YouTube cards: How to set and use them

I hope you are familiar with YouTube cards. If you aren’t then watch the short video below to know what cards are:

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The pop-up thing that you see in the video which promotes another video is a card. You can also promote another channel, a playlist or a website by using it. You can even take polls from viewers through YouTube cards. Now let us learn how to use them and make them most effective.

While you’re on your channel’s video manager, click on the drop-down sign next to the ‘Edit’ option of the particular video where you want to add cards; a drop-down menu will emerge from where you’ll be choosing ‘Cards’. You’ll arrive on the page for YouTube cards.

YouTube cards

Use ‘Audience retention’ to set up YouTube cards

It is best to add two or three cards to a video, although you can add up to 5 YouTube cards. Before adding a card, simply pause the playback of the video. Now you need to decide at what time-instants to add the cards. You should use ‘Audience retention’ for the particular video to determine where to add the cards. You will add the YouTube cards at instants where there is a sharp decline in audience retention. Thus when the audience or the viewers tend to leave your video, they would still stick to your channel through another video which in turn would be good for your channel’s growth.



If you don’t see any sharp/sudden decline in audience retention, then add a few cards at your will. Here be sure to place the first card before your average view duration is reached. To know your average view duration visit the ‘Analytics’-overview page. Now to find the ‘Audience retention’ you have to go to ‘Analytics’ page first, then under the ‘Analytics’ tab you will find many sub-tabs/links, you’ll have to click on the ‘Audience retention’ link. At the lower part of this page you’ll see blue links to the videos on your channel. The top videos will remain at the top. Choose the video from here in which you would like to add the cards. The first page of ‘Audience retention’ may not show your desired video, to find that go to the lowest portion of the page and use the tool depicted in the following picture.

YouTube cards

The options you have while adding the cards

Now that you have determined where to add the cards, it’s time to go ahead. While you’re on the ‘YouTube cards’ page, click on the big blue ‘Add card’ link, a drop-down popup menu will unfold. Choose ‘Video or playlist’ if you like to add either of them, or you may choose to promote another channel (owned by you or someone else). Like we said earlier, you can even take polls from audience through a card, or promote a website approved by YouTube.

Whichever you choose just click on the ‘Create’ button next to a particular element and the ‘creation’ procedure will start. In case of ‘Video or playlist’ you will have to choose a particular video to promote, you can choose that from the scrolling down list or by providing the link. In order to add a playlist first you’ll have to switch between tabs showed in the following pic and then choose the playlist or put its link.

YouTube cards

To promote a channel, you’ll have to choose ‘Channel’ instead of ‘Video or playlist’ and provide the link to your desired channel. In case of ‘Polls’ you have to provide the question first and then the options/answers. You can even put your website’s link to promote it. In order to do that first of all you have to get your website approved by YouTube.




How to space the YouTube cards

Now that you have added your ‘YouTube cards’, it’s time to space them apart. You can follow the ‘Audience retention’ graph for this particular video to do the spacing. Suppose you have added two videos and a channel as cards and you have decided them to show up at instants 0:30, 1:00 and 1:30. Now watch the short video to learn how to space them properly at these time-instances.

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As you can see from the above video that the last added item/card stays on the top, so you’ll have to deal with (drag and drop) it first. That’s why the ‘channel card’ was dealt with first, by placing it at 1:30 time-instant. Then the second-lastly added card had to be dealt with, which happens to be the second video in our case, this was placed at 1:00 time-instant. Finally we dealt with the first-added item/card and placed it at 0:30 time-instant. One thing to remember is that YouTube cards are most effective when they are not placed very close to one another.

Also my personal suggestion is that you consider your average view duration to place the cards. Suppose your current video duration is 6 minutes like most other videos of your channel. And your average view duration is 2:30 minutes. If I were you, then I would place three cards at 2:15, 3:00 and 4:00 time-instants. That way I would be able to ‘retain’ the audience more towards my channel.

How to identify if YouTube cards are there?

There might be a question now as to how you know whether these cards really have been added to your video. When a video has YouTube cards within it, there is a ‘i’ sign in a white circle in the upper-right corner of the video screen while play-backing/viewing, like in the pic below:

YouTube cards

This special sign is seen right from the beginning. You can click on this icon at anytime to see what YouTube cards this particular video has. You have to scroll down a bit to see all the cards if at least three have been added, like in the following short video:

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End screen of YouTube: Learn how to use it

YouTube’s Annotations and end screens are excellent ways to promote other videos on the channel and even other channels and prompt the user to subscribe to the channel. In this tutorial we shall learn how to use ‘End screen’ on a particular video on your channel. In the next one, we shall learn to use ‘Annotations’.

While you’re on your channel’s video manager, click on the drop-down sign next to the ‘Edit’ option of the particular video; a drop-down menu will emerge from where you’ll be choosing ‘End screen & Annotations’.

