In this article, I’m going to discuss how you can delete a playlist in YouTube. I also want to share with you how to use playlists to improve your watch time.
Plus, I’m going to share with you some of the mistakes I made in the beginning so that you can avoid them. Hopefully this will help those of you who haven’t started using playlists yet. And, it will help you understand how to use them on your YouTube channel.
How Do You Delete A Playlist?
First, if you don’t have any playlists and don’t even know how to create one, you might like to watch a video I created on this topic here.
Here are the steps to deleting a playlist that you no longer want.
- Go into YouTube Studio
- Look for Playlist in the left-hand menu
- Click on the little pencil icon to edit the playlist
- Here you can also change the title
- To delete the playlist completely, click on the three little dots at the bottom and select “delete”
- But, before you delete the playlist, you have to reassign the videos
- To do this, you have to go into each video and edit it to remove it from the playlist
- Do this for each video in the playlist and then you can delete the entire list
Tips For Organizing Your Channel
When I first started my Channel, I was creating a video every single day. And, I thought that everything had to have a playlist. This eventually created a bit of a mess for me.
But, about six months ago, I decided to clean it all up. Now you should put every single video into a playlist but not every single playlist has to be on your channel page. I thought that if the playlist wasn’t showing on your channel page, it wouldn’t show up at all. But I was wrong.
How A Playlist Works
To explain this better, I’ll tell you how a playlist works. Let’s say you have the same video in three different playlists. When a person clicks on this video and watches it, they’ll see “suggested videos” on the right side. The videos that will show up will all be from the same playlists that this video was allocated to.
This is what actually improves your views. Therefore, the more playlists that you have each video in, the better your overall views are going to be. But, you need to ensure that you only allocate your videos to playlists that are relevant.
Organizing Your Playlists
Once, you have your videos allocated to different playlists, you want to decide which ones you want to appear on your channel page. For example, I have one called “tutorials”. I don’t have this on my channel page because that’s not really what my channel is about. However, I created the playlist because it contains information that my audience might want.
To help me stay organized, I put a “star” next to the title of the playlist so that I know that I don’t really want that playlist showing on my channel page.
Organizing Your Videos
Here’s another tip to help you better organize your channel. I started my channel about 2 years ago, so I now have a lot of videos. One day, you’ll find that you have the same, if you don’t already.
Of course, you’re going to have a lot of older videos then. But, don’t delete them. Leave them on your channel but “unlist” them. If you unlist a video, it can still be found by someone who’s looking for it. These videos will still show up in search results and they can still make you a little money.
To keep all these videos in the one place, I created a playlist titled “Unlisted videos”. This way, I know exactly where to find them.
What I want to stress to you is to make sure that every single video that you create is in a playlist.
Another thing I do on my channel is put the videos that are getting a lot of views into a playlist titled “popular uploads”. This shows right at the top of my channel page. This is far better than just having “current uploads” in that spot because it helps me get more views consistently.
So, I’ve shown you how to delete a playlist and given you some tips to better organize your channel. Hopefully, you’ve found this information useful.
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