Setting up a YouTube account is straightforward, quick, and stress-free. To get started on how to set up a YouTube account, go to the official website (YouTube.com) and submit some necessary information about you. Create your login details or simply log in to your existing Google account. That’s all! YouTube will never ask for your credit card details.
If you don’t have a Google account, simply visit YouTube.com and hit the Sign-Up button. You will find the Sign-Up button at the top right corner of the signup page. Once you click the button, a new page will open, and this is where you will create your new YouTube account.
To complete your account signup:
- Enter a valid email address and password
- Type your password again and fill in the Username box
- Choose your location through the location navigation menu
- Fill in your zipcode only if you’re a resident of the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada
- Choose your gender and fill in your birthday details. Why does YouTube require your date of birth? This is because it doesn’t allow children below the age of 13 to sign up for an account. This is in accordance with its terms of service (TOS).
- Complete the word verification box by typing the numbers and letters that you see in the colored field. YouTube wants to be sure that it’s a real human that’s registering an account, but not a computer robot. In case you can’t view the letters and numbers, simply hit the New Image button next to the field to generate a new color and image scheme.
- You can allow other people to find your YouTube channel if they know your email address. You can do this by checking the box next to the unwieldy name. This feature gives you total control over who finds your videos.
- Move your mouse to the Create my Account link and click. If you enter a username that isn’t available or has a missing field, YouTube will alert you with a red warning print. This will show you what needs changing before you can proceed to registration.
How to Set Up a YouTube Channel to Build Your Brand and Earn
Some people can find it more difficult to set up a YouTube channel than to create accounts on other media. But this shouldn’t really be so.
As a matter of fact, YouTube is the second-largest site in the business world after Google. And it’s the brother of Google. So, you should build your brand there. You have a massive opportunity to reach out to your specific audience on YouTube.
More people use YouTube daily than Facebook. Statistics show that 69 percent of Americans use Facebook, but 75 percent use YouTube. Wouldn’t it be great if such people see your video content while they were online?
How to Set Up Your YouTube Channel in Five Easy Steps
In order to have a successful channel, you must create a good YouTube channel.
1. Sign up for a free Google Account
If you’re using Google Play Store, Google Maps, or Gmail, you surely already have an account with Google… So, simply move to the next step.
But if you are new to Gmail, visit gmail.com and create a free account. Google won’t disclose your email address to the public. So, don’t worry about it, you just need this to unlock a YouTube channel for your use.
2. Create Your YouTube Account
Once you have created your Google account, you already have a YouTube account. But to use it for your online business, you will need to create a brand account.
- Visit your Account page on YouTube,
- Look down the page and click on ‘Add or Manage your Channels’
- Click on ‘Create a Channel’ and follow the prompts
- Choose a good name for your brand that reflects you and your business.
- You’re all set!
After creating your brand account, you should give people in your business admin access. Also, make sure that your channel’s layout matches your brand (e.g. Title, colors, logo, and owner picture)
One benefit of brand accounts is that you can access your YouTube Analytics. And this gives you information about what video is trending and who is watching it.
3. Customize Your Channel to make it Your Own
This is the stage when you make your YouTube channel look the way you want. Go to your dashboard and click on Customize channel. Complete the three tasks – Basic Info, Branding, and Layout.
When entering your channel details, use phrases that will make your channel show up in search results. You can mention the products you offer, your skills, problems your videos can solve, or your channel’s topics.
The next step is to go to the Branding tab. There you will be able to upload a banner image to your channel in order to make it look great.
4. Upload a Video to YouTube
What an exciting stage! You are about to start creating amazing content on YouTube.
- Before you click on the Create tab to download a video consider if you will want to design a Thumbnail picture and create one ready on your computer (Canva is a great free creation tool for this.)
- To upload your first video on YouTube, simply go to the top right-hand corner, click the Create tab, and start the download from your computer.
- As it loads you will be asked for more information, such as a Title and a Description. (Made of keywords that will gain notice.)
5. Make Your Channel Visible
If you have great video content on YouTube but no one cares to view it, what is the point? So you need to promote your channel and make the most out of it.
- Optimize your title
Use Google-friendly keywords in your title and make it descriptive and concise. Viewers will see your video title first before any other detail. Video titles also help search engines figure out what your videos are all about. So use the right keywords and make all your video titles intriguing.
- Optimize your description
You must be concise, clear, and descriptive. Another strategy you can implement for your video descriptions is using timestamps to create a table of contents. This will help viewers find what they are searching for. Make your description between 300 – 500 words long. Give details and use keywords to gather attention from Google so that your videos will get noticed and be ranked quickly.
- Add optimized tags
You can be tempted to use lots of clickbait tags here. Do not use tags that are irrelevant to your video content. Be sincere and quality conscious. The objective is to create content for viewers who are interested in the video content you create.
Your tags will help YouTube’s Search Algorithm understand what your video content is about. If you add one or two categories, this will help search engines place your content before the target audience.
- Link your Channel to the other social accounts you own
Keep your social media fans informed that you’re growing a video channel. Do this by linking your channel to your other social media profiles.
Get the hang of YouTube’s algorithm
Now it’s time to understand YouTube’s algorithm if you haven’t already. It determines what video appears in the search, and this recommends what content shows up on the sidebar.
Videos rank better than regular blog content. Explore this marketing channel to grow your brand and make money online. Follow the instructions above and set up a successful YouTube channel today.
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