How to Download Video from YouTube to Computer, Laptop, Mobile or USB drive

Have you ever been on a plane and wanted to watch a YouTube video but couldn’t because you didn’t have Internet access?

Perhaps you want to save a video to your computer because you’re low on data but couldn’t get online.

In the video below, I show you how to download a video to your computer, laptop, USB or mobile device, as well as how to download YouTube videos legally from other people’s channels.

Here are the steps to download a video from your own YouTube channel to your computer, laptop, or USB drive.

  • Log in to YouTube channel.
  • Click on the profile icon.
  • Click YouTube Studio (beta).
  • Click on Videos.
  • Select the video that you wish to download.
  • Click on the three dots labeled Options.
  • Click download (ie desktop)
  • Click Save
    You’ll now see the video that’ was downloaded to your desktop. Keep in mind, you can also download the video from YouTube to your laptop or USB drive.

Here are the steps to legally download a YouTube video from other people’s channels to your computer, laptop, USB drive, or mobile device.

  • Let’s first look at the legalese, so you don’t get in trouble from YouTube for downloading other people’s videos.

    In YouTube’s Terms of Service section 5B, under Your Use of Content, it says, “Content is provided to you as is. You may access content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the service and as permitted under these Terms of Service. You shall not download any content unless you see a “download” or similar link displayed by YouTube on the service for that content.”

    “You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of YouTube or a respective license source of the content. YouTube and its licensors reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the service and the content.”

YouTube Premium is a service offered by YouTube that allows you to download other people’s YouTube videos on your desktop, laptop, USB drive, or mobile device.

You can get a one-month free trial for only $11.99 per month. There’s also a lot of other benefits.

  • You can enjoy ad-free YouTube videos whenever you sign in on your mobile device, desktop, or enabled TV.
  • You can save videos to your computer, laptop, USB drive, or mobile device whenever you’re low on data or can’t get online.
  • Background play allows your video to play uninterrupted in the background even when you open another app.
  • YouTube Music Premium allows you to explore the world of music ad-free offline, and with the screen locked, which is available on mobile and desktop devices.
  • YouTube Originals allows you to discover original series and watch movies from today’s hottest talent.

What else is included with YouTube Premium?

  • You have YouTube Kids, which allows ad-free and offline play in YouTube Kids app.
  • YouTube Gaming, which is ad-free offline and background play in YouTube Gaming app.
  • Google Play Music, which is included at no additional cost.

Now, you know how to download video from YouTube to your computer, laptop, USB drive, or mobile device.

Let me ask you a question….

Do you want to know how to use Creative Commons videos on YouTube without getting a copyright strike? If that’s a yes, watch my next video. You’ll learn how to use other people’s videos in your own video without getting a copyright claim.

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 TubeBootCamp.com

How To Find And Use Creative Commons Videos On YouTube Without Copyright Claims

Did you know you can use other people’s videos to create your own video without getting a copyright strike or a copyright claim?

This is possible with Creative Commons videos.

Today, you’ll learn what Creative Commons videos are, how to find them and how to use them in your videos so you don’t get a copyright strike.

What are Creative Commons Videos?

According to YouTube…”Creative Commons licenses provide a standard way for content creators to grant someone else permission to use their work. YouTube allows users to mark their videos with a Creative Commons CC BY license. If you’ve marked your video with a CC BY license, you retain your copyright and other users get to reuse your work subject to the terms of the license. By marking your original video with a Creative Commons license, you are granting the entire YouTube community, the right to reuse and edit that video. “

Basically, you can edit and reuse a Creative Commons video in your own video.

How can you use a Creative Commons video without copyright strike?

If you use a CC BY license, you’re free to copy and redistribute the material and any medium or format. You can remix, transform and build upon material for any purpose even commercially. It says the licensor, (that means a person that has created the Creative Commons video), cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

The terms mean you must give attribution by giving appropriate credit, provide a link to the license and indicate if any changes were made.

Here’s a good example of the kind of attribution you want to add to the description of your video.

Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco” by tvol is licensed under CC BY 2.0

You also want to make sure that the content in your video adds value, is unique and relevant. You don’t want to just upload the entire Creative Commons video, you want to add your own commentary and narrative to the video so it won’t be flagged by YouTube for duplicate content, or reuse content.

