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confused about new youtube algorithm.

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by popbradley, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. popbradley

    popbradley Power Member

    Jun 15, 2009
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    I am confused by the new Youtube ranking system.

    I don't fully understand. How do videos rank now? If its ranking by total minutes watched why does a video with 100 views that only 5 mins long rank better then a video with 30k views that's 30 seconds long. Shouldn't the 30 second one rank higher as it has more total time watched, better retention and all that? I ask because the last 3 days I did this to several videos and cannot seem to get to the first spot for keywords that where really easy to rank for before. (even have a video with 40k views thats 44 seconds long.

    The video that's ahead of mine is only a minute long and has 5k views... less likes and subs too.
  2. Joe563

    Joe563 Regular Member

    Jan 15, 2010
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    Theres a lot of things that YT take into account when ranking videos, its not solely on number of views or times watched. The length of time a video is viewed is whats used to increase the view numbers.

    Things to take into Account are the age/quality of accounts, previous similar videos and obviously as you stated the likes, subs, views etc