5 Easy Steps to Set Up Your First YouTube Channel

Posted on September 12, 2013

Video blogging – or vlogging – is a fantastic addition to the traditional online blog.

YouTube has made this incredibly easy, with a simple user-friendly platform that allows you to upload, edit and share your videos both on their website or embedded in your blog.

Added privacy features allow you to decide who can view uploaded videos, which can remain private or accessible only via shared link.

Still feel a bit overwhelmed?

Not to worry, I’ve put together a quick 5 step guide to setting up your first YouTube channel for those new to the popular video sharing platform:


1) Sign up for an account on Youtube

Step 1

There are two ways to do this. If you already have a Google account, simply sign in with your Gmail address and password.

If you don’t have a Google account, click Create Account in the top right-hand corner and you’ll be redirected to a page where you can enter all your basic information including name, birth date, location etc.

Once you’ve set up your account, click on the Back to YouTube button to get started on YouTube.

If you’ve created a new account, you may be prompted to select a series of relevant videos before you can access your YouTube account. You can pick media that relates to your industry or just click Deselect all for now. You can always come back and edit these settings later.


2) Create a new channel

Depending on what you’re planning on using the channel for, you will need to pick whether you want to create a personal channel with your own name or a channel with your business, blog or brand name.

Personal Channel:

Step 2 Personal

To create a personal channel, make sure you’re logged into YouTube and have selected your name or email address in the top right-hand corner (to switch between profiles, just click on the dropdown arrow and select Switch account).

Now click the My Channel option. YouTube will show you how you will appear on the site and ask you to edit your name and details. Once you’ve confirmed this information, YouTube will display your new channel page.

Business Channel:

Step 2 Brand

To create a channel for your brand or business, login to YouTube and click on the dropdown arrow in the right-hand corner and select the My Channel button. As mentioned above, YouTube will display your information and ask you to confirm your details. However, instead of clicking on the Next button, click on the following link: To use a business or other name, click here.

This will take you to a separate screen where you can create a channel with a name not associated with your YouTube profile. Once you’ve filled out the form, click on Finished and you will be redirected to your new brand channel page.

By default, your new channel will come with a Google+ page if you didn’t have one already.


3) Set up your channel

Step 3

There are 4 important things to take care of when setting up your new channel.

Luckily, YouTube provides you with a handy checklist on the right side of the channel homepage which is self-explanatory and easy to follow:

  • Set your channel icon: upload a small avatar image to be displayed with you channel
  • Add channel art: upload your own cover art or choose from among those provided by Google
  • Describe your channel: a few lines describing your channel and what you do
  • Add web links: add a link to your website on the channel homepage


4) Link up your social media

Step 4

You can set up your primary social media accounts to appear on your YouTube channel homepage.

Simply click on the Add button, select the name of the social media platform and then paste the URLs of your various profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) in the adjoining box.

These profiles will then show up as icons on the lower right-hand corner of your channel art. Don’t forget to test all your links to make sure they work!


5) Get ready to start uploading your videos!

Step 5

And voila! It’s as easy as that. Once your channel is up and running, the next step is to start uploading your videos.

But that’s a lesson for another blog post – stay tuned folks!

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