Youtube is the second largest search engine after Google and it gets 3 billion searches every month! Since Youtube has more than one billion active users, it can be extremely helpful to have an account there even if you don’t want to make videos. In this article, I’ll tell you how to create a Youtube account in 5 steps. And if you want to know how to make videos and even monetize them, take a look at my other blog post How to Make Videos Like a Pro!
1: Choose a username
Your username should be your first and last name, separated by an underscore. So if your name is John Smith, your username would be John_Smith. In fact, that’s what we used for our example account check it out! Your username will be public, so make sure you’re okay with sharing it publicly before proceeding. Once you’ve picked your username, head on over to YouTube and create an account using that information.
2: Select Privacy Settings
When creating your account, you have a choice between two privacy settings: Public or Private. You can select public if you are not concerned about having certain videos seen by your YouTube subscribers and people on Google+. However, selecting private means you will be able to save your videos and access them anywhere at any time. This option also allows you to add age restrictions, so only viewers over 18 can watch your content. If you are unsure which option is best for you, choose private until after you upload all of your videos. You can change it later if necessary (it’s very easy). At first, having a public account may seem like more fun because anyone with access to your username can view whatever they want.
3: Choose Captions Settings
Next, you’ll need to pick your preferred captions settings. The first setting is automated captions, which Google will automatically generate based on what’s being said in your video. This is generally used for live streams and interviews. Then there are manual captions, which allow you to create and edit your own custom captions for any time of the video, including recordings with music or other noise that would otherwise confuse an automated system. For some videos (like spoken tutorials) you might want only one option, but for most things you’re probably better off with manual captions enabled just so long as they don’t cover too much of what’s actually happening in the video.
4: Submit your channel info
To get started, log into your account and click YouTube at the top of any page. Then, scroll down until you see Claim your channel. Click on that. On that page, you’ll enter all of your general information and location and then agree to YouTube’s Community Guidelines. Once you’ve done that, click next and confirm your phone number by text message or automated call (don’t worry it won’t be posted publicly). If everything goes according to plan, your new channel will be created immediately!
5: Upload your first video
Once you’ve set up your account, it’s time to start uploading videos. Keep in mind that if you’re only interested in video blogging, there are other platforms that specialize in video-only blogging, like Vimeo and DailyMotion. If you do decide to join YouTube, make sure your videos are hosted through their platform video blogs hosted on external sites take away from any views or subscribers that could have been gained from using YouTube. It might be intimidating at first but once you become comfortable with creating content for your channel and watching it grow, it can be very rewarding! Happy vlogging!