Tue. Nov 24th, 2020
How to Get 4000 Watch Hours on YouTube

How to Get 4000 Watch Hours on YouTube

in order to monetize your channel and start making money on youtube you need 4 000 watch hours and 1 000 subscribers on your channel in this video i’m going to show you how you can get those 4 000 hours of watch time the fastest way possible so you can monetize your channel and start making money my name is matt parr i run nine different youtube channels and i’m telling you this from experience i’ve grown channels to over a million subscribers multiple different channels over 100 000 subscribers and this is literally how you can get those first 4 000 hours of watch time the fastest way possible so if that sounds good hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss on more youtube tips and tricks just like this one so without further ado let’s get straight into the video so like i said you need 4 000 hours of watch time and 1 000 subscribers in order to monetize your channel and start making money from youtube ads now i already did a video talking about how you can get a thousand subscribers on youtube now if you don’t already have a thousand subscribers click here to watch that video or check out the link down in the description if you do already have a thousand subscribers first of all congratulations now it’s time to get you to 4 000 hours of watch time now here’s exactly how to do it in order to understand how to get 4000 hours of watch time let’s first take a look mathematically on how we can get those first 4 000 watch hours so in your youtube analytics you’ll probably notice that watch time is displayed typically in minutes and this might make it kind of confusing you’re wondering well if i have this many watch minutes and how many watch hours do i have so let me break it down for you so you can understand how much you need to actually get and so you can monitor your progress along the way 4 000 watch hours is 240 000 watch minutes now if you make 10 minute videos on your youtube channel and you get on average a 50 average view duration on your videos then that is five minutes of average watch time per video on your channel 240 000 total watch minutes which is needed to get monetized on youtube divided by 5 minutes of average watch time per video equals 48 000 so in this case you only need 48 000 views across all of your youtube videos on your channels in order to get those first 4 000 hours of watch time and get monetized on your channel so let’s break it down even further if you upload 33 different youtube videos you only need an average of 1 455 views per video and if you upload a hundred videos you only need an average of 480 views per video and you might be saying well that’s a lot of views how in the world am i supposed to actually get 48 000 views on my videos well the good news is that it’s not as hard as you probably think and i’m doing this on new channels all the time from complete scratch and i’m gonna lay out the blueprint for you right now in these nine tips tip number nine make videos that are longer than 10 minutes and the reason i say this is because longer videos typically have a longer average view duration and in turn more watch time on those videos to put this in perspective if someone watches 30 of a 10 minute video that’s three minutes of watch time whereas if someone watches 30 of a one minute video that’s only 18 seconds of watch time so now you can start to see the benefits of producing longer videos because you’re gonna get more watch time per view on those videos meaning that you have to get less views overall on your channel in order to get those first 4 000 watch hours and also another benefit of producing videos that are longer than 10 minutes is that once you do get monetized you’ll be able to put multiple ad breaks on your videos and make a lot more money as a result and i know youtube recently changes as well and youtube recently released a policy saying that you can put multiple ads on videos that are longer than eight minutes so i would just make sure that you’re producing videos that are at least eight minutes long but longer than 10 minutes would be ideal tip number eight make list videos so you might be wondering how you can actually produce videos that are longer than 10 minutes what are you going to say in the videos and how can your videos actually be structured well list videos are an amazing structure to apply to videos on your channel and it makes it a lot easier to produce these 10 minute long videos and in turn get more watch time and i’m sure you’ve seen list videos out there on youtube for example the top 10 fastest cars the top 10 biggest dogs in the world and videos of this nature and you could apply list videos to almost any different niche and any different subject out there on youtube that you’re talking about to demonstrate why list videos are so good for example if you make a 10 minute video about the top 10 biggest dogs then you only have to talk about each different dog for one minute each and just like that you have a 10 minute video so whatever you’re talking about if you make top 10 videos then all you have to do is talk about each subject for only one minute each and then at the end you’ll have that 10 minute video and another benefit of list videos is that they typically perform very well in terms of audience retention and watch time because they typically keep the viewers attention by covering lots of things in the video and the more cuts that you have throughout the video the better you’ll be able to hook the viewer in and keep them watching as long as possible therefore giving you more watch time and getting you closer to those 4 000 watch hours tip number seven is to use playlists correctly so if you run a youtube channel that talks about multiple different subjects maybe just a single subject but you have multiple different categories of videos let’s say for example you run an animal