YouTube Live Streaming Tips For Beginners

Do you find the thought of going live on YouTube scary?

In the video below, I share my top YouTube live streaming tips for beginners so you can
get started right now.

You’ll learn what to do before, during and after your live stream so you can get more
views on YouTube channel.

Download my Free YouTube Mobile Live Streaming Checklist

Here’s what you need to prepare before you go live.

  1. Prepare your topic and content.
    Create a list of bullet points on a specific topic so you’ll stay on track throughout the live stream. Usually, I put these in a Google document so I can refer to them while I’m live. This helps me to stay on track so I don’t just waffle on about a particular topic.
  2. Prepare graphics.
    Instead of talking all the time and maybe boring your viewers, add some graphics to spice up your presentation. I use Ecamm Live for my live streams so I can just drag and drop any graphics or pre-recorded video onto the screen. Click here to watch my review of Ecamm Live.

    Another way to present your live stream is to use a series of slides. I sometimes prepare a number of slides in keynote which helps the viewers take notes during the live stream.
  3. Set up your watch page.
    This is the page that you can schedule for your live streams. Your watch page may rank in the search engines. It’s a good idea to share your streaming link 48 hours before you go live. Subscribers will be notified about your live event on the YouTube homepage at

    Subscribers will also see the live stream appear on the What To Watch Next. You can notify your subscribers through the community tab, you can email your list, you can notify people on your social media sites.
  4. Optimize your watch page for SEO.
    Make sure you add a great title and description for your live stream. Add your title in the tags as well as related keyword phrases. This will help it to be discovered in the search engines. You can also re-optimize your title description tags after you finish going live.
  5. Test your set-up.
    Make sure your lighting, camera, backdrop, microphone, and internet connections are all set up correctly. If you’re going live from your mobile phone, set your phone to Do Not Disturb so your live stream won’t be interrupted. Also if you’re going live from your mobile phone, make sure it’s in landscape mode otherwise you get the black bars in the portrait mode.

    If you want to know how to go live from your mobile phone, whether it’s an iPhone or Android device, click here.

    Here’s a big tip to overcome the fear of going live. Focus on your message instead of thinking about how you look or how you sound. Okay, you’re all set now, you’re ready to go live.

Here are my tips for when you’re live….

  • Introduce your topic.
    Resist the urge to greet viewers at the beginning of your live. Most of your audience is going to come from the replay, so you want to get straight into the media content by introducing a hook at the beginning of your live. You can ask a question or state right away what to expect during the live. You can also tease viewers about what they’ll receive at the end of the live if they continue watching. This will help keep viewers engaged while watching a replay.

    If your live stream is 20, 30 minutes to an hour long, you’ll get a lot of watch time from your video. This will help you to speed up the process of getting 4,000 watch times on your channel so you can monetize it.
  • Introduce yourself and your channel.
    The purpose of doing this is for the replay. First-time viewers want to know who you are and what your channel’s about so they’ll be motivated to subscribe, and you want to get more views and subscribers, right?
  • Greet your viewers.
    Spend a few moments greeting your viewers so they’ll know that you’ll be engaging with them during the live. Invite them to ask questions on the chat or in the comments and that you’ll answer questions after you’ve given your presentation.
  • Present your content.
    Try to keep on topic during the live by following the bullet points that you prepared ahead of time. You can monitor the questions on the chat and if it relates to the topic you can answer them right away. Questions that are unrelated to your topic, you can answer after your presentation so you can stay on track.
  • Tell viewers to like the stream.
    When viewers like the stream, it sends a signal to YouTube to promote your live. You can also remind viewers to leave a comment particularly for those that are watching the replay. You can also ask your viewers to share the content with their friends on social media sites so you might get more viewers attending the live.
  • Add a moderator.
    If you get a lot of people on the live, it might be hard to keep track of the comments. You also might encounter spammers and trolls in the comments, which will be hard to get rid of if you’re just doing it by yourself. If you get a moderator to assist you, it’ll help keep the chat stream clean and you’ll be able to focus on your content.
  • Give a call to action at the end of your live.
    Now that you’ve presented great content to your viewers, give a call to action such as recommending your products or your services. Tell them to check out your Facebook group or recommend one of your products. You can also ask suggestions for future live streams. You can also recommend a playlist that’s related to your live stream topic so you can binge-watch more videos on the YouTube channel.

What do you do after you’ve finished your live stream?

  • Optimize your title description tags based upon the content that you just delivered. If it’s different to what you prepared before you went live, you can do it now.

    You can also add cards and end screens that link to other videos related to the topic you covered. If there are any segments on your live that you want to remove, you can remove them using YouTube’s video editor. You can edit the beginning, end, or little sections of your video. The great benefit of doing this on YouTube is that it doesn’t affect your comments and rankings.
  • Promote on social media. Promote your live stream on your social media sites outside YouTube so your content will be exposed to a different audience.
  • Add it to a playlist. Wait a day or two then add your live stream replay to a playlist that’s related to the topic you covered.
  • Create a blog post. Get your video transcribed and create a blog post with your transcription in the embedded video. You can use a service like GoTranscript to get your videos transcribed. The great benefit of creating a blog post from your live stream is that it can be found in Google. You not only have the possibility of your video ranking in YouTube search but also your blog post ranking in Google search.

Let me ask you a question….
What is your greatest fear of going live on YouTube?

Post your answer in the comments below. I’d love to read them, and I’m sure others would too.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind when going live.

  • Don’t worry if you don’t have an audience.
    When I first went live on my channel I had no audience, but I just kept going. The key is to just do it because videos on YouTube can get found in the search engines. The live video that you did several weeks ago will get ongoing traffic month after month, year after year.
  • Communicate as if you’re talking to your best friend.
    One of the easiest ways to overcome the fear of going live is to imagine you’re talking to your best friend over a cup of coffee. This will help you to keep relaxed during the live so everything goes smoothly.
  • Have fun.
    Choose a topic that you enjoy, know a lot about, or your viewers have requested. If you enjoy a topic and engaging with your viewers, time will pass by really quickly. You may have thought you’re only on for 10 minutes but it easily became an hour.

