If you’ve never had a YouTube Channel and you want to make one or you already have one but want to make a brand new YouTube Channel, We will Explain Step by Step through this post How to Create a YouTube Channel.
YouTube has become such a big platform for Video Creators to Build an Audience and build an income. YouTube is the second biggest Search Engine. And not only that, YouTube is replacing traditional media for a lot of people and being their main source of Entertainment.
When it comes to YouTube is that on YouTube, you’re able to Create Videos that will last a lifetime on Social Media Platforms things are very immediate. This is the Complete Guide showing you exactly How to Create a YouTube Channel Step by Step.
1. Create Your Google Account
When you don’t have an account and you look at YouTube, we’re going to want to click the Sign In button. And when you sign in, you’re going to have this option to create an account.
If you already have a Google account, you can sign in here using that Google account. Or if you need to start one, create an account. So what you’re going to want to do is create your account. and then we’re going to go back to the homepage of YouTube Channel.
2. Create a Channel
- Go to the homepage of YouTube.
- You’re going to go in the upper right hand corner.
- You’re going to want to click create a channel from the drop down menu.
Little pop up will come up get started. You’re gonna have two options here, you can either use your name and picture on your Google account or add a custom name. Now this is the difference between a personal account and a brand account.
You’re always going to want to be a brand account on YouTube because this is going to give you greater flexibility later down the road. And also if you ever want to have people manage your channel or look at your analytics or different things like that, you’re going to need to set up a brand channel versus a solo channel.
3. Create Your Channel Name
You’re going to want to click Use a custom name. And this is where you’re going to come up with a name for your channel. We personally think that unless you have a specific idea and a specific brand name in mind, using your name allows the channel to be tied to you and everything that you do. And this is something that you can always change down the road.
We have seen some huge channels change their name even after they have millions of subscribers. So you’ve come on YouTube for a reason. So create your channel name based around that.
4. Upload a Profile Picture
The first thing that YouTube is going to do is upload a profile picture. This is that little icon that depicts who you are, you want to make sure that your icon photo is super clear and simple. And a lot of times you want to have some sort of color in the background to make it pop.
- 800 X 800 pixels (Recommended).
- 98 X 98 pixels (Square or Round Image).
- JPG, GIF, BMP, or PNG file (No Animated GIF).
5. Create a Channel Description
The next thing that you’re going to want to do is add a channel description. And let’s break down what makes a good channel description. ABOUT section of your channel, you want to make sure that you’re writing a few sentences here that explain why someone should be interested in the content that you’re producing.
Tell your viewers why they should subscribe and use this channel description to write out who you’re actually targeting and why someone should be interested in watching your videos.
6. Add Links to Your Sites
The next section is adding links to your site. So when you go to a channel, this is this top section up here in the right, so you can add one link that’s going to have text and then the other ones are going to be icons. So you can add your Twitter, your Facebook and your website or something else here. So fill out your links, and hit save and continue.
So, now your channels ready to go. But you still need to do a few things to really set it up.
7. Channel Customization
Let’s first go into Customize Channel. So when you click Channel Customization, you’re going to have a few options.
Go over to the first tab Layout.
Channel Link: This is where you can share your channel for people to come and watch your videos and subscribe.
Video Spotlight: This is something that you’re going to want to create as your first video when you’re building out your YouTube channel. And you’ll want to create a channel trailer for your first video that you create on your channel and you want to make a video that’s 30 seconds to a minute. That’s basically your value proposition in video form.
Featured Sections: Featured Sections, that is all of these sections down below your featured video or your trailer. So as you build up content, you will put different playlists here, or you’ll put different featured videos that you want to share.
Go over to the second tab Branding.
Profile Picture: Right here is where you’re going to change your profile picture if you ever want to swap that out.
- 98 x 98 pixels (4MB or Less).
- PNG or GIF (No Animations).
Underneath that is going to be your banner image. And you’re going to want to upload a banner image so that your channel is customized. And We suggest when you do a banner image, if you’re going to put text in here make it tied to your value proposition.
When you hit upload, it’s going to show how your image is going to be displayed on different devices. Create your Banner Image viewable on TV, Desktop, Mobile, and on smaller devices.
- 2048 x 1152 pixels (16:9 Aspect Ratio).
- 1235 x 338 pixels (Safe Area for Text and Logos).
- File Size: 6 MB or Less.
The next is your Video Watermark. So when you’re watching a video, little icon is shown. And you can add any sort of icon here. And when someone clicks it, they can subscribe to your channel.
Your Video Watermark is going to be 150 x 150 pixels. And you’ll want to put something small here and you can just do something simple like subscribe, or you can do something that’s a brand element to your channel. And then it will show you when you want to display it.
- You can do a custom time.
- You can do an entire video.
- You can do at the end of the video.
Go into your Basic Info.
