My Video Went Viral. Here's Why

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Argamis (SilverComet)
Argamis (SilverComet) - 10 minutes ago
Youtube LISTEN: I Recommend THIS video.

-> Lets help the A.I. working the algorithm, it may remember us later when it conquers the world.
Destiny Fan
Destiny Fan - 25 minutes ago
8:57 You just need to be a bigot. Though the common niches are already blacklisted so you need to do stuff like talk about mobile gamers being dirty casuals etc. stuff they didn't add yet.
Destiny Fan
Destiny Fan - 29 minutes ago
Same thing as market manipulation.
Destiny Fan
Destiny Fan - 31 minute ago
They are pulling up the draw bridge.
Destiny Fan
Destiny Fan - 33 minutes ago
1. Find flaw in algorithm (Spiderman & Elsa)
2. Exploit the flaw
3. Once they clamp down on it find another flaw
4. Profit?
Destiny Fan
Destiny Fan - 36 minutes ago
I the past it was all about merit, now it's more like whatever tuber gets white-listed by Suzanne Wojciki
Jo4nP4l4u - Hour ago
I think a good possible answer is that if CTR and watchtime are the main metric which leads to clickbait, a good correctional factor may be the like/dislike rate based on your number of viewers ( LDVR ). High CTR videos with low LDVR don't get to trending, high CTR videos with high LDVR get to recommended.
veloc1tyTV - Hour ago
If you start using clickbait titles I'll unsubscribe.
I like the idea of high quality content and therefore disabled AdBlock. But if you start low quality videos lile daily vlogs I'll not do that.
OhanaOceana - 2 hours ago
1Sub for 2Subs❤💙
Amazingly Fast🙏💯🔥
I pray for success for EVERYONE
maskof - 3 hours ago
Makes a video on why his video went viral; it goes viral too.
Martin - 3 hours ago
First, this video is brilliant; it's a terrific reminder why your channel is so fantastic.

Second, I want to encourage you not to think that asking your viewers to subscribe or ring the bell is "needy" because it really isn't. I've been watching your videos for years and I didn't subscribe until today. I hadn't subscribed not because I didn't like you or the content, but because a lot of everyday YouTube consumers don't subscribe, and they certainly don't ring bells. My watch history and recommended content is almost exactly what I watch, and I've never felt it was inappropriate for my taste or interest. YouTube knows I'm interested in 3 very simple things: Tech reviews, Vintage Restoration videos, and Science/Math videos, and that's pretty much all I see on my recommended page.

Asking people to subscribe is akin to projecting a "hire me now" mentality in an interview; you're selling yourself, and you want the hiring manager to agree that you're worth it. Humility is good, no question; but humility coupled with a reasonable understanding of one's worth is even better. Be humble, but know you're worth it, and don't be shy to ask for your worth, or shoot even higher. That's how you'll grow. One of my all time favorite YouTubers is Dave2D...That man is humble, kind, thoughtful, funny, and informative; he has a cute catchphrase at the end of every video that goes something like this: *"Thanks for watching this video, thumbs if you liked it, subs if you loved it. See you all next time."* ... Not at all pushy or needy. Every time I hear it, I remember to click like and I move on. It works and it's incredibly professional.

I really hope you see this comment, Derek. You're brilliant. You have a new long-time-watcher-turned-subscriber in me, and I also rang the bell :) See you soon!
I am curious
I am curious - 3 hours ago
Just don't ever lie in your thumnails and titles
Mebibyte - 3 hours ago
Replace views with capitalism.
mdr48371 - 4 hours ago
I would like more videos about snails
Natasha - 4 hours ago
exactly!! min 20 very true!! the road of hell was paved with good intentions! what we want is not always the best thing for us!
this is the problem with so much freedom it will end up in chaos and anarchy. But still YouTube is the best platform we have today. You can find so many different things here about anything...
Reed Kuzel
Reed Kuzel - 4 hours ago
I think he thought that this would go viral to......
