SILTHW is right, there's an alchemy to bumping up watch time...you have to work it our for yourself as you progress. I do a Live Stream several times a week, but I also release clips from those full shows...and because my audience keeps asking for them...I also release a full audio version of the show...they all get spins. But they all behave differently....and at different times. If it works for your channel...take longer content and crack it into clips. This, I've found, is netting me more traffic as folks come back for more. I've not balanced my formula yet...but it's a LOT more efficient than it was before TB.Livestreams have been one of the most effective ways for me to increase watch hours. In fact, this is what I find - Let's say I do a 10 minute video and I have a 50% AVD. I'm getting about 5 minutes of watch time per view.
But let's say I do a livestream. For 1 hour I'm getting 60 minutes of view time. I might have only 10-20 live viewers, but that's (low end) 600 minutes of watch time. For the replay, my AVD is low, but people are often watching more than the 5 minutes I'd get from a 10 minute video. Not only do I get a jump in watch hours from the livestream, my livestream replays often give me more watch time per view than my standard videos.
Older videos do count.... IF they are getting any new watch time or views.I have a problem with watch hours too. Now that I have had my channel for over a year (365 days) I am loosing watch time because older videos don't count anymore. I will make 100 new hours on a new video, then it will drop from a video I made last year. I am doing a lot of catch up. I agree with @Stanley Orchard on the Playlist. I have a few, and viewers sometimes get lost in your videos that way.
I like the idea of livestreams, but I mostly do videos outside. If I switch to playing videogames or just talking into the camera with no cuts. I feel my audience will shrink. With every new video I try to keep my fans on their TOES! lol
So I figure the only way I will reach that 4k view time, is a breakthrough video. That is why I am here on TubeBuddy. To learn!
I didn't think of that thanks. That they might start from 0 hours, however they can grow again.Older videos do count.... IF they are getting any new watch time or views.
You may not be making 100+ hours on those older videos, but your content looks "evergreen" like you could go back to the first video from a year ago. Maybe re-optimize your older videos thumbnail and descriptions?
We used to live stream...it's definitely a great way to get your hours, but you want to attract the people who would genuinely enjoy your content. It's definitely a dilemma for many!!