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How does Youtube count the views? For instance, if someone visits video and does not completely watch the video, does that count as a view? Must you watch the entire video before the view counts?
Here's how different social media video sites count video views.
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Oh thanks for this Mike, I was wondering how they counted Youtube views.
Did you say a viewer should watch a video for 30 seconds in order to qualify for a view? I thought it was 15 seconds. I hear that 15 seconds of views will also validate an ad impression. I will have to check youtube TOS to find out.
I'm not sure if they have changed this , but as I know Youtube will count a view after a user has watched the video for 30 seconds.
No, they didn't change this. 30+ seconds for now
I'm not sure how long a user has to watch exactly, but I know they don't have to watch the whole video. As such, if you ever buy youtube views on here, always check your video stats to see if the seller is delivering full length (or near) views, because that's what you want.
I have been observing the counter of our latest video on Youtube and I was not really aware of the time. However, when I uploaded the video which means it has zero views, I played it just to check if everything is all right. The counter gave a count of 1. When I played it again for 5 seconds and quit, it registered a count of 2 which belies the claim that you need to watch the video for 30 seconds in order to be counted as a view.