When you love singing, one of the best ways for you to get some exposure is YouTube

Please read this post on how I got allot of views on my YouTube video and why I deleted it up to the end, it might help you allot!

My video I uploaded:

My own personal video I uploaded was “soos die branders” which is a song in Afrikaans that I wrote myself. The music was done by someone else, because I cannot play any musical instruments. I wrote the song and with the recording the song was recorded first, then he created a ghost track on which I had to go practice and afterwards we recorded the complete song with the music. The person who did the music also did the mastering of the song (and I paid allot of money for it). You can read more about how I edited the video on http://all-about-life-tips.com/building-best-videos/ – there I explain which program I used to make the video, which was according to me, very good for a non-professional. I was very proud of my song, because it was the first song I wrote myself and I was proud of my video, because it took me a long time to do it and I did not have one part where my mouth did not move according to the song, even though I did the sound and video separately. Naturally, after doing all this work, I uploaded my song on YouTube for the world to see and share in my joy because of this first work I created. I was very excited.

How I got allot of views on my YouTube video

Every day I went to check the stats of my video and it burned like wild fire, within a week there was over 500 views on the video. How did I do it? Below my video in the comments, I wrote “If you like this, please like and share with your friends”. After my video was completely uploaded to YouTube, I went to the share button and shared this video which I was so proud of to facebook, twitter, google+, blogger, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

YouTube how to share video

share your video on social media

After I closed YouTube, I signed into my Facebook account and because I shared the video, it was on my wall. Here I re-shared it on my best friends’ timelines. There I also wrote, if you like my video, please share. (Some of my friends have over 1000 friends, so you can imagine how many people saw it on Facebook.) So you can see, I was very proud of this video and wanted to share it with everybody and that I did.

Why I deleted my YouTube video (and all the others I had on)

After about 3 weeks (sorry, I can’t remember the exact time span) I already had allot of views and I was excited, but then a negative comment came in. This was the only comment on the video at that stage. At first there was only one and I reported it as “abusive”. This comment was in Afrikaans, but translated it said: “I registered to YouTube just to tell you that this is the s*&@#$#@ (with the real swear word in) song I ever heard” As you can imagine, I felt very sad and did not quite know what to make of it, because according to me, the video was doing well. I could not help thinking that it was someone who was jealous of me, because as you  might have guessed – this comment did not have a picture. In my innocence I left a comment on my Facebook page with a link to the video asking those who liked it to please give me a thumbs up, because I got this negative comment and don’t know what to make of it. Naturally, some of my friends sent me private messages of support and some of my friends who are registered to YouTube gave me a thumbs up. At a later stage, I got another negative comment and then I re-shared my video on Google+ with the question “is my video really as bad as the person said?” This person, also faceless and nameless said “honestly, you cannot sing and you must rather take up painting.”  (I shared this because I was still proud of this video and could not think why someone could be so ugly) Boy oh boy, I should not have done that. I can take supportive comments like I should do something different with the video or the sound is not that good, but some people got really – really ugly. The most ugly ones, I also reported as “abuse” and then YouTube added a feature to approve or delete comments, but I could still see these comments. Some of them really broke my heart and I could not take it any more – I was a victim of online bullying. They started leaving negative comments on my other videos as well. Someone sent me a private message telling me that the negative comments was because someone with a very bad destructive website that likes to make a fool of allot of people put my video on his website.  (I’d rather not share the link to that website with you, but what I can tell you is that he lives in South Africa) One guy even wrote a “poem” for me it was very long and I can’t remember half of it, but what I can remember is that in his poem he mentioned that I make him want to vomit and I should definitely stop singing. Some people even attacked my family saying that they must be deaf and I must get another person to do my video, my husband does not know what he is doing. The more comments I read, the more I cried, because singing is my life and the only talent God has given me – I can’t paint. Some guy even left a comment that I should take a look at his video and when I listened to his song I heard more than once where he was off key, but I did not tell him that, I knew exactly how bad it felt when people left these comments, so I would not do it to anyone else. You won’t believe the thoughts that went through my mind, I even thought that if I can’t sing, I would rather die (kill myself), because singing is my life.

How I feel these days

Personally I am still hurt when I think of all the things the people said, but I think I reacted a bit quick to delete my videos, but at that stage I was so hurt that for me it was the only solution. For days I did not want to go to town, because I felt what if someone recognized me and I could not look people in the eyes. I did not even tell my family until about 2 weeks later. I even thought that I must stop singing, but then I realized that I would not be in the top 20 in a singing school of over 50 students if I could not sing. I realize now that the people who are so ugly has a problem with themselves and they want to hurt others for them to feel better.

What I learned and want you to learn

If you are brave enough to put videos on YouTube, you must be able to handle negative comments as well – you must please just not think that it is you – some people are just very sad and hurt on the inside and they want to hurt others. If you want to put a video on YouTube, apparently times have changed – YouTube is not for personal home type videos any more, it is for high quality professional type videos. Please let me know if I’m wrong by leaving a comment below. Afterwards I saw that even some of the best most awesome musicians get negative comments, I think that is how these people operate.

If you have a YouTube video you want to delete:

If you have a YouTube video that you want to delete, it is easy to do: You right click with your mouse on the video you wish to delete and choose the option to delete, but if you want to do it, remember: YOU MUST BE CERTAIN THAT YOU WANT TO DELETE YOUR YOUTUBE VIDEO, BECAUSE IF YOU DECIDE LATER ON THAT YOU WANT TO PUT IT BACK ON, YOUR STATS START AT ZERO AGAIN.

 I wish you the best of luck in building your singing career and pray from the bottom of my heart that you will be strong and make a huge success of your singing career.

