If you’re uploading content to YouTube, the chances are high that you are also using the site to research around your topic, or to find out what videos others in your niche are producing. Or perhaps you are doing some in-depth research into the latest camera equipment and how to use it, or looking up the best recipes for your new KitchenAid mixer. It’s easy to get lost in the rabbit-hole that is YouTube search, but luckily, it’s even easier to create a playlist of your search results so you can return to watch them later on your phone, Connected TV, or any other device that supports YouTube playback.

YouTube Playlists: Perfect Feature for Content Curation

Over 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and there are some real gems among all the millions of videos on the site. YouTube, as a platform, doesn’t particularly lend itself well to curation – but it does give all of its users the ability to pull videos together in individual playlists. YouTube playlists allow you to gather content together in a way that’s really valuable for you, and also for your subscribers and viewers. We’ve covered the benefits of setting up YouTube playlists before, but in this post, let’s take a look at curating content for your own convenience.

YouTube has a quick-link feature to make this as easy as possible for you. Just do a search on the site for the keywords you want results for. When the search results are returned, just scroll over the first result that interests you. You’ll see 3 little vertical black dots appear, with the option to add that particular video to a new, or existing, playlist.

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If you want to add that particular video, then just click on the playlist you want to include it on, or create a brand new playlist. Rinse and repeat as many times as you like, adding content around a particular topic, creator, or other result.

YouTube Playlist Privacy Settings

YouTube provide each user with a set of privacy opens, one of which is to create a private playlist on YouTube. This allows you to keep some, or all, of your curated content away from prying eyes, which is handy for many reasons. If you keep your playlist public, then it’s accessible to anyone on the Internet. If you make it unlisted, then you can share that URL with anyone you choose to, but it won’t show up in the search results. Private means that it’s for your eyes only. These options can be set, or updated via your Video Manager.

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How are  you using YouTube playlists to curate the content of other channels? Let us know in the comments below.