How to get views on YouTube – A case study and some tips

First of all, let me tell you this is not exactly a detailed tutorial on the answer to the biggest YouTubing question, it’s more like a case study. Recently one guy from an Arab country asked me this question. He wanted to know how to get views on YouTube.  He basically want to have some quick and easy views on his channel, as I came to know later. I said, ‘There is no direct answer to your query. You just have to improve the content of your videos. Also make sure that your videos have good SEO scores and are constantly shared on social media platforms’. Then I promised to scrutinize his channel to find any possible ways to improve his contents and channel’s condition as a whole. I surely did that as I had promised. Well, I’m coming to that part later.

how to get views on youtube and grow your channel
how to get views on youtube and grow your channel

How to get views on YouTube – the biggest YouTubing question

Some might ask me as to why I termed this as the biggest YouTubing question. How about ‘How to earn more money on YouTube?’ Well, YouTubers who already are earning handsome amount might ask this beautiful(!) question. But the thing is that they already know the answer to some extent. They know that they have to create even more attractive and meaningful content than their competitors to earn more. If your contents’ quality remain the same while your YouTubing competitors are able to create even more innovative videos, then they will earn more and your earnings are likely to decrease, provided that YouTube’s total advert revenue remains the same. (This article is a case-study on How to get views on YouTube)

It’s like a family with fixed monthly budget; if they decide to spend more money in education, they will have to make a cut off in something else, like their food intake or residence status. Take another example: arm wrestling. No matter how strong you are, you will lose to your opponent if they’re stronger than you; plain and simple.

But the question: How to get views on YouTube – is surely the biggest YouTubing question in the sense that every YouTuber has to ask this at least once in their YouTubing career. They make study, take counseling, do experiments and then may at some point realize what it takes to get views on a YouTube channel. That’s why many established YouTubers are not exactly willing and ready to share with you their hard-earned wisdom and experience on YouTube.

The honest answer – NOT in a single sentence

As an expert YouTuber I can bet that no one can give a direct or short (like one sentence) answer to this particular query as to How to get views on YouTube. Getting views on your channel up to expectation is equivalent to having success. Because once you start getting enough views, it’s guranteed that your YouTube earnings are going to increase gradually, unless your videos are not advertiser friendly.

So how to start getting views on your channel up to your expectations? The answer is kind of tricky, because success in YouTubing depends partly (40%) on luck and partly (60%) on your hard work and wisdom. Suppose you and your friend, both are creating quality and advertiser friendly contents. So you thing you two should have the same level of YouTube success in terms of views and earnings, right?

Well, the thing is that there is something in nature called ‘randomness’. Because of this people may like your friends’ videos more than yours. It’s totally random and coincidental, there is nothing you can do about it. Nevertheless the opposite can happen also, people may actually prefer your videos over your friend’s. (This article is a case-study on How to get views on YouTube)

What sort of hardwork is needed to have success on YouTube?

The first thing is choosing a unique niche. You have to find yourself a topic that viewers would like very much. Should for some reason this particular niche not work for you, then it can change later. Like I said in a previous article of this blog that the practice of uploading videos based on different niches doesn’t harm the channel. You just have to constantly upload. Until your channel gets enough success (considering the number of daily views), keep uploading at least two videos per day. Once your channel is fairly established, try to upload a video every alternate day.

Your must practice SEO on your videos, but don’t use misleading metadata. There are many contents on the web to learn about YouTube SEO. I’m going to write an article soon on this topic, so stay tuned. After publishing of new videos, be sure to share them on social networking sites. Above all, don’t lose hope. Remember that, Youtubing is not your day/official job, it’s just a hobby for you. So choose such topic/niche that always interests you. That way you’ll be able to upload regularly and continue your YouTubing activities, even if success might seem remote. (This article is a case-study on How to get views on YouTube)

What I found about that guy’s channel

As I declared earlier, this article is more like a case study. So now I am going to reveal what I found upon scrutinizing that guy’s channel. I did not exactly spend a lot of time on his channel, it was about half an hour. He uploaded some animated cartoon like childish videos with no apparent conversation, only movements. I don’t know where he found them; clearly he didn’t create those videos himself. He might have downloaded them from others’ YouTube channels or internet sources like websites, facebook, dailymotion etc. The thing is that no matter how much effort you put into your channel (including SEO and constant uploading), you’re not going to get success, unless the contents you’re uploading were created by yourself.

Video contents that were previously uploaded on YouTube by other people, or those containing copyright material kind of make sure you’re never gonna be established as a YouTuber. Because people already have seen those videos, why would they watch those again on your channel? That’s why videos like those are never promoted or suggested by YouTube’s automated system (artificial intelligence), let alone made viral.

Another factor is that the Arabic guy (who sought my advice) used Arabic as his content language. If you can use English, Spanish, French or Portuguese as your videos’ primary language, then they’re more likely to become viral. Because, let’s face it, most of the people around the world use these languages, don’t they? So in order to have quick success, you should preferably choose one of these for your Youtube channel; not that other languages won’t do at all. (This article is a case-study on How to get views on YouTube)

So the bottom line is although that guy has problem regarding content’s language, but his main problem is that he most probably has stolen someone else’s content. Even if he might have recorded those videos using TV card or set top box, the contents don’t rightfully belong to him and YouTube is fully aware of it. Although nobody may be imposing copyright strikes/claims on his channel right now, he may be facing them in the near future. And Youtube doesn’t promote contents that were previously uploaded by other YouTubers and watched by viewers.

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Sometimes it’s difficult to help/advise people

When I tried to explain the facts I found on his channel, he seemed to avoid being lectured. It’s like he wasn’t interested to hear what are the problems with his channel. That’s when he hinted that he basically was looking for some easy and quick views for his videos. I frankly said, ‘Sorry buddy, there is no such direct or shortcut way to have some quick views for your channel’. Then he asked me whether he should buy YouTube views. I replied ‘It would not be wise’. I will tell you guys why i opined so, in a future article.

Then he complemented me on being helpful towards people. I appreciated him from within my mind for being thankful and then added, ‘Just remember the points that I presented. You might be benefited in the long run, if not shortly’. And then we said goodby to each other, that’s all. So what do you think of this case study on How to get views on YouTube? Let me know in the comments.

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