Reading and understanding your metrics is so important. Measuring your success and shortcomings through Google analytics, or YouTube's excellent analytics is often what separates success from failure.
Not a day goes by that I do not pour over our numbers, gaining insight into what is working and what is not working.
Analytics is our window into how the Algorithm is working.
The Algorithm determines how widely distributed our content is.
Serving the Algorithm just makes good business sense. If you pay attention to what is trending, and the value of that content, you can and will be successful with your content strategy.
But, is it in the overall best interest of our community for us to make serving the Algorithm our prime focus?
I think not!