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Cave disasters

This niche was published on
Dec 30, 2023
Cave Exploration GOES HORRIBLY WRONG!
1.3M views · 2 days ago
Cave disasters
Cave disasters
Cave disasters
Cave disasters

Why this

category
Stories
Format
Documentary
Relevance
Evergreen

niche?

The views in this niche are insane. There are videos with 8 figures of views, showing that the target audience is huge. Also discovered two competition channels that started not long ago and have millions of views. However, because of the storytelling documentary format, the videos in this niche are not easy to create. However, if you want to challenge yourself with an emotional and scary niche, this is the one for you.

Success chance

High

Saturation level

Medium

Experience level

Intermediate

Audience

analyses

Male audience
70%
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100
Female audience
30%
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50
100
Geography
  • 1. United States
  • 2. United Kingdom
  • 3. Canada
  • 4. Europe
Average age
25
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50
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AUDIENCE ANALYSIS

What does the audience like?

LIKE

Experiencing anxiety

The most common comments are about how intensely they experience the videos, they sometimes even get panic attacks from them and that they can't understand why people want to go into such small caves. You might be thinking, why does this audience watch it if they don't understand why people go into caves? It's kind of the same feeling you get when you want to watch a horror movie, everyone knows it's scary, but still you want to watch it.

LIKE

Real footage and simulations

The comment below is super valuable because you get a good indication of what the target audience is looking for and what they like the most. They like real footage and simulations used in the videos.

LIKE

AUDIENCE ANALYSIS

What does the audience not like?

not like

Nothing

I couldn't find any comments that the target audience did not like. They mainly talk about the topic of the video, the fear they experienced when they watched the video and that they do not understand that people want to go into a dangerous cave for fun.

not like
NOT LIKE

Competition

analysis

Competition ANALYSIS

These channels are showing potential for this niche.

LAST UPDATED ON 
Dec 21, 2023
STARTED AT
May 23, 2023
TOTAL VIEWS
12,205,084
VIDEO LENGTH
8-15 min
TOTAL VIDEOS
13 videos

FatalBreakdown

Topic analysis

Caver trapped forever | The Nutty Putty Tragedy
4M views • 1 month ago
LEAKED TRANSCRIPT! - Heartbreaking last words from Titan sub
849K views • 5 months ago
Fatal mistake costs 192 lives | The Daegu Subway Disaster
11K views • 1 day ago
The heartbreaking timeline of death in a wildfire | The Lahaina Maui fire tragedy
34K views • 4 months ago

This rating is based on the analysis and research we have done.

1 star = Extremely bad
2 stars = Bad
3 stars = Good, but a lot of room for improvement
4 stars = Great with some room for improvement
5 stars = Excelent, there is almost no room for improvement

Video rating

Video analysis

Do's

Click on timestamp

00:00

Intense background music

Music is such an underappreciated asset in video production, and they did an excellent job on this one. One of the key elements that draws the target audience into the story is the music. So make sure to use intense, terrifying music that is commonly used in crime/horror films.

00:00

A triggering intro

No boring long intro but straight to the point and immediately give the target audience what they are looking for. What is so good about this script is that they really go into details and the scriptwriter knows how to tell a story. This intro raises a lot of questions by the viewer because of the last sentence: ''They had no idea of the deadly danger waiting inside. In the end, only one of them would return..'' This will raise a lot of quetions like: What happened? How did it happen? Why is there only one who survived? And the audience will be triggered to watch to get their answers resolved. So make sure you hire a scriptwriter who is great in story telling.

00:00

Great voice over

This voice over was probably created using AI at Elevenlabs.io, but that doesn't make it bad because it's AI. In my opinion, it matches perfectly, and I would recommend finding or creating a voice over that sounds similar to this one.

00:14

Sound effects

What this channel does very well is to use some intense sound effects at the perfect moment. Listen carefully to the transition from the intro to the story, and what kind of sound effects are used here. And how this sound effect perfectly matches the words of the script so that the viewer will experience the video even more intensely.

00:20

Great script

This is a very good script because of the little details they add. ''A group of five friends went out for dinner and they ended up discussing a secret cave on Y mountain.'' By adding these little details to the video, you get the viewer fully involved in the story because it allows them to create an image in their heads of how the story started and how they were talking about the cave. This is something what the television program ID (investigation Discovery) does a lot and which you can compare it to.

