Ok so after hours of searching and testing I still have inconclusive results on how YouTube count their views . In youtube watchpage, does the user have to watch a certain % of the video for the view to be counted ? I know some people say 30+ seconds but there are shorter videos which still have views so theres that. When you embed an external video in a website/blog on autoplay does it count ? Now again I've tried this and results were mixed. Maybe there's a criteria like the user has to scroll down or watch the whole video or something. I'm mentioning this because youlikehits use autoplay embed and views still count. I don't know I'm pretty sure that embedded videos w/out autoplay work the same as on YouTube watch page or similar at least. Anyway if any of you could help out with this that be great, Oh and sometimes I consider buying views from here like the banana garden because prices seem nice but are they real views or bots. Do those views actually work for ranking and getting organic traffic and can they get you banned ? I'm just asking because if there's only so much you can control when you have no idea of what the traffic source actually is.