How to Get Youtube Views

Update: Youtube recently added several new ranking factors. I just posted a new “Tube Traffic Secrets” video that explains them all (15 and counting).

If you want to know how to get youtube views you need to know that there are at least 13 or so “ranking” and/or “discoverability” factors that Youtube currently looks at when deciding on whether or not they should send your video just a little traffic, or send your video a whole lot of free traffic.

In fact, I share all 13 ranking factors in a YouTube ranking optimization video I created exclusively for my Nonstop Traffic Formula members. My team liked the video so much that they insisted that I create a shorter, edited version for my blog readers, so I did :).

Check out the video below:

But not all of the 13 factors are treated equally… some are way more powerful than the others when it comes to  ranking high and getting more free traffic from Youtube.

So I thought I’d save you some time and start out by just flat-out telling you what the 4 most powerful “how to get youtube views” factors are.

Here are the 4 most important factors (in no particular order of importance):

1.            Keywords in your Title – Keywords are Important for discoverability in the Youtube search engine so choose them wisely.

2.            Keywords in your Description –  You are allowed to include 5,000 characters in your description, and since every single word you use can help you grab more free traffic you should definitely use every single one of them if you can.

3.            Keywords in your Tags – The more relevant keywords you use in your tags the better. Don’t forget to go back and update your tags with new keywords when things change in your market place or niche.

4.            Incoming Links – Building incoming links to each of your videos with your primary keyword phrase is a powerful way to make sure you rank high for that primary keyword phrase, not only in Youtube, but also in Google.

Which means the majority of your Youtube SEO time should be spent on doing your keyword research and finding high-quality incoming links for your videos.

If you do nothing else but concentrate your efforts on those top 4 things the rest of the 13 “ranking” and/or “discoverability” factors will just naturally fall into place (although you can, and should, influence those as well).

Here are the rest of the 13 factors:

Once you you’ve finished your keyword research and have finished writing your Title, Description and Tags it’s time to move on to the rest of the 13 top “ranking” and/or “discoverability” factors that Youtube looks at.

I recommend that you spend the majority of your time working on getting more Likes, Shares and Comments.

The easiest way to do that is to produce quality content AND use calls to action in your videos, descriptions and emails that encourage your viewers to “Like” your videos, “Share”  your videos, and leave their “Comments”.

5.  Likes and Dislikes – Encourage viewers to “like” your videos whenever possible (in the video itself, in the description, in your email announcing the video, etc).

6.  CommentsCommunity engagement is very important to Youtube and helps broaden your viewership so encourage comments at every opportunity (in your emails, in the video, when sharing on Facebook, etc).

7.  Shares – Facebook, Twitter and Google +  can help it go viral, fast. Plus Google is moving more and more towards  social media engagement in their ranking algorithms so social sharing in Youtube = more traffic from Google for your videos.

8.  Video Views – Use Email Marketing and cheap PPC to quickly increase your views.

9.  Embeds – Use Article Marketing and Press Releases to distribute your embedded videos to potentially thousands of sites.

10.  Playlist Additions – Considering running a contest for the best Playlist that incorporates your video(s).

11.  Subscribers – Design your Channel to encourage visitors to subscribe plus ask your viewers to subscribe (there are several key roles that subscribers can play in your “get youtube views” efforts, trust me, you want more subscribers).

12.  Channel Views –  Link to your channel from your blogs and Social Media profiles, etc.

13.  Flags- Just one flag can lead to your Youtube channel being shut down, but it’s possible to fight that flag and save your channel, so my advice is… Fight every single flag notification you receive, don’t accept them without a fight!

Well, that’s it for the 13 core “ranking and discoverability” factors for Youtube.

There’s obviously much more to it than what I was able to cover in this brief article but the basics are here and if  sit down and concentrate on improving these 13 core factors in each of your videos  you are all but guaranteed to get more free traffic from Youtube (and Google, since Google loves Youtube Videos! ).

If you are interested in learning even more about getting more Free Traffic from Youtube, Google, and dozens of other sources of Nonstop Traffic So Powerful That Even Google Couldn’t Stop You If They Wanted To… then be sure to check out my Nonstop Traffic Formula

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22 Responses to “How to Get Youtube Views”

  1. Tobi 08. May, 2012 at 2:23 am #

    Hi Jeff.
    Great Tips
    Embedding videos on you blogs accomplishes a few things:
    it pushes up the YouTube videos ranking
    It ads interest and value to your posts, which ads view time on your site, another factor search engines love.
    and now, past Penguin update, these embedded videos can even show up in search engines results leading to you own blog.
    Would you consider adding a video sitemap essential or redundant after these last changes?

    • Jeff Johnson 08. May, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      Absolutely, my traffic sources such as Youtube are designed to serve double duty… they help you get traffic on their own, and they practically force Google to send you traffic even if your personal site doesn’t rank well in Google.

      Personally I have never really used video sitemaps, I believe that if you link to your videos from other sources you are both increasing your discoverability and ranking of those videos, so that’s what I’ve always done and taught (there is nothing “wrong’ with using video sitemaps if you want to).