00:38

Real footage

People like to see real footage because it makes the video much more credible. Use as many real photos and clips as possible in your video so that the viewer has a good idea of what the place, and the people who entered the cave looked like in real life.

2:48

Simulations/Animations

These simulations/animations are not of the highest quality, but they add a lot of value by explaining how something happened. So I recommend you to find a video editor who can do the same.

Don'ts

00:02

Bad stock footage

Only use stock footage when you have no other option. If you need to use stock footage, it is important to choose the right stock footage for the video, otherwise the video can become fake and not triggering to watch. I would recommend to always avoid faces because they are obviously fake that often do not look like real people of the story. Use stock footage where you see only shadows of people, not clear faces. Some good stock footage where the viewer gets a certain feeling like the weather, a landscape, a dark cave or something like that can always be used well in these kinds of videos.

Drowned in the Cave of Death | The Gollum Cave Incident
1M views • 3 months ago

Do's

Click on timestamp

Don'ts

This rating is based on the analysis and research we have done.

1 star = Extremely bad
2 stars = Bad
3 stars = Good, but a lot of room for improvement
4 stars = Great with some room for improvement
5 stars = Excelent, there is almost no room for improvement

TITLE RATING

Title analysis

FatalBreakdown

Used title 1

<span class="text-color-orange">Drowned</span> in the <span class="text-color-yellow">Cave of <span class="text-color-yellow">Death | The Gollum <span class="text-color-yellow">Cave</span> <span class="text-color-orange">Incident</span>

It's not my style of title, but I can see that it worked. People are commenting about the "Cave of Death" so that is a good trigger word for this audience. But I have 2 notes to make:

  • I only would have added "he" or "she" or "they" in front of the title so that it's working better together with the thumbnail.
  • "The Gollum Cave Incident" is something I would have removed. It's not a bad idea to leave it in, but most of the time, the true binge watchers of these stories have already seen this story somewhere else. But those binge watchers are your most valuable viewers because clicking on your video sends a powerful signal to the YouTube algorithm. And if your video is good, they will keep watching even if they know the story already. But if these binge watchers can tell from your title that your video is based on a story they've already seen, they may not click on it, which sends a negative signal to the YouTube algorithm. And I already know what you're thinking, but it's good for YouTube Search, right? Yes, but if you include "The Gollum Incident" in your description and mention it in your script/video, your video will still appear in search results because YouTube scans it as well.

FatalBreakdown

Used title 2

<span class="text-color-yellow">Caver</span> trapped <span class="text-color-red">forever</span> | The Nutty Putty <span class="text-color-orange">Tragedy</span>

This title is fine, but it can be a little more shocking. Especially given the story of this video, many more trigger words can be included in the title. Try to search for trigger words that give the viewer a shocking effect.

FatalBreakdown

Used title 3

A <span class="text-color-yellow">cave diver’s</span> <span class="text-color-orange">fatal </span>mistake | The Goss Canyon <span class="text-color-orange">Tragedy</span>

Great title with great trigger words. The only thing this channel doesn't do is bring the trigger words forward through capslock. If you type the trigger words with capslock, the title will be much more shocking than it does now.

Curiousity
Urgency
Titles

Good titles contain emotional trigger words that ensure that a viewer will click your video. Emotional trigger words can be divided into 3 categories:


Curiosity (Words like: Banned, Exposed, Hidden, Illegal etc.)

Urgency/Unique: (Things like: Numbers, Limited Timed, Days etc.)
Titles: (Things like: Job titles, Family relations, Famous names etc.)

FatalBreakdown

Used trigger words

  • Cave
  • Cave Diving
  • Disaster
  • Tragedy
  • Drowned
  • Death
  • The cave of death
  • Diving Disaster
  • Trapped Forever
  • Leaked
  • Last Words
  • Heartbreaking
  • Secret Cave
  • Accident
  • Fatal Mistake

This rating is based on the analysis and research we have done.