Channel Name, Description and Links: This is where you can change that description out on your about page, your links, and also how many links you want to display. And you can add additional links, and you can display up to five of them on the upper right hand corner.
Contact Info: Now also, this is where you can put in your Contact Info. So if people want to contact you for business inquiries for things like sponsorships or to collaborate, you can put this here and it will show up on your about page.
Next, Click Publish. Now all those settings are saved.
8. YouTube Studio Settings
- Go into YouTube and Next, right hand icon, Click YouTube Studio.
- Go into some Additional Settings that you want to set up.
- Come Down in this left hand bar, this is where all of your menus are.
- Next, Click Settings.
Next, click channel.
- Country of Residence: This is where you want to add your country of residence.
- Keywords: You want to add keywords. Now this is important because you want to use keywords that are going to describe what type of content you’re going to create on your channel. And you can fill this out with a bunch of different keywords that are really going to describe what you’re going to do.
Go over to Advanced Settings and you want to set up whether your channel is made for kids or not. So, you can either say Yes or No.
After you’ve done your Basic Info and your Advanced Settings, you want to make sure you click save, come back into Settings.
Feature Eligibility: You are going to verify your channel. So You are going to click Feature Eligibility at the end here.
Default Features: Right now Default Features is enabled.
Features that require Phone Verification
You are going to want to enable Phone Verification. So this allows you to do videos over 15 minutes, add custom thumbnails, live streaming and content ID appeals. This is important you want to make sure that This is turned on.
- You are going to verify your phone number. Click Verify phone number it’s going to bring you to account verification.
- You can either call or text, and then put in your phone number. And then you’re going to go through the verification process. Easy as that your accounts verified.
- You’ll have access to be able to upload longer videos and add custom thumbnails, which is super important on YouTube.
Back at the dashboard. Let’s go back into our settings and set up a few more things. Let’s go into Upload Defaults.
Basic Info: What you can do is add things that will always be in your title and your description, your tags. And you can also add whether a video is public right away or unlisted or private. We like to put mine as private just so that we can make sure everything’s good before we release it to the public.
Advanced Settings: This is where you can change your license, video language, how you want comments to be dealt with. And We typically just leave this as is, We don’t do a lot with our Upload Defaults. Because each video it changes.
The next thing is Community. you can put in blocked words here. And what happens is if somebody uses one of these blocked words, the comment is not going to be public. And it’s going to be held for your review in the comment section.
If you have people that are trolling your videos, you can go in here and add different blocked words and then those comments won’t be visible. Now we also suggest clicking block links, because what happens is, again, YouTube’s going to hold those comments back, they’re not going to be public, so you can review them.
If somebody is just spamming your videos with links to their videos or their channel, that’s not in your comment section. So this is a great way to filter out a lot of garbage that might come into your comment section. And now click save.
Back at the dashboard. So let’s go to your homepage, your channel is almost set up, we have a couple more things that we want to do.
9. YouTube Channel Settings
- Go to your YouTube Homepage.
- Go in the upper right hand corner, and click on Settings.
If you need channel manager, if you have other people working on your channel, this is where you’ll add them.
Go to scroll down and click on Advanced Settings here is going to be your user ID and your channel ID. But more importantly, this is where you can get your custom URL. you can add your custom URL once you’re eligible for that. And You can click on learn more.
Custom URL Eligibility
- 100 or More Subscribers.
- Be at least 30 days old.
- Have an Uploaded Profile Picture and Banner Image.
10. Upload a Video on YouTube
- Go to your YouTube Homepage.
- Go up to the upper right hand corner and go back to your YouTube Studio. This is your Dashboard. This is where you’re going to go to see just an overview of what’s happening on your channel. And what you’re going to want to do is upload your first video.
- You can either click Create and click upload video, or you could upload a video right here.
- Next, click the SELECT FILE button.
- Description: When you go to upload a video, you’re going to drop your video file in, write out description.
- Thumbnail: Add a Custom Thumbnail here, you always want to do a custom thumbnail.
- Playlists: You’re going to want to add this to a Playlists.
- Audience: If you said No, it’s not made for kids that will pop up here.
- Tags: You want to click more options. And then here is your tags for your video. Now tags aren’t super important in YouTube Channel anymore. However, We still suggest you fill this out, it’s going to help position your video right at the beginning and make sure it’s going out to the right audience. TubeBuddy is the best choice for adding tags.
Just make sure you fill this out as the video is uploading down here at the bottom. And it will tell you when the video is uploaded.
After the video is uploaded and processed, you’ll be able to add an end screen or cards. So cards are those things in the upper right hand corner when you’re watching a video and the in screen. These are extra videos that you can add at the end of your video to send people to more of your content in your library.
Then last, you’re going to have Visibility, you’re going to want to make this private, check the video, make sure it’s all good. And then once you’re ready to go, you can hit public and hit Publish. And your video will be out there for the world to see.