Understand your content reach and engagement

The Content tab in YouTube Analytics gives you an overview of how your audience finds your content, what your audience is watching, and how they interact with your content. You can also view the following tabs for reach and engagement reports: All, Videos, Shorts, Live, and Posts. Learn more about how engagement metrics are counted.

Note: the Content tab is only available at the channel level.

Check out the following video from the YouTube Creators channel to learn more about your content reach and engagement.

Content Tab in Analytics (Sort by Videos, Shorts, Live or Posts)

Get content tab tips for creators.

View your reach and engagement reports

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. In the left Menu, select Analytics.
  3. From the top menu, select Content.

Note: You can click SEE MORE or ADVANCED MODE to view an expanded analytics report to get specific data, compare performance, and export data.

All

Views

This report shows you the number of legitimate views on your content for Shorts, videos, and live streams.

Impressions and how they led to watch time

This report shows you how many times a thumbnail was shown to viewers on YouTube (impressions), how frequently those thumbnails resulted in a view (click-through rate), and how those views ultimately led to watch time. Learn more tips for using impressions and CTR data.

Published content

This report shows the number of videos, Shorts, live streams, and posts you’ve published on YouTube.

How viewers found your content

This report shows you how your viewers found your content within browse features, Shorts feed, suggested videos, YouTube search, channel pages, and others.

Subscribers

This report shows the number of subscribers that you gained from each content type: videos, Shorts, live streams, posts, and others. “Others” include subscriptions from YouTube search and your channel page. This info helps you understand what content performs best at turning viewers into subscribers.

Videos

Key metrics card

This gives you a visual overview of your views, average view duration, impressions, and impressions click-through rate.

Key moments for audience retention

This report shows how well different moments of your video held viewers' attention. You can also use typical retention to compare your 10 latest videos of similar length.

How viewers find your videos

This report shows you how your viewers found your videos within YouTube search, browse features, suggested videos, external, channel pages, and others.

Top videos

This report highlights your most popular videos.

Shorts

Key metrics card

This gives you a visual overview of your views, likes, and subscribers.

How viewers find your Shorts

This report shows you how your viewers found your Shorts within Shorts feed, YouTube search, channel pages, browse features, external, and others.

Top Shorts

This report highlights your most popular Shorts.

Top remixed

This report shows a visual overview of your remix views, total remixes, and top remixed content.

Live

Key metrics card

This gives you a visual overview of your views, average view duration, impressions, and impressions click-through rate.

How viewers find your live streams

This report shows you how your viewers found your live streams within browse features, YouTube search, suggested videos, direct or unknown, channel pages, and others.

Top live streams

This report highlights your most popular live streams. You can use the expanded analytics report to view more metrics, like views and impressions.

Posts

Impressions

This report shows you how many times your post was shown to viewers.

Likes

This report shows how many times viewers liked your Community posts.

Subscribers

This report shows the number of subscribers that you gained from Community posts.

Top posts

This report highlights your most popular posts based on likes or votes.

Understand types of traffic sources

Traffic to your videos can come from either within YouTube, or from external sources. You can view both on the How viewers find your content (or videos, Shorts, Live) report.

Traffic from within YouTube
Browse features Traffic from the Home, subscriptions, Watch Later, Trending/Explore and other browsing features.
Channel pages Traffic from your YouTube channel or other YouTube channels.
Campaign cards Traffic from content owner campaign cards.
End screens Traffic from creator end screens.
Shorts Traffic from the Shorts vertical viewing experience.
Notifications Traffic from notifications and emails sent to your subscribers.
  Notifications to belled subscribers Traffic from notifications sent to your subscribers who turned on "All notifications" for your channel and turned on YouTube notifications on their device.
  Other app notifications Traffic from personalized notifications, email notifications, Inbox and digests.
Other YouTube features Traffic from within YouTube that doesn't fall in any other category.
Playlists

Traffic from any playlist that included one of your videos. These playlists can be your own playlist or another creator's playlist. This traffic also includes users' "Liked videos" and "Favorite videos" playlists.

You can see specific playlists that drove traffic to your videos on the “Traffic source: Playlists” card of the Reach tab.

Sound pages Traffic from the shared audio results page found in the Shorts vertical viewing experience.
Suggested videos Traffic from suggestions that appear next to or after other videos, and from links in video descriptions. You can see specific videos on the “Traffic source: Suggested videos” card of the Reach tab.
Video cards Traffic coming from a card in another video.
YouTube advertising

If your video is used as an ad on YouTube, you’ll see “YouTube advertising” as a traffic source.

Views from skippable ads longer than 10 seconds are counted if they're watched for 30 seconds or until they're finished. Non-skippable ads never qualify as views in YouTube Analytics.

YouTube search Traffic from YouTube search results. You can see specific search terms on the “Traffic source: YouTube Search” card of the Reach tab.
Product pages Traffic from YouTube product pages.
Traffic from external sources
External sources Traffic from websites and apps that have your YouTube video embedded or linked to. You can see specific external sites and sources on the “Traffic source: External” card of the Reach tab.
Direct or unknown sources Traffic from direct URL entry, bookmarks, signed out viewers, and unidentified apps.

Metrics to know

Impressions

How many times your thumbnails were shown to viewers on YouTube through registered impressions.

Impressions click-through-rate

How often viewers watched a video after seeing a thumbnail.

Unique viewers

Estimated number of viewers that watched your content within the selected date range.

Average view duration

Estimated average minutes watched per view for the selected video and date range.

Average percentage viewed

Average percentage of a video your audience watches per view.

Watch time (hours)

The amount of time viewers have watched your video.

Post likes The amount of likes your post received.
Post like rate The percentage of viewers that liked your post.
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