Now let's see : The most important ranking factors besides the common knowledge of keywords, title, description etc are : Views (Retention/Referrer Views) Likes (Not necessarily likes but ratings. After all how do you think JB's video is on top with a dislike bar like Darth Vader's Light saber? ) Comments (Audience engagement) Shares (Constitute social signals) Favorites (Not that much but they do matter) Subscribers (Doesn't matter much for ranking videos but for a channel then YES) No. of videos uploaded (Definitely matters. It makes you seem more legit to YT if you have over 1000+ videos uploaded). Age/Verification of channel. Now let's get started with the first one....VIEWS!!!! But before that, there's a common question among people on what the point of buying views is. Well, the views are sometimes bought to boost your ego but other than that the main reason is to rank your videos. YouTube now considers retention (time watched) as a contributing factor towards ranking videos. Of course, getting retention views for free is not that easy. Using social exchange sites is just too time consuming and is not worth it. Let's take the example of EnhanceViews : As you can see that the viewer only watches the video for 30 seconds (not good retention) and for 250 views, it costs about 7,500 credits. And I for one never received the entire amount of views. Here you can see that it costs you about $4 to get 250 views with a retention of 30 seconds. And to add that up, you never get the 250 views. You probably get 50-100 views. Of course, $4 is not a big amount, but in the long race, it can make all the difference. Vagex is completely gone. It's no longer dependable. With thousands of BOTS out there to get Vagex points without even watching the video, you'll just get ripped out of you're money. Unless Vagex intends to do something about all the hacking, it can never recover. Also, I heard that people are looking for Vagex accounts as they closed registration. Let me tell you, it's useless. I've been with them for a long time and it did me more bad than good. And as for AMF, stay away from that site for views. It's good for everything else but views. Even if someone has Flash player disabled, the site still gives you the points. All it needs is the pop-up kept open for 30 seconds. I've tried AMF for views and I never even got past 10 views. u2bviews had a good reputation of delivering views on time and also over delivery.But if you compare all the exchange sites, this is the one that seems to top the list in my knowledge for free views. Of course, you may differ and you can add whatever you like to the list. I personally recommend buying views rather than taking the time to earn credits and get views for free. Let me tell you that it's cheap and reliable. But don't buy views from fiverr unless you're absolutely certain. There're lots of top views sellers in our forum. Some of them who have B-S-T's are :- BigBuddy Skittles ruoall Dagreyon Not necessarily in the order. The advantage of buying views is that you get an amazing overdelivery. Sometimes up to 5x more that intended. One thing you need to keep in mind if you're buying/getting views is that "Variety is the spice of life". If someone tells you that all mobile views are junk, then they're wrong. Mobile retention views also help rankings. Add a few retention views, some referrer, a pinch of mobile views etc. This makes you look both genuine and at the same time will help you rank your videos. YouTube Video Likes/Dislikes :- You don't exactly need likes. What you need is ratings. Doesn't matter if it's likes or dislikes. Again, I would recommend buying likes/dislikes but this is one thing you can also get for free. EnhanceViews is pretty awesome for likes. They stick and don't reduce. EnhanceViews : http://www.enhanceviews.com AMF : http://www.addmefast.com u2bviews : http://www.u2bviews.com SYV : http://www.shareyoutubevideos.com You can use almost any exchange site for video likes. AMF is also good for this except that some disappear almost immediately. SYV also provides likes but only if you're a premium member. Again the list of people from whom you can buy likes is as follows : BigBuddy Skittles ruoall Dagreyon Not necessarily in the same order. I don't think these guys overdeliver likes by a large margin. BigBuddy also now offers free likes if you post a review. (100 Likes) Comments (Audience engagement) :- Comments basically tell how well you've kept your audience engaged. The more, the better the rankings. You can also get comments for free from almost all exchange sites. But be sure to check if it allows custom comments like EV. Otherwise, it's pretty much useless comments which will soon get flagged for spam. Whatever you do, don't put your video up for EV featuring (100,000 credits). All you get is about 50 views and 500 spam comments like "I love you", "Subscribed", "You should make more", "You're talented". They will soon be flagged down. Again, the same sellers offer comments : BigBuddy Skittles ruoall Dagreyon Whenever you buy comments, if you want to extract the full potential, buy custom comments. Next up is SHARES/Social Signals :- This is something I would do manually. Share your videos across all possible social sites (facebook, Google+, twitter etc), and then get likes, +1's, re-tweets for these shares. You can get these for free using exchange sites. AMF is the one I'd prefer for this. You can check the statistics for these using AhRefs. Nowadays, these do play a constitutive role towards rankings. Favorites :- These don't really matter much but they matter a little. You can get these for free using EnhanceViews. I'm not sure if you can get these for free from other sites. Favorites actually mean how many people have added your video to their private playlist which is titled "Favorites". You don't need to pay much attention to this. Subscribers :- Another factor which doesn't matter much for ranking a video. But if you're on the look out for ranking a channel then these are an absolute must. You can add subscribers depending on the number of views and videos you've uploaded. This is important. Don't add 7k subscribers if you only have 1k video views. This is impossible and may attract a flag. Also, if you're not a complete newbie to the YouTube game, you can easily spot fake subscribers. This is the point here. If you make your channel seem more legit, more people will subscribe. You can buy these subscribers from the same sellers : Sadly, BigBuddy doesn't offer subscribers. Skittles ruoall Dagreyon As I said, don't add too many subscribers which may make your channel look like a spam. If you want to get subscribers for free then there're are ways for that too. All exchange sites offer subs for free but my favorites are : EnhanceViews (About 250 subs a day if you let the official BOT run over night) SubXCess (Another personal favorite but this is a sub4sub system, hence you won't be able to earn many subs because of the hourly YT limits) AMF (Some subs may disappear) YouLikeHits. Size of the channel :- This is basically how many videos you've uploaded in the lifetime of your channel. These are really important as the more videos you upload, the more legit you seem to youtube and hence the higher you rank. It's difficult to upload more than 5+ quality videos a day. Here's where MassVideoBlaster PRO (MVB) comes in. It's able to upload enormous number of videos across your channels. But be sure to use this only with quality private proxies and not the abused ones. The software can be found here on BHW. Age/Verification :- The age of the channel doesn't matter much but it's nice if your channel is pretty old. All channels need to be PVA (Phone Verified Accounts). Otherwise, when you implement BlackHat activities in your channel, they will be temporarily suspended and will ask you to phone verify it. You can buy PVA's at a very cheap price here from the B-S-T section. So as you might' have seen, some factors do require a little first-hand investment but if you know what you're doing, then it's worth it. Hope you enjoyed my short tutorial. If you have anymore questions, then please do not PM me but post below instead. Thanks, RW.