Re: [Harp-L] Youtube question
Bruce Ritter wrote:
I've recently posted some new videos to YouTube, (I'm not quite ready to
share the links yet, I want to clean up the titles) and I've gotten an email
extolling their virtues and telling me about how I can get more subs. It
looks like spam to me, but can anyone tell me why I would want more folks to
subscribe to my YouTube channel?
I have a bunch of YT videos up for various projects I worked on a few years
ago for people in an industry whose videos have absolutely no entertainment
value whatsoever, they were simply videos made to inform a small group of
business people about some dull product news. These videos are utterly
boring and at this point completely obsolete.
And nearly once a week I get a message that someone has subscribed to one
or more of these videos.
Your instinct is dead-on, companies that make such offers are usually
ambitious teenagers and people in Asian countries trying to help you lose
weight in your wallet.
This is identical to so-called 'comment spam' that boneheads place on
blogs. It's mainly an attempt to place the URL to their website on as many
other websites as possible because in the olden days a big spread of such
random links actually helped your Google ranking. Generally such website
owners have paid good money to a scammer who tells them that their
website'll make 'em a millionaire once they're up on the Google
rankings. Other people pay big money just to learn how to sell junk
'niche' products, and then pay a big premium to get someone to spam YouTube
and legitimate blogs.
At this point Google is very smart about telling real links from comment
You can't prevent people from subbing to your videos, as far as I
know. But it doesn't hurt you at all. And there are lots of ways to
prevent comment spam on your blogs.
Now, a number of my friends have posted videos on YouTube that have gotten
a few thousand hits. They get approached by Google, which owns YouTube, to
create their own channel with a Google AdWords box on the page. Some of
these friends have made enough to buy a glass of beer off their AdWords
box, even when they are not selling anything of their own. (You can do a
YouTube channel even if you have no views, or at least you used to be able
to. You can also get an AdWords block pretty easily. You don't have to be
Now, a company that wants to sell you a bunch of YouTube subs is, as you
have guessed, pretty much a scam. They have a list of fake-subscribers
that they developed, and in exchange for the contents of your wallet you'll
actually see those subscribers on your page. If Google hasn't already
identified those names as fakes (they are the geniuses of data mining and
they can actually figure these things out pretty easily) then you might
even get the offer to start your own channel, etc, etc, but you will not
have spent your money wisely. I doubt that you were even considering this
By the way, when a YT video really seriously takes off, with hundreds of
thousands or millions of views, you can actually cut a deal with Google to
get paid per view. A couple of years ago a well-known young female
singer-songwriter got 120 million views for one of her hit
videos/songs. She said in an interview that she made over a million bucks
I say we have a Harp-l contest for whoever makes the first million off a YT
Whoever wins gets a free kitten!
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