End screen

You’ll arrive on the page for ‘End screen’. Here you can add up to 4 elements. It is best practice to give links to two of the other videos on the channel. These two videos have to be the most relevant to the current one. Then you can add a link to promote another channel of yours or somebody else’s or even a playlist on your current channel. If you have an website of your own which has been verified and approved by YouTube on your current channel, then you can add the site’s link instead of promoting another channel or a playlist. And you will use the fourth link to prompt the viewer to subscribe to your channel, even if they may already be your subscriber. Remember that the duration of the end-screen is 5-20 seconds. Your video has to be at least 25 seconds long to have an end-screen.

End screen

As depicted earlier, you can add up to four elements to promote your content, channel and websites. Elements can expand to show more information on hover on desktop and on tap on mobile devices. This is a great advantage of end-screen over annotations, as they work on mobile devices too whereas annotations don’t.




When you’re going to add a video or playlist, you will have three options: (1) Most recent upload (2) Best for viewer (3) Choose a video or playlist. if you go for ‘Best for viewer’ then YouTube AI (Artificial intelligence) will choose a video most relevant to the current one, so you can try this. But my personal favorites would be option no. (1) and (3). Since I like to add two videos on the end-screen, so I will choose ‘Most recent upload’ for one and select another video for my second option.

In my third link I will prompt the viewer to subscribe to my channel. And in my fourth link I will promote someone else’s channel. In return I plan to have some advantage from them, like financial advantage. I could even promote my another channel or a channel owned by any of my friends or relatives. For that I don’t plan to charge them anything. The ‘website’ thing seems a little bit risky and confusing to me at this moment; also none of my websites have the same kind of content that my YouTube channel has. That’s why I don’t like to add my site’s link currently to the end-screen. Once the website thing (terms & conditions) becomes crystal-clear to me, may be then I’ll be brave enough to add my site’s link. Till then best of luck to everyone. Have a nice day!

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AdSense account: Know some details about it

Today we are going to let you know some details about your AdSense account. YouTubers who are new in the business don’t know how to use it properly. They have difficulty about it in almost every aspect, like how to add a new gmail/channel in an existing AdSense account, how to add banking details in payment section etc.

How to add a new gmail/channel in an existing AdSense account

While you’re on your AdSense account’s dashboard/homepage, you will see a panel of tabs to your left, click on the ‘Settings’ tab there.

AdSense account

You’ll be directed to the ‘Settings’ page. While you’re there and your mouse cursor is on the ‘Tab Panel’, just scroll down a bit and you’ll get to see this particular link with the name ‘Access and authorization’.

AdSense account

If you click on the link, the ‘User management’ page will appear by default. This is the page where you’re going to add another gmail/channel.

AdSense account

Some gmails might already have been added. Now type the gmail you want to add in the ‘Enter email address’ blank space. When you have properly typed it down click on the ‘Invite’ button. An AdSense joining invitation mail will go to that particular gmail inbox. Upon opening this mail, click on the ‘Visit this link’ link and go through the steps that follow. Your AdSense joining process will be complete.




By the way, it should be mentioned that besides inviting someone to join your AdSense account, you can also determine whether they are going to be a simple member or an ‘Administrator’. If you like them to be an admin, then check the box right to the added gmail id. You can also remove certain individual (gmail account) from your AdSense account simply by crossing them out, as you can see in the picture below. Remember that an admin can cancel out another admin. So consider these things before adding someone to your AdSense account, specially when making them an admin.

AdSense account

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How to Deal With Hate Comments & Dislikes on YouTube

Hate comments and dislikes are a big factor for many on YouTube, because they tend to be demotivated from these. As a YouTuber I have gone through similar experience. Many-a-times when I received hate comments and dislikes on my videos I felt like quitting on YouTubing. So today we are going to describe how to deal with hate comments & dislikes on YouTube.

How to Deal With Hate Comments & Dislikes on YouTube

When you have a hate comment or dislike on any of videos on your YouTube channel, that’s actually a positive opportunity for you. Let me explain. When YouTube considers your video to rank higher on search results they consider a number of factors, like viewers’ engagement. This term ‘viewers’ engagement’ means to how much extent your viewers are engaged with your video. YouTube considers the fact whether your viewers are liking or disliking (in a word, rating) your video and commenting on it. They don’t bother if this engagement of your video is positive or negative. Recently many big YouTubers have revealed that dislikes on a video never affects a video negatively. (This article is on How to deal With hate comments & dislikes on YouTube)





It is not like that your video will not get rank just because it got some dislikes. On the contrary, dislikes on your video may help it rank higher, because they indicate higher viewers’ engagement of your video (so it is better to have negative comments than no comments at all). Remember that NOT every viewer is going to like a video no matter how good it is. Someone watched your full video and then put a dislike – this gives YouTube a clear indication that there is at least something positive about your video content; otherwise that person would never watch your video to the end. Like or dislike – it increased your video’s viewers’ engagement. Comments will do the same – be they positive or negative ones. The thing is that YouTube will never read the comments posted below your video, it will just count their number to have a measure of viewers’ engagement. YouTube’s system is designed only to detect spam comments. (This article is on How to deal With hate comments & dislikes on YouTube)

