Everyone wants to be popular. Everyone wants to put a video on YouTube and instantly have heavy traffic, lots of hits, and a bunch of new leads. But the path from a new video with just a few hits, to a highly popular and profitable video can be a long and time consuming one. Clients always want to know the quickest and cheapest route to a successful video. And when their new video goes live, there is a strong urge to get hits up as fast as possible. Once you have completed your initial email blast and social network blast…and you don’t see the 100,000s of hits you need/want, many clients wonder about cheating the system, buying or faking hits.
What drives people to fake YouTube hits?
1. We want to impress people. No one wants to click on a video with 500 hits, they want to click on a link that has 500,000. Now I am not sure how much I actually agree with this statement, but I hear it often. I think it depends heavily on the search term. If you are selling a niche product, I would imagine that most people would expect only a few hits. I have never felt compelled to not click a video simply because it is new or did not have lots of hits yet. I would love to see a real study done for this.
2. We want to get on the top of YouTube, so we drive organic hits. OK, this makes sense but there are better ways to get featured on YouTube. They offer a promoted video campaign so you can do just that honestly without cheating.
How does one ‘cheat’ YouTube?
In the early days it was pretty simple. All you needed was a Firefox extension called ReloadEvery. The program was simple, go to the YouTube video and set the page to refresh every second. Then sit back and watch your video boom in hits. I saw this program add 100,000s of hits to youtube videos within a matter of hours and days. But all that ended when youtube matured and figured out how to begin to read IP addresses. Which means that you can’t just spam endlessly from your computer and think you can get your video up to a million hits. If you try this approach right now (please don’t) your video will be frozen at about 200-300 hits. YouTube will say ‘Hey, this is weird, why is one IP address viewing the video over and over… let’s hold on increasing the hit count until we figure it out’. This may permanently freeze your view count and even get you flagged. In short, it doesn’t work anymore.
Now there are ways to automate your computer to change its IP address in an effort to trick youtube. A program called Tor was developed to hide your IP address. This along with ReloadEvery in theory could work, but will not be a highly effective system due to the speed of programs like Tor. I highly recommend that you do not try this approach. There are websites online that pay people to essentially watch endless videos in a ‘train’ to get youtube hits up from ‘real’ views. Now these are not in fact real at all, but I have seen people use these websites to some deal of success. I have also seen them freeze YouTube hits permanently, this is against the rules of YouTube and you should seriously consider if it is worth it.
So can it work? Can you put a video up on youtube today, and within a week create 100,000 ‘fake’ hits on the video? Sure. Is it a good idea? No. Not only are you breaking the terms of service of YouTube, which could get you flagged or banned, but this will not be free nor easy. Deceiving YouTube will take time and money, either through buying hits online or through operating your automated system. That time and money will be much better used with a youtube promoted video campaign. While it may sound too expensive at first, you can create real sales leads and real converts to your company. Before you consider a dishonest approach to increasing your YouTube hits, consider working with YouTube instead of against it.