According to YouTube, this is what a video view means – “a viewer-initiated intended play of a YouTube video that’s been de-spammed… A view isn’t an autoplay, scripted play, spam play or playback. Views should only be a result of pure viewer choice to watch a video, not as a result of a transaction through incentivized views.”
In simple terms, this basically means a view is counted when a video is played because a viewer has chosen to click play out of choice.
Now that you know what is a YouTube view, you also need to know the certain scenarios where a YouTube view is not counted. If you are a serious content creator, then viewership growth is your only concern. Questions like “YouTube video views from embeds count as a view? or What doesn’t count as a YouTube view?” are bound to pop up in your head. Here in this blog, we will debunk all of them one by one.
EMBEDDED YOUTUBE VIDEOS SET TO AUTOPLAY:
One of the most powerful aspects of YouTube as a video hosting service is the ability to embed a YouTube video in any other site, be it a forum post, a blog post, social media platform or a home page.
YouTube video views from embeds count as a view?
YouTube provides its own embed code, an easy copy and paste system that allows anyone to post an embedded video. Yes, views from such embeds are taken into account by YouTube unless it is set to autoplay mode.
Therefore, an embedded video which is set to play on its own as soon as the page loads (i.e. autoplay) will not be counted as a view. A video set to play automatically is an annoyance that drives users away. Thus, it’s best to allow them to load the video on their own terms and not force them to it.
REPEATED VIEWS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME:
In case of music videos or tutorials, there is a high chance that the viewer might want to repeat the viewing the video. But in order to ensure that these views are legitimate, YouTube has placed a system in place which takes into consideration the repeat views in the counter only if there is a gap of 30 minutes in between those views.
If the viewer is constantly reloading the page within the 30-minute gap, due to the cache storage system YouTube will not count them as multiple views. Such behavior often means that the viewer is trying to game the system and trying to increase views illegitimately.
SPAM IPS OR ROBOT VIEWS:
There are a number of websites out there which try to sell you YouTube views. And as an easy alternative, most creators do involve in such malicious activities in order to increase the view count on their videos. In order to avoid this practice, YouTube is able to detect these spam IPs and robots that generate fake views and is able to stop them from adding to the view counter.
Initially, you will notice that it may work and the views are being counted but as soon as the audit of views is done via YouTube they disappear. So, it’s best not to fall into such traps and waste your funds to gain fake views.
CUSTOMIZED VIDEO WIDGETS:
Sometimes while embedding a video, people use various customized video widgets. Often video views from these customized widgets are not incremented in the view counter of the video. This is so because YouTube has a hard time tracking customized code, and it cannot tell whether a video is being hidden in some way.
Therefore, with these four scenarios, you know that a view will not be counted on YouTube. So avoid doing that and adopt legitimate ways like practicing search engine optimization tricks, creating quality content and perform proper distribution to gain more views on your videos.
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