MAKE MORE MONEY On YouTube With YouTube Shopping Affiliate Program

The YouTube Shopping affiliate program is a great way to earn money on YouTube by recommending the products you love and it creates a seamless experience for your viewers.

When you tag products in your videos, shorts, or live streams, a shopping button will appear directly on your content.

Viewers can then browse the products you featured without even leaving the watch page. When viewers click on a product, they’ll be directed to the merchant site to make their payment and you’ll receive a commission from their purchase.

In the video below, you’ll learn about the eligibility requirements to join the YouTube shopping affiliate program, how to join, the participating brands and retailers, how to tag products in your videos, how to receive payments and earn commissions, and how to track your earnings in YouTube analytics.

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How to join the YouTube shopping affiliate program from your computer

  • If you’re on your computer, click on the earn link in YouTube studio, 
  • Click on shopping.
  • Here you’ll see Recommended for you, earn More with the YouTube shopping affiliate program
  • Click Get Started.
    The YouTube shopping affiliate program helps viewers shop and earn money by accessing products and promotions from popular brands and find the best commission rate for you. Get paid when viewers buy tagged products from your videos and shorts. Manage affiliate products and get insights all in one place.
  • Click continue.
  • Read through the YouTube affiliate program terms of service.
  • After you’ve read the terms of service, click I hereby agree.
  • Consent to the affiliate program agreement terms
  • Click Join program.
  • It says you’re in.
  • You can now start tagging your products. 

How to join the YouTube shopping affiliate program from your computer

  • If you’re on your phone, tap the YouTube studio app.
  • Tap the earn icon at the bottom right, and you should see at the top, “You’re a YouTube Partner”
  • Scroll down.
  • Under shopping tap Get started.
  • Tap join affiliate program.
  • Tap turn on. 
  • Review the terms and conditions. C
  • heck the box that says I accept the terms and conditions, then tap Join program.

Here’s a growing list of participating brands and retailers so you can start selling products that you want to recommend to your viewers.

How To Tag Products In Your Videos and Shorts.

When you tag products in your content, a “View Products” button will appear in the corner of your video. I’ll show you how it works by choosing an existing product review video from my channel.

  • Click on the content tab in YouTube studio
  • Select a video where you wish to tag a product.
  • I selected this product review video of the smallest, lightest, wireless, Bluetooth microphone.
  • Click on details
  • Scroll down to where it says products.
  • Click on products.
  • Enter your product name…SmartMike Microphone. 
  • Tap “Return” on your keyboard. H
  • Here’s the Sabenatech SmartMike+ True Wireless stereo microphone from Adorama selling for $139, and I receive a 4.5% commission.
  • I’m going to tag that product by clicking on the plus sign, and it shows here, over here on the right.
  • If I want to remove it, I can just click the trash icon to delete it.
  • It also shows related products in this list. If I want, I can tag up to 30 different products.
  • I’m just going to stick with this one product.
  • Click save.
  • Now it shows one tagged product.

Let’s play the video.

As you can see, I’ve now got the View Products button on my video. If a viewer clicks on that, they’ll see the product under the video, which says, Drost Video earns commission on tagged products. If they click view, it takes them to the merchant site where they can buy the product.

If you’re shopping from your phone, just tap the View Product button on top of the video and you’ll immediately be presented with a product.

This sure beats redirecting viewers to a link in the description because they can shop directly from your video.

Keep in mind, you can also tag products in your live streams and also feature a tagged product by pinning it to the stream. Viewers will be able to see the tagged products by tapping on the Shop icon and be able to shop without leaving the stream.

Eligibility Requirements

To be invited into the program, you must meet these minimum eligibility requirements.

  • Your channel must be in the YouTube partner program.
  • Your channel must have more than 20,000 subscribers.
  • Your channel must be based in the United States.
  • Your channel audience is not set as made for kids
  • You must not have any channel strikes.

How To Earn Commissions

The beauty about promoting affiliate products on YouTube is that you don’t have to even own the product to earn a commission.

For example, if you’re promoting a product that costs $190 and you earn 50% commission, you receive $95.

Wow, that’s not bad!

You’ll also receive commissions on the entire basket size, so if someone purchases multiple products, you receive multiple commissions.

So how do you receive payments from your commissions? 

You receive payments to your AdSense account 60 to 120 days after a viewer has purchased a product. If a viewer returns an item they’ve purchased, the commissions you earn will be reversed.

Keep in mind, you’ll only be paid commissions from the YouTube affiliate program if viewers click the affiliate products tagged in your content.

How To Track Your Earnings Data In YouTube Analytics.

  • Click on Analytics in YouTube Studio.
  • Under the revenue tab, click on Affiliate program.
  • You’ll be able to see estimated revenue, total sales, orders, and product clicks.
  • You’ll also be able to see your top affiliate products as well as top earning content.

As you can see, the YouTube Shopping Affiliate Program is a great way to earn more money on YouTube by recommending the products you love, and you don’t even have to create the products. 

For viewers. It’s a seamless experience because they can browse the products directly on your video without leaving the watch page.

All they have to do is click on View products to make a purchase directly from your video.

If you’re not already a member of the YouTube partner program, because you don’t have 500 subscribers, watch this video on how to get your first 500 subscribers on YouTube so you can get your channel monetized.

You’ll be glad you did!

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GET MONETIZED IN 2023: Do This To Get Your First 500 YouTube Subscribers

If you’ve been struggling to get your first 500 subscribers, now that YouTube has lowered the eligibility requirements for monetization, you probably haven’t focused on these 7 things that I’m about to share with you.

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1. Clearly define your target audience.

If you’re not making content your audience loves, you’re probably not gonna gain many subscribers because you haven’t captured their interest.

So how do you get to know your target audience? 

You must know their burning questions, what they struggle with, and what they enjoy. You can do this by adding a poll to your community tab, starting a conversation in your comments, or by observing recurring questions in the comments of your competitors videos. You can also view the suggestions that YouTube provides when you enter a keyword phrase in the YouTube search box.

