Although it’s not one of the metrics that matter for things like monetization, the view count on YouTube is significant. Consider it as social proof. In contrast to a video with 90,000 views, one with 100,000 will appear more compelling.
The beta for YouTube’s new YouTube Studio has been sent out gradually. Widescreen compatibility, increased size, reduced unused space, and a more cohesive design that integrates with other Google management products, such as Google Analytics or Google Ads, are all advantages of this design. A mess also exists in Studio Beta. Many of the features in Studio Classic are absent from this version, and YouTube appears to promptly port them over, which isn’t a problem for small-scale, infrequent YouTube creators because you were not using many of those capabilities.
The old Creator studio is still available, but having to access it each time you want to manage something for your channel is annoying, especially when there’s no good reason to exclude some essential elements. One element is still the same between the two systems, even though we’re not discussing their differences: the back-end data. Whatever version of Creator Studio you use, the like and comment counts, view counts, and other metrics remain the same.
View counts differing
Typically, a discrepancy between a video’s page and its data in the creator studio causes a difference in view counts. My test account, for instance, has a video with more than 80,000 views.
The metrics in the YouTube Creator Studio show me that the video has 81,959 views. However, YouTube only shows 81,950 views on the video page itself. Although it is rounded up to “82.0k” for the overview in the personal analytics for the video, the actual chart shows 81,950.
Most other videos on that channel have between 100 and 1,000 views. A quick comparison shows that most of the other videos on the channel have about the same number of views as the two. Only videos with a lot of views appear to be impacted. Naturally, I currently need a video with millions of views to compare. However, videos with millions of views will display more noticeable discrepancies.
Let’s discuss all the potential causes for the discrepancy in view counts since there are quite a few.
Views Counted by YouTube
You must first comprehend what, specifically, constitutes a view. To ensure that the views are legitimate, YouTube verifies them. For this reason, you cannot simply press the F5 button on your own video pages to get a few thousand views and cause your video to become popular.
An actual user must have submitted the view for it to be considered. That user doesn’t need a YouTube account, but they must exhibit the signs of a legitimate user, primarily legitimate behavior and a reliable connection source. For instance, YouTube will screen IP addresses from known bots and be suspicious of outdated user agents and meaningless user data.
Observe Time Analytics
A certain length of time must pass between views for them to be considered, which is done to stop frequent refreshing from counting as views, which has also been partly lessened thanks to YouTube, which now saves your position in a video so you can pick up where you left off even if your browser is closed or the page is refreshed.
In other words, there are various reasons why a view could be rejected, some of which also explains why the view count may vary from page to page. Let’s now examine each motivation in more detail.
First Alternative: Your Own Opinions
With a 9-view difference between the video and studio pages, what is happening in my instance is probably the primary source of a view discrepancy. Most likely, the studio page counts my views from times I’ve visited the website to check something about the video or to moderate comments, whereas the video page shows me the view count without my views.
Self-View Count on YouTube
How come this is the case? The notion of what should be useful on YouTube is peculiar. Strangely, my views are even displayed, although there is no reason a creator wouldn’t want to watch their movie at least once to ensure it is complete. Catching an encoding problem is advantageous since YouTube processing can occasionally cause unexpected things to happen to video or audio. Additionally, a creator might want to display their video to a crowd; that view should be recorded. It might not be as odd after all.
The figures differ between the two displays, which is probably done to prevent creators from inflating their public view counts in the early going when a boost would be valuable. Fortunately, many other, much simpler methods are available than using your own account to gain those initial views for a video.
Do Discrepancies Matter?
Does it matter if you find a difference between the number of views on your video and the number of views reported in your analytics at the end of the day?
For instance, roughly one view out of every 10,000 is incorrect. In either case, that’s still a highly accurate view count. Do those nine perspectives have any impact on me? No, not in the least. If they were to be profitable, it would only be a very small sum. They aren’t, so it doesn’t matter.
The number could be greater, and the gap could be more significant for a film with tens or hundreds of millions of views. Conversely, the disparity in a video with millions of views is shifting so quickly that it is more about trends and broad strokes.
When you receive 150,000 new views daily, it doesn’t matter if your view count needs to be more accurate by 10,000. The data will catch up eventually.
How do you feel? Have you seen any appreciable differences in the number of views between the Studio and other locations? Did you track it back to its source or disregard it? Please tell me any stories you have if you do.