My Video Went Viral. Here's Why

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McMatthew99 - Vor Stunde
Time to switch to DailyMotion?
thefuture4 - Vor 2 Stunden
Literally the first video i watched that sent me on a 6 hour tailspin of watching all your content.
The Sypwer
The Sypwer - Vor 2 Stunden
I almost never use homepage nor trending, subscriptions and notifications is good enough
Stephen Furr
Stephen Furr - Vor 3 Stunden
So is this click-bait war the reason I purposely avoid obvious biased or sensationalized thumbnails and titles, and gravitate towards channels that present a more realistic if less edge of your seat explodey stuff look. Keep up the science educational content. You have a loyal audience that will find your videos.
Nonya Damnbusiness
Nonya Damnbusiness - Vor 3 Stunden
So, what about cross posting to other platforms? Are you on Daily Motion, or Vimeo, or LBRY?
PresidentialWatch - Vor 3 Stunden
Well it sounds like survival so you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. Not your fault. YouTube is failing it’s creators.
Deschutron K
Deschutron K - Vor 5 Stunden
"So what I'm actually gonna present is a kind of *theory* *of* *everything"*
OK, Einstein..
Ryan Harvey
Ryan Harvey - Vor 5 Stunden
I hate the algorithm. Seems like it makes more money for YouTube, but at the expense of user experience.
Alekaditez - Vor 6 Stunden
how spraypaint works or how dye works
Juan Ayala
Juan Ayala - Vor 7 Stunden
Dear Derek: thank you for all your great videos. They've sparked my curiosity many, many times. That being said: you are not a Kardashian, so you do not need your videos to clickbaitly hit 10 million views every time. Your audience will still be there searching for you because of the topics you dive into and the remarkably clear way you explain them. You might go viral from time to time and get tons of new subscribers, but those subscribers will be just as easily lost as they were gained. What easy comes easy goes. You have to ask yourself then: am I doing this to get rich or to make a good leaving working on what I love, shearing with people my abilities? When in doubt, always go back to your basic values and everything will become clear.
Tobias Fünke
Tobias Fünke - Vor 9 Stunden
Don't use clickbaity titles and thumbnails or I will stop clicking on your content.
Thijs van Gisbergen
Thijs van Gisbergen - Vor 10 Stunden
You all speak of this algorithm, but in reality it's just pumping and pumping more money into promoting your videos.
basspig - Vor 10 Stunden
I haven't had burnout.. I've never ignited to begin with!
Caleb Bennett
Caleb Bennett - Vor 10 Stunden
Well said. Well done.
frank ward
frank ward - Vor 10 Stunden
Really you have to spend your money still dont forget about buisness that helps too
DasPikachu - Vor 12 Stunden
*I WANT* to be able to create "subscription-groups" on youtube! What I mean is that you could create a channel folders, for gaming channels, science channels, comedy, arts & crafts, music, whatever you like. And in that corner you would be shown the newest videos of those channels I chose. ALL of them like it used to be!
DasPikachu - Vor 12 Stunden
The only way I can think of doing this would be to create like 10 channels and subscribe only to one cathegory of channels on each... but honestly that wouldn't b a great solution! If I wanna watch gaming or comedy, I'd like to scroll through videos of according channels I subscribed to.
drmnys - Vor 13 Stunden
YouTube sucks. It needs more competition. Having said that I don't understand why people see YouTube recommended videos... Just go to your sub list. All your subbed channels are there.
Nadir Siddiqui
Nadir Siddiqui - Vor 13 Stunden
Ringing ringing ringing that bell! I think you deserve it, thank you for your awesome videos, you're an inspiration.
Velocityraptor - Vor 14 Stunden
Educational contends are pretty much the only things I watch on yt.
Nikita Yeryomin
Nikita Yeryomin - Vor 14 Stunden
My homepage is my 'subscribed' page on YouTube. I never look at the suggested section, because all those reasons...
TheOrangeCreeper - Vor 15 Stunden
There isn't really a reason on how people get viral. It's just completely random.
xJuiCYxxJaYx - Vor 15 Stunden
Make a '' how to not pollute"and make THAT go viral. 🤔😒😫😫😜🤙🤙🤙🤙
kikalcala - Vor 15 Stunden
When you showed the post it notes with googly eyes I anticipated my own future subscription to your channel...
Animagus - Vor 16 Stunden
I wasn't subbed before, but the fact you kept my focus during a lecture makes that an easy click.
Nagendra Kaushik
Nagendra Kaushik - Vor 18 Stunden
Subscribe me
MangoIceCreamLover - Vor 18 Stunden
I wish I saw you science videos first !!
Gunpal Jain
Gunpal Jain - Vor 18 Stunden
I am very picky about pressing like, subscribe and the bell button on every other video. I just pressed the bell button on this video after thinking about the time and effort it might have taken in creating those slides on white paper. :p
I have no words for admiration of research, presentation and hard work done to create such outstanding video.
Nicole Martinez
Nicole Martinez - Vor 19 Stunden
Very interesting. I specifically look at my subscriptions when I log on. Do others not?
Quincy Dread
Quincy Dread - Vor 19 Stunden
well this just goes to show we are really heading down a slippery slope when sensationalism and clickbait is acceptable
Salman Umar
Salman Umar - Vor 19 Stunden
The only time i actually felt the need to press the bell icon. Well done. Well produced and educational video.
Im also a small youtuber who started couple moths ago. We try to make moral lessons for children using superheroes. If anyone has time check out joker steals thors hammer on #tfskids.
Whizzhup - Vor 22 Stunden
Oh i thought that video was
Tony Stark.
Prabhash Dhama
Prabhash Dhama - Vor 23 Stunden
Bruh everything will be fine don’t be sad :)
Everyone go And comment on mr beast video that he need to make a video how to Get videos viral
Sixor Kaer
Sixor Kaer - Vor Tag
watch composition+read title+watch video length
>>>1.IS this video important for me 2. DO i expect to have fun or feel anything from it

