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How important is a subscriber base today.

     
4:37 am on Jan 14, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Youtube really have made some changes lately in terms of what they recommend I watch. Channels I subscribe to very seldom appear in my recommended videos section, they are a little hidden, to be honest, and I need to view by subscription sections to see who has a new upload. I also run a small scale channel 20 (ish) subscribers, yet I am seeing channels with 10k+ subscribers (within my niche) getting fewer views than me.

It makes you wonder if the power of a large subscriber base has now been superseded by another aspect of the algo. I am seeing that a lot of my traffic is coming from recommended videos. I think my watch duration is very high, so this may be a fairly powerful piece data for Youtube to use.

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2:37 pm on Jan 25, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I am curious. I have been playing around with the idea of getting many views on videos. I feel like its the subscribers that make the views goes up.