How to get more views on YouTube videos in 11 simple ways

by Masooma Memon
13 minutes
how to get more view on youtube

Looking to grow views on your YouTube videos? With YouTube having a pool of 2.3 billion users and video marketing on the rise, your quest for more views is an excellent one. However, simply creating good video content won’t help get most youtube views.

Instead, you’ll need to actively promote your videos alongside taking other steps to multiply your Youtube views.

Ready to put in the work to hack YouTube Algorithm? We’ve got 11 proven tips to grow YouTube video views. Each of these is, however, based on YouTube SEO in some way. We also talked to the team over at Visme to learn how they’ve grown their YouTube channel to 156K subscribers (at the time of writing this).

So, without further delay, let’s get to it:

  1. Create videos for ranking keywords
  2. Rake more views from Google
  3. Write compelling video titles
  4. Create an enticing video thumbnail
  5. Write an inviting description for your video
  6. Add tags to Youtube videos to get more viewers
  7. Work on improving your engagement
  8. Create relevant playlists to grow viewers
  9. Get more views from suggested videos
  10. Use cards to grow your views
  11. Promote your video

1. Create videos for ranking keywords

Keywords help you recognize what your intended audience is searching for. Having this information helps you create videos on topics that interest them, therefore, getting you more views. After all, you can’t get views on a video that your audience isn’t interested in (even if you are), right?

Chloe West, the Content Marketing Manager at Visme who also leads their popular YouTube channel, takes to TubeBuddy for keyword research. Chloe says, “[I] check out keyword scores using a Chrome extension like TubeBuddy. I like to ensure there’s a lot of search volume around the keyword.”

You can also use Ahrefs for Youtube keyword research. Want a quick way to get started? Take to YouTube’s auto-suggest. Enter a seed or broad keyword in YouTube’s search bar and look at what the platform suggests.

The suggestions here are based on what people are searching for most. Once you get a few ideas from here, tally the keyword’s popularity in Google Trends. But, make sure, once you’ve typed in your keyword, you change the setting to YouTube Search (the last drop-down menu on the bar).

Youtube search

Rectangle YouTube Search

2. Rake more views from Google

Google is a good source for YouTube video views. But, here’s the catch: videos ranking in Google and YouTube are different. For instance, if you Google ‘how to use a Kanban board’, you’ll see that

difference in Google search and youtube search

However, when you search for the same in YouTube, the following videos rank:

Google search vs youtube search

 

Research proves this: over half, 55.2% to be specific, of YT videos ranking in Google are different from the top-ranking ones in YouTube’s search results.

So how can you gather more views from Google? Chloe takes care of this in step one when she searches for the keyword to target. She “Google search[es] for the keyword to see if YouTube video results also show up for that keyword. If the answer is yes and the keyword score is good, then I know that’s a topic we want to cover.”

With that out of the way, there’s another way too: create professional transcripts for your YouTube videos. Transcripts help Google read and understand your video content. If it’s relevant, the search engine giant ranks your video close to the top.

Tip: Speak the keyword in your video’s start so that the transcript features it too. This lets Google pick your keywords and rank your video.

3. Write compelling video titles

How many times have you clicked over to a video based on its title? Too many times to count, right? While there are several others factors including the video thumbnail that help you decide which video to watch, the title is one of them.

So how do you write a title that gets your audience’s attention? These tips will help:

  • Keep your title short

According to a Briggsby study, videos with titles of fewer than 50 characters rank best on YouTube. Visme’s video titles are a testament to this. They’re short, to the point, and crisp:

Visme's videos

  • Add keyword to the start

This helps with ranking better to get more views. But, be sure, you aren’t compromising natural language in favour of a keyword-focused title.

  • Include parenthesis and brackets

These help you add additional info on what your video covers. It’s why they can help increase your click-through rate by 38%.

