Youtube is valuable both as a general traffic source and for attracting lasting customers. However, paying for the promotional services of influencers can be costly, with the price demanded occasionally exceeding tens of thousands of dollars.
Unsurprisingly, there is a big scammer culture surrounding influencer marketing. One typical scammer tactic — pretending to be a famous influencer and contacting you with great offers for their services. You should always make sure to double check if you're communicating with the actual influencer, rather than an impersonator. Another tactic, which is the topic of this article, is fake traffic — people, through the use of various services, often amass big numbers of subscribers or followers, which most often are not actual people, but bots. Making sure your message reaches the right people is crucial, so always be sure to research the channels to make sure they are legitimate.
So if a video has lots of views but no comments or if a channel has lots of subscribers but no views, most likely it is fake.
Are you already suspicious that the Youtuber you found could be buying his/her subscribers, views or comments? Use the following tools to either confirm or resolve your suspicions:
Socialblade — a great tool which can provide a good amount of insight and analytics
Note: Look for patterns in behaviour and see if you can find something “strange” in them:
Youtube Studio — This one is more for the channel managers themselves, but you can point to it when asking to provide important data like age demographics
Note: Always take the data provided with a grain of salt, especially if in the screenshot you can’t verify which channel the data is from
As mentioned at the start, the price for a video can vary extensively, but it's most likely proportional to the amount of subscribers a channel has. It is also likely to vary from industry to industry. Doing some research on specifics is absolutely necessary. To make sure that an influencer isn't asking too much, you can try to contact multiple ones with similar followings and see what quotes they give you.
Here's a concrete example in terms of price when it comes to crypto Youtubers. Generally you should be expecting a fee of around 5000 USD per video, and that’s the lower range of prices, so don't be surprised if bigger channels ask for 2–3 times more. This is also a good example of the volatility of those prices, since in the crypto world, the ROI per video is closely linked with how healthy the environment is — when the market falls, so does the potential ROI of Influencer promotion, and, in turn, so do the prices per video!
To put it simply, look around, gather as much information as you can and be diligent in your research, so as not to get scammed!
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