    One of the greatest benefits of going live is that no editing is needed. After you finish going live you don’t have to spend hours editing your video. That’s a huge time saver.

If you want to know how to go live from your mobile phone, whether it’s an iPhone or Android device, click here to learn more. You’ll also be able to watch my other live stream videos.

Download my Free YouTube Mobile Live Streaming Checklist. You’ll learn the secrets to live streaming from your iPhone or Android device

Best Live Streaming Software For Mac 2019 (Ecamm Live Review & Tutorial)

If you want to create high-quality engaging live streams from your Mac, in 2019 AND BEYOND, you need to get the best live streaming software called Ecamm Live.

You’ll be able to live stream on Facebook, Periscope, Twitch, YouTube or multiple platforms at once.

You can also live stream using multiple cameras such as a Canon, Logitech or even your iPhone.

You can add a professional touch by dragging in graphics, text, a video file, even while live. You can also bring in multiple guests live, with just one click.


“Hello everyone. I’m Eileen Smith and today, I want to tell you why I love using Ecamm Live whenever I stream. Ecamm Live has so many options that will help you engage with your audience, like putting comments up on screen, bringing in guests. One of my favorite things that I love about Ecamm Live is that it can be used as a virtual cam with other applications. You can also use it to record pre-recorded segments. Thanks so much, Herman, for letting me come in and share my love for Ecamm Live.”

Let me give you a quick demonstration of how Ecamm Live software works….

If I click on show/hide overlays, then it will show the overlays window.

Click the microphone icon

If I click on the audio, it will show you the Blue Snowball, Built-in Microphone. You can also do Echo Cancellation.


See images above how to access/use the green screen feature

Currently, I’m inside the Ecamm Live software window. I’m using record only, but I can use Facebook, Periscope, Twitch, YouTube, and Switchboard Live where I can live stream multiple platforms, but I’m using Record Only so let’s switch over.

If my destination is YouTube, then I can select Public, Unlisted, or Private.

I can also schedule a new event and choose the date and time I wish to go live.

If I want to switch cameras, I just go to the camera source and click on 1080p Pro Stream. As you can see, I’m now using a Logitech camera. If I want to switch back, I just go up to this camera source and click on Canon EOS M50. I can do the same for my iPhone camera as well, so you can have different angles for different cameras.

I can connect all the cameras just using USB cords.

If I want to switch to presentation mode, I’ll just click on the computer icon.

Now, it’s showing the window for my keynote presentation as I go through the slides. I can also zoom in on the presentation or zoom out on the presentation.

If I want to go back to the talking head, I just click on the camera icon.

I can import a pre-recorded video file from my overlays window. I just click on the video file and it’s imported. When I finish playing the video, I can just drag it off the screen.

I can also drag on images from my overlays window. I just click on the file and drag it on to my Ecamm Live window screen

I can also zoom in on it, make it larger. When I’m finished, I’ll just drag it off the window. The beauty of this is that I can just drag and drop images, video files, et cetera, as I’m giving the presentation.


When you’re ready to go live like on Facebook or YouTube, just click the Go Live button.

While live, you can display comments from your audience, show graphics, text, and even video files. When I’ve finished showing the comment, I can just drag it off the window.

After you’ve finished, just click the Finish button, then click End Broadcast. You’ll get a window that pops up saying the live broadcast has ended.

Since I did this on Facebook, it says, “The video is now posted on your profile.” I can view the post, delete the post, and it says a recording has been saved to my Mac. I can show the file or I can send it to YouTube also.

While your video is live on YouTube, you’ll see the live chat stream next to the video. After you’ve finished the live stream, your chat stream will appear below the video on YouTube.

The Ecamm Live staff run a great Facebook group where you can get your questions answered and interact with other people that are using the Ecamm Live software. You can also keep up with the latest developments of the software.

Pricing Plans

The Standard plan is only $12 per month or $144 per year. However, I highly recommend getting the Pro plan which is only $20 per month or $244 per year.

It includes all the standard features plus you get a virtual webcam, live video monitoring to any display or HDMI output, NDI output, Audio Monitor output, Automatic Facebook page cross-posting, Realtime bandwidth stats, and VIP Tech Support.


If you just want to live stream from a mobile phone, download my mobile live stream checklist. You’ll learn how to prepare for your live stream and what to do afterwards to promote it.

How To Add Closed Captioning To A Video On YouTube And Boost Views

If you want to get more watch time on YouTube videos and reach a larger audience, add closed captioning to your YouTube videos. This will enable the hearing impaired to understand the content of your video and if people have their sound turned off, they can read the captions below the video.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at

Auto-generate closed captions
The easiest way to add closed captioning to a video you’re watching on YouTube is to click the CC icon at the bottom right of a video. That means that YouTube auto generates the captions. It says English auto-generated, click for settings. If you click the settings, you can see that the English is auto-generated. That means that YouTube auto generates the captions. You can see that the auto-generated captions appear at the bottom of the video.

How do you add closed captions to your own YouTube video so it will be more accurate than the auto-generated ones from YouTube?

  • Log into your YouTube channel
  • Click YouTube Studio Beta,
  • Click transcriptions,
  • Select the video that you wish to add closed captions to, I’m going to select this video. As you can see it’s already got published automatic captions on the video. You can always get people from the community to create your transcriptions. I also have community contributions turned on for this video so anybody from the community can add closed captions.
  • If you want to edit the automatic captions, just click on the published icon, it says view published subtitles and CC English automatic.
  • If I want to edit those, just click on edit, I can now edit the transcription.
  • After you’ve edited the transcription, click publish edits. Now I’ve got the English automatic and I’ve got English.

