How Buying Views Can Ruin Your Channel

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In an effort to grow their channels faster, creators sometimes buy views and subscribers using various services that are available. Unfortunately, most of the time this can really hurt their channels despite claims and promises otherwise. In today's live stream I'll talk about the impact that buying views and subscribers can have, especially when it's fake views and subscribers, and what to watch out for in the promises many websites make about how they help you grow on YouTube. The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views: /> LOVE VIDEO CREATORS AND WANT TO GROW ON YOUTUBE? HERE ARE SOME NEXT STEPS! 1) SUBSCRIBE to learn how to grow your YouTube channel! /> 2) FREE EBOOK: "The Secret to Building your YouTube Audience" /> 3) BECOME A COMMUNITY SPONSOR: Access special community perks on our channel and support our trainings by clicking that Sponsor button! Or, click here: /> 4) LET'S CONNECT! -- />-- />-- /> 5) LISTEN TO THE VIDEO CREATORS PODCAST - iTunes: />- Soundcloud: />- Stitcher: />- Google Play: />- Spotify: /> 6) LET'S REVIEW YOUR CHANNEL: Book a private one-on-one YouTube channel consultation with Tim or someone on his team: /> MY FAMILY'S VLOGGING CHANNEL

Jessica Nicole Faust
Honestly, what you brought up about giveaways, that’s why I don’t do giveaways because people come for free stuff and then most of them don’t stay and don’t watch! I’ve seen it many times on other channels
PetiPiet Sim
I have once bought about 10 "real" Subs for 5 bucks (seemed like a fair deal)..and got 200. But I REALLY REGRET having done that. Firstly, NONE of them are real viewers. Secondly: It messes up your Analytics. Now, after 1 month, it's normalizing again and I finally can read valuable information from the analytics again. I was very naiv. Don't be like me ;)
xtraOrdinary Athletes
We saw some of these sites back when we started our channel. Even without the background knowledge, it just seemed so shady that we didn't even consider it. Glad to know we made the right choice! 😃
Miriam Havard
You can usually tell when something phony is going on..........
DiceyGurl D3e
Great stream learnt a lot about growing my channel organically. I will let my content be the one to bring in views and subs.
Double Days Family
I didn't even know people bought views. That just sounds like a really bad idea! 🤔
SteveBelieve Guitar
14:09 unfortunately delivering valuable content doesn't work. I tried, made experiments. I made a professional video that actually ranked worse than others. What I mean is: YouTube doesn't promote better quality videos. Most popular videos are garbage. Btw, I discovered that 70% of big YouTube channels buy views and subs....
Ryan Welton
My question is about Google Ads to *promote* your videos. I get that they're legit in the YouTube world, but the traffic never produces anything for me. It's such a broad platform with very little room for deep targeting that I just wonder what your thoughts are on THAT. I'd be totally willing to spend $$$ on legit advertising, but I don't sense the real bang-for-the-buck in the one system YouTube says is a-ok to use. Your thoughts sometime, Tim? Appreciate all the videos!!
Matthias Kleine
Is there a way to report those channels to YouTube? Ive seen that several times but the YouTube support told me that they will just help me with my own channel.
Rob Hoffman
I've never understood why anyone would want to buy views or subs. It's not sustainable.
The Tutorial of Everything
Your Videos always help me a lot. Thank you!🙏👌🏻
HOLLYWOOD UNAPOLOGETIC! - Filmmaking Essentials
What you had to do to get views is what you have to keep doing to get views. Absolutely.
On social blade if a channel loses views it's because they privated a video
Slow and Expensive
They say if you marry for money, you end up paying for every penny. Buying an audience seems the same.💰😱
Ntungwen Family
Biệt Đội Vs Thử Thách
Helpful video...
The people that are willing to cheat for numbers are the same people that get burnt out and will eventually quit.
Joaquin Lomeli
*I didn't even know you could buy views! Is that actually a thing??? Serious question! Lol*
Hello, Tim! I've been a gaming channel for over a year now. Recently I've changed my channel's topic and I don't make gaming videos anymore. Suprisingly, I haven't lost any subscirbers, but I'm not getting any, too! Does sudden topic change has an effect on channel growth? Thank you.
I have never paid for any promotion in my 10 years on YouTube but I recently did a 30-day in-stream pre-roll test with Google Ads promoting a new video on a newer channel (not RaceGrooves). I chose to do it now because that channel is very focused and I have a small library available. Thanks for talking about "Discovery Ads". Some stats are amazing! Data from Adsense, SUPERB view rate (88% watched at least 30 seconds). From YouTube Analytics, 47% of viewers who were watching the skippable video ad watched to the end! My AVD (Average view duration) was nearly 12 minutes out of a 21 minute video! Unfortunately, some stats are not encouraging. I don't see any way to break out stats from the ad viewers but 38K out of 54K views on the video were from the ad which yielded these engagement stats during that period: Likes 110, Dislikes 6, Comments 24, Shares 11 (this one is nice), videos in playlist 28, Subscribers 102 My budget was $9 a day, a penny a view, and I wound up spending $278.15 That basically means that I spend $2.73 per new subscriber. Now I only need each of the new subscribers to watch 2,500 videos...
