How To Make a YouTube Channel

- February 12, 2019

let's take a look at how to create a YouTube channel so what you want to do is go to click on sign in and if you don't already have an account you're going to need to create an account if you do have a Google account you can go ahead and just sign in and if you have multiple accounts you can of course choose whichever one you want but by default you'll have your default account here which is just your public account and we will go to ok and now you're logged into YouTube as yourself what you want to do is click here on this little square here and then you want to click on this little gear icon that takes you to an overview of your account settings you want to click on see my channels or create a new channel and here you can create a new channel if you want to create multiple channels let's go to create a new channel so we can start from scratch we'll name our channel we'll select a category and we'll check this box to agree to the page terms you should of course read these terms if you're concerned about that go ahead and click done now there's a little tour box that pops up if you want to follow this tour you can do that if not you can just click this X to close it the next thing that we'll do is we will click on this icon here for our channel and we will click on creator studio now it wants us to upload a video and you may or may not have videos at this point let's just wait to do the video uploading and let's just set up our channel so here we have some options to navigate through our channel and do some different tasks so let's go to channel first and that will let us set all the settings for our channels now there's a few steps you have to go through to legitimise your channel here with Google you'll want to click the verify button and that will go ahead and verify your account status and just make sure that you're an actual person community guidelines and copyright shows your status on YouTube if you have copyright violations which you can get by uploading other people's content like music and video and photos that you didn't create yourself you may get in some trouble with YouTube and these might not be a good standing so you want to make sure that whatever you upload is 100% yours and if you do upload other people's content you want to make sure that you have permission to do it now you can monetize your videos monetization means that ads will be shown on your videos and if people click on those ads then you get ad revenue this can be helpful to generate income for your website or for your YouTube channel we have to choose our country location before signing up for monetization so let's click on that we'll choose our country I'm in the United States so I'm just going to hit you on the keyboard which I'll drop us down to the use I'll select United States now this is a good point to focus on keywords keywords are the phrases and the words that people are going to search for to find your channel so you want to find maybe about five or ten keywords that really describe what you have on your channel so my channel is going to be about tutorials for YouTube so I would put YouTube tutorials and so on so that describes what's on my channel and if people type in free video lessons for YouTube creators there's a chance that my channel might come up you can link your AdWords account if you're using AdWords to advertise your videos channel recommendations you can allow your channel to appear in other channels recommendations which is a good thing because it gets you free exposure so I would recommend leaving this checked subscriber counts it's up to you if you want to display the number of subscribers on your channel or not I recommend that you display it because the number of subscribers shows how well your channel is doing if you have a Google Analytics account ID you can add that in here and you'll be able to see the statistics for your YouTube channel in Google Analytics let's go ahead and click Save to save these changes let's go back to status and features in the channel area and now we can enable monetization you'll have to click enable my account go back to status and features longer videos if you want to be able to upload videos longer than 15 minutes you'll want to click this here external annotations means that if you add an annotation to your video it'll let you link to your website but it has to be a specific website that you own so you'll have to go through the hoops here to set this up you can learn more by clicking this link unlisted in private videos means that some of your videos can be not visible to the public live events if you want to stream live over the Internet you can enable that here and video editor is enabled so you can edit video is with YouTube but it's better to edit videos with actual video editing software let's go to end video programming we don't need to worry about this right now but if you already have videos that you want to upload you can go ahead and start tweaking this a little bit adding a watermark adds a little watermark to the corner of your screen this could be your logo or a photo of yourself feature one of your videos or playlists across all of your videos means that you can have a little commercial pop up during your videos and that could talk about a product or a new video series or just about anything and you can change this out as often as you like adding a branding intro is a little intro around three seconds that you can add that has a little jingle or a little animation and this can be applied to all of your videos so you don't really need to mess with this right now fan finder will go to next this is sort of similar to your in video programming where you can add a channel add this could be the same add or any add but really this is just free advertising so put up a video here that describes your channel in a nutshell you may not want to really worry about this at this point because if you're creating a new channel you probably don't have any videos so you won't really have much to talk about for a while so you can always come back to this later what's going on in this column here let's take a look our dashboard is how you get to your main hub and eventually when you have some videos this will show you some stats it will show you the view count and likes on your most recent videos and a few different things some of your comments and pretty much everything you're going to want to see on a daily basis if you look at video manager this is going to show you all of your videos once you have some videos uploaded you can search through them and edit