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Can You See Who Liked Your YouTube Video In 2024?
July 17th, 2023 by Terri Pinyerd

No, there is no way to see who liked your YouTube video.


YouTube’s privacy policies ensure that the specific identity of users who like or dislike videos remains anonymous to YouTube creators.


This policy is in place to promote a safe and comfortable viewing experience. YouTube believes that users should be able to express their opinions about a video without worrying that their choices are being made public, ensuring the users' freedom of expression without fear of reprisal or judgement by the owner of the YouTube channel.


How YouTube's Like System Works


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YouTube's Like system allows users to express their opinions about a video through a thumbs-up or thumbs-down button (likes and dislikes). As of November 2021, YouTube has hidden the dislikes count, but users can install browser extensions to return this feature.


The Importance of Likes


Likes serve as an immediate feedback mechanism. As viewers watch video content, they can indicate their reaction to the content easily with the Likes or Dislikes buttons, helping to promote greater content visibility and enhance (or decrease) the creator's reputation.


As such, content creators might want to know which YouTube users are contributing to their video interaction, to ensure that they're reaching their target audience.


How to Understand Your Audience Engagement


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While you may not see individual likes, YouTube Analytics offers other information to help you gauge your level of audience engagement. This includes overall likes and dislikes counts, shares, comments, average view duration, and more.


The Importance of Comments and Shares


Comments and shares are other vital signs of audience engagement.


Comments often provide insights about viewers' thoughts, while shares typically indicate that viewers found the content valuable enough to recommend it to others.


Both are used by YouTube's algorithm to recommend your content to users and share it in the Trending or Explore pages.


Utilizing YouTube's "Engagement Reports"


You can find your YouTube Engagement Report within your YouTube analytics via the Creator Studio. This is a detailed overview of how viewers interact with your content. By analyzing these metrics, you can get a better sense of what content resonates with your audience.


You can access your Engagement Report by following the instructions below:


  1. Open YouTube Studio while logged into your YouTube account.

  2. Click Analytics in the left side menu

  3. Click on the Engagement tab


Under this tab, you'll see various engagement metrics like Watch Time, Average View Duration, and Top Videos by End Screen. You can explore these metrics further by selecting the "See More" option, which reveals a detailed report containing these and more engagement statistics.


Tips for Increasing Likes On Your YouTube Videos


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If you're looking to increase the overall engagement on your YouTube content, there are a few tried and true methods to doing so.


Encourage Viewers to Like and Share Your Videos


One simple way to increase likes and engagement is to directly prompt viewers to interact. Include a friendly reminder in your videos to like and share the content if they find it helpful or entertaining.


Respond To Comments


Engaging with your audience in the comments section can build a sense of community and encourage further engagement. Responding to comments shows your audience that you value their input, leading to a more engaged viewer base.


Frequently Asked Questions: YouTube Likes


Below are a few frequently asked questions regarding YouTube Likes.


Can I See Who Disliked My YouTube Video?


No, similar to likes, YouTube does not disclose the identities of users who dislike a video.


Can Likes and Dislikes Affect My Video's YouTube Ranking?


Yes, likes and dislikes are part of YouTube's algorithm and can impact video ranking. High engagement rates, including likes and comments, can signal to YouTube that viewers find the content valuable, promoting its visibility in search results and recommendations.


Can I Disable Likes and Dislikes on My YouTube Videos?


Yes, creators have the option to disable the likes and dislikes count on their videos. However, remember that this will also remove this valuable feedback mechanism for you as a creator.

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