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  • Add numbers to your title

Sharing steps to explain how to do something? Covering tips on your topic? Great. Specify the steps, tips, tactics in numbers. Numbers offer solid proof and specificity to your views. Thus, by adding them to your title, you’re making a promise about what the viewer will get.

Tip: Aim for an odd number in the title. An old study on article headlines learned that odds numbers containing headlines get a 20% higher click-through rate than those with an even number in the number. You can apply the same to YT video titles.

4. Create an enticing video thumbnail

As we talked about above, your video thumbnail (the screen that shows on your video) is one of the chief factors that help viewers decide whether to watch your video. In fact, YouTube itself states:

Thumbnails are usually the first thing viewers see when they find one of your videos.

So what helps? Try this:

  • Create custom video thumbnails

If your YT account is verified, the platform will pull out a thumbnail from your video itself. But, it’s best to create a custom thumbnail. It is easy to create personalized YouTube thumbnails using an online YouTube thumbnail maker. 9 out of 10 of the most-viewed YouTube videos use a customer thumbnail according to the horse’s mouth itself.

So, the first step is creating a custom video thumbnail. If you find it’s too much work to create one or you aren’t particularly fond of your design skills, use a free YouTube video custom thumbnail template.

Take by logging in https://www.visme.co/templates/social-media-graphics/breakfast-1425276382/

  • Use colours wisely

Ideally, use your brand colours. In their custom thumbnails, Visme sticks with using their brand colours. This helps in two ways. One, it helps create a uniform look for your YT channel.

And, two, it promotes memorability and recognition. Your audience is likely to remember you better if they see the same brand colours on not only your YouTube channel, but also your website, social profiles, and other marketing channels.

If you are a creator without a personal brand and are only just picking colours, here’s some advice: steer clear from using red, white, and black for your YouTube channel colours. Why? Because these are YouTube’s brand colours. If your custom thumbnail features these colours, it’s more likely to blend in than stand out.

Sure, you can use some black and white (as in the custom thumbnail below), but never as the theme colour.

how to get youtube views

  • Aim to stand out with a clear, clutter-free thumbnail

Another tip for creating a rad, click-worthy custom thumbnail is to keep things minimal. This is, particularly, helpful if all other ranking videos on the topic and your competitors tend to have cluttered thumbnails. Since the plan is to stand out, a clear design can help you do so.

  • Feature yourself in the custom thumbnail

Yes! Doing so personalizes your video thumbnail. Several YouTube creators feature themselves in their custom photo too. So before you create a template for your custom thumbnail, think exactly what you’d like to do and how.

Tip: For brands and creators with logos, add your logo to your custom video thumbnail. Take a page from Visme as they keep their logo (on the right side of the thumbnail) light instead of prominent to prevent things for getting overly sales-y.

5. Write an inviting description for your video

A video’s description is one that shows up below it.

youtube video description example

When looking for videos in YT search, they show below a video’s title. The description also shows in the sidebar where suggested videos pop up.

youtube video design

Rectangle one of the descriptions under the title

How you write your description also plays an important role in getting more video views. In fact, the more enticing it is, the more people will click to view your content.

Here are three tips for writing compelling Youtube video descriptions:

  • Add your keyword to the start of your description

When a searcher is looking for a specific video, they’re more likely to click your video if what they’re searching for (keyword) appears in the description – confirming the content has the answer to their search.

youtube video with most views

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Besides, having your keyword in the description helps you rank better on both Google and YouTube.

  • Give an outline of what your content covers

However, this doesn’t come toward the start, instead, it’s the part of your description that should show up after a user clicks ‘Show more.’

Youtube video title example

 

A handy way to think of this: in the Show, more section, include your keyword with a fast summary of your video. IRL, here’s a quick summary of a video from Visme’s channel:

Youtube about example

Below that, work in a detailed outline of what’s covered.  Other things you can include here: your social channels where you’re active, a CTA to subscribe to your channel, a link to your playlist, and timestamps of important points covered in the video.