thumbnail:toilet and a girl crying face
title:Kid found out and scream there a rat in the toilet
Joel Torrens
Joel Torrens - Vor Tag
Looks like your Mr Beast friend may have driven your views up a bit......coincidence?
Owais Ahmed
Owais Ahmed - Vor Tag
The presentation on paper board was exceptional. Click bait or not, once you land here, you're sure to watch through. Good job...
陳紅狼 - Vor Tag
I hate the algorithm, that’s the reason I only got to “subscribe” tag most of the time.
Peter Choi
Peter Choi - Vor Tag
"The message is the medium." Marshall McLuhan was so right 40 years ago and still today he is right.
Kate Lim
Kate Lim - Vor Tag
I got bored halfway watching the shade balls vid when the vid only had single-digit million views (I did not finish). I made a mental note, avoided clicking your blackhole video suggested by YT as I remember your channel name ( your vid was not as impressive as your thumbnail). I only have this much time, I dont have time for clickbait vids, I actively avoid clickbaity channel such as Pewdiepie (used to be a sub when he was actually playing vid games). I hope you remember the passion you have starting the channel 10 yrs from now. Or maybe it's just a money making machine hence the burnout. :)
Angeal Hayleyy
Angeal Hayleyy - Vor Tag
Don't worry,
I will always like your videos
You are always so educational
As a result of your title.
Mark Dowse
Mark Dowse - Vor Tag
So, you have to have a "great hook"?
Sounds EXACTLY like the kid selling newspapers on the street corner ........
Shloppie - Vor Tag
Bro, the Kardashians are clickbait. There is plenty of people in the world that want more clickbait.
EyeTheSkies - Vor Tag
Al NaJin
Al NaJin - Vor Tag
Dude, you're a genius. What a way for explaining youtube trends, If I could meet with you I would talk about this for hours. Sadly I live on the end of the world, Chile. Well, it is not but is pretty far anyway.
shovas - Vor Tag
Lots of empathy for you guys but do you realize you’re locking yourself in to a system you don’t have any control over? My advice is to disengage from the forces telling you what to do and just organically, holistically build your audience, and on multiple platforms. Right now, you’ve enslaved yourself to a treadmill. Welcome, you’ve built your own rat race on the internet.
shovas - Vor Tag
Regarding the bell, unfortunately I think many people don’t use it because A it’s one more extra thing to do but B perhaps more importantly we all get more than enough notifications already. I don’t think that’s a sustainable solution.
shovas - Vor Tag
Real solution: Build your brand, not your algorithm hooks. I specifically look for your videos. That’s the kind of viewer you want for long term, sustainable views and growth.
Jacob Burge
Jacob Burge - Vor Tag
i didn't even know about the bell
Tryhqrds Jr
Tryhqrds Jr - Vor Tag
Can someone just sum this video up for me
Tech Planet
Tech Planet - Vor Tag
Thumbnails, titles & quality watch-time are important. YT's alrogithm is always changing and so it's an endless objective to chase for youtubers.
JLT Productions
JLT Productions - Vor Tag
Very useful video....well done and keep going💪💪💪
Kenny gordon
Kenny gordon - Vor Tag
Sort your homepage by subscription videos. Boom i see em all.
Marko Posavec
Marko Posavec - Vor Tag
I don't like all the algorithms because they are slowly removing control from us. If youtube genuinely wants to be useful they should for example: Add the option to disable suggesting videos that were already watched and stop pretending that you didn't watch them. Every video that was watched should be marked as such, it's the main point of computers to augment persons abilities. And not to instead exploit persons inability to remember everything to corporate advantage.
