Get More Views on Your YouTube Shorts with a Custom Thumbnail

This shorts video currently ranks number one on Google search out of 113 million results, and shows a large thumbnail at the top of the search results.

It’s my top traffic source out of all the other traffic sources, but YouTube says “for now, you can’t change the thumbnail on YouTube short.” When viewed on YouTube, YouTube just selects a vertical frame taken from your shorts video.

What’s the workaround?

In the video below, I’m going to show you 2 ways to upload or change a custom thumbnail for YouTube shorts so you can get more views.

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Here’s how to upload or change a custom thumbnail for your shorts video
using the free Chrome extension VidIQ

Here’s my shorts video titled YouTube Shorts Tips, which currently has a vertical thumbnail, but I want to change that to a custom thumbnail.

  • On the video details page, it says, “for now, you can’t change the thumbnail on your short”
  • If you have the VidIQ Chrome extension installed, you’ll see beside the thumbnail, “create thumbnail.” So click on that.
  • Click on “other image” T
  • Here’s drop file here, or click to browse the files. So you’re going to “click to browse files“,
  • Click on shorts tips,
  • Click open,
  • Now I’ve got my custom thumbnail called shorts tips.
  • Click Next.
  • You could create your own custom thumbnail just using this thumbnail editor, but I’ve already created my custom thumbnail, so I’m just going to click next.  
  • And I’ve got YouTube search, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Select YouTube search. 
  • Save thumbnail.
  • Now I’m going to refresh the page. 
  • Click Reload.
  • And here’s my new custom thumbnail that I uploaded for my YouTube shorts.

Here’s how to upload or change a custom thumbnail for YouTube shorts
using the free Chrome extension TubeBuddy
.

Here’s another Shorts video titled YouTube Tips that doesn’t have a custom thumbnail.

  • If you have the TubeBuddy Chrome extension installed, you’ll see this
    TubeBuddy icon under the Shorts thumbnail.
  • Click on the dropdown.
  • It says TubeBuddy tools.
  • Click on Thumbnail Generator.
  • It says, what type of background would you like for the thumbnail? 
  • Select a still frame from the video, choose a solid color or image, or existing thumbnail.
  • So I have an existing thumbnail so I’m going to click on that.
  • I can choose from any of these suggestions from TubeBuddy,
    or I can click to upload your own image.
  • So I’m going to click on that.
  • Select shorts tips.
  • Click open.
  • Here it  is.
  • Click continue.
  • The great benefit of using TubeBuddy’s thumbnail generator is that it shows your custom thumbnail here at the top,  then all your competitors’ thumbnails below. 
  • Click Save and publish.
  • Are you sure you want to publish this thumbnail?
  • Click OK.
  • It says, please reload this page to see your changes.
  • Click reload.
  • And now you can see I’ve got the custom thumbnail uploaded for my shorts video.

Keep in mind that when you upload a custom thumbnail for YouTube shorts, it only appears in Google search, whereas on YouTube, it selects a vertical frame from your shorts video.

As you can see, when you view shorts on the short shelf from your mobile phone, it shows a preview of the shorts video, so your custom thumbnail won’t appear there but it will show a vertical frame

It also automatically shifts to the next Shorts video for you to watch. This means that the first few seconds of your Shorts video really counts if you want to get a good preview on your Shorts video for people scrolling their mobile phones. 

Recently, YouTube enabled Android users to choose a frame from their Shorts video to use as a custom thumbnail. Keep in mind, this is a vertical thumbnail that’s selected from one of the frames on the Shorts video, and it’ll be seen on YouTube as well as on mobile phones. It won’t be the same as the custom thumbnail that I created for you today.

Here’s what YouTube says about vertical videos.with 16:9 custom thumbnails.

“Vertical videos with 16:9 custom thumbnails will be replaced by an auto generated 4:5 thumbnail on the home, explore and subscription pages. Your custom thumbnail will still appear on the watch feed, watch history, and non-mobile platforms.”

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How To Use The YouTube Shorts Editor (MAKE SHORTS ON PHONE)

I made this Shorts video while I was out and about using the video editing tools from the Shorts camera app on my phone.

In the video below I’ll show you how to make a Shorts video right from your phone using the video editing tools from the YouTube Shorts camera app.

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Let’s get on my phone to show you the shorts video editing tools from the YouTube app.

  • Tap the YouTube app
  • Tap the plus Sign
  • Tap Create a short.
  • Make your first frame count.
  • You only have a couple of seconds to grab your viewer’s attention when they’re scrolling the shorts feed on their phones.
  • Tap the red button to create a short.
  • Hello there. I’m now recording a short. 
  • Tap the red button again to stop recording.
  • If you want to expand the short from 15 seconds to 60 seconds, then tap the 15.
  • Now you’ve got 60 seconds.
  • If you made a mistake, you can actually redo it by tapping on the undo.
  • If you want to redo it, just tap redo.
  • If you want to add a video from your camera roll, just tap the picture to the left.
  • So I could choose one of these vertical videos.
  • I can edit it by just move my finger from the right to the left or left to right.
  • If want to undo that, just tap undo.
  • This means you can pre-record multiple video clips that you can add to your camera roll then include them in your short,  when editing your shorts video. 
  • To look at the video editing tools, just tap the arrow at the bottom.
  • I can flip it so I can view my computer screen that I’m recording right now.
  • If I tap this icon, then I can choose all these different effects.
  • If I tap speed, then I can speed up my video 0.3 x, 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 3x.