Vinicius Costa
Vinicius Costa - 4 hours ago
I guess people should change. I have my subscribed channels and everyday look what was posted and those who I like most put in the watch later list. That way its not easy to be in this rabbit hole of YouTube
potterholic - 4 hours ago
Thanks for saying your channel name in this video because I've been pronouncing it like veritaserum from Harry Potter.
darkaster134 - 4 hours ago
Clickbaits are bad if they are misleading and placed on low-quality content. Do the best to defend your work!
Akașșș - 5 hours ago
Does no one know that the subscription feed exists still?
M3t41-B4N4N4 - 5 hours ago
i never understood this subscriptions dont show videos from creator thing. Theres a subribribtion tab and i see all my subbed to youtubers on there the home page changed for sure but who the hell browses that
Elliott hutton
Elliott hutton - 6 hours ago
But i scroll through my sub box every day until I've seen all the videos or decided not watch them. Yeah i'll watch new stuff from the homepage but i don't need YouTube to recommend me anything from people i'm already subscribed too. I click the bell for channels i want to watch straight away ahead of everything else, either as soon as it comes out or the first videos i watch when i turn my computer on.
Matcha - 6 hours ago
Alternate title: man humble brags for 20 mins
Marie Isabel Vermelho
Marie Isabel Vermelho - 6 hours ago
As soon as I started noticing this disconnect effect, I just started bookmarking channels and checking if they have new content manually.
Bloxer Gaming
Bloxer Gaming - 7 hours ago
the funniest thing is that that video is being recommended to me on this page at this moment
Essah - 7 hours ago
regarding suggestions on improvement:
I don't know about you guys but I often have the same videos shown in my suggestions for days and days and days. Videos that I am not at all interested in. The Suggested list should be way more dynamic so that any video that was not clicked by the particular user after being displayed twice, is buried, allowing for other videos to get a shot.
finnepower - 8 hours ago
I want to be able to customize the ten recommended slots. I would make 2 slots be an anti-recommendation, would make things more interesting.
Languor - 9 hours ago
I can't fully imagine the nightmare it is to not use the Subscriptions tab on Youtube.
This video gave me a glimpse and I pity all users who are not used to that.
Indeed I use the Recommended section, when I run through all my subscription videos. But to have only the wild jungle that is the Recommended section as platform seems like a nightmare.
Cory Cunningham
Cory Cunningham - 9 hours ago
Wouldn't youtube want shorter videos so they can push another ad at the beginning of the video and make more money, In my watching of YouTube not many videos have ads in the middle somewhere so shorter means more ads
Jay -
Jay - - 10 hours ago
I bookmark all my subscriptions and categorise them in folders, a bit OCD and bit of a reminder of who I watch and want to catch up on. (youtube please build this in)
AesirWolf - 10 hours ago
Am I the only one that thinks he looks a lot like Ben Affleck hahaha
Shell-Martijn - 10 hours ago
Thanks for this video!
I've learned a lot.
you tou
you tou - 11 hours ago
I only watch my subscriptions feed, and I ukfing hate clickbaits
What about it!?
What about it!? - 11 hours ago
Bell activated. Great video. I am just starting my Youtube Channel and didn't even knwo about the upcoming chanbe with CTR. Fun Fact: the video was not presented to me by youtube. I saw it on your twitter. ;) Have a great day and don't ever burn out. Your videos are great.
GeezR - 12 hours ago
Now that you made me aware of it, I can say that I seldom see new vids from subscriptions.
And the comparison to journalism is spot on, it's all about clicks and sensational headlines. It's sad that its come to this.
Realshi - 13 hours ago
And of course if I see this video I watched that one
Ahmad Hasan
Ahmad Hasan - 14 hours ago
I'm Loving the Celestron Mount the background! had no clue Derek did astrophotography!
CJR ELECTRICAL - 14 hours ago
Great video very interesting.
Nico Steiner
Nico Steiner - 14 hours ago
This theory and the advices derived from it sound very similar to the discussions we had about the Google Search algorithm and how to attrackt clicks for your snippet in the SERPs. Because Search is leading in Google business, being always some few years ahead of other platforms like YouTube, you might want to have a look at the current state of SEO discussions to get a climpse of what the next changes for YouTube algorithm might be - when it comes particular to optimizing, manipulating and over-doing thumbnails and titles. This way you can become a YouTube expert - because the future platform changes become forseeable.
moon mission
moon mission - 14 hours ago
Decent telescope in the back, check out the views I get with mine, they're better than you may think.
