This article is going to describe an alternative way to do brand account appeal. In case you need to appeal for your primary/personal YouTube account, the procedure depicted here isn’t going to help you. You should rather go through the steps described in the article whose link is given below. This particular procedure is suitable not only for primary account appeal, but also for brand account appeal. Should that procedure not work for you in case of brand accounts, you need to follow the system depicted in the current article. Good luck with your YouTube account termination appeal!
You did a brand account appeal and the reply dumbfounded you?
Have you ever had this experience that you appealed the suspension of your brand channel and you received this reply from YouTube accounts team that ‘We reviewed your situation and found that your account is fully active and operational. You should be able to login with your correct user id and password. In case you forgot your password, you can request for a new one.’ Upon receiving this message you just got dumbfounded because, you still can’t access your brand channel and it seems to be still suspended. Well, come to know why this happened and also learn another way to do a brand account appeal.
You most possibly used the following form with url https://support.google.com/accounts/contact/suspended?p=youtube to appeal the suspension of your brand channel:
Who is responsible for this misunderstanding?
Although you appealed through a right form, but the problem was with a Google official. Some officials are really new to the company and they haven’t had the time to grow expertise and experience yet. So some of these novice officials might be processing your suspension appeal wrongly. Although you provided them with the url of your brand channel, but still they consider that the problem was with your primary channel (which is still active), that’s why when they take a look at this and find the channel active, they assume that it was simply ‘login failed’ problem, so they send a reply like the above-mentioned.
Interestingly enough, you can not exactly blame them for this doing; after all you just used a form to appeal your channel’s suspension, whose link is found at the bottom of the webpage that is seen when someone tries to log into their suspended primary channel (FIY the page is shown below).
How an expert Google official processes your request
That’s why when an inexpert YouTube official processes your suspension appeal request, they might consider that it’s your primary channel they’re dealing with and responds accordingly. On the other hand, when an expert official handles your appeal, they check the url of the channel under consideration carefully and they know it’s your brand channel they’re dealing with and then they take proper actions (keep the channel suspended if they find you guilty or unsuspend it if they find the suspension as a mistake/misunderstanding). So should you repeatedly receive this invalid reply from YouTube accounts team that ‘Your account is fully active and operational’ while it is not, you should go through the following steps instead to restore your brand channel: (This is a tutorial on brand account appeal.)
Steps to follow to successfully do brand account appeal
(1) Go to your gmail of the concerned YouTube channel in desktop version. Click on the icon at the upper-right corner of the screen. A popup menu will emerge, as shown in the following image.
(2) Click on the blue ‘My Account’ link, you’ll be directed to this page with url https://myaccount.google.com/?utm_source=OGB
(3) Click on the same icon again. But this time a different popup menu will emerge which will show all your accounts (brand and primary) under the particular gmail/google id currently being considered, like in the image below:
Here you will see one or more of your suspended brand accounts. The whole brand account(s) has been suspended because Google thinks you have violated some of their guidelines/TOS on YouTube. Now you need to take actions to restore it. So click on the particular brand account you want to restore on the menu. You may be prompted to enter your password to your gmail again. Just do it. You’ll be directed to the following page: (This is a tutorial on how to do brand account appeal.)
At the lower portion of this page you’ll see the following segment:
Now you need to click on the blue/purple ‘Ask Google to restore your Brand Account’ link. You’ll be directed to a page which has the appeal form as below:
Information that you need to provide in the appeal form
You need to provide the official email address you use to manage your brand account and also your preferred contact email address. In my opinion, both could be the same, unless you don’t use this gmail too frequently for exchanging mails. The good thing about this method for brand account appeal is that you don’t have to find out the url of your channel, unlike the primary channel suspension appeal (which is surely a tedious job). The code/number that represents your brand account/channel is already there. Watch the following 10 seconds video to understand what I mean:
Now you need to provide any additional information about the disabled Brand Account. Here you may be stating that ‘My brand account has been suspended because it has been thought that I violated YouTube’s guidelines/TOS although I did nothing of that sort. So please review into my case and restore my brand account.’ (This is a tutorial on brand account appeal.)
Once your whole brand account is restored/reinstated, you may get your channel back as well.