Click here if you want to learn more about reused content. You will see answers to frequently asked questions about reused or duplicate content.

Here’s how to find Creative Commons videos on YouTube.
Enter main topic in YouTube search bar. I’m going to enter big waves, click the search icon, filter, click Creative Commons. Now you’ll see listed all the Creative Commons videos for the term “big waves” I’m going to select the video, “biggest waves ever surfed in history”.

If I click show more, then I can see the license is Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed). Notice the video also used Creative Commons music.

Here’s an important thing to keep in mind…
Sometimes a personal download a copyrighted video, then change the video to a Creative Commons video to use it for commercial purposes.

Therefore, make sure you identify the original copyright holder of the Creative Commons video before you use that in your video, and give attribution to them in the description of the video.

Another way to find creative commons videos, images or music is to go to oldsearch.creativecommons.org and enter big waves”. Make sure you have the boxes checked…use for commercial purposes, modify, adapt, or build upon. I’m going to select YouTube and you’ll notice in the search bar, the topic appears as…big waves, Creative Commons.

If you want to quickly find Creative Commons videos for a particular topic, replace the topic “big waves” with your own topic, add a comma after it then add Creative Commons to the end.

If you want to search for Creative Commons images, use the search bar at: https://search.creativecommons.org/. Enter your topic then, click the search icon. For example if I enter “cats” I’ve got the image attribution right on the image DSCF3306 by Ralph, is licensed under CC BY 2.0. If you click on Click on “info” you’ll see the title, the creator, license, source, and dimensions.

Here are 3 ways to use Creative Commons videos in your own videos.

  1. Save time by using other people’s videos. Instead of wasting time recording and editing your own videos, why don’t you use other people’s videos to get across your message? Just make sure you give attribution to the original creator in the description of your video.
  2. Spice up your videos with B-roll footage. Need a quick video clip of a dog jumping for your dog training video? Just enter dog jumping, Creative Commons in the YouTube search bar to find a Creative Commons video of a dog jumping.
  3. Make money. You can simply grab some CC video footage to create a review video of an affiliate product. At the end of the video, tell viewers to click the affiliate link in the description below your video so you get a commission for selling the product.

Let me ask you a question, have you ever used Creative Commons video clips in your own videos? Post your answer in the comments below.

There’s one big thing you need to know when using Creative Commons videos. You must not use duplicate or reuse content. Watch my next video to learn how to avoid duplicate or reused content. You’ll also learn about the best practices so you don’t get a copyright strike.

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 TubeBootCamp.com

YouTube Duplicate Content (How It Affects You)

Did you know that YouTube is removing channels from the YouTube Partner Program if they produce duplicate content on their channels?

Watch the video below to discover what duplicate content is, how it affects you, and what to do if your channel has been removed from the YouTube Partner Program for duplication.

What is duplicate content?
This is content that’s been generated automatically by different softwares. For example, there’s software that takes the same video and uploads it to multiple channels. A person might do this to manipulate the rankings and not help users.

YouTube Employee (Barbara): Do you have hard examples of these?

YouTube Employee (Harris): One category that comes up a lot is stuff that doesn’t seem to be original that’s maybe being pulled in from other places. It’s not always obvious what’s going on, it could be an auto-generated voice, or viewers that are just text and we’re not sure where that text came from. We’ve seen stuff that seems to be auto-generated, animation, or just a really basic kids game being played, or something like that without a lot of additional content or narrative around it.

Herman Drost:
1. Duplicate content is intended to manipulate the search engines and not help the users. Google takes actions on such content, and this includes text that makes no sense to the reader which may contain search words. Somebody has got some software that they want to get quick rankings, lots of views and lots of subscribers by uploading content that has the search keywords in it but the content makes no sense to the reader.

2. Content taken from third-party sources but the creator is offering no narrative. For example, if you offer narrative to a video you’re reacting to, that’s fine.

3. Content is uploaded by multiple users. For example, you might take the same content from somebody else’s video and upload that video as your own, which means you’re not the original uploader, and therefore your channel may be removed from the YouTube Partner Program.

4. Content uploaded in a way that’s trying to get around the copyright tools. For example, you might use copyright music in your video that’s not allowed by the original creator. As a result, you might get a copyright strike on your video. I recommend getting permission from the original creator or using copyright free music from YouTube. If you do this, you won’t get in trouble. Who does this affect? It affects those people that are already in the YouTube Partner Program, as well as those people that are applying for the YouTube Partner Program.

