At Smores.tv, we feel that stocking our platform with quality content is key to a great viewer experience. Therefore, we manually review each video that is uploaded to our platform, to ensure that it adds value to our viewers. Thus, not every video that is uploaded to our platform will be accepted. However, if you follow the guidelines listed below, you will not only have a great chance of getting your video uploads approved, but will also likely gain more video views and channel subscriptions as well! Best of all, we've broken down these guidelines into two sections, a "Do's" section and a "Don'ts" section. Simply execute as many practices listed in the "Do's" section as possible, and avoid doing anything in the "Don'ts" section, and you will thrive as a Smores.tv creator.
a.k.a. Best practices that will help your uploads get approved, help you generate more views, and make viewers want to subscribe to your Smores.tv channel.
Keep Videos Between 1-3 Minutes in Length: The Smores.tv platform is designed to showcase videos that are just a few minutes long. Therefore, we recommend that you create videos that are at least a minimum of one minute long, but are a maximum of three minutes in length. Video upload lengths that are shorter, or longer, than this guideline will have a lower chance of being approved.
Add Viewer Value with Each Video: With thousands of videos live on Smores.tv, the last thing that you want is for your videos to not stand out. Therefore, we recommend that when creating videos for Smores.tv, make sure to always ask yourself this key question, "What value is this video providing for Smores.tv viewers?" To help get your "creative juices" flowing here are a few ways that your video can add value to Smores.tv viewers:
- Provide a tip or hack to make life more enjoyable--such as ways to save money, or how to be more productive
- Make viewers laugh, relax, and have fun
- Provide timely and insightful information--such as reviews on movies, gadgets, or games
- Entertain viewers through music videos, illustration, cartoons or other visual arts
Those are just a few of the examples of ways that your videos can enhance the Smores.tv viewing community. Considering ways to add more viewer value (like those provided above) each time you upload a video to Smores.tv, will help more of your videos get approved and will lead to more views/subscriptions as well.
Make Production a Priority: Smores.tv viewers love to be entertained. Therefore, make sure to go beyond simple screen recordings, text slides, images only, and other less-dynamic visual options when creating videos for Smores.tv. Adding features like graphics and overlays, will help engage viewers longer, helping increase your views. Don't forget to use smooth edits, quality sound, and higher resolution as well (Smores.tv supports video up to 1080p), to ensure an enjoyable experience for viewers.
Provide Descriptive Info: To help viewers find your videos, and get excited to watch them, make sure to always add a title, description and relevant tags when uploading your videos.
Use an Engaging Thumbnail: When uploading videos, don't forget about adding an accurate and engaging thumbnail image. For example, if you are cooking a dish, adding an image of that dish will help catch the attention of viewers.
Find Your Voice: Being a successful video creator has always come down to one key factor, authenticity. Essentially, the more you stay true to yourself, the more success you will have. Therefore, we recommend avoiding the practice of creating videos to capitalize on a popular topic, but rather to try focusing on areas that you are passionate about. By sticking to your interests, you will show more enthusiasm and knowledge, which will translate to more video views and channel subscriptions.
A Few Examples of Finding a Voice:
- If you know a lot about car maintenance, you can create videos that show viewers how they can save money by performing simple fixes on their own, like fixing a flat, or doing their own oil change.
- Perhaps you love Android phones? If so, you can create videos reviewing popular apps, or the latest phone release.
- TV fan? Review a popular new show or share your thoughts on a recent episode
In reality, the possibilities are endless. Thus, always strive to create videos about topics that YOU care about, and better results will certainly follow.
a.k.a. Practices that will get your uploads rejected, cause you to not receive many views or subscriptions, and practices that may lead to disciplinary actions on your account--yikes!
Unauthorized Use of Copyrighted Materials: We take the copyrights of artists, creators, and companies very seriously at Smores.tv. Therefore, we will not approve any video that contains copyrighted music, images, video or other materials that have not been approved for distribution by the origin creator, artist, or company. Additionally, any creator found using another creator's videos will be permanently banned from uploading videos to Smores.tv.
Non-Engaging Content: If a video doesn't contain content that is new, exciting, interesting, or compelling, there is a good chance our staff will not approve it. As mentioned above, all videos must provide value to Smores.tv viewers.
Profanity: If a video upload contains foul language, we will not accept it. If you must use profanity in your video, please "bleep out" or find a way to censor the profane words.
Nudity, Pornography, Sexual Situations: If a video upload contains nudity, pornography, or sexual situations it will be not be accepted.
Hate Speech: We have a zero tolerance for any sort of hate speech at Smores.tv.
Violence: Videos containing violence towards humans or animals will not be approved at Smores.tv.
Illegal Activities: Videos featuring crimes or other illegal activities will not be approved.
Ads within Videos: Videos that contain any sort of advertisement within the video will not be approved.
Too Short, Too Long: As previously mentioned, the ideal video length for a great Smores.tv viewing experience is 1-3 minutes per video. However, any videos that are under 30 seconds, or over 10 minutes will not be approved.
Poor Sound and Visual Quality: If a video contains poor sound or visual quality that will disrupt the viewers' experience, such as loud background noise, very low/high volume, or extremely dark/light video, it will not be approved.
Forgetting to Add a Description or Title: If you upload a video without a description or title, it will not be approved.
If you need more need more information on any of the items listed above, please feel free to contact your Smores.tv account manager, or submit a support ticket by clicking on the Submit a request link (located on the top-right side of this page).