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Myth or not? Shorter YT videos rank worse? (shorter than 1 minute)

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by rtraphic, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. rtraphic

    rtraphic Regular Member

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    Hey guys. I've been reading some old comments and people used to say that videos shorter than 1 minute tend to rank worse, that the ideal lenght is between 2 and 4 minutes.


    What do you think? Is it a myth or reality?
     
  2. asap1

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    I was told the idea length is +5 minutes, they rank the best.

    If you look around most videos ranking are a few minutes long so i believe it.
     
  3. rtraphic

    rtraphic Regular Member

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    True, thing is that a video of 5+ lenght may bore people in some kind of niches. So it's all a dilemma, rank better or convert better ? :/
     
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  5. rtraphic

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    YT can change rules and internal algorithm anytime they want.
     
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    SlipAnc Regular Member

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    The truth behind that myth is that high retention views lead videos to a better ranking and it's a way easier to get HR views for 1 min lenght video than for 5 min.
     
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    rxcxdietrich Newbie

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    Most gaming channels usually limit videos to 10 minutes instead of long play because of the retention aspect of the site now. Most comedies are usually under that nowadays. This is probably why music videos are more popular than most.
     
  9. howard_hughes

    howard_hughes Elite Member

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    It would depend on the Niche average i suppose.
     
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    Personally, I think it's a myth. I upload and rank videos sometimes on a daily basis, very rarely are they over a minute in length. Generally, the longest videos I make are around one minute, twenty.

    FYI the videos I make are only for SEO purposes though, no real content in the video just a CTA.
     
  11. uncommonbg

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    Yes, I also believe that videos which are 5+ minutes long rank better. I've made videos that are like 7-9 minutes which had amazing ranks, I've made videos that are like 2-3 and they didn't rank as good as my longer videos. It really depends on your niche, but 5-7 minutes is a perfect length for a video.
     
  12. divok

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    nice way to advertise your sig.
     
  13. WizGizmo

    WizGizmo Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    It depends on how well the video is done. Does it contain an "irresistible offer?
    Is it paced in such a way as to excite the viewer to want to find out more about
    the product or service?

    Below is an example of what I am talking about. It is a "book trailer" for Tim
    Ferriss's "4 Hour Body". Imagine that you are a young guy looking to improve
    your health and and strength and you run into this video. The rapid video cuts
    add excitement and the selection of the music track works perfectly . . . All in
    under 1 minute.
     
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  14. qrazy

    qrazy Senior Member

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    @OP: Nice Sig.. but you aren't suppose to use any "Call To Action" in your sig as it's against the rules.
     
  15. Happyjoe

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    Short videos do rank as the longer ones as long they are interesting .
     
  16. WizGizmo

    WizGizmo Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Thanks qrazy . . . I removed the "Click Here" part of his sig. :)
     
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