Updated: Dec 25, 2020
We already know that according to YouTube’s Terms & Conditions we can only monetize our channel we have got 1,000 subscribers and also at least 4,000 watched hours in the last 12 months.
I know that many small vloggers I mean to say YouTubers having a very small number of subscribers are feeling a bit sad and deflated by the news.
For many of us, 4,000 hours of watch time (equivalent to 2,40,000 Minutes) is a pretty high target.
However, let’s not despair!
Rather than feeling disheartened, try some of my tips and techniques to increase your YouTube watch time and of course, the more time people spend watching your videos, the more your Watch Time will grow!
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1. Post at the Right Time
One of the best ways to increase watch time is to give your video the very best chance of showing up in search results.
After all, more views = more watch time!
I would recommend posting around mid-afternoon during the week, which gives your video time to be indexed before peak viewing hours (8 PM) but I’ll personally recommend the trying and testing method because every niche has a different time when their videos get a good boost.
For example, Meditation videos are mostly watched during the early morning; calm music videos work during the relaxing time (10:00 PM - 01:00 AM) or we can say that the channels which create videos related to Lifehacks should especially focus on uploading the content during the holiday seasons I mean they should give a priority during that time.
Consider posting a little earlier on the weekends, and you might also consider days when Internet traffic generally is higher – which means posting later in the week and avoiding Mondays!
2. Use Playlists
To get the benefit of this feature, ensure all your videos are in playlists and if you’re the sort of person who likes hanging out on YouTube, consider spending a little time creating Playlists featuring other people’s videos alongside your own.
You can create them according to the people’s interests so that your videos get distributed according to the viewer’s preferences.
3. Use Cards and End Slates
Once you’ve uploaded a video to YouTube there are a few tricks you can use to encourage people to continue watching rather than clicking off your video too quickly.
One of the most obvious is to use the YouTube Cards feature.
This allows you to add an on-screen link at any point in your video to link to another video, channel, or playlist.
Top tip for using cards on existing videos: look at your analytics and see the “view time” for your video.
You’ll identify the point at which most viewers abandon that video.
Put a card a couple of seconds before this offering the viewer a chance to watch a different, related video or playlist.
The aim is to help keep those viewers on YOUR channel or playlist rather than ending their watch time on the same channel.
When using End Slates, you can use exactly the same technique of directing viewers to another of your videos, or a longer playlist.
Be sure to also add a link to subscribe to the end of each video.
4. Have a Teaser! Everybody can have it on almost every topic
Often, when people watch a YouTube video, they get bored quickly.
You’ll know this is happening to you if your view time on a video shows a large drop after just a few seconds of your video. It’s hurtful to see, but it happens.
The good news is you can reduce this by having the best and most exciting part of your video right at the start as a sort of teaser. Keep watching to see this is the unspoken message.
This is why you’ll often see recipe videos opening with a shot of the almost finished dish, or funny videos opening with a great fail moment – before the channel titles or logo kicks in.
If that’s not appropriate even a quick, “Hey, this video will be about…” at the start of your video will be great for watch time to make people stay.
Lots of YouTubers also use the technique of saying, “Watch to the end to see…” and then add bloopers, or a giveaway at the end of the video, to help encourage people not to click off too soon.
5. Tell People What to Expect
One of the most common reasons for low watch time on YouTube videos is people clicking away because the video content isn’t what’s expected.
You might think a click-bait title and thumbnail is amazing for view numbers (and it can be) but it’s terrible news for watch time.
There’s no point in having a video that has 10,000 views if 9,900 of those people only watched for five seconds.
POINT TO BE NOTED: My very best advice in this regard is to make sure your title, thumbnail, and description accurately reflect what’s in the video. Your overall views may go down, but your overall watch time (which is a far more important metric) will go up.
6. Use Your Analytics
We can’t stress enough that YouTube Analytics are your absolute best friend when it comes to watching time.
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When you are growing a channel, watch time is a far better indicator of success than video views or subscriber numbers, both of which are easily manipulated, and can be misleading.
Try to get into the habit of watching which videos get the best watch time.
Try and spot things that you do in videos that cause people to click away – you might realise that your opening titles are too long, or your viewers prefer videos with practical step by step instructions rather than lifestyle shots. It’s all about testing and experimenting – and hopefully having fun!
Do you have any top tips based on your YouTube experience? Let us know in the comments!