1 star = Extremely bad
2 stars = Bad
3 stars = Good, but a lot of room for improvement
4 stars = Great with some room for improvement
5 stars = Excelent, there is almost no room for improvement

THUMBNAIL RATING

Thumbnail analysis

FatalBreakdown

Used thumbnail 1

✅ Triggering thumbnail, but some notes

First off, let me say that this is not my style of thumbnail, but if something shows that it works, you have to put your personal preference to the side. What I also see on other channels is that they use those simulation/animations from their videos, in their thumbnails as well. And that seems to work great because this video has 4,3M views. But I also have some notes to make:

  • This thumbnail has a lot of text and because of that you have too many trigger points.
  • I also doubt that the photo of they guy on the bottom left adds much value. I believe the audience clicked on this thumbnail primarily because of the text "DEAD END" with the arrow and the animation. So I would have deleted the guy on the bottom left and the text "BEYOND RESCUE" because it adds no value to me, and you will lower your trigger points as a result.

FatalBreakdown

Used thumbnail 2

❌ Wrong focus point

Lets start by saying that this is a thumbnail I personally like more because of the real picture. But they totally misplaced the focus point by adding a circle to the photo. That's not why people are clicking on this thumbnail, they click because of what is happening in the background. And now the focus goes to the pictures instead of the background.

FatalBreakdown

Used thumbnail 3

❌ Wrong text

Again, this is not my preferred thumbnail style, but with 4 million views, it clearly works. What I can say is that the thumbnail has too much text and is difficult to read. I would have removed the text "GOPRO RECORDING" and used a different font for the word "TRAPPED 2 DAYS" so that the characters could be closer to each other and the text could be bigger. Also, add an arrow pointing to something on the thumbnail to trigger more.

FatalBreakdown

Used thumbnail 4

FatalBreakdown

Revenue analysis

Monthly views
5.1M
RPM prediction
$3-$6
Monthly income
$15.1K-$30.2K
Yearly income
$183K-$366K
Disclaimer:
These numbers are estimates and estimated by YouTube experts.
It is therefore not possible to derive any rights from these estimates and it is always recommended to do your own research
LAST UPDATED ON 
Dec 21, 2023
STARTED AT
May 4, 2022
TOTAL VIEWS
25,936,607
VIDEO LENGTH
16-20 min
TOTAL VIDEOS
64 videos

MrDeified

Topic analyses

The FALL of OceanGate | This is INSANE
1.4M views • 6 months ago
Cave diving gone WRONG | Xisco Gràcia nightmare
331K views • 1 year ago
Cave divers crushed | The Cueva Del Agua tragedy
113K views • 4 days ago
Pinned in a rockfall | The Patrick Stalder HORROR
108K views • 1 month ago

Video rating

Video analyses

Do's

00:00

Great intro

Choosing to use real footage is something they do very well in this video. People love real footage because it drags them straight into the story

1:44

Showing the map of the cave

If you show the map of the cave, the viewer can better imagine what the cave looks like inside. This is something that is very important so that the viewer can empathize with the story.

12:24

Naming facts

Naming facts is something that can trigger a lot with the audience in this niche. What happened to the body when they were trapped in the cave? What happened when they were low on oxygen? This allows the viewer to empathize even more and I found that when the voice over stated these facts that was exactly the point where I experienced a lot of anxiety because then you are really in the middle of the story.

Don'ts

00:12

Wrong background music

This is a good example of what feeling you get as a viewer when you add wrong background music in the video. This is more a hip-hop beat, and does not fit the topic of this video at all. Take a look of competition channel 1, because that's the best background music for this niche.

3:13

Clips that are too long

This clip is almost 20 seconds long, which is way too long. Especially since the clip itself is not interesting enough to watch for 20 seconds. So this is a perfect moment for the viewer to click away, which is exactly what we don't want of course.

Sucked into unknown cave | The Ricard and Denisio Diving Disaster
1M views • 2 months ago

Do's

Don'ts

TITLE RATING

Title analyses

MrDeified

Used Title 1

Every <span class="text-color-yellow">parent's</span> <span class="text-color-orange"> WORST</span> <span class="text-color-orange">Nightmare</span> | The <span class="text-color-yellow">Tyler Madoff</span> story

If you are starting a channel, I would not recommend using this type of title because it does not say much about the topic itself. However, if you already have an audience, this title can trigger a lot because it raises questions such as, "Why is this a parent's worst nightmare?" What is going on?

