When this happens, you can take some steps to update the count to a more accurate number, but the key may be to be patient. Send out an email blast with the link, or provide a link to the video on your Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, to encourage others to watch it.
According to You Tube, view counts are not counted when the video is viewed as an embedded video, such as from a Web page; the viewer must watch the video from the You Tube video player in order to be counted. According to You Tube, video counts are often frozen when they reach 300, in order for Google/You Tube's spam bots to verify that the view counts have not been "gamed" to create an artificial view count.
You may have to wait several hours or days for a response – during which time your view count may be verified and subsequently updated.
Nicole Vulcan has been a journalist since 1997, covering parenting and fitness for The Oregonian, careers for Career Addict, and travel, gardening and fitness for Black Hills Woman and other publications.
I have a school project, and I have to get a minimum number of views for a video on youtube, but it's been stuck on 301 views for a day.
All this helps to explain why your views are "stuck" at 301 while the person who uploaded Susan Boyle and "Britain's Got Talent" had over 20,000,000 after just a couple weeks: -- those numbers were not derived from "bots", -- people watched for more than 30 seconds, -- the ratings are not "disproportionate" at all, -- tons of computers have watched this video, -- nobody re-clicked after only a few seconds, -- there's no way that Susan Boyle had that many "friends" on You Tube before she became famous, all of them trying to inflate the views of some unknown person's video.
Vulcan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from the University of Minnesota.
She's also a lifelong athlete and is pursuing certification as a personal trainer.
Also taken into consideration would be: 1 -- the number of different computers that have watched your video, 2 -- how many of those views were actually derived from the "same" computers, and 3 -- the "pace" at which people clicked on your video.
If you have friends who legitimately watch your video, but do it repeatedly maybe every few minutes/hours, I believe that only some of those views count, and that the others are set aside.
A lot of people were crudely inflating their views this way -- or using "bots" and "increasers" to artificially generate those views, trying to show off their own vids as being more popular than they really were. If You Tube feels that any of them were suspicious, they will actually freeze the view count until the number of "real views" hits that 300 mark -- or in extreme cases, they will behind-the-scenes reset the counter and wait until the video gets 300 "real views". For the You Tube "Ad Sense" program, CTRs (Click-through Ratios) are only considered after 30 seconds of a video.