I use an indispensable keyword research tool called TubeBuddy to find keyword phrases that will easily rank in the YouTube search engines.

When you make videos that answer the most burning questions from your viewers, you’ll get more subscribers.

2. Create quality content.

You won’t get more subscribers by just uploading content that you want to make. Instead, you should focus on creating quality content that captures your viewer’s interests from the beginning of your video to the end of the video, and then keep them coming back for more of your content.

How can you do this? 

Think about creating a video series based upon a common theme, so after a viewer’s finished watching one video, they’ll be motivated to watch the next video. For example, in this video series on how to get more views on YouTube, I placed in a playlist so when someone starts watching a video, they’ll automatically be linked to the next video in the series. You can encourage this binge watching session by linking to a playlist at the end of the video that the viewer has just watched.

YouTube says, “you can increase the chance of YouTube suggesting your content by increasing the clickthrough rate and YouTube watch time”.

Clickthrough rate refers to how many people click and watch your video, and audience retention refers to how long people stay watching your video or continue watching more videos in a row.

You can also link to related content by putting your playlist link in the first three lines of your description and pinning that playlist link to the top of your comments.

So how should you structure your content so viewers will watch your video all the way through? 

Use a strong hook in the first 30 seconds of your video like asking a question, making a bold statement, or teasing about what’s come out later in the video.

After you’ve hooked a viewer, deliver the content that you promised in your thumbnail and title. You can keep the attention of your viewer throughout the video by using lots of B-roll,  transitions, graphics, text, et cetera.

You can also remind your viewers to subscribe to your video, particularly if they are first time viewers, by adding a subscribe graphic or just asking them to subscribe after you’ve delivered some of your main content.

For example, you can say, “if you liked the content so far, hit the subscribe button to be notified about more content like this every week“.

Your call to action at the end of the video should be to encourage your viewer to watch the next video in the series or to watch a related video or playlist. If you want to capture their contact information so you can follow up with them, then offer a free lead magnet such as a free report or free ebook in exchange for their contact information.

Another way to keep viewers watching your video is to add video chapters in the description below your video. This enables viewers to skip to that part of the video that they’re most interested in. When you consistently upload quality content your viewers are interested in, they’ll become your biggest fans and want to keep coming back for more of your content. Your goal should be to build an engaged community on your channel.

3. Create clickable thumbnails and titles

If no one clicks on your thumbnail, then they won’t watch your video and you’ve wasted all your time filming, editing and uploading your video.

So how do you create a clickable thumbnail? 

Use bold and  contrasting colors. Add three words or less or none at all. Add your face, differentiate your thumbnail from your competitor’s thumbnails. Add a curiosity factor so viewers are curious to want to click and watch your video.

If you want to improve the click rate of your thumbnails, I highly recommend using TubeBuddy’s thumbnail split testing feature.

Besides the clickable thumbnail, you also want to create a clickable title because viewers read the title before they click and watch your video.

How do you create a clickable title? 

You can make a bold statement like this video titled “The Scariest Day in the NFL History” that currently has 2.4 million views. This video titled “He Farms 35 hours a week by himself and Makes six figures” currently has 1.4 million views. You can also include words in your title like “Secrets” to make people curious to want to click and watch your video. For example, this video is titled “Underwear Secrets Every Woman Should Learn” and currently has 1 million Views.

If you want to get more subscribers, build curiosity into your titles and thumbnails,

4. Optimize your channel homepage.

Your channel homepage is a great resource for new subscribers because it’s the  first thing new visitors see when they visit your channel.

Add a channel banner that clearly states what your channel is about. For example, my channel banner says, “Grow your audience with video”. You only have a few seconds to impress your first time visitors, so make a clear value proposition on your banner.

Include a channel trailer that motivates viewers to subscribe to your channel. If you have a video on your channel that’s already gained thousands of subscribers, use that video as your channel trailer because it’s already proven to be successful.

How To Add A Channel Trailer

  • Click on your customization tab in the left hand column.
  • Under Layout…video spotlight, you can add a channel trailer for people who haven’t subscribed, and you can also add a featured video for returning subscribers.

I also recommend adding sections containing playlists to your channel homepage so viewers can take a deeper dive into your content, and this will motivate them to subscribe to your channel. As you can see, I’ve added multiple playlists to my YouTube channel homepage, and I recommend you do the same.

Place your most popular playlist at the top and then the other ones in  descending order.

How to add a featured section to your channel homepage

  • Click on the customization tab in the left hand column. 
  • Under featured sections, click add section, then click on single playlist.

Under branding, you can add a profile picture, change your banner image, and include a video subscribe watermark that appears across all the videos on your channel. When someone clicks on your video watermark, they’ll be prompted to subscribe to your channel, so make sure you add that as well.

I also recommend adding basic info to your about page by clicking on basic info under channel customization.

Here you can add a unique handle for your channel, like I’ve used @drostvideo,  add a description that summarizes the content of your channel, and you can also include up to 5 links on your YouTube channel banner.

For example, on my channel banner, I’ve got a link to a free e-course called “21 Days To Get Free Traffic” I’ve added a link to my Facebook group called TubeVideoBootCamp. I’ve got a tip jar, a link to my Twitter account, and a subscribe link to my channel.

Keep in mind that the first sentence of your video description appears under your channel title. For example, mine says, “I’m passionate about helping small business owners generate traffic, leads and sales.”  If you correctly optimize your channel homepage, it’ll encourage first time viewers to subscribe to your channel,

5. Promote your videos.

After you’ve uploaded your video, promote your video on and off YouTube to get more subscribers.

Here are some other ways you can promote your video on YouTube.

