Here is the complete list of categories on YouTube that can be selected. With this list, we can determine which category our uploaded video should be in. Hopefully, you won't be confused anymore when choosing a category on YouTube.
With the many types of videos on YouTube, there are certainly many categories to choose from. However, it seems that YouTube has not expanded or added to the types of categories that can be selected. This can be understood because, with the current list of categories on YouTube, there are already many diverse types.
As YouTubers or video owners, it is up to us to choose the appropriate category for each video we upload. Because with the right category selection, YouTube's system or algorithm will automatically select the right audience for our video.
Actually, there is an easy way, which is to imitate or follow the category choices of others. This "imitation" method, in my opinion, is very easy and effective for beginners who may still be confused about which category to choose.
Below, we will discuss in detail all of the categories on YouTube:
- Film & Animation
- Autos & Vehicles
- Pets & Animals
- Travel & Events
- People & Blogs
- News & Politics
- Howto & Style
- Science & Technology
- Nonprofits & Activism
Why is choosing the right category so important?
Choosing the right category will greatly influence the quality and interest of the audience. If we make a video about traveling, we certainly want to have viewers who are also interested in traveling.
For example, if we share a traveling video in a WhatsApp group of classmates or alumni, some of them will definitely watch it, but only a few will interact, such as leaving a comment/watching other videos on your channel.
This is normal because not all of your friends who watch have an interest in traveling, so from the many viewers, only a few will interact, such as giving a like, comment, or subscribing.
With the right category selection, YouTube's system (or cool language, the algorithm) will display your video to people who are interested in traveling. Thus, the chance for your video to be watched by more people will be higher.
Complete List of Categories on YouTube
The following is a complete list of categories that you can choose when uploading videos to YouTube. I will try to explain each one, please read carefully and choose the category that best fits the content of your uploaded video.
Film & Animation
This category usually contains trailers, clips, and reviews of movies and animations. Please choose this category if your video is a complete film or animation. Reviews of movies or animations can also choose this category.
Videos about reviews or discussions of film merchandise can also use this category because viewers who are interested in movies will also be curious about the toys or merchandise from the films they watch.
2. Cars & Vehicles (Cars & Vehicles)
The Autos & Vehicles category usually contains automotive topics, ranging from cars, to motorcycles, boats, and the like. This category can also be selected for videos that contain any vehicle exhibition.
Generally, this category is devoted to videos that contain technical information about a vehicle or anything related to vehicles. Videos that discuss accessories or equipment for vehicles can also choose this video.
For videos containing passing cars, such as the video about the very famous Lauik Sitinjau Rise, it falls between the Autos and Entertainment categories. And I think actually videos like this are closer to Entertainment because they focus on the events that are there, not focusing on cars or vehicles specifically.
However, it seems that most video owners still choose the Autos & Vehicles category. As long as it's still close, there are no problems, and the proof is that their videos still get a lot of viewers or viewers.
This Auto & Vehicles category is often used by Youtubers Ridwan Hanif, Fitra Eri, Motomobi, etc. If your friends' videos have similar content or material to their videos, please select this category.
3. Music (Music)
For the Music/Music category, the application is almost the same as the Film & Animation category. Shows, concerts, video clips, or song reviews, can choose this category.
This category can also be used for videos that contain vocal lessons or musical instruments. Actually, you can also choose the How to & Style category, but choosing the Music category is still suitable and suitable.
This category is also often used by YouTubers who cover songs like Hanin Dhiya, Eka Gustiwana, etc. If friends have the same video as these YouTubers, please select the Music category.
4. Pets & Animals (Animals & Builders)
As the title suggests, this category is usually about pets or animals in general. Videos about cats, dogs, fish, etc. This category is also frequently used by the Panji Petualang and Alshad Ahmad youtube channels.
Videos that contain animals, pet food, and animal accessories can also use in this category. If friends have videos that are similar or similar to this content, please select the Pets & Animals category.
5. Sport (Sport)
This category relates to athletic activities as well as broadcasts of sports such as broadcasts of football matches, basketball, etc. This includes analysis shows or matches highlights such as ESPN, Olympics, NBA, World Cup, Super Bowl, and football club channels such as Manchester United, Chelsea, etc.
This category is also often used by fitness or gym influencers to share content about exercising to stay fit. An example of a fitness channel or gym influencer using the sports category is Ade Rai.
In addition, channels that contain or discuss car and motorcycle racing can also use this category. Examples of racing channels that use the sports category are Formula 1, Nascar, Indycar, etc.)
6. Travel & Events (Travel & Events)
The Travel & Events category usually contains reviews of tourist attractions, travel vlogs to tourist attractions, tips about traveling, etc.