    That’s a free way to add closed captions to your videos, you simply edit the auto-generated captions from YouTube.

How do you upload a transcript of your video created by somebody else?

  • Log into your YouTube channel,
  • Click YouTube Studio Beta,
  • Click transcriptions,
  • Select the video you want to add closed captions to, I’m going to select this one,
  • Click add. Now I can upload a file which means upload a transcript or timed subtitles. I can transcribe on auto-sync which means type or paste a full transcript of the video and subtitled timings will be set automatically. I can create new subtitles or CC which means create subtitles and closed captions by typing them in as your watching the video. That’s what I showed you previously, so this time I’m going to t
  • Click transcribe and auto-sync.
  • Copy and paste the text into the transcribe and auto-sync box.
  • Click set timings. Now YouTube is setting the timings.
  • Typically it takes a few minutes for YouTube to create the closed captions for your video.

    While we’re waiting for the video to be processed, I just want to remind you that you can go to Gotranscript to get your video transcribed 100% by humans.

    Get your video content transcribed for under a dollar a minute and a turn around time is under six hours.

Let’s check if the transcript has been processed. Click English setting timings, here’s my transcription which I can edit if I still see mistakes. When I play the video, I can see the captions on the video as well as under the video. After I’m satisfied with the transcription and the closed captioning, click publish.

Now it says that subtitles are being published. If you still have the auto-generated captions, it will appear under the transcript. You click on English, you click on publish and then delete the transcript.

You can also upload a transcript if it’s on a computer.

Here’s how to quickly upload a transcript using YouTube Studio Beta.

  • Select the video,
  • Click advanced,
  • Click upload subtitles CC,
  • Select with timing or without timing. I’m going to select with timing.
  • Click continue,
  • Select the transcript file from your desktop,
  • Highlight the file,
  • Click open,
  • Click save and that’s all there is to it.

What are the top benefits of adding closed captioning to a video on YouTube?

  • Increases watch time.
    Viewers pay more attention to your video when they can read along while listening to your video content.
  • Reach a larger audience.
    Viewers that have a difficulty with their hearing or have the sound turned off because they’re in the library or at work can read the captions under the video. Now you’ll be able to extend the reach of your audience to those people as well.
  • Read content on mobile devices.
    As you can see the captions are easy to read on a mobile devices.
  • Repurpose your transcript.
    Since you have a transcript of your video content, you can repurpose it by adding it to your blog, social media sites et cetera. You can even convert the transcript to a PDF file and submit it to documents sharing sites to get even more traffic.

Let me ask you a question…

Do you want to get more views and subscribers to your YouTube videos by exposing content to a larger audience?

If that’s a yes, watch my next video on how to translate your video content into different languages.

Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at

JENNELLE ELIANA Van Life Channel BLOWS UP (1.3 Million Subscribers In 2 Weeks)

How the heck did Jennelle Eliana’s “Van Life” YouTube channel blow up with 1.3 million subscribers in two weeks?

When I saw this, I decided to reverse engineer her channel to see how she did it. Her channel had zero subscribers on the 7th of July 2019, and two weeks later, she had got 1.3 million subscribers, and this was only with two videos.

Watch the video below where analyze her channel to see what factors contributed to her success and how you can do the same for your own channel.

At the time of recording the video above she had over 1.5 million subscribers and only three videos. The last one was only uploaded two days ago and already has got 3.2 million views. As you can see, the channel home page is very simple, and there’s nothing flashy about it.

About Page
On her about page, she says, “I made this channel to document my life living and traveling in a 1995 GMC Vandura Explorer with my pet snake, Alfredo. I hope to inspire you guys to get out there and do what makes you happy”. Her stats show that she joined YouTube at April 8th, 2018. Currently, her channel has over 22 million views.

She also has an Instagram following, so let’s look at that. She has 258,000 followers and only 37 posts.

You think that contributed to her success?

Let me know in the comments below why you think her channel blew up in just a short time. I’d love to read your comments, and I’m sure others would too.

Let’s take a look at her videos.

Her first video is titled “Van tour, solo female traveler lives van life with pet snake”.

When I analyzed her top key words her video was ranking for, it included a girl and her van, solo female van tour, van life girls. That video, at the time of this recording, has over 6.8 million views and gets 3.314 views per hour.

Now, that’s pretty good.

Let’s take a look at the second video titled “How I shower living in a van“. It currently has over 12.6 million views and gets five and a half thousand views per hour.

Her top keywords include how to shower living in a van, van shower or van showers, a girl in her van, van life girls, van lifer, van girls. Obviously, her main target audience is people who want to live in a van. Most of these would include young girls and guys.

I can’t access the demographics for her channel, but I highly suspect that most of them are going to be young guys.

Look at the Google Trends image above and you’ll “van life” is trending. As you can see from the image, there’s a spike in interest for van life. This is not only in the United States but also overseas.

For example, when I went to New Zealand, there were hundreds of young people living life in a van all over the country. Many of these were single people that have been living in a van for over a year, others included young families that were living and traveling in a van.

Let’s take a look at Jennelle’s competitors on YouTube to see how popular van life is. The top videos are only a few days or a few months old and have gained millions of views. You can see that van life is currently a very hot topic, and Jennelle is riding that trend.

Here’s an interesting quote from a YouTube spokesperson…

“We have found there to be a general rise and interest around sustainable living on YouTube”, a YouTube spokesperson tells Tubefilter. “In fact, videos on sustainable living have doubled this year with some of the top categories being van life, tiny home, minimalism, and zero waste”. The spokesperson added that videos related to van life increased over 4.5 times last year versus 2017. “

You can see that the interest in van life has increased dramatically in the past year, and I showed you perviously that it’s currently trending on Google Trends.

