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Are YouTube categories important?

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How to Change the Category of Your YouTube Video: Easy Tutorial


Carla Marshall in

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March 10, 2020

YouTube creators monetizing their content should ensure they select the correct category before posting. Here’s how to change your default YouTube categories or from video to video.

Do you know what video category your channel is in? To check, log in to Creator Studio on YouTube, go to “Settings” in the left navigation menu. In the pop-up window, navigate to “Load Defaults” followed by the “Advanced” tab. On this page, in the upper right corner, you will find the categories drop-down menu which allows you to select one of the 15 categories. This is the default video upload category, but if you want to change the category of an existing video, you can go to the “Video” section of Creator Studio, click on the video you want to adjust, click on the “Advanced” tab. and change the video category.

Why are YouTube categories important for creators?

What is the benefit of confirming the correct YouTube category for your video? This is an interesting question because when you search YouTube and filter, there is no option to sort by video category. Additionally, if you click on the trending page, your category options are also limited. Also, to our knowledge, there is no algorithmic improvement or penalty if you place the video in the correct or incorrect category.

However, when it comes to advertisers finding the right videos to place their ads in, establishing a video category is important. So, to ensure you get football related ads for your football content, make sure to put it in the sports category to get more clicks on those ads and earn more money.

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Now, sometimes these categories won’t fit your channel perfectly. For example, vidIQ could be in the how and style section, in the education section, or even in science and technology. Personally, I think it should be in the comedy section, but as long as you put the video in the right category, you should be fine.

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Carla Marshall

FMR Content Marketing Manager

Carla Marshall has over 10 years of experience in video marketing, social media management, content marketing, DRM and SEO. She was formerly editor-in-chief of, and as a journalist and video marketer, she covered news, creator journeys, and early digital publishing initiatives across all major online video platforms. She is YouTube certified and a judge of the Shorty Awards, as well as the UK, US, Canada, Global and EU Search Awards.

Replace or delete your video

You can delete any video you uploaded to your YouTube channel. You cannot replace a video as any new video upload will receive a new URL, but you can edit the existing video. 

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Delete your own videos

You can delete any video you’ve uploaded from your own Google Account. If you delete a video, it is permanently deleted; you cannot retrieve it via YouTube. If you want to watch the video in the future, make sure you have a saved backup.

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Content .
  3. Point to the video you want to delete and select More  8UltGOm3O703Tfy9kBs8wgYP3Mr01vT22TFC6Xqy5KtXdNIgZtB5che-p3umsPppAg=w36 and so Delete permanently NrfsskAxH1mllm3GNFF2t0hG9Mjpxe3NEGQoeQUqicjyyl9WGh01AC9hL_hDheJ-lPQ=h36  .
  4. Check the box to confirm that your video will be permanently deleted.
  5. Select REMOVE FOREVER .

When you choose to remove a video from your YouTube channel, we immediately begin the removal process and it will no longer be viewable on YouTube. Data associated with the video, such as watch time, will still be part of aggregate reports, but will not be attributed to the deleted video. Learn how to bulk delete videos.

replace a video 

You cannot replace a video, as any new video you upload to YouTube will receive a new URL. Instead, you can edit an existing video: 

  • Trim your video – On a computer, you can trim the beginning, middle, or end of your video.
  • Add cards to your video: You can use cards to add new elements to your video. Maps can show specific websites and more.
  • Edit your video’s title and description: You  can organize and edit your video’s title, category, description, and privacy settings. 

To report abuse, harassment, inappropriate content, or privacy complaints, visit the Safety Center. If you have copyright issues, please visit the Copyright Center.

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