Auto-generated topic channels
You may see general channels of trending and popular videos that are auto-generated by YouTube. Just like user channels, you can subscribe to these channels and stay updated on new videos.
The “About” sections of these channels will note that they are auto-generated by YouTube. They'll also have "topic" in their title, such as "Surfing - Topic". Topic channels about video games, such as Minecraft, look a little different. These game pages will say "Auto-generated by YouTube" right under the title.
Common questions about topic channelsHow does YouTube determine when to create an auto-generated channel?
An auto-generated channel is created when we identify a topic to have a significant presence on the site. If a topic doesn't have an auto-generated channel, it may be because:
- There are only a few videos on the topic.
- There aren't many views for videos in this topic.
- The videos in the topic don't meet YouTube's quality threshold.
Using algorithms, YouTube figures out the central topics in a video and then uses that information to develop collections of videos for any topic of interest. These channels don't convey any editorial opinion on the part of YouTube.
You don't need to do anything except follow the normal best practices for discovery of a video: have a really good title and description. Learn more about making your channel and content more discoverable in the Creator Academy.
Remember to focus on quality of tags rather than the quantity. And, as always, don't try to mislead viewers — that's a violation of YouTube's Community Guidelines.
If your gaming video appears on the wrong topic channel, check its title, description, and category. In YouTube Studio beta, be sure the “Gaming” category is selected and that you’ve chosen the right game.
An auto-generated channel presents a collection of videos about a single topic. When the same term can have multiple interpretations ("Chicago" = city; musical; movie; musical band), the auto-generated channel reflects one interpretation of that term. The term might have multiple channels. Auto-generated channels also give:
- The ability to subscribe and get regular updates about this topic in your YouTube feed
- A way to find other channels related to this topic
- More context about this topic from Wikipedia or other sources in the “About” section