Black Hat Video SEO On Youtube - Boost Video Views

Black Hat Video SEO On Youtube   Boost Video Views

While I am a whitehat SEO guy, I still find it interesting to discover flaws and publisize so that the security holes can be fixed.  At the same time, I think that some search engines are going to far in terms of their attack on SEO.  We can discuss that some other time.

I found a great post from DamnDomainer which details a method used to gain artificial traffic and views to your Youtube Video. By doing this, you have a better chance of showing in Youtube's "Top Viewed" and "Most Popular" Video sections.

Here is the basic gist of the idea.

  1. Create your video and make certain that you have your URL in the watermark and in the video metadata. It is important to make sure that there is no sound in this video at all because it will cause issues with step 3 (obviously this could be annoying to users)
  2. Upload your video to Youtube
  3. Cloaking of Video using Iframe - If you have a site that generates a good amount of traffic, you can embed the video in the footer or at the bottom of your site using a 0px by 0px iframe embed and the Youtube URL for the video. Now, every time that your page is loaded, Youtube will see these impressions as a video view.
  4. Double check your work, make sure that the iframe and the video is not visible in your live page. Check your views on youtube from time to time to make sure that this method is working properly.
  5. Sit and wait - you will see the views increase for your video each time your page with the iframe is loaded
  6. Get Honors - After performing these steps, it is possible with enough traffic that your video will be placed in the top viewed this week and this month. This will provide you with 3 "Honors" , which will put your video on three separate top pages of YouTube. In order to get additional honors, it is a good idea to chat with other friends back and forth about the video by commenting through YouTube. This way you have a chance to gain an additional honor and have your video placed on the "most commented" page which will put the webmaster on another front page of YouTube.

Please let me know if you have tried this technique or if you know of any others that work well.

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Mark Robertson is the Founder and Publisher of ReelSEO, an online information resource dedicated to the fusion of video, technology, social media, search, and internet marketing. He is a YouTube Certified, video marketing consultant and video marketing expert, popular speaker, and considered to be a passionate leader within the online video and search marketing industries. View All Posts By -

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  • Igor Adventura

    I suggest submitting your youtube video links to other video sites, like Viral Video Network where your video is distributed to Social Media. You will get 30-40 views from start. It's free, plus you can monetize your video content if you have Adsense account.

  • Osthir Sourav

    Thanks for sharing this useful information with all of us.Keep sharing more in the future.Have a nice time ahead.

  • halfacat

    Interesting post Mark, has Youtube caught onto this yet? It seems they should be able to see if the pixels are set to something really small and then discount those views. I hope this gets cleared up sooner than later.

    • Mark Robertson

      I think so. The post is quite old and I would be surprised if they did not.


  • Data Recovery

    It's really a good trick to increase Youtube Video. I had never thought about this.

  • englischbox

    That sounds like spamming to me my advise is do not do it as if google finds out out you will be banned

    • Mark Robertson

      Yup - we agree

  • Michael

    Great idea! I have been searching for ways to increase You Tube views. It appears that none of the bots work anymore.

  • Chad Kimball

    You can also use the iframe technique in step 3, but have the youtube link in the iframe point to a specific portion of the video towards the end which has no sound. Then when the video loads, it will skip the portion of the vid with sound and just hit the final 3 seconds or something.

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