  • Add your video to a playlist so viewers will watch more than one video and stay longer on the YouTube platform.
  • Link to the playlist or next best video to watch in the end screen or end card.
  • You can also pin your next best video or the playlist to the top of your comments.
  • Include the video link or playlist in the first three lines of your video description. 
  • Use the community tab to notify viewers about your latest YouTube video.
    You can also use your community tab to post an image, add an image or text poll or quiz. The beauty of using the community tab is that you can schedule a post in advance so you can remain active between uploads.
  • Click here to learn how to use the community tab.
  • Upload a transcript of your video content.
    If you do this, it improves the probability of your video ranking on YouTube and Google.
  • Edit your long form video into a short.
    When you do this, a link to your long form video will appear at the end of your shorts video. Click here to watch my video on how to edit a long form video into a short.

How can you promote your videos OFF YouTube? 

Click the share button under your video to share your videos on social media sites such as Tumblr, Pinterest, blogger, Twitter, LinkedIn, et cetera.

If you have a blog, you can embed your video in your blog. This will help your video get discovered in Google search, which is the largest search engine on the net.

Typically, I’ll extract a clip from a long form video and share it on Instagram and in my Facebook group at  TubeVideoBootCamp. This enables me to expose my content to an audience off YouTube and gain new subscribers. Keep in mind, most subscribers to my channel are gained weeks, months, or even years after uploading the videos.

6. Track your videos performance in YouTube analytics.

When you know which videos got the most views, subscribers, highest retention, and clickthrough rates, you can double down on those videos. If you approach the video topic from a different angle, there’s a high probability that video would do just as well.

How To View YouTube Analytics

  • Click on the overview tab in YouTube analytics to look at the top videos in the last 28 days.
  • Click the dropdown to look at the top videos in the last 90 days.
  • Click on the content tab to see key moments for audience retention. You can see the intro, top moments, spikes and dips. You’ll also be able to see how viewers find your videos and here are the top traffic sources.
  • If you click on the audience tab, you’ll be able to see videos that grow your audience, channels or audience watches, what your audience watches and formats your viewers watch on YouTube, as well as when your viewers are on YouTube.
  • If you click on the research tab, you can explore what viewers are searching for on YouTube, so you can explore searches across YouTube, your viewers searches.
  • You can also explore content gaps, which is a way of measuring what viewers are searching for and the results they find. If you’re stuck for video ideas, I highly recommend using the research tab in channel analytics.

Another way to track the performance of your videos is to use Click Magnet Tool from TubeBuddy.

7. BONUS TIPS to get more subscribers. 

  • Increase upload frequency.
    If you’re already uploading once a week, increase your upload frequency to two times per week or add a livestream.

    Alternatively, you can upload shorts videos because they’re quick and easy to make and attract new subscribers.
  • Collaborations
    This is a great way to expose your content to a different audience. You can do this by approaching creators that have similar channels with a similar size.
  • Improve each new video you upload by 1%.
    For example, you can improve the click-through rate by creating a better thumbnail and title. You can improve audience retention by creating a better hook and linking to related videos. You can upload quality content by providing answers to the burning questions of your viewers.

After you’ve reached 500 subscribers, you’ll be able to monetize your YouTube channel by activating channel memberships, super chat, super stickers, super thanks, and YouTube shopping.

Just keep in mind, you won’t be able to earn ad revenue from your videos until you’ve reached 1000 subscribers and 4,000 public watch hours, or 1000 subscribers and 10 million valid public shorts views.

So after you’ve reached 500 subscribers, keep growing your channel, by implementing the points that are mentioned here or watch the video above.

If you want to make money from your new or small channel, but you don’t have 500 or a 1000 subscribers, watch this video for 10 ways to monetize YouTube channel without 1000 subscribers. You’ll be glad you did.

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YouTube Lowers Monetization Requirements for Small Channels (Only 500 Subs Required)

You no longer need 1000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours to get into the YouTube partner program.


Is that really true? 


YouTube has lowered the eligibility requirements to 500 subscribers,  3 valid public uploads in the last 90 days, and either 3000 valid public watch hours in the past year, or 3 million public Shorts views in the past 90 days. Once your channel meets these requirements, you’ll be able to unlock channel memberships, Super Chat, Super Stickers, Super Thanks, and the ability to promote your own products through YouTube shopping.

Later, I’ll share more details on what you need to join the Expanded YouTube partner program and where to apply.

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Another great feature is that you have access to the creator support team via live chat and email. Watch this video to learn how to get in touch with YouTube customer support. You’ll also be given access to the copyright match tool, which automatically flags copyrighted material you may use in your videos.

This is great news for small channels because it means you can start making money from your channel right away.

Currently, YouTube is rolling out these new features to the US, UK, Canada, Taiwan, and South Korea. As your channel grows, you’ll be able to unlock the ability to generate revenue through YouTube advertising and YouTube premium subscriptions.

Keep in mind the eligibility requirements to unlock revenue sharing for YouTube videos still requires 1000 subscribers and 4,000 public watch hours, or 1000 subscribers and 10 million valid public short views in the past 90 days.

Unfortunately, public watch hours from Shorts views in the Shorts feed won’t count towards 4,000 public watch hours.

What you need to join the Expanded YouTube Partner Program.

  • Besides the criteria which I mentioned perviously, you also need to follow YouTube channel monetization policies.
  • Have a channel based in Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, United Kingdom, or United States.
  • Make sure two step verification is turned on for your Google account
  • Have one active AdSense account that you’ll link to your channel.

Where to apply for the extended YouTube partner program

  • If you’re on your computer, sign into YouTube studio
  • Click on the earn link in the left hand column.
  • Click apply now to review and accept the base terms
  • Set up an AdSense account or link to an existing AdSense account.
  • When you’re finished, human reviewers will review your channel to make sure that you followed the policies and guidelines from YouTube. You can check the Earn section in YouTube Studio any time to see the status of your application and get notified when you’re eligible.

If you’re on an iPhone or Android device, tap the YouTube Studio mobile app on your phone, then tap Earn at the bottom menu and follow the prompts. Typically, it takes about a month.

Here’s a strong warning from YouTube…

YouTube may turn off monetization for your channel if you haven’t uploaded a video or post due community tab for 6 months or more. Therefore, stay active on your channel to keep making money.

