YouTube Channel Page Now Only Showing Public Video Views

Feb 22, 2013 • 8:04 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

YouTubeKeane Ng from Google, the YouTube community manager, announced in a YouTube Help thread that the view counts on your channel page may have dropped due to a change on how Google counts YouTube views on that page.

From now on, only public video views will be counted and represented in the view count on your YouTube page. Views for private, unlisted or previously deleted videos will no longer count on that page. If you have removed very popular videos from your channel and want those views to count, you can mark them as public again (assuming you did not delete the video) and the views should begin counting again.

Your YouTube Analytics are unaffected by this change.

Keane said:

As of last night you may have noticed a drop on the views counted on your channel pages. This is because the views shown on your channel now only include views from public videos, and not private, unlisted or previously deleted videos. Over the past few weeks we've been removing views for deleted videos, after which we've started removing views for private and unlisted videos.

To include views from private or unlisted videos, change them to 'public' and the views will be counted again within 24 hours.

YouTube Analytics channel view counts will continue to include views from all videos that were public at the time the view occurred even if the videos are now private, unlisted, or deleted.

Forum discussion at YouTube Help.

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02/22/2013 07:46 pm

All's not well. This is a bit of a cover story. I and many others have lost views despite the fact that we don't have any private videos, or deleted videos. In addition, view counts are also frozen for many users. I don't have that popular a channel, other than its intended audience, but my channel is down just over 1,000 views over the last four days, despite showing positive 1,100 in YouTube's analytics. In truth, the sum view counts aren't all that important to me, but YouTube's consistent misinformation is telling.


02/25/2013 01:25 pm

1000 views... haha, I have lost 36000 views.


03/08/2013 05:38 am

my channel views was dramatically dropped from about 100000 views till only 26851 views ! Some how i saw the Keane Ng from Google, the YouTube community manager , i told the private video views will not count unless you mark it public again 。But seem a week ago , all the video i mark to public , the channel views are not counted again ! And the analysis still show Lifetime views: 36,152 . I patiently wait but it does provide an accurate channel views for my views ! Should i have a clear explanation ?

Christine Hancock

03/24/2013 05:13 pm

My views now show 0 from over 30,000? All my videos are public, why is this?


09/23/2013 01:14 am

oh shiut lost like 900.000 views xD

Coach Kozak

01/18/2014 09:02 pm

I lost 1.2 million... there's always someone bigger. Don't put down the little guy.

Tormy Van Cool

02/10/2014 09:54 am

I have the same issues on my channel. No one of the video I published were private or unlisted. They were always public.

Tormy Van Cool

02/10/2014 09:59 am

Misleading and misinformation are a YouTUBE/Facebook/Twitter phenomena. Despite the ITIL which imposes correct information for everybody, they are just kidding with our ass. I can understand when you publish a video, a new one, that several initial views are your ones, because you check it, you are proud, you are showing it: friends, colleagues etc. But on 1000 views, only 20_30 are your ones ... they can not only remove your ones, but they can avoid to count them upfront. It seems that this very easy engineering stuff, is not known by their "hot brains" ... as well as their theory about the 301 views threshold, can convince only who has not competences. I'm disgusted :-/

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