WeBuild4Life - Vor Tag
I must be one of the anomalies. I almost only use my subscription feed to find videos to watch. I have a bout 240 subscriptions of all the content I like. That's where I get 99% of my watch time. Occasionally I will click off on to a recommended video, but normally if I didn't have anything else planned to watch,
Tejas Sharma
Tejas Sharma - Vor Tag
Good Job.
I just finished watching a 23 min video. Through out the video I was curious about what is coming up in next slide.
Ludde Nord
Ludde Nord - Vor Tag
See you again in 6 months
Milorad Menjic
Milorad Menjic - Vor Tag
Bell on youtube is icon it does not ring for start.
Second how many did you clicked till now, we deserve to know that ? It is not ok to ask us to do what you did not or to do it more than you did.
And last but not least imagine clicking them all, imagine all people click all bells what then ?
Personally I try to turn off all notifications I can, from youtube and others, tell me how many notifications do you have daily and actually open them and look at, and then tell me that you want more, then you can go on youtube and click more, it is easy just ring the bell, that is what you are asking from people and it is not fair, why do you expect that we love notifications if you don't ?
Sean Tan
Sean Tan - Vor Tag
21:04 the most subtle pun I have ever seen
Akshay Gadsing
Akshay Gadsing - Vor Tag
Your videos are just lovely! Just Keep making videos on Science.❤️ And we too hope YouTube will optimise algorithm so that people can get informative and educational videos along with burnouts and entertainment and trendy timepass videos. There's lots of appreciation to channels like Veritasium, Asapscience and many more who work for educating people with Science
JL Universe
JL Universe - Vor Tag
This video is very helpful and makes 100 percent since
benbmusic88 - Vor Tag
Xela Crémant
Xela Crémant - Vor Tag
Here's what I think: I think youtubers need to unionize.
Sam Oleynik
Sam Oleynik - Vor Tag
Thamsanqa Mvayo
Thamsanqa Mvayo - Vor Tag
I know this is a very late watch and response, I've been enjoying your videos a lot. I think you can do a little click baity type as long as it's not a complete wishy-washy, keep it real. It's a science channel, those of us who seek knowledge will come. Oh and I'm ringing the bell now...
Lara Mae
Lara Mae - Vor Tag
22:51 I was satisfied with that
Henrik Kucsera
Henrik Kucsera - Vor Tag
You already committed to a clickbaiting -- and not just titles, topics too. why should i ring the bell on topics that will remind me of commercial tv shows???
x FlushestMean93 x
x FlushestMean93 x - Vor Tag
I understand what you’re getting at, you dont want your channel to sink to the bottom of the iceberg and because you don’t want to use click bait titles and thumbnails it’s possible that it might. I’m sure you’re actually fans will click the bell so don’t worry also click bait is basically tradition on YouTube, so don’t worry about using it as-long as your content stays at a good quality people will watch and not care about the click bait. So
I’m sure you’ll be fine with click bait and without it as-long as you keep making quality videos like you have always done.
David Furor Curser
David Furor Curser - Vor Tag
Because Science
Alzorath - Vor Tag
*(Long Post from a Creator of 7 years)*
Honestly, I am fine with the current system, BUT there needs to be a tweak to the subscriber feed (and they did it a *little bit* by putting stories from subscribers at the top in some apps, and rarely putting that "videos from your subscriptions" bar) - I feel they've gone too far in one direction currently, especially when taking into account the site design (more on that later), and I really think that they need to either:

