Should I delete old videos that are not doing well?

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So, I've been told that if you have old videos on your channel that are poor quality and don't get views, that will affect how your newer videos do. I don't know how true this is, but should I go back and privatize all my old videos that have done poorly? Would that help anything out? I just don't seem to be getting very far, but I put in a lot of effort.
 

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I dunno. I can't speak to whether they hurt the algorithm but I'd leave them up as a archive of where you've come from. I would think that YT has a "what have you done for me lately" model so they wouldn't ding you for old videos that get no play. But what do I know.

Put your channel in your profile so we can check it out and take a look at them.
 

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I dunno. I can't speak to whether they hurt the algorithm but I'd leave them up as a archive of where you've come from. I would think that YT has a "what have you done for me lately" model so they wouldn't ding you for old videos that get no play. But what do I know.

Put your channel in your profile so we can check it out and take a look at them.
Done! The youtube algorith is something to be reconed with.
 

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So - i did and plan to again, prune older content that is no longer accurate. other than loosing the watch hours counting towards monetisation, for me, i see it as important to keeping my channel relevant.
 

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I wouldn't do it. Why not update the thumbnail, tags, and/or rewrite the title or description? I have heard some older videos do well when a certain topic is trending. I believe having more videos will increase your discoverability.
 

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I guess it also depends on your content. If you are selling yourself as an educator and teaching people to do something - to me then it makes sense to trim those old videos where you didn't know as much. Since my videos are just my adventures, I don't mind leaving the older stuff. It's cool seeing how much better my videos are now. And in a few years hopefully I'll feel the same about the videos I'm making now.
 

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I have also been thinking about this, how about just making a video private so that it is not visible to general masses?
 

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I've erased a lot of older videos. When deciding if I should delete another I ask:
Is the video of a lower quality than what I post now?
Has the video generated any interest/views?
Regardless of the video's quality and success, does the video tell part of my story/experiences?

If the answers are yes/no/no, then I am tossing it. I'm still upgrading often.