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YouTube Help 3 Reasons Why you're NOT getting views from YouTube search.

ProjectGirlBoss

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I agree on the thumbnails. Its hard to be onjective about our thumbnails when we are the one designing them. That is why I always try to ask for feedback on my thumbnail or use tubebuddy A/B testing
 
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This is definitely a must read for any newcomer and even for those that have been at it for a while, every bit of learning will help, but another thing that can get us further ahead, in a way, is a good attitude towards tips like this, oh yeah I’ve come across a few special ones that thought they didn’t need this, thought they could breeze on through to their dream without putting in the effort, only to go all over the place begging everyone to hit the big red button, and give them some watch time.

Anyways I won’t ramble on about this, stay safe everyone :blush:
It's a hard read, but it's a eyeopening one I hope thanks for the kind words!

I agree on the thumbnails. Its hard to be onjective about our thumbnails when we are the one designing them. That is why I always try to ask for feedback on my thumbnail or use tubebuddy A/B testing
Exactly! I hope you're enjoying AB testing!
 

residentcasuals

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This is great, we are considering getting tubebuddy pro. I think at the moment we are putting in a lot of work in the wrong areas and tubebuddy pro might help direct where we should put our efforts in, if that makes sense?
 

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This is great, we are considering getting tubebuddy pro. I think at the moment we are putting in a lot of work in the wrong areas and tubebuddy pro might help direct where we should put our efforts in, if that makes sense?
Yes, this is my hope as well. I do not have pro yet as I would like to see it work just a little bit before investing into this venue. I also have so much to learn so I can promote Tubebuddy on my channel!
 

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I see a lot of people say statements as follow:

"I'm ranking in search, but I'm not getting views!?!" I wanted to take some time to explain why you may not be getting the views you want/ crave.

Number 1: You Don't have Incognito Mode Set and are seeing biased results.

For starters, make sure you have your TubeBuddy set to INCOGNITO MODE!

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You can tell if you have it set down here. This makes sure you see where you're ranking NOT LOGGED IN! YouTube gives biased results when you're logged in, so you want to see how you're ranking as if you've NEVER signed in before.

Number 2: You're ranking in search, but no one is clicking on your thumbnails.

This one is hard. A lot of times we THINK we have great thumbnails, but sadly our audience doesn't respond the way we would like. This is where impressions click through rate REALLY matter.

Impressions are when YouTube shows your Thumbnail in Search, related videos, and on the home page for at least a second. This matters because an impression means a new user saw it, and the CTR means when they saw it, they CLICKED THROUGH at a RATE to watch the videos (CTR).

To see this head to a YouTube Videos YouTube Analytics -> Reach Then click on impressions Click Through Rate, and then see more:

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Once you click on SEE MORE you'll see the video's overall CTR, but we want to see how it's performing in search, so click on "Traffic Sources" here and it will reveal how your video's performing in SEARCH for it's thumbnail and title.

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As you can see on my video here it's gotten 56,392 impressions and it has a 9.9% CTR in search so this video is performing well in search. This video is DESIGNED for search in mind, so for me this thumbnail is performing well.

If you're ranking, but not getting views check your impressions click through rate in search, and that can help you know if you need to make a change in the thumbnail. So you might be RANKING, but you're not getting anyone to click, so it doesn't matter if you show up, if no one interested in the video based on the title and thumbnail. NO one will click through, and watch the content stopping you from earning views.

Number 3: The Keyword you're targeting has too high of a view requirement for you to rank in.

Sometimes when doing TubeBuddy keyword research people don't understand how to read our scores. We understand, it can be a lot to take in :) Here's a quick video on how to read the scores:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbA5H-SCXic


Using that video as a reference point, we can see the idea of the minimum views required to reach the top 20 spots.

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This term needs 101,000 VIEWS. I average 2,420 views. While that is good it's IMPOSSIBLE for me to reach that, so understanding that in the TubeBuddy weighted score... Which does require pro (Hey free trial if you haven't had one before: https://tubebuddy.com/freetrial)
However, it's impossible for me to rank for this term, so it's not possible right now. While there are 640,000 searches a month it's near impossible for me with 2,000+ views a video to rank.

The other side is there might just not be enough search a month to earn views. Some terms have 5,000 searches a month, and if you have a CTR (click through rate) of 10% in search that 500 views is about the max you could earn. A 10% CTR is on the high end of an average CTR which YT says an average CTR is between 2 - 10%.

Understanding all three helps you understand why you might not be getting views in search. People will blame either YouTube, TubeBuddy, but I always say the Data doesn't lie. Be sure to check it, and make sure you're doing all you can!

I hope this post helps shed some light, and I hope this makes it more clear!
Brilliantly Detailed and articulated. Thank you.
 

