YouTube wants this to make sure that actual humans are watching its videos and not the bots. YouTube has the specific criteria that it uses to count views on the videos and it is as follows:
– The user must click the play button to start the video
– A video played for less than 30 seconds wouldn’t be counted as a view.
These two ways let YouTube know that a person is intentionally watching the video and there is no fake count.
In marketing, these view matters. The high number of views over a video shows that the content of the video was worth engaging and this helps YouTubers in affiliate marketing too. The views on videos also help YouTubers to make improvements in their content by seeing which type of content actually gets more viewers.
Abiding by specified YouTube standards is important for YouTube videos to obtain more videos.
YouTube’s calculation of the views is based on the following procedure:
– 301 views
This is called the turning point. Once your video has 301 views, YouTube changes its way of counting the views. At this point, your video gets on the homepage as well. So, until YouTube verifies your views are real, the views are temporarily frozen to 301. If YouTube somehow finds that the views aren’t real or they are coming from only a specific number of servers, it may delete the video. Once YouTube verifies the views, you will get the views unfrozen.
– Above 301 Views
This is the next stage in which YouTube changes its algorithms and rules when your video passes 301 views. At this stage, refreshing the page won’t count views for you. Due to security issues and to avoid exploitation, the exact details are kept hidden but refreshing the video general fake views from malware and different viruses.
– Buying YouTube Views
It is, however, possible to buy YouTube views from different third-parties especially for beginners and for promotion, but YouTube explicitly forbids buying views, and videos with fake views if caught are immediately deleted by YouTube. Buying views can seem beneficial to the YouTuber, but as soon as YouTube identifies it, it becomes harmful.
– Fake Views and the Harm in it
YouTube never allows fake views and as soon as it identifies them, it takes the video off. The reason behind this is that fake views interfere with their ad revenue. As YouTube gets paid by advertisements through clicks and impressions and it gets complicated when videos have fake views. Fake views on YouTube devalue the advertisements and are harmful to YouTube and content creators. The number of subscribers’ likes and dislikes also matter in knowing if the views are real or not.
Repeated Views on YouTube
Repeated views on one video on YouTube can be counted in total views but not all the views are counted. YouTube knows and understands that the users might like one video, watch it again and again and show it to their social circle as well. So, multiple YouTube views from the same account can sometimes be added to the views in total and sometimes not.