Welcome to my vlogging series where I will be talking you through all the things I’ve learnt over my three years of having my own YouTube channel. I am by no means an expert but hopefully you will pick up some tips along the way that will help you with your own YouTube journey. Today’s post will cover the basics of YouTube which includes setting up your channel and uploading your first video.
1. The first thing you need to do if you are wanting to vlog is set up your channel. To do this you will need a Google Plus account, which if you are a blogger you probably have already, but if not head to Google to set that up.
2. Once that is done you can then choose to create a YouTube channel. You’ll need to choose a name for your channel, which could simply be your blog name or your own name or whatever is relevant for you. For the time being YouTube will provide you with a URL but once your channel is over 30 days old, has over 100 subscribers and has the relevant channel art uploaded (see below), you will be able to choose your own URL. Do remember when that time comes the URL you choose cannot be changed.
3. Once you’ve got your channel ready, you’ll need to customise it. First you will need to upload your channel art. You can select a profile photo to upload which will need to be square (preferably 800×800 pixels) and usually a logo or headshot of yourself.
4. Once you have done that you will need a header which will sit across the top of your channel page. This will usually be your branding, so if you have a blog then your blog header or one adapted for YouTube, or if you have a business your business logo. The dimensions for this image should be 2560×1440 pixels.
I used Canva to create my channel art and by using the template below you can ensure your header can be seen on all platforms – just make sure the main image is in the ‘Text and Logo Safe Area.”
5. Next is to add a description of your channel. This should have a bit of information about you and what content you will be uploading as well as links to your social media channels. This information will also display on any search results for your channel so try and make the first couple of lines pop!
Once you have done that it is time to upload your first video!