Here’s the analysis of the third video that Jennelle recorded titled “How do I live in a van Q&A”.

Obviously, she got a lot of questions in her comments asking about her van life. At the time of this video recording, it has gained over 3 million views. The top keywords include how do I live in a van, van life, van living, Jennelle Eliana. Obviously, we don’t know all the factors that contributed to the success of Jennelle’s channel. She might have a huge email list. She may have friends that have huge social media channels. Let me know in the comments below why you think her channel blew up.

What are the big takeaways from Jennelle’s successful channel that you can use for your own channel?

  • Pursue a hot trend in your niche.
    Keep up with hot trends in your niche because you might be able to do a video that capitalizes on that trend.
  • Use online tools.
    Use online tools such as Google Trends, TubeBuddy, and vidIQ to look for the hot trends in your niche. You can even set up Google Alerts that emails the top news in your niche.
  • Make videos that stand out from your competitors.
    As you can see, Jennelle stands out from her competitors because she has a pet snake while she’s traveling in her van.
  • Create attractive thumbnails.
    Create attractive thumbnails that stand out from your competitors, so when people are searching for information in the search engines they’ll be able to click on your thumbnail instead of your competitors.
  • Be authentic.
    If you watched Jennelle’s videos, you can see that she’s very authentic. When you create your own videos, just be the best version of yourself instead of trying to copy somebody else.
  • Have a great hook.
    As you can see from Jennelle’s videos, she hooks you right at the beginning of the video so you can keep watching.
  • Tell a story.
    Jennelle’s first video is over 27 minutes long, so obviously, she’s telling a great story that captures the interest of her audience. The second and third videos are over 10 minutes long, so she’s able to maintain the interest of her viewers for over 10 minutes.

    When you create your own videos, think about telling a story that captivates your audience’s attention.

    Let me ask you a question….

    Do you want to know how to get more subscribers on your YouTube channel? If that’s a yes, watch the next video. You’ll learn how to turn viewers into subscribers.

    Do you want a grow your YouTube Channel this year so you can attract more views and subscribers? If so, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide at

The Best SEO Practice For Ranking Your Youtube Video

Want to know how to rank your YouTube video and get a huge number of subscriptions and views?

If yes, you are just on the right page.

Read on to learn everything about YouTube SEO.

We all know the fact that right after Google, YouTube is the second largest search engine on the planet. YouTube generates more than 92 billion views on its pages every month. It also provides direct traffic to a lot of blogs and websites.

It is a platform where 400 hours of videos are added in each minute.

YouTube provides some awesome ways to monetize your content in the video.

If your content gets enough likes, you can make a significant amount of money from your YouTube video.

However, uploading a video is not enough to get views on YouTube, unless you are a big brand or celebrity.

There are some effective ways you can rank your YouTube videos to rank higher on the YouTube search engine.

Just like your content, YouTube videos also need to be SEO optimized.

Now, we are going to discuss about the best YouTube SEO tips that are foolproof for 2019.

1. The Title of The Video Content- Use Keyword

The title is how people will know what your content is all about. If the title of your video perfectly matches to the content, it will be viewer-friendly and good for the YouTube’s video ranking algorithm.

One of the best ways optimizing your content based on what people are searching is using the auto-complete feature of YouTube or Google.

Here you can see above that I have typed the keyword “best seo tips 2019” and Google begins to suggest the more relevant keywords that are in trend.

So, you can use the auto-complete feature to come up with more keyword ideas.

Now, you can use the keyword to create a meaningful title.

2. Description Of The Video:

It is really important to write a good description of your video content. The first few lines play a major role in your video’s ranking in the search engine. You can also use the search engine’s auto-complete feature in this step also. If the searched keyword matches the first two lines of your
description, your video is more likely to get a good ranking on the search engine.

In the above screenshot, you can see that my search keyword is matching with the video description which is in first two lines. Using long tail keyword as your video description is a great idea as it improves the chance of getting higher rank significantly.

When you are writing the description for your video, make sure you take enough time to come up with a good description that matches the keyword.

3. Name Your Video File Wisely:
You are done with creating and editing your video file. It is now ready to be uploaded in YouTube but, you have named it as movoe001.avi or random_name.mp4, make sure you rename your video with your_keyword.mp4.

When you name your video with the targeted keyword, it helps search engine know what your video is all about. Search Engine indexes your video quickly when it is named with the keyword.

So never forget to put your keyword in your video name.

4, Use Search Data To Optimize Your Video Properly:
This is the most effective tool for optimizing your YouTube video.

Go to Head over to Now click on Analytics and head to the Top Videos section

Now, you can see the page as given below

Now select the video that you want to optimize and this will come up with the analytics page for your selected video.

Now click on the “Traffic Source” and select YouTube search.

This particular page shows all the queries that people are using to find your video. Now, you should optimize the title, description and tags of your video based on the queries.

Consider these queries as keywords and optimize your video accordingly.

5. Encourage People To Subscribe To Your Video:
Your video has no value in YouTube without any views or subscriptions. So, make it work by reaching your video to the target audience and encourage them to subscribe to your channel.

Building a strong list of subscribers efficiently increases the chances of ranking higher on the search engine as it shows that you have an engaged community.

Now, the question is -how do you get people to subscribe to your channel? Start with asking for it. Make sure you are using Call To Action words in your video description.

You can also ask people to subscribe to your channel outside the YouTube by adding a widget to your website design.

6. Use The Closed Caption Feature:

You might have already found “CC” in many YouTube videos. It stands for Closed Caption, a crucial SEO tool for YouTube videos. It is a text overlay or transcription of the video. It appeals to a large number of audience as they can watch your video with more ease, irrespective of the surrounding. CC helps you reach higher engagement rate in terms of like, comments, shares and subscribers.

