Watch time is the single most important factor in how YouTube videos rank in search. It’s how Google determines how valuable a video is for viewers, so the more watch time you drive to your video, the more optimized it is for video SEO.
Because of that, some people try to game the system by tricking viewers to watch longer and thus increase the video’s chance of performing well in search results. In this video we discuss if that’s actually possible or not.
Watch the full discussion here.