We’ll walk you through what it takes to obtain 4,000 hours of YouTube Watch Time in this post. This is the minimum number of view hours required to join the YouTube Partner Program and begin earning money.
Want to reach that milestone faster? Keep reading for the newest tips and tricks.
What Does 4,000 Hours of YouTube Viewing Mean in Real Life?
Your films must be public in order for the 4,000 hours of Watch Time to be counted. So you can’t perform a live promotion on YouTube and then turn it off and expect all those watch hours to count. Any videos you’ve deleted or made private will not count toward the 4,000 hours. All of that time will be deducted from your total.
Also, you have to achieve that 4,000 hours in 12 consecutive months. The videos don’t need to have been published in the recent 12 months, but they need to have been watched in the last 52 weeks.
For more information on this issue, see the video:
How to Keep Track of Your YouTube Viewing Time
If you wish to keep track of your Watch Time hours, the YouTube Studio offers a dedicated tab called Monetization in the left-hand navigation panel. This will display your subscription information as well as your Watch Time progress.
Visit Promozle instead if you want to keep track of your Watch Time, subscribers, and other channel information. You’ll be given this fantastic real-time statistics bar. There’s no need to be concerned about the cost because this one is on us – it’s completely free.
Why 4,000 YouTube Hours? A major creator goal is to keep track of time.
With that out of the way, let’s get into the correct frame of mind.
This is something I routinely discuss with creators who are pursuing similar objectives. The majority of people that start a YouTube channel with the goal of attaining 4,000 hours of Watch Time and 1000 subscribers will never reach it. To succeed on YouTube, you need more than just a desire to make money.
You’re focusing far too much on yourself rather than your viewers.
It’s far too lofty a goal to set for yourself when you initially join YouTube.
Four thousand hours is a significant amount of time. That’s 240,000 minutes, or 166.6 days of continuous viewing of your work by a single person.
You should feel proud of yourself if your first YouTube video receives an hour of Watch Time.
YouTube wants as much information as possible from your content in order to trust you with its ad partners. It’s important to remember that it’s the marketers, not YouTube, that pay you directly. In this instance, YouTube acts as a middleman and must ensure that your content is devoid of controversy.
To Increase Your Watch Time Success, Create Evergreen Content.
Take a look at the numbers below. They’re real-time view counts for some of the Promozle channel’s most popular videos. Is there anything that stands out? Take a look at the date of publication:
The majority of these films were uploaded over six months ago and continue to receive thousands of daily views.
These kinds of videos are undoubtedly familiar to you. They’re known as evergreen videos, and you should definitely upload them to YouTube.
It can be difficult to be discovered on YouTube. However, by creating material that is likely to appear in YouTube search results, you may make it easier.
The many genres of videos…
Answer questions that a lot of people have.
Provide useful information about issues that people are interested in.
If you make a video about the most recent software update for a game, for example, your material may appear in YouTube’s search results because the topic is relevant. Your videos may have a longer shelf life in terms of views and Watch Time, depending on the content. It might not be as enticing as a burst of viral fame. However, if you get it correctly, your films will receive consistent views over time.
On our YouTube channel, we’ve seen this happen numerous times. Your views increase as you accumulate 5-10 pieces of evergreen material, and you move closer to 4,000 hours of Watch Time.
Make Live Streams to Cut Down on Your Watching Time
If you’re a Promozle user or following, you’re aware that we do live channel audits every Tuesday.
We used to get between 50 to 100 people viewing our live feeds when we initially started. However, in the last few years, our readership has exploded. We earned more Watch Time as we acquired more viewers.
Take a look at the Watch Time we accumulated over the two-hour live stream:
Make a simple calculation. For example, 600 persons watching a two-hour live stream equals 1,200 hours of Watch Time. I can’t guarantee those kinds of numbers, and I wouldn’t recommend performing live streams when you first start on YouTube. Because there’s a good chance no one will be watching.
It’s best to do it when you’ve been on YouTube for six or even nine months. You might have a few hundred subscribers by then. Even if only 20 people watch your streams for an hour, that’s still a lot of Watch Time.
Those are your biggest supporters. They are interested in you and your progress on YouTube. However, cultivating that audience takes time.
