YouTube's 'Preferred Channels' List Revealed With No Great Surprises

YouTubes Preferred Channels List Revealed With No Great Surprises

For those who've been following the latest news on Google's 'Preferred Program' for Advertisers, the list of 'Preferred Channels' has been revealed (thanks to Tubefilter). If you need a quick catch up on why YouTube is doing this - 'Google Preferred' is designed to increase ad rates and create a level of exclusivity on top channels for advertisers who otherwise can choose to advertise relatively cheaply on the hundreds of hours of video uploaded per minute. Under the new scheme advertisers can pay a higher rate to advertise against the top 5% of YouTube channels. In other words, if you want to pay and reserve space on YouTube's most popular channels then you need to pay a premium.

Now YouTube has to sell those premium channels to the advertisers and has even been running TV ads to promote creators Bethany Mota, Rosanna Pansino and Michelle Phan. Now it's produced a bunch of promo videos (unfortunately they've been made private - presumably by invitation only) - but here's a list of some of the channels YouTube regards as it's prime real estate by topics as mentioned in their showreel. There's no surprises here, except there are some very popular channels I'd not seen before.

There will be more for advertisers to choose from - as determined by ”P Score“, that's based on a channel's level of repeat viewership, length of viewing sessions, social shares, and other metrics. There should be at least 14 more categories included and revealed on the lead up to the 2014 Brandcast event.

YouTube's Preferred Channels

The following is the list of YouTube's current preferred channels: (Originally published on Tubefilter)


Featured Channels

  • Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube
  • Rosanna Pansino
  • Tasted
  • Tastemade
  • Laura in the Kitchen
  • Sorted Food

Mentioned Channels

  • eHow
  • BBQ Pit Boys
  • Hungry
  • Brothers Green
  • How To Cook That
  • Hilah Cooking
  • yoyomax12
  • Growing Your Greens
  • The Sweetest Vegan

Entertainment / Pop Culture

Featured Channels

  • RocketJump
  • iJustine
  • Ellen
  • DanceOn
  • BuzzFeed

Mentioned Channels

  • PopSugar
  • enTV
  • The Philip DeFranco Show
  • Urban Dance Camp
  • Ironlak
  • GoPro
  • TMZ
  • Clevver News
  • My Drunk Kitchen
  • Geek & Sundry
  • Vlogbrothers


Featured Channels

  • Vice
  • Mashable
  • New York Times
  • The Young Turks

Mentioned Channels

  • Bloomberg TV
  • Reuters
  • Journeyman Pictures
  • The Weather Channel
  • ITN
  • CNN
  • WSJ Live
  • The Guardian


Featured Channels

  • Funny or Die
  • Epic Rap Battles of History
  • Magic of Rahat
  • Smosh
  • Mentioned Channels
  • CollegeHumor
  • Roman Atwood
  • Mediocre Films
  • UCB Comedy
  • The Onion
  • Rhett & Link
  • Improv Everywhere
  • Bad Lip Reading


Featured Channels

  • Hip Hop
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  • iamOTHER
  • Pop
  • Pentatonix
  • Boyce Avenue
  • Girls’ Generation
  • One Direction
  • Bruno Mars
  • Ariana Grande
  • Country
  • Blake Shelton
  • Zac Brown Band
  • EDM
  • Tiesto
  • Spinnin Records
  • UKF Dubstep
  • JayZ’s Life + Times

Video Gaming

Featured Channels

  • Machinima
  • PewDiePie
  • Captain Sparklez
  • IGN
  • Rooster Teeth

Mentioned Channels

  • Game Theorists
  • Smosh Games
  • SeaNanners
  • ChrisSmoove
  • Bajan Canadian
  • KYR Sp33dy

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