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Today we are going to show you how to make a Youtube account/channel. We assume that you just created a gmail id of yourself and now you want to create a Youtube account/channel. Here are the steps you need to follow:
While logged in your gmail, simply type ‘youtube.com’ in the address bar of your browser. You’ll see the following page (Youtube’s homepage), where you need to click on the blue ‘Sign in’ button which would be at the upper-right corner of your screen, as in the picture below:
When you do that, you’ll still be on Youtube’s home page, but the scenario might be a little different this time. Now you go to the upper-left corner of the screen and click on the three small lines that are parallel to one-another, a drop-down menu will unfold. (how to make a youtube account)
On the menu click on the ‘My channel’ link, you’ll see a form like below:
Beware before you change your primary account/channel’s name
Pretend that your name is ‘Happy Akhter’. You can select this as the name of your channel, or you can change this to something else. Remember that since this is going to be your primary channel, so whatever name you choose for this one, will be reflected on your entire google id. That means, if you change this name to ‘Happy Ahmed’ and then send someone a mail using that gmail, the receiver of mail will see you as ‘Happy Ahmed’, regardless of your original name. Once you have made up your mind about the name of this primary channel of yours, hit the blue ‘CREATE CHANNEL’ button, your channel will be created and you’ll get to see the channel homepage as below: (how to make a youtube account)
First things first: set a nice channel icon
At this moment your channel might look pretty boring, because it has neither channel icon and art, nor any ‘Tabs’, so it needs to be customized. First of all, you can add channel icon and then channel art. In order to do that you should go to the upper-right corner of your channel page and click on the circular portion which is purple in this case. A menu will open up where you will click on the big circle with the same color, this circle is basically the profile pic (icon) for the channel at this moment.
Offhand, you may choose to change the channel icon by clicking on the purple square (color might be different in your case) of the previous image. If you choose that, you’ll have to click on the upper-right corner (which will look like an editing pencil) of the square. When you click there a confirmation message will appear, you’ll have to click on ‘Edit’ option and a page will appear in a new tab of the browser. (how to make a youtube account)
Uploading a picture to use as channel icon
Whichever option you choose out of the two given above to change the channel icon, a page with url https://aboutme.google.com/u/0/#profile_photo will appear, which will look somewhat like below:
You need to click on the ‘Upload photo’ link, upon doing so you will see a dialog box where you’ll be uploading an image from your computer/device as the channel icon. If the uploaded image is not square-shaped, then you’ll have to crop it in square-shape and then hit the ‘Done’ button. Consider that your channel icon has been fixed and decided, but it might take several hours for this image to reflect on everywhere of your google account, because first it needs to be verified by a Google official. (Remember that this is a tutorial on how to make a youtube account.)
Now you need to select a great image as channel art. In order to do that you need to take a look at picture number 5 of this article, if the latest (above-showed) picture is number 7. Do you see a big sized rectangular ash-colored image in that picture, which contains channel icon at it’s left side? This rectangular image is currently your channel art. If you find it boring, then you can change it.
Hover your mouse-cursor on the upper-right corner of your current channel art, you’ll see an editing pencil. Click on that and then click on ‘Edit channel art’ link as shown below:
A dialog-box will open where you can go to ‘Gallery’ section and choose one of the ‘ready-made’ eye-catching images provided by youtube itself, or you can go to ‘Upload photos’ section where you can upload an image of your choice as channel art. This image must be at least 2048 pixels wide and 1152 pixels tall. That’s why while uploading an image from your device, you might get an alert saying that ‘The photo you uploaded is too small.’ However, recommended channel art size is 2560 px by 1440 px. (I hope at this point you have learnt a lot about how to make a youtube account.)
Customize the layout of your channel
At this point, we assume that you have selected your channel art. Now let’s learn how to customize the layout of your channel, i.e. to add ‘Tabs’ on your channel’s homepage. In order to do that, click on the gear icon which is to the left of ‘Subscribe’ button. A dialogue box will open, where you’ll change ‘Customize the layout of your channel’ option from white to blue (left to right), thus selecting this option. You may as well change ‘Show discussion tab’, if you choose to let your viewers comment on your channel.
