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How to Get More Subscribers on YouTube in 2017 (Watch Time)

How to get more subscribers on YT

Building on our previous article, we can leverage the new YouTube algorithm’s focus on watch time to more rapidly increase subscriber growth. Oddities like the 1000-degree knife series can emerge from algorithm changes, but they also teach us how YouTube’s system works. 

Best Gaming Headsets for Streaming

Best headsets

After our “Best Webcams for Streaming” and “Best Capture Cards for Streaming” guides, we heard some requests to talk about the best gaming headsets. Although a standalone microphone will produce better audio quality overall – something we’ve also covered in an article – headsets are still desirable in a lot of cases, and they’re just plain easier to work with.

Here are some of the best headsets for streaming on Twitch and YouTube, including wireless headsets: 

How to Increase Watch Time for YouTube


Increase YT watch time

YouTube’s “watch time” metric is the most important on the site, and its importance is only growing as the platform evolves. “Watch time” is the measurement of how long (in minutes) a viewer stays on a specific video, and is cumulative even when the user clicks through the timeline. A 9-minute video that is watched for 5 total minutes would have a watch time of 5:00.  That time is averaged over all viewers, and used by YouTube’s algorithms to determine quality of content and ad spend for premiere-class channels. As average watch time increases, it follows that revenue generally sees a bump (though is not guaranteed), as does overall visibility and exposure on the site.

YouTube manages its video exposure through the sidebar and homepage recommendation feeds (read: not the sub feed). If a video has a high watch time or a high total percentage watch time (e.g. 90% average watch time of a 5-minute video would be 4.5 minutes), then YouTube will be more likely to promote that video in the sidebar recommendations. The site considers this content to be high quality, since viewers are staying long enough to watch the vast majority of the video. 

Best Capture Cards for Streaming (How to Record Console Gameplay)

Best capture cards

Gaming capture cards are necessary for streaming to Twitch and YouTube at high bitrates, ensuring the best quality content in the stream. Capture cards are also particularly useful for recording gameplay on nearly any device – consoles included. With a PC and a capture card, which sockets into the PCI-e slot in the motherboard, you can record 60FPS gameplay from the console directly. This includes PlayStation, Xbox, and even the Nintendo Switch. If you’re wondering how to record gameplay from consoles, this is a good start – but you can also use these cards in secondary systems to livestream PC gaming to Twitch or YouTube without dropping frames (or lag).

The best capture cards for game streaming are below:

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