MrDeified

Title 2

<span class="text-color-yellow">Cave diving</span> <span class="text-color-orange">gone WRONG</span> │ <span class="text-color-yellow">the Pollonora</span> <span class="text-color-yellow">Cave</span> <span class="text-color-orange">TERROR</spand>

This is a very good example of how I would fill in my titles in this niche. Simple, short, the viewer knows what it's about, but they don't know what exactly happened, but they know it's wrong. And that's exactly what you want when the viewer reads the title. But I personally would do the same with the words "The Pallonora Cave Terror" as I explained on competition channel 1, title 1.

MrDeified

Title 3

<span class="text-color-yellow">Cave diver</span> becomes part of <span class="text-color-yellow">cave</span> | <span class="text-color-yellow">The Agen Allwedd</span> diving tragedy

I kind of like this title as well because you can read this in multiple ways. It raises questions like, what exactly is meant by this title? Did the cave diver die there and his body was never taken away? Did he die there and they were never able to find him? Why did he become part of the cave? How could this have happened? And that's the right thing to create, you want the title to raise questions to the viewer and as they watch the video they get answers to those that they got when they were watching the title.

Curiousity
Urgency
Titles

Good titles contain emotional trigger words that ensure that a viewer will click your video. Emotional trigger words can be divided into 3 categories:


Curiosity (Words like: Banned, Exposed, Hidden, Illegal etc.)

Urgency/Unique: (Things like: Numbers, Limited Timed, Days etc.)
Titles: (Things like: Job titles, Family relations, Famous names etc.)

MrDeified

Used trigger words

  • Cave Divers
  • Tragedy
  • Drowned
  • Cave
  • Death
  • Trapped Forever
  • GoPro Footage
  • Gone Wrong
  • He Died There
  • Diving Disaster
  • Dead Bodies
  • Insane
  • Horrifying
  • Most Dangerous
  • Illegal
  • Disturbing
  • Kills
  • Illegal Cave
  • Mysterious Accident
  • Horrible Disaster
  • Horror
  • Death Trap

THUMBNAIL RATING

Thumbnail analyses

MrDeified

Used thumbnail 1

✅ Simulation image

An interesting thumbnail because we get to see another simulation image with many views. But in my opinion there are a lot of things to improve here:

  • I would delete the person on the bottom left because it has no added value to me and in that case it's an unnecessary focus point.
  • The text with red outlines makes the text less readable. If you use outlines on a white text, always use black.
  • Remove the arrow's and "feet" text because it adds no value in my opinion. Simply make the cave show up larger if you want to suggest to people that the cave is massive.
  • Because it is yellow, the arrow blends into the background. Make it red and point it from the text to the diver to point out that the diver is trapped in the cave wall.

MrDeified

Used thumbnail 2

✅ 3 Focus points

This thumbnail could have been done way better but it has 900K+ views so it worked. What's good about this thubmbnail that it has not that many focus points and to me that's the number one reason why it performed good but there is a lot to improve here:

  • Red outlines text again, change it black
  • I don't like the picture on the bottom left. I would rather use the real picture and add a white stroke around it like it's a polaroid picture. Like this thumbnail is doing:
  • The background image does not look terrifying at all. Even if this is the real picture, just use a picture of a dark looking cave or something similar because to me this isn't triggering.
  • Don't make your text unnecessary long. "I DIED THERE" is already triggering enough.

MrDeified

Used thumbnail 3

MrDeified

Used thumbnail 4

FatalBreakdown

Revenue analyses

Monthly views
1.9M
RPM prediction
$3-$6
Monthly income
$5.7K-$11.4K
Yearly income
$68-$136K
Disclaimer:
These numbers are estimates and estimated by YouTube experts.
It is therefore not possible to derive any rights from these estimates and it is always recommended to do your own research

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Who is our target audience?

Mainly American males between the age of 20 and 48 that are interrested in scary documentaries between 10-20 minutes about cave (diving) stories

YOUR VIDEO

Topic example

How do I find topics?