7. Tagging and Good Keyword Research For Your Videos
Tags are another efficient ways to rank your video higher on YouTube search engine. When it comes to putting tags in your videos, you should follow these tips

Write your main keyword first.
List general tags

You can use the online keyword finding tools that help you find the right keywords for your video.

Misspell your tags. For example, if you have a keyword like YouTube video SEO, you can use youtube video SEO. Go to the analytics and see how people are searching for your video.

Use singular and plural forms of your tags. If your keyword is Tattoo Design, you should use Tattoo Designs also.

Break your keyword into separated tags like Tattoo and Design.

Keyword Research For Your YouTube Video:

Getting the keyword idea is the most crucial part of your SEO campaign for YouTube video.

Google has two tools for you- keyword planner and display planner.

When it comes to finding more relevant keywords, using display planner would be a right choice.

The best part of using display planner is that it not only gives you a hug number of keywords, it also provides great insight on the searched keyword.

8. Publish A High Retention Video:
When it comes to ranking your video, you must keep people watching it.
The amount of time people watch your video is known as Audience Retention.

No wonder Audience Retention is a huge ranking factor.

9. Add Interesting Thumbnails:
If you have been using YouTube’s auto-generated thumbnails, it’s time to change your ways.

Your thumbnail is the first visual element which influences the decision of your audience to view your video. So, the thumbnail should be interesting enough to grab the attention of your audience. Instead of depending on auto- generated boring thumbnail, start using customized thumbnail which are more interesting.

It is always a smart idea to show close-up of human faces as it strikes the human attention in a best manner and show engaging content to get more clicks.

You can also use your brand logo on the thumbnail but make sure it is not overshadowing your thumbnail.

So, now you might have become familiar with these highly effective and result-oriented YouTube SEO tips, and it’s time to start implementing these tips and see the improvement within a very short span of time.

Thumbnail App For YouTube (works on iPhone & Android devices)

Have you ever wanted to make a YouTube thumbnail on your iPhone or Android device so you don’t have to be tethered to your computer?

Watch the video below to discover how to create an attractive thumbnail using a thumbnail app for YouTube called Canva.

The beauty of using the free Canva app is that it’s available for both the iPhone and Android device. It also includes many professional templates that can easily be modified to your liking.

Download my Free YouTube Thumbnail Checklist at:

Here are the steps to install the Canva app on your iPhone or Android device to create a clickable thumbnail.

  • Tap the App Store icon on your iPhone home screen,
  • Tap the search bar, enter Canva. It’s the Canva Graphic Design
  • Tap the download icon. While the app’s installing, I just want to remind you that there’s hundreds of templates within Canva that you can easily modify. This enables you to quickly create a professional thumbnail on the go.
  • Tap Open or go back to the home screen where you now see the Canva App installed.
  • Tap the app.
  • Sign up for an account if I don’t have one or log in. Since I already have an account on my desktop, I’m going to tap login. I can log in with Facebook or Google or just put in my credentials. I’m going to just put in my credentials.
  • Tap the icon at the bottom right to see all the designs already created on my desktop. You also have an option to start from scratch by using a blank template.
  • For the purpose of this video, I’m just going to select the template that I can easily modify.
  • Tap the search bar, enter “YouTube Thumbnail”, and you’ll get a whole bunch of templates that you can modify to your liking. They are all free.
  • Scroll down and look for a template.
  • Tap the picture (template). I can take a picture from my camera. You can also shoot a high-definition photo with your camera and access it from your camera roll. If you’re using your face in your thumbnail, make sure you take a high-quality picture and saturate the colors.
  • I can lso search for an image from millions of images from Canva.
  • Tap Colors, I can select colors. I can move the slider, to find different colors. I can also slide the other slider to change the hexagonal code or I can even enter the code in here to change the color.
  • I can also tap Filters and change the filters for my image.
  • Tap Advanced and I can move the slider to change the brightness, change the contrast, change the saturation, colorize, blur. If I move it to the right, it can blur, move it to the left to get a sharper image. Add a vignette, cancel that. I’m going back to Images. I’m going to select an image of a mountain. Some mountain images here, and select this one.
  • Tap Filters again, I’m going to select this filter. Tap Advanced and I’m going to saturate the color a little bit, slider up a bit, and move the slider to the left to sharpen a little bit.
  • Tap Done.
  • I’m going to change the text. When using text in your thumbnail, just use a few words and make sure it’s bold so it stands out at a small size. I don’t want to have the text so I just tap it and then tap the trash icon.
  • I’m going to move the word “visual” to the top so I just tap it, I can move it. If I put two fingers on it, I can extend it, I can also rotate it if I want.
  • Alternatively, I can tap the numbers and move the slider.

Let’s change the text.

  • Tap the X and type in thumbnail
  • Tap the numbers to reduce the size. I just made a mistake, so I’m going to tap the undo icon to revert back to the previous design. I tap the text again, tap the size, reduce the size so it fits in there, move it down a little bit.

Now I’m going to change the colors.
Here’s a tip, don’t use more than two different fonts for your thumbnails.

  • Tap the color
  • Tap the color wheel.
  • Move this slider to black. That looks good.
  • Tap done. Then, I’m going to tap on content and hit the trash icon to remove the text box. I’m going to use the same font as I have in the thumbnail.
  • Tap the duplicate icon at the top which clones the text. Now it’s copied so just move it down.
  • Tap on the text, X the text, change it to say “App”
  • Tap Done
  • Tap the font size to make it a little bigger than move it around. T
  • Tap Done. You can also use two fingers to extend it, to rotate it.
  • Tap Done.

Now I’m ready to download the thumbnail image to my camera roll.

  • Tap the download icon. It’s preparing to make the magic happen.
  • Saved to camera roll.

Let’s have a look at the camera roll. Go to Photos, and there is the Thumbnail App image.

Now, all I have to do is upload the custom thumbnail to my YouTube channel and assign it to the correct video.

