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Youtube remains one of the most popular platforms for self-realization as a blogger. It is a vast base for billions of videos that cover every topic in the world. Even so, there still room for new personalities on this network. It is obvious that you are here because you want to know more about how to become popular on YouTube. And we are happy to give you the knowledge!
First of all, you must understand that one of the most important metrics that you may be concerned about is the number of views that you get. So, in this article, we would like to highlight the most effective strategies to use if you want to get more views on YouTube without paying too much. Let’s get a closer look!
This is quite a controversial method, but if use it properly, the result will be in your favor. Paid services work effectively for giving your channel a jumpstart. Because of the big crowd of bloggers occupying every niche, it can be hard to squeeze in between folks who started their channels a while ago. So purchases have to serve one goal – bring you out in the spotlight, where occasional users will notice you. For beginners, it is also a method to create a base for their future community. Besides, nowadays you can choose a trustworthy service and enjoy high-quality results, like why wouldn’t one buy cheap youtube comments from real person? Yes, you have read it right – a real person, not a mindless bot. Welcome to the 21st century, folks!
However, you must remember a few rules that will help you to avoid problems and mistakes:
- Check the service you choose twice
- Plan your purchases
- Don’t buy grand numbers at once (YouTube may consider such jumps as a fraud and ban you)
- Care for organic growth, as the purchased metrics are only a helping tool
- Narrow Down Your Range Of Topics
Generally speaking, choose a niche, then occupy a certain aspect of it closely, and you’re a doll. The more exquisite is the content, the bigger is the opportunity to stick your videos to similar ones. That is how YouTube works – it suggests new videos basing on the ones you have already watched. For example, if you nail how to make sushi – just dive in. If you are a professional shoemaker – show us how shoes are made! The secret is that if you have many related videos, they would appear before all others, thus providing you more views on all your uploads.
To illustrate the case, let’s go back to sushi making.
You are a pro at making rolls, so you upload some how-to’s on your channel. And each video covers the specifics of a particular roll, like Philadelphia with salmon. Well, if your viewer watched one how-to, it is natural that he wants to see how other types of sushi are made! And if you have a series of how-to’s – California’s, Hot Rolls, Dragons – these videos will appear in the Suggestions area first, because they are related. Thus, again, you will be able to increase your number of views and gain new followers.
Create The Most Attractive Thumbnails
Thumbnail is a small picture that is visible to the user when he surfs through YouTube. And this is the first image that represents your content to the viewer, and it is extremely important as it catches his or hers attention and drives them to your channel. So your task is to create compelling thumbnail pics. Here are some useful tips on how to do it:
- Never use stills from your video. This type of thumbnail is not the most attractive to the user, although there can be exceptions.
- Use pleasant and vibrant colors, preferably orange, blue, and yellow
- Your thumbnail has to give an understanding of what is going to happen in the video. If you are making sushi, then place some on your image
- Make sure that the thumbnail helps the viewer to realize that your video is what he is searching for. That can be made by image rules, mentioned above, and adding a short text that underlines the matter
Make The Most From YouTube’s Features
Youtube is a very high-developed platform, and it has many tools that may come in hand to the blogger. It is important to be at least familiar with them. So the first thing that a willing one has to conquer is Playlists. As we have spoken of getting in the Suggestions area, creating playlists can also improve the quantity of views incoming to your channel. When videos are grouped in relevant playlists, you can easily gain more views due to the laziness of the average users. You see, the videos from the same playlist will begin playing automatically, unless the viewer cancels the action manually. As people tend to let videos play rather than make a few more actions, you will get more.
Another vital thing to use on YouTube is keywords and tags. Some marketers consider them as practically useless, but it is not like that at all. Keywords and tagging are a categorizing tool on Youtube, and this platform loves organizing. Also, adding relevant keywords are helping users to find your video through the search field.
Fun fact: since YouTube is a part of Google, the videos may appear in the general Google search results. And hashtags that are written properly, increase your chance to get in the top results on Google.
Create The Best Content That You Can
The proven tactic to get more views is to produce something unique, that would cover up any flaws that you may have. Putting more effort into creating your videos will always be appreciated by viewers, and your current rank will not matter at this point. That is how all the social media work – no matter how much money you throw on promotion, no matter what method you use if there’s nothing interesting and engaging to see on your profile, people will just leave. For one moment, you can feel like its working, but then your rates will fall, and the glory will fade. There can be no rules for creating the best content because it is impossible to predict what people will prefer. But here are the tips that will help you to make a high-quality product that covers any theme:
- Get the proper equipment, at least for light and stability. Modern smartphones may have cameras good enough for filming, yet the tripod is vital for avoiding shaky images. Professional lightboxes and diffusers can be expensive, but there are ways to make a needed minimum at home.