Omni nulla
Omni nulla - 14 hours ago
Is the subscriptions tab not working for some people? Cuz mine seems to be working just fine. Why is the bell needed?
littleflower1826 - 15 hours ago
An ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT VIDEO, THANK YOU! I'm getting ready to launch my own channel, so I have watched this twice all ready and I will watch it a couple more times, THANK YOU, EXCELLENT!!!
Electric Maniac
Electric Maniac - 15 hours ago
Now that picture at 7:36 reminds me of the situation, when some former boxer drew straight line through an observation and declared we are in an expanding universe. ;)
Khajiit Hadwares
Khajiit Hadwares - 15 hours ago
double standard on banning from trending channels that may swear/innapropriate, but public media and music doing the same thing, aokey.
Cade C-Ops
Cade C-Ops - 16 hours ago
low views = low quality, unless u are 5min crafts
Random Dude
Random Dude - 16 hours ago
Welcome to the youtuber class. Please take a seat.
Daniel Carrera
Daniel Carrera - 16 hours ago
FYI, my browser bookmark for YouTube points to so that I mostly bypass the YouTube algorithm and I only get the latest videos from the channels that I'm subscribed to. I find that I enjoy that experience a lot better because YouTube is really bad at guessing what I want to watch. If I watch one video about some random topic, YouTube will inundate its home page with videos on that topic at the expense of the things I am normally interested in. Click on a video about toasters .... YouTube decides that I just became a toaster collector. It's crazy.
itspeiyee here
itspeiyee here - 16 hours ago
4:53 dramarama tati
S. - 16 hours ago
I am fairly oblivious to what happens behind the screen when it comes to Youtube content, but I think you should be careful with clickbait as an educational channel. I think the general audience for this type of content would scoff at clickbait and is less likely to click it to begin with, just for looking like clickbait. It may also harm your credibility depending on how deceiving your clickbait is.

Again, I am far from an expert on this subject and a quick look at statistics can probably instantly prove or disprove my argument. That's my specific response to clickbait though, I just don't know howmany people here are like me.
M_is playzing
M_is playzing - 16 hours ago
Let me tell you the secret
*His Every video goes viral*
TOVITO - 17 hours ago
Nathan McLaughlin
Nathan McLaughlin - 17 hours ago
lol it's literally the first video on the sidebar
AuraKnightStar - 17 hours ago
I have never "rang the bell" on any of the channels that I have subscribe to and I have never ran into the situation of not seeing new videos appearing in my subscription feed. Am I missing something?
Edit: I still don't understand click through ratio
JO. San
JO. San - 18 hours ago
one of my favorites YouTubers
Jorge Jimenez
Jorge Jimenez - 19 hours ago
"Oh brave new world, with such people in it!"
Saadain Waris
Saadain Waris - 19 hours ago
Great video
George Michael Sherry
George Michael Sherry - 19 hours ago
I am baffled by this video (which is probably a good thing). I must be using YouTube "wrong" (that is, not the way it's "meant" to be used). Subscriptions are 90% of what I watch. I've been watching for 10 years, and at some point during that time they introduced this bell thingey (before that I think I was always notified of subscribed-channel uploads) and the bells were all automatically activated, and anytime I subscribed to a new channel the bell automatically activated, so I wonder what all the issue about the durned bell is. It's true that (if I'm remembering right) when I entered YouTube my subscription page used to load and now I have to click on it, but that's a minor inconvenience. In 10 years I do not think I have EVER clicked something because it was "trending." But now about "recommended" -- that refers to the videos to the right of the screen or on the screen after a video is over, yes? Most of those are channels I already subscribe to. The others are usually closely related. Sometimes I click on those and find a channel I want to subscribe to; usually not. Sometimes I "surf" from one video to the next on a topic; sometimes I search for a certain topic but don't subscribe to any of the channels. Those videos are usually old; it may affect what videos I'm shown but it's too late to affect those channels metrics (if everything is based on the first few days after a video comes out). (Are you telling me every time I see a video listed to the right of the screen or on the screen after a video, if I DON'T click on it, that counts against it as a zero on the click rate??? They expect us to click on everything on every screen or it's a "failure" for the video displayed????) My point being, if I have one, where are these videos appearing that need clickbaity titles or enticing thumbnails? Why do people need to be attracted to them? How is everyone else using YouTube? I come to it PRIMARILY to see what my subscriptions have uploaded today, SECONDARILY to view videos on a given topic, and ZERO to see what's currently "hot." I seem to be using YouTube "wrong." Oh, and kudos for the oldest school old school presentation ever. This was from before overhead projectors were invented. That must have been a LOT of work. Well done. (And in case anyone wonders why I'm so late, I fell behind and am catching up -- which again shows, to me, the foolishness of fixating on immediate results. This stuff is up here forever.)