Keep in mind, the thumbnails that you created can easily be accessed via your mobile or desktop devices because they are stored on Canva.

Let me ask you a question…what mobile app do you use to make YouTube thumbnails on your phone?

Post your answer in the comments below. I’d love to read them, and I’m sure others would like to know as well.

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You’ll get 10 tips for creating professional thumbnails.

How To Auto Translate YouTube Videos With Community Contributions

Did you know that some YouTube channels will allow you to contribute translated titles, descriptions, subtitles, and closed captions for their videos?

You can also get credit for the contributions for that video. They’ll be viewable on the YouTube watch page and by clicking the CC icon on the video player.

Here are the requirements to receive community contributions.

The channel owner must enable community contributions on their channel or on their video.

You can select content for the entire video or just add what you know. If you see existing content that’s already been added by the community, you can add the parts that are missing.

Here are the steps to submit community contributions.
Step 1.
Enable community contributions for your channel.
– Login to your YouTube channel.
– Click YouTube studio beta.
– Click transcriptions. At the top you’ll see all the transcriptions for your videos. Drafts are draft transcriptions and you have published transcriptions.

If I click on community, it says, “Get your videos translated easily and automatically.

If I click on this gear icon, it says, “Community contributions. Turn on or off community contributions for all of the videos you’ve uploaded. This may also turn on the feature by default for new videos. You can turn this feature on or off for an individual video at any time from its settings page.”

For example, if I click on CC, then I can see the transcription for this video. If I click on it again, it turns it off. If I hover over the settings icon, I can select subtitles CC and turn it on for English (United States). I’ve already uploaded a Hindi transcription, so you’ll see Hindi there also. I can just select any one of these. If I select Hindi, then I’ll see the Hindi captions here.

If the video content hasn’t been transcribed, you won’t see a CC icon below the video.

To use this feature, select the default language for your video uploads. What language is spoken most in your videos? I’ve got English (United States). You can turn on here or I can turn on here. I’m going to click turn it on. Now it says, “New languages will be added as soon as the community submits them. Let your fans and the rest of the YouTube community know how they can help with this link.” If I copy this link, paste it into the browser, anyone will be able to submit a translation of my video content for this video.

Step 2.
Select the video you wish to translate
If you’ve been given the contribution link by the creator, all you have to do is click contribute and contribute your translated version of the content. Alternatively, select the video, click the gear icon, click subtitles and CC, then you can see this video is already been translated into English, French, and Portuguese.

Step 3.
Add subtitles or CC. Click add subtitles CC.

Step 4.
Select the video language.

It says, “What language would you like to translate into?
– Click the dropdown.
– Select the language. I’ll put Spanish (United States).
– Click set language.

Step 4A
Translate the video subtitles.
Up here, it says title and description translate, subtitles and CC translate. If you want to translate title and description, just click on that. Put the translated title in there and the translated description in there.

For the translated subtitles and CC, just click on subtitles and CC. If I click the actions dropdown, I can upload a file or I can auto-translate. I can just click auto-translate. It translates the captions into Spanish. You can see the translated Spanish captions under the video. After you translated the video content into Spanish, just click submit contribution. For this video, I chose auto-translate from English to Hindi. Here’s the captions under the video.

Step five
Send to the community for initial review.

I just click submit contribution. It says, “Are the subtitles done? No, let others keep working on them. Yes, they’re ready to be reviewed. Note, these subtitles need to be reviewed by others before they’re published. You won’t see them on the video right away.

Because the translation has been machine-generated, I’m going to check no and just click submit.

How do you get credit for community contributions?

After submitting a contribution, you can choose if your name shows on the list of contributions. In order to get credit for your contributions, you must have a YouTube channel. Keep in mind that your contribution might be modified or improved by other contributors.

Here are three important things to keep in mind.
1. Remember to turn on community contributions for your channel.
Once an international audience find your channel, they want to keep coming back for more. Instead of just translating one video, it’ll be more beneficial to translate an entire video series.

2. Invite the community to translate your videos.
You can ask them in your video or invite them in the description of your video. You might also include instructions on how to translate your video.

3. Check YouTube analytics to see how well your channel is performing for foreign languages.
Compare the watch time from the original language of the video with all the other translated languages. Ultimately, expanding the reach of a global audience will result in more views, comments, and subscribers.

Let me ask you a question…What if you want to translate your own videos to other languages? No worries, just watch my next video on how to translate English subtitles or captions into other languages.

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How To Translate YouTube Videos To English Subtitles Or Other Languages

Do you want to know how to translate the subtitles and captions of someone else’s YouTube videos as well as your own videos so you can reach a global audience?

If you translate your video into another language, then people who can’t understand the language that you speak can read the captions under your video. Adding text on the screen increases the watch to completion rates. It also opens your video to the search engines so you get more views, subscribers, and comments.

Here’s how to quickly translate someone else’s video to English subtitles or a different language.

  • Click on the CC icon at the bottom right of the video to see the subtitles and closed captions of the native language for that video. As you can see the closed captions appear in English on the video.

What if I want to translate these English subtitles and captions to a different language?

  • Hover over the settings icon. C
  • Click subtitles and CC, which is currently set to off.
  • Click English auto-generated. Now, you see the auto-generated captions on the video.
  • Click English auto-generated. Click auto-translate.
  • Select the language that you want to translate the video into. I’m going to select Spanish.
  • Now you’ve got the auto-generated subtitles and captions for that video.

As you can see, the subtitles are translated into Spanish.

If you want to select a different language…
– Click on the settings icon.
– Click auto-generated to Spanish.
– Click auto-translate. Select the different language. Let’s select Hindi.
– Play the video.

Now you can see that the video is translated into Hindi.

What’s the difference between captions and subtitles?

Captions assume that the viewer can’t hear anything because they may be hard of hearing, or have the sound turned off. Subtitles assume that the viewer speaks a different language.

