How To Get More YouTube Views/Traffic From Facebook?

YouTube Views From Facebook

Want to increase your YouTube views using Facebook? Who doesn’t?

Today I’ll share some tactics that will lead you to more views than you were getting earlier.

Overview of what you’ll learn from this article:

  • Reason for getting less reach/YouTube traffic from Facebook
  • How to share your YouTube videos on Facebook to get the most?
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Reason For Getting Less YouTube Traffic/Views From Facebook

We all know YouTube is the largest video sharing social platform. It’s a multi-billion dollar company. Even Creators make millions of bucks from it every single month.

And this brings in a lot of competition.

Not only for you but for them too. While we (YouTube Creators) compete for views. Other services like Vimeo, Dailymotion etc. try to compete with YouTube.

Facebook is also one of those competitors. They recently started a new feature known as Facebook Watch. There’s also a beta campaign going on called Facebook for Creators. Which exactly works like YouTube.

 

 

Now you might ask me, “Hey Bishnu, That’s nice but why are you telling this? How it affects my YouTube views?”

The answer is simple. It’s the most crucial point to know when you are trying to get more YouTube views from Facebook.

Have you ever heard that they decrease the reach of YouTube links posted on Facebook? It’s true!
Why do they do it? “Competition”.

They also regulate the reach of ‘Photo/Video posts’ higher than the ‘Link posts’ on Facebook. This is also a reason to get less YouTube traffic from there. (but it’s not the only one).

Have you noticed? Whenever you share a YouTube video link on Facebook it generates a tiny little thumbnail for it. Making it less visible.

Desktop Example of YouTube Link Shared on Facebook
Desktop Example
Mobile Example of YouTube Link Shared on Facebook
Mobile Example (Facebook App)

It’s obvious why they are doing it. Their revenue model works with advertising when people spend their time on Facebook. So they don’t want their users to jump over to YouTube.

But still, there are some tactics you can use to generate more YouTube views and traffic from Facebook.

 

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How To Share YouTube Videos For More Audience Reach On Facebook?

There can be many ways to do it but here I’ll share 4 tactics that you can use to get the most out of Facebook.

 

1. Share As A Video Post On Your Website And Link To It

This would be my first advice to you as it looks better than any other methods. All you do is embed your YouTube videos on your blog/website and share the link.

But the important thing to consider here is that you should use the Facebook Open Graph metadata.

WordPress users can choose the post format as video and most of the theme will add the metadata for you. If you don’t know how to embed your YouTube videos on WordPress learn here.

And if you don’t have a video format option on your site consult a developer and ask to create it. Don’t forget to ask them to configure the Facebook Open Graph for your site.

In case you are a developer here is how the code looks like:

Facebook Graph Meta Data
Image Source: Social Media Examiner

By using the Open Graph and a good thumbnail for the video, it can wonder for you. See the example screenshot provided by Social Media Examiner:

Example of Facebook Link Share with Open Graph Settings
Image Source: Social Media Examiner

You can see the difference above.

A big and good thumbnail of a video will definitely urge the viewers to click on it.

Use this method and you’ll be generating more YouTube views and engagement.

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2. Make A Teaser Of The Video And Upload To Facebook

Video Post Example on Facebook

If possible and you have time to do it make a teaser of your original video and upload it to Facebook. As you’ll upload the video on Facebook, it will get better reach and engagement.

Make sure to insert the original YouTube video link on the description of the video.  You can also add a call to action in the teaser to make them click on the link and watch the complete video.

 

3. Share With A Large Image And Link In The Description

Image Post Example Facebook Desktop
Image Post Example: Desktop
Image Post Example Facebook App
Image Post Example Facebook App

This is the very simple method that anyone can do. Get a large good thumbnail/image for your video and share it on Facebook. Mention your YouTube link in the description. That’s it.

Don’t believe me, do it and see the result. It’s way better than the normal YouTube link sharing.

 

4. Use Third-Party Tools/Website To Embed The Video

YT2FB Screenshot

This one is my last recommendation for you. This method also has an option to play your video directly on Facebook. It was working earlier but it doesn’t work anymore.

The video will not play on Facebook but still, you will get a link configured with Facebook Open Graph metadata. Like the method 1 above.

The only disadvantage of this method is that it doesn’t look official as you will share the third-party URL.

To use this tactic go to https://yt2fb.com

Paste your YouTube video link in the text box.

Now Click on PRO Toolbox

Click on PRO Toolbox

The website also shows you the preview of how your post will look like on Facebook. Check the before and after the result on the screenshot above.

By clicking on PRO Toolbox you can adjust setting like the headline, description & thumbnail.

YT2FB Settings Screenshot

This tool is completely free but you need to sign up for an account if you want to change those settings.

When you are ready with the settings, click on “create link” button to generate the shareable link.

It will generate a link for you like the screenshot below. Copy the link and share it on Facebook. That’s it.

YT2FB Generated Link Screenshot

 

Here’s how it looks on Facebook:

YT2FB Post Example on Facebook

Note: This result can also be achieved using method 1 i.e., your own website. Use this option only if you don’t want to deal with coding or can’t hire a developer. Also, if you using any premium themes, you may already have this configured.  Try method 1 to find out if it is already enabled for you.

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A Bonus Tip

Use YouTube Marketing Tools to analyze everything that you need to succeed with your YouTube videos. I recommend you to use TubeBuddy and VidIQ.

 

Conclusion:
Facebook is competing with YouTube every day, thus also decreases the reach of YouTube links shared on Facebook.

If you’ll simply share your YouTube video link on Facebook, You won’t get the most out of it. You need to use some tactics that can be more appealing and visual.

In this post above, I have shown you some tactics that you use to make your YouTube link more appealing and visual on Facebook.

Making your YouTube link shared on Facebook more appealing and visual you’ll get a lot more views or traffic your YouTube videos.

Do you use any other tactics? Did any tactics help you out?

 

 

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