YouTube Employee (Barbara): What about reactions or offering commentary because that’s something that at least I personally have seen all over YouTube. How does that fit in with what you’re saying here about duplication?

YouTube Employee (Harris): Absolutely. That stuff is super important to YouTube and really great for the audience. If creators really are adding that value, they’re adding a narrative, there’s commentary there, there’s discussion around it that’s coming from them, then that’s okay.

Another category you hear about is duplication. This refers to content that’s coming from other sources where the creator really isn’t adding much to it. That could be videos from other platforms, or it could be TV content, it could be other stuff like that, or even we talked a little bit before about auto-generated stuff, we see some of that in this category.

How do you avoid duplicate content on your channel?

  1. Add commentary to the video, or show your presence in the video.
  2. Link back to your channel from your website.
  3. Provide more context in your video and in your channel descriptions.
  4. Make sure your content conforms to the YouTube Partner Program policies. Make sure it also conforms to the YouTube Community Guidelines and the AdSense policies if you’re monetizing your channel.

Let’s take a quick look at YouTube’s Community Guidelines…

Nudity or sexual content, harmful or dangerous content, hateful content, violent or graphic content, harassment and cyber bullying, spam, misleading metadata and scams, threats, copyright, privacy, impersonation and child safety. If you violated YouTube Partner Program policies, Community Guidelines or AdSense policies, you may be removed from the YouTube Partner Program.

YouTube Employee (Barbara): Could you cover why we might say no?

YouTube Employee Harris: Sure. Yes. There are two primary areas that the team is coming across. One is a little bit more intuitive, it’s just looking at whether the content on the channel is appropriate for ads. Obviously, advertisers have a lot of concerns about what their brand shows up next to. If the majority of a channel contains content that isn’t brand safe in that way, likely we won’t accept it. That’s the first one.

The second major area that people might know less about, so it’s important we talk about it, is where you get a response that refers to duplication. What’s going on there is we want to make sure that creators can get rewarded where they’re really putting their creative energy into their content, and that there’s really quality stuff for the audience.

What should you do if your channel has been removed from the YouTube Partner Program for duplicate content?

YouTube Employee (Harris): You can reapply in 30 days and generally give you the reason that the application wasn’t accepted and think about changing your content strategy a little bit, so that it meets the requirements that the team is applying.

Once you identify the duplicate content, remove it from your video. You can reapply after 30 days. YouTube will review your application in your channel again.

Here are some important things to keep in mind.

  1. Monetizing third-party content.
  2. You can monetize third-party content if you have commercial rights to that content, and you add value to that content in some way. This can include high-quality editing, adding commentary, or your own narrative.
  3. Demonetization. If your channel gets removed from the YouTube Partner Program, you’ll no longer be able to monetize your channel. This means you’ll no longer be able to generate revenue from AdSense ads being displayed on your videos.
  4. Superchat disabled. If your channel has been demonetized, you’ll no longer be able to receive superchat donations.

What if you want to generate revenue from your YouTube channel but don’t have monetization enabled because you don’t meet the requirements of the YouTube Partner Program of 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 subscribers?

Don’t worry, watch this video on 7 alternative ways to generate revenue from your YouTube channel.

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 TubeBootCamp.com

Duplicate Content YouTube FAQs (what you need to know about Reused Content)

Why did YouTube remove your channel from the YouTube Partner Program for
duplicate or reused content?

When can you reuse someone else’s content?

What can you do if your channel was removed for duplication? Watch the video below to
get the answers to these questions.

YouTube has been removing channels for duplicate or reused content. When you lose access to the YouTube Partner Program, you no longer can monetize your channel, go live, or associate a website with your YouTube channel.

Let me know in the comments below if you have ever had a video removed for duplication or reused content from the YouTube Partner Program.

So what is reused content?

It means that you have uploaded content from multiple sources. It also means that you have uploaded or re-purposed someone else’s content.

Some examples may include…

  • stitching clips of your favorite shows together
  • bundling short videos together from other people’s websites
  • collections of songs from different artists
  • third-party videos stitched together with no minimal changes
  • third-party content compiled together without adding your own narrative
  • content uploaded many times by multiple users.

