If you run a YouTube channel, YouTube Analytics (now sitting within YouTube Studio Beta) is an easy way to see how many views each of your videos has had within a given time period. However it only shows the top 50 results. What if you want to see figures on the top 500 videos, or maybe even more than that?
First, let's start with how to view your top 50 most viewed videos in YouTube Analytics.
Log in to the Google account associated with your YouTube channel
In the top left corner, click on Create then Report
You have a blank report! You will be prompted to 'Add a date source'. Click CREATE NEW DATA SOURCE in the bottom right
In the grey search box, search for 'YouTube'
Hover over 'YouTube Analytics', click the blue SELECT button and then AUTHORIZE
Choose your Google account and YouTube channel when prompted, then ALLOW, CONNECT and finally ADD TO REPORT (twice)
You're now back at your blank report. This time, however, it includes a small blue table with some data from YouTube videos in it. The table has the dimension 'Video Title' and the metric 'Average View Percentage'. That's not what we want!
Make sure the table is selected (it should be, but left-click on it if not), then in the menu on the right click Add metric
Search for 'views' and then select the green 'Views' metric - it will appear in your table
Still in the 'Metric' options, hover over 'Average View Percentage' and click the small 'X' button to remove this metric
The table will change to show you the videos with the highest views rather than the highest average view percentage
Now we just need a way to choose a date range. In the main navigation menu, select Insert > Date Range and then click on your report to add your date picker to it
You're all done building your report! Now to get your data. Click View in the top right
Choose your date range...
Hover over your table, and you will see a small icon with three dots in a vertical line. Left click on this, and then select Download CSV or Export to Sheets. Alternatively you can right click on the table itself, which should bring up the same menu
This download will list not just 500 videos but ALL videos to have received views in your chosen time frame
There is a lot more you can do with your report - not least add other useful metrics and then export that data too. But hopefully this will be enough to get you started. Happy analysing and don't forget to give your report a name!
Hi! I'm James Clark and I'm a freelance web analyst from the UK. I'm here to help with your analytics, ad operations, and SEO issues.