MAKE MORE VIDEOS
The more videos you have on YouTube the more videos your audience can watch. It is much easier to stack 4000 hours of watch time if you have 100+ videos for a new subscriber to binge watch, rather than just 5–10 videos on the channel.
MAKE VIDEOS LONGER
You do not need to stretch a 2–3 video into a 30minute snore, but if you can extend a video, add more value within what you are offering, then your audience will watch for longer and help get you the watch time you need.
Increase Watch Time on YouTube with Playlist Series
4000 Hours of Watch Time can seem like a mountain to climb but if you make series content that links to each other and lends itself to binge watching, then you have set the trap you need to trigger this watch time hack in 2019. Series playlists auto suggest the next video in the playlists, can auto play the content and passively builds channel watch time. Pick a topic, break it down into 5–6 videos and really deep dive into the content. Why make a rushed video that is 20–30 mins long, when you can make 5–6 very detailed 10 min tutorials or documentary on a topic that explains it better and demands more engagement.
Live Streams for fast Watch Time on YouTube
If you need watch time fast and your audience is engaged, why not live stream? Live-streaming is a great way to make quick less edited content that invites participation. Pop online with your favourite game or a live Q&A and watch your subscribers pop in for a chat. If you stream for an hours and have 30 people watch you, that’s 30+ hours toward your 4000 hours of watch time goal you need to apply for that YouTube Partnership Program in 2019.
Update Your Keywords Every Month
Trending keywords most often have its own time limit. Today, those keywords can become highly searched, but weeks (or months) later, it may dropped its rankings – or new subtopics have taken over in terms of relevancy. In order for your videos to remain relevant, it’s best to always pay attention to latest trend related to your keywords once every few weeks.
To find which keywords work (and do not work), go to Youtube Studio, click on Analytics, go to ‘Reach’ tab – scroll down till you find ‘Traffic source: YouTube search’. Click on it and Youtube will show keywords that are popular and otherwise. Take the info, and use these keywords when updating your videos.
Leave Links On Your Social Media
Obviously, social media is crucial to attract your audience from multiple platforms. I’d recommend to not only post links on your feed, but to also leave links to your latest Youtube video on your profile.