Repetitious or auto-generated content
Another thing you can’t do is have repetitious or auto-generated content. This is content that is mass-produced to increase views without adding significant educational content.

Some examples include…

  • adding content to a channel with minimal changes from video to video
  • adding repetitive content that has no educational value narrative or commentary
  • content that has been mass-produced or generated programmatically
  • image slideshows or scrolling text that has no additional narrative, commentary, or educational value.

So, how can you prevent your channel from being removed from the YouTube Partner Program for duplicate or reused content?

You can remove or update the content to comply with YouTube’s policies then reapply for the YouTube Partner Program within 30 days.

Also, you can follow these practices…

  • add commentary or include yourself in your videos
  • link back to your YouTube channel from your official website
  • provide more context about your work in your video and in your channel descriptions
  • create a featured video where you talk more about your channel and how you work
  • make sure the content on your channel aligns with YouTube’s content policies.

Another point is that if you have commercial rights to their content and are contributing value to their content.

If you want to learn more about duplicate or reused content, watch my next video. I include actual clips from Google employees discussing the subject.

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 TubeBootCamp.com

How To Monetize Your YouTube Videos With Adsense Ads

Do you want to generate a passive income by displaying Adsense ads on your YouTube videos?

After you’ve monetized your videos, you’ll be able to generate revenue from them 24/7, year after year on autopilot.

That sounds amazing.

In the video below, I show you how to monetize your YouTube videos with Adsense ads in 2019, 2020 and beyond as long as YouTube doesn’t change its policies.

In the video above I show you an example of a skippable online video ad that appears before the main video. If someone clicks on the ad or views it for more then 30 seconds, you get paid. If they skip the ad, you don’t get paid.

What are the minimum eligibility requirements to enable monetization on a YouTube channel?

  1. You’ve got to join partner program by following its policies and getting 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the past 12 months.
  2. You’ve got to live in a country or region where the YouTube Partner Program is available.
  3. You’ve got to link your Adsense account to your YouTube account. After you’ve met the requirements for the YouTube partner program of 4,000 hours and 1,000 subscribers, you can get your channel reviewed.

This typically takes about one month, but if you get rejected, you can reapply within 30 days of the application.

Here are the steps to monetize YouTube videos with Adsense ads….

1. Enable monetization for your YouTube channel.
To check if your channel has been enabled for monetization, go to Creator Studio, Channel Status and Features. If you look under monetization, you’ll see if your channel has been enabled or not. If you want to enable monetization for all future videos that you upload to your channel, go to your uploads default page. You can find this at YouTube.com/upload_defaults. Check the box that says “Monetize with Ads”. Check all the ad formats that you want displayed on your videos.

See the image below for the 5 types of YouTube advertising formats.

2. Monetize individual videos.
Go to YouTube Studio dashboard and click on videos. Select the video that you wish to monetize and turn on monetization. A green dollar icon shows that the video is monetized. If it’s faded, it means that monetization has been turned off. You can also select an individual video then click monetization and select the types of ads you want to see displayed on that video.

According to YouTube, you can maximize earning potential by turning on all the different ad formats. You can also change the position of your video ads if they’re over 10 minutes. If you choose during video, allow a couple of hours for the ads to be generated.

As you can see in my livestream (see image below) of over one hour, I’ve got monetization turned on. I’ve also turned on all the ads formats. On the ads breaks, I can choose where I want the video ads to appear. I can also do add ad breaks and bulk. If I click on ad placements, YouTube will suggest where to place ads based on the content of my videos. As you can see, YouTube has already selected the ad breaks where the video ads are displayed.

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What if the ads are not showing on your videos?

First, check that you enabled monetization on your channel and you’ve met the requirements of the YouTube Partner Program of 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 subscribers in the past 12 months. Your videos may have third-party claims. Your channel may have been disabled for monetization. If your video has been demonetized, you’ll see a yellow icon next to the video. Make sure you ask for a review, but keep in mind that YouTube only looks at videos that have 1,000 views in the past seven days.

Click here to learn more about demonetization of your YouTube videos.

How do you get paid?

YouTube will pay you 55% of the net revenue from your ads. You’ll get paid by YouTube once the balance of your AdSense revenue reaches $100.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind about monetizing your YouTube channel with Adsense ads.

