Msg#: 4507775 posted 6:03 pm on Oct 13, 2012 (gmt 0)
... the Google-owned video-streaming platform is changing the way it ranks these results, and is looking to reward videos that receive the most watched time.
With this in mind, yesterday YouTube also added “Time Watched” reporting to YouTube Analytics, so if you have a penchant for creating videos you can better evaluate the performance of your videos and channel.YouTube ranking video based upon Most Watched Time [thenextweb.com]
Msg#: 4507775 posted 4:14 am on Oct 14, 2012 (gmt 0)
"Time watched" by itself strikes me as a sloppy metric, as a short video would naturally get less time per view. One of the things you learn about editing is to always leave your audience wanting more.
I hope they take that into account and come up with some overall engagement metric. It would be a shame to encourage video makers to pad their content.
Msg#: 4507775 posted 2:50 pm on Oct 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
It means if you keep viewers around on YouTube longer, you're videos will start ranking better. And the view count is discounted at this point. It doesn't mean trying to come out with a ten-minutes-or-longer video just for the sake of coming out with something longer, you actually have to keep those audiences for a long time throughout the video.
We have about 70 videos in our channel. Recently our subscribers and the monetization on the videos jumped significantly. I'm thinking that this new ranking system is the reason.
These are training videos, so it makes sense that people will watch most of the video once they read the description.