How to Get 4000 watch hours on youtube ?
“4000 hours of watch time” it looks very scary!As a small time youtube creator I can understand the horror that is induced with 4000 hours of watch time is necessary to have monetisation on your youtube account.As per youtube new policy your channel must have 4000 hours of watch time and 1000 subscriber in one youtube year ie 24/feb/2019 to 24/feb/2020 and adding an insulting injury after all this your channel will be in review period for at-least 2 weeks before monetisation is enabled on your channel.
LETS DO SOME MATHS !
We all hate maths and 4000 hours of watch time got us thinking that it’s near to impossible for a small time creator like me . I remember when I first read this policy I was shocked because 1000 subscriber in one year is relatively easy to get but 4000 hours of watch time is quite difficult.But then I did the maths ,i know you guys have read blogs regarding it but believe me I will reveal some tips & tricks that I did to get 4000 hours watch time in just 1 month without any paid ads or by any fishy method.
SO ,what is that magic formula that every one is talking about ???
First let’s convert 4000 hours of watch time into mins.
4000 hours = 240,000 mins
now Let’s say your average video length is 10 mins so how many views you need to reach 240,000 mins ???
The answer is 24 thousand views.
But we all know nobody is going to watch your video from start to end (We are not living in LALA LAND :P)
Don’t get disappointed though, Lets say you release 4 videos of 10 mins in a month and your average viewer views your video for about 5 min now how many views you need to reach 240,000 mins ,the answer is 15 thousand views on every video or 60 thousand views collectively.
WAYS TO ACHIVE 4000 WATCH HOUR IN 1 MONTH
1. FIND YOUR NICHE (FOR NEW CONTENT CREATORS)
I know finding niche is very difficult for a new content creator.As every thing on youtube looks very appealing and we end up creating a mixed contents on our youtube channel but lets face the facts every video that you can think of or every niche you want to make videos upon is filled in youtube . The the question arises how to select a niche with low competition ??
I remember when I was new to youtube in 2013 at that time youtube was filled with gaming videos and tech enthusiast.At that time a channel mixed 2 niche i.e, gaming and lego together and created a new niche in which he created real life models of gaming models from lego. At first he struggled with views and subscriber but this didn’t break his determination of making videos and in some time he has more than 1 million subscribers and right now his main income comes from youtube.
So you have to find your niche in which you are the best you could combine 2 niches together.
2. ANALYSE YOUR COMPETITION IN YOUR NICHE
Let’s say you have choose tech-news as your niche. Now you have to analyse your competition in that field but searching the keyword that you will use in your video. See who’s channel is showing on the top of search results use softwares like vidiq to know their meta data & keywords.
3. MAKE LONGER VIDEOS THAN YOUR COMPETITION
Make longer videos than your competition.In the end youtube wants its users to stay on youtube and watch videos if you make a longer video than of your competition youtube will automatically promote your content over it.
4. ANALYSE THE THUMBNAILS
90% of youtube users tend to click on videos because of custom thumbnail.Once you have analysed who is leading on the search of your niche go through all the thumbnail of your competitors and see how you can create a thumbnail that is appealing.According to youtube reports custom thumbnail with human face is more likely to be clicked rather than some random graphics. Keep in mind that if you where searching for something on youtube which thumbnail attract you most.
5. USE KEYWORDS IN YOUR VIDEO
We all know that google is parent company of youtube and google is right now working in advance voice recognition ie google’s duplex. Try to use keywords in your speech ie. if you have a tech channel and you are creating a video about “ new one plus 7 pro smart phone “ and your keyword is “best premium smartphone brand in India” you should inject this keyword in your review as youtube will see that this keyword is used in the video and will consider it relevant and it will automatically promote your video.
6. HAVE CONSISTENCY IN UPLOADING VIDEOS
This is one of the key factor in getting 4000 hours of watch time and 1000 subscribers as people tend to subscribe those channel who have a consistent video uploading schedule. Let’s say if you upload 2 videos in a month consistently your subscribers will get notified (if they have clicked on the bell icon) and they will be tend to notice your channel as a brand not like a random channel that they have randomly subscribed. This will set you apart from a regular channel to a more organised and recognised channel.
Best schedule to follow for new youtube creators is to upload 1 video in every 15 days.
7. OPTIMISE YOUR CHANNEL PAGE
No one likes to clean up the mess.My room is so messy that I don’t even bother to clean it.But on the other hand my youtube channel is organised .Organising your youtube channel will help your users to know what your channel is about and will help them to navigate easily.
Things to remember
- Create playlist for your content series like if you do reviews for new tech you could have playlists like “Tech under 100$” or “smartphone reviews”.This will help the subscriber to easily navigate to the content he likes and by this you will promote all your series videos.This will help you achieve 4000 hrs of watch time in one month.
- Create intros for your youtube channel for new visitors as its the best way to appeal to user to educate about your channel and ask him to subscribe your channel.And for the returning user place a long video in the intro section of your channel so that you will have 4000 views in no time.
8. AUDIENCE RETENTION
By youtube analytics they have seen that the user tendency to view your full video is dependent on first 15 sec of your video.So make your first 15 interactive for the user don’t waste your 15 sec in intro of your channel capitalise it by showing relevant content.Content that the user clicked your video to watch.This could have a B-ROLL if you are reviewing some product.
UNETHICAL WAYS TO GET 4000 WATCH HOURS ON YOUTUBE
1. CREATE A 10 HOUR LONG VIDEO
Although I would not recommend these unethical ways to get 4000 hours of watch time.But these methods do work great.See if we do maths 10 hour = 600 mins and if we divide it with 4000 hours of watch time we will get 400 views.If you create 10hr long video you only need 400 complete.It could be achieved in just 10 days if you play that video on 40 devices daily.
2. BUY SUBSCRIBERS AND WATCH-TIME
There are many website popping after youtube released these policies they give you subscribers and watch time in return of money as simple as that I will not provide links to these websites but you can search for them,they are everywhere on the internet from Facebook to paid ads.