- Take care of your background – it has to be clean and recognizable, as it is a part of your personality online. Well, unless you are filming on the street.
- Think of a certain feature that defines you among other bloggers. It can be an accessory, or color scheme, catchphrase, or even your pet. Whatever can be your mascot that marks your online presence.
- Think outside of the box. YouTube is a very popular platform, so it can be hard at first due to the competition. And using your brain and fantasy is a must if you want to reach success.
- Expose your personality. That is common to all social media. People like to watch real people, who have feelings, suggestions, experiences, opinions, and attitudes. Making your blog more personal is always a good idea because that is how people will not only be attracted to your channel but will remain there as your followers.
"In India, to be born as a man is a crime, to question a woman is an atrocious crime, and this all because of those women who keep suppressing men in the name of feminism."
Feminism, a worldwide movement that started to establish, define and defend equal rights for women in all sections- economically, politically, and socially. India, being a patriarchal society gives a gender advantage to the men in the society thus, Indian feminists sought to fight against the culture-specific issue for women in India. Feminism itself is nothing but a simple movement that pursues equal rights for women (including transwomen) and against misogyny both external and internal. It states nowhere that women should get more wages than men, that women deserve more respect than men, that's pseudo-feminism.
Pseudo feminists state that women deserve more respect and rights, any other gender deserves no respect. They feel that women should be the ones ruling the world and at higher positions. When feminism takes a turn for extremities it becomes pseudo-feminism and people who label themselves as feminists will bash anyone who speaks against even the wrongdoings of a woman. They'll bash women who're wife and sisters for not speaking up and support any women criticizing political leaders even if it's completely irrational. This is where hypocrisy and pseudo-feminism merge with each other.
They take advantage of the rights given to women to protect themselves to threaten other genders. The rights given to women are supposed to make them feel reassured that they can reach out to the judiciary if their rights are being hampered not to threaten to make the victim sound like the culprit.
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Indian Feminist Movement has made significant progress however, even in the modern world women are still unsafe and are discriminated against when it comes to getting a job, land ownership, and access to education. While filling the official papers it is still asked "Wife of /Daughter of:….."
People in India still continue the practice of sex-selective abortion, abandoning the girl child, not letting girl child study instead they should learn household chores, they are seen as a burden to the family. Such injustices make feminism such an important movement, gender equality is worth fighting for to create a safe environment for women. Feminists over the years have been criticized for focusing on the rights of privileged women and not giving equal representation to poorer and lower caste women, which has led to separate caste-specific feminist organizations and movements.
Some notable milestones in the Feminist Movement
- Raja Ram Mohan Roy campaigned against Sati Pratha (practice in which a widow sacrificed herself by sitting atop her deceased husband's funeral pyre) and child marriage
- Savitribai Phule started the first school for girls at Bhidewada in Pune city in 1848.
- In 1972, SEWA, the biggest trade union for women was set up by Ela Bhatt for women working in the informal sector.
- The Chipko Movement was launched and led by women in 1973.
- #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and abuse was started in 2006 and revived in the year 2015.
People in India still continue the practice of sex-selective abortion, abandoning the girl child, not letting girl child study instead they should learn household chores, they are seen as a burden to the family.Unsplash
Feminism is often misunderstood as pseudo-feminism and hence, becomes the target for public hatred and is accused of wronging other genders under the façade of feminism. It is misunderstood by Indians as female domination instead of gender equality. Indian society and Indian feminists believe that only men are perpetrators of a heinous crime like rape and they refuse to even recognize the men who say they were raped and it's the toxic masculinity in the society that believes how can a woman rape a man? Reality is different from what we believe, women can be the perpetrator too, women threaten to file a case of domestic violence, or sexual assault against innocent people just to fulfill their ego.
Thankfully feminism and pseudo feminism are two separate concepts and feminism is just about equality and not judgment. Indian society and feminists actually need to understand the difference between the two and stop tarnishing the Feminist Movement as a whole.
Keywords: Feminism, World, India, Pseudo-Feminism, Gender
Kerala is a land of many good things. It has an abundance of nature, culture, art, and food. It is also a place of legend and myth, and is known for its popular folklore, the legend of Yakshi. This is not a popular tale outside the state, but it is common knowledge for travellers, especially those who fare through forests at night.
The legend of the yakshi is believed to be India's equivalent of the Romanian Dracula, except of course, the Yakshi is a female. Many Malayalis believe that the Yakshi wears a white saree and had long hair. She has a particular fragrance, which is believed to be the fragrance of the Indian devil-tree flowers. She seduces travellers with her beauty, and kills them brutally.
