How to add channel art to YouTube

Here is a short post and video on how to design your YouTube channel art

Once you have a YouTube channel you will need some channel art.

You can pay a designer to do this, or if you are sufficiently skilled ylotsou can design it yourself.

Another alternative is to use a number of free sites to generate some art.

The first is :

www.canva.com

You will need to create a free account, after which it is possible to design you art as covered in the video below.

The sites I use for free images are ;

www.pixabay.com

www.pexels.com

There are some really good images in lots of different sectors.

Please watch the video below.

As usual, if you have any questions or comments, please contact me.

YouTube description- 7 tips to help you optimize your video

When posting a video to YouTube,the description is so important.  

After all,YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world, so to be found in the search engines, we need to include a meaningful description.

Here are the things I suggest :

1 Firstly decide on your keywords.

This is a whole subject in itself, but let’s assume you have decided on

“How to make money online”

2 Include it in your title

However, it is better to make it more appealing, for example:

“How to make money online-learn the secrets never revealed before”

Or

“How to make money online-7 simple steps for you to follow”

3 I repeat the title as my first line of the description.

4 Include your URL in the second line including http.

For example, mine is

https://johnhayesonline.wordpress.com

The reason you want to do it this way is that the format above is a clickable link.

You do not want your viewers to have to copy and paste the URL, because most of them will not do it.

5 Write your description

Ideally this should be between 200 and 500 words.

The important thing is that you should write the description for the viewer NOT for the search engines.

When writing, keep the sentences short.

Use paragraphs with only 2-3 sentences per paragraph.

Your viewers will not read a full page of text with no breaks.

Use bullet points-these make the reading more interesting.

Try to include your keyword phrase 3-4 times in the description, but do not overdo it as it may appear unnatural to the search engines.

6 Include your other social media links

If you are on sites like Facebook, Twitter , LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ or any other of the major sites, you can show the viewer that you are active on other sites.

7 Include an external link

There are various thoughts on this, but it is something I normally do.

I normally include a link at the bottom of my description.

I go to google and type in the keyword phrase or something similar.

When I see the results I normally include a Wikipedia URL as this is a higher authority site.

I hope you find this useful, and if you have any suggestions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

John Hayes

How to add a thumbnail on your YouTube video

It is predicted that by 2019 , as much as 80% of the traffic on the Internet will be video.
If this is true,it is important to make use of videos now.
There are a number of video sites,but the largest is YouTube.  

When you’re making a YouTube video the thumbnail is very important .
Basically this is the first opportunity that people will see your video, so you need to make it quite appealing in order for them to click on it now as opposed to the thousands of others.

If you leave it to YouTube, the site will pick an image from your video which may not be very appealing.

What I do is a use a number of different sites to basically have a custom thumbnail.
I personally use pixabay ( http://www.pixabay.com ) where I find an appealing image .
These are free and of a very high quality.
I will download this image to my disk.

Then I upload this image into canva ( http://www.canva.com )where I can basically define it as a YouTube thumbnail which makes it the right size.
I then add any appropriate text and download it to my disk.

I then go to YouTube where I upload the image as a custom thumbnail.

All of this is explained in the video below.

I hope you find it useful.