As a result of these actions by you, a few tabs will now appear on your channel’s homepage, which will look like below:
Now add a few sections here on the ‘Home’ page of your channel. First of all, you can choose ‘Uploads’. Then, you may choose ‘Popular uploads’ and ‘Created playlists’. You can add more sections if you feel like, no problem. You can even change the order in which the sections appear. However, each section may be either ‘horizontal row’ or ‘vertical list’. FIY, most people choose ‘horizontal row’ for such a section.
Now go to the ‘About’ tab which is the rightmost tab on your channel’s page.
Click on the circular ‘+’ sign to edit the respective section. Put some text in the description box, describing your channel’s purpose and view and also who this channel is for. Then you can provide an email address of yours for business inquiries. Also select your channel’s country. If you think that most viewers of your channel will be from USA, then select ‘United States’. After that you can add up to 5 custom links. You may provide the links to your website, Facebook page, Twitter page, Google+ page etc. Thus you have properly customized the layout of your channel.
Actions on ‘Advanced settings’ before you publish any video
Let’s move on then. Now we’ll get to ‘Advanced’ and ‘Upload defaults’ sections of the channel. Take a look at picture 5 of this article again. On the upper-left section of the picture, you should see ‘Video Manager’ link, you need to click on this particular link while you’re at your channel’s home-page, you’ll be directed to the video manager page of your channel. To the left of this page, you will see a few vertically aligned links/Tabs which would look like below.
Out of these tabs, click on the ‘CHANNEL’ tab, a few sub-Tabs will appear. Click on the last sub-Tab which will be ‘Advanced’. You’ll be directed to ‘Advanced_settings’ page whose upper portion will look somewhat like below:
Choose your country. If monetization is not available in your country, select another country where monetization is available. Then put a few keywords in the ‘Channel keywords’ section. These are the words which represent and help promoting your channel (if channel keywords are added, then it is more likely for the channel to appear in a particular search). If your channel is all about international news, then your channel keywords may be global, news, international, latest, politics, viral, US, president etc. You should have at most 10 channel keywords. (how to make a youtube account)
Now get to the lower portion of the ‘Advanced_settings’ page.
You can link your channel with your ‘AdWords’ account, if you have any. AdWords account helps you in doing proper SEO (search-engine optimization) and selecting optimized keywords and titles for your videos, which in turn will bring about more views for your videos.
Don’t display the number of people subscribed to your channel until….
Now choose one between the options ‘Allow my channel to appear in other channels’ recommendations’ and ‘Do not allow my channel to appear in other channels’ recommendations’. Most people choose the first one. Also choose one between the options ‘Display the number of people subscribed to my channel’ and ‘Do not display the number of people subscribed to my channel’. While your channel is still new, you should choose the second option. Once you have acquired at least 100 subscribers, you can choose the first one. (This is a tutorial on how to make a youtube account.)
At this point you should monetize your channel. You may read the following article to know how to do it properly.
Remember that in order to monetize your channel in this fashion, you gotta have your gmail id (associated with your channel) in the ‘Access and authorization’ list of an existing Adsense account, which may belong to you or someone you know. (how to make a youtube account)
Setting ‘Upload defaults’ is mandatory for your channel
Anyways, we assume that you have successfully monetized your channel. Now you need to go to ‘Upload defaults’ section under ‘CHANNEL’ tab. Here you’ll set a few defaults for the uploads onto your channel. The values you’re going to set here depend entirely on your choice and personal preference. However a few preferable choices are as follows: privacy: private, category: People & blog, Entertainment, Howto & Style or News & Politics. The rest of the choices are shown below in a picture (I consider them as best).
Now a few words on default tags, description and title. If you think that each and every video on your channel are going to have a few common tags, then you can enlist them in the ‘Tags’ section. The same thing is applicable for description and title sections. Many people put these common texts in the description box of ‘Upload defaults’ section: ‘Thank you for watching. To watch more video: https:/goo.gl.***. Please like, comment, share and subscribe. Our website’s link:****, our FB page: *****, our twitter page: *****’.
Now about the default title, many people put ‘2017’ (the current year) in the default title section. They believe that this helps the viewers find new videos of 2017, hence tends to increase views of the videos of the channel. Your default title might be lengthier than just ‘2017’ for obvious reasons. I hope at this point you know a lot about how to make a youtube account.
How to make a Youtube account: brand channel
Let’s finally know how to add a ‘brand’ channel under the same gmail id. If you want to create one, click on the current channel’s icon. A pop up menu will appear where you’ll be now clicking on the ‘gear’ icon as shown in the following image.
