That’s right you may notice that your Youtube Subscribers count has suddenly dropped. If it has dropped yet, it may do so in the very near future.
Now before you start crying foul let’s look at the reasoning.
Youtube recently announced (Upcoming improvements to accuracy of subscriber counts) that they were working to clean out subscribers list. When they are done with this, people will be able to see a more accurate count of real/active subscribers. The change was set to happen on January 12, 2010 but seems to have been postponed for a while why they perfect the process.
Youtube is going to subtract accounts that are inactive/closed or accounts they feel were gotten with artificial or in malicious ways that go against their TOS.
So who will be terribly upset by these new counts?
Men with small …never mind. Yes, those people who need big numbers to look important, even if that huge number is inaccurate of the total number ever seeing or caring about their videos.
People who have gamed the subscriber counts. I am sure we have all seen the “Get free Youtube subscribers” type of ads. In fact you have likely had a boatload of messages sent to your account by these sites/people. People who have used these may see a HUGE drop in subscribers. These are the same people who have hundreds or thousands of subscribers but very few video views. In other words, Youtube is on to you and you need to do the work to get the numbers. I pray they remove any and all ways for the bots of these programs to gain any access.
Who will not be upset by these changes?
ME! That’s right, I don’t care at all. My thinking is that I want an accurate show of subscribers. I want to see an accurate count on my competition. I want to know how many real live active users are interested in my channel.
Who else should be happy about the change in subscriber numbers?
YOU! Now you will know if what you are doing is working. If you lose a few subscribers because they have been inactive that doesn’t matter. You can simply get new active ones. Subscribers that don’t watch your videos are not worth much to you. The idea of Youtube is to have people watch what you upload. If they are inactive or fake accounts then you are not really losing anything if they are suddenly gone.
So now you have been warned. If your numbers change, don’t freakout. Just keep putting up quality videos, commenting on others, liking, sharing…you will get new subscribers and be fine.
This is the opinion of Sheryl and not necessarily of Hot Blog Tips – The whole getting huge amounts of worthless subscribers is crap! I don’t believe in the “Fake till you make it” junk. Instead of wasting your time worrying how you can look like you are “special“, spend that time actually making yourself good at what you do by being an asset not just an ass.
So, are you looking forward to seeing the new more accurate number of subscribers?
As a blogger would you go and get rid of inactive subscribers even if it made your numbers go down? Do you even notice the number of subscribers most blogs have?