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YouTube Empowers Creators with Thumbnail Testing Feature

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Updated: June 20, 2024

YouTube Empowers Creators with Thumbnail Testing Feature

YouTube is empowering creators with a new tool designed to optimize video performance. The platform is rolling out a "Thumbnail Test & Compare" feature, allowing creators to upload multiple thumbnails for a single video. YouTube will then test these thumbnails evenly across the creator's audience.

This innovative feature provides creators with valuable data, revealing how each thumbnail impacts viewer engagement. Metrics tracked include the number of viewers who clicked on the thumbnail, their watch time, and more. After a testing period, YouTube will determine a "Winner" based on the thumbnail that generates the most watch time.

If the results are less definitive, YouTube will recommend a "Preferred" thumbnail. However, creators retain complete control, with the option to disregard the test results altogether. This hands-on approach ensures creative vision aligns with performance data.

For viewers, this means YouTube videos may change thumbnails more frequently. Don't be surprised if a video in your "Watch Later" playlist or subscription feed sports a new look. While some channels already update thumbnails, this feature streamlines the process and encourages wider adoption.