With over a billion monthly visitors, you have a huge chance of reaching your audience on YouTube.
So, why haven’t you taken advantage of this yet?
Creating videos is becoming cheaper and easier. Luckily, you can easily create a YouTube channel if you don’t have one already.
If you’re thinking of getting started on YouTube, you’re in the right place. Let’s look at the steps to creating a YouTube Channel.
Step 1: Create Your Google Account
If you’ve created a Google account already, you can skip this step. But, if you don’t have an account, it’s time to make one.
Google is YouTube’s parent company, so YouTube accounts are connected to Google accounts.
Don’t worry, it’s pretty easy. Go to accounts.google.com and click on “Create account.” Fill in your details and customise your new email address. That’s all!
Step 2: Sign In to YouTube
Next, go to YouTube.com. On the top right corner of the screen, click “Sign in,” then log in with your Google account. There, you now have a YouTube account.
Step 3: Create a New YouTube Channel
After you’ve set up and signed into your YouTube account, the next thing is to create your channel.
To do this, click on your user icon at the top right corner of the screen. This represents your YouTube account and Google account.
Click “Settings” from the drop-down menu. This will take you to your account overview. Then, under “Your channel,” select “Create a new channel.”
Next, you need to create your channel name. It doesn’t have to be the same as your Google account, but it’s preferable if it reflects your brand.
After that, you might need to verify your account via voice call or a text message. If you need to, enter the code you get from whatever option you choose.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll be redirected to your channel’s dashboard. Then, you can start customising it to fit your brand.
Step 4: Customise Your Channel
At this point, you start getting into the fundamental details of your channel.
To do this, go to your channel dashboard and click “Customise channel.” This takes you to the channel customisation page.
On this page, you’ll see three tabs: Layout, Branding, and Basic Info tabs.
This tab allows you to specify certain information about how you want your videos to be presented on your page. Here, you can use featured sections to organise your channel page and assign a video spotlight.
With this tab, you can customise the visuals of your new YouTube channel. This way, you can add a banner image at the top of your channel page to showcase your brand to your audience. You should aim for images with a minimum of 2048×1152 pixels.
You can also add a video watermark that you want displayed at the bottom of all your videos. It’s recommended to use an image that’s 150×150 pixels.
Additionally, you can upload a profile picture so your audience can identify you as the creator of a video. This should be at least 98×98 pixels.
Basic Info Tab
Here’s where you enter basic details about your channel. This includes a description for YouTube users to discover your channel when they use search terms and the language your videos are in.
For better results, use keywords that describe your channel, your niche, the problem you’re trying to solve, and so on.
Step 5: Add and Optimise your Video
Now that you have set up your channel, you can start uploading your videos to YouTube. To do this, click “Create” at the top right corner of the screen, then “Upload videos.”
While your video is uploading, you’ll need to fill in details about the content. Add the title and a description of what the video is about, don’t forget to add keywords and search terms to make it easier for your audience to find your video. You can also upload a thumbnail or choose one from your video.
Once you’re done, click “Save.” Just like that, you’ve become a YouTuber.
That’s it, you’ve successfully created your YouTube channel and uploaded your first video. That was pretty easy, wasn’t it?
Now, all you have to do is continue uploading videos, optimise them properly, and grow your followers.
Researched by Olamide Opebiyi