YouTube is the world’s premiere video website, but it has plenty of problems. In the past, we’ve discuss how to fix YouTube’s annoyances and improve your viewing experience.
However, lately YouTube has been causing video creators to suffer. The site has changed its algorithms to favor channels that frequently upload content, even if it’s of low quality. This harms creators who spend a lot of time time creating a small number of in-depth videos, instead of pumping out many mediocre ones.
What’s worse, there are all kinds of reports that YouTube is not notifying channel subscribers when new videos arrive. To make sure this doesn’t happen and you always see new videos from your favorite channels, here’s what you need to do.
First, set your YouTube bookmark to your Subscriptions page instead of the YouTube homepage. This lets you see the newest content from channels you follow, instead of whatever YouTube wants you to see.
Next, visit any channel whose videos you don’t want to miss, and look for the Subscribed button. Click the little bell icon next to this, and check the box to Send me all notifications for this channel. You can click Manage settings below this to change your notification method to pushes from the YouTube app, email, or both.
If you don’t trust YouTube to notify you, it’s a good idea to use an IFTTT applet for notifications. We’ve reviewed everything you need to know to create them. Create an IFTTT account if you don’t already have one, and make a new applet. Choose YouTube as the trigger, and select a channel you want notifications from. Choose a email, SMS, or phone notification depending on your preference, and you’re all set!
Don’t forget to follow your favorite content creators on social media as well. Since they share new videos using those outlets, you’re more likely to see them.
Continuing the list of problems with YouTube, have a look at the types of videos that need to die.
Do you subscribe to YouTube channels that are hurting from these changes? Let us know if you’ll use one of these methods to catch new videos!
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