YouTube, my hours spent surfing you are endless! YouTube is undoubtedly one of the most popular social networks and the website where we spend the majority of our online time. YouTube users account for almost a third of internet users.
This is more than a billion people. One billion hours of video are viewed every day. Video seems to be growing every year. What do you know about YouTube? Beyond uploading, viewing and posting videos, what else can you learn? This blog post will share 10 YouTube tips that every user should know. We recommend Getfans.io for more views.
1. Do you have a channel? How to create your custom URL
Did you know you can make your own YouTube URL? So long as you are eligible.
This is super useful for channel owners as it allows you to create an easy-to-remember URL – for example, youtube.com/LilachBullock.
To be eligible for the name change, you will need:
- Minimum 100 subscribers to your channel
- Your channel must be at least 30 day old
- Have an uploaded photo as a channel icon
- You have uploaded channel art
- Once you have been approved, you are allowed to change the capitalization or accents of your URL. You can also remove your custom URL from your channel as many times per year.
You can find out how to create your customized URL here.
Click on Settings, then Advanced under the account name.
If You see “You’re eligible for custom URL” under channel settings, click the link to the right.
Next you will see the list approved URLs for custom URLs. If the text is not in the gray box, it cannot be changed. However, you may be able add some numbers or letters to it.
2. YouTube Red: How to remove those annoying ads…for a fee
Remember the days when YouTube videos weren’t getting constantly interrupted by ads? They’re long gone.
You’re lucky to only see one ad per video.
There is an alternative – but only if you are willing to pay, and only in certain countries.
With the YouTube Red service, you can start using YouTube as Google Play, Spotify, Apple Music, and so on – only, you also get videos and shows.
There are many great features. First, there are no ads. Second, background and offline play can be done on mobile devices. Third, you have access to original shows (rental or pay per view, etc.)
3. Share a video beginning at a specific time
Often times when I share a video, I actually want someone to see something specific – and I’m sure I’m not the only one. You can share a link to take the person to the exact moment that you desire, whether you are laughing at something 1.20 minutes into the video or sharing a speech that occurs in the middle.
It’s easy: simply start watching the video and click on the Share button when you are done.
As you can see you can check the box right next to the time under the shareable hyperlink.
Your URL will change once you click the button to show the time shown in the video.
Plus, you can also use this feature to bookmark your videos – kind of like you would with books, articles, and so on.
4. In just a few clicks, you can see the transcript of a video.
Another feature that is useful is the ability to see the transcript of any video, provided it wasn’t removed by the uploader.
Click on the three dots below your video and click on Open transcript.
If you don’t see the option, the uploader will remove the transcript.
Otherwise, once you click on Open Transcript, the video’s transcript will immediately appear on the right-hand side of your video:
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5. Add end screens to your videos to increase your viewership and promote you website or product.
If you’ve watched a few videos on YouTube, then you’ve probably noticed how some leave a few seconds at the end to convince you to subscribe to their channels, to get you to buy something, or to get you to their website.
This is known as an “end screen”, and it’s basically a part of your video that shows the last 5-20 seconds. To be eligible for an end screen, your video must be at least 25 seconds in length.
You can add up to 4 elements to your end screen that help promote your channel, website, or content.
- After clicking on the account icon, you can access Creator Studio
- Go to video manager-> video
- Click on Edit to select the video that you wish.
- Click on End Screen (at top).
Follow the instructions to add elements. Be aware that at most one element must be a playlist or video.
Although you can your own elements from scratch, you also have a few other options; for example, look through the YouTube templates to see if you can find one that suits your needs, or if you’ve already created an end screen for another video, you can easily copy it to other videos as well.
6. To find music and sound effects that you like, use the YouTube Audio Library
So, you’ve created a really cool video – all that it needs is some music and some compelling sound effects to take it to the next level.
YouTube has a huge library of music and sound effects that you can use to enhance your project instead of paying for them. It’s also super simple to do.
Simply go to your Creator Studio and click on Create from the left-hand menu. Then, get started listening!
Use the search bar to locate the music/sound effects that you are looking for. Click on the images to check if you have to attribute them.
You can also click on Attribution to select ‘attribution required’ to search for any free music you can use in your songs.
You can also find sound effects that will do almost anything (unless you are a professional sound designer). These effects include turning on muscle cards, cutting fruit, pouring bottles into dumpsters, cheering, and even turning on muscles.
7. Are you using songs in your videos This is how you find out their copyright policies
If, however, you want to use a more popular song in your video, you should first check out what their copyright policies are like – no sense in getting your video taken down just because you used a few seconds of a song that you shouldn’t have.
Go back to the Creator Studio and click on Create. Then select Music Policies.
Some don’t allow people to use their music at all; others have a monetization scheme going on, so there will be ads during your video; others only allow their music in certain countries.
You should always double-check the song before you use it, no matter how many times you actually use it in the video. Search for music with the search bar. Once you have found what you are looking for, click on it to view their restrictions.
8. Upload a 360 degree video to dazzle your audience
While normal videos are great, not everyone can create one. Do you want to impress your audience with the best video?
You can create and upload a 360-degree video. You can also create a virtual reality video. You can even make a 3D video.
Of course, you’ll first need the equipment to create such videos – then, simply follow the instruction from YouTube here to upload and post them.
9. A tool can be used to manage your YouTube Channel in fractions of the time
There aren’t that many good Youtube bots and tools that offer YouTube management features like you would get for all the other popular social networks.
In fact, in my conversation with Evan Carmichael last year, who is a top YouTuber, he mentioned how much he’s struggling to keep track of all his comments and respond to them in an easy and timely manner.
It can be difficult to manage a large channel that receives a lot of attention.
That’s where Agorapulse come in, who only recently released YouTube management features. You can:
You can view all your comments and reply to them in one spot
Check out which comments you need to check and which ones you have already read.
You can assign comments to other members of your team
You can save common replies to make it easier for you to respond to comments in a few clicks.
Monitor your channel name and other keywords to stay on track of any mentions and handle them as soon as they come in
10. Are you curious about your competitors? Here are some ways to find out more about your competitors.
You want to know what your competitors are doing on YouTube? What analytics do they have?
You can use BirdSong Analytics for YouTube to check any publicly available YouTube channel – including yours, of course.
Analytics is a great tool for improvement, as it allows you to see what works and what doesn’t; with BirdSong, you’ll be able to see any channels’ engagement and video analytics, their video search optimisation to help improve your video SEO, and other valuable metrics.
Bonus tip: Double-tap to go forward and back.
YouTube released this feature earlier this year and it’s super useful when you’re watching a video on the YouTube app on your smartphone.
You can fast-forward or reverse by simply double-tapping on the video. This will take you forward or backwards for 10 seconds for every 2 taps.
Do you want to jump ahead? Double-tap on the right-hand corner of the video.
Do you want to go back? Double-tap on the left side of the video.
It’s simple and straight to the point
I hope this article has helped you to get better results on your YouTube channel.
What are some other YouTube features you like? What are your tips and tricks?