You can now film hands free by tapping the timer button. So drag to change where the recording stops So I could start it at a certain time like this. Now I’m recording another portion of my video. If I want to go back and add another piece just tap this icon there.

Let’s check the rest of the tools.

So I can do a green screen. I could choose from one of these images. You can select any video or photo from a camera roll to use as a background for you short. Then I’ll select maybe this one here as my green screen. 

Looks pretty good.

Tap done. And then I’ll tap on the arrow again.

So if I want to retouch my images, I can choose filters. So I can choose any of these filters that are down below here.

Tap the align tool to make a perfect transition between two segments.

Here’s how to do it.

  • If you want to hit that perfect transition between two segments, use align.
  • To use it you’ll need to record a segment first.
  • Then,  change up your background or throw a new look.
  • And from within the camera, press align on the right hand side, which will show a transparent view of your last frame.
  • This lets you line up your next shot with your previous shot.
  • It’s that simple.
  • When you’re happy with the result, press next in the top right and watch it come to life

If you want to adjust the lighting of your video, tap lighting.

If I tap trim, then I could actually trim my video if I wanted to. So I tap the thumbnail to edit it and then I can close the video editing tools.

Okay, so I tapped the check mark.  

I can add sound.
Now you can add up the 60 seconds of sound using the audio library from YouTube, which is free to use. So I can choose unstoppable.

I can also add text.
I can move this text around if I want.

I can also do a voiceover. 
Tap to hold to record a audio. Hey, this is a new video that I’m  going to make right now.
Tap again.

And then I can also do a timeline so I can choose where I want my text to be. You can use this feature to trigger different messages at different times in your shorts video, so I can choose it at the beginning.

I can add some more towards the end, etcetera. Tap done, and then a tap next. And here I can just add a title to my video.

I can check the visibility, so it could be, public, unlisted, private. I suggest making it unlisted initially so you can check if there’s any mistakes.

After you’ve optimized your Shorts video, just switch it to public.

If you want to schedule it, just tap schedule. Then you can select the day‚Ķtime. Tap back again.

No It’s not made for kids. Yes, it’s made for kids. So select It’s not made for kids. You can save it as a draft by tapping save draft, or you can upload as a short by tapping, upload short and that’s all there is to it.

If you want to know how to upload shorts from your pc, watch this video how to upload shorts from your pc, which is updated for 2023

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YouTube Email Notifications Not Working – How To Check And Fix

Why did YouTube remove email notifications from channels I’ve subscribed to?

Here are a few comments from viewers…

Now I understand why my subscribers don’t see my videos and why my views have dropped dramatically.

I use the email notification; I do not use mobile notifications. If I’m understanding you correctly, I’m going to lose those emails that I get for the select few channels and I want to make sure that I don’t miss a video.

My audience is constantly telling me they aren’t getting their notifications. Why on earth is this feature still not functioning properly?

In the video below, I’ll show you the top places where people subscribed to your channel how to check your notifications on YouTube. How to make sure your subscribers are receiving notifications of your new uploads and how to find the videos on your channel that are attracting the most subscribers.

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Reason YouTube Removed Email Notifications

Speaker from YouTube:
We spoke to small and large creators to help us make this decision. They told us actually, they don’t see email as being critical to the success of their video and so we’re planning to turn off these emails.

According to YouTube, 0.1% of these emails are opened and they also contribute to inbox overload. When they conducted an experiment by turning off email notifications, they didn’t see any impact on watch time and saw an increase in engagement and push notifications and in the subscriptions feed. Just keep in mind that important emails that YouTube sends about your account, mandatory service announcements, et cetera, are not going away.

How To Check Your Notification Settings On YouTube

  • Log to YouTube channel,
  • click on your profile icon,
  • click Settings,
  • click notifications.
  • Under your preferences, make sure that subscriptions, recommended videos, activity on my channel, activity on my comments, replies to my comments, mentions, shared content are all turned on.
  • Now you’ll receive notifications from channels you’ve subscribed, get recommendations of content you may like, get notified about comments and replies to your comments, and get notified when others share your content on their channels.
  • Under email notifications permission, turn on send me emails about my YouTube activity, and updates are requested.
  • You can also turn on general product updates if you wish and creator updates and announcements.