Yakshi idol in Veroor, Sri Dharamashastha temple Image source: wikimedia commons
The Yakshi is believed to live in a palm tree which can appear like a palace. Victims are taken here before they are killed. Travellers on highways are often advised not to stop near heavily forested areas, or speak to anyone who closely resembles a Yakshi. Some believe she can change form, while other hold to the belief that she doesn't. after securing her victim, the only trace left behind is body parts like hair, nails, and teeth.
They say, like other ghosts, a Yakshi's feet will not touch the ground. This is something to look out for. Mysterious deaths have been reported across the rural areas in Kerala, and all these have been attributed to the legend.
Keywords: Legends, Yakshi, Urban legend, Ghost, Kerala, Myth, Vampire
The LGBTQ+ acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others. In India LGBTQ+ community also include a specific social group, part religious cult, and part caste: the Hijras. They are culturally defined either as "neither men nor women" or as men who become women by adopting women's dress and behavior. Section 377 of the India Penal code that criminalized all sexual acts "against the order of nature" i.e. engaging in oral sex or anal sex along with other homosexual activities were against the law, ripping homosexual people off of their basic human rights. Thus, the Indian Supreme Court ruled a portion of Section 377 unconstitutional on 6th September 2018.
But the question is, "was India always against homosexuality"? Has the concept of homosexuality being unnatural existed forever? No, in Indian history and Hinduism homosexuality has never been an offense, in fact in several instances it has been depicted how people embraced their identity, be it sexual identity or gender identity. Section 377 was brought to India by the British in 1862, while India was colonized. Even after the Independence, it was only in 2018 that the Supreme Court ruled it as irrational and illogical.
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Homosexuality in Ancient India
When Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality in India, there was an uproar about it being a western ideology and liberalism. But in reality, homosexuality has existed since the time of the Vedas. The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA) researched and discovered that it was around 3102 B.C. (during the Vedic Age) that homosexuality or non-normative sexual identity was recognized as "Tritiya Prakriti", or the third nature. Ancient India not only made mentions of homosexuality but accepted it as well.
Hinduism is the most vastly followed religion in India. Hinduism does not explicitly mention homosexuality however it does contain a homosexual theme and characters in its text. There have been various instances in our scriptures and texts that have introduced us to LGBT+ characters such as the androgynous form of Shiva and Parvati Ardhanariswara meaning "the half-female lord". One of the most popular and ancient texts on sexuality, eroticism, and emotional fulfillment of life, "Kamasutra" has a complete chapter dedicated to homosexuality and homosexual sex. Numerous Hindu sculptures and temples have statues depicting homosexual activities.
Numerous Hindu sculptures and temples have statues depicting homosexual activities. Facebook
Our Mughals were Queer
Mughals are often seen under the light of cruelty, rigid ethics, nobility, and polygamy. Simultaneously, Mughals are also the ones credited for the emergence of Sufism, abolished jizya tax, love beyond religion, classes, and gender.
In the Baburnama written in memoirs of our very first Mughal ruler Muhammad Babur, several instances documented Babur's infatuation and affection towards a teenage boy named Baburi. We also have multiple Persian couplets as evidence of Babur's affection for Baburi. Mughals engaged in homosexuality and pederasty, and they believed that later was a form of "pure love".
But as time passed homosexuality was suppressed more and more though people practiced it in secret if revealed they were punished. According to the Fatwa-e-Alamgiri Sharia-based text of the Mughal Empire, there is a common set of punishments for homosexuality, which could include 50 lashes for a slave, 100 for a free infidel, or death by stoning for a Muslim.
British Raj and Independence of India
In 1862, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized homosexual sex came into force. Even after Independence in 1947, the section remained a part of the Indian Constitution. There were protests all over the country to give people of the LGBT+ community basic human rights but it was not until 2018 that The Supreme Court of India ruled the portion of Section 377 has unconstitutional and struck it off. One judge said the landmark decision would "pave the way for a better future.". With Section 377 gone are LGBT+ people allowed to fall in love freely? No, people are still afraid to love because of the stigma in our society when it comes to homosexuality; they are seen as lesser humans.
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Although the Supreme Court has decriminalized homosexual activities, same-sex marriage remains illegal in the country. Homophobia is still prevalent in India, and homosexual children would rather commit suicide than come out to society with their true identity, that's how harsh of a world we live in. Lacking support from family, society, or police, many gay rape victims do not report the crimes. In 1977, writer and Indian mathematician Shakuntla Devi published "The World of Homosexuals". It was the first study in the Indian context; the book contains interviews with homosexual men set in the years of Emergency. She wrote, "rather than pretending that homosexuals don't exist it is time we face the facts squarely in the eye and find room for homosexual people." We've had small victories in our fight against homophobia and getting LGBT+ community the rights they deserve as humans, but we still have a long and exhausting fight ahead of us.