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Ten Tips for Customizing Your YouTube Channel

YouTubeDid you know that there are 13 hours of video uploaded to YouTube EVERY MINUTE – and 80% of those are from amateurs, not professional videographers. Here are ten simple tips to maximize your presence on YouTube.

1.    Set up an account at – voila you have a channel! Click under your username.
2.    Customize your channel to match the colors of your website, blog or logo. I highly recommend Hugh from Social Identities to create a custom graphic background.
3.    Fill out your personal YouTube profile completely as this will appear on your channel.
4.     Include a professional headshot or logo. Headshots tend to do better in the social aspect of YouTube.
5.    Use the Keyword Tool from WordTracker to get some juicy topics to video about. Find it at
6.    If you’re shy on camera, consider making a video by using a screen recording such as Camtasia, Screenflow, or Screenr. Show computer activity or a PowerPoint presentation while you speak.
7.    Include a call to action at the end of your videos either as a panel or verbally asking them to take action.
8.    Add thorough descriptions for each video including keyword tags and a nonsense tag you use on each one, to help guide the related videos back to your videos.
9.    Be social on YouTube – Watch other videos in your field and leave comments or video responses.
Integrate your YouTube with your other online presence platforms – add a button to your channel on your website or blog,  let your customers know they can find you on YouTube, and share your videos to your social media site such as your Facebook Business Page.

Check out MyBusinessPresence on YouTube. Learn more about what you can do with YouTube at the YouTube About Page!

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  1. Carolyn Simmons on November 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Great tips Karen! I have a Youtube account, but had no idea that I had a channel that I could actually customize. Still working on it, but it’s getting better thanks to your tips!

  2. Awnya Boam
    Follow me on Twitter: time4felt
    on August 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Great tips. Looks like I need to do some work on my Youtube channel now 🙂

  3. Daniel on September 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Hey, I found a great extension for Chrome, it lets you stay on the channel while clicking and watching through videos.. no annyoing redirects all the time.. It can be found here

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