Dennis Prager often talks on his radio show about how many views his Youtube videos get (frequently when fundraising for Prager University), but when you click on the statistic button for these videos and then click on daily views, you see that for weeks on end, the videos get very few views and then for a couple of days they get tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of views and then just as suddenly, the views stop coming.
Dennis said Aug. 25, 2014: ” We teach what isn’t taught. I’m asking you to help us help America. I feel like a doctor or scientist who has discovered a cure for major cancers and the only the only issue is lack of funds to market it. We can cure so much of what is wrong by changing minds five minutes at a time. I don’t know anything that is doing this as effectively… Ten million hits just this year. I don’t know anyone [doing this to change minds in the conservative direction].”
PragerUniversity.com offers many opportunities to donate including this: “Marketing Sponsorship: $5,000″
Marketing = buying views.
Aug. 26, 2014, Dennis said: “It is not unreasonable to assume that 30 million people have seen our videos just this year.”
I would estimate that fewer than one million views are real and the rest of the views are bought. I wonder how donors to Prager University feel about their money going to buying fake views and subverting Youtube’s terms of service?
How does Youtube like the buying of fake views? It hates it! As the Daily Mail reported Dec. 28, 2012:
The world’s biggest recording companies have been stripped of two billion YouTube hits after the website cracked down on alleged ‘fake’ and ‘dead’ views.
The dramatic falls, highlighted by figures compiled by YouTube statistics analysts at SocialBlade, came after YouTube conducted an audit of its viewing figures aimed at combating ‘black hat’ view count-building techniques.
That is the term used when hackers artificially build up the numbers of views or likes on a YouTube video – enabling them to make clips appear far more popular than they really are and increase their exposure on the site.
The number of views attracted on YouTube are these days regarded as an unofficial worldwide popular music chart, so once it became clear that hits had been inflated, fingers immediately pointed at the record industry.