How are YouTube views counted and Why do they matter?

After watching hordes of celebrities rise from YouTube blogger to internet celebrity, you’re probably wondering what it takes. Just about everyone dreams of being famous at one point or another, right?

When it comes to YouTube, the most important, if not the only factor, of success is by number of views. Once that number gets high enough, you’ll reach the sought-after “recommended” lists for the whole world to see.

So how are YouTube views counted and what count should you set as your goal?

 

YouTube’s Algorithm

In the beginning, a view on YouTube simply meant clicking and loading a video. You didn’t even have to watch it. Unfortunately, many people took advantage of this with clickbait titles that did not reflect its true engagement.

Since then, YouTube continues to improve their standards to ensure their most popular videos are truly engaging.

Now, their standard surrounding video quality directly reflects intimate audience behavior. Basically, their new algorithm learns exactly what you want and gives you more of it at just the right time.

How does it learn this information? User behavior towards a video includes:

  • Average time spent watching a video
  • Time spent during each YouTube visit watching videos
  • What videos you do (and don’t) watch
  • Likes, dislikes, comments, and other interactive feedback

Although these are general measurements for most data, it’s not exactly this simple. There are likely hundreds of other factors at play. Let’s look at some common situations.

 

#1 What happens when I play my favorite song on repeat?

How are YouTube views counted when you play the same video over and over?

Repetitive views will count about 3 – 5 times a day before they stop counting (to prevent spam counts). Even when you allow the auto-play feature to take over, those videos count as views too.

However, the videos pause after you aren’t active for a certain period of time.

 

#2 Does it count when I skip through videos?

When you’re looking for a tutorial or a product review, you just want to get right to the point. So you skip the first minute of product promotions and personal stories. How are YouTube views counted then?

Surely, even after skipping several parts you’ll accumulate at least 30 seconds overall. However, we can’t really say if that counts or not. Sometimes they will and sometimes they won’t. That must mean there are other factors at play which YouTube cannot divulge. (If they told us everything, they’d spend all of their time fighting spammers and hacks!)

 

#3 Do Facebook Views Count on YouTube?

If you want to rack up views, Facebook is the place to be. Why is that?

As of now, it only takes 3 seconds to take advantage of the short attention spans we display while scrolling our wall. However, if you want to see your views skyrocket, publish them on Facebook now because this is likely to change soon. Even for our click-happy, quick-scrolling attitudes, 3 seconds still isn’t enough to mean anything.

 

#4 Do embedded views count on YouTube?

What’s more annoying than a blaring TV ad at 3AM? Those loud mystery ads hiding in a far screen corner that rattle your desk when you open a new link. By the time you figure out where they are to hit mute, they’re already over.

Even though these spam ads won’t be going away anytime soon, take solace in knowing the automated views from spam ads don’t count as views.

So how are YouTube views counted when the video is embedded? Only if your view is intentional – if you don’t click on it, it doesn’t count!

 

#5 Are fake/botted views counted on YouTube?

Simply, no.

There might be some savvy spammers that manage to temporarily fluff up the view count, but they don’t last. If YouTube didn’t crack down on bot views, they would never survive. Every time you log on, your homepage would be polluted with spam links and misleading clickbait.

If that were to happen, no one would use it. Since YouTube wants you to have a pleasant experience, they make sure every view is genuine.

How are YouTube views counted as genuine?

  • Views bought through cheap low-end companies. While there are acceptable real views counts you can buy, be wary of the botted views from other companies. In a worst case ‘bot view’ scenario, the video will be taken down completely and YouTube will audit your account, or at the very least the views will be removed after 24-48 hours. With that said, buying views is okay as long as they are bought from places which offer real human traffic.
  • Views coming from sources known in their database as malware.
  • Viewing videos for exactly 30 seconds without following a sensible path. Don’t worry, they won’t flag everyone who doesn’t use their ‘related videos’ column. However, if a bot jumps from cats, to calculus tutorials, to news, and so on for hours, they will notice.

 

Before you Bot: Why Fake Views Hurt

When you have a view count goal, it can be really tempting to take shortcuts. If you’re especially tech-savvy (or have enough money) you could get away with it for a while using automated scripts and proxies. However, chances are that you will be found and your views will be removed sooner rather than later. That’s why we created our service where we deliver real views that don’t get removed.

YouTube is constantly watching to make sure everyone has a fair and positive experience. Don’t be the person making your channel look bad on your own. Hire professionals.

 

Get to Uploading!

How are YouTube views counted when you make awesome, entertaining videos? Find out for yourself. Who knows, maybe you’ll give Epic Meal Time a run for their money!

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