral Fame.

Snowfall Time Lapse Video

Another one of my time lapse videos.

Sky/Clouds Time Lapse

One more cool time lapse video I made.

Ladder Fail

Fail videos are big climbers. Here's an example of a Fail video.

Cars Sliding On Icy & Snowy Roads

Rough weather conditions caught on camera are always watched by a lot of people. Those videos are highly Viral with many hits/views accumulated.

Drunk Driving On The Sidewalk

Recording someone who is acting recklessly, can make that video climb to Viral Video status. Watching a moron, with arrogant disregard, wander aimlessly through dangerous pitfalls can easily gather high volume traffic online.

Summer!!!

Are You Going Anywhere This Summer?

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Have you ever tried making a viral video? Do you currently have videos with alot of views? - Drop me a line if this was helpful....

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Very nice and useful lens, thanks for sharing!

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      chft55 lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens, I really liked it. A math teacher at my school made a video of him teaching his cat to hug, which got a lot of views really quickly, surprising all of us. It was pretty funny actually.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @Zebedee32: Thank you for the praise! I'm glad you liked the article! Give it a try to see how it works out. Best Wishes!

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      I would to make one in the future. There are some fantastic videos here. You make great lenses. Thanks for sharing.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: If you come up with a good idea or even one that you're not sure or, or even one that's bad.....you never know it could just turn into viral gold. Take a chance and I wish you the best of luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm hovering on the sidelines of video at the moment. I know it is a great move to promote business. This lens really helps summarise key points to capture to make your video hit the mark.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @InSearchOf LM: Yeah, like I told someone before, you never know, your video(s) could go viral. It's worth it to give it a try. Even Vlogging(Video blogging), you could get fans that like hearing what you have to talk about and your opinions on current situations, world topics or even personal topics. Best Wishes In Whatever You Do!

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      InSearchOf LM 5 years ago

      I've never tried it, but think it would be great if I did one that went viral.

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      Keith Winter 5 years ago from Spain

      Great Lens. Loved the example videos.

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      Great tips on how to make a viral video.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Loved this lens....it was indeed helpful. Thanmks for sharing it!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks for checking it all out & enjoying them. None of my videos are at viral video status but they're enjoyable to watch. Best Wishes!

      btw, has anyone ever told you that you look like Terri Garr?

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      chairmann3 5 years ago

      I'm about to make some videos for youtube to drive traffic to my site. do you know of a program to use to blast the video to all the video sites ?

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Really enjoyed your video examples.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @chairmann3: I don't believe there is a program that lets you send all the videos to every video site. If there is then i don't know it or don't remember it. I think you would have to go to every video site to upload the video. Also there might be copyright problems for uploading the same video to all of the video sites. You're best bet is to just upload to one site like youtube and then promote the videos by writing about it on your blog or website or Squidoo and forums that cover that specific topic. So write an article about the topic and then put the video link in there. Also, depending on what topic it's about and whether people want to see the videos, they might find the videos through youtube as well and it could start climbing that way too.

      Try a google search for " list of all the video sites " and those links might help you choose which sites you might want to use, more or less. I hope i could help! Best Wishes & Good Luck! If you have any more questions please feel free to ask.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yeah, viral videos are short in the sense of the golden part. Some videos can go on longer if the key part keeps continuing. The before and after elements could also be viewed longer as well. Everyone's different though, some people check out the entire video, others just watch the climax and then move on. On youtube(i think just for your own personal videos) you can view the "analytics" for each video and see the "audience retention" which shows at what point people stop watching the video and move on. It shows the steady decline of where people end it. Very interesting stuff!

      Thanks for checking out my article. Give it a shot, you never know! Best Wishes!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I appreciate the information, I am just learning about videos and how they help with marketing. I hadn't thought about a viral video - it looks like they are usually short - I like that. Thanks.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @UKGhostwriter: Another cool thing about viral videos.....if you try to make one and it turns out really bad! That video could make it viral too! lol So it's a win win situation. The only thing we have to lose is time, if we try to make one. Thanks for checking out my lens and enjoying it. Best Wishes!

