The Daily Dot's Chase Hoffberger wanted to discover "just how easy is it to buy YouTube views, and what exactly happens when you've done it?"
[...] the main reason why people buy views is to "get to the top as soon as possible" -- to rack up enough views to get into the conversation early. Nobody wants to watch a video that's only run up 1,300 views; 30,000 looks much better.
"From there," he said, "you get real views and don't need to bot."
Though no substantiated history of selling YouTube views exists, it's believed that the practice began in 2005 and developed into a substantial business practice sometime around 2009 or 2010, when a former YouTube coding and system maintenance employee known these days as SpK started gaming the system and seeing big returns on rising view counts.
Today, as Jacob and Kenzo both mentioned, view buying is a multi-million dollar industry, one that they say has helped make the careers of many notable music acts. The paper trail, however, is infuriatingly thin, and few involved want to implicate anybody else in the industry, for fear of their safety and their wallets.
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