Is it possible to still make money from YouTube channel if you’re not a YouTube partner and don’t have 500 or a 1000 subscribers? 

Absolutely watch this video for “10 ways to monetize YouTube channel without being a YouTube partner” 

You’d be glad you did.

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How To Contact YouTube Customer Support 2023

Hey YouTube, are you there? 
How come you’re not answering? 

If you’re not a YouTube partner, you won’t be able to contact YouTube support through live chat or email.

So how can you contact YouTube support in 2023 when you have a specific problem with your channel video or want to ask a question? 

In the video below, I show you how to get help from YouTube, even if you’re not a YouTube partner. Later in the video, I’ll show you how to get live chat support or support via email, if you are already a YouTube partner. 

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4 ways to contact YouTube customer support, even if you’re not a YouTube partner. 

YouTube help center
YouTube help video channels
YouTube help community
Team YouTube Twitter handle.

YouTube Help Center
You can access the YouTube help center by going to Alternatively, you can go to and click on the help link in the left hand column.

How to access help from the YouTube homepage

  • Click help in the left hand column. 
    I’ve got popular help resources, delete or restore your photos and videos, Verify YouTube account, get help as YouTube user, replace or delete your video, change language or location, and visit the help forum.
  • If you click Get Help as a YouTube user, it shows you the 4 options. YouTube help center, YouTube help video channels, YouTube help community, Team YouTube Twitter Handle, copyright questions and policy questions.
  • Let’s go to the YouTube help center at Here you can describe your issue. I entered Impersonation, hit enter on the keyboard, and we got the impersonation policy, protecting your identity, how do I get my YouTube account unbanned, Why did my YouTube channel get deleted for no reason. So you’ve got all these particular resources that you can look at. Whatever issue you have, just enter it in the box here.

YouTube Help video channels

  • Check out our YouTube viewers channel for videos that keep you up to date and help you how to learn to use our products.
  • So if I click on that, Here’s the YouTube viewers video channel, so it’s got what’s new and how to, how to cue videos on your mobile device. Get started with YouTube kids, et cetera.
  • If I click on videos, you can see all the latest videos.
  • If I click on shorts, you see also latest shorts.
  • Another official YouTube channel is the Creator Insider YouTube channel. Here you find the most recent how to videos to keep you up to date of the changes on YouTube.  For example, I’ve got the weekly YouTube newsflash, setting up your live shopping stream, stories are going away, introduction to live shopping, the YouTube algorithm, et cetera. If you click on shorts, you’ll be able to see the latest shorts from Creator Insider. .

YouTube Help Community

  • It says, find answers in the YouTube Help Community powered by Team YouTube. This works similar to the YouTube help center where you can describe your issue in the box.
  • YouTube says, posting in this form has been disabled. Over the next several months. YouTube community team is working on improvements.
  • You can check out frequently asked questions, announcements, feature experiments about the contributors program, et cetera.
  • We’ve also got trending posts, can’t access the YouTube notifications on the iOS app, can’t publish or process new uploads, or if it takes longer, users unable to access YouTube. It says the issue should be fixed. We’re still working on a fix, but in the meantime, most issues should be fixed by refreshing YouTube or by restarting the app. 

Team YouTube Twitter Handle.
I highly recommend this option if you’re not a YouTube partner because it gets you the best response. It says, follow us at Team YouTube on Twitter for real time updates, troubleshooting tips from the team that brings YouTube support.

Our support team replies to questions in English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, and Behasa, whatever that is.

So if you have a specific question and you don’t have access to live chat support because you’re not a YouTube partner, go to team YouTube on Twitter.

If you follow team YouTube, you can ask a question by sending them a tweet. Just click on tweet. Then just enter your question. “How do I remove channels that are impersonating my channel?”  It says, your tweet was sent. Click view and here’s my tweet, and then I’ll wait for their reply. Team

YouTube replied, “we take this kind of stuff very seriously. If you think someone is violating YouTube’s policies for impersonation, follow these steps and we’ll try to get it resolved as soon as possible.” If I click on the link that YouTube sent me, it takes me to this page, “how to report inappropriate videos, channels, and other content on YouTube.” Then I just need to follow the instructions.

Send feedback

  • Just click send feedback in the left hand column. 
  • So it says, describe your feedback. Tell us what prompted this feedback.
  • You can also send a screenshot. After you’ve filled out the form, just click send.

If you’re a member of the YouTube partner program...

You can get in touch with the YouTube creator support team via live chat and email. To be eligible for the YouTube partner program, you must have 1000 subscribers and 4,000 public watch hours in the past 12 months, or 1000 subscribers and 10 million valid public short views in the last 90 days.

How to get live chat support if you’re a YouTube Partner

  • Log in to your YouTube channel,
  • click on your profile icon.
  • Click on YouTube studio.
  • Click on the icon that says, chat with creator Support. It says you’re number 1 in line. Thanks for your patience. My question is, how can I get Impersonators channels removed

    Here are the answers to my conversation.
    Thanks for patiently waiting. Content intended to impersonate a personal channel is not allowed on YouTube. YouTube also enforces trademark holder rights. When a channel or content in the channel causes confusion about the source of goods and services advertised, it may not be allowed. If you feel that your or another creator’s channel is being impersonated, you can report the channel by following the instructions here. And here is the url, how to report a video, Short, channel, et cetera. It says, I hope this helps a lot with your concern. I want to make sure we’ve got everything covered. Have we discussed everything you need to? 

    My answer
    I’ve reported a channel, but it was not removed what to do? 

    YouTube’s answer
    I see. If that’s the case, then it would be best to report the channel again

    My answer 
    Is there anything else I can do besides reporting numerous times? 

    YouTube’s answer
    Unfortunately, this is the best possible way we can provide for you at the knowledge. Other than that, you can always send us feedback with any suggestions you may have so that our engineers may look at it, may implement it in the future.

    If I click on this link, it takes you to Google’s send feedback form where you can report a YouTube issue.

