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How does You Tube work

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:09 am
by jcjm
I converted some of my articles to videos and posted on You Tube. Great start.

But I'm not sure how the mathematics behind searches works there.

Anybody know how to get people to see the videos besides buying ads from them for placement or posting them on Facebook or other social media?

Re: How does You Tube work

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:58 am
by pattyn
I know that most videos get watched because they show up in the "Up Next" list for other videos. Those choices are based on two things: (1) matching key words in your title and description and the one that's currently being viewed and (2) how popular your video is (views / shares/ comments). You have a good bit more control over the first than the second, and dishonesty in the first can seriously reduce your score on the second. Searches are also based on these two things, except that you need to match the search terms.

Re: How does You Tube work

PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:23 pm
by SquarePeg
Youtube is a subsidiary of Google. My guess is that its search algorithm is the same as Google's, but I don't know for sure. My square peg blog shows up fairly high in results (some times page 1) if the search is for "square peg round world blog", for instance. The more actively I blog, the higher it seems to go.

Re: How does You Tube work

PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:33 am
by Osterman
Not really sure how it works either. But the algorithm measures a lot of things and takes them into account. Like how much time the viewer spent on a video before shutting it down, etc.

Re: How does You Tube work

PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:42 pm
by BarbaraSher
I used to put up interesting teasers on Twitter with a url link for people to click on. That brought them over. Then I'd make the description on YouTube (under the video) include a request for people to leave comments and ask questions that I'd love to answer.

That seemed to work pretty well. If you kept it up relentlessly, it often drew a lot of viewers. Well, not millions :-) but enough to have interested discussions with.

I did that with individual videos and also with one series of videos I did called What Do I Do When I Want To Do Everything?