Let’s look at this in action in Visme’s video description:

how to get more views on youtube

Tip: Don’t forget to add https:// prefix to make your links clickable.

  • Add hashtags to your description

These will help make your content discoverable. Ideally, use no more than 15 hashtags. The YouTube algorithm ignores all hashtags if you go overboard by adding 15+ hashtags. That said, make sure you use hashtags specific to your content.

6. Make sure you add tags to your YT videos to get more viewers

YouTube tags are descriptive keywords that help viewers decide which video to watch. Of course, if your video has the most related tags, viewers are likely to watch it.

Hence, add tags to your video’s title, description, and thumbnail – think of them as related keywords that you add to written content. As for which tags to add, keep the following in mind:

👉 Add your main keyword. Example: Writing blog posts.

👉 Add keywords related to the main keywords. Example: Writing blog content, blog writing, blog content writing.

👉 Add keyword to specify the broad topic category. Example: Content writing, blogging.

Tip: Use Google Ads Keyword Planner and Google Trends to find out synonyms for popular keywords. You can also “use the TubeBuddy Chrome extension to get tag ideas when publishing videos by looking at the tags of relevant, ranking videos,” Chloe adds.

7. Work on improving your engagement

As with most other social media platforms, YouTube also thrives on engagement. Three main Audience Engagement Signals that run the search and discovery algorithms are likes, comments, and share.

So how do you increase all three? Follow these tips:

  • Create audience-favourite content

This is easier said than done. But, it’s worth the effort. If you already have an audience, you can go on to ask them what they’d like you to cover. Once you get a few topics that a lot of your viewers suggest, get to work.

If you’re only getting started, rely on popular keywords until you grow an audience. No matter how small it is, ask them what they’d like to watch next. Have a community outside of YouTube? If members from this community watch your videos, go on to ask them what they’d like to watch.

  • Ask your audience to engage with you

You can always ask your audience to like, subscribe, and comment – even drop any questions that they might have or share a relevant interest.

  • Feature user-generated content (UGC)

Done well, this can be fun and super-engaging. It also signals your audience that they are a part of a community where you see and feature their responses/content. This, in turn, drives engagement.

For instance, if you’re a productivity SaaS provider, you can ask viewers to share screens or a small video clip of how they manage their workload, start their day, and so on. You can also do an expert round-up-like video where you curate productivity tips from your viewers/subscribers and share them in a brand new video.

What’s more, at the end of every video, you can ask viewers to leave questions for you. Answer them in a dedicated section in your next video.

  • Collaborate with other YT channels

You can also improve your engagement by collaborating with other YouTube channels. This doesn’t mean a channel that has the same likes and subscribers like you. Instead, plan something with someone “whose videos you enjoy and compliment your style and tone,” according to YouTube.

Once you make a list of possible collaborators, reach out to them with some pitch ideas. Here’s a useful template that YT shares:

youtube outreach pitch

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Tip: Always personalize your pitch. Don’t only add the creator’s name at the start of the suggestion, but also tell them exactly what you like about their channel.

  • Interview influencers or other interesting industry-folks

Lastly, you can invite industry thought leaders or influencers to your channel too. The benefit? Their audience will watch your show and, if the content is truly incredible, subscribe too.

Plus (engagement) points, if the guest you’ve invited shares the video interview or collaboration with their audience – could be on their social, site, or even their newsletter.

8. Create relevant playlists to grow viewers

Playlists encourage viewers to watch more of your videos. It’s why you should cover relatable videos so you can bunch them in a playlist. Besides, if you create a library of related content, you can suggest the most relevant video at the end of a video.

Visme youtube growth

Besides, creating playlists, try to give them compelling names. Again, stay to the point, and short helps.

Another tip is to alternate your playlists’ layout. For example, instead of only keeping them horizontal (like above), make some of your playlists vertical too.

