Yes, I know that you know YouTube. I mean who doesn’t know YouTube, one of the best if not the best video sharing platform in the world. Well now that’s out of the way have you ever taken time out to ponder about some features of the platform and how they just work? I know so many persons don’t even bother going through all the trouble of trying to dissect the platform to know how it works. Only a few on the other hand go through all the trouble and I am one of those persons. In other aspects, in this article, I will be writing about the YouTube search feature and how it works. If you really want to educate yourself on something beautiful today, then you need to read this article.
What is YouTube search? YouTube search is a feature on the platform. You may know the search bar on the platform and how it works right? Like you put in a keyword in the search box and hit the search tab. There you go, voila, just like magic, tons of videos on the platform related to your keyword is being sorted out for your pleasure. But have you ever pondered and wondered how this thing works? Like how does the videos or search results are compiled? It may look easy, but trust me; I just know that there is much more to this than what meets the eye.
My curiosities however have led me to intensive research on the subject and guess what, I wasn’t wrong. There is actually more to the YouTube search than what we see. There are things and factors in place that makes the whole process simple and easy. And just like the Google search engine, the developers or brains behind YouTube search are working round the clock to make it more presenting. In a bit, I will be delving fully into how the YouTube search feature works. If you would love to find out, then join me on this incredible journey.
How YouTube Search Works
Do you know that YouTube is a product and service of Google? I bet you never knew. And since it is a product of Google you know what that means. Well if you don’t here is a clue for you. Google is always putting in work to make sure the platform has all it takes to serve users better. Do you know that Google has developed a full website describing how YouTube works? Are you surprised? If you are well you don’t have to be. This simply means that YouTube is a very important arm of Google. This whole website created by Google provides an in-depth look at all the features and components of the platform.
YouTube search has always been factored around three elements and they are relevance, engagement, and quality. When it comes to relevancy, YouTube focuses more on factors such as tags, descriptions, titles, and video content. In terms of engagement, on the other hand, YouTube puts together signals such as the watch time for a particular video. This means that when a particular video amasses more viewing time than other videos in the same category, it will surely rank and do well more than other videos in its same category. Lastly, when it comes to quality, YouTube uses various signals that are very similar to search marketers and such signals include expertise, authoritativeness, and trustworthiness. When displaying search results other signals that are put into consideration when recommending videos are;
- Time of the day.
- Channels subscribed to.
- Watch and search history.
- Number of people that completed the video.
- Feedback from users based on random surveys.
Now the tips above you can now understand how really the YouTube search feature works. Continue reading to find out about other interesting facts about the YouTube search feature.
How To Clear Your YouTube Search History
Of course, your search history cannot be accessed by other users on the platform. But do you know that your search history directly affects how YouTube recommends content to you? Yes, this is true and this is why it is also important to clear your search history every now and then. To clear your YouTube search history;
- Go to youtube.com on your desktop device.
- In the left column of your device, click on library.
- Click on history on the next page.
- Select search history and clear all search history under history type.
- Download and install the YouTube app on your device.
- Open the app and tap your account profile photo icon in the top right corner of the screen if you are using an iOS device. If on the other hand, you are making use of an android device, tap the menu icon or the three vertical dots.
- On the next page on both devices, tap on settings.
- Tap on history and privacy and then on clear search history.
- A dialogue box will pop up requesting confirmation to delete search history, tap on the OK button to clear it.
And that’s how you clear search history on YouTube. And I guess you already know how to make use of the YouTube search bar to search for content on the platform. Just visit YouTube on the web or the app, enter your keywords in the search box, and hit the search icon. That’s it. You will be resented with a list of video contents based on your search. Make sure you are logged in to your Google account when making adjustments to any setting on the platform.