    Here’s how YouTube uses the feedback.
    Your feedback goes directly to YouTube and we use it to troubleshoot issues, make product improvements, and fix problems. Video creators do not see any feedback that are sent through the Send Feedback tool. While we may not reply to every report, we’re reviewing and working to fix issues as fast as we can.

After you’ve entered your live chat conversation, you’ll get this message that says, do you want to end the chat? Just click end chat session. If you want a copy of your conversation with YouTube, just check the box that says Email conversation.

How to get email support.

There are 2 ways to get email creator support.
Help center

How to access email creator support from the help center.

  • Go to and sign in.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says, need more help.
  • Click contact us
  • Enter what you need help with in the box.
  • Click next.
  • It says, choose the best description of your issue.
  • I’m going to check other. Click next step. It gives me a bunch of resources that I can look into, such as the impersonation policy, get in touch with YouTube creator support team, protecting your identity, defamation, report inappropriate videos, channels, and other content.
  • Click next step. I can select the chat option, or I can select email.
  • Click email.
  • Just fill out your name, your channel url, how YouTube can help you.
  • Is your issue about a specific video? No.
  • Is this request for verification? No.
  • Please attach a file if it helps describe your issue
  • Click “submit”. It says “your email has been sent. Thank you for submitting your request. A member of our team will be in touch soon.”

How to access email creator support from the help center.

  • Log in to your YouTube channel.
  • Click on your profile picture.
  • Click help.
  • Click contact us.
  • Then just follow the prompts.

That’s all there is to it.

If you want to chat live with the YouTube Creator support Team. Just choose the live chat option.

Now you know all the ways that you can contact the YouTube customer support team.

What if someone’s impersonating your channel and stealing your videos? 
Watch this video on how to report a YouTube channel for impersonation and submit a copyright takedown request

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TubeBuddys AI title generator will create a killer title that is sure to grab the attention of your audience.

In the video below, I’ll show you how to access TubeBuddys AI title generator, how it works, and how to use the AB testing feature to track the results of your title variations.

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Here’s how to access the Title Generator

  • Click on the content tab in YouTube studio
  • select the video that you wish to add titles to. 
  • Click the TubeBuddy dropdown icon
  • click title generator.
  • You’ll see the TubeBuddy title generator under your video title. You’ll also see the title generator over here on the right. It says, use our AI writing tool to suggest a variety of titles and descriptions for your video. 
  • Click generate ideas. TubeBuddy will generate 8 different video titles.
  • Select the title that you like and click apply.
  • I like this one. “How to trim videos quickly and easily on your phone or iPad, no app required.” 
  • After you’ve clicked apply, the new title will appear in your video title box.
  • If you don’t like any of the titles generated, you can just click Generate Ideas again. It’ll now generate another 8 alternative video ideas. .

Another way to access the title generator is to go to the video details page. Just hover over the video, click on details. You’ll see title generator over here on the right, or you can click on Title Generator under your video title then click generate ideas

Keep in mind, you can also generate titles for unlisted videos before you publish them

  • Click details
  • click title generator
  • click Generate Ideas.

This is a great way to select the best title for your video before you release it to the public.

What if you want to test different titles… is that possible? 

Absolutely. If you upgrade to the legend version of TubeBuddy you can split test different titles.

Here’s how to use TubeBuddys AB testing feature.

  • Go to your video details page.
  • Click on AB testing and title generator. You can split test different thumbnails, titles, descriptions, and tags. I highly recommend split testing thumbnails and titles.
  • Select title
  • click Next. Under how long you would like to run this test, you can select “until it reaches statistical significance.” This will give you more accurate results, but it’ll require over a thousand views. You can also select 14 days or change it to whatever day you want. You can start the test as soon as possible, or select your own start time. I’m gonna leave it on 14 days.
  • Click next. Now it’s generating title suggestions. My original title is “How to Trim Videos on Your Phone or iPad, no App Required.” Then I’ve got 1, 2, 3, 4 other video titles to choose from.
  • If I don’t like any of these titles, I can click refresh. It generates some more suggestions. I like this one. “How to quickly and easily trim videos on your iPhone or iPad.” 
  • Select that one.
  • Click “Start test” It says “your test has been successfully scheduled.” 
  • Click okay. If I go to my TubeBuddy page and look under AB tests, I can see the status of my test. I can stop the test. I can see the settings, my original title and my variation title, and it says my initial results will be ready on Wednesday, May 24th, 2023.
  • I can also create a new AB test

Do you want to rank your videos on the first page of YouTube by uncovering the titles people are searching for on YouTube? 

The keyword research tool from TubeBuddy called Keyword Explorer helps you uncover what people are searching for on YouTube so you can rank higher in the YouTube search results. For example, this video titled “How to Translate YouTube Comments to English” currently ranks on the first page of YouTube and ranks number one on Google search.

Here’s how to use TubeBuddys Keyword Explorer tool to discover titles that are easy to rank for.

  • Click on the TubeBuddy icon at the top of the page.
  • Click launch keyword explorer.
  • Now enter a keyword word phrase. I’m gonna put “How to trim videos” and now it gives me the suggestions from YouTube search how to trim videos on your phone, YouTube, TikTok, et cetera.
  • If I click “Explore” I get a poor weighted score.

    Weighted means how good this keyword word is to target for your specific channel based upon search volume and competition relevancy.

    Unweighted means general score for how good this keyword word is to target based on search volume and competition.

    I’ve got related searches from YouTube such as, how to trim videos on your phone, YouTube, TikTok, et cetera.
  • I’m gonna choose “How to trim videos on your iPhone.” 
  • Now I’ve got a very good score.
  • Search volume is fair, competition is good. Optimization strength is excellent.
  • If I click unweighted score, it says, good.
  • If I add or iPad, click score. again, I’ve got an excellent weighted score.
  • If I click unweighted, it’s also excellent.
  • If I click on Results, I can see all the videos that are currently ranking in YouTube Search results. Oh, here’s mine. “How to Trim videos on your phone and iPad, no app required.”
  • Click copy to Clipboard to copy your title. If you get an overall SEO score of very good or excellent, it increases the probability of a video getting high rankings in the search engines.