Luke Bosworth
Luke Bosworth - 20 hours ago
Love this video keep it up!
ECHO李昶俊 - 20 hours ago
Nice video
MVJESTY - 21 hour ago
you're the first channel i've ever clicked on the bell, great great video!
firas rouissi
firas rouissi - 21 hour ago
go for it
Veritasium, you need to adapt to survive
Just Wyatt
Just Wyatt - 21 hour ago
Also more people need to check the subscriptions tab
Olivia Boules
Olivia Boules - 22 hours ago
I think youtubes whole site could be redesigned, something that allows youtubes audience to navigate within its space more freely, the algorithms can often make me feel trapped in content because I like to watch a variety of unrelated topics.
junkapassion - 22 hours ago
Amazing video
River Otter
River Otter - 22 hours ago
I’ve talked to a friend who I hadn’t seen in years, and discovered that YouTube has basically turned us into the same person with the same interests, by recommending the same videos to us
So even if we don’t see each other for months at a time, don’t talk to each other, don’t recommend videos that we enjoyed, the other has seen it anyway.
Topics that have nothing to do with each other, from Mario 64 speedruns to video essays on the importance of animated media to a man trying to swim in a pool of shade balls.
Whatever experiment that YouTube is running is working, and I believe they have figured out how to pack me into a little box to turn me into a mouse in a maze. It’s why every time I’m in a comment section of a video that suddenly got five million views in the last two days, even though it was released seven years ago, I see the same other little boxes saying “Why has YouTube recommended this today?”
It’s an uncomfortable place to be in, to know that you’ve been reduced to a bot that YouTube can send anywhere to promote a video that they’re sure aligns with your values.
That I’ll never see a video recommended to me of someone disagreeing with me. But I guess that’s my role in this giant machine.
Cha Miranda
Cha Miranda - 22 hours ago
Veritasium. Numberphile. AsapScience.
All three I follow.
Authentic Intent
Authentic Intent - 23 hours ago
Could it be you push the globe earth? You have a telescope behind you implying outer space is real? You make senseless videos that do NOTHING to advance a person's consciousness?
Spearman - 23 hours ago
I got hooked yesterday and have been flying through all of these videos. Take my sub!
PastLight - 23 hours ago
Its the same like competing in a corporate environment for a better position, you can start like everyone else at the very bottom, learn every single detail about your job, but unless you can make an impression, show that you are responsible and knowledgeable, you won't get hired, while the guy who only talks BS and can't even spell his job title without making a spelling mistake, spends most of the days chatting and picking his nose, will be able to BS his way up the ladder.
adolfo rios
adolfo rios - Day ago
Even the title of this video is click bate
Mrplayers 321
Mrplayers 321 - Day ago
We should of trusted blue shirt kid....
The Happy Face
The Happy Face - Day ago
Youtube just should ask themselves: What do we want on our platform?. Form the algorithm through that. Also make a "new" tab.
Spring - Day ago
First of all, Excellent work on the presentation, I can only imagine the work behind it.

Secondly, in regard to clickbait maneuvers, I normally hate them and usually I have nothing to watch on youtube because of the terrible content presented to me most of the time. The thumbnail works kinda in reverse for me.