Here’s how to translate the subtitles and captions of your own videos to other languages.

Step 1.
Check which countries are sending the most traffic to your YouTube channel.

  • Log in to your YouTube channel.
  • Click YouTube Studio Beta.
  • Click go to channel analytics.
  • Click build an audience.
  • Scroll down to top countries. I’ve got United States, India, United Kingdom, Philippines, Canada. I’m going to select India as my second top country for traffic where they speak Hindi.
  • Click on videos.

Step 2.
Select the video you wish to translate.

  • Select this video, click transcriptions, click add language.

What if you want to get somebody from the community to translate your video?

  • Click the dropdown that says community contributions.
  • Click “Turn On” for this video.

Now you can receive community contributions to translate your video to another language.

Step 3.
Edit video transcription.

  • I already have an English transcript for this video. I’m going to click on that. Here’s my video that’s translated into English.
  • If you want to edit this transcription to make sure it sounds right, click edit. You can then just edit the text for this video.
  • After you’ve done it just click publish edits.

Step 4.
Download the SRT captions file to your computer

  • Click actions and download SRT so click SRT.
  • I’m going to name this “translate captions.
  • Save it to a desktop.

Step 5.
Translate the video content.

For the purposes of this video, I’m going to use Google Translate to translate the video.

  • Go over to the Google Translate Toolkit and just google it.
  • Click Upload.
  • Click add content to translate.
  • Click upload file. I’m typing my language, Hindi.
  • Name the file
  • Click next.
  • Choose file. I’m going to select translate
  • Click open. I name it translatetohindi since the file is in Hindi language.
  • Click Next. It’s uploading. Now it says, “It’s translated.” I can pay $64.54 to get it translated by somebody else.
  • Click, no thanks. I’ll translate it myself or invite friends for help.
  • Click on translate to Hindi.
  • Click on the file. The original text in English is on the left here, and the computerized Hindi translation is on the right.

I don’t know how accurate the translation is because I don’t speak Hindi. I should get someone that speaks Hindi to check the translation.

Alternatively, you can use the human translation services from GoTranscript to transcribe your video.

Now that I’ve translated the English subtitles into Hindi I can download the SRT file.

Step 6.
Download the translated SRT file to your computer.

  • Click File.
  • Click download. I’m going to call the file translatetohindi3, and the format is going to be .SRT (
  • Click Save.

Step 7.
Add the transcription to your video.

  • Go back to your video.
  • Click transcriptions.
  • Click add language, and then select Hindi.
  • Click add subtitles.
  • Upload a file. Here’s my file. Highlight that.
  • Click open. It says, “This transcript may contain additional formatting that can get lost if overwritten.” Here’s the video that’s translated into Hindi subtitles.
  • Click publish.

Now you can see that the video content has been translated to English..United States, and Hindi. Now if I play the video, you can see the subtitles have been translated into Hindi.

If you want to get a more accurate translation that is not machine generated but done by actual humans, click here

What other language do you want to translate your videos to?

Pot your answer in the comments below. I’d love to read them and I’m sure others would to.

What if you also want to translate the titles, descriptions, and tags of your own videos to other languages?

No worries, just watch my next video on how to translate YouTube videos to other languages.

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How To Translate YouTube Videos To Another Language (Get More Views)

Do you want to get more views to YouTube videos?

Increasing the accessibility of your videos will increase watch time, reach and engagement. Watch the video below to discover how to translate your videos into another language, so you can reach a global audience.

On average, two-thirds of your channel views come from outside your home country. Therefore, it makes sense to translate your videos into another language other than your own.

This will generate more views or more subscribers to YouTube channel.

Here are the steps to translate your videos to another language.

  1. Check your demographics.
    The purpose of checking the demographics of your channel is to see what other language you should translate your videos into?
    – Log to YouTube channel, click on YouTube Studio Beta, click Analytics, click Build an audience, scroll down to where it says top countries.

    The top countries where I get most of my traffic in the last 28 days is United States, India, United Kingdom, Philippines and Canada. If I change the time period from 28 days to 365 days the top countries still are United States and the United Kingdom, Philippines and Canada.

    If I click “see more” I can see the percentage of views or where my traffic is coming from. I can also see the other countries where traffic is coming from. The top countries in the last 365 days is United States at 29.8%, and India at 19.4%.

    I probably want to translate my top videos in the top language that’s spoken in India.
  2. Identify the top videos on your channel you want to translate into a different language.
    – Go to YouTube Studio Beta, click on Analytics, click Overview.
    – Select the top video that gets the most traffic
    – Click transcriptions,
    – Click on “Build an audience”. You can see that top countries are India, United States, United Kingdom, Philippines and Australia.

    I definitely want to translate my video into Hindi, so I can reach a large audience.
  3. Translate your video into another language.
    – Click transcriptions,
    – Click add language, scroll down to Hindi. I can add the Hindi title and Hindi description. For the purposes of this video, I’m just going to use Google Translate which is probably not a perfect translation.

    ‘ll talk about better translation tools you can use later in the video. Just go to Google and enter Google Translate. I copy my title. I’m going to select English, put my title in there. Then I’m going to select Hindi and hover over this icon says copy translation. Copy that, the translation copied. I go back to my video and I just paste it in there.

    Now my title has been translated. I’m also going to add it to the top of my description. Then I’m just going to copy this paragraph from my description. Go back to Google Translate, paste it in there.

    Now it’s translated that into the Hindi language. Copy translation. It says translation copied. Go back to my video and add it to the description. Now viewers can watch and understand my video, whether they speak English or Hindi.

    If you want to add another language, you can just click add language. If somebody’s watching my video that only speaks Hindi, they’ll be able to read the title and description, that’s all in Hindi.

Here’s how to quickly translate your tags to another language.