After you’ve uncovered a title that is easy to rank for, use TubeBuddys title generator to come up with alternative clickable video titles. You can then use TubeBuddys title split testing feature to see which title performs the best and get you the most views.

Click here to get a licensed copy of TubeBuddy now! With the free and Pro licenses, you’ll receive a free trial of up to 5 title searches. If you upgrade to the legend version, which I have, you’ll get unlimited availability and have unlimited access to all the features of TubeBuddy. If you’re serious about speeding up the growth of YouTube channel, I highly recommend getting the legend license of TubeBuddy.

Here are my recommendations for using TubeBuddys AI title generator.

  1. Use it on unlisted videos so you can select the best clickable title before publishing your video
  2. Use it on older videos that are no longer getting views to attract new traffic. When you change the title for an old video, YouTube will reindex the video and show it to a new audience.
  3. Split test different titles using TubeBuddys title split testing feature to see which title performs the best. If your new title doesn’t increase views, run another test.
  4. Use TubeBuddys keyword Explorer tool to uncover the titles people are searching for on YouTube so your videos can rank higher in the YouTube search results.
  5. Use TubeBuddys thumbnail split testing feature to split test different thumbnails so you can get a higher clickthrough rate on your videos.

Now you know how to use TubeBuddys, AI title generator to get a crazy amount of title options, how to use TubeBuddys split testing feature to split test different video titles, and how to use TubeBuddys keyword research tool to uncover video titles that will easily rank in the YouTube search results.

If you want to skyrocket the views on your YouTube videos, watch this video on how to use TubeBuddys suggested shorts tool. It’ll help you uncover the videos on your channel that have the highest retention that you can make into a high performing short.

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How To Find Your Passion To Grow A YouTube Channel (10 Steps)

If you don’t pursue your passion on YouTube, your channel will die, especially if you only get a few views and a few subscribers on your videos.

So how do you know what your passion is? 

In the video below, you’ll discover 10 steps to determine what you’re passionate about, so you’ll be excited to grow a YouTube channel, even if you only get a few views and a few subscribers on your videos. You’ll also learn how to build and attract traffic, if you’re just starting a YouTube channel or if you have a small channel. 

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  1. Explore different hobbies and interests.
    Try different activities to see what resonates with you. For example, I’m filming this video in nature because I love going for walks or runs through the forest. Your hobby might be painting, cooking, or playing sports.
  2. Reflect on what brings you joy.
    Think about the things and activities that make you happy and feel fulfilled. What activities or tasks do you look forward to doing? 

    For example, I love to go trail riding because it gets me out of  the house,  I get plenty of exercise and I see different things around the neighborhood that excites me. If anyone’s talking about nature, I get excited about it.
  3. Take personality tests.
    There are many online personality tests that will help you discover your strengths and interests, such as the Myers-Briggs Personality Test.
  4. Volunteer for a cause that you care about.
    This will help you discover what you’re passionate about and how you can make a difference. Often when you do things for others, you forget about yourself and discover new things about your own personality, interests, and hobbies.

    For example, when I was a kid, I’d help mow the lawns or my neighbors and feel really fulfilled once I’d finished mowing their lawns.
  5. Talk to people.
    Talk to family, friends, and mentors about what they think your strengths and interests are. They’ll be able to provide insights that you haven’t even considered. When I’m doubting myself, I’ll ask my friends, family or wife, what they love about me. This gives me confidence to continue what I’m doing.
  6. Read books.
    This helps discover new areas of interest and deepens your knowledge of things that you enjoy.
  7. Try new things.
    Don’t be afraid to try something new, even if it’s outside your comfort zone. You never know what you may discover about yourself. For example, usually I’m filming inside my office, but often I go outside because it gives me new energy and new things to look at.
  8. Keep a journal.
    Write down your thoughts and feelings about different things and experiences. This can help you identify patterns and discover different things that you enjoy.

    For example, if I don’t know what to write about or film, I’ll just start writing or filming, and then the creative juices kick in. Give it a try yourself.
  9. Focus on your values.
    Think about your values and what matters most to you. It could be your wife, family, friends, or activities that you do every day. Your passions may align with your values, such as trying to make the world a better place and impacting others.
  10. Take a break.
    Take a break from your daily routine and spend time in nature so you can relax, clear your mind, and allow creative thoughts to come into your mind. It will help you to gain clarity and focus on what truly matters to you.

If you implement these 10 steps I outlined, it’ll be much easier to identify your passion and grow a YouTube channel you really care about.

It’ll also be much easier to keep going when the going gets tough, such as you have a few views or a few subscribers. This will result in a steady growth of YouTube channel.

Here’s a HUGE TIP….

If you’re just starting out or have a small channel that’s having trouble growing. Research keywords that people are entering into YouTube search to find out new information.

When your videos rank on the first page of YouTube for those particular keywords, you’ll get evergreen traffic week after week, year after year.

Watch this video on how to rank for highly competitive keywords on YouTube for small channels You’ll be glad you did.

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Transform YouTube Shorts With Custom Thumbnails on iOS, Android & Computer

Recently I polled my subscribers by asking them the question… “What type of custom thumbnail do you add to your Shorts video?

21% said, I don’t know how to add a custom shorts thumbnail, so in this video, I’m going to show you how to select a frame from your shorts video to use as a custom thumbnail whether you have a iPhone or and Android device.

Here’s how to do it….

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  • Tap the YouTube app,
  • tap the plus sign,
  • tap create a short, 
  • tap 15 to lengthen it to 60 seconds.
  • Tap the red button to record a short or tap add to add one from your camera roll.
  • Tap done.
  • Tap the check icon.
  • Now I can select any frame from my Short.
  • Tap done.
  • Caption the short (add title) 
  • Tap visibility to select public, unlisted, or private, or schedule it.
  • Tap upload short. Now it’s uploading my short. 
  • Tap library to see how the shorts thumbnail looks like.