thanks for this video, I always learn a lot from your videos! :)
I don't like those apps/sites, because it's so fake.. I prefer to get subscribers more slowly, in a fair way! Thanks for adressing this :)
MotorSport & Dream Cars
My channel has gone really really odd. Never paid for views or subs but the channel has significantly dropped in views and subs. Very very odd analytics as well. Was getting 2 subs a day until a month or so ago and now not had a sub in over a week. Spent so much time optimising everything and on the verge of quitting YouTube completely
I have the same number of subs for 1 month, what do I do? Also if you are new, how to get more visibility? Because you are new it's hard to hit a vast audience.. how do I hit more people?
Healthy Foods
*Thanks for sharing!*
Sorry for commenting so much but I've gained 100 subs in the past month from spending a lot of time making my videos better and promoting my stuff on Insta. Two tips, make better content, and get in in front of the people that would like it
McCabes ghostly going on Activitys
I am getting the views but not the subscribe I feel like giving up ?
Could you look into KingWindsor1 youtube channel he is buying subscribers he went from 299 to 700 in 10 minutes even though he averages 0 views on live streams and videos.
I didn't know people bought subscribers, thought that was an early YouTube scamming thing. Good luck with audience retention with a FAKE audience...
A Minute with Maui Perez
Do they sell views in dollars and do they do money transfers for payments? Strange
I have videos on my channel with high views and low engagement, and I haven't bought ANY views-- EVER. Some of my videos take a long time to mature & grow viewership or engagement. I think part of the reason is that I also do not have FB and FB really seems to drive up views.
Patry Vlogs
Thank you so much for all uour tips!! Also I would like to know if i make a video 10 minutes long, would good or bad putting 4 advertise s or less? You know i just want to keep ppl watching for longer . thanks again 🙏🙏🙏
Mundo Misterioso
What worries me is that people can actually hurt someone's channel by buying them those services without they even knowing it.
Chadwin Smith
I almost like these raw live streams more than the polished edited videos. Keep 'em bro! Very helpful. Key takeway: get creative and grow your audience without spending money.
Oh! How long have I waited for you to do this video!! I can’t watch now but in the words of the terminator, “I’ll be back!” And yes! I am that old lol 😊
Jeremy L
Your page stats and video views make little sense, it’s odd that you are doing a video on this...
Papered Chef
I’m so glad you provided real examples. Another great video. Thanks
Spot ON!
Fun play Kids videos
Great video Tim like usual, knowwing you will not see the respons to it :)😋 When will youtube hide the number of views to every video people tend to click on a thumbnail with high view count and this is a fact when they hide the number every one on the platform gets a chanse ;)
Humble Little Homestead
Lately my channel has tanked. About 5 to 7 months ago I had a couple of videos that got lots of views and I was getting a regular amount of subs. At one point my total views per month was anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 which mostly came from suggested videos. During that time my audience retention on those was really low causing my average on my whole channel to be low. Then the last several months the views have dropped off and now I'm getting anywhere from 20,000 views to 30, 000 a month. The last several months I've been trying to improve the content of my videos and I've noticed that my audience retention recent videos is averaging between 50% to 60% which is a lot better than it has been. Just wondering if you can explain what might have happened?
Invincible Extremes Muscle Cars Garage
never done it, never will. your effort is better spent watching video creators channel and others and improve your skill set, business model etc... currently at 25k subcribed people and growing.
Pahla Bowers
Always such an interesting conversation. Totally agree that what you do to get somewhere is what you'll have to do to stay there!
Rozani Designs Masquerade
I had no idea people did this! That explains a lot. Always good to learn what not to do. Thanks!
Emilees Adventures
Great video. Still watching it but wanted to share this story. Early on we went through something that may be different. We went with a company that offered so many views for so much money in so much time - selling it as advertisement. They guaranteed it and said it was through advertising on multiple sites. I looked at my VidIQ stats at one point and it showed our video was shared on hundreds of places. Good. Then I was able to dig in more and found it was shared on sites that looked similar and were sites for members only. After more research I discovered that they earned points by watching videos and then use those points to buy stuff. We did get some good legitimate comments but our watch time was super low. We also got a couple comments that were literally the name of the video. I'm thankful that we learned this lesson early on and have stayed away from it since. Thanks for another great video Tim.
Who was the author? Tim Ferris?
Jacob Roberts
Tim, you used the term "organic viewer" several times. However, you never defined that term. I googled it and eventually figured out what it meant. *_Please_* define your terms when you start using them.
U literally said nothing
Ask Questions, Try It
The people asking for "sub-exchange" can also "Ruin Your Channel". What good are 1000k subs if zero subs watch your content? it's one of those strategies that doesn't build community and actually hurts you in the long run due to the subs to watch time ratios.
Musings by Amit Patel
Thank you Tim, this video was very important because I just started a channel called Startup University. I only have the trailer video at present and I was thinking about growing the views and subscribers using some ways you said were not good. But I have a question if you can answer here. Do brand new channels get organic views from Youtube Search? Like will my videos feature on the first page in the beginning? Last question about how many days should I forget about watching my views and subscribers? Thanks again.
