Thursday, January 14, 2016

7 Tips for Initially Setting up a YouTube Channel

You have just created you brand new YouTube channel. Now, you don’t know where to start and what are the next steps before you should start uploading videos.

Setting up a YouTube Channel is a fairly easy yet essential job.

So, here is a list of certain things that you must do to make your do right after you have created the channel so that nothing important is left out and no confusion is created later on!

Setting Up New Youtube Channel

1 – Upload Profile and cover photo

If you have not made the channel logo and cover photo already; now, is the time to do it. People are more likely to recognize and relate to your channel by its face than its name. So, simply create a profile logo and a cover picture as soon as you have registered the channel. They do not have to be professionally created or even spent hours upon. You can create simple and workable images initially by use of online tools from sites like Backgroundtube or Fotor. They can be modified later on as the channel scales.

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2 – Create social media Profiles

Now that you have created the channel, it’s time to create the social media profiles with same name as the channel itself. Create your pages, groups and communities on major social networks like Facebook, twitter, Google plus and even Instagram. Upload the profile picture and cover photos. You can add the description right there or simply copy-paste it from the main channel when you have after written one there already.

3 – Connect your Facebook and Twitter accounts

To connect your Facebook and Twitter account to your YouTube channel. Simply go to the ‘Channel Settings’ and click on the ‘Connected account options’. There you can directly connect the Facebook and Twitter account to your YouTube account.

4 – Add description and other social media buttons

Go to the about tab from the homepage of your channel and add the suitable description for your channel. Add your email address if you desire. Connect all your social media profiles, website links, etc under the custom links. Also, copy the description to add to the social media profiles as well if you have not done it already.

5 – Verify your Account

Under the Account status in channel settings, you will find a button to verify your account. Just click on the verify button and it will redirect you to a page where you can select the county and verification option. You can choose to get a text message or an automated voice message. Enter your phone number. Then enter your 6 digit verification code as you recieve one on your phone. Click submit. Then, click continue on next screen. You will notice several options enabled now like Longer videos, external annotations, custom thumbnails, paid subscriptions etc.

6 – Set Defaults

Uploading defaults for the videos is the default settings for the videos you upload. This can be overridden by the individual videos. Choose the Default Privacy, Category, License, Title, Description, Tags, Comments & Ratings, Video Language, Caption Certification, Suggest Video improvements, Video Location, Video Statistics. Set all of these according to your preference.

7 – Create a ‘call to action’ conclusion already

Even if the viewer has throughout your video and enjoyed it thoroughly, you cannot take it for granted that they will subscribe to you channel, follow you on social media or share your channel. So, it is a great idea to add a little call to action clip at the end of each video. This way you can directly ask the viewers to like, share, comment or subscribe and also provide them links on the screen using annotations. Create the minimum of framework at least if you want to make unique one for each video later on.

Now you that you have set up everything, time to start with the videos.