How to rank on youtube today as of 2015?

Check the top ranking videos for a keyword. What do they have in common?

1) Click through to the video.
2) View times. The longer the better.
3) Bounce rate. If high, means the video isn't what it ranked for.
4) Number of shares.
5) Shares on other social media, social signals in general.

The number of views is a consequence of the above factors.
 
Guys thanks for your valuable post. I also incorporated with such task. I upload only musical videos. Here, I use only high regulation videos because before I saw in high regulation videos, many people see it and download it but in lower regulation people don't like it. I wanted to come back in your discussion topic. In these case Likes, comments and subscribers are not a main part of ranking factors. For these you needed more ways. you also have choose correct keywords and prepare videos with high regulation. For more information PM me.
 
The same rules apply as previously, but don't spray a million views, it was never a good tactic anyway. Just set up your channel properly, verify it, make your G+ page too, it's connected directly to it. Send a few likes, comments, likes and subscribers, and you'll rank. For the most part I find that it's the content that gets an account shut down, keep it clean and legit, and you'll have nothing to worry about.

I wrote a detailed guide that will take you through the 3 principles of successfully ranking youtube videos, PM me for it if you would like it.
Hello, pls pm me, I can't PM :(
 
guys i tried ranking youtube video like that:

upload a video with good tags, description and good title
set it to unlisted
send around 5000 high retention only views
send around 200 likes
share on facebook, twetter, google+
after receiving the views make it public

And boom.. it just doesn't work the video doesn't even get to page 1.. and after a while starts falling out of page 3-4-5 wherever it comes out after public.. and that's with low competetive niche's..

How do you do it?
 
how many times we have to say here that unlisted method no longer works?
 
Erivess, yes quite high competition keywords. But they were ranking fine till last month. This month I am unable to rank for low competition keywords as well.

moonshine7000 yes they show up HR views (90%) and the watch time is very high on the videos. They come from facebook or safari apps. Could you recommend a views provider that works?


Its not you, YT did a massive update because of all the crappy content that was ranking so fast. Those days are never coming back.
 
Y'know guys, if you just create really, really good videos and SEO optimize them the way you would any other webpage, your video WILL rank and you WILL get views.

I'm really super confused as to why everyone is looking for a silver bullet. It's not hard. My guess is you guys can optimize the video with onsite optimization, at least I pray to god you can, given you're at BHW.

But, in saying that, it's BHW, so my guess is your content sucks. That is probably what you need to work on.

Good content + onsite SEO = more than enough to rank a video.

You are all really, really over-thinking this.

guys i tried ranking youtube video like that:

upload a video with good tags, description and good title
set it to unlisted
send around 5000 high retention only views
send around 200 likes
share on facebook, twetter, google+
after receiving the views make it public

And boom.. it just doesn't work the video doesn't even get to page 1.. and after a while starts falling out of page 3-4-5 wherever it comes out after public.. and that's with low competetive niche's..

How do you do it?
OK so let's see. Your strategy was...

1) Upload video
2) Optimize it's onsite SEO
3) Have it unlisted
4) Send a bunch of views/likes etc it's way
5) Unlist it

So you've got step 1 & 2 right... but the other 3 seem terrible.

Is your video good? Is it going to get people naturally clicking "like" or commenting on it naturally? If not, just stop right there, because there is just no point in proceeding. Maybe it worked in the past (I have no clue) but YouTube now tracks how well it does long-term with ORGANIC traffic. Does your organic traffic convert? If not, don't expect to do well.

If your video is good - you're absolutely suffocating it. This is not natural, for a video to be uploaded this way. Follow a natural pattern. Upload your video. Share it. Get some likes/comments/views from REAL people. Join a group where you guys swap views/comments. You don't need many. Just 15-20 views and a handful of likes/comments is all you need for YouTube to take notice and give you some organic traffic (on the condition you did do onsite SEO). Then it's a test. Will your video perform? Or will it not? If it performs, expect to be rewarded. If not, you'll get nothing.

