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Tier 1 on YouTube, By the Numbers

As a companion piece to our Tier 1 on TikTok cheat sheet (Oct. 22), here’s a look at Tier 1’s presence on YouTube. You’ll see some outliers in the list as well. We organized the cheat sheet by YouTube followers, in descending order.

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YouTube’s App Influencers

[SWMS contributor Rhiannon Pacheco writes:] While there are thousands of consumer tech-focused TV shows, print media outlets, podcasts and influencers, they tend to primarily focus on physical gadgets. Getting media coverage for apps can be challenging.

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For Years, Forbes Ran A Shadow Web Site That Tricked Advertisers

What a terrific scoop from the WSJ’s Patience Haggin: Forbes for years operated a shadow, tiny-traffic web site — at www3.forbes.com — that housed advertising bought to run on the big-traffic Forbes.com site. Advertisers paid for the real site but were placed on the spammy shadow site. After WSJ broke the story, Forbes took the shadow site offline. One quote from the story: “Imagine if a car dealership slapped a Lexus sticker on an economy Toyota and sold it to you as a Lexus.”

Publishers Using Gen AI To Improve Their Own Search

Digiday’s Sara Guaglione has a great scoop on how several publishers — including the FT, Forbes, Business Insider, The Guardian and others — are using gen AI tools to improve their own search engines. One publisher told Sara that site search historically is “not a widely-used function.”

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