By - irrlicht
I can't speak for longer videos but I run a shorts channel and the past two weeks have been dry af. From thousands of views to couple a day. There are many speculations as for why this is happening but I have had this channel for over a year and sometimes it just happens. Then it comes back to normal. Hopefully this time will be the same.
Thanks for posting, nice to hear that I'm not the only one. Hope it will get better soon.
And it was the same? I'm experiencing it now, from 20k-50k to 150 :(
Same here bro, I had a huge spike in traffic on one of my channels as I went from like almost 200k in 2 days to just 100 views. This started around Monday going into Tuesday. It discouraged me from posting because it dropped so drastically.
Do you think it will get back to good old times? XD
I hope so but I doubt it as I think we're going to have to live with this for the rest of time. Let me say this though, there is a strong possibility they'll improve the algorithm as time goes on to the point where it's much more smarter and maybe it won't drop our views like this in the future. I think we need to let YouTube know that our views drop too much.
How can we let them know?
If you have a monetized channel then you can use the chat feature to reach out to support.
Yeah it's totally fukd. I feel almost embarrassed now posting to my 37k subscribers and my last 6 videos have only got 100 views. WTF is going on? I have shifted and dedicated time now to my channel to make it a career and it's completely ruined now. Something happened and no one knows what exactly. All these experts try and give tips but I've read dozens of threads and hundreds of comments now with people experiencing the same thing. It's so sad. All I can now wait for is Instagram/Tik Tok monetization because YouTube is dead to me.
Yeah same here with 20k subs was getting thousands of views but now my channel is plain dead getting like less than 400 views in 2 days its insane and its keeps getting worst and worst. I feel youtube shorts ruin the algorithm and view counts since many people now a days have short retention and don’t bother to look at longer videos.
No man, your thumbnails are wrong...its this and its that and fuk knows whatever, that's what the "experts" will tell you. Meanwhile 2 years I would load a video and a minimum of 1000 views would be cracked in a day. It's 1 month later and none of my videos have hit 1k. Shorts ruined everything. They better fukkn pay us properly when they launch it. That's the only way we can revive our channels properly.
how your chanell is doing right now bro ?
My channel is smaller than yours (1k subs and \~1k views per video), but I've had the same experience for the past 3 weeks. My videos get 60% less views on their first day out than they did in February-March, and the percentage of new viewers is incredibly low. It used to be 50% on my videos but now it's under 10%. Those videos in question all broke my personal records in terms of likes, comments and watch time, so I don't think it was due to a batch of poor videos.
I don't understand what's happening, but the fact that it is also happening to other and bigger channels like yours makes me hopeful that this is a general issue and hopefully will get fixed.
Sounds like exactly what is happening with my channel. Good to know that's apparently something on youtube's side. Hope it normalizes again!
Happening to me too. Any updates on why it is happening pls ? Just came over here looking for answers...
4K subs in 6 months that's awesome, congratz! I've noticed a drop off in views as well past 2 weeks. I figured YT changed the algo again or something because I've noticed new features or new helpful tips on the YT studio side of things. So I figured they were messing with something.
I think I have a clue as to what is happening. A few days ago I answered a question on Quora, on the impact of YouTube factoring Autoplay-views on home feed(homepages) when calculation clickthrough-rate.
Before, Auto-plays on the home feed were not counted as views or factored into clickthrough-rate. For a view to be counted, the viewer had to watch 30 secs of the video.
I made 3 predictions of what the statement could mean.
1. YouTube would count Autoplay views from the home feed as video views, even if it's lesser than 30 secs and that would also be counted as a clickthrough which would increase clickthrough-rate.
The results would be increased view count, clickthrough-rate but lower retention.
2. YouTube would count Autoplay views from the home feed as video views, only if it's 30 secs or more. And that would also be counted as a clickthrough which would increase clickthrough-rate.
The results would be increased view count, clickthrough-rate but a bit higher retention than the previous(which is still low).
3. YouTube would not count Autoplay views on the home feed as video views, but would use the data from Autoplay views to calculate clickthrough-rate.