  1. You’ve got to get a lot of views if you want to generate a substantial income from your Adsense ads. You’ll get approximately $1 for every 1,000 views to your videos. If you’re just starting out, you might want to wait a while to build up the audience on your YouTube channel.
  2. Build and engage audience first. As I mentioned before, you want to build up a loyal audience on your channel first that are continually watching your new videos. If you have a consistent audience, then go ahead and monetize your channel.
  3. Adsense earnings fluctuate throughout the year. Your Adsense revenue will fluctuate during a year based upon the best times that advertisers are willing to pay for ads. This is typically around Thanksgiving to Christmas time when people are actively purchasing stuff on the internet. Your advertising revenue generally decreases at the be beginning of the year because advertisers have spent all their money during the Christmas season.

Isn’t there another way to generate revenue
from your YouTube channel?

I’m glad you asked. Just watch my next video over here on 7 alternative ways to generate revenue from your YouTube channel. You’ll not only make money, but you’ll make it faster.

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 TubeBootCamp.com

How I Made Money On YouTube (while on a 4 week vacation)

Imagine getting paid by YouTube while taking a full week vacation to New Zealand with my daughter.

Wouldn’t that be sweet?

Watch the video below as I hike subtropical rainforests, kayak on oceans, bathe in the natural hot pools, sail to an offshore island and snorkel crystal clear waters as I generate a passive income from YouTube. It paid for my flight to and from New Zealand.

One of the slowest ways to make money from YouTube is through Adsense Ads. It’s like climbing a mountain. At first you won’t see so much result, but as you make more and more effort, you’ll reach the mountaintop and make a substantial income. The revenue generated from my Adsense Ads paid for half of my flight to New Zealand.

Promoting affiliate products is another way to generate revenue from YouTube. The beauty about promoting affiliate products is that someone else creates a product and all the marketing materials. All you have to do is to promote your affiliate link and you’ll generate up to 50 or 60 % commissions. It’s similar to paddling a kayak to get across a body of water. You rent the kayak and the paddle to get across to the other side. The effort that you invest to sell affiliate products is similar to the effort that you invest to paddle a kayak to the other side of body of water.

Another way I made money on YouTube while on vacation was selling my own products. This included courses and e-books based upon the needs of my target audience. It’s similar to sailing where you set the sales according to the wind direction of your customers to reach your final destination, your finished product.

Consulting with clients was another way that helped pay for my vacation from YouTube. I did several consultations before leaving for my trip to New Zealand. I compare this to snorkeling where you’re searching for the best fish or shells, your customers to interact with. Once you’ve found them, you can begin interacting with them.

When you’ve worked hard to grow a YouTube channel, it’s worth taking a break to make new plans, relieve stress and recharge your batteries. I compare this to soothing my muscles in natural hot springs after going on a long hike. After taking a break, you’re ready to make new plans.

Let me ask you a question…do you want to make money from YouTube even while you’re on vacation? If that’s a yes, watch my next video on 4 strategies on how to generate a passive income from YouTube.

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 TubeBootCamp.com

How To Get YouTube To Pay You (Top 5 Ways)

Imagine getting paid by YouTube every month just for publishing videos on your channel. Wouldn’t that be sweet?

In the video below, I show you 5 ways to get YouTube to pay you for creating content on their platform.

Watch till the end of the video to discover 7 alternative ways to make money from YouTube without joining the YouTube Partner Program. Before I share with you the five ways to get YouTube to pay you, it’s important to build up an audience on your channel first.

So, how can you build and engaged audience on a YouTube channel? When you’re starting a YouTube channel, nobody knows that you exist, therefore you have to create videos that your audience wants to watch.

One of the best ways to tap into the mind of your audience is to find the keyword phrases that they’re searching on on YouTube and Google. If these phrases get a lot of searches per month and are not too competitive, you could rank your videos on the first page of YouTube and get a lot of traffic to them. Click here to watch my video on how to find less competitive keyword phrases. The key is to publish videos on a regular basis so you can build up a community on your YouTube channel.

If you see that subscribers and non-subscribers are always watching the new content that you upload to your channel, you’re ready to monetize your channel. Without having a dedicated audience that watches the videos that you upload, it’d be difficult to generate revenue from your channel. After you build a small community on your channel, you can join the YouTube Partner Program.

After you become a member of the YouTube Partner Program, you can enable monetization on your channel and begin generating revenue.