them in different ways add keywords organize them and so on playlists are very important because you may want to order your videos in series so that they come up in a specific order or group together in a specific way so keep that in mind when you're creating videos that you can put multiple videos into multiple playlists let's take a look at community community is the area where you can check out all of your messages and subscribers we don't really need to worry about this yet because we're not going to get into fan engagement until we actually have some fans which won't happen until we have some videos uploaded analytics will show you how well that your channel is doing and you're going to have to have some videos that have views so you may not really get any stats until a month after you've had a few videos up this is a very very  important page to check I check this page multiple times a day every day and you may not need to do that as often as I do but I like to keep track of how my channels doing and if you start to see that your progress bar is going up you know you're doing something right if you start to see it going down you know you're doing something wrong and you need to start working on your videos and making them better real time will show you real-time stats but again if you don't have any videos you're not going to see anything at this point so we won't really worry about checking out all these options here until we have some data so what I'm going to do at this point is rather than monkey around with this blank Channel I'm going to switch to a different channel here and this is a channel that I am creating for myself that I actually plan to use so I have a little more filled in here if we go to channel we can take a look at some of what I filled in so I went ahead and went through the verification process so I'm verified now I can monetize my videos I can have longer videos external annotations all of those things that were grayed out before are now colored in because I went through the verification process so I can go ahead and just start uploading videos if for some reason you'd like to change your channel name you'll have to edit your Google+ name which is a link to your YouTube channel the Google+ page was created when you created your YouTube channel so to get to that you click on your channel icon you click on the gear and you get this page here you can edit the name by clicking on edit on Google+ that will open up your Google+ profile for that page and you can change the name I'm going to click Save back in YouTube here you can click on advanced you can click on create custom URL and that will replace that weird string of letters and numbers with something that's a lot better now chances are your names probably already going to be taken so you may have to be creative about what you put in here and tube tips tutorials worked now let's take a look at few more ways to customize our page if we click here on this button next to YouTube and we click on my channel this will take us to our channel this is what your channel will look like you can put a trailer here the trailer can talk about your YouTube channel or it can be a featured video I've already added some channel art here you can change that and you can add any kind of graphic you want it could have your logo on it or your name or just about anything now changing this artwork is pretty easy you can click on edit channel art and you can select a photo from your computer you want to use a pretty big image you may have to upload several images of several different sizes until you get it positioned exactly where you want it we'll click on about here and this will bring up our channel description so you'll want to go ahead and add in a channel description that describes what's on your channel and you also want to include keywords in here as well but you want to integrate the keywords into the description in addition to a description you could also include your website and you can also include what's called a CTA or a call to action which directs people to do certain things that you want them to do like for instance if people want to support my videos on patreon I'll add a link for them to do that once we have our description we can go ahead and click done to save it and now we have a description that will help people find our channel you could add your email address if you want business inquiries and then down here we can add some links which will appear on our main page we'll click the edit button and you can go ahead and add your website your Facebook your patreon page and Twitter and so on you just click this Add button to add links you can control the number of links that are overlaid on your channel I've selected four you can also add your Google+ link if you want by checking this box here we'll click on done to save those changes and if we scroll back up and we return to home it's going to take us to our page and those edits that we made will show up here now adding featured channels is a way to add other people's channels to your page and I know that sounds kind of strange but what that will do is that will make you more likely to come up randomly in YouTube searches and in other people's channels so it's a good way to market yourself so you could just add in the URLs of people who have channels that are similar to yours and it'll help you to be so si8 your channel with theirs there's a few other tabs here videos will show your videos you can look at your playlists channels and so on discussion will show a forum where people can discuss your channel and leave comments down here we can add sections I have a playlist added here just a sample playlist and if you wanted to you could add different kinds of playlists and grouping of playlists but we won't do that until we have some videos uploaded so this is your editing view if you want to view this as the public would see it you can click this top right button view as public this is going to show you what your channel will look like to others when you're done you can click done so at this point there's not much else you can do until you upload a video so what you could do is just create a little test video it doesn't have to be public you don't have to show it to anyone just something to have a couple videos to get used to the upload process which we'll take a look at next if you found this information helpful take a quick second to like this video and share it on YouTube and on Facebook and don't forget to click the subscribe button to see more of my You Tube tutorials as they're released thanks for watching and I'll see you