YouTube doesn't believe you exist if you're Viewer No. 3026/26/2012
One of the Internet's biggest mysteries has been driving those on the prowl for the next viral video crazy with frustration: Why do YouTube videos get stuck at 301 views? It turns out "301" is the magic number in YouTube world. As Brady Haran of Numberphile has discovered, once a video is uploaded and YouTube starts counting those valuable views, there's a set point (yep, 301) at which programmers begin to wonder if real people are actually watching the videos. It takes the video network about a day to cull actual views from fake bot-driven ones. At that point, the sky's the limit, according to this video with ONLY about 241,000 views. At least we know they're real.
Does this clear up all your burning questions about the 301-view limit?