Why A YouTube Video Is Worth Nearly 2 Million Words

Why A YouTube Video Is Worth Nearly 2 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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Grant Crowell is a veteran “social video stylist” working in video marketing since 2005. He has worked in the online marketing industry since 1996 providing digital strategies and development to enterprises and entrepreneurs of all sizes, including Video SEO, YouTube marketing, video UX best practices, performance testing, legal issues and ethics. Contact Grant @ http://grantcrowell.com/. View All Posts By -

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  • 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.......

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

    Great graphic dude...