Hey y'all, I am writing this post to ask for your help and in return exchange a bit of my experience with you guys. I make a few bucks with youtube and PPD (about 1-25 $ a day depending on the traffic). About two and a half months ago, I read about content locking on the internet and decided to try it myself and immediately had some small successes with it. I recently wanted to further increase my earnings and started to read a few guides and journeys on this forum and realized that despite the few bucks I make I am still a total newb who just got a bit lucky. What I did, for anyone who is interested in it, is that I simply created a somewhat decent looking landing page on blogger and looked my content through the services of adworkmedia. Then I made three youtube videos (nothing too fancy really, basically just recording my screen, writing on notepad...) to draw traffic. So from my own personal experience I can say that the right niche is the most important thing. I know it's always easier said than done but the key element is really offering sth. which people are really desperate for. It's actually not that hard if you think about what you are actually really really desperate for...on the internet...and I am not even talking about adult stuff.....but that is as specific as I will get here. As an advice: if you're working with adworkmedia or cleanfiles, (the best ppd services imho) I can tell you that one thing that helps to gain more is looking for all the featured campaigns and then search for the countries which make the most money. Then you need to make a youtube video in their specific language (including keywords, tags etc). You don't even have to speak the language perfectly, it's enough if you have basic knowledge of the other language and then use the keyword tool + google translator (If you have a landing page it can even be in english if it is neat and it's clear what to click). Or alternatively simply find native speakers to do it for you. My native language is German e.g., but neither the german speaking nor the english speaking countries have that many high paid campaigns, so I simply made a video in Spanish and in French (I don't speak spanish and my French is awful ) and whenever I get traffic from this countries it's quite a lot. Though of course on youtube traffic for these countries won't be as high as that from englishspeaking countries, but if you can find a way to increase it, their campaigns are certainly way more profitable than e.g US campaigns. But in here lies also my big problem: I recently failed massively in terms of my youtube video rankings and of course this has affected my earnings as well. Therefore I'd like to ask you for advice: Has anyone of you maybe noticed a drastic change in the youtube ranking algorithm as of earlier last month (approximately). What is really really strange to me is that about two months ago(in may) I didn't have any problem at all ranking my videos on the first page of google within a relatively short time. I used U2bviews and ytmax to boost my views and to add likes, subs and favs and I could see my videos going up the ranking page almost right away. THey even ranked on the first/second page for three different keywords I targeted!!!! I have to say that especially ytmax was great in boosting my videos immediately, which was however very strange to me because high retention views were already the new thing on yt for a while, everybody was saying that high retention views were indespensible for high rankings, yet I had excellent page rankings through ytmax, although its "high retention views" turned out to be not exactly what one can really call high retention (maybe 25%)... but strangely enough they worked wonders for me.... Ok so far so good, but it was earlier last month that the ranking of all my videos dropped massively and I was not able to rank anymore through the services I used before, besides, it became impossible for me to rank them for more then one keyword as they don't even appear anymore on the pages for a second, let alone third keyword!! So about three weeks ago I finally decided to use high retention views for one of my vids (10.000) and boost it as well with likes etc.... but the strange thing was that what actually happened was that the high retention views boosted my video up a few ranks immediately but then it ranked worse than before (by far)...Damn!... but then I thought ok maybe it was just a bad coincidence, so I tried to do the same with the same video this week (10000 HR views again) and again the high retention views boosted my video up (even one page this time) but then I ranked again worse then before (even worse then the first time i used the hr views) . And then last but not least, the very very bizarre thing that happened to me is that a video I uploaded two month ago and which I kinda forgot about and left completely natural and unboosted, ranked suddenly (that is during the time when my boosted vids started to go down) very very high for its keywords. The keywords for which I rank are all average competitive I'd say, it was very easy for me to rank for them before, so the difference can't lie there. Also the views I bought are almost 100% high retention and are distributed quite naturally over days, so the problem is definitely not that my views are of low quality or anything! This now leads me to the suspicion that youtube has recently implemented some changes, so that it somewhow detects when the views of videos are manipulated (they may even look at small anomalies, in my case, because my video was already around for a little while, it may be a sudden change in the overall percentage of retention)...I did a few experiements this week and all somehow point in this direction.... E.g. I uploaded another video this week and left it completely alone for three days (keywords again are average competetive), and it now ranks on the second page while my high retention videos seem to climb down the ladder, although their keywords are not at all more competitive!! :O :O sooo I'd like to know as well: has anything similar happened to anyone of you? does anyone think as well that youtube did change something? If not why does it happen only to me if it worked so well for me two months ago and I didn't change anything at all in terms of my methods (except for the high retention boost everyone recommends so highly). Yet, to me the greatest mystery of all is why ytmax with their half-assed retention views has really pushed me up so high for several weeks (their free service is down atm btw!)? HAs anyone here worked with it as well? I started to read a lot of threads here concerning youtube ranking btw. and I know now that a combination of complex factors figure into yt ranking, at least that's what the pros say. But then somehow I ask myself why so many people are reporting a great succes in ranking just through view boosting and like boosting alone and maybe some subs and favs (if any at all)... And, if all these various factors, one apparently needs to pay attention to in order to rank well, are really essential (like the many great advices one reads everywhere on how it is soooo important to choose the right keywords, with the right title, tags, video description, links etc) why did I first rank so well for such a long time two months ago without paying hardly any attention to keywords whatsover (except maybe for a good title, though i didn't even use a keyword tool for nearly all of of my vids i.e. the english ones) and why is the only video with which I am ranking well now the one which doesn't even have a proper description and only very few not well thought out tags and the title is not that great either.... Is youtube just a game of luck? for me it somehow seems that way ...:S Sorry folks to bother you with all these questions and sorry as well for the very long message, but I really tried out everything I know and now this whole thing is starting to drive me completely cuuuuraaaazyyyyyy!!! Also I figured I might as well share a bit about how I started my journey plus what little advice I can offer, if I am writing you to ask for some! I'd really appreciate it if anyone of you could provide a solution or even share their own problems/experiences with yt ranking, so far I have mostly read threads were the ranking went quite smoothly for people after they bought hr views and all, so I am starting to think i must be the only fool here... Thanks in advance!