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What's the YouTube Secret to Popularity and Traffic?

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by jdanswers, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. jdanswers

    jdanswers Regular Member

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    So - What's the YouTube Secret to Popularity and Traffic?

    It appears that "Views" is not the secret. Some videos with very few views are in page 1 of the same search list as those with thousands of views.

    It appears that age of videos is not the secret. Some are more than 2 years old listed on page 1 of the same search list with some that are a few months old.

    It appears that "Like" is not the secret. Some have 1 or 2 Likes while others have hundreds or thousands of Likes on page 1 on the same search list.

    Hijacking keywords of popular videos is not the secret either. The search terms do not seem to change position of new videos using this piggy-back kw technique.

    Piggy-back Titles follow the same pattern - no change in position for new videos.

    I have read and tested the above methods and others suggested here in the forum, short of buying Likes or Views, and I am lost as to what the big Secret or Secrets might be.

    Can anyone help clarify what REALLY works without compromising niches?

    Thanks
    JDanswers
     
  2. plainjane

    plainjane Junior Member

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    im wondering too. I did a rebecca black parody video before most people. it has way more likes, views(used to anyway), favorites, comments, etc then most other youtubers. But now I'm on the 9th page when you search for "Rebecca Black". I tried redoing my keywords and title to resemble the videos on the 1st page but no luck. Whats up with this?
     
  3. jdanswers

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    Right plainjane! It's pretty confusing which is why I started this thread. I am hoping someone steps up with what really works and can give us some stats to back it up. It sure would help a lot!

    JD
     
  4. Gassly

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    people have to search they keywords and click your video from the keyword search page, that's how.
     
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    You just have to have a good video man! That's the real way to get the rankings you want. Boosting subscribers, views, favorites, thumbs up... it's all a thing of the past. Did you know YouTube actually manually reviews every uploaded video individually and then ranks them accordingly?
     
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    Backlinks
     
  7. 420lounge

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    every flagged video you mean? i dont know about every video
     
  8. redmoon

    redmoon Regular Member

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    No way youtube can manually review every video uploaded. I don't think they check the flagged ones either. YT has so many users and not enough workers so they automate most of this.
     
  9. Zeprokon

    Zeprokon Newbie

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    That's not possible at all.

    1. If that were the case there would be no global recession. YouTube has two days of video uploaded every minute. The staff alone this would take would employ way too many people to consider at the moment.

    Let's look at it this way: each minute there is 48 hours worth of content uploaded. So, 60 (minutes per hour) x 24 (hours per day) x 48 (hours of content uploaded each minute) = 69,120 hours of content uploaded per day.

    Now - 69, 120 (hours of content per day) / 8 (hours avg employee works per day) = 8,640 Employees

    8,640 (Employees) x $2 (per hour) x 8 (hours per day) = $138,240 in employee cost per day

    $138,240 (cost per day) x 365 (days a year) = $50, 457, 600 / per year to watch YouTube videos.

    That's at an hourly rate of $2/hour. That's just to stay even - want to know the cost to make sure all the queues of previously unwatched videos are covered?

    2. This is one of the many reasons YouTube/Google is fighting the former COICA and the current Protect IP act. Then again, the gov't will stop piracy only after teenagers stop having sex and there is peace in the middle east.

    3. Google is adamant about hiring the best people in the world - can you imagine having a job being forced to watch 40+ hours of YouTube videos a week and still being capable of having a functional brain? I'm not sure about others but there is only so much I could watch a blonde complain about the girl at the tanning salon, a parrot dance, and a cat play ping pong without being put on suicide watch.

    4. The content quality rating on YouTube videos would probably have a "WTF?" rating - and not sure how much link juice that would pass from a link PR-WTF

    Just something to consider from some one who has been around the block a few times...:)
     
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    simple, backlinks
     
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    that's why the secret always remain as the "secret" :D
     
  12. jdanswers

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    Gassly, I tested your premise with a new video I uploaded. I did the kw piggy-back thing and the title piggy-back thing and it made no difference whatsoever. I even tried including usernames in the Tags. NADA! Usernames did change the order of the list on page 1 with videos from those users appearing in the list but not my video in the same niche. So, Tags don't seem to work.

    Thanks for the input, though.

    Keep the ideas coming and add any real results please.

    JD
     
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    Biffaboy Newbie

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    Some of my videos have very very few keywords and they have a few thousand views, where other videos with many keywords have around a hundred views.
     
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    I read somewhere that the fewer Tags, the better and, elsewhere, the more the better. You seem to indicate that fewer is better. I will try that and see what happens.

    Thanks for sharing your results!
    JD
     
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    OK, Biffaboy, your comment made me think of a couple of things to try.

    I tried just two Tags for my keyword. This did absolutely nothing at all to move my position. But...here's is what I did that moved my test video from page 20 of search results to page 10 instantly!

    I simply copied the video titles from the top 5 videos that had my search term in the titles. These were showing on page 1 for my search term. I put those titles as Tags. I put a comma between each title.

    This video has only 4 views since yesterday, no Likes, nothing else.

    That's all I did.

    Getting closer to figuring this out!

    JD
     
  16. ProfitNow

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    if you get enough backlinks to the video your video will rank up naturally and as long as it really good content. it will stay up there for a long time
     
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    Do you mean "rank up naturally" in the YouTube internal search results or are you talking about search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing ranking the video in their search results?

    I haven't seen it said anywhere that YouTube counted external backlinks as an indication of popularity.

    Please clarify this for us.

    Thanks
    JD
     
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    UPDATE: In just a few hours I have moved from Page 10 to Page 6 when I search for my kw. The only thing that changed is the video was viewed one more time since I last looked. It went from 4 views to 5 views. That's all that changed.

    Who else will give us some actual steps like this?

    JD
     
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    Has bookmarking already been mentioned? Appearing on FB and the likes?
     
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    trsbdm Newbie

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    Video posting service advice to one of my pals was to put "feeder" vids thru a broadcast service and point them to a YouTube "mother ship" video. The YouTube should be uploaded by the channel owner, not thru broadcast service.

    I have not tested this, just passing on info.