channel and you do top 10 dog videos talking about the top 10 biggest dogs the top 10 smallest dogs that would be a category of content and then for example you could have another category of content comparing different dog breeds for example you might upload videos like german shepherds versus siberian huskies now the reason you want to make playlists for each of these different subjects is that every time you link to one of these videos or you leave links in the description of one of your videos or people go to your channel and they look at your playlist every time you get a viewer in the playlist environment you’ll get a lot more watch time as a result and you might be saying well how’s that possible that’s because when someone clicks to watch a video from a playlist link and you get them in a playlist environment they will automatically after they’re done watching that video be prompted to watch another one of your videos and another one of your videos and another one and that in turn is going to get you a lot more watch time and get you a higher session time on youtube meaning that every single person who watches one of your videos on average will watch more of your videos if you can get them into a playlist environment so it’s really imperative that you use playlists correctly on your youtube videos and you’ll get a lot more watch time as a result and places you can put these playlists are in the end screens of your videos in the cards of your videos and directly on your channel page you can actually feature playlists tip number six is to incorporate a popular upload section on your youtube channel so when you go to customize your youtube channel you’ll notice that you can actually add a popular upload section to your channel now your most popular videos are probably your most popular for a reason and typically on average they’ll also get more watch time as well so it can be really beneficial to feature some of your most popular videos on your main youtube channel page and as you can see on my youtube channel right here we have the most popular upload section listed right here and the way that you do that is you click customize channel directly on your channel page and then all you have to do is scroll down and click add section select from content just select popular uploads now i already have it right there and then just click done and then you’ll have that section on your channel and this makes it so that every single person who comes onto your channel they’ll see that popular uplift section and you want to get them watching those videos because they’re already proven to do good they’re already proven to most likely get you more watch time as well therefore getting you closer to 4 000 watch hours tip number five is to feature a playlist of high watch time videos so rather than just hoping that your most popular videos have a high amount of watch time which they most likely do but just to be sure what you can additionally do is go into your youtube analytics and you can do that by going to your youtube creator studio and then clicking analytics right here and then what you’re going to want to do is go to engagement right here and then as you can see you can see your top videos right here in terms of watch time and another thing you’ll want to do is select for the lifetime of your channel right there from that drop down and then you can see the videos of yours that have gotten the most amount of watch hours and they’ll be shown right here so then what you’re going to want to do is make a playlist ordering these videos from the first one having the most amount of watch time second one having the second most amount of watch time third one and so on listing your videos in chronological order from your top watch time to the least amount of watch time and then you can simply add that playlist on your channel page by clicking add section and then you’re just going to want to select single playlist and then you can select that playlist right there tip number four is to do live streams doing live streams is one of the most underlooked ways on how you can get 4 000 hours of watch time on your youtube channel and the reason that is is because live streams typically have a very high average view duration due to the fact that people who join live streams typically watch him a lot longer than watching like traditional videos so all you really need if you’re doing live streams is for a couple of people to join those live streams and this can add up very fast for example all of my biggest videos with the biggest average view durations on this channel that you’re watching right now have been live streams let me show you just how powerful live streams are so if we hop into my analytics right here as you can see on most of my videos there’s anywhere from like a four to six minute average view duration on most of my videos and most of my videos are around 10 minutes long now if we take a look at this right here you’ll notice that this video right here has a 13 minute average view duration over double the average for my channel and if we take a look at this video right here it’s a live stream so live streams can be incredibly powerful and this one was just under two hours long so if you can go even longer than two hours you can really start to add up the watch time fast tip number three is to upload 33 different youtube videos now if you don’t have any videos up on youtube you’re not going to get any watch time and i know that seems self-explanatory but i see so many people out there give up uploading on youtube after they’ve uploaded only 10 videos and i really urge you to really give it a shot and upload at least 33 different youtube videos and then go in and analyze the analytics of those videos see which videos of yours are getting the highest watch time the highest average view durations and then make more videos like that and the reason i say 33 is because that’s what i’ve