You’ll be directed to this page with url https://www.youtube.com/account
At the lower portion of the page, click on the ‘Create a new channel’ link. You’ll be prompt to enter the name of your new brand channel and hit the ‘Create’ button. This name can be a single word unlike the primary channel. This is almost your last step in how to make a youtube account.
At this point, sometimes you may be challenged to verify through a phone number before your brand channel can be finally approved. Just enter a phone number (preferably one that you didn’t use previously to create a channel). If you get an alert saying that ‘ This phone number has been used too many times’, then try ‘Voice Call’ instead of ‘Text message’, it might work. Now you sure know how to make a youtube account.
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Advantages of having a Google account: create gmail account now
If you are in need of a YouTube account/channel, first and foremost of all, you gotta have a gmail/google account. Once you create it, many other google products/services come automatically with this. These products include YouTube, Google drive, Google photos, Google forums, play store, Google chrome etc. So you need to know how to properly create gmail account.
First of all, you have to type ‘gmail.com’ in the address bar of your web browser, you’ll be directed to gmail’s home page. Then click on the ‘Create account’ link, you’ll reach the following page. (In case you don’t see the ‘Create account’ link, you’ll have to click on ‘Sign in with a different account’. Then remove all the existing gmails by ‘cross’ing them out. Once you’re done doing that and hit the ‘Done’ button, you’ll see the option ‘Create account’.)
You must give your correct details to create gmail account
Now you need to fill in the details as your first name, last name, your desired username, your password etc. Once you put your desired username in the respective field, you’ll be shown whether it’s available. If it’s available, then go for it. Otherwise you can choose one from the suggestions, or you can simply add some numbers/characters after your desired username. While providing the password, make sure that it consists of both lower and uppercase letters and also one or more numbers (digits). This way your password gets strong and unbreakable.
Then you provide your date of birth and any currently available email address. If you already have an email address (from any service like Yahoo, Hotmail, Google etc.), then you can provide that. Because at a later point should you ever lose access (like forgetting password, hacking) to this particular gmail account you’re opening now, you can use that email to regain access to your gmail. You also need to provide your phone number. Sometimes you may choose to advance without providing a phone number. Previously Google allowed it, but not recently. We don’t know whether google will allow it again. (This article is on how to create gmail account.)
Phone verification is must now-a-days to create gmail account
Anyway, now-a-days providing a phone number, i.e. verification of your newly opened Google account is a must. We assume that you have decided to advance without providing a phone number, then upon clicking on ‘Next Step’, you’ll be prompt to read the ‘Privacy and Terms’ in a dialog box as showed below:
You may choose to read all of Google’s terms of services. Once you’re done with that, you can click on the blue ‘I agree’ button as shown below.
After hitting that button you officially created your gmail/google account (at this time your browser may prompt you to save the password for this gmail). But, this is NOT it. Because now you’ll get to see the following form, where you must provide your phone number.
Choose between ‘Text message’ and ‘Voice Call’ to verify
Upon providing a phone number, you might get a message saying ‘This phone number has been used too many times’. In that case you’ll have to provide another phone number, or you may choose ‘Voice Call’ option for the same number, it might work (it worked for me a couple of times).
Whatever, if you have chosen ‘Text message’ option, then upon clicking on blue ‘Continue’ button, you’ll get a text message on your phone within a couple of seconds, simply put the six-digit code in the following box.
Offhand, you might have chosen ‘Voice Call’ option. If you do that, you’ll receive a call from an automated female voice saying that ‘Thank you for using Google service. Be sure to NOT give this code to anyone else. Nobody from Google will ever ask for this code’. Then she’ll tell you the code, you carefully listen to/make a note of that and put that code into the above-showed blank space and hit the blue ‘Continue’ button. Once you do that, consider your newly opened google account as good as verified. After the phone verification, you’ll be welcomed by google like the way below:
When your Google account is ready for you to use
You click on ‘Continue to gmail’, so now you’ll be directed to your gmail account’s dashboard. Before you finally reach there, you may see this ‘Loading ******@gmail.com’ status.
Once it’s finished loading, you’ll have to go through a couple of slides like following. These are basically a couple of tips to you on gmail. All you have to do here is click on ‘Next’ button or cancel/exit the ‘Tips’ slideshow by clicking on the little ‘cross’ button in the corner.