A. Allow customization of your landing page (even if they make the "recommended videos" bar a locked option at top, I'm fine with that), so you can create shelves for 'my subscriptions' or 'community posts' etc. on your custom homepage, so that it reduces "number of clicks to destination"


B. Adapt the main page to include "X from your subscriptions" as a guaranteed spot in the main page. (doesn't matter if it's videos, community posts, stories, whatever, just give us a way to directly reach out to our subscribers without relying on emails or opt-in popups or other intrusive and ignored methods) - to again reduce "number of clicks to destination"


I said I would do "more on that later" regarding site design, and you may have noticed a point made twice: "number of clicks to destination" - this is an issue google has been having for a while now, but the shift to Studio Beta really made it hit home for me - Google's design philosophy prior to this used to be similar to "KISS" (Keep it Simple Stupid): Fewest steps possible for the desired result, with a clear path - and clean interfaces.

They've kept the "clean interface" point fairly well, but they've been creeping step after step away from click-efficiency. Going from subscriptions on home, to subscriptions "behind a click" is a big change... stepping even further to subscriptions behind a click, channel behind 2 clicks, channel feed behind 3 clicks, non-trend video behind 2/4 clicks (playlist behind 4 clicks) - is a lot more than it used to be. (playlist used to be 3 clicks). The "clicks to goal" for getting informed of the actions of your subscriptions though? That is easily the one that has taken the most hits - it used to be "1 click from video" - now it's "2 clicks from video + obscured setting consideration" (which they acknowledge - is a problem - a person can click the bell, but unless their account is set to opt-in to notifications from youtube - the bell will do nothing)

The reason Studio Beta made me start looking at this? The Data they refer to as "analytics deep dive" used to require anywhere from 2 to 5 less clicks - which is significant when you consider that each "click" isn't an inconvenience, but rather an opportunity for a user getting lost on the branching paths.

In design you want the shortest path possible to the most desired features (note: "desired" not "used" - as the later is a direct result of design, the former is a direct result of user), and this rounds all the way back to the beginning, and in turn a reference to their intents you made towards the end of the video: "Long-Term Satisfied Watch-time" - design can aid this or blind you from it, as they are looking for what people "desire", while looking at what they "use", without taking into account the impact of their own interface.