How To Make Sure Your Subscribers Are Receiving Notifications Of New Uploads From Your Channel

  • When you find a channel you want to subscribe to, click the subscribe button and click the bell notification icon.
  • The default notification is personalized but select all, if you want to receive all notifications from that channel.
  • If you select ALL you’ll receive notifications for all uploads, including live streams, community posts, stories, et cetera. So if you’ve subscribed to my channel and are not receiving notifications, then make sure you select all so you’ll receive notifications for future uploads, live streams, community posts, and stories.
  • If you select personalized notifications, which is the default setting when you subscribe to a channel, you’ll only receive some notifications for future uploads and live streams.
  • If you unsubscribed and resubscribed to a channel, then your notifications were reset to the personalized state.

How To What Percentage Of Subscribers Turned on “ALL Notifications” For Your Channel

  • Log into YouTube Studio,
  • click on the analytics tab,
  • click on the audience tab.
  • Under subscriber bell notifications, you’ll see the percentage of subscribers who turned on all notifications for your channel. Typical on YouTube is between 10% and 30% so 20% is not bad.
  • You’ll also see the percentage of subscribers who turned on all notifications for your channel and enabled YouTube notifications. Typical on YouTube is between 5% and 20%, so 9.7% is not bad.
  • Just keep in mind that notifications can’t reach subscribers who have disabled notifications on the YouTube app or have signed out.
  • These stats were of the last 28 days, but if you click the dropdown, you can do it for the last seven days, 90 days, 365 days, or lifetime.
  • If I select the last 7 days, I can see the number of subscribers I’ve gained in the last seven days. I’ve also gained 46,500 unique viewers. These are number of people that have watched my content in the last 7 days. In the last seven days, I also received 3,300 returning viewers.
  • These are viewers that have already watched the videos on my channel previously and have returned to watch more of my content in the last seven days.

    I mentioned before about seeing videos in your subscriptions feed from channels you’ve subscribed to.

What’s the difference between subscriptions feed and notifications?

Your subscriptions feed appears on both mobile and computer. It will show all the recently uploaded videos from your subscriptions. Notifications tells you when there are new videos and updates from your subscriptions.

How To Find The Videos on Your Channel That Are Attracting The Most Subscribers

  • Sign to YouTube Studio,
  • click on analytics,
  • click see more,
  • click subscription source.
  • Now you’ll able to see which source attracts the most subscribers.
  • Obviously, my YouTube watch page attracts most subscribers. These are subscriptions from the subscribe button on the video watch pages.
  • You can see the amount of subscribers gained and amount of subscribers lost in the last 28 days.
  • You can also change this to 90 days, 365 days, or lifetime.
  • Since this page attracts the most subscribers, make sure you invite viewers to subscribe to your channel and tell them why they should subscribe.

Your goal is to convert more viewers to subscribers so they keep coming back to watch more of your content. Another top area is interactive features, which are subscriptions from interactive features on videos such as end screens, branding watermarks, or annotations.

Another is a YouTube channel which is subscriptions from the subscribe button on your YouTube channel home page. YouTube search, which are subscriptions from search results based on the queries. External, which are subscriptions from videos or subscribe buttons embedded on websites other than YouTube.

Other YouTube channel means subscriptions from other channels that recommend your channel or videos from other channels that are related to your channel.

I noticed this recently that I’m getting subscribers from YouTube Stories. Just 7 from the last 28 days, but this builds up as I do more YouTube Stories. Subscriptions feeds, subscriptions channel lists and closed accounts.

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The last five subscription sources saw a drop in subscribers, especially the one from closed accounts. This is because YouTube regularly removes false or bought accounts.

Click here if you want to learn more about why you’re losing subscribers from YouTube, click the link in the description below this video.

How To Receive Notifications On Your Phone Using The YouTube App

  • Tap the YouTube app;
  • select a video you want to watch.
  • Tap on this video.
  • Tap subscribe.
  • Tap the bell notification icon.
  • Tap all, if you want to receive all notifications from that channel.
  • If you select personalized, you only get some notifications.
  • If you want to unsubscribe, just tap subscribed, tap unsubscribe.
  • Tap none, if you don’t want to receive any.
  • If you’re not able to select all notifications, it probably means that the notifications in the phone settings haven’t been turned on.
  • Tap Settings on your iPhone
  • tap notifications,
  • tap YouTube,
  • tap allow notifications. You can also enable sounds, badge app icon, show on lock screen, show on history, show as banners.

Another reason you may not be getting notifications on your phone is that you may not be logged in to the right channel.

Here’s how to switch channels.

  • Tap the icon at the top,
  • tap switch account,
  • choose your account.
  • If you tap the bell icon, then you’ll see all the comment notifications.
  • If you tap subscriptions, you’ll see all the channels that you’re subscribed to.
  • If you’re not subscribed to my channel and you’re watching this video on your phone, tap the subscribe, tap the bell icon, tap all.

    Now you’ll receive all notifications from my channel.

Why do I keep losing subscribers from my channel?”

I’m glad you asked. Just watch my next video on why you’re losing YouTube subscribers and how to fix it.

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