Yes, YouTube is at it again with making changes. About the time I teach people how to do it right, they change things on us.
When you go to upload a new video you will notice that just copying and pasting your set of tags in may not work as well as it did. When I tried this out, most of my tags seemed ok at first glance. Then when I looked closer, I noticed that the commas I use to separate my tags were now part of the tag. *Insert cuss word*.
Next I noticed that some tag phrases were blended. I normally just use quotation marks around phrases and separate each phrase with a comma. NOPE not working now! *Insert more cuss words*
As I messed around and got all my tags just as I wanted, I went over to view the video page to see how they were. I opened up “view page source” and WTH? What happened to my tags? They sure didn’t come out in the order they were placed in. *More cussing ensues*
Go back in to Edit the Video and delete all tags and replace them in reverse order of importance. This should do it. WRONG! *Now I say “screw it” because this channel must be borked, goes to another channel*
On this channel I have a plan and place each tag in separately and in alphabetical order. This way I can possibly figure out how they are being rearranged. Save all the changes and head over to the video page.
Another View Page Source and I see 5 of my tags, but I’m not sure why those are the tags listed first. I go back to edit the video and…WTH are all my tags? Out of the 13 tags I put in by hand and saved. Only 5 are still there. *Cussing profusely and looking for a kitten to kick*
So, YouTube just made the tag changes the other day and obviously there are a few glitches. Ok, at least all the channels I manage seem to have glitches.
I would love to give you straight answers as to why or how long this “screw up” with tags will last, but I have no idea.
I do “Think” that it could come down to YouTube using tags it feels are associated with your description, title or closed captions.
It could also be that they are listing what they feel are the most relevant tags first, even if you don’t think they are the most relevant.
Now this 400+ word post is simply to tell you that you are not alone in your cussing at the YouTube Tag changes. I am right there with you.
What Do You See?
If you have noticed any weird things happening with tags on new videos within the last few days, please let us know. Maybe we can find a rhyme or reason.
NOTE: If you have videos that are not new and the tags are fine…do NOT edit them or you may find you have now screwed your good tagging.
Thanks and have a great &%$*@# day!