YouTube and a Tale of Two Baja 1000 Cuts

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An experiment with two different one-minute intros to test the YouTube algorithm.

If you’re a content creator, you know how important it is to understand the platform’s algorithm. And one key metric that the algorithm pays close attention to is viewer retention in the first 30 seconds of a video. If you want your videos to succeed, you need to grab your viewers’ attention right from the start and keep them engaged.

Take the example of the Stadium Super Truck channel, which has 150,000 subscribers. When they posted their first edit of a video, it received 470,000 views. But when they re-edited the same video, putting the most compelling footage at the beginning and recapping the race quickly, they got over 1 million views on Robby Gordon’s son, Max Gordon’s channel, which only had 1,000 subscribers at the time.

By focusing on the first 30 seconds and making sure it’s engaging, you can increase your viewer retention, which in turn can lead to more tremendous success on the platform. And as in the case of Max Gordon’s channel, it can also help you grow your audience and become eligible for monetization.

So, don’t overlook the power of the first 30 seconds of your videos. Take the time to make them captivating and compelling, and you’ll be on your way to YouTube success.

First Edit: Stadium Super Trucks (180,000+ Subscribers)

Second Edit: Max Gordon (3000+ Subscribers)

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