This question comes from FAQ Tube community member Chris who is also known as DoctorDharok over on his YouTube channel where he?s doing some great stuff with Minecraft.
What are some video distribution methods outside of YouTube for directing traffic to your channel and strategies for using them? For example, (Website name removed) is a service for promoting Youtube content. Is it any good?
I can’t comment directly on the company Chris mentioned as I have no experience of them personally but my answer remains the same. You should never pay for YouTube views and today I’ll tell you why.
I always recommend keeping your hands squeaky clean when it comes to YouTube. You should be particularly wary of any questionable practices if your business is not diversified and YouTube is your primary platform.
Anything that?s not a natural view and wouldn?t stand up to a manual review shouldn’t be employed on your channel as you risk having your account suspended.
YouTube are actively working to fight against fake views and was the reason they implemented the view-count freeze when a video hits 301 views.
To hear more about this checkout this video from Numberphile which does a great job of explaining the idea behind the 301:
The video?s a little old and the view count may now read 301+, but YouTube?s mission to stop inflated view counts remain. In fact in a recent YouTube Creator Blog post YouTube announced that as well as their initial audit at 301 views they would??periodically validate the video?s view count, removing fraudulent views as new evidence comes to light.?
Even more reason to warn you off the practice if you needed it.
There are many natural ways to promote your videos that will be much more beneficial to your channel as the viewers will be interested, engaged and more likely to watch more of your content.
Here are just a few places to promote your videos:
- Social Media ? This can even be automated in the YouTube video manager.
- Forums ? Find people that are interested in your niche and already talking about it.
- Google+ Communities ? These are great places to share videos. They show the player directly in a post and as Google+ is a Google property it?s great for SEO.?Can’t find a community to post it in? Create your own.
- Content aggregators ? Sites such as Reddit can drive huge numbers of views if your video gets picked up. Make sure you follow the etiquette of the site though as these communities can smell a self-promoter a mile off.
- Blogs ? Reach out to people that are writing about your niche and offer them your video to embed. If your video provides value then it?s likely they will use it, as bloggers are often looking out for inspiration for articles.
Promoting your content can sometimes feel like a struggle but the effort will pay off if you are targeting the right audiences.You should spend as much time promoting your content as you do creating it because there is no point in having an epic video if no one gets to see it.
Content is not always King on YouTube.
Keep your promotion above board and your hands clean. There’s no reason to pay for YouTube views because an inflated view count is not worth ?the risk to your channel or your livelihood.
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