9. Get more views from suggested videos

Suggested videos are YouTube’s related videos. They show on the right side of the watch page.

get more youtube views

Square the side suggestion bar

You’ll naturally garner more views if your video shows up in the suggested videos section. The YT algorithm gets videos into this section by suggesting videos that are related alongside other ranking factors such as a viewer’s watch history (something that you have no control over).

Brain Dean’s study on YouTube SEO also confirms that ranking videos on the platform is correlated with YouTube video tags.

So how do you get in the suggested videos section (based on factors you can control) Use the same metatags as ranking videos do. This means you look at their titles, descriptions, and tags to identify the keyword they are targeting.

The only metadata that you can downright copy from here are your competitor’s tags. The algorithm employs these tags to understand a video’s topic. If your tags (and, by extension topic) is the same as another video, your video might show up in the corner of the suggested video.

So how do you find out which tags your competitors are using? Right-click on the page and pick ‘View Page Source.’ Then, punch in CTRL-F ‘keywords’ till you find the list of tags.

Related Read: Excel at Video Marketing Using ContentStudio’s Video Publishing feature

10. Use cards to grow your views

Cards are interactive pop-ups that show in the middle of a video, suggesting other videos to watch. Once a viewer clicks them, they’re on their way to another one of your videos. Since a card diverts users to another video, why should you consider them, given the fact that you’d want viewers to complete your video?

Here’s the bitter truth: unless your content is ultra-engaging, your audience will eventually lose interest in the video they are watching. So instead of praying to make them watch your view till the end, get practical and use a card to lead them to another one of your videos. This way, you’ll keep them on your channel.

Since cards are pop-ups, it’s essential they’re valuable. Now, what’s a valuable card? It’s one that directs viewers to a relevant video or playlist. In doing so, the linked video should add to the viewers’ entertainment or information.

That said, a critical point here is placing a card where your audience starts losing interest, therefore, increasing the likelihood of jumping to another video or site altogether. But how do you identify this point? Head over to one of your previous videos and analyze the audience retention report. Here, the graph will show you a point where your audience’s interest dips.

11. Promote your video

Lastly, don’t just sit back after you’ve posted your YouTube video. Go on to actively promote it. Best if you can create a promotion checklist to make sure you don’t miss a step or two.

Some places to share your video include:

  • Your blog

83% of video marketers agree that video has helped them increase the average time visitors spend on-page. Naturally, embedding your YouTube videos to your blog posts helps you promote your video and helps your blog content. You can easily encourage traffic from the blog to your YT channel and vice versa.

Visme does this in most of their blog posts. There’s at least one video in each post:

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  • Social channels

Share clips from your video on Twitter, Facebook as well as LinkedIn – basically whichever social channel you are active on.

 

Tip: Share behind-the-scenes (BTS) content as you share a new video as it entices people to watch the content. For instance, tell your audience how many times you had to shoot a specific scene or what you had to go through to get a shot right.

  • Quora and Reddit

Both of these Q&A platforms are great places to promote your video content, specifically, if it’s educational content. But don’t just embed your video and disappear. Instead, answer the question, then link to your video as a way to offer additional information.

Summing up

In short, upping your YouTube SEO game can help you grow your video videos tremendously. To bring this a wrap, we’ll leave you with an 11-points checklist of ways to increase your YT video views:

  1. Create videos for ranking keywords
  2. Rake more views from Google
  3. Write compelling video titles
  4. Create an enticing video thumbnail
  5. Write an inviting description for your video
  6. Make sure you add tags to your YT videos
  7. Work on improving your engagement
  8. Create relevant playlists to grow viewers
  9. Get more views from suggested videos
  10. Use cards to grow your views
  11. Promote your videos

P.S. Want to grow your YouTube channel at the same time as video views? Try out this strategy that a relationship coach used to grow his Youtube channel to 101,000 subscribers.

Masooma Memon

Masooma Memon is a pizza-loving freelance writer by day and a novel nerd by night. She crafts research-backed blog posts and articles for small businesses and app companies who aim to employ quality content to educate and engage with their audience.

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