Is it impossible to get views on Youtube anymore?

Last week I was at Seattle’s Fremont Solstice Parade (including naked bike ride) and the affiliated Honk! Fest West.

(Some photos in the Flickr viewer are NSFW.)

I posted still photos on Flickr, each of which has had thousands of views. In fact, in the past few days, I’ve accumulated about 100,000 photo views, mostly for the Solstice Parade, and about 1/4th for Honk Fest and other photos on my web page.

Youtube? Hardly anything. After several days, just over one hundred people watched one of the naked bike ride videos! Two of the parade videos have zero views!

I have seen videos on Youtube and online blog and forum posts lamenting the difficulty in getting anyone to watch their videos anymore. In the past, it did not seem hard to get at least hundreds to a few thousand views. Now, its becoming difficulty to even get tens of views!

What are other people experiencing?

IsĀ  Youtube search prioritizing its matches to give higher priority to those videos that have monetized (run ads) their videos?

Youtube relies on independent content creators to produce their Youtube content. If most are seeing their viewership drop, they will give up – or at least post less to Youtube. And that would not be good for the Youtube business model!

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