YouTube will only show your video if it is fun to watch, to prove that your video is fun to watch, it needs alot of views (the views don't count if only the creator is watching it, even alternate accounts don't work), to have alot of views, the video has to be visible, but the video can't be visible if YouTube isn't going to show it, and for YouTube to show it, it needs to be fun.........................So it goes on in a circle! So what should you do? You need to ask your friends to at least watch the video, so it could get views. Do you get my point?
You really just need to give it sometime and make sure your tags are right. Also you have more views on some of your videos then I even have. You need to make videos as soon as possible about the newest thing as well..
If you (or anybody else reading this thread) are worrying about getting more views, there are few factors you need to consider:
1) You have to evaluate your own attitude to making gaming videos. What are your goals, and do you think you are capable of fulfilling them? You have to realize that if you want to make videos and get recognition for them, you will have to be dedicated. You cannot half-arse your way through to fame; you have to make deadlines for posting videos and adhere to them, you have to learn about video editing and compression, and much more. If you already have a dozen hobbies that you are better at and that appeal more to you, perhaps you should rethink making gaming videos - or, if you still want to make them, you should rethink your ambitions concerning these videos: don't expect many views, and just do what you want and what you can, without applying too much pressure on your daily routine.
2) You need to ensure that your videos are of the highest grade of quality that you can provide them with. To this end, you have to research extensively on the topic of video recording, video editing, compression, audio recording, etc.
Once you've done your research and are fully aware what you're getting yourself into, consider your budget. How much are you willing to spend on recording software or on a high-grade microphone? Since you are starting out, you probably want to keep the budget to a minimum and spend as little as possible, if anything. Of course, pumping money into your recording equipment won't land you a thousand views automatically, so the budget is not terribly important, though it has to be considered nonetheless, as you may not be satisfied with some of the free software that is out there.
3) You need to discover a style that suits the function and goal of your videos, your time schedule and your own personality. Some game commentators do commentary in post, others while they're playing; some prefer rapid-fire humor and extensive video-editing, which is time-consuming, while others like to provide helpful advice and do as little editing as possible. Are you a gamer who goofs off and constantly stumbles on game bugs, or are you a skilled, methodical gamer? Do you like written Let's Plays, or are you sure you want to go ahead with video (remember: if you don't have a good voice or if you tend to get stuck in games, written LP's is always an option, and a fairly popular one at that). Do you prefer playing flash games, indie games, horror games, AAA games or are you a "jack-of-all-games"? Find your inner gamer and stick to it. Don't try to be something you're not. Maybe there are some gamers out there whose jokes are forced and who fake-scream while playing horror or rage games, but believe me, 90% of such gamers are not only relatively unknown, but they are also frowned upon - or even retsupurae'd :P
3) You have to create a steady flow of videos. You cannot just post one video a month; you need to post at least one video a week, ideally one video every two days. The frequency of your videos also depends on the quality: if your videos undergo heavy editing, then a video a week is a good deadline to meet, while if your videos have little to no editing involved, then a video a day or every two days would be adequate, especially if the videos are all episodes of a single series. In the beginning, you will have ten, twenty or even fifty videos that do not have many views - probably less than fifty - but if you keep posting them, eventually the viewcount and subscribers count will grow. People will stumble upon your videos as you have so many of them, that your channel already has made a small impression upon the gaming-video community.
If you are in dire need of more than five or ten views per video, then here are some do's and do not's of raising the viewcount in a short period of time:
- Join forums and websites that specifically cater to gaming videos. There are many friendly Let's Play forums with many seasoned as well as amateur members, all of whom are ready to give your channel a looksie (in return for a gander at their own channel, out of politeness) and to give you very helpful, constructive criticism to help you improve your video quality.
Additionally, you can consider posting a topic on a forum that specializes in a genre similar to the one favored in your videos. For example, if you tend to play old-fashioned, retro games, you could link to your channel in a thread on a website that caters to people who enjoy retro games.
- Don't spam your channel on youtube videos of popular LPers and beg for views/subs - neither should you do this anywhere else, for that matter. You can casually mention your channel in a youtube post, or you can even open a thread like this one on some gaming forum, but remember: people really, really dislike users who look like they're desperate for views and subs. You aren't likely to get much constructive criticism or praise, and many will probably ignore your posts anyway. Some people might look, and if your videos are indeed interesting enough, word of mouth will pass you along and you might actually get a higher viewcount and more subscribers. But it isn't guaranteed.
- You can, of course, join social networks to further promote your channel, but don't go overboard. You may have an account on every social network from Twitter to Instagram, but it won't guarantee Youtube success. However, having Twitter or a Facebook page may help in promoting your videos and in letting your audience know when you have just posted a video.
More tips to raise the content quality of your videos:
- Read guides and articles from well-known LPer's and see what they have to say on the subject.
- Watch Retsupurae and learn what NOT to do.
- Practice gaming commentary by riffing. Sure, it may sound a little stupid, but if you are uncomfortable with constantly making jokes that are being recorded (and you will have to constantly make jokes of some kind or other, otherwise, if there's a slump or an interval of silence in the video, the audience will very quickly get bored), you can improve by switching on a film or TV show and just sit there and riff on it. It doesn't have to be good, but at least you will realize which direction your commentary humor runs to. Remember, the jokes that entertain the audience may not always be the same as the jokes that you tell when you're with your friends. Alternatively, you could always do your commentary in post, and prepare it by writing key points or a rough script while watching the video you just made.
And finally: There is a milestone that you will reach through dedication, perseverance, hard work and a pinch of luck. For bloggers, this milestone is considered the first one thousand views on a person's blog. For Youtubers, there exists a similar accomplishment that, once achieved, will guarantee an increased visiter frequency. Once you've broken, say, five hundred subscribers or five thousand views (although I do not know the exact statistics for the milestone - I doubt anyone really does), the views and subs will be coming in quicker. Those first few hundred views are the hardest, but after that it's smooth sailing, provided the videos don't decrease in quality or frequency.
(And how do I know all this? Well, once upon a time, I joined a very friendly LP forum and I started up a gaming channel on Youtube. After a few months I realized that LPing (or at least, making commentary WHILE I am playing a game) just wasn't my thing. I discovered that I prefered to turn my attention to writing, and I opened up a literature-oriented blog instead. Sure, I don't have many visitors or views, but I write for my blog chiefly because I want to. It is for my own pleasure, whereas a gaming channel proved to be far too tedious and too time-consuming to be fit into my weekly schedule. I am, however, contemplating doing scripted LP's and/or written LP's, since I am learning to write stage- and screenplays and I enjoy writing jokes about video games.)
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