Here are the requirements for joining the YouTube Partner Program.
* You need 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours in the past 12 months before your channel will be reviewed. If you don’t have enough subscribers or watch hours, keep uploading original content and growing your audience on your channel.
* After you’ve been accepted into the YouTube Partner Program, you can monetize your videos if they meet the YouTube community guidelines.

Here are the 5 ways to get YouTube to pay you if you’ve got monetization enabled on your channel.

1. Adsense Ads.
These are ad banners that appear on your video before it starts playing. Every time someone vies the ad on your video, you get paid.

Keep in mind you need thousands of views on your video to get paid a few cents. The more traffic your videos receive, the more money you’ll make. Click here if you want to know how to get 1,000 YouTube subscribers fast.

2. YouTube Premium.
This is a way for YouTube creators to watch videos from other people’s channels without ads while supporting the creators.

YouTube Premium provides a secondary revenue stream for creators in addition to the money they’re receiving from ads. It also enables you to download videos that you can watch offline on mobile or play on the background. The revenue generated from YouTube premium membership gets distributed based upon how much members watch your content.

3. Channel memberships.
You’ve probably seen the join button on people’s channels or under their videos. Viewers can join your channel through monthly recurring payments. In return, they get badges, emojis and any other services that you offer. For your channel to be considered for channel memberships, you need 30,000 subscribers and be at least 18 years old.

An alternative to channel memberships is the crowdfunding site, Patreon. You don’t need to be a member of the YouTube Partner Program so you don’t need 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 subscribers in the past 12 months. You simply sign up for Patreon and you keep 90% of the membership fees and they only keep 5% for transaction fees.

4. Super Chat.
This is where viewers can purchase chat messages during your live stream. When they purchase a Super Chat, the comment will be highlighted in the chat stream and be moved to the top. Depending on the amount that’s being contributed, different colors appear for the different amounts that are purchased. To enable Super Chat on your channel, you must be a member of the YouTube Partner Program and have at least 1,000 subscribers.

5. Merchandise.
This is where you can sell branded items like t-shirts or mugs to the fans on your channel. YouTube has negotiated a YouTube bonus for Teespring through items sold on the merchandise shelf on YouTube. When you do this, you receive a payment from Teespring. For your channel to be considered for merchandise shelf, you must be a member of the YouTube Partner Program, have at least 10,000 subscribers and no community strikes on your channel. Teespring will pay you $1 for every item that you sell. The beauty of selling merchandise from approved sites from YouTube is that you can link to them through the cards and end screens.

Now you know 5 ways to get YouTube to pay you.

What if you don’t meet the requirements of the YouTube Partner Program of 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 subscribers in the past 12 months?

No worries, just watch my next video for 7 alternative ways to generate revenue from a YouTube channel.

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 TubeBootCamp.com

How To Change Video Thumbnail On YouTube

Your YouTube thumbnail is the first impression viewers get of your video when they’re searching for a solution to their problem on YouTube. Therefore, you need it to stand out if you want viewers to click on it.

Step 1.
Create a clickable custom thumbnail.
Here are some must-have features to include in your thumbnail. Contrasting colors, bold text, a few words, a face or logos so the thumbnail identifies with your channel.

Click here if you want step-by-step instructions on how to create a clickable thumbnail.

Step 2.
Change your current video thumbnail
.
Sign in to your YouTube studio dashboard. Click the thumbnail of the video that you wish to change.

As you can see, I’ve got auto-generated thumbnails here and I’ve got my custom thumbnail here that I want to change. You can select an auto-generated thumbnail that’s created by YouTube or you’d select a custom thumbnail. I highly recommend uploading a custom thumbnail. Here is a custom thumbnail but I want to change this. Click on the three dots. It says options. Click Edit. I’m going to select this custom thumbnail and click Save.

It’ll take a few minutes for the new thumbnail to display correctly. If I click on videos, I can see that my thumbnail has been changed to the new custom thumbnail. Here is the original custom thumbnail.

Here is a new custom thumbnail.

Here are some important things to keep in mind.

