How to Setup Your YouTube Channel to Make Money 2020

Are you looking for ways to become the next big YouTuber and make money with it along the way? Maybe you simply have a message you want to share with the world.

There is surely no better place to share your voice than on YouTube, the world’s biggest video sharing network!

In this post I will share a lot of tips to help you easily make money with your videos even as a beginner

We’re going to head back to the very beginning. How to set up your youtube channel so it’s ready to start making you money.

Before you can make money on YouTube, and before you can even build your YouTube audience, there is something you must do. And that is, of course, start your YouTube channel!

Now If you have a Google account, you can watch, share and comment on YouTube video content. However, Google accounts don’t automatically create YouTube channels. Getting a new channel set up is a simple and quick process

Head over to and click ‘sign in’ in the top right corner of the page….. Then log in using the Google Account you’d like your channel to be associated with

Once you’ve logged in, click on your channel profile picture on the top right and then select “create a channel” from the drop-down options.

Next you will see a pop up telling you Your creator journey begins, click on the get started button and it will ask you to Choose how to create your channel

You can choose to Create a private channel or a brand channel accounts

  • With the private account you will Create a channel using the name and picture on your Google Account.
  • With the business account you can Use a custom name that is only for your channel

The business accounts can have multiple managers or channel owners — perfect ,if you want to grow a channel with another person or collaborate with several other people

In this post I will be walking you through the private channel account which I believe is the most popular use account type on the platform.

So type in your channel name and create your channel

At this point you deserve to be Congratulated because You have just completed the basic steps to setup a YouTube channel….But we’re not finished yet.

Next, you’ll want to fill out your profile and channel description; this is the first option you see after you have created a channel.

To do that we are going to start with the youtube channel icon or profile picture, that is the small profile image that viewers will see over your channel cover art, on your videos, and next to comments you leave on the platform.

YouTube recommends using a profile image of 800 x 800 pixels.

You can use a PNG, GIF file which is not animated or JPEG file and the file size should be 4 MB or less

You can use canva to create a template for your profile picture size by typing in 800 x 800 pixels in the custom dimension feature …..then just upload and add the image to the template download it from canva and upload on your channel

Your Image will be rendered into a circle for most of its appearances on YouTube so Keep that in mind when you want to crop your profile image.

It can take a few minutes for your new profile image to populate the channel icon area, so don’t worry if it doesn’t appear immediately.

Next is telling your viewers a little about your channel. You want to Let your viewers know what or to whom your videos are about.

YouTube gives you this space on your channel to write a little about your brand and the content you share on YouTube. The description is limited to 1,000 characters,

The copy in your channel description won’t just appear on your channel page. It’s indexed by search engines and can also be featured across YouTube in suggested channel categories.

The external links area is also a great place to add links to your website and other social media networks that you use.

You want to also allow your viewers to quickly access your other marketing platforms by adding the links to your YouTube channel.

Sharing your extenal links also helps viewers stay connected with you and your latest videos

To add a link simply enter the Link title in this box and on the next box enter the url. So you can link to your external website, blog and any other social media account you are involved in then save and continue.

Next on the to-do list is to of setting up your channel is customizing it.

At this point Your new YouTube channel is empty and boring which means you have to customize it so viewers find it apealing

customizing your YouTube channel with channel art is another fantastic way to communicate who you are as a person or business and to stand out from the crowd.

So you definitely do not leave the default art or banner on your YouTube channel.

again the default channel art is boring, it’s unbranded, and I guarantee you,…. anyone starting out or anyone who half-heartedly setup a channel today will have that same cover.

Adding channel art or banne to your channel is easy but before we get into that lets quickly see how you can create a channel art or banner that youtube will not only be accepted by youtube but also as a focal point as it’s going to be the first impression someone gets upon visiting your channel.

YouTube recommends uploading your cover photo at 2560 x 1440 pixels with a maximum file size of 4MB.

The best place to start with your channel art is with the optimal image size that works across multiple devices. For the best results

YouTube also supplies a Channel Art Template in both PNG and PSD formats to help you figure out the perfect layout for your channel and how it’ll look across platforms

Here’s an example of how I used this template to create the channel art for the solopreneur YouTube channel and here’s how it looks across various platforms:

What you should keep in mind when creating your channel art or banner is to Ensure all your text and logos are within the safe area

The text and logo safe area is the 1546 x 423 pixel space at the center of the YouTube channel art template. This is the area that will be displayed on YouTube when your channel is viewed on desktop screens.

So you want to be careful to ensure any important information such as branding, text, taglines, and key images are within this space so that it’s always displayed as part of your channel art across every device.

You also want to Consider your channel links you added when creating your channel.

The links you added to your channel will be displayed in the bottom right corner of your channel art.

When creating your channel art, it’s important to think about the link space here.

If you’re just setting up your YouTube channel, you’ll notice the channel art space is blank with a clear call to action to add your banner

Once you’ve clicked this link, you’ll see a popup window that gives you the option to upload your own custom channel art. If you’d like to, you can also choose to use one of YouTube’s templates from the “Gallery”

Once you’ve uploaded your channel art, YouTube allows you to adjust the cropping of your image so that you can ensure it’s all lined up correctly.

The crop screen is very handy for checking how your design will look on various platforms. The clear section in the middle of the grid shows you the content that will be displayed on mobile and desktop and the rest of the image shows the image that will be displayed on TVs.

Once you’re happy with the way your cover art looks, click “Select” and your channel art will be added to your channel and saved.

If you already have some channel art in place and would like to update it, head over to your channel homepage. From here, move your mouse over your cover art and you’ll notice a little edit button appear in the top right-hand corner

Once you’ve clicked on the icon, you can update your channel art.

Moving on to the last customization feature adding a channel Trailer

When you first setup a YouTube account, it can be easy to overlook the channel trailer. But in fact, your YouTube channel trailer could be one of the most influential methods of attracting new viewers.

Channel trailers are auto-play videos that appear only for people who have not yet subscribed to your channel. Good channel trailers are typically short and to-the-point. They grab attention and give viewers a clear picture of who you are and what type of content you create.

Here is a detail video on how to add a channel trailer on your channel

Here’s how to quickly set a channel trailer for your YouTube account:

First you want to make sure you have turned on channel customization in your “Channel settings”.

Upload the video you want to be your channel trailer on your channel

Navigate to “Customize channel” and Click the “For new visitors” tab then Click on “Channel trailer”, Select your channel trailer and click “Save”. Thats it

So,…You finaly made it! You have set up a YouTube channel and optimized it for success. Now the fun part begins!

If you’re just starting out on YouTube and you are not quite sure where to go from here,

Check out the youtube affiliate marketing crash course that will help you with everything you need to know about YouTube and making money with your videos.

If you have any other questions about how to set up a YouTube channel, let me know in the comment area below this video and with all that I hope this was another helpful post.

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Hi there! I am winston, I run this blog ( and the Solopreneur Warrior channel on Youtube were I share simple to follow video on how to overcome the technical stuff in your online business, so you have enough time to keep creating content. Helping you build your website & launch your online biz.I do this with in-depth research,personal experience and a good dose of actionable tips!

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