observed to be the average amount of videos on youtube channels that i’ve ran until one of them does take off and you could get lucky right off the bat and within your first 33 videos one of them might even take off and you might get those 4 000 hours of watch time and in these first 33 different videos don’t worry too much about making the best content in the entire world just focus on getting those videos up and then you can go and analyze your analytics improve double down on what’s working improve based off of what you’re seeing and then this is going to make getting those first 4 000 hours of watch time a lot easier now that’s not to say that you just upload a bunch of random videos and random niches and everything you want to only upload videos in a single niche don’t just upload all these random videos so you can hit those 33 videos you want to only upload videos in as specific of a niche as possible tip number two is to double down on what’s working on your channel so once you have your first 33 videos up on your youtube channel it’s time to go investigate and see what’s working and what’s not so you can cut out what’s not working and double down on what is working and the way you can do this is to go into your analytics and take a look at the audience retention graphs for different videos on your channel when you see that graph spike it means that people are watching more at that point on your video and you want to do more things like what’s happening at that point when it goes down you want to cut out whatever you’re doing at that point of the video in future videos that you produce and upload on your channel and the specific benchmarks that i like to look for in terms of audience retention watch time are at least a 60 average view duration on videos that are about 10 minutes long now if you can hit 60 you’re doing incredibly good and most videos on youtube don’t have anywhere near those analytics and it’s very likely you’re going to go viral as a result another thing you’re going to want to look at is click-through rate on your youtube videos now if you’re not familiar click-through rate is a percentage of people who click to watch your videos after seeing your videos and things like search results browse features the suggested video tab now ideally you want to hit at least a six percent click-through rate now there are certain niches where click-through rate will be lower than others so this is just on all of youtube across a big broad spectrum of niches and youtube actually tells us that 80 of videos on youtube are within a two and five percent click-through rate so if you can hit six percent you’re doing better than most videos but really you just want to look at your channel average across your entire channel and always try to be doing better than your channel average tip number one is to put a proper channel trailer so as the channel trailer on your youtube channel you’re going to want to put one of your highest watch time videos in that spot and this is going to really help jumpstart you to get those first 4 000 hours of watch time because then new potential subscribers who take a look at that video on your channel trailer are likely to watch more of that trailer and in turn as an added bonus you’ll get a bunch of more subscribers as well and now let me give you three extra bonus tips that if you take away anything from this youtube video it’s these three things one growth on youtube is usually exponential meaning that when you upload a bunch of videos on youtube and you don’t see any traction oftentimes and i’ve noticed this on so many of the different channels that i’ve ran oftentimes the graph on your youtube channel in terms of watch time looks something like this and then all of a sudden it shoots up like this and typically this happens around the 33 video mark and if it doesn’t then you can double down on what’s working get rid of what’s not working and then optimize based off your analytics so you can get that exponential growth on your youtube channel so remember that growth on youtube is usually exponential so don’t give up if you’re not seeing any results you could literally just be one video away from everything taking off two the longer your videos are the easier it is to get 4 000 watch hours on youtube so remember this try to produce videos that are at least 10 minutes long and if you can at least eight minutes long is really the minimum that i recommend when you’re starting out if you want to get those first 4 000 watch hours as fast as possible and another great way to produce long videos that a lot of people will watch a lot of is to do live streams on your channel and number three don’t stop uploading no matter what this is the most important rule do not stop uploading don’t give up if you don’t see any results in the first 33 videos that you upload or in the first 10 videos that you upload i see so many people give up after they upload five videos on youtube so at least give it a fair shot upload a lot of videos on your channel the more the better i generally recommend uploading one video a day but i also did a video on my youtube channel that you guys can check out where i go over how often you should be uploading on youtube because there are some exceptions to that and i show you exactly what you should be doing in that video if you’re interested so thanks so much for watching everybody i hope this helps you out a lot now check out this video in which i show you exactly how you can get your first 1000 subscribers on your channel so you can monetize your channel and start making money from your channel so check out this video right here you’ll get a ton of value from it you’ll get those first 1000 subscribers a lot faster than if you didn’t watch this video right here so check out this video right here thanks so much for watching everybody and i’ll see you in the next video

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