  1. Think about your thumbnail before you shoot your video. I typically create two or three different thumbnails to choose from.
  2. Make a high-resolution thumbnail. Typically, my thumbnails are 1920×1080 pixels and keep it under two-megabyte limit.
  3. Check if your thumbnail looks good at a small size. Most viewers are watching videos on the cell phones so it has to stand out on a small size screen.
  4. Make sure your thumbnails stand out from your competitor’s thumbnails
  5. Check if your thumbnails deliver on performance. Go to the analytics section of YouTube studio dashboard and check your thumbnail click-through rate. If it’s a high click-through rate, that means people are clicking on your thumbnails. If it’s low click-through rate, think about uploading a different custom thumbnail.
  6. Avoid clickbaity thumbnails. Your thumbnail, to give us the title of your video, you should tell a story about the content of your video. If your content doesn’t expand upon what you promised in your thumbnail, people won’t watch your video.
  7. Split test your thumbnails. When you compare two different thumbnails by split testing them, you’ll often find that one performs better than the other. If you upgrade to a legend version of the TubeBuddy Chrome extension, you can split test your thumbnails.

Click here ff you want to see how I split test my thumbnails.

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 TubeBootCamp.com

How To Monetize YouTube Videos On Your iPhone

Did you know that you can monetize your YouTube videos on the go?

You no longer have to be tethered to your computer to manage your videos. In the video below, you’ll learn how to monetize your YouTube videos just using your iPhone.

One of the greatest benefits of turning on ads for YouTube channel is that you can generate a passive income. After you’ve turned on monetization for YouTube videos, you don’t have to touch it anymore.

You’ll automatically generate revenue from your videos day after day, year after year, by displaying AdSense ads across your videos. That’s a beautiful thing indeed. I’m assuming your channel’s already met the minimum eligibility requirements for monetization. If not, I’ll mention them after I show you the steps on how to monetize YouTube videos on your iphone.

Here are the steps to monetize your YouTube videos from your iPhone using the YouTube Studio app.

Tap the App Store on your phone, enter YouTube Studio in the search box, tap Search. I’ve already installed the app, but if you haven’t installed it, just click GET.

Go back to your home screen to view the YouTube Studio app icon. Tap the icon. Here’s the Dashboard window. It shows the most recent videos. Tap VIEW MORE to see more videos. It shows all the most recent videos on my YouTube channel.

The videos with the green $ icon means they have already been monetized. Select the video that you wish to monetize. That’s the one that doesn’t have the green symbol. Tap the pencil icon. In this window, you can edit the thumbnail, you can download the thumbnail, edit your title, edit the description, change the privacy settings, add it to a playlist, and edit your tags.

We’re going to click on the $ icon. Currently, this video is not monetized with ads, so I’m going to slide the icon to the right. The first one, Display ads Desktop only (required), has been activated by default. I’m going to activate Overlay ads, Skippable video ads, and Non-skippable video ads. After you’ve monetized your video, just tap SAVE. It says, “Saving changes,” and it’s done. You’ll notice under the title, the green $ icon has turned green. That means your video has been monetized for AdSense ads.

You can always check your revenue by looking at your estimated revenue.

Here are the minimum eligibility requirements to monetize your YouTube channel with AdSense ads.

1. Be accepted into the YouTube Partner Program.
To become a member of the YouTube Partner Program, you need 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the past 12 months. After that, your channel will be reviewed by YouTube to see if it meets the YouTube Partner Program policies.

2. No Strikes
The channel must also have no strikes where you violated the community guidelines or copyright policies.

3. You also have to link an AdSense account to your YouTube account. After you’ve been accepted into the YouTube Partner Program, you can turn on monetization for YouTube videos.

Did you know that just turning on your ads doesn’t guarantee that ads will automatically appear on your video? Before your ads get displayed, they go through an automated and human review to see if they meet YouTube’s guidelines.

How can you check if your video has been monetized?
If it has a green icon next to it, it means that it’ has been monetized. If a yellow icon has been activated instead of the green one, that means your video has been demonetized. Demonetization means that your video did not meet the advertiser-friendly guidelines from YouTube. If you want to learn more about demonetization, click link in the card.

You’re probably asking the question, “How can I generate revenue from my YouTube channel if I don’t meet the requirements of the YouTube Partner Program of 4,000 hours and 1,000 subscribers?

I’m glad you asked. Just watch my next video on 7 Alternative Ways To Generate Revenue From YouTube Channel Without 4,000 Hours and 1,000 Subscribers. You’ll not only make more money, but you’ll make it faster.