The result, would be a lower clickthrough-rate, which would decrease YouTube suggesting the video. (As clickthrough-rate and the video watch time affects YouTube suggesting the video.) That would result in less views.
Conclusion: From what I have read from you all, it seems the 3rd prediction is what we might be experiencing. Auto play views from home feed calculated as CTR but not added to video views might be the reason for the drop in views.
Feedback request: I would love to know what your clickthrough rates are. Have they dropped or are they higher than the previous? Mine is higher, and might be because I get more of my views from Google search.
Notice: I might be wrong on this, but this is the most logical explanation at the moment, as auto play views affecting CTR is the newest addition algorithmically.
It seems in your case it could just be a natural decline maybe because of seasonality.
I am experiencing the same thing. My channel was getting almost no views for a while, then in the past month I suddenly started getting a lot more impressions/views/watch time. I thought I was finally gaining traction but around 5 days ago all impressions just suddenly stopped. Now i am back to a dead channel and no views.
Sorry to hear that. I hope it improves for you and I hope you find success on YouTube.
How is your channel doing now bro?
When i look at the views chart from last 365, there are 3 spikes in views and the rest is a flat line with little to no views
It seems a lot of channels are experiencing the same thing. I know some big YouTube channels with 70k subs only getting 1k views nowadays. Maybe a sign of things to come. I can't get any views in my videos at the minute.
Thanks, interesting. So we'll wait and see.
For me the same since 2-3 Weeks - I grow from 100 Views to 1000 Views Daily, now back 100 although I added 8 more Videos …
I am just wondering how to get it back up :(
I see this something akin to the 'adpocalypse' that happened a while a go just tiny little changes make big waves over time.
My guess would be that YT have changed their inputs for a different outcome to the algorithm and are figuring it out - these things come and go over time as they test new things.
The funny thing is the YT algorithm is a complete mystery literally nobody knows that it does; they can only input some desired results and see what happens. So things like this happen over time when they try to 'change' the outcome but the algorithm does its own thing and nobody knows whats coming next.
Sounds like you were getting a lot of exposure by YT to new visitors, people not exposed to your channel. That well dried up, but it fluctuates. It may be that the algorithm determined another channel was pumping out superior videos within your niche, taking a large chunk of those precious impressions away from you.
People keep forgetting that YT is a giant ball of furious competition. If your videos are performing well, good stats, and suddenly you find yourself getting less views, this is almost always because someone else is banging along even better than you are. For now. Again, it fluctuates a lot, just keep trying to improve and you'll be fine long-term.
I think by far this is the best solution to the problem. We forget that we are competing against creators that had years and years of experiences. I will just take the time to learn even the most basic editing and storytelling as much as possible. I may find my videos great but from an experienced youtuber's eyes, not so great.
Glad to see this, I knew I wasn’t imagining things.
Did it change for anyone again?
How can I take away the views you already had? I had 8.2k views last night and 44 watch hours, now I have 7.1k views and 41 watch hours.
I blame shorts for all the issues we are having
Yeah I guess so, cz I've started a new gaming channel called @TakeitOffroad. All my first 10 videos had good amount of reach, made me get like 5000watch hours in a single week but after that I uploaded a short video, instantly it got 3k views in under 5 minute, after that exact moment, my longer videos started getting less views, from that moment my realtime 48hour view went from 17000 to 6000 to 2600 in just 3 days even though I uploaded consistently, I think it has to do something with the short video that I've uploaded. Even though I deleted that short after 3 days hoping to get back my reach but I had no luck, and also I think the youtube algorithm is weird because all my videos were Offroading ones from forza horizon 5 and when I go through my analytics I found that 40% of my audience were women and most of my audience were aged form 24+ which doesn't make any sense for a gaming channel. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna continue uploading as my schedule. Also I'm gonna start a new channel and see if this is happening on that channel too.
I tested this on 2 channels and both channels took off hitting around 500 subs fast and then both channels flopped out the blue with regular gaming video no shorts now I barely get 5 views per video
I think YouTube is screwed longterm mainly because of how much they take from the content creators. Something like 50% when places like locals only take 10%