How to create a YouTube channel in 2021

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If you’re looking to start a YouTube channel this year it is an incredibly easy process to get your channel up and running.

Below are the steps you will follow to get your channel setup and optimize some of your settings:

1. Create a Gmail account if you do not have one yet

2. Go to

3. Click on the Sign In on the top right side of your screen

4. Once you’re signed in, click on the little profile photo or initial symbol on the top right of the screen

5. Click on “Create a Channel”

6. Here you can choose to either use your Gmail name or create a new unique name for your channel

7. Upload a profile photo

8. Add a channel description that people can read when they go to your profile

9. Add any social media/medium links

10. Click on “Customize Channel”

11. Click on Branding

12. Upload a banner for your channel — make sure this is appropriately arranged for viewing on all devices

13. Add a watermark if you would like

14. Click “Publish” to save your changes

15. Click on “Settings” on the bottom left

16. Go to “Channel”

17. Enter any of your default channel information

18. Enter keywords that YouTube’s search engine can use to help direct people to your channel. Use a comma to separate tags

19. Mark whether you want your channel to be “kid friendly” or leave it at the default to ask for each video

20. Click on “Upload Defaults”

21. Add all of your affiliate links, disclosures, etc. that you want on every video under the description box

22. Select the appropriate video privacy setting for default uploads. I like to do Private so I can edit the thumbnail, etc. before making the video public.

23. Add any tags that you would want all of your videos to have. These tags will help with search engine optimization and really help you to get your channel noticed once you start producing videos

24. Start making videos

I hope this was helpful for you to be able to streamline some of your YouTube processes and get a channel going!



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