  • Download the free Chrome extension TubeBuddy. Then you see these tag tools when you edit your video.
  • Click on translate. Here you can see that the top five languages spoken by my channels audience is English, Hindi, Arabic, Filipino and Punjabi. I want to translate these tags into Hindi.
  • All I have to do is click the drop-down, select Hindi.
  • Now I’ve got my tags translated into Hindi
  • Click the add icon. Click the add icon for this one. The add icon for this one and this one
  • Click close. Now you can see that I’ve added the translated in Hindi tags. Now I’ve got my tags translated to Hindi.

You can do this quickly for any of the videos on your channel.

Here are three YouTube tools to translate your content

  1. Add your own translations.
    You can add translated titles, descriptions and tags using Google Translate and TubeBuddy, as I’ve shown you in the video above.
  2. Get community contributions.
    Here’s where you can get the fans from that country to translate your titles, descriptions and tags. Just make sure that you enable community contributions for that video. Do this…
    – Click on transcriptions for your video.
    – On the community contributions, click the drop down box.
    – Click on for this video. That’s all there is to it.
  3. Use GoTranscript.
    GoTranscript offers translation services that are a 100% done by humans.

If you want to attract even more viewers to YouTube videos, upload a transcript of your video content. Just watch the next video on five ways to transcribe your video content.

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How To Block Content On YouTube (unwanted videos, channels, inappropriate comments, bad words, URLS)

Are you tired of YouTube recommending content in your subscription feed that you don’t want to watch? Now you can do something about it by permanently blocking videos and channels on the YouTube homepage.

View the image below from the YouTube app which says I can block the channel and YouTube won’t recommend this channel again. If you make a mistake, you can just tap undo.

Here’s how to block videos and channels that are being recommended to you on the YouTube app.

  • Tap the YouTube app.
  • Select the video and channel that you don’t want to see recommended anymore on the home screen.
  • Tap the three dots.
  • Tap don’t recommend channel, so YT won’t recommend videos from this channel to you again.

    If you just want to remove the video…
  • tap the three dots
  • tap not interested. It says, “Video removed. Tell us why.”
  • Tap tell us why, I’ve already watched the video, I don’t like the video.
  • Tap I don’t like the video, and the video is gone.

    If you want to block the whole channel that’s being recommended to you by YouTube…
  • just tap the three dots,
  • tap don’t recommend channel. It says, “We won’t recommend videos from this channel to you again.”
  • If you made a mistake, just tap undo. That’s it.

Here’s how to block videos and channels that are being recommended to you from your desktop.

  • If you want to move recommended videos from your home screen that you no longer want to watch, just click the three dots
  • Click not interested. It says, “Video removed. Undo. Tell us why.”
  • Click tell us why, so I’ve already watched the video, I don’t like the video, I’m not interested in this channel.
  • If you just want to remove the video, you can say, “I don’t like the video”.
  • If you want to remove the whole channel, you can choose I’m not interested in this channel.
  • If you want to remove the recommended videos from a whole topic, just tap the X, it says, “Not interested,” and it will say, “Got it. We’ll tune your recommendations.

If you want to remove a recommended channel…

– Tap the X, it says, “Not interested.” It says, “Got it. We’ll tune your recommendations.”

What if you want to see the videos that you’ve watched in the past or the videos that you may want to watch in the future?

The history link will show you the videos that you’ve watched in the past. You may want to clear all your watch history.

  • Click history.
  • Click clear all watch history. It says, “YouTube watch will be cleared from all YouTube apps on all devices. Your video recommendations will be reset.”

You can also pause watch history.

This will make it harder to find videos you’ve watched, and you may see fewer recommendations for new videos across Google. If you check search history, and clear all search history. It means all YouTube search history will be cleared from all YouTube apps on all devices. Your video recommendations will be reset, but may still be influenced by activity on our Google products.

You can also pause search history.

This means that future searches will not appear in your search history and will not be used to provide improved recommendations. Just keep in mind that pausing the setting doesn’t delete any previous activity.

How do you hide videos that may contain inappropriate content?

For example, if your kids are using your computer to do their homework, you may want to hide inappropriate content.

  • Login to your YouTube channel.
  • Click customize channel.
  • Scroll down to the bottom.
  • Click restrictive mode off. It says, “Restricted mode hides videos that may contain inappropriate content flagged by users and other signals. No filter is 100% accurate, but it should help you avoid most inappropriate content. Your Restricted mode setting will apply to this browser only.” It says, “Lock Restricted mode on this browser. Restricted mode lock prevents others from changing restrictive mode settings from this browser.”

Let’s talk about managing the comments on your channel.

Perhaps you want to disable all comments on your channel. Perhaps you want to hold potentially inappropriate comments. Perhaps you want to hold all comments for review.

  • Login to your YouTube channel.
  • Click YouTube studio beta.
  • Click settings.
  • Click community.
  • Click defaults.
  • If you want to disable all comments, just check the box, click save.
  • If you want to hold potentially inappropriate comments for review, just check that box, click save.

If you want to block users comments and live chat messages…

– Click automated filters.
– Scroll down to hidden users.
Comments and live chat messages from these users won’t show up. It may take several days to remove existing comments and live chat messages. I can just paste the channel URL of a user to add as a hidden user.

I can also block or blacklist certain words.
Comments closely matching these words will be held for review. Live chats matching these words will be blocked. I can also block links. This means new comments with hashtags and URLs will be held for review. Live chat messages and URLs will be blocked. This setting doesn’t apply to you, moderators, or approved users. After you’ve made the changes, just click save.

Now you know all the ways that you can block content on YouTube in 2019, 2020, and beyond.

Let me ask you a question…

Do you want to get more subscribers to your YouTube videos? If that’s a yes, watch the next video on 10 strategies on how to get more subscribers from YouTube videos.

Do you want to learn nine more strategies to get more subscribers to your YouTube videos? If that’s a yes, watch my next video.