Maintain Consistency to Increase Your YouTube Watch Time
Don’t get me wrong: I think viral videos are fantastic. They certainly liven up your channel. However, I never go into the video-making process with the intention of creating a viral video. When it does happen, it’s just a really pleasant and welcome bonus. When people ask, “How do I produce viral content?” – and they do honestly inquire – this is my response:
From the manner you film to the scripts you write to how you present on camera, remain consistent with every facet of your YouTube production. Master video editing, creating custom thumbnails, and writing catchy headlines. Every time you update your material, try to improve it by 1-2 percent.
If you make 50 to 100 videos over the course of a year, you’ll be able to go back and say, “Wow, those were bad, but look where I am now.” You’ll drive yourself mad if you put all of your efforts into one video in the hopes of it going viral. Furthermore, you’ll quickly burn out on YouTube.
Let me give you an illustration. When we first launched our Promozle channel in Spanish, it developed slowly. However, we were confident that we were constantly producing high-quality content. The channel began to explode after YouTube had enough data and good signals from our material. There will be no viral videos; instead, good, consistent content will be shared with the appropriate audience.
We didn’t just make it to 4,000 hours of Watch Time; we smashed it. Our content now receives a lot of attention, such as this video, which has over 800,000 views.
Quantity vs. Quality: The Secret to YouTube Watch Time Success
Everyone wants to provide the highest-quality content possible. But when do you reach the point of diminishing returns? Is it worth investing additional resources to improve one video, or is there a point at which you must move on to the next project?
It’s the age-old conundrum of quantity vs. quality. As a new creator, I believe that quantity is more important than quality.
Being consistent on YouTube allows you to build experience and learn how the platform operates. You’ll never know how your audience reacts to particular issues if you’re simply focused on generating videos.
The more videos you upload to YouTube, the more data YouTube has to work with in order to distribute your material to the most appropriate audience. Consider it as if you were filling out an application form. The stronger the application, the more boxes you check and the more detailed your replies are.
Also, when it comes to time-sensitive content, you must evaluate how quickly you can produce a video. Yes, you could spend a few additional hours preparing the perfect video when there is a major new storey. However, you’ll miss out on the prospective audience who is looking for that information right now.
This isn’t a hard and fast rule, though. Marques Brownlee, a tech creator, gives fantastic product reviews.
A short film that rides the crests of a popular news item.
For his viewers, a high-quality, high-value video
Here’s an example of a high-quality, leisurely video:
How to Interpret YouTube Data to Gain a Better Understanding of Watch Time
At your peril, disregard YouTube’s metrics.
If you didn’t know, there’s a data funnel of impressions, click-through rates, and Watch Time information under the Reach tab of the Analytics dashboard in YouTube Studio.
If you hover your cursor over the information symbol, YouTube will tell you that raising your click-through rate and Watch Time will boost your chances of YouTube promoting your material.
When it comes to Watch Time, you can dig deep into each video by examining audience retention.
Of course, you want to achieve the highest possible Watch Time. While there is no magic Watch Time percentage, if you’re routinely getting above 50%, you’re doing well.
You can see where you might have pain points in the graph above. Perhaps your introduction is excessively long, and viewers lose interest before you even begin.
Check your audience retention on the past five to ten videos every now and again to see if there is a consistent pattern of viewers leaving.
While we’re on the subject of Watch Time, avoid the temptation to make lengthier videos in order to attain 4,000 hours. Make the video as long as your target audience requires.
For example, we can’t develop a 20-minute video describing how to delete a YouTube video. But we can make a three-minute video that provides the audience exactly what they want in a bite-sized format. It also sends favourable signals to YouTube, propelling our video to the top of the search results.
Pay Attention to Your YouTube Viewers!
Hundreds of comments from the Promozle community stated that they wanted to reach 1,000 subscribers in order to receive a Fortnite Support-A-Creator code.
We already knew there were a lot of players that watched and followed Promozle. But we had no idea how many of those gamers were Fortnite players.
While YouTube statistics can provide you with a lot of information about your audience, you’ll never learn secrets like that. All we had to do was pose a question to our audience. I’m sure you can figure out what we did with the data.
That’s correct, we tasked Dan, our gaming expert, with gathering the information you want and producing a film on the subject. More than 660,000 people have seen the video. It was once at the top of the YouTube rankings for a very lucrative search term.
Is your community helping you come up with video ideas? Make use of a few of their ideas. You’ll get to 4,000 hours of Watch Time faster if they respond positively to those films.
4,000 hours is a significant achievement. After that, set a goal of collecting 1,000 subscribers.