But right now you're leaving an extremely unnatural footprint. You look like spam. This screams "THIS IS A SPAM VIDEO. WE KNOW IT WON'T BE HIGH-QUALITY BECAUSE OTHERWISE WHY IS THIS USER TRYING TO GAME THE SYSTEM. DO NOT GIVE THIS VIDEO A CHANCE."

And seriously. If you've sent 5k views and they're all "high-retention" and all go to the end, or close to the end... EW. That is a HUGE red flag! The best performing videos I have are around 40-50% retention rate. That's natural, that's normal. If you're higher than that, you're waving gigantic red flags at YouTube that what you're doing is not legit and spam.

Quality first, on-site optimization second, small like/comment/watch group third, that is all you need. Go forth.
 
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I agree with the last post as I have been experimenting lately and it seems just putting more effort into each video for everything is important now.
 
Y'know guys, if you just create really, really good videos and SEO optimize them the way you would any other webpage, your video WILL rank and you WILL get views.

I'm really super confused as to why everyone is looking for a silver bullet. It's not hard. My guess is you guys can optimize the video with onsite optimization, at least I pray to god you can, given you're at BHW.

But, in saying that, it's BHW, so my guess is your content sucks. That is probably what you need to work on.

Good content + onsite SEO = more than enough to rank a video.

You are all really, really over-thinking this.


OK so let's see. Your strategy was...

1) Upload video
2) Optimize it's onsite SEO
3) Have it unlisted
4) Send a bunch of views/likes etc it's way
5) Unlist it

So you've got step 1 & 2 right... but the other 3 seem terrible.

Is your video good? Is it going to get people naturally clicking "like" or commenting on it naturally? If not, just stop right there, because there is just no point in proceeding. Maybe it worked in the past (I have no clue) but YouTube now tracks how well it does long-term with ORGANIC traffic. Does your organic traffic convert? If not, don't expect to do well.

If your video is good - you're absolutely suffocating it. This is not natural, for a video to be uploaded this way. Follow a natural pattern. Upload your video. Share it. Get some likes/comments/views from REAL people. Join a group where you guys swap views/comments. You don't need many. Just 15-20 views and a handful of likes/comments is all you need for YouTube to take notice and give you some organic traffic (on the condition you did do onsite SEO). Then it's a test. Will your video perform? Or will it not? If it performs, expect to be rewarded. If not, you'll get nothing.

But right now you're leaving an extremely unnatural footprint. You look like spam. This screams "THIS IS A SPAM VIDEO. WE KNOW IT WON'T BE HIGH-QUALITY BECAUSE OTHERWISE WHY IS THIS USER TRYING TO GAME THE SYSTEM. DO NOT GIVE THIS VIDEO A CHANCE."

And seriously. If you've sent 5k views and they're all "high-retention" and all go to the end, or close to the end... EW. That is a HUGE red flag! The best performing videos I have are around 40-50% retention rate. That's natural, that's normal. If you're higher than that, you're waving gigantic red flags at YouTube that what you're doing is not legit and spam.

Quality first, on-site optimization second, small like/comment/watch group third, that is all you need. Go forth.

Your Reply Helped me understand how the YT Ranking works. I have a few videos, but have never tried to get them ranked or anything. I will have to try that. Now I presume this is to hep you get traffic to your website, or does Youtube pay you for having a highly viewed video?
 
So how to do the onsite SEO part?

Y'know guys, if you just create really, really good videos and SEO optimize them the way you would any other webpage, your video WILL rank and you WILL get views.

I'm really super confused as to why everyone is looking for a silver bullet. It's not hard. My guess is you guys can optimize the video with onsite optimization, at least I pray to god you can, given you're at BHW.

But, in saying that, it's BHW, so my guess is your content sucks. That is probably what you need to work on.

Good content + onsite SEO = more than enough to rank a video.

You are all really, really over-thinking this.


OK so let's see. Your strategy was...

