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I really enjoy the content on this site! I'm new to the web series world and I'm wondering, we just rolled out our first episode of LifeS Anonymous (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUTQ6l40iqg&feature=youtu.be) last week and have just about hit 500 views. Is that good? An embarrassing-wear-a-sack-on-your-head flop? So-so?
How many views is considered a hit when it comes to an episode of a web series?
When starting off it depends on what your target audience is. In my early days I pushed for 1,000 views per video. Then it was 1,000 per week. Then 1,000 in a few days. (Because 100,000 views was my goal because that was your fast track to partner status at the time.)
If you are going for a niche audience there's a good chance that 500-1000 views is your max in terms of reaching that fanbase. (For instance alternative reality game fans are a small but very devoted audience so you have a chance to monatize a show like this if you have even a few hundred views per episode because they will be an engaged audience.)
But for a mainstream "hit" you'll need to build towards 5-6 figure viewcounts. Those are the kind of numbers that get you featured and on top of the trending vid lists on Youtube.
Having said that never be discouraged by the views you get for the early episodes. You are starting at zero like everyone else has and have to build that audience to get the big numbers later. It took 10 days for the original Venus Spa trailer/teaser to hit 1,000 views, now it's pushing 200,000.
But never forget, you have to push and keep pushing, it will pay off in the end!
What an awesome response! Thank you so much!
Don't worry about the views at first, focus on the quality of the show and then work your butt off promoting it. Sometimes an episode will catch fire, Episode 1 of Spellfury cracked 250,000 views but our average on an episode on youtube is somewhere around 25,000 views. The ups and downs can be frustrating but just focus on making the content better and better and everything will work out.
Dude. Those are crazy good numbers. Congrats. I figure we'll build to some solid numbers as we progress trough our season 1. I'd like to say that I don't check our numbers every day, but that would be a bare-faced-honkin' lie. I write the thing, so what I consider lower numbers has only inspired me to write better material. But I think we're still very much trying to find our groove. Episode 2, shooting next weekend, feels about fifty times better already. No doubt from the lessons learned from the first.
Chad is correct. I base my success on my numbers but I also factor in audience interaction, which is very important. Communicating with your audience is crucial.