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The Secret to be featured on the Front Page?

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by joshlin, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. joshlin

    joshlin Registered Member

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    Hello BHW,

    As you all know Youtube has changed the formula of the way to be featured on the front page. Before, all you need is tons of views in a short period of time. But now that cannot get you on the front page. I would like to ask everyone's opinion on how exactly can you meet the requirement to be on the front page?

    Of course you need some good amount of views, however, does Youtube looking for a certain degree of "likes", "favorite" or "share" to be featured on the front page? Does it depend on how many views are coming from different websites and social media? What about retention?

    Look at the front page examples right now below:

    *They both are on the front page as 10/18/2012.

    This video has only 200 likes with 106k views..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LEY2rO5Sl4&feature=share&list=LP4qRk91tndwg

    This video has 900 likes with only 47k views..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVkfNUxRh7g&feature=share&list=LP4qRk91tndwg


    So back to the topic, what is the significant elements that Youtube determines what video can be featured on the front page?

    In addition, it comes to an interesting point that I was thinking, if I "purchase" the elements listed below all together from some providers, would I be able to hit the front page?:

    * 500,000 views
    * 1,000 likes
    * 500 comments (not sure if it has impact on ranking or not?)
    * 2000 favorite (not sure either if this can has impact on ranking, especially you cannot see the favorite on the video stat, it always shows 0)

    Do you believe by these elements, the video would be able to hit the front page? Please tell me your thought.

    Cheers!
     
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  2. Frankie4Fingers

    Frankie4Fingers Power Member

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    I was able to frontpage with like 100-130k views and some hundreds of like, favorites, comments and share. Plus some incoming links.

    But I'll tell you this: don't expect floods of traffic if you hit frontpage. Maybe in the past you could get TON of traffic frontpaging, but now you'll get just a fraction of that. On the other hand, if your video will get frontpaged AND related/suggested videos traffic, then BAM, you could get like 100k-300k views per day. Unfortunately, I still haven't discovered what in the green hell makes a video get related/suggested traffic as opposed to just getting frontpaged.
     
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  3. ChEcKeD

    ChEcKeD Senior Member

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    Yep, the related videos is where the real goldmine is at
     
  4. veheme

    veheme Elite Member

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    I always believed and noticed that it's an equation of (the current video's tags, title, description + your Youtube profile's most watched videos or the videos you usually watch). I might be wrong but I always believed it was like that so it's pretty hard to PURPOSELY make it appear since it is based on factors you can't control (well, at least half of them).
     
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  5. therage

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    The front page equation takes in view retention now and view amount, but your front page will be slightly different than mine. So, if you really think it is worth it, you can purposely manipulate to the front page quite easy with quality traffic or a combination of community building and quality content. So, as for the related videos it is quite easy to try to spread them out as far as you can. First, you will need to just pop up and watch as many types of videos as you can on your channel. Then, you will need to sit back and let YouTube calculate how to make it pop up and for who. The more channels and random videos you watch, the more your video will get into "someone's" related video section.

    That's how I tested it, and so far it works, but not the way you want it to.
     
  6. ollie9009

    ollie9009 Junior Member

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    Correct me if I'm wrong....but I think this will be down to YouTube's complex algorithm - I personally believe that it will record how many people click on "your" related video and the retention rate. If people click on your video a lot and it has a high retention rate then YouTube will believe that the viewer has found what they are looking for.

    I guess the secret here is to have an appealing title and thumbnail. I have also tried putting competitors YouTube channel names in my tags & subscribing to those channels....don't know if this works or not.
     
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  7. KingMonkey

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    I've had mixed success with blasting my videos with thousands of backlinks, a few hundred social bookmarks and 10-20k video views. Sometimes they hit page one, even number one position, sometimes not. I haven't really figured out the secret yet.