So now you see there is no reason for you to hate back your haters, because they are a blessing for you in a way; they bring about good results for your videos and you. Now let’s learn how to deal with these haters. The very first trick is that you must not hate them back. If you post ‘hate replies’ to their comments below your video, then the amount of ‘hate attack’ will simply increase on you which in turn will solve nothing. If you must reply to a negative comment, then try to be as polite as possible, behave like a call center or customer care representative. Your good manners will finally shame that culprit and make them behave good with you. Mark my words, they will be your best subscriber after that. So never to be disappointed. (This article is on How to deal With hate comments & dislikes on YouTube)

Another risk of posting bad replies to certain individuals is that if you keep doing that, then at a point YouTube’s AI will detect that there are a lot of spam comments on your videos and may ultimately suspend your channel. So giving back the same rude behavior will cause damages only to you, the channel owner and NOT the haters. We have seen that many YouTubers have reached success even if they initially received a lot of hate comments and dislikes. They never lost their heart because they were dedicated to their passion, the particular niche they worked on as a YouTuber. (This article is on How to deal With hate comments & dislikes on YouTube)

If you still want to get rid of these hate comments and commenters, then there are certain tricks that you can follow. First of all go to the ‘Channel’ tab of your channel (if you are on video manager, then you should easily find it.) Choose ‘Upload defaults’, then in the ‘comments’ section, allow only the ‘Approved’ ones.

How to Deal With Hate Comments & Dislikes on YouTube

If you use YouTube’s built-in video editor to create a video, then you should go to the ‘Advanced settings’ of the video once it is created, because the ‘Upload defaults’ don’t work for videos created through the use of this video editor. In order to do that, first be on the video manager of your channel, then click on the ‘Edit’ option of your particular ‘created’ video.

How to Deal With Hate Comments & Dislikes on YouTube

You’ll see the following options.

How to Deal With Hate Comments & Dislikes on YouTube

Click on the ‘Advanced settings’ and then allow only ‘Approved’ comments.

How to Deal With Hate Comments & Dislikes on YouTube

If you have this type of setting for each of your videos, then comments posted on your videos won’t be directly published, they will wait for your approval. To see recently posted comments and approve them go to ‘Community’ tab while you are on video manager and click on ‘Comments’ (unless you’re already there). Here you’ll see the published and the probable spam comments, also the ones awaiting your approval.

How to Deal With Hate Comments & Dislikes on YouTube

From here you can unpublish or trash any published comment, also choose to reply to a particular one. If you mark a few comments from a certain YouTube user as spam, it is likely that they won’t be able to post further comments on your channel. Also an user marked as ‘spammer’ by many runs the risk of losing their YouTube account/channel. If you think that a certain user has been harassing you by posting bad comments and you want them blocked from doing that, then you can choose to ‘Hide this user’s comments on your channel’. Watch the following short video to learn how to do that:

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YouTube FAQs: Commonly asked questions – part 1

If you are a new YouTuber then there might be a lot of questions in your mind on YouTubing. Here we answer 2 commonly asked questions aka YouTube FAQs. They are listed and described below:

Q. My channel is not found when I make a YouTube search on it, why’s that?

A. Many new youtubers make a YouTube search on their channel’s name, but they don’t find it. There could be many reasons behind it. One is channel’s name itself. Is it unique? Suppose your channel’s name is ‘Funny videos..’. There are thousands of channels and contents with this particular keyword and many of them have been successfully running on YouTube for a long time now. So it’s natural that when someone makes a YouTube search with a commonly used keyword, the most popular channels will appear at the beginning of the search result. That’s why be sure to choose a unique name for your channel. (This article is on 2 YouTube FAQs)

Secondly your channel’s name may not be found on YouTube search results even if the name is unique. This could happen if you have a little content (may be only a few videos) on your channel and that too with an insignificant number of views. Since your videos have not been popular yet, your channel’s name may not be suggested by YouTube even if it sounds unique.

The thing is that as a new youtuber you shouldn’t worry about this issue. When your videos will get rank and popularity and thus help your channel grow bigger, it’s name will automatically be suggested by YouTube when searched with proper keywords. So at this moment just concentrate on uploading quality content. (This article is on 2 YouTube FAQs)



Q. How do I know whether my channel has been monetized?

A. If your new channel has got at least 10k views and then you applied to YouTube to monetize your channel and they approved it, there might still be a question on your mind as to how you know if your channel has really/properly been monetized. To be sure of that, just go to your channel’s video manager page and then click on ‘Channel’ tab. Here in the ‘Monetisation’ section click on the ‘View monetisation settings’ link.

YouTube FAQs

If you see the blue ‘Review or change AdSense association’ link in the following page, then your channel is surely monetized and you have nothing to worry about it. (This article is on 2 YouTube FAQs)

YouTube FAQs

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