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What's the real FACTOR for video to get traffic?

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by Seagate44, Sep 11, 2019 at 11:42 AM.

  1. Seagate44

    Seagate44 Regular Member

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    What's up guys, so I'm wondering what is the real factor for youtube videos to get traffic?

    I've read so many different legends bout that, and honestly I don't believe if anyone already figured it out.

    The fact that I could say its true on my example and from experience is HR VIEWS. Pumping just a little amount of views as soon as you published the video gives it a good boost. Then it's up to youtube (or more likely up to viewers) if the video will perform well. But what's the factor?

    - likes and comments - I didn't see any improvement at all, getting likes&comments for my videos (while getting views in the same time)
    - impressions CTR - I often see panels mention that - well, one of my videos, which was massively promoted by youtube (youtube was recommending it a lot for first few days), had one of the lowest impression ctr among all my videos
    - retention - well yes, the better retention, the video will definitely go further than the one which viewers quit from watching quickly. BUT I also had video that had much lower retention than one of my best vids (in terms of quality, the second one was getting like 2+ minutes organic retention) and still the video with lower retention gained few times more views!

    Bonus: as my niche is very specific, you could find two videos that are very similar to each other, almost the same. And that happened to me. The difference was, my channel isn't that big yet, and the other one which had similar video - is. Result ? Video on my channel is getting nice traffic, but it's 5k views now. The video on the other channel has over 150k !

    So, don't worry if your channel don't blow up quickly. We don't really know what you need to do to gain massive traffic. Your videos might be very good, and still could not blow up (I tested it few times) while some other channel with similar video will get better results.

    But what's your idea on this guys ? Do you have any thoughts on this?

    PS. I'm not only talking about ranking your video. I talk about getting traffic generally, mostly from youtube promotiong your video to suggested/browse tab.
     
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  2. Yup.work

    Yup.work Newbie

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    tnx
     
  3. Seagate44

    Seagate44 Regular Member

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    No problem
     
  4. titosg

    titosg Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    It's a combination of social signals
     
  5. Seagate44

    Seagate44 Regular Member

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    Nope.
     
  6. Galaktus

    Galaktus Regular Member

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    Wrong!
     
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    SERPhustler Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I am also interested to know the answer considering I have a pile of whiteboard videos to be uploaded in a few days.

    I did some research and it seems people are doing good keyword research and placing lot of website embeds.
     
  8. Wivic

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    yeah, there are hundreds of signals, so possibly there's countless combo of those factors, and then tons of anomalies, and then when they occasionally "train" new ideas to the algo. no one will ever figure it out.

    - likes and comments
    maybe you need to see more data set (more analytic from more videos and channels) to understand the impact / improvement?

    - impressions CTR
    I think it's normal to have the lowest (compare to our other videos) impressions CTR on our popular videos. lowest not necessarily means bad, mine are between 8%-10%.
    Some perform better on search page, some are better on suggested videos. Much depend on the competition for each video in each traffic source. The higher the bracket, the harder, the better the competitors are.
    But indeed it is not normal if the number is much lower, let's say under 4% which could also mean youtube will stop promoting that video

    - retention
    It's possible that our lower retention video get more view due to other factors than retention factor itself. Maybe that specific topic has much more traffic and or that video get more exposure or the competition is much lower, etc.

    Those above are just my wild guesses. I, myself, still have no fking clue about the silly algo.
     
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    seopencil Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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  10. redarrow

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    one fact ...

    thumbnail that simple .
     
  11. Galaktus

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    The real factor? Fast HR (80%+) views mixed with organic views right after you release the video.