Tutorial on how to make a youtube account
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.)
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Choose a nice and beautiful channel art
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.
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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.
AdSense: How to monetize your channel’s videos
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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