You can also see how the thumbnail will appear on your channel pages recommendations on YouTube’s homepage, on videos listed in the  subscriptions tab and in YouTube search results.

The only place you won’t see any thumbnails is in the Shorts feed where your shorts videos play automatically as viewers swipe through it.

Here’s an important note from YouTube….

“It’s not currently possible to change the thumbnail after your Short has been uploaded, but we look forward to bringing this feature to you in the future.”

When I ask my subscribers, “what type of custom thumbnail do you add to your shorts video?”  19% said I upload a regular horizontal thumbnail.

But how can you upload a regular horizontal thumbnail from a computer when YouTube says, “for now you can’t change the thumbnail on your Short” 

Here’s the workaround to upload a regular horizontal thumbnail from your computer using the Free Chrome Extension VidIQ

  • Click on the content tab in YouTube studio,
  • Select the shorts video you want to add a custom thumbnail to. 
  • Click on details. It’s currently showing a vertical thumbnail that YouTube has automatically selected. It says, “for now, you can’t change the thumbnail on your short”, but if you have the free Chrome extension VidIQ installed, you’ll see this blue icon called “Create Thumbnail”.
  • Click “Create Thumbnail”
  • Click drop file here, or browse for files. Select a horizontal thumbnail from your computer.
  • Click open,
  • Click next,
  • Click next again, it says, this is what your thumbnail will look like around the web on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Click save thumbnail. 
  • Click close.

Now, if I reload the page, it shows the horizontal thumbnail that I created instead of the vertical thumbnail.

Keep in mind a regular horizontal thumbnail won’t appear in YouTube search or in the shorts feed, but it will appear in Google search.

Another way to upload a custom thumbnail for a YouTube short is to use the TubeBuddy Chrome extension.

How to upload a custom horizontal thumbnail for a YouTube Short using TubeBuddy

  • Click on a TubeBuddy icon. It says TubeBuddy tools.
  • Click on thumbnail generator. 
  • Click on image or existing thumbnail.
  • Click on the banner that says, “click To upload your own image”
  • Select your image.
  • Click open
  • Select your thumbnail,
  • Click continue.
  • Click continue.  It will  show all the competing thumbnails on YouTube.
  • Click save and publish. “Are you sure you want to publish the thumbnail?”
  • Click okay, and here’s my thumbnail.

Just keep in mind you, you can only upload a custom horizontal thumbnail for your Short using your computer.

If you want to know how to make a YouTube Short to go viral, watch this video on how to use TubeBuddy’s Suggested Shorts Tool to find the most engaging parts of a long form video.

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YouTube Suggested Shorts: How To Create A Viral Short Using AI

Samantha had been creating YouTube shorts for months, but no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t get the views that she wanted.

She spent hours researching latest trends, perfecting her content, and optimizing her videos for SEO, but nothing seemed to work.

One day, Samantha stumbled upon an incredible way to make a viral shorts video using the Suggested Shorts AI tool from TubeBuddy.

It quickly identifies the most engaging parts of your long form video to make into a Shorts video, saving you a ton of time and guesswork.

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How to use the suggested Shorts AI tool:

  • Click on the Content tab in YouTube Studio.
  • Select a long-form video and click on the TubeBuddy tab.
  • Click on “Suggested Shorts” in the top right corner.
  • TubeBuddy suggests a 15-second segment with a 90.58 retention increase.

Creators are not limited to using footage from long-form videos and can create new shorts based on similar content.

  • Creators can use the same segment or select a different one from their long-form videos.

TubeBuddy suggests 3 other long-form videos with captivating segments that could be used to make Shorts.

  • The top video has a 90% retention increase, the second 68%, and the third 60%.

Use the top video’s suggested segment, which is from 2:59 to 3:14.

  • Creators can rescale their long-form videos to fit the recommended 1920 x 1280 pixel size.

Tips for creating viral shorts:

  • Use engaging parts of long-form videos or TubeBuddy’s suggested Shorts AI tool.
  • Create clickable tiles for shorts videos.
  • Use a strong hook in the first few seconds.
  • Use B-roll throughout the video.
  • Experiment with different lengths.
  • Select the best frame from the video as a custom thumbnail.

Watch this video for a step by step guide on how to create or change
a custom thumbnail for YouTube Shorts

If creators edit long-form videos into shorts using the YouTube app, a link will appear at the bottom of the video that directs viewers to the original video. Alternatively, creators can add a graphic in the comments that directs viewers to the long-form video.

Watch this video for a step-by-step guide on how to upload YouTube shorts from a PC.

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Reach a Wider Audience by Translating Your YouTube Videos Into Different Languages

Are you ready to expand your reach and tap into new markets? 

Translating your videos into different languages makes your videos accessible to a global audience.

In the video below, I show you how to use an online translation tool to quickly translate YouTube subtitles into different languages so you can get more views and maximize engagement.

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How To Translate Your YouTube Video

  • Create a free account for the online video editor called Kapwing,
  • Click Create new project.
  • You can upload your video file or enter the URL of your YouTube video in the box.
  • So I’m going to paste it. Now it’s fetching the video.
  • Click on subtitles.
  • Now we’re going to transcribe the video by generating subtitles. Click on generate subtitles.

I recommend translating it into English first to correct any mistakes, then translating it into a different language after that.

If you want to translate it right away, you can click on the drop down and choose from any of these different languages from all around the world. I’m just going to use the original language, so click generate subtitles. It says, please wait while the transcription is generated.

After all the subtitles have been generated, you can correct any mistakes.

When you’re happy with the transcript, you can save it as a SRT file which you can upload to YouTube. This will generate subtitles for your video in the original language, and closed captions will appear under your video, so people that are hard of hearing or have the sound turned off can read the captions while watching the video.

You can also save it as a text file and upload it to your blog or website and embed your video. 

  • To translate it into a different language, click the dropdown that says, select the language.
  • I’m going to choose Spanish.
  • Click translate. to tanslate the video

While the video’ is being translated into Spanish, keep in mind your video can be translated into multiple different languages to reach a wider audience. Closed captions have been added to the bottom of the video.