Thirdly, I think there could be some suggestions based on whatever god forsaken method YouTube thought of and some based of a more random and loose method likened ONLY to relevance rather then to statistics. I got this Idea from a rated R site and honestly they have a better algorithm to give you access to half related content but not something different altogether so that you would enjoy more time there and more content which is less viewd/new will float to the surface.
Crimson Khan
Crimson Khan - Day ago
I felt worthless by watching this...which i should....after all ....i am just +1...that's^^.
Angelus - Day ago
Don't know why YouTuber complain about burnout like it doesn't happen with artist either.
Robert Davis
Robert Davis - Day ago
This just reinforces my personal distaste for modern entertainment as a whole. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, they’re all mostly the same creature: an engine for making money via ads by appealing to the most basic, irrational human nature. By default we are pretty simple, and our sophisticated understanding of ourselves has allowed us to very easily exploit that simplicity to make people mindlessly happy. The real issue, in my mind, is that your average person just wants to “unwind” and tune out, which leads to the primal, lazy side of the brain getting first dibs on how to spend free time. And we’ve known for many decades that that primal brain wants sensationalism, novelty, and everything that “clickbait” represents. It was only a matter of time before it became easy enough to automate the process and widely distribute it, thereby allowing it to reach to the profound level it is at now.
A sad situation, but as Derek implies, an inevitable one. Thank you for your quality content and frank discussion. I’ll be tuning into to more of your videos as time permits.
Aland Muhamad
Aland Muhamad - Day ago
Actually i came here because of the thubmnail
Casper G
Casper G - Day ago
Jean-Mouloud Eristoff
You really broke down how youtube works and explained it very well !
Thank you ! I'm happy I've watched it
SҠЭLЧ ҬЭИ - Day ago
Ok..who is mister beets?
SҠЭLЧ ҬЭИ - Day ago
I think Captn Disillusion needs more views..
SuperJarren - Day ago
Maybe I'm stupid, but as a viewer, the more clickbaity and/or sensational the title and thumbnail, the less I'll want to initially click on it, and I'll end up giving it less watch time. The more a youtuber does stuff like that, I respect them less, and I don't want to watch their videos as much. I've stopped watching multiple different channels because they kept using annoying titles and thumbnails. It just makes you look stupid. Imo, your title and thumbnail should accurately portray what the content is. That way the people who click through will genuinely want to watch it, and they're more likely to want to watch your backlog.

I get that the algorithm is a powerful force, but viewers don't give a crap about the algorithm. We care about genuinely good content, titles and thumbnails.
Mark D
Mark D - Day ago
"Millions of black balls is going to be the thing that rises to the surface". I like the double entendre.
royakuma - Day ago
In my opinion, all top videos with max satisfaction are the ones a bit sad, and makes me think and rethink for a while. This is very personal to me. But I can feel this subtle but lingering sadness in this video, which makes me think again and again
AngelOfGaming - Day ago
I wish there were more varied ways of finding new videos on Youtube. Like a tab for channels with low levels of viewers where you can find new youtubers or some other similar tools.
Kamal Kumar
Kamal Kumar - Day ago
What about VSauce video with no title and thumbnail
Amel B
Amel B - Day ago
look at crazy russian hacker he has 11 mil subscribers an not even a 1 mill views by video
Sparksy Cat
Sparksy Cat - Day ago
You really need to do a TED Talk
John Donaldson
John Donaldson - Day ago
Click bait = here it comes....
Sparksy Cat
Sparksy Cat - Day ago
I subbed because of that video
Mihaela Ciobanu
Mihaela Ciobanu - Day ago
I always go to my subscriptions tab and I see all of your videos and the videos of the channels that I'm subscribed to. I never even look at the home page because the videos are not that relevant.
Reno Rahadiansyah
Reno Rahadiansyah - Day ago
educational ? youtube is more kinda entertaintment platfrom, there's another platform like skillshare, patreon etc...
7inrain - Day ago
My consequence from that whole clickbaity thing: Not only subscribe to High Quality Youtubers like you but also enabling notification for new videos. Which I just did for your channel.
Jonathan Tinpo LIU
Jonathan Tinpo LIU - Day ago
RIP, this video was demonetized.