Now that you’re all finished with the formalities, you’ll get to see your first mail which is a ‘Welcome mail’ from certain official of Google. This is how you create a gmail/google account.
Linking your channel with Google AdSense sometimes might be tricky
Linking your YouTube channel with your Google AdSense account might sound like a piece of cake. The thing is that you might be in a mess unless you know how to do it properly. Suppose you have two channels A, B from different gmail accounts and two Google AdSense accounts X, Y. X belongs to you and Y belongs to someone from your family, like your brother. A has access and authorization to X and B has access and authorization to Y.
Just consider the following scenario. While you were watching videos without logging in, all of a sudden you decided to log in. You logged in to YouTube account/channel A and later you added another YouTube account/channel B. You went to channel B’s monetization page. Upon seeing the details, you suspected that this channel might not have been properly monetized. So you clicked on ‘Review or change AdSense association’ link and you went through the steps that followed. Finally upon clicking on the ‘Accept association’ button, you were directed back to the channel’s monetization page. You thought you just got relieved. Well think again, ’cause you just made a mistake and your channel B was associated with the wrong Google AdSense account.
How this mistake happened? What should you be careful about?
This procedure would have got you to the correct association/result if you tried this for channel A, since this channel was logged in first. But this procedure would bring about undesired results for any further added channels. For any such channel, the association would have been with AdSense account X, which is the correct AdSense account for channel A (the first logged-in channel) and likely a wrong AdSense account for any channel (YouTube account) later added.
So the catch is this, if you are going to associate a channel with Google AdSense, or change its association, log in to JUST that YouTube channel/account and do not add any further account. In case further accounts are to be added, make sure that the channel/account that you’re about to associate with Google AdSense is the first-logged in channel during the association procedure.
Attempt to monetize your channel with AdSense once you fulfill the criteria
According to a new rule laid down by Google, a new channel can monetize its videos once it hits 10k views. Once your channel reaches that milestone you can apply for that. To monetize your channel’s videos with AdSense: first of all, you have to click on the Channel Tab, while you’re at video manager. You’ll be directed to ‘Status and features’ page by default.
You can go to ‘Advanced’ page to set your channels’ country, in case you didn’t do that previously. In case ‘monetization’ isn’t available in your country, choose a country where it is allowed.
Then go back to ‘Status and features’ page. In the middle of the page, you’ll see monetization section. If this is the first time you’re going to monetize your channel, then you’ll see ‘Enable’, otherwise you’ll see ‘View monetization settings’. Firstly we’re going to show you the steps, if your channel is not monetized yet.
You have to click on ‘Enable’ button, you’ll be directed to a page where you’ll see ‘Get started’ on a blue button.
If you click on that, a form will appear that will read ‘YouTube Partner Program Terms’, where you’ll have to check the three boxes of representing major terms and then click ‘I accept’.
Then you’ll click on the blue ‘Set up AdSense account’ button.
You’ll be directed to a page that belongs to Google AdSense.
Create a new AdSense account if you didn’t have any
You’ll have two options, either to ‘Sign in’ or ‘Create account’. We hereby assume that the gmail id associated with your channel has already been included in an AdSense account. In that case, you’ll simply have to ‘Sign in’. Once you have signed in, you will have to ‘Accept association’ as depicted in the following image.
You do that and you’ll be redirected to your channel at this page with url https://www.youtube.com/account_monetization
There you’ll have to click on blue ‘Monetize your videos’ link, otherwise the monetization process won’t be complete. Once you do that, the process is complete. Now you can click on ‘Review or change AdSense association’ link to see which AdSense account your channel has been linked to. You’ll get to see information like this as below.
‘Youtube AdSense’ means a hosted AdSense account only for use in YouTubing. As a YouTuber you should know a few things about it. They are listed below.
How many channels can you add to your AdSense account?
You can link as many channels as you want to the same AdSense account. Some of these channels may even belong to other people, like your friends or relatives. That means you can as well use your friend’s AdSense id to monetize your channel.
Ignore the superstitions about ‘YouTube AdSense’
If any of the channels associated with a particular AdSense account has been terminated, other channels’ monetization/activities won’t be affected. You can even add more channels to that particular AdSense account even after the termination of a previous channel. (If you were forbidden from using any particular AdSense account, then Google would have deleted it in the first place.)
