Since I get asked this question EVERY SINGLE DAY “How can your views be less than your ratings? Or comments?” Or, since I get accused of creating view-count-fraud, I thought it might be a good idea to tell you how the views are counted on YouTube and how the ratings and comments can get ahead of the views as well. I might actually make a video about this in the near future as the confusion seems to happen most on YouTube itself.
So, here goes.
When a video is uploaded to YouTube, the view counter is pretty much real-time. The ratings counter is also real-time as well as the comment counter. But then ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE when the views hit around 308 views!
At around 308 views, the VIEW COUNTER STOPS COUNTING while the Ratings and Comments counters continue to tabulate.
The views counter WILL NOT UPDATE FOR ANOTHER 4 to 6 hours, while the ratings and comments continue to increase in real-time.
At this point, take a look at the comments on any video experiencing this and you will see “VIEW COUNT FRAUD!!!” “RATINGS FRAUD!!!!” ”FRAUD FRAUD FRAUD!!!!”
Those comments will be followed by others explaining that the views don’t update in real-time.. but right below those comments will be another stream of “VIEW COUNT FRAUD” comments.
So, what is going on here?
Well, I think the view-counting delay is caused by YouTube analyzing views to see what views are real and what views are fake. The 308 view count number is a little higher than the 207 count number that the counter used to freeze at, but I think that YouTube actually starts analyzing views at 307 and they don’t publish an update until they have determined what views are legitimate and what views are fake. This prevents people from taking over the most viewed pages with fake views.
So, that’s what’s going on with the view counts being less than the ratings and comment counts. Don’t freak out if your views freeze for even as long as a whole day! YouTube is not messing with you.. they are just analyzing your views before they publish an updated number.
If you have any additional questions about this or other things about YouTube, let me know in the comments below.Tweet