Reviews or impressions of an event or performance also fall into this category, such as music concerts, ceremonies, etc.
Although many create travel content such as travel vlogs, rarely do they actually use the Travel and events category. One of the channels that I found using this category is Adinda Thomas's Youtube Channel. All of his videos contain travel under the Travel & Events category.
For English-language channels in the Travel & Events category, there are YouTubers named Hey Nadine, Cara and Nate, etc.
7. Games (Games)
For the gaming category, it seems easy, yes, all content related to video games should use the gaming category to get the right audience.
Some Youtubers or channels that often use the gaming category include Miawaug, Windah Basudara, MILYHYA, etc.
8. People & Blog (Blog & People)
The People and Blog categories on YouTube focus on content that contains personal stories, personal opinions about a situation, etc.
This category is also used as the Default category because the scope is very broad. So if you don't change or don't select a video category, it will automatically use the People & Blogs category
If you are confused about choosing a category, the People and Blogs category is usually your mainstay because it can be used for almost any type of content.
The channel that uses the People & Blogs category that I can find is the Risa Journal YouTube Channel.
The comedy category is usually related to entertainment or entertainment, comedy content specifically aims to make the audience entertained and laugh. In contrast to entertainment content which only aims to entertain in general.
Videos that fit this category can be found on major TV channels such as the BTS comedy sketch program (Joking But Relaxing), Report Sir, etc. Even though in reality these programs use the Entertainment category, in theory, TV programs like that should use the Comedy category because it specifically aims to make the audience laugh.
All content that is useful and has a concept (albeit simple) can be included in the Entertainment category. Almost all local TV channels use this category in all uploaded videos, regardless of the type of program.
Let's take the example of the Trans 7 TV channel in Indonesia. The programs owned by this TV channel are very diverse, ranging from traveling, music shows, sports matches, comedy sketches, etc. But all of them uniformly use the Entertainment category, regardless of the type of program.
How come? It seems that the TV channels want to raise the name of the TV, not the programs. In general, a TV program exists as entertainment, so don't be surprised if all uploaded videos use the same category, regardless of the type of program.
So if you have content or videos that aim to entertain, whatever the content, you can use the Entertainment category.
11. News & Politics (News & Politics)
This category is suitable for content or videos that contain news about political events, figures or news about government policies and social issues in society.
Political debates, government policy analysis, and information about elections fall into this category. If you do not have an adequate scientific background in political science, I suggest that you do not fall into this category.
The potential audience in this category is indeed very large, but if you say something wrong you can be in trouble with the law. So think carefully if you want to make videos about politics.
One of the YouTube channels that creates a lot of political content is TvOneNews
12. Howto & Style
The How to & Style category is suitable for video content that contains information that helps viewers, usually in videos there are processes that can be followed or steps in making or doing something.
Most of Rindi Tech's YouTube channel also falls into this category because the uploaded videos generally contain ways or steps to do something, such as how to find out the video category on YouTube, how to draw in the CorelDraw application, etc.
Apart from the technology segment, this category is also suitable for cooking video tutorials, make-up tutorials, tutorials on choosing clothing styles, etc
Some channels that often use the How to & Style category include Wanda Hanan Rahayu, Agus Cuguy, Pasril Ponsel, etc.
The Education category is suitable for video content that contains topics that are often taught in class, such as mathematics, languages, social sciences, history, etc.
Some examples of YouTube Channels that focus on the Education category are TED-ed, Khan Academy, Harvard University, etc.
14. Science & Technology
The Science and Technology category is suitable for videos that contain experiments, research, the latest developments in the world of technology, etc. This category usually discusses experiments, robotics, AI (Artificial Intelligent, Biotechnology, etc.)
Some channels that often use this category include SmarterEveryDay, SpaceX, Physics Girl, Science Channel, etc
15. Nonprofits & Activism
This category is suitable for videos that discuss issues related to the environment, animal safety, human rights, etc. This category is also suitable for the content of organizations engaged in the social sector.
Examples of channels that often use this category are Greenpeace, PETA, Amnesty International, etc.
Why do so many videos use inappropriate categories but still manage to get a lot of views?
Basically, choosing the right category for a video is only one of the factors that a video can get a lot of viewers, there are many other factors that influence it.
For channels that already have a lot of subscribers or followers, maybe choosing a category doesn't really affect the number of viewers, but if your channel is still new, especially if you don't have a lot of subscribers, choosing the right category can help improve video performance on YouTube.
Hopefully, this article is useful. If you have questions, please save them in the comments column below as usual.