YouTube

Adding your website’s banner to your YouTube channel

  • Sign into YouTube.
  • Select My Channel from the drop-down menu under your username at the top-left of the YouTube page.
  • Click on Branding Options.
  • Upload your banner. You may need to resize your banner to the maximum width and height at which your banner can appear on YouTube, which is 960px by 150px. Of course, it can be smaller than 960px by 150px, but no larger than that. Note that your banner can only be an image—either a .gif, .jpeg, or .png. You can’t use a Flash banner, for example.
  • Fill in the Channel Banner Height.
  • Fill in the Channel Banner Link. This is where the user will be redirected if s/he clicks on the banner. If you would like your banner to link to several different areas, you will need to add in an Image Map Code, which will allow you to attach certain links to certain parts of the banner.
  • Click Save Changes.
  • Refresh your page and see how it looks

Adding your brand to individual video pages

  • Sign into YouTube.
  • Select My Channel from the drop-down menu under your username at the top-left of the YouTube page.
  • Click on Branding Options.
  • Click on Video Page Branding.
  • Upload an image that’s 25px in height and up to 170px in width (width can be flexible, but no more than 170px wide). The image will display at the upper left corner of the Watch page on all your video pages.
  • Click Save Changes.
  • Go to one of your videos to see if you like how it looks.

Customizing your YouTube Channel

  • Log into your YouTube account. Click the yellow “Edit Channel” button.
  • Set up your channel information – website URL, profile picture (88×88) and description.
  • Within Channel Design scroll down to Advanced Design Customization. Set background, link and border colors. You can hide features like the video log by unchecking the box.
  • Just under the Advanced Design Customization heading, YouTube allows you to browse to your background image. Just save out one of the free YouTube backgrounds below into a folder on your system, then click browse and locate the file.
  • Click update channel.

To change your channel type:

  • Log into your YouTube account.
  • Click on the Account link on the upper right.
  • Click on Edit Channel. The link is on the middle right of the page.
  • Scroll down slightly and click on change channel type.
  • Select the new channel type from the list.
  • Press the Update Channel button.
  • YouTuber Channel
    The default channel type…intended for the average user, who may post the occasional family video but isn’t looking for an extended following. All other channel types allow the owner to put in extended information about themselves.
  • Director Channel
    The Director channel was created to “encourage original content and discourage copyright violation.
    The program is free, but users must agree that all their content is original in order to participate. YouTube Directors may create video content longer than the usual ten minute maximum, and they may specify prices for downloading video content.” Note that many channels now allow longer than 10 minute videos, and it appears (anecdotally) that the more videos you put up, the longer they may be.
  • Musician Channel
    The musician channel is “meant for performing musicians who record their own performances and upload them to YouTube, not for someone who uploads other people’s performances.
    In addition to all the standard features of YouTube, a musician channel can create a custom logo, specify tour or performance dates, and create links for CD sales.
  • Comedian Channel
    This channel is very similar to the musician channel as it’s “meant for comedians who want to promote their routines, not for users who upload other people’s routines.
    In addition to all the standard features of YouTube, a comedian channel can create a custom logo, specify performance dates, and create links for CD sales.
  • Guru Channel
    Gurus are experts who create YouTube videos designed to educate and inform their audience.
    Guru channels let you specify the genre of your expertise, create a custom logo, and add links to your profile page.
  • Reporter Channel
    A Reporter channel would be appropriate for anyone who makes news-oriented videos, no matter how large or small their audience.
    In addition to all the standard features that come with YouTube channels, reporters get extra space to describe their beat, their influences, and their favorite news sources