Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Rhianna’

My You Tube views are frozen

September 29, 2014 1 comment

My You Tube views are frozen

 

Dynamica Music Youtube banner

New content, not sure how to promote it.

I’m stuck at 301 and I don’t know why

 

A thank you goes to You Tube for providing a free hosting site to display our content. In the beginning it was little tough to sort out the video sizes, rates and thumbnails, but now You Tube is much easier to navigate. They added Ad Sense and Monetizing, so content creators can get paid a small amount from the traffic they drive to You Tube. Of course you’ve seen ads that claim to ‘boost’ your views or services offering thousands of ‘real’ views for cheap. Of course these are all scams and fake looks- created with clever programming and bots. Bots are automated programs and scripts designed to trigger repeated views of content without any human interaction.

 

Rihanna VS Katy Perry

Of course views are important. So when major labels were outed and their fake views purged from You Tube, we realized WHY those services were used so often. When I hit the You Tube home page and saw a Rihanna video with millions of views and right next to it, a Katy Perry video with many more millions, I thought “Wow, although Katy Perry isn’t in the news, but she’s still more popular than Rihanna. Oh and look, Katy is even more looked at than Lady Gaga who has a big world tour going on.” So yeah, it works on us and gives us an impression of how beloved the artist is. It does seem stupid to gauge the quality of a thing by first checking how popular it is. We are driven by ‘seens’ over substance and it’s now more important to be followed than supported by true fans.

 

The Great You Tube crack down and dividing your dividends

To combat rigging views and gaming the system, You Tube monitors views and weeds out bad quality views. This causes your video to freeze at 301 + views while You Tube’s algorithms calculates and recalculates your actual QUALITY views. You can read their policy here:

https://support.google.com/youtube/troubleshooter/2991876?hl=en#ts=2995440

 

You can read more about how You Tube and Google prevent invalid activity here: https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/1348752
So what do you do?

Wait. And wait some more. Since this policy has started, there is no longer any way to contact You Tube tech support and the previous emails I have used to contact You Tube are no longer valid. Even Google, which used to be super fast in response time, has a continuous looping hold message that never picks up. After an hour and a half, I have up, even though the pre-recorded message said my call was important and hang on in there.

 

Terms and Critical Conditions

Yeah, you’d better read that You Tube user policy and agreement you clicked on before you uploaded that video of your cat playing with the ball of string. Cheating the system can lead to the removal of your video and/or the deletion of your channel. ANYTHING that plays your video in a hosting program or runs deeply embedded (anything other than the generic SHARE link code) runs the risk of being a violation. And you are wholly responsible. Meaning any site can tell you they are “You Tube Partners” or “totally safe”, “views by real people” or “We work with You Tube”. That is all lies. And they can say whatever they want, because YOU will lose your content and channel. You Tube doesn’t care how you got scammed. And yes, you will see ads on You Tube. Yep, on You Tube, Facebook, Twitter and Reverb Nation. And these sites WILL USE THE YOU TUBE logo. They do not care, but you should. Virool and Promolta are sites that violate You Tube user policy. [I couldn’t get You Tube to put that in writing or their support to put it in a full sentence, but if you read your Terms and Conditions, you will easily see where this goes wrong] Use them at your own risk and apply some common sense when looking to promote your content. If someone or some entity could send 10,000 people to look at a video, they’d be pretty powerful right? That’s like some celebrity force-power right there. Why would that engine be available to you for $9.95? Enough said on that.

 

The Quality View Quandary So how do I get more views?

You Tube has an area dedicated to offering you tips on getting more exposure or making better use of the exposure you do get. It’s worth reading and following. My channel had some issues and I addressed them real quick.

Thanks You Tube!

You Tube info: http://www.youtube.com/yt/creators/get-viewers.html

wiki link: http://www.wikihow.com/Get-More-Views-on-Your-YouTube-Videos

 

Analyzing Analytics

This area is, along with the new Realtime feature should provide extended information that continually updates to let you know where traffic is coming from and the rate of your views. Of course this information could prove to be invaluable in determining what advertising campaigns are the most effective. It’s a rub, then, that view counts freeze at 301 since you can no longer tell what’s working and how well. If you press the analytics button, located to the bottom right, below your video, you are taken to a screen that displays all the pertinent information – including those so important Quality Views. That’s the real number that You Tube has verified as your view count. Yes, it’s much, much lower than the views posted on the channel or video page. Somewhere between those two numbers are the crunchy crunch, crunch algorithm You Tube is using to keep evil-doers from getting payouts based on fake activity. Unfortunately, it seems thousands, if not millions of channels are caught up in that netting pause.

 

You Tube Server Problems

Server aint servin right

Right now, my analytics are broken due to server problems, but even when it worked, it wasn’t working right. When I launched a new video, I sent 40 of my more likely to watch friends a text with the link and info about a new video. About 30 responded back relatively quickly with comments about the video or called briefly to talk about it. My analytics showed no activity and the view count stayed minimal for several days. Even comments alone, proved there was more activity than You Tube counted. I have seen threads across the net about how You Tube is changing their view-meter every day or every few hours. What constitutes a Quality View? They keep changing this to outwit the bots and scammers. Do mobile views count? Can a person watch my video several times? What about tablets? Are embedded videos counted? What percentage of the video being watched counts as a view? All good questions and as long as You Tube must keep changing their counting system, there will probably never be a definitive answer.