      Thanks for the input!

    • Alex 07. Aug, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

      I haven’t bought the course… but I used the tips Jeff shared about videos. Now 2 of my videos are ranked #3 after 2 weeks online! This works! Oh, and the market is super competitive! Jeff, thanks a lot!

      • Jeff Johnson 09. Aug, 2013 at 10:55 am #

        You’re welcome 🙂

  2. Elia 08. May, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Hi Jeff! My name is Elia and I come from Italy! I’ve signed up for your NonStop Traffic Formula videos and I find them amazing! I’ve got a question for you.. A lot of times when I search for a specific keyword on Google search, along the first page it happens to find YouTube videos (a lot of times in the very first slot).
    Do you think that the main reason for which YT videos appears on Google search is because they have been pushed through a backlinking strategy? Otherewise, could there be other reasons for which they appear in organic searches? Maybe a YT video optimization as you described so weel in your article?

    • Jeff Johnson 08. May, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

      First and foremost it’s because Google wants them to show up in their results 🙂 But the way to help them rank even higher are the keywords you choose to surround your videos with and the anchor text you use in your incoming links that point to your videos.

      They also look at some of the other 13 factors as well such as commenting, views and social sharing.

      But you’d be suprised how much extra little effort it takes to get them on the first page of Google.

  3. Chris Zavadowski 08. May, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Glad you’re back up on Youtube — Great, usable tips, Jeff! Thanks for sharing dude!

    Chris 🙂

    • Jeff Johnson 08. May, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

      All it took was a good old fashioned letter to Youtube, so much for email 🙂

  4. Fredrik Aurdal 14. Jun, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    Hi Jeff,

    I actually lost a bit of traffic after the Google penguin update. But I tried your strategy with pointing an anchor text keyword to one of my videos from my blog. So instead of where my blog post ranked before, now my video is ranking for that keyword. Thanks man:)

    • Jeff Johnson 17. Jun, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      Glad to hear it helped!

  5. GiGi Eats Celebrities 21. Jun, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    I HAVE DONE ALL OF THIS PLUS SOME AND NOTHING NOT A DANG THING…. My youtube channel is destine to get NO VIEWS. Pathetic. And I am VERY annoyed.

    • Jeff Johnson 21. Jun, 2012 at 9:51 am #

      Then I’d have to say you are targetig the wrong keywords or you aren’t using them correctly. Sorry, but you can’t get traffic for keywords that don’t have any traffic.

  6. Natacha Mannhart 07. Jul, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    I did what you have recommended and still don’t have any traffic so far, any advices will be most than welcome on that stage, thanks Natacha from Los Angeles

    • Jeff Johnson 10. Jul, 2012 at 9:26 am #

      Traffic is dependent on the keyword choices you make and the placement of those keywords in your title, description and tags, so spend a lot of time doing your keyword research and updating your current choices based on your research.

  7. Obtain Money 15. Oct, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Jeff I am confident that your advice is the best. And you are a likeable man, for the watchin of the playin of your videofiles.

    Nonetheless, implementation has been blocked, in part. There are instructions how to put facebook’s “Like” buttons on each postin, of a blog.

    However, there are no instructions for how to do the same on a self-hosted blog.

    The difference is a lack of a checkbox that offers “expand plugins” or somethin like that.

    This might be askin too much, but since you instructed your watchers to ask questions, mine is:

    “Jeff, how?”

    Thank you ever so heartily,
    Erik the Vermilion

    • Jeff Johnson 17. Oct, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      Sorry but I haven’t used a blogger blog in 7 years, maybe longer.

      WP has plugins that make it happen for you, and WP is the only blog I use and teach.

      you may want to see if FB’s plugin will work

      • Obtain Money 18. Oct, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

        Jeff, thank you for your answer.

        Doesn’t Google want to see a variety of blogs? Blogger can be converted to wp.

        When I checked, casually, last year, Google seemed to be givin preference to blogger blogs over WP, though that may have been too small a sample…

        …or may have changed since then.

        I’ll try facebook’s plugin, if I can find a place to plug it in.

        I know already your answer, Jeff — you’re havin so much success doin it with wp already, why bother to analyze whether blogger may have slight advantage?

        Erik the Vermilion

        • Jeff Johnson 22. Oct, 2012 at 7:25 am #

          In the end which blog platform you use isn’t nearly as important as the fact that you use one to begin with 🙂

  8. Minerva 15. Jan, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    Thank you for your thoughts on this intriguing topic.
    I’m happy that I have located your blog ,as it will surely help in my subsequent investing decisions. I’ll most
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  9. mitch carson 10. Feb, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    Hi Jeff,

    Your tips are extremely useful and I would like to purchase your full YouTube course. Where is the link?

    • Jeff Johnson 11. Feb, 2013 at 8:07 am #

      sorry but I haven’t accepted new students into Tube Traffic Secrets for a few months now.

      But my last class is about to graduate so you never know… I could be opening the doors soon!


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