Tips to boost your YouTube watch time!

by Shannon Simons

So you want to start making money on YouTube. But oh no! You just found out that you need 4000 hours of watch time on your channel before you can even apply for monetization! I know, it sounds like a lot, and frankly, it is. Take, for example, a new content creator who would like to get 4000 hours on his very first video. Assuming his video is 10 minutes, he would need 24,000 people to watch his video from the beginning to the end. It’s either he does this successfully or he buys more watch hours.

Now obviously, if you are serious about your YouTube channel, you wouldn’t make just one video, but you get the point; getting 4000 watch hours doesn’t happen by mistake. Well, it could(that’s how some memes are born), but your chances of that happening are rather slim. So what then can you do? Well, there are several steps you can take, and a bonus one at the end, so stick around!

Consistency is key!

If you are a new content creator, YouTube probably isn’t what’s paying for your bills. In fact, it’s certainly isn’t. You’re probably juggling your new venture with a job, or maybe even with school. Because of that, it’s going to be nearly impossible to put out a proper video every day, or even every two days. But remember, the more videos you put out, the better. Try to set a schedule, and actively work towards it. Ensure you upload your videos on time. That way, your viewers can look forward to your new content.

Timeless content.

A little advice on what to focus on when making your videos; try to cover things or topics that have an endless reach. Making videos about trending topics may get you some short boosts of popularity, but the buzz will probably die out rather quickly. When you make timeless videos, you will continue to get watch time for many months or even years after.

Quantity or Quality?

This is an important question for new creators to ask themselves. In as much as you would want to spend more and more time fine-tuning and editing, you need to weigh the pros and cons. What would be the return on investment of spending more time on that video as opposed to making another one? Usually, for newer channels, the best bet is to air on the side of quantity. More videos will give YouTube more to recommend and that will result in more watch time.

Bonus Tip

Another way you can get more YouTube watch time on your channel is to simply buy more watch hours! Many new content creators have chosen this option. I mean, why go through all the stress and spend all that time and money when you could get to 4000 hours for a fraction of the time and cost. The faster you can get to that benchmark, the faster you can start making money from your videos. And since views create more views on YouTube, you’ll start raking in more watch time as you go!

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