My ratings have been good, my comments are good, and looking at my analytics I have consistent above average audience retention in the episodes. Despite this, my first episode only has 6,000 views after 4 months. Basically, what am I doing wrong?!?! I've posted on many forums, my account is partnered, and I have signed up for partner promotion. I feel like I am missing something simple that you guys on this forum may be able to clue me in on.
You have to understand it may take a while to garner a large enough viewership to get your videos out there far enough into the Internet to get those thousands upon thusands of views, or even millions. I mean, look at Rooster Teeth. From what I understand, it wasn't even RvB that got them well-known at first. It was their Mac Gamer parody commercial that went EVERYWHERE, and then people who came to RT also checked out their other series, RvB. Maybe try varying your videos, while making your main series, try to make a few that could attract a bunch of people, which could then possibly get them to watching Combat Ineffective.
Also, just to add, after posting this, I went and checked out episode 1, and it is pretty funny! Well done, I will definitely be following this.
Keep doing what you're doing, there's nothing wrong with your process, it just takes a while. Sometimes you get lucky like RT with their Mac Gamer parody, like Jeff just said. Most of the time it's just a matter of waiting and hoping that you get picked up by someone influential. Until then, keep working on your series. Try and improve it with every episode and listen to your fans. Perhaps you could include some of them in your process in order to build up a loyal fan base.
Also, having a website never hurts. I checked and combatineffective.com is still available. I tried to register it myself just to fuck with you but I forgot that domain names aren't free ...
Well one, I think 6,000 views is doing pretty good, but you just gotta give it time. It's not a simple thing to get your video going viral, sometimes it's luck that gets your ratings up! but Don't give up!
In reply to Kaoru27Umi, #4: I agree, give it time. I don't think the goal should be to go viral, however.
In reply to zootesoote, #1: You are already doing good on views with this video. I think you need to come up with a few more episodes to round out the series.
Make a website and start posting information on facebook/twitter/RT/etc. Keep posting (without being annoying) when upcoming episodes will release. Making special content to for those who like you facebook page or just keep up with what you are doing will keep current viewers interested. Your special content can also be a 'selling' point for those who haven't gotten in to your series. How-tos, BTS, Outtakes are great!
Nice series man. I really just think it's about how much new content you release. If it's once every 2-3 months, people forget about it. So maybe make a few episodes and release them every Thursday or so for 6 weeks so people know when to tune in and when to expect the new eps.
That's something I plan to do with the second season, right now I just want to get them out as quickly as possible. I can make an episode in probably around 2 weeks, but I've had problems with getting enough good people to help me record. My main problem with views is not upon release: I get a good couple of thousand. The problem is about 2 weeks after posting it is as if my video has been removed from half the internet. The rate of views decreases almost to a halt after a few weeks and I don't know why,
They've probably moved on to the next thing which is what unfortunately happens with everything. Your views will always peak once released (with a good subscriber base) and then dip when once everyone's seen it.
I'd be happy to help you record some stuff if you need it. I have Elgato Game Capture, avermedia game capture and dxtory :)