For someone who has been on YouTube for 8-9 years struggling to do it the right way, staying genuine with my content and s l o w l y chugging along and just now slowly approaching 30k this is frustrating. I know people want views and subs, but it is hard knowing there are those buying success and get away with it.
Dean Reynolds Media
Hey Tim what Streaming Software do you use for YouTube to also add Lower Thirds?
The Otaku Dad
Tim thanks and this cleared the air for many people struggling with this. It does hurt the channel in the long run but I think that many use it to kickstart for monetization with YT because it is so tempting.
House Station Live .com
one time i had a dispute with a viewrs provider and he removed the views. he guaranteed the views was legit but if it was, how on earth can you remove 1500 views ? if a real person watch a video it's too late you can't change the past ! some of theses services are scam and only changes the displayed number, not the "real" google statistics.
Vickie's Country Home
I have seen a number of people asking for subscribers to run playlists all day and night for watch time. I don't like that practice, but how does YouTube view it?
Little Kitchen Big Food
So curiously, does the newest version of the algorithm recognize when a channel updates it's existing thumbnails and titles and does youtube re-evaluate where it places those newly thumbnailed/titled videos?
Esperanto Variety Show
15:40 "At the end of the day" - what was that sudden gesture? I read it as anger and frustration with these businesses.
Bipolar Corner
I think someone is doing this to me on one of my videos. So therefor what can I do?
The only way to beat view bots is with CAPTCHA's Youtube hasn't even attempted to implement a CAPTCHA system....
Stunna R
6k views with 422k subscribers? Hmmmm ok
Technical Videos
Nice one
Seven is Enough
Wow. I didn’t know anything about this! Thanks for keeping us informed!!! I learn so much here!!!
Ilene Mack
Thank you as always:)
Casual Unboxing
Thanks for the video Tim, this was very educational.
Technical Videos
It true
Miss Lindsie Starr
Tim, thank you for talking about this, but what about those who are using bots to bypass the block words just to get someone to go to their channel?
ScRAP's Channel
Thanks for sharing your knowledge
Modern Trends
Very glad to have watched this video Tim, Thank you for the great info.
Tiny gacha Potato
I wasant here this time but I was there last time so.......
Great video/stream, haven't rly thought about doing this since I knew none of the big youtubers have used it.
Very insightful! Thank you for making this video
Abdullah Khaliq
I never bought anything I don't even have money lol
Saadon Aksah
Well that was informative!
Simply Pinay
i've tried it on one of the earliest videos. how do i reverse the effect?
Raynel Gonzalez
Thank you.
Learn Russian
I just thought about getting started... but I saw your advice! Thank you!
I think having a 1000 subscribers or whatever number makes people more likely to subscribe is a myth. Very few views come from the channel page and come from being in the mix and once you’re in a video the sun number isn’t prominent, maybe not see it and if it’s good people won’t care the size anyway
David Cieślar
Hi, I have chanannel with Czech audience ... (6k subs) And I want to expand to only English audience.(it means stop creating czech videos and start english videos) Is it possible on this channel? I don't want to delete this channel and create new for english audience and starting from 0. Will YouTube suggest my english videos to english people? Thanks for advice.
Billiq qilish
Umm hi Okay bye
Miss Ideas 3030
Thank you for de advice, I will put all my work to grow organically!
Clifford Starks
Great tips Tim thank you👍
Jeffrey Gomez
What happens if you consistently buy views for a competitor's video/channel?
i am happy if getting at least 5 view per video....
Killersloth Gaming
Great video I haven’t bought any views but it is aliitle hard being so small and trying to get views.
What about when news websites pick up your video and it gets views there? How does it affect things? It also leads to less likes and comments typically but, I guess, many start sessions??
Adil Draws
People also buy fake views? I didn't know that.
Sally & Reese
1.) sub 2.)like 3.)comment:Done 4.)ill do the same to you Lets help each other build
House Station Live .com
buying views can help to reach the target necessary to monetise its videos
Tim can you please do a video on how to properly set up and advertise or promote a YouTube channel that already had good natural growth and would like to get more exposure through google/youtube etc
Viajando Y Aprendiendo
I didn’t even know it was possible to buy views. Interesting!
Musicman Butte
Wow tim i learned a whole lot off of this. I am working steadly now so i will never go back into youtube so heavly as i did before. I will soon be activally uploading again because i miss my singing. This time though i will just be doing it for fun. Nothing more nothing less. If i get traffic great, no traffic thats alright to. I am making great money now and i like to keep my money for me. No buying views or subscribers for me.
Mr.Blondie's Blog
weird though,, about two weeks ago even those views derived from google ads stopped showing under view count. They do show in google analytics, but not on youtube. You still get the subscribers, so it means people see it, but actual view counts are dead frozen
It make so much sense, fake views destroy your video retention. STAY away from all sort of promotions we are not selling anything as creators, let YouTube get you out there slowly.