WHAT IS THE ALGORITHM?

YouTube uses an algorithm (automated system) to analyze views and choose which videos are more suggested and trend more on the site. Although the exact way this system works is kept a secret, there are some things we know about making views count and getting a video to perform better on YT and Google searches, so that it reaches more people. So here are a few ways to make it work.


ACT HUMAN, CLICK STUFF

Behaving like a bot (program that repeats tasks) may result in your views not counting. To avoid this, search the MV manually, turn off autoplay, click stuff, browse, don't replay the same videos over and over. Don't repeat your behaviour too much because if YT marks you as a bot the views from your account will ALL be deleted.

GO EASY ON THE COMMENTS

Having many comments helps a video rank higher, but don't overdo it! YT won’t count a watch from a user who leaves too many comments in a short time. I see many of you go crazy in the first day, leaving multiple messages one after another and for YT that is bot-like behaviour. Please don't do that if you want your views to count!

DO ADDS MATTER?

Watching the ads on the video won't help the view count so it doesn't really matter if you skip them or not. BUT remember, if you watch them, Big Hit will get that sweet sweet money that helps them be a strong stable company and take better care of our boys, so if you have time to spare, watch at least some of them.

HOW LONG MUST YOU WATCH

Although many say 30 secs are enough, only YT knows exactly how long a video must be played to count. But one thing is certain: watch time is one of the main factors that makes a video succeed. YT doesn´t care much for the number of views, instead, videos with longer watch times rank better because that means they have good content. How long you play it impacts performance in searches and suggested videos, so watch till the end. You know you want to, anyway.

WAITING TO REWATCH

It seems YT counts repeat views on MV's if there's a gap of 30 mins between them, but due to their cache storage system it may work with less if you reload the page a couple of times. You can install an auto-refresh browser extension if you don't want to do it manually (Chrome, Firefox).
And while you wait to rewatch, play other videos, that engagement will help with performance and keep the algorithm from seeing you as a bot.

MESSING WITH THE VIDEO

Don't skip forward and don't use repeat at the end, but it's fine if you pause or rewind some parts. According to YT going back actually helps with ranking because it tells them that the video has some content worth rewatching. So, replay that bit with the abs as many times as you find necessary for your emotional well-being ;P
Also, never close YT with a BTS MV open, this will hurt its performance (click on another video first and then leave).

MINIMUM VOLUME & QUALITY

You don't need the volume to be more than 50% like I've read out there. Volume does not affect views, you can play it low, just don't mute the video sound completely. Use the volume controls on your device to mute sound if you need complete silence. As for the video quality, it doesn't have to be HD, just don't use less than 480p.

AVOID PLAYLISTS

Use playlists only if you have no other choice. The chances of being marked as a bot get higher if you use them and playlist streams will only get added to the views many hours later (sometimes more than a day later). So please don't use them to stream in the first day if you want to help break the 24h record for most views.

MULTIPLE TABS x DIFFERENT BROWSERS

Don't stream on multiple windows/tabs if you are using just one browser, those extra tabs won't get us more views. Instead, you can stream on different browsers on your computer (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera) using a different YT account for each one. But remember, only one YT account per browser will add more views.

These seem to be the main reasons a lot of our real views are deleted and the only way we can fight it is by changing our IP address regularly. I'll explain next some easy ways you can do this.

And don't forget to keep streaming even when the video counter freezes, because your views are still being added by the algorithm and will appear when the counter restarts!

PROMOTING THE VIDEO SO IT REACHES MORE PEOPLE


WATCHING OUTSIDE YT


YT likes it when people watch their videos outside of the platform for diversity. So when you find the MV on other site, play it there too. Billboard, Soompi, Allkpop are some of the News Sites that always embed the YT videos on their articles about a new BTS comeback and I recommend you to watch them there from time to time instead of always going on YT directly. This improves the performance and makes it harder for YT to find your IP address.

An exception to this are videos with autoplay. YT only counts external views generated by clicks so, only the videos you have to actively click/touch to watch will generate views.

 

UPDATED INFORMATION

Billboard has made a change in the way it counts video streams for the charts, now only the views that come from accounts that are logged in will count. So you can still add views by watching outside Youtube and they will count for records, but they won't count for Billboard charts. This is the article where they shared that info.

SHARING ON FACEBOOK


UPDATED INFORMATION

You can share the link of the video or embed it directly on a Facebook post. Many ARMY's did tests for the comeback and views coming from embbeded MV's on facebook seem to be all counting. So this can be a great way to stream because views coming from FB won't show your IP address.

SHARING ON BLOGS & FORUMS


Posting the link or embedding the video to a forum or blog post or even embedding it to any type of website is highly recommended. A video widely spread across the web is more likely to appear first on Google and YT searches, so it's a really good way to promote it, even if the blog or forum you put it in has a small audience. YT said at a recent conference (VidCon) that they use shares, links, and embeds for choosing Trending videos, so they really help with ranking performance.

YT provides its own embedding code below it's videos, along with direct sharing for Facebook, Twitter and other networks. This is the best way to help the MV get fresh new views!

So, share the MV as much as you can and wherever you can, so it reaches as many people as possible and encourage other ARMYs to do it too.

ADDED INFORMATION


CLEANING BROWSER CACHE/YOUTUBE HISTORY


I would advise not deleting history too often and not deleting it all because it might make us look like bots if we don't have any views there. You can delete cache of just that day or just from the last hour to clean the MV from there, or even delete just the MV you're streaming from the list before rewatching.
You can do that with browser cache and with Youtube history, choose only the MV to delete and leave all the rest there. Just be careful not to do it right after you watch it, give it at least 10/15 minutes for the view to be registered by the algorithm before deleting.



Sorry for the long "lesson", but I hope it helps ARMYs use their time in a more efficient way. Replaying the video too much might do more hurt than good if the algorithm thinks you're a bot. All your precious views may be lost. So please be careful and

HAPPY STREAMING!