Why A YouTube Video Is Worth Nearly 2 Million Words

Why A YouTube Video Is Worth Nearly 2 Million Words

UPDATED – SEE HERE – 20 MILLION WORDS

Here's some quick Video SEO marketing math to show how much information you could hypothetically share in a single video, when applying the saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words."

  • YouTube plays a video at a frame rate of 30 per second. (A "frame" is the definition of a single picture in a video.) That makes for 3,000 words per second of a YouTube video.
  • The maximum possible length of a YouTube video in a standard account (i.e., not a partner account or preferred member account), is 10 minutes and 59.99 seconds, or 659.99 seconds. (Its not the stated 10 minutes YouTube says.)

So when applying the saying as a mathematical calculation, we come up with this for a YouTube video:

[Maximum time in seconds and fraction therof] x [total number of words per second] =
[total word count]

Which in real numbers, comes out to…

659.99 x 3,000 = 1,979,970 words

Newsworthy? Or just an excuse to put yet another photo of myself on here? Either way, consider this your "vidi-bit” for Friday.

Grant Crowell is the Senior Media Analyst for ReelSEO

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  • http://www.reelseo.com/about/mark/ Mark Robertson

    Great graphic dude...

  • http://www.reelseo.com/about/mark/ Mark Robertson

    If you are saying that a picture is worth a thousand words and each frame is a picture and there are 30 frames per second - This would actually be 30000 words per second, making the total 20 Million words.......