Feb 02, 2019 - 02:50 PM
It is important to note that in a quest to prevent fake views, YouTube freezes a video's views when it reaches 300 to ensure that it wasn't faked.
Sometimes, a person may refresh a video continuously to make it record a view. When YouTube noticed this, they decided to freeze the views of a video when it reaches 300 to verify if they are real views or not.
This is why you sometimes see the views on a video being stuck at 300 for long hours. It doesn't mean that the views would stop reading when others click to watch the video.
Once YouTube has verified that the views are real, the real number of the views, likes, and dislikes are automatically released.
Now to the main question of how a view is calculated.
A view is a video playback that was done by a real user. YouTube has tried its best not to disclose how it calculates its views, and the mechanisms behind them to prevent hack attempts.
From my observation and research, I can hazard an educated guess. There are things that are called fake views, which are those misleading views done in a bid to attract the actual views.
If a video has a myriad of views that were there for only a few seconds, they can't be classified as legitimate views.
If I watch a video entirely, from the beginning to the end, it is classified as one view. You may be wondering what happens if I watch a video, but do not stay to the end.
What YouTube considers as a view is when the amount of time that is spent watching the video is higher than a percentage of the video length.
The genre and kind of video also affect if it will be ranked a view or not.
YouTube also look at those views that are emanating from a particular IP address. If a person decides to watch a video repeatedly, he or she will be permitted to only generate about four views daily, once the video has more than 300 views.
Feb 02, 2019 - 08:14 PM
The advertisers do not pay the same for partial views as full views. The advertisers are only expected to pay for ads when they’re watched for 30 seconds or more. Also, if the viewer clicks on the ad to get more information, then the advertisers can pay for the advert.
In a situation when an advert pops up while watching a YouTube video, some people will actually wait to watch the full advertisement because it’s useful to them at that time. A person that skipped the advert at one time might not skip it the second time because it’s needed at the moment.
As a YouTube advertiser, you’ll be able to monitor the number of views that you get on your ads and also the action that people take on the advert.
YouTube has made it quite easy for advertisers to monitor the activities on their ads so as to enable them to know how to improve.
And also, they’re also working on a system that’ll enable ads to pop on specific YouTube accounts according to their previous Google search. You can determine your target audience for your advert.