Jonathan Tinpo LIU
Jonathan Tinpo LIU - Day ago
Did this video just go viral?
kevin Bee
kevin Bee - Day ago
I'm not only viewing videos because of youtube recommendations.
1. Sometimes I search for something with the search bar.
2. I get recommended videos in social media (twitter, reddit, facebook) or afk.
3. I bookmark channels in my browser and occasionally remember to check on them.
4. Sometimes videos are embedded in other websites.
These possibilities make titles and thumbnails less important.
I'm not going to click on a Let's Play if I look for a cooking tutorial, a certain song, or a sports event, regardless of how the thumbnail looks.
I'm not saying that the statistics are wrong though, if they show that clickbait matters. It just theoretically doesn't have to be that way.
I can imagine that someone who gets hooked on a channel by clickbait won't come back if the actual quality is bad, but he will if it is good. Maybe Patreon and similar systems can help to incentivize quality content.
Maybe the algorithm can be adjusted to give "likes" more weight. (Seems like they go in this direction with surveys.)
Maybe peoples behavior will adjust. I think people click less on ads than they used to 10 years ago and they click less on top 10 lists, because they have learned that they will be disappointed.

What about capitalism? Apparently someone makes enough money from me buying some products rather than others to finance Youtube. If people buy more products because of qualified *reviews*, maybe they will be satisfied with less and cheaper products, which would leave them with more money to directly spend on media(?).
kevin Bee
kevin Bee - Day ago
Also: - Recommending only successful videos sounds bad, because newcomers have no chance. No variety. Everyone will be trained to think the same way. - Recommending unsuccessful videos sounds equally bad. This is not a paradox - it's a balancing problem. The solution is the concept of "serendipity". The optimal recommendation system has to include *some* amount of unsuccessful videos.
NordriOfUthgard - Day ago
I'm having a really hard time imagining Mr. Beast being even somewhat serious and knowledgeable about anything. Kinda sad. The subject matter of this video is incredibly interesting though, even for a person only veeeery faintly interested in joining the game themselves (i.e. me). I got here by explicitly searching for the video after it has been discussed in at least 3 other videos I have watched recently.
The only useful thing I can add to the discussion is as follows:
ALL REGULAR YOUTUBE USERS imho should consider a service similar to "Video Deck for YouTube" ( You get to basically create your own feeds for specific content creators or themed groups of creators, that can be set to always show the most recent videos of the respective channels right at the top for you to check whenever you feel like it. You know how long the video is, which channel it's from, when it's been uploaded and it also displays title and thumbnail. Watched videos can be marked as such, you can put videos onto your "Watch Later" list straight from there and you can even do stuff with playlists on YouTube so you're always on top of a running series from a creator you're otherwise not too interested in as long as they're maintaining the playlist properly. It has barely had any hiccups in all the time I've been using it (4 years at least, I think) and makes sure you never miss anything, even when the bell thing freaks out again and doesn't notify people.
Wow, I realize this sounds like advertising now but I'm not affiliated with them at all. I've been using it for quite a number of years by now - it's an integral part of my daily online content consumption and I'm fairly certain I wouldn't still be on YouTube as much with all the changes that keep happening and users missing out on new videos from their favorite creators. It would surely rank among my top 5 most useful and most used sites of all time.
dansg08 - Day ago
This is a great breakdown and expansion of things I've talked about on the internet for years, I've long said that for certain content types paid subscription models and the much more filtered "bell icon" subscription is hugely helpful and the only real way to bypass this whole system. Creators don't feel the pressure to algo hunt or be sensationalist by not having to put "what will get views" ahead of "what do I want to make", and viewers get to curate their own viewing experience. Really appreciate the content, been watching for years, no downward trend in your Youtuber life cycle for me :)
LordPecka - Day ago
Good news! Turns out, I also thought you are releasing videos only every few months. Turns out no - I actually watched all of let's say last 20, most of them soon after release - I apparently just enjoy them so much, it feels the gap between them is bigger :-)
haitham hammami
haitham hammami - Day ago
Me: So explain it to me like a 5 year old
Derek: Hold my board
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