PS: Sorry to those people, I will never stop singing and personally I think they never even tried!!!

Live your dream – publish your music

Did you know it is possible to Live your dream and publish your music:

This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.

I know that when singing is what you want to do and it is your LIFE, then you dream of publishing and selling your music, but how do you get the big publishing houses to like you and where do you start searching for the one who will like your particular type of music? Well, you can stop dreaming and start publishing your music.

Yes, it is possible for you to start living your dream and publish your music in a professional manner with the help of TuneCore.

The basics:

If you are an artist, creating your own music and writing your own songs, your obvious next step will be to publish your music for the world to hear and buy.

You want to make money from living your dream.

Please remember: you must write your own music, not copy music from other people.

TuneCore is the premier digital music distributor and publishing administrator for musicians worldwide.

The results:

Take a look at the Infographic supplied by TuneCore below, if you click on it, you will go directly to Tunecore’s website where you will find all the information you need to be able to publish your own music. Now if this is not living your dream, I don’t know.

TuneCore infographic

TuneCore infographic

About TuneCore:

Like I mentioned earlier: TuneCore is the premier digital music distributor and publishing administrator for musicians worldwide.

Don’t think that you are not a famous musician yet, take a look at the awesome services they provide.

You can have your music mastered by the professionals to make it sound like the professionals’ music you hear everywhere.

There prices are affordable. I’ve paid for mastering of some of my music and believe me, their prices are great in comparison to what you pay “non-professionals”.

Your music must already be recorded and you send them your copy to master.

Already have your master and you are happy with it, see how you can publish your music through them and make money.

Make money with your YouTube uploads, let TuneCore help you.

Get a publishing deal.

They sell and advertise your music and you collect the money.

Radio airplay: Get guaranteed online radio airplay to millions of listeners who like your style of music.

Take a look, there are millions of reasons to join TuneCore, but the most important is that they will help you live your dream of singing.

Deep down, from inside my heart, I wish you the best of luck in living your dream and believe that TuneCore will help you to do it.

Was this post helpful? Do you believe again that it is possible for you to live your dream of singing?

In my next post, I will share with you why I deleted all my YouTube Video’s, especially the one that got over 3000 views in 2 months and I will share with you how I got so many views so be sure to stay tuned.

The only reason we may fail

When we give up on our dream it is the only reason we may fail.

The obstacles

When you dream, especially of singing, there are allot of mountains to climb.

There are negative situations or negative people that just don’t want you to make it, but it is what you do with this that depends on what your future will hold.

When you dream of singing, you must get out there and put yourself on the line, otherwise you will just eventually give up and decide that you are not going anywhere.

In the past, I participated in allot of competitions and later on decided that I don’t want to put myself through that anymore, because when you don’t make it through to the next round, you feel unworthy and as if you cannot sing.

The most important thing is not to let these situations get to you.

You must persevere and continue. You must stand strong and NOT let these things make you feel unworthy. You must keep living your dream.

You must remember that no one else is going to give you a push, you must get out there and you must live-it.

You must decide for yourself that no matter what who says, I am going to do what I want to and I am going to live my dream.

Don’t let negative critism make you feel unworthy and just give up.

When dreams become reality

You must grab every situation that comes your way, don’t let anything hold you back.

Decide in your mind that you are good enough to make it and take the necessary steps to get there.

Don’t wait for people to ask you to go sing somewhere, go see people and ask if you can sing there. If they listen to you and say you are not good enough, don’t make it personal. Move on to the next place.

Take small steps at a time, don’t try to jump to the top, everybody has to start at the bottom. Most of the celebs didn’t just get there, they also went through this. Just take Justin Bieber for instance, they told him that he was not good enough. Someone “found” him and look where he is today. He is completely living it.

Although you dream in your mind that you stand in front of a huge crowd of people, singing as they cheer you on, this is not where you start. You start in the small places. You might even start with family and friends. Sing to them and listen to their comments. If it is negative comments, think about it – evaluate yourself and think realistic – maybe they might be right and there are some things you must change. Try to change them and sing to the family again. If they think you did well, move on.

Go to a small place like a restaurant or café where they allow people to perform. Ask them to listen to you and if you can sing there.

singing

Singing at SideWalk, which is a small restaurant.

Do it for a while, enjoy the moments you sing and evaluate your audience. See what songs they like when you sing them and what they don’t really respond to. When you know what the audience likes, you can sing more of those kind of songs.

When you move on to another place, the audience might be different, so you must evaluate them again.

As you get more and more exposure, you will gain more confidence. You will move on and who knows, while you are singing in a small restaurant, someone who has influence might hear you.

Remember that the only reason you may fail is because you give up. Don’t let other people let you give up.

My song

A long time ago, I mentioned that I will share my song as soon as I put it on,

I know that I don’t post here much anymore, because I bought my domain name and hosting, but like I said, a long time ago I mentioned that I will share my own song that I wrote myself here, so here it is:

I would like to ask the people reading this that you will please give me a thumbs up (if you like it). Allot of people who looked at it did not vote at all and if you have a blog where you post video material as well, you will know exactly how important those thumbs up are.

If you don’t like it, I will appreciate it if you would maybe just keep quiet (I hope that is not asking too much) but I had someone who left a comment saying that this is the sh*@#$ song he ever heard and that I must stop singing. If you are singing or want to be a singer, believe me, you can do without that kind of negative abuse.

I would actually like to ask those people (but for some or the other reason they remain anonymous) if they’ve tried anything “out of the box” in their lives and it failed, now they want to let everybody feel bad.

Hope you enjoy the song and thank you to those supporting me.