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How to Get More Views, Reach and Retention on YouTube Using Timestamps

How to Get More Views, Reach and Retention on YouTube Using Timestamps

How to use YouTube timestamps to increase your views and to increase your engagements. And by the end of this article, you're gonna be seeing exactly why is it that once we started utilizing this hack, this strategy across all of our videos, immediately, our views across the board started to increase immediately. I,m going to share with you what it is that we've been utilizing in our videos.

So that if you're somebody who wants to be able to, well, for lack of a better word, gain the algorithm, and get the favor of the algorithm, then this article is gonna be one of the most important article that you will ever read because most people are doing it wrong. And I wanna be able to show you how to do it the right way if you wanna be able to get more views.

Why do you want to use timestamps, how do you apply them? But most importantly, what should you be doing if you're gonna be doing it the right way?

The first video that I posted, maybe about 3-months back. It's passed over 100 thousand views and the topic was ''The Top 10 Best Affiliate Marketing Programs to make recurring passive income.''

Now, if you take a look at this video, you'll see that on the bar, right? Something very common that YouTube has rolled out is that the snippets and the timestamps appear like this.

How to Get More Views, Reach and Retention on YouTube Using Timestamps

So, How to add a timestamp in the YouTube description? What are some YouTube keyword tips?
How to maximize views on YouTube? How to optimize for featured snippets? How to create long-tail keywords for YouTube? So this actually results of this. So take a look at this.

How to Get More Views, Reach and Retention on YouTube Using Timestamps

What are some YouTube keyword tips?

And when you put in this specific format, which is the minute and seconds dash, what it's about, what YouTube will automatically do on their end is they will convert your video to these different chapters. 

Why is this actually important?

This is important to kind of SEO, stands for search engine optimize your content even better. So that now YouTube really understands what your video is about. Because when you start doing this, this is how your videos will start getting visibility.

So for example, right? You probably noticed that it's very common that whenever we do a search on Google, we get a YouTube result. Now, what many people may not realize is that the number one search engine in the world, which is Google also owns the number two search engine in the world, which is YouTube.

So Google over a decade ago bought over YouTube. And we need to understand that Google as a search engine, doesn't actually make money. They make money through advertisers. Advertisers pay them to run ads, so it would be in Google's best interest to send people off to YouTube.

How to maximize views on YouTube?

So what that means is.
For example, this keyword here on how to get verified on Twitter, for quite a while, actually, this video here on how to get verified on Instagram, ranks on the first page as the first video when someone puy how to get verified on Twitter.

How to Get More Views, Reach and Retention on YouTube Using Timestamps

And that is why this video now over 150,000 views is mainly fueled and is getting views even till today because it ranks on the first page for this keyword. In other words, one thing you always wanna be doing is to work on getting an edge in optimizing your videos.

Why is that crucial?

it is because when you start doing that, you will start seeing that whenever you make a search or do a search, you'll see that on the first page, you see this, this is where it googles snippets, where sometimes Google kind of gives you this, like before the search results happen, which is what's over here, Google will take either a website, a blog post or even a YouTube video snippet. And they will post it here as the first thing.

How to Get More Views, Reach and Retention on YouTube Using Timestamps

How to optimize for featured snippets

So this, think of it as like prime real estate space, and when you have timestamps within your video, that shows YouTube exactly what those 3 things, 5 things, 9 things are in your video. Now YouTube has a better understanding of what the chapters are within that video. So that, that specific thing can appear as a Google snippet.

So for example, in all of our videos now, so for example, python Tutorial For Beginners, if somebody typed in the keywords, python tutorial, we're currently number one for this keyword. So when you start utilizing snippets, all you got to do is, take a look at this, right?

How to Get More Views, Reach and Retention on YouTube Using Timestamps

Now, this is the next thing that I want to talk about, which is what you want to be doing and what you shouldn't be doing.

Now very, the very common thing that I start seeing some marketers do, where they implement timestamps, but they're doing it incorrectly Here's the most common thing that people do incorrectly. They start off with things like timestamp, 0.00 - intro.

Now intro doesn't serve you. It doesn't serve the search engines. It doesn't get you the possibility of featuring on Google snippets or help you optimize to rank search engines, why? Because the word intro itself has zero SEO juice, right? The same thing with like, section 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, that doesn't help you because it is not keyword rich. I want you to remember those two words, keyword, rich.

Every time you are creating a timestamp, if you wanna get more, reach more views and increase the retention, then, in turn, get YouTube to further push and recommend your videos more, is to have your timestamps be based on things that people are searching on search engines. So now whenever we are putting up these timestamps, every single thing in timestamp is based on a question that we feel people are searching for in the search engines.

How to create long-tail keywords for YouTube?

So rather than saying 0.00, affiliate marketing, we want to make its long tail. And that's another tip that you wanna think of. What is a long-tail keyword specific rather than a broad focus on specificity, as much as possible? So this will be like, how to make passive income online? How to make money with click funnels? How to rank higher in search engines?

The whole purpose of this is so that hopefully one day this video might be featured on how to fall for this very specific keyword, how to optimize YouTube videos, or how to automate social media posts, where YouTube in this section, 12 minute and 46 seconds might be featured on Google one day because Google now understands the subchapter of this video.

Now, this is one of the ways to get an unfair advantage, because this is something that many marketers and content creators are not doing that you must be doing if you want to be able to get more reach as well as more visibility.

All of our videos now, that's been rolling out in the last 6 months or so, all have this timestamp. And because of that, this is significantly increased our views because retention is higher. And because now we are getting ranked on the search engines, as well as on Google snippets because of this one technique.

Let me know in the comments below if you love this technique, this little YouTube hack that will help you increase your retention as well as your views.

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