 

This video has more than 300 views. C’mon You Tube, let’s work it out.

Personal Plays Plague Problems

Hey, this is my blog isn’t it? So of course it gets personal. I wrote an extremely nice letter (this is business after all) to You Tube detailing my entire video launch campaign, which included screen shots as evidence. It shows my Constant Contact customer lists, which are in the thousands. My twitter blasts and the number of artist-centric accounts that retweet. This, TheDynamicUniverse blog shows a huge spike whenever new content is released, my Facebook ad results that show thousands of views and hundreds of engagements and my radio airplay that show huge spins and also has direct links to my You Tube channel videos for the same songs getting spins. I’ve done less, with lesser videos, and gotten more views. So the final question is, What can we do about this new View Count system and how long do we have to wait before the system is fixed. Until I get real answers to these questions, I am limited to making fresh content and hoping someone sees it. If you have any ideas or comments, you can share them with me in the comment section below.

 

+UPDATE: (10/13/14) Views are unfrozen, but it looks like the initial launch views were reset.

Domino Grey Letters and Numbers

September 2, 2011 2 comments

Domino Grey Letters and Numbers

 

Artist Domino Grey pictured in studio

I’m an iron-clad warrior with an iron will and indomitable spirit. I forge ahead with total conviction and do not care what others think about me or my music. Well, most days. I try to have the usual industry-standard thick skin and take most reviews of my music with a grain of salt. I mean, mostly it’s only a mofo’s opinion, aint it? As an artist I tend to make music for other people. No, scratch that. I make music for myself, but I release music for other people’s enjoyment. The stuff that’s strictly for me stays on the hard drive. I do my best to respond to criticism, complaints and, believe it or not, even special requests. I usually answer most letters or comments that are sent my way. The stuff that’s positive is great, the stuff that’s negative gets ignored- I mean, if you don’t like my music, my attitude is “move along citizen, there’s nothing to see here”. What I consider most important is when someone likes my records and suggests what I could do to have them like it more. That’s huge. And so, when I got this letter, I read it several times and aw shoot, here it is:

 Just listened to the album. My thoughts are that it does show progress on the Domino Grey side. However, I will stand behind the fact that it is not commercially viable; it is more niche viable without a doubt. In order to do commercial music, you must be in tune with the current scene as it shows that 99% of it sounds the same. Your music does not sound like 100% of the music they make-which is a plus in terms of differentiation but bad as a commercial vehicle. I prefer the hip-hop side of Dynamics Plus because I believe he wasn’t truly promoted to his core audience and had and still has the tools to be an underground superstar.  

My first reaction was, eh no big deal. Some cat likes my raps better than my dancier stuff. The buzz behind my music has been the same for years. “That Dynamics Plus (also in the rap group Lenzmen) don’t give a crap about nobody or sales or anything. He just does what he do and keeps it moving”. Not exactly true. I care about the people that support my music. I write to the best of my creative ability because I care. If a dude says “Dynamics Plus is the best lyricist of all time” I want that person to have the songs and quotes to back that up. I want to hear killer lyrics so I write them as best I can. The Lenzmen were completely opposed to commercial success. It was a badge of honor to be considered underground and known to select few- like we were too deep for the world to ever appreciate. And I think we would have quit a long time ago if it ever became hip to like The Lenzmen. We actually ran from opportunities, but I’m no longer an angry rebellious teenager and I no longer think every rapper sucks besides us. Well okay, deep down I still kinda do. But that’s a tangent for another day. The letter goes on to say:

Domino Grey is not a commercial artist, but an extension of a commercialized underground universe. That is where I see him. Ideally, we must walk our own journeys in life: if you want that commercial admiration and financial success with Domino Grey, you have to negate 20+ years of mainstream defiance you had with your hip-hop and truly commit to that goal. Lady Gaga, Rhianna, Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry is Top 10-20 radio. Make songs with true intensions to shop to them-listen to their music and make it fit for them-not what you want to hear.

Ouch. I guess what this person missed about Domino Grey is that he has the same outlook as Dynamics Plus and his abstract, super-complicated, scientific raps. I make electronic music that melds multiple genres and pushes the envelope as I hear it. I want the world to enjoy it, but on my terms. When I make music, I don’t think Dollars and Cents, I think Knowledge and Sense. I have some very talented artists involved with the Domino Grey albums. I can appreciate it if they are inspired by the top names on the music scene, but it’s a foolish notion that I would invest this kind of energy into being a clone of someone else or be happy doing more of what’s already being done. I apologize to all those involved if you believed my aim was to make a ton of money off making electronic music. I came to do the same thing I’ve always done. Sound like me and hopefully give you something fresh and pleasing to listen to.

Let me know if I have succeeded. Hit me at the usual places.

*Added a new Facebook link on the left.

You can preview my music on iTunes.

visit my homepage

– Domino Grey Fall 2011