I’ve got a couple of questions for those readers who are more “in the know” and / or more experienced with YouTube than I am.
The first is: When is the best time of day to upload to get the best shot at the most exposure to people browsing through recent videos?
I haven’t exactly been lazy about this. I’ve done quite a bit of searching through YouTube’s forums and help section, as well as quite a bit of Googling on the subject. The problem is that even after I eliminate information that’s more than about six months old because it’s probably out of date, there are still so many conflicting opinions that it’s hard to figure out what really is the best time.
One says Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am to 1pm (without mentioning which time zone they’re talking about), another says just pick a routine that works for you and stick to it whatever it might be. Still another says that the early evening (again without saying what time zone they’re talking about) from 6pm to 9pm. And on and on…
I’ve tried several variations on this and so far it doesn’t look like much is going on. The channels I’m talking about are my “Iamnotahamster” channel which is mostly commentary (sometimes political, sometimes just general) and humor that I’m trying to do at least one new episode a week. The other is the “TinfoilChefDotCom” which is a vlog that’s mainly about my efforts to lose weight, food, recipes, reviews, tips and whatever else I feel like talking about at the time.
I’m giving the details of what the channels are about because I’m sure that each is best suited to it’s own type of audience and I’m sure that affects when the best uploading time would be.
Which brings me to the second question: “What is the best category to put something in to have the best shot at being seen by people who would be most likely to watch?”
People interested in a vlog about the adventures and trials of trying to lose weight would not necessarily be interested in the other channel’s video about Obamacare or the humorous bit about propane sucking penguins and the same goes the other way of course.
I’ve found that it’s really not so easy to figure out what the right category for something is because YouTube’s category list is pretty much a wide set of blanket categories. Not only that but in watching the choices of the more successful vloggers doesn’t seem to shed any light on the matter because it looks like for the most part they just pick one almost at random for each upload.
The one thing that I’ve decided is that using one of those “get lots of views” services that guarantees (for a fee) that you’ll get x number of views in y days is crap because all that’s going to do is artificially make the view counter spin without any actual people who OMG! might actually decide to subscribe, rate, favorite, or comment.
So what’s your strategy? Or for that matter, is the only real strategy to just keep plugging away at a regular pattern of uploading long enough for the right people to stumble onto them?
Let me know what you think. I’m very interested in seeing what other people’s experience is.
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