Understanding why some videos and blogs get 4 views and others get millions of views

YouTube makes money from ads. Therefore, it is in their interest to keep people on their platform so they can show more ads.

This is why they recommend similar videos in the sidebar. For example, if you watch a video about how to cook a ribeye steak, then most of the sidebar recommendations are steak recipes and how-tos for other cuts of beef.

You need to Produce highly engaging content (obviously).

Have a compelling title for you article and

Boost your click-through rate with a compelling title

No matter how high your video ranks, you won’t get any views if nobody clicks on it.

That’s why you need a compelling title to entice the click.

Now, this doesn’t mean you should create clickbait like “This One Trick Got Us 15 Million Views in 1 Hour.” While that might drive clicks, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to deliver on that promise and that will degrade the trustworthiness of your channel.

Create an eye-catching thumbnail

Improving your CTR doesn’t just rely on the title. You also need to create a complementary and eye-catching thumbnail.

For example, take a look at the thumbnails a top channel, you might do better.

ahrefs-thumbnailsMake all you do intentionally design them to stand out.

Here are a few tips for creating thumbnails that entice searchers to click:

  • Don’t choose a still from your video. It’s usually unattractive and out-of-context. Instead, design a unique and enticing version to grab the searcher’s attention.
  • Use a congruent image. Make sure your thumbnail visually demonstrates that the video solves the user’s query. For example, a video tutorial about “how to tie a tie” should probably feature someone tying a tie.
  • Use contrast to your advantage. YouTube is mainly white, grey, and red. Avoid these colors as they will blend in with the search results.
  • Use descriptive text on the thumbnail. We usually go for something short that complements the title. For example, our video about learning SEO has the words “Learn SEO” on the thumbnail.

6. Write a winning description

It’s not just your title and thumbnail that appear in YouTube’s search results. The first sentence of your video description does too.

We use the same general formula for all our descriptions:

  • 1–2 compelling sentences to entice the click;
  • A link to subscribe (Just add ?sub_confirmation=1 to the channel URL to create subscription link);
  • Links to related YouTube videos on our channel;
  • Long description of the video (we try to keep this between 500 — 1,000 words);
  • Timestamps for key moments in the video (see tip #11);
  • Another link to subscribe;
  • Social channel links

The number of shares a video generates is strongly tied to first page YouTube rankings.

Embed your videos on forums that get traffic

People are likely asking questions on forums and Q&A sites that your videos can answer.

the trick to making this work tactic work efficiently isn’t to answer any and all questions. It’s to find relevant threads that get consistent traffic from Google and answer those.

You can do this with Ahrefs’ Site Explorer.

Just paste in a popular forum like Quora, or a well-known industry-specific forum like WarriorForum, then go to the Top Pages report to see the threads that receive the most search traffic.

Embed your videos in relevant blog posts

Our post on affiliate marketing gets an estimated 12,000 monthly search visits.

you have a blog, you should embed your videos in relevant blog posts.

How do you know which pages to embed your videos?

The easiest way is to use common sense. If you have a video about the same topic as one of your blog posts, then you should embed it.

You can easily increase your blog traffic to get more visitors by using some proven best practices.

Website push notification helps you stay in touch with your visitors after they leave your website, so you can bring them back. This is the top traffic sources.

We use the tool called PushEngage. It’s a freemium software that we highly recommend for all bloggers, website owners, and eCommerce sites.

Create Comprehensive and Useful Content

Everyone wants to create viral content, but most people fail. That’s because they don’t pay attention to the sites that successfully create viral posts, day in and day out. If they did, they would learn three secrets of viral content creation to increase blog traffic.

The first secret, which isn’t really a secret, is to write great headlines. 8 out of 10 people will click to read your content if you get the headline right

This and other types of clickbait, if they are done right, play with several of your emotions: fear, greed, envy, lust.

Want to take the headlines one step further?

One study found that headlines perform the best when they are polarizing. These divide opinions. You either love it or hate it—and there’s nothing in between.

good headline is one that draws readers in and encourages them to click through

next tip is to get the length right for your article

Shareable posts are over 1,000 words. Longer content (try 2,500 to 3,000 words!) attracts more shares than short posts. In fact, more words means more opportunities for SEO. This means a higher conversion rate.

third or finally tip is to have a killer idea that is sure to go viral in social media. Here’s how you do that:

  1. Understand your audience
  2. Use a topic generator to generate content ideas

You need to give each visitor exactly what they are looking for, example you have  a dog problem website, do not send your visitors to a cat website. Make sure where you send them.