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 TubeBootCamp.com

How To Get 40,000 Subscribers On YouTube (10 Powerful Lessons Inside)

Thank you for helping grow my channel to 40,000 subscribers. Without your support, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve that goal.

Click here to watch one of the first videos I published my YouTube channel in 2006. At that time I didn’t know what I was doing and I was just publishing irregularly. Hopefully, you see some improvement in today’s video below from 2019.

On this beautiful snowy day, I want to share with you 10 powerful lessons that you can take away from my journey to achieve 40,000 subscribers

1. Have the correct mindset.
Instead of thinking about short-term success, think about the long-term like one or two years. Instead of just focusing on views and subscribers, focus on creating good content for your target audience.

Instead of comparing your channel with bigger channels, just focus on doing the best you can. If you don’t have an expensive camera, just use your smartphone like I did for several years. Just make sure you have good lighting and good sound. Like today I’m just shooting outside in natural light.

2. Study your target audience.
If you can tap into the mind into your target audience and create videos that they want to watch, then your videos will get a lot of engagement. A few ways to tap into your target audience is to find the search terms that people are searching on Google and YouTube.

Other ways is to look at the comments of your own videos as well as your competitors’ videos. You also check out Facebook groups, forums and live streams in your niche. You often find questions in there that you can answer in your videos.

3. Be passionate about your niche.
If you’re passionate about your niche it’ll be easy to keep going when the going gets rough. Sometimes you won’t feel motivated to come up with new ideas or to create new videos, but because you have a passion you’ll keep going. It’ll also show in the delivery of your video content.

4. Set goals.
Instead of thinking about short-term goals, think about long-term goals like one or two years. Perhaps your goal is to impact others by making a difference in the world with your video content. Perhaps you want to generate enough revenue so you can go full-time on YouTube. Perhaps you want to generate leads for your business.

5. Branding.
Make it easy for viewers to recognize your channel by making your channel art congruent. For example, include your face in your thumbnails and channel banner.

6. Target the correct keywords.
Targeting the correct keywords is a foundation for the success of your channel. If you’re just starting out, target less competitive keywords because they’re easier to rank for.

One of the best YouTube tools that will save you a lot of time and frustration is TubeBuddy. It’s a free Chrome extension that allows you to quickly and easily find the correct keywords.

If you want to know how to target less competitive keywords for your channel, click here.

7. Keep a consistent upload schedule.
Your channel is like a TV show. People want to know when to return to find the content that you’re producing. For example, if you upload once a week, try to upload every Tuesday. If you increase the upload frequency of your videos, you’ll get more traffic.

8. Make small tweaks.
A couple of top ranking factors for YouTube videos is click-through rate and watch time. The click-through rate is how many people click on your thumbnails. The watch time is how long people are watching your videos.

Instead of just watching one video they might watch successive videos in a row like in a playlist. That means you have to create attractive thumbnails, a great title and engaging video. The key is to get a high audience retention on a single video and then keep them watching on successive videos.

9. Batch your videos.
I typically batch my scripts, batch film and batch edit my videos. This frees up time to work on my business, go on vacation or have videos in the can if I get sick. It also helps release stress trying to keep up with my publishing schedule.

10. Study your analytics.
Look at the top performing videos in YouTube analytics, because these are the ones that are getting the most traffic. Create more of these type of videos by looking for associated keyword phrases. This will help you to capitalize on the videos that are already doing well, so keep an eye on your click-through rate, audience retention and watch time.

If you can improve these three factors, then this will help to improve your videos on the channel.

Here’s a bonus tip.
Have fun. If you’re not enjoying the creative process of creating videos for your audience then you’ll soon burn out. Ideally, you want to keep yourself happy as well as your audience, so create videos for both.

Coming up with new content every day can be very draining. Make sure you take lots of breaks and eat healthy. Also, every few months you might want to take a mini vacation. This will help you to prevent burnout. One of the ways I prevent burnout is to go jogging or skiing. It helps release stress and boosts creative energy.

Let me ask you a question…
Do you want to get YouTube to promote your videos for free on YouTube?
If so, watch this video on how to rank YouTube videos and YouTube search and Google search. You’ll learn how to generate traffic, leads and sales on autopilot 24/7 year after year.

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 TubeBootCamp.com