Youtube videos: Another element to Woodworking #2: What i have learned about Video View numbers

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Blog entry by rustednail posted 04-05-2018 01:53 AM 2013 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One thing I have learned with the youtube channel thus far is that you never know which videos are going to get more views than others. I have made a few videos that I felt were going to do well and get lots of views, likes and comments but got almost nothing. On the other hand, one of the most watched videos I have on my channel is one that I recorded and edited quickly and without a lot of thought behind it. This video in particular didn’t have many views for the first week, but it seems to have been shared and posted elsewhere on the internet as the views have skyrocketed to nearly 500 in the past week or so. Unfortunately the youtube analytics don’t tell where the viewers are coming from exactly, so I have no idea who to thank for sharing.

I have a couple of videos that have more views but this is because I ran a paid promotion to get those views. It is so much more rewarding to getting views organically. I guess because I am not telling people to watch the videos, but people are watching because they are interested in the content and continue to watch because they enjoy it.

What I have learned from this, I suppose, is to continue to create quality videos that people can learn from and are at least mildly entertained by and not worry quite so much on the view counts and comments and likes. If you do quality videos the results will be there……I hope.

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-- Jeff Burke, Calhoun Ga,

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#1 posted 04-06-2018 01:53 AM

I’ve seen several of your videos previously and enjoyed them. Looking over your list, it seems as though your most popular videos had clear titles that identified the topic of the video. Many of your videos with lower numbers of views have titles that really didn’t mean much. Also many of your preview images are kind of hard to figure out what the focus is. By the time my eye takes in the logo, then deciphers the red barn wall, it is tired and moves on to other videos rather than spending time trying to figure out what the smaller photo on the right is showing me. Example: The syrup kettle fire pit is easy to see what the topic is. The hope chest, not so much.

Keep up the good work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 04-06-2018 07:41 PM

Thanks for watching and for the feedback! A thumbnail design that is unique to my channel and quickly tells what the video is about is definitely a work in progress.

-- Jeff Burke, Calhoun Ga,

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