YouTube Thursdays - Using the Power of "How-to Videos"

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

YouTube Thursdays - How To Videos!


Is there something you are particularly good at, or enjoy?  Are you car buff? Solid handyman/woman? Great chef? Pianist? Cyclist, runner, or triathlete? Why not build relationships with others who are interested in your skills or knowledge with videos?


How-to videos are one of the most popular searches on YouTube - and titling your videos with this phrase can greatly increase your odds of being found. Especially, if you choose topics that don't have a lot of competition in your marketplace. 


Using your own skill-sets, interests, or advice, can help you connect and build relationships. They are not the same tool as an interview video - where you let the expert take center stage. How-to videos give you a chance to shine - with something of value for the viewer.  

We know our niche is interested in gardening - and many have vegetable gardens. Therefore, we thought it would be valuable to share our knowledge of growing better, and more, tomatoes in Clark County, Washington. Our temperate climate can make it challenging. 


Your How-to Title


Last week, we initially titled the video " How to Build a Tomato Machine - More Tomatoes, Earlier." However, after considering how people might search for the information, we changed it to, " How to Grow Better Tomatoes in SW Washington - The Tomato Machine!" Plus we checked to make sure we don't have much competition. 

As with most of our videos, we try to incorporate Mac - after all there's no denying his star power.  We are just the mere humans fortunate enough to serve him. 



Thanks for watching. Next week, we introduce Interview Videos! And, if you have a YouTube Channel or a How-To video, please include it in the comments - we'd be happy to subscribe and do some "likes" on your channel. 

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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.

314 NE Cedar Street
Camas, WA  98607





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  1. Roy Kelley 05/12/2018 10:00 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Debb and Bernie

This is wonderful, and such a great example of a well-done "how to" video. My "How To" vids for buying and selling are pretty basic and could be redone. Thanks so much for the continued education in the video world.


May 10, 2018 06:00 PM #12
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

As always, you knocked this one out of the park. This may prove to be one of your most popular videos yet!

May 10, 2018 07:23 PM #13
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, thanks again for your tips this week.  I plan to get tomatoes and chiles into the garden this weekend.

May 11, 2018 05:16 AM #14
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb and Bernie, this is such an excellent video. I watched it twice, lots of details to catch and I could listen to you talk for hours. Your voice is soothing. I've been researching editing software and hope to make a decision by next week. Time to upgrade from the free programs.

May 11, 2018 05:21 AM #15
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb and Bernie - I do see that Mac does not supervise too closely and stays outside the fence.  Will he be guard those tomato plants from rabbits?

May 11, 2018 05:53 AM #16
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

So much can be learned from your videos. As for Larry's tomato plantings, those are now a thing of the past with so many deer wandering our property...

May 11, 2018 05:58 AM #17
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Debb,
How clever... a Tomato Machine!  Loved the video.  You're right, we all have special knowledge we could share.  I do go to YouTube a lot and watch How To videos.

May 11, 2018 06:11 AM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

I love your tomato machine video.

Thanks so much for sharing your video production expertise.

May 11, 2018 06:17 AM #19
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

It is undeniable that people go to YouTube to find out how to DYI.

Adding a How To segments to your channel is a great idea.


May 11, 2018 06:24 AM #20
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Shannon Lefevre what a nice compliment, we both thank you. D

Hi Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate - at your elevation, these would work well for you. Cold nights prevent tomatoes from producing as well - you can use the Tomato Cage and plant earlier - with no worry about those cold nights, etc. 

May 11, 2018 07:20 AM #21
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Jeff Dowler, CRS you are very kind. We had fun with this one too. There was a lot more goofing off - I tripped over one of the garden boxes once and fell in the dirt - woo hoo. Maybe I should have left that one in the video? Lol. 

May 11, 2018 07:21 AM #22
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I seem to live on a healthy diet of YouTube how tos. They are beneficial 90% of the time Debb and Bernie...

May 11, 2018 09:40 AM #23
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It seems that people mainly spend time on YouTube for one of two things, either they are wanting to know how to do something or they are looking to laugh.

May 11, 2018 10:09 AM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debb and Bernie- excellent! YouTube has helped us with so many projects at home...from a quick and inexpensive fix for our large television to helping Larry work on our cars. Your video is easy to follow and the perfect length. You're so right about our titles...we have to figure out what words someone would use when they are searching. 

May 11, 2018 10:40 AM #25
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie - I appreciate the manner in which you approach this - very logical. 

May 11, 2018 10:44 AM #26
Khash Saghafi
Liberty Home Mortgage Corporation - Cleveland, OH
Mortgage Loan Officer, Cleveland Ohio

Roy Kelley had re-posted this and I saw it there, so thank you to Roy for re-posting and thank you Deb & Bernie for the guidance and information!! Beautiful videos all around!!

May 13, 2018 05:49 AM #27
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Nice how to: may I share it ?

May 14, 2018 07:15 AM #28
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Of course, M.C. Dwyer  - appreciate it. D 

May 14, 2018 04:02 PM #29
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

That's awesome - can't wait to get my tomatoes in the ground! 

May 16, 2018 01:47 PM #30
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Like Amanda S. Davidson, I could listen to you talk for hours, Debb!

Wonderful video and my Wordless Wednesday today is going to be a shot of  my itty bitty garden - yours puts mine to shame! LOL

Seriously, wonderful how-to video and I am confident this one will be a hit for years to come!

May 16, 2018 08:17 PM #31
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