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      I'm toying with the idea!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks! Squidoo is a great place! I'm loving these waters. I'm having a lot of fun and continually growing with each lens i read and make. Thanks for the comment and praise! Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @soaringsis: You can do it! Everything takes time, so just take it one thing at a time. Thanks for checking out my lens and enjoying it. Best Wishes!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      I am more of an audience for the videos--love to watch the funny ones -- nice info :>)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice enthusiastic lens! Yes, sometimes it's hard to predict what it is about some videos that makes them go viral, but in general, as in all advertising mediums, it's never about the "product" and always about satisfying a need or want. Welcome to Squidoo, by the way. Looks like you are already having fun!!!!

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Just staring today. I have a long ways to go.Great info. Thanks for sharing.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @MartieG: Yeah i love a good funny video too. "Laughter is the best medicine" Thanks for checking out my lens and enjoying it! Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You can do it! Hopefully some part of this lens sparked an idea in your creative center and you make a great video! Best Wishes & Continued Success!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @googlesniperfreetraffic: I'm glad i could help. I hope it works out! Thanks for checking out my lens. Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @SailingPassion LM: Yeah, hopefully it helped you think of an area to start one in. Best Wishes & Much Success!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @MillBucks: Cool! I hope it all works out for you and you get a lot of views. Go for it! You never know! Thanks for stopping by and linking my lens!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @mojoCNYartist: Congrats on that! Getting noticed by the original makers of something that you were highlighting. That's a good avenue of getting a video viral, finding the fans of that genre and getting it noticed. Thanks for stopping by and sharing an idea on how to possibly get a video viral. Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @Thrinsdream: Promotional content could easily climb in views. It could even climb faster than average videos because it's about a business subject. I wish you nothing but the best! Thank you for taking the time to read my lens(es) and enjoying them! That's my idea for the lenses, to hopefully inspire or help someone, in an area, that i can hopefully help out in.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @lclchors: As time goes by it will continue to climb. Eventually from all the views and the age it will have a high number and be added to the top lists of having a lot of views. I hope you get some big numbers. Thanks for checking out my lens(es) and the blessings! ():o) <---angel face, lol

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @pawpaw911: Same here, I don't have any videos that have high enough numbers, to deem them viral videos. The cool thing is, that it's one of those, "you never know" situations. Videos that aren't getting much attention or views could quickly change and start getting hammered with views. Like the epidemic that viral videos are, it can take some time or explode right out of the box. Thanks for checking out my lens and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Best Wishes!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @Michey LM: Yeah, viral videos are, without a doubt, a big deal in the scheme of pop culture and business/money making. Thanks for checking out my lens & the praise! Best Wishes!

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      Dan 5 years ago from CNY

      I made a video review of a fail cartoon series, and the creator put the link on their twitter so that fantards spammed it.

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      My videos are promotional content, but, I did enjoy your article and yes it was helpful.

      With thanks and appreciation. Cathi

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      1000 or so but nothing viral

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      It would be pretty cool to have one go viral. I have some videos, but none are even close to getting tons of views.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Viral Video is essential in Internet marketing... for driving traffic.

      Great lens

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Not yet but I sure am going for it soon!

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      SailingPassion LM 5 years ago

      Would like to be able to make one viral, so thanks for this :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I would like to do this.

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      googlesniperfreetraffic 5 years ago

      This has given me some good ideas and tips thanks

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @markadamdouglass: yeah, i hear ya. Thanks for checking out & appreciating my lens.

      btw, has anyone ever told you, that you looked like Simon Pegg, the actor?

      Maybe you could use a british accent(if you don't already have one) and do a funny parody of him. That could possibly be viral lol

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      markadamdouglass 5 years ago

      No. But I would like to.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan! People have been commenting to me about liking the FACES acronym. Easy to remember things like that are helpful. I love learning devices. Acronyms, Mnemonic devices, etc.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I haven't, and I don't, but I enjoyed reading this. FACES. I'll remember that!