You can enhance your captions by choosing different font, font size, change the text color, choose a different text outline, use a different background color.

Add animations

If I click  on animations,  I can choose different colored animations. If I play the video, you’ll see that the words are highlighted as I speak the words.

  • If you want to remove the closed captions that Kapwing has put on your video, just highlight the bar containing captions.
  • Tap delete on the keyboard.
  • It says Remove Magic subtitles.
  • This will remove the magic subtitles for this asset from the project.
  • Click remove. Now the closed captions have been removed.
  • If you want to save the video with the closed captions on your video, just click Export project.
  • Select the format. MP4. Resolution will just set it to Auto.
  • Click Export as mp4.
  • Now Kapwing is processing the video. 
  • When it’s finished processing, you can copy the link, share it with Twitter, Facebook, or embed the video, or you can download the file.
  • Click download file. Here’s the downloaded file that it can upload to YouTube. .

Here’s how to upload the SRT file to YouTube containing timestamps,  so your YouTube video will display closed captions and subtitles in Spanish.

  • Click on subtitles in YouTube studio
  • Select a video that you wish to translate.
  • Click add language. I’m going to select Spanish United States
  • Click Upload file.
  • You can select with timing or without timing, but without timing it’s only available for the video’s original language. 
  • So I’m selecting with timing. Click continue
  • Select the SRT file.
  • Click open. You can see the closed captions under the video.
  • Click publish.
  • Now you can see that the Spanish translation has been published. Let’s play the video.
  • If I click on closed captions, then you can see the English closed captions are under the video.
  • If I click on settings, click the arrow next to English United States.,I can select Spanish.
  • Now if I play the video, the Spanish closed captions will be under the video.
  • You could select auto translate, but it won’t be that accurate.
  • If the viewer wants to see captions in a different language,
  • click the cog icon.
  • Click the arrow next to English, United States. 
  • Click Auto Translate
  • Select the language. 
  • Now you’ll see closed captions in the Hindi language.

Keep in mind that if you don’t upload a transcript for your YouTube video, viewers will be unable to auto translate the content of your video. This means they won’t be able to view the captions in a different language.

Keep in mind videos that are captioned will see an increase in watch time and videos that have been translated into different languages will reach a wider audience.

What if you want to translate YouTube comments to English on your mobile phone? 
Watch this video on “How to easily translate YouTube comments to English on mobile” 

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How To Post YouTube Shorts

Are you ready to expose your content to an audience that has never seen your content before? 

In the video below, I’ll show you how to create, optimize, and post YouTube shorts so it grabs viewer’s attention and makes your message shine.

Does that sound like something you can use? 

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How to create a short just using your phone 
Tools you can use to edit your shorts
Ways to enhance your video to increase engagement
How to upload/schedule your Shorts video to be published

How can viewers find my Shorts?

  • Viewers can find shorts by tapping on the dedicated shorts tab at the bottom of the screen using the YouTube app. After a viewer clicks on a short, they can scroll to watch more shorts.
  • You can also discover shorts on the YouTube homepage, then scroll horizontally to view more shorts. If you click on a short, you can scroll vertically to watch more shorts.
  • If you tap on your subscriptions feed, you’ll also see shorts.
  • Shorts can also be discovered in YouTube search and Google search when people enter that search term in the search bar. 
  • Shorts will also appear on the YouTube channel homepage if you add a shorts section.
  • You can also watch shorts on your smart TVs, gaming consoles and streaming devices.
  • If you tap on your content tab in YouTube studio, you’ll notice there’s a dedicated shorts tab at the top.

How to view Shorts Analytics

If you tap on analytics, you’ll see the number of likes and subscribers in the last 28 days, how they chose to view, how many swiped away your top shorts, how viewers find your shorts, external sites, YouTube search terms, content suggesting you and playlists featuring you

If you tap on a short to view its individual analytics, you will be able to see the views, subscribers, estimated revenue, audience retention , top traffic sources, if it was shown in the feed, how many chose to view, percentage that swiped away, how viewers find the video, external sites or apps, YouTube search terms content suggesting this video and playlists featuring this short.

Here are some best practices when making your shorts so you can improve engagement and get more views.

  • The first few seconds of your short will determine if the viewer watches all the way through, therefore, create a strong hook in those first few seconds.
  • You kind of need to establish in the first two to three seconds why someone should watch this all the way till the end.
  • If you aim for a retention rate that is close to a 100% there’s a high probability your short will do well.
  • If you’re landing in like the 35 to 45 second range and driving over 90% retention, it’s pretty likely going to go somewhat viral.
  • Try to tell a story in your shorts video so it keeps views watching all the way through.
  • One thing we noticed with some of our shorts that weren’t doing as well, we were kind of delivering a lot of the information up top and then there was no reason to keep watching.
  • One way to keep viewers attention throughout your Shorts video is to use lots of B-roll every few seconds.
  • Keep in mind that your shorts loop, so pace your content accordingly and encourage replayability. 

Are shorts worth it? 

  • Currently, YouTube Shorts receives over 15 billion views per day, therefore I highly recommend going all in on Shorts.
  • You can also use shorts to promote your long form videos by editing your long form video into a short. A link to the original video will appear at the end of your short. Click here to learn how to edit a long form video into a Short.
  • You can also reply to a comment with a short, and the person that left a comment will be notified about the Short. The short will also appear in the comment. Click here to learn how to reply to a comment with a Short.
  • With shorts, you have the ability to reach new audiences that you can’t reach with long form videos because your shorts videos appear in the shorts feed when somebody’s scrolling their phone using the YouTube app. 
  • Shorts are easier and faster to make because you can just use your phone.
  • Shorts are a great way to attract a lot of views fast and grow your channel.

What if you don’t want to use a phone to make a Short…
Can you make and upload a short from your PC or laptop?
Watch this video on how to make and upload a short from your PC.

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