PS -
Yellow Journalism successfully gathers more users for the site, not for creators. The biggest challenge for youtube will be balancing these factors, and the tools are there (they have been since almost the beginning) - a logged out user, or an un-engaged (no/minimal subs) should be engaged with the yellow journalism approach to further engage them - a logged in user should be engaged with a core content approach (focus on their subscriptions, their engagements, their decided loyalties, even without the bell). Google seems to be stuck on a weird "X or Y" approach to this, without realizing, the audience on youtube is so large and diverse, that they need to account for, at the very least, this demographic divide, in their design decisions (invested v uninvested) - a one size fits all approach can't work at a certain scale
Anshul Gupta
Anshul Gupta - Vor Tag
Yes i clicked it .. i support you
Akshaya R
Akshaya R - Vor Tag
Ahh... This makes me cry... We love your contents... N we will always support you... 🤗
Akshaya R
Akshaya R - Vor Tag
@klen sal hehe... I got a alien friend called Omega. 👽
klen sal
klen sal - Vor Tag
Photo Spectrum
Photo Spectrum - Vor Tag
I've been subscribed for a while, but I forgot to click the bell. Thanks for the reminder.
Chuka Nwobodo
Chuka Nwobodo - Vor 2 Tage
"...where millions of black balls on a reservoir is the thing that is going to rise to the surface." Great pun?
mitzy183 - Vor 2 Tage
i love how Mr Beast is so creative, and just gives away so much of his time / money purely for views. its amazing that a 20 year old has cracked the system! i also really enjoy the Ve series. you make some pretty interesting content without sounding like my 8th grade science teacher. its why i enjoy you and physics girl so much. your just purely there to teach us some cool stuff youve learned and hope we get something out of it.
keep up the good work !!! (also the flip chart was amazing !)
Grisile HNNW
Grisile HNNW - Vor 2 Tage
I smacked the bell hard.
The mad King
The mad King - Vor 2 Tage
Mr.beast is an expert
issaciams - Vor 2 Tage
This is trash.
vanillangela - Vor 2 Tage
I can feel the frustration through your voice. That pains me :( you are one of my favorite youtubers. You are so different from other channels. And now you have to succumb to reality
Adityaa ravi
Adityaa ravi - Vor 2 Tage
90% of this video's viewers - small time youtubers looking to make a buck...
grndragon7777777 - Vor 2 Tage
Well said. Just use whatever you can
Patrick Allen
Patrick Allen - Vor 2 Tage
I love you videos! It's a great resource for the search of knowledge that often times hits me all the time. Keep up the great work!!
Tech Planet
Tech Planet - Vor 2 Tage
Nice video! Just make videos you enjoy doing. Not every video is going to get a huge amount of views but you could learn more about the material presented and yourself. That in itself, is why I do YouTube.
Souleaterblaze - Vor 2 Tage
the problem is alot of people don't subscribe and click the bell too. my inbox has like 300 emails because i havent had the time to weatch all my susbcribed channel uploads this is why people probably dont do that lol
Douglas Santos
Douglas Santos - Vor 2 Tage
you convinced me!!
What Would Happen?
What Would Happen? - Vor 2 Tage
I quite admire your honesty lad, I mean you don't go around hoping that your good thumbnails and titles will catch peoples eye. Honestly it's good to have lads and lass's such as yourself who have hope for the future of youtube. 👌👍
zapfanzapfan - Vor 2 Tage
Or, you know, once in a while go to the channel page to see if there is anything new and good.
Philip Smith
Philip Smith - Vor 2 Tage
There is a name for the problem you're talking about. It's called capitalism. Yes, it can mobilize and coordinate economic activity and maximize certain kinds return on certain kinds investment; but it has a mind of its own. Capitalism knows no virtue other than profit. America is a nation of Willy Loman (or is that Willy Lomen) convinced that if we were just a bit more skillful, clever, or diligent we'd have a set at the big table.
Leonaяdo DiCapяio
Leonaяdo DiCapяio - Vor 2 Tage
I’ve seen the balls thumbnail a couple times. It seemed too unrealistic to me so I decided it’s a deceit and didn’t watch the video.
Dapper Don
Dapper Don - Vor 2 Tage
The most important factor on the web, be it youtube or online selling etc, is recognizing TRENDS early and acting fast! Amozon FBA for example. İf u are an early seller of a product that is trending u will make tons of money, if u jump on the bandwagon when its past the climax u will probably lose money! very similar on that point!
ICameToCommentThemAll - Vor 2 Tage
This all goes back to game theory.
Wilson Vrieze
Wilson Vrieze - Vor 2 Tage
Thank you for doing this. By far the best explanation of the algorithm I've seen. also thank you for explaining some of your struggles with the algorithm without just complaining about it.
Argamis (SilverComet)
Argamis (SilverComet) - Vor 2 Tage
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 - Vor 2 Tage
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 - Vor 2 Tage
Same thing as market manipulation.
Destiny Fan
Destiny Fan - Vor 2 Tage
They are pulling up the draw bridge.
Destiny Fan
Destiny Fan - Vor 2 Tage
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 - Vor 2 Tage
I the past it was all about merit, now it's more like whatever tuber gets white-listed by Suzanne Wojciki
Jo4nP4l4u - Vor 2 Tage
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 - Vor 2 Tage
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 - Vor 2 Tage
1Sub for 2Subs❤💙
Amazingly Fast🙏💯🔥
I pray for success for EVERYONE
maskof - Vor 2 Tage
Makes a video on why his video went viral; it goes viral too.
Martin - Vor 2 Tage
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!
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