Finding topics is a bit harder for this niche because you have to look for the right story. The right story has as much content available as possible. The more you have, the better your video will be because your video editor has to fill up everything else with animations and if there is no other option, stock footage. So look for as many articles, videos, images etc. as you can before choosing your topic.

YouTube: Look at the competition channels which have performed good and not have been done many times by others. Another option is to take a story that has been done many times and is well known by the audience and shine a different light on it. For example, add a text on your thumbnail with "JUST REVEALED!" "NEW FOOTAGE FOUND!"

Chat GPT: I asked Chat GPT if it could give me 10 topics on dive/cave stories and Chat GPT will send you a whole list where your research can start. Type in these titles on Youtube and see first how many times this topic has been used. If you see that it has only been posted a few times on Youtube and there's room for improvement then that's the perfect topic to use.

Google: When i searched on google i came to this website: https://cavedivingaccident.com what is great because here is an overview about a lot of cave/dive stories, so here you can find a lot of topics!

Other topics I found on Google:

1. Story About Benjamin Reuben GoldMark Strelnick - https://jacksoncountytimes.net/benjamin-reuben-goldmark-strelnick/

2. The Nutty Putty Tragedy - https://cavehaven.com/nutty-putty-cave-accident/

3. Donald: State Police sergeant - https://www.upi.com/Archives/1982/03/31/Trooper-trapped-in-cave-declared-dead/8435386398800/#:~:text=The%20body%20of%20state%20trooper,hours%20of%20nonstop%20rescue%20efforts.

4. The Włodek Szymanowski TRAGEDY/Goul du Pont Tragedy - http://www.oucc.org.uk/history/wlodek/wlodek%20_szymanowski.htm

5. Deon Dreyer - https://www.ladbible.com/community/deon-dreyer-david-shaw-divers-bushmans-hole-775865-20230228

TikTok: On TikTok there are many videos about cave/dive disasters to find. Type in those keywords and see what you can find:
https://www.tiktok.com/search?q=cave%20disaster&t=1703944456239

https://www.tiktok.com/search?q=dive%20disaster&t=1703944550139

Topic

I went to the competition channels, and there is one story that does well on all of them: Nutty Putty Cave (2009). However, because this topic has been covered numerous times on YouTube already, we can choose between the following strategies:

  • Don't show that the story is about the Nutty Putty Cave because like we have learned this can prevent people from clicking on your video.
  • Show that the story is about the Nutty Putty Cave, but then shine a different light on the topic.

Articles/video references

YOUR VIDEO

Title example

Cave Exploration GOES HORRIBLY WRONG!

Title format

I chose this title format because it begins innocently with the words "Cave Exploration" and progresses to words where something goes wrong. With this title strategy, you make a statement that doesn't reveal anything about what happened but introduces what happened or is going to happen, which raises a lot of questions.

[EVENT OR NAME] [TRIGGERING EVENT THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN]

Caver makes DEADLY MISTAKE!

YOUR VIDEO

Thumbnail example

Thumbnail picture

We discovered that the best thumbnails were those with animation. So I'd suggest hiring a video editor who can do some animation work and then taking a screenshot of that animation for your thumbnail. I don't have a video edited right now, so I took a screenshot of a video from the competition. I looked for a moment where the animation looked at it worst

YOUR VIDEO

End result

Cave Exploration GOES HORRIBLY WRONG!
1.3M views · 2 days ago

What did I do?

  • I brightened the image and zoomed it in to make it more visible.
  • I chose to add the text "GOT STUCK" because we learned that people are watching because these stories cause them anxiety. And getting stuck is one of the most triggering.
  • I also included an arrow to get more attention and raise more questions.

Articles/video references

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Creating the title

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Thumbnail example

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End result

Cave Exploration GOES HORRIBLY WRONG!
1.3M views · 2 days ago

Articles/video references

YOUR VIDEO

Creating the title

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Thumbnail example

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End result

Cave Exploration GOES HORRIBLY WRONG!
1.3M views · 2 days ago

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Important note

This is one of the older niches from Faceless Niches. And because of that, we cannot guarantee that all of the data in this niche is still relevant today. You can see in the competition analyses when we updated this niche last.

Before diving into any niche on Faceless Niches, we always suggest doing your own research as well. But because this is an older niche, it is even more important to do that.