JourneyVerse

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I see a lot of people say statements as follow:

"I'm ranking in search, but I'm not getting views!?!" I wanted to take some time to explain why you may not be getting the views you want/ crave.

Number 1: You Don't have Incognito Mode Set and are seeing biased results.

For starters, make sure you have your TubeBuddy set to INCOGNITO MODE!

View attachment 6661

You can tell if you have it set down here. This makes sure you see where you're ranking NOT LOGGED IN! YouTube gives biased results when you're logged in, so you want to see how you're ranking as if you've NEVER signed in before.

Number 2: You're ranking in search, but no one is clicking on your thumbnails.

This one is hard. A lot of times we THINK we have great thumbnails, but sadly our audience doesn't respond the way we would like. This is where impressions click through rate REALLY matter.

Impressions are when YouTube shows your Thumbnail in Search, related videos, and on the home page for at least a second. This matters because an impression means a new user saw it, and the CTR means when they saw it, they CLICKED THROUGH at a RATE to watch the videos (CTR).

To see this head to a YouTube Videos YouTube Analytics -> Reach Then click on impressions Click Through Rate, and then see more:

View attachment 6662

Once you click on SEE MORE you'll see the video's overall CTR, but we want to see how it's performing in search, so click on "Traffic Sources" here and it will reveal how your video's performing in SEARCH for it's thumbnail and title.

View attachment 6663

As you can see on my video here it's gotten 56,392 impressions and it has a 9.9% CTR in search so this video is performing well in search. This video is DESIGNED for search in mind, so for me this thumbnail is performing well.

If you're ranking, but not getting views check your impressions click through rate in search, and that can help you know if you need to make a change in the thumbnail. So you might be RANKING, but you're not getting anyone to click, so it doesn't matter if you show up, if no one interested in the video based on the title and thumbnail. NO one will click through, and watch the content stopping you from earning views.

Number 3: The Keyword you're targeting has too high of a view requirement for you to rank in.

Sometimes when doing TubeBuddy keyword research people don't understand how to read our scores. We understand, it can be a lot to take in :) Here's a quick video on how to read the scores:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbA5H-SCXic


Using that video as a reference point, we can see the idea of the minimum views required to reach the top 20 spots.

View attachment 6664

This term needs 101,000 VIEWS. I average 2,420 views. While that is good it's IMPOSSIBLE for me to reach that, so understanding that in the TubeBuddy weighted score... Which does require pro (Hey free trial if you haven't had one before: https://tubebuddy.com/freetrial)
However, it's impossible for me to rank for this term, so it's not possible right now. While there are 640,000 searches a month it's near impossible for me with 2,000+ views a video to rank.

The other side is there might just not be enough search a month to earn views. Some terms have 5,000 searches a month, and if you have a CTR (click through rate) of 10% in search that 500 views is about the max you could earn. A 10% CTR is on the high end of an average CTR which YT says an average CTR is between 2 - 10%.

Understanding all three helps you understand why you might not be getting views in search. People will blame either YouTube, TubeBuddy, but I always say the Data doesn't lie. Be sure to check it, and make sure you're doing all you can!

I hope this post helps shed some light, and I hope this makes it more clear!
Love this , so helpful , all the data provided really dues help the channel growth
 

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Do you know if kids videos are ranking in any searches now? How many videos do I need to appear in any sort of search? I feel like a small needle in giant hay stack it’s extremely difficult. My videos are also edited by a programmer.. my husband so fairly good quality.
 
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Do you know if kids videos are ranking in any searches now? How many videos do I need to appear in any sort of search? I feel like a small needle in giant hay stack it’s extremely difficult. My videos are also edited by a programmer.. my husband so fairly good quality.
Kids content is it's own seperate beast, but plays in a similar vain. It's the ammount of content comparitively.

Didn't see this post until today, fantastic post @Andrew
Thank you Ater! Just want to help break it down. It's a hard thing to deal with at times, but this post is important for us to look inward in data.

This is great, we are considering getting tubebuddy pro. I think at the moment we are putting in a lot of work in the wrong areas and tubebuddy pro might help direct where we should put our efforts in, if that makes sense?
Keyword research and time savings! Https://tubebuddy.com/freetrial
 

Gideon kolawole

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wow it was reallu helpful also the video reference was awesome and made the whole point clear.
good job sir
 

Naheed

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Very well mentioned. I had a problem with my videos as well as I am new to this youtube ranking game. after reading this article I am able to pinpoint the issues with my youtube video ranking strategies and make improvements in it. kindly, please share more of such pieces of information that can help new comers to learn more.
 

Maryprecious

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I have tried to follow all the rules and advice without leaving anything out but noticed that the rate of view on my channel is declining drastically, my clicks on Facebook no longer counts as it used to. What could be the challenge? I will appreciate a response. Thanks