YouTube earnings not reflecting on your AdSense?
Your channel’s earnings won’t be estimated/finalized on a daily basis in your AdSense account. It will be finalized once in a month. That’s why every time you take a look at today’s earnings in AdSense, it will show 0; but you shouldn’t worry about that.
How to verify your ‘YouTube AdSense’ account?
Once you reach $10 or more as finalized earnings on your AdSense account, a PIN verification mail will be sent to your physical address. If you didn’t receive this mail within 21 days of sending date, you can request for another like this. After three consecutive mails have been sent, if you still didn’t receive any of them, then you can upload an image of your bank statement or any other official document that contains your payee name and physical address on it and thus get verified.
You’ll be sent a payment once you have (i) reached at least $100 as finalized earnings/balance, (ii) verified your address and (iii) setup a payment method, where you may give your banking details.
What you can’t do with your ‘YouTube AdSense’
When you create an AdSense account to monetize your YouTube channel, you can’t monetize your blogger account with that. If you want to monetize a website with that AdSense account, you will have to upgrade it to do that. This up-gradation process is absolutely free of cost and requires just a request from you to the AdSense group. Nevertheless they have to manually approve your request before AdSense ads finally appear on your top level domain website.
Unable to login AdSense once you switch account?
Any changes that you make in your physical address on AdSense account or any changes that you make in anything on Google products/services, take at least a few hours to be reflected/approved. Actually Google’s respective authority checks those changes firsthand and approve them if they don’t find any unusual activity. That’s why when you leave one AdSense account and join another, you may be unable to login your new AdSense for a couple of hours. In the meantime you might get a message saying that ‘Your gmail is not associated with any AdSense account’ although it actually is. Don’t just worry yet.
Why is there a difference between finalized earnings and estimated earnings?
Finalized earnings are always less than estimated earnings. There are many reasons behind it. One is somewhat like this: assume that a person mistakenly clicks multiple times on an ad displayed beside one of your YouTube videos, but in this case you deserve the money only for one click. That’s why the earnings that show up on YouTube channel’s dashboard and analytics are your actual/true earnings and the estimated earnings that you find on performance reports in your AdSense account are just gross earnings, not net earnings.
You might ‘lose it all’ if you provide wrong info in banking details
Be very careful while providing your banking details to setup a payment method on your AdSense, because you won’t be able to check those details again once you have submitted them. After the submission, if you feel suspicious that you might have given wrong info/details, then simply DELETE that particular ‘payment method’ and setup the payment method again by giving right/correct information. Also be mindful to select that method as ‘primary’ payment method.
If you have a number of bank accounts associated with your YouTube AdSense, then one of them has to be selected as ‘Primary payment method’. Google always sends your payments to that particular bank account. If you have only one bank account specified, then it is automatically set as ‘primary’. People who have multiple bank accounts specified in their YouTube AdSense may not be sent any payments, unless they have checked one of them as ‘primary’.
What factors do your ‘YouTube AdSense’ earnings depend on?
Your channel’s earnings is not directly proportional to the total number of views. Many factors are associated with these like (1) which countries your viewers are from (2) what sort of content you upload to YouTube, (3) average watch-time of your videos etc. Earnings may simply vary from day to day irrespective of above-mentioned factors, because YouTube doesn’t always have the same number of ads to show. If you want to earn handsome amount from your channel, put efforts in (1) creating quality and extraordinary contents that people would like to watch very much, (2) increasing your average watch-time (this will help you get more views and make your videos viral) and (3) extensively sharing your videos on all social media platforms.
Earnings on terminated channel: Will you get it?
You won’t be getting paid for your earnings on your channel that got terminated in previous month. This is because your channel was terminated before your earnings could have been verified and finalized on AdSense. This is just a new policy/rule laid down by Google recently.
Use a trustworthy ‘YouTube AdSense’ account
When associating your channel with someone else’s AdSense account, be sure to choose a very faithful person; or you may not get your earnings properly. He or she may decline to let go of your gmail from their AdSense and thus block you from linking your channel with your own YouTube AdSense account. That’s why it is best to have an AdSense account of your own from the very beginning of your YouTube channel.