YouTube's new Creator Studio has passed the beta phase and is now set as the default studio for all users. It is very different and offers many more functions and analyzes that you can read through.
The dashboard is not very useful in its current state. For now, it just shows how well your latest video and overview of your channel are moving. There are more YouTube news cards and the Creator Insider newsletter that just feels like space.
YouTube will hopefully add more maps and customize the dashboard in the future. Until then you will probably want to move the sidebar further down to find something useful.
The New Analytics Page
Perhaps the biggest and best change in the new studio, The Analytics page is a major upgrade to YouTube's terrible analytics analysis. The old analyzes were not very detailed and took a day or two to update. The new analyzes are mostly updated in real time and are faster than the number of videos. Anything that is not updated by the hour in real time, except for the revenue that normally takes a day.
The overview page is the first thing you see. This shows basic statistics about your channel in a graph over time. The default time period is "Last 28 days", but you can change the time period via the menu in the top right corner.
The graphic itself is divided into four tabs, which you can toggle between choices. All other analysis pages are arranged in the same way, with multiple diagrams for each topic. You can also hover over the graph to see statistics for that day.
Next up is the "Reach Viewer" tab, which contains statistics on impressions and clickthrough rate, but in this table under the main chart is very well summarized graphics.
This pyramid of impressions, views, and watch time is essentially how the YouTube algorithm works. Maximize your CTR and average ad duration, and YouTube will give you more impressions. This will give you more views and more time for playback. Time is everything that matters, not views; If someone stays on YouTube for longer, they'll expose more ads.
The next tab is "Interest Viewer", which records the average display time.
There's a map at the bottom that shows which videos perform best at the bottom of the screen, but otherwise they're not the most useful pages.
The Create an Audience tab displays statistics about your viewers and tracks subscribers. It's nice to see the demographics of your viewers, but this page is mostly static.
The Revenue tab may be the one you click most often. It shows various statistics about monetizing your channel, how many viewers see ads on your videos and how much you earn per thousand renderings (CPM).
It is important to note that your CPM is not your true CPM. It depends on how many monetized plays YouTube displays. This is only a small percentage of your views. The calculation does not make sense if you only multiply CPM with views.
The default time frame for this tab is still Last 28 Days. This may not be what you want. Since Adsense pays you only once a month for everything you've done this month, you should set the current month to show how much you've earned since your last paycheck.
The list of new videos
Click the "Videos" button in the sidebar to navigate to the video list. This page shows an overview of all your videos, including views, number of comments and likes and other information.
One change from the old studio is that uploads are disconnected from live streams. You'll need to click the Live tab to find your previous live videos, which are organized in the same way as your uploads.
Click the thumbnail or title in the list to see more information about a video
The page with the new video details is quite different. The sidebar changes, and the thumbnail of your video appears above it. You'll find familiar options for changing the title and description, and below you'll find options for changing the thumbnail, tags, visibility, and final screens of your video.
In the sidebar Three main pages are displayed, the first of which is video-specific analysis.
This page is similar to the main analytics page, but has some video-specific options. A useful addition is the Audience Retention Diagram – you can see where viewers stop looking or jumping through, which is useful for finding out what your viewers like. You can not really edit videos after they've been uploaded, so this editor only includes options for cutting or hiding content already in the video or adding music (or beeps).
Next, the Comments tab appears, replacing the Community tab from the old Studio. Video-specific comments are displayed here, and you can respond to people in the studio.
Click the sort button in the upper-right corner and sort by "New Comments" to see new comments. "You can also search for comments with the filter field or view comments that YouTube considers spam (which sometimes includes innocent people posting links, so it pays to leaf through them).
In addition to videos and analytics, you'll find options for monetization, channel settings, copyright settings, and settings for your community moderators.The studio is quite extensive, so take a look around to find out where it all is.
Most of the other settings and pages on the old Creator dashboard have merged with the new Studio, and you'll find everything that's missing in the "More Features" tab in the main sidebar, and you can use the classic studio until YouTube created new versions of them.
If you do not like it, you can switch back
If you totally refuse to change, you can switch back to the "Classic" studio. Just click the "Creator Studio Classic" button at the bottom of the sidebar of the new studio. This sets Classic Studio as the default, but you can always use the new one by choosing Studio Beta from the Account menu.