1) Upload video
2) Optimize it's onsite SEO
3) Have it unlisted
4) Send a bunch of views/likes etc it's way
5) Unlist it

So you've got step 1 & 2 right... but the other 3 seem terrible.

Is your video good? Is it going to get people naturally clicking "like" or commenting on it naturally? If not, just stop right there, because there is just no point in proceeding. Maybe it worked in the past (I have no clue) but YouTube now tracks how well it does long-term with ORGANIC traffic. Does your organic traffic convert? If not, don't expect to do well.

If your video is good - you're absolutely suffocating it. This is not natural, for a video to be uploaded this way. Follow a natural pattern. Upload your video. Share it. Get some likes/comments/views from REAL people. Join a group where you guys swap views/comments. You don't need many. Just 15-20 views and a handful of likes/comments is all you need for YouTube to take notice and give you some organic traffic (on the condition you did do onsite SEO). Then it's a test. Will your video perform? Or will it not? If it performs, expect to be rewarded. If not, you'll get nothing.

But right now you're leaving an extremely unnatural footprint. You look like spam. This screams "THIS IS A SPAM VIDEO. WE KNOW IT WON'T BE HIGH-QUALITY BECAUSE OTHERWISE WHY IS THIS USER TRYING TO GAME THE SYSTEM. DO NOT GIVE THIS VIDEO A CHANCE."

And seriously. If you've sent 5k views and they're all "high-retention" and all go to the end, or close to the end... EW. That is a HUGE red flag! The best performing videos I have are around 40-50% retention rate. That's natural, that's normal. If you're higher than that, you're waving gigantic red flags at YouTube that what you're doing is not legit and spam.

Quality first, on-site optimization second, small like/comment/watch group third, that is all you need. Go forth.
 
I'm assuming we are talking about ranking on YouTube, not Google.

The number 1 factor I find is view retention. The more viewers enjoy your video, the more YouTube will send.

I've tested YouTube likes and dislikes and they actually have almost zero influence, so I know anyone that mentions that is FOS and actually hasn't done case studies.
 
I'm assuming we are talking about ranking on YouTube, not Google.

The number 1 factor I find is view retention. The more viewers enjoy your video, the more YouTube will send.

I've tested YouTube likes and dislikes and they actually have almost zero influence, so I know anyone that mentions that is FOS and actually hasn't done case studies.

but few posts above one guys is saying 80-99% retention at the new video is not natural and looks spammy , what do you think about that subject
 
From experience there are way too many factors to list on what it takes to rank a video. Of course low competition niches will rank on just high quality views alone. But from testing I the same high comp niche ive had videos rank no1 with as little as 1000 views. This was based on backlinks high quality content social shares etc. Just do as you did before but don't expect spammy views to work. They even remove +1's on alot of content if it comes too quickly and from strange locations.
 
I'm assuming we are talking about ranking on YouTube, not Google. .

ah well if we are just talking about ranking on YT then that is much easier, I assumed it is for Google which is where most traffic is unless it's specifically suited to YT like music or viral stuff.
 
Todays YouTube Update on Watch Time. Check your Analytics. YT clearly mentioned Watch Time is the most important factor. Now need to figure out a way to make these watch time legit from various IPs.
 
You need to be expert in your niche. Post tutorial, reviews, etc. Optimize your videos for subs, and of course engage your subs.
 
You need to be expert in your niche. Post tutorial, reviews, etc. Optimize your videos for subs, and of course engage your subs.

Hard to do when no one will watch your video because other peoples videos rank and they have like 200k subscribers
 
#1 be sure to have a high quality user friendly video that gets good natural ranking fro being goood content
#2 back link forum profiles/// next video directories to subn=mit youtube embed stuff,,, and all sorts of great back link stuff
#3 get most youtube views and subscribers #1 in the market statistically to outrank your competitor already on page #1 of google
#3b--- but be sure to blast your competition to the stone age in backlinks too
#4 stuff your video with seo optimized tags and traffic getting tabs from the youtube seo site locally


best method i know
 
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