How to Set Up your YouTube Channel Homepage

How to set up your YouTube channel homepage is what this video is all about. Learn how to set your featured content for returning subscribers and your channel trailer for new visitors, as well as organise your playlists and content in a way that increases your channel's watch time.

Contents of this video:

0:00 Start
0:18 How to set featured content
0:52 How to set your channel trailer
1:39 How to add playlists
2:42 How to add your most popular videos

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How to Set Up Your YouTube Channel Homepage – Video Transcript

How to setup your YouTube channel homepage – that’s what we’ll be covering in this video, so let’s get started.

From anywhere on Youtube, go up to your profile picture in the top right corner, and click to go to β€˜Your Channel’

Then, you’ll need to click on the big blue β€˜customise channel’ button.

The first thing to check out are the two tabs up the top of your homepage.

The first tab to edit has a featured video for returning subscribers. Just click on the blue β€˜feature content’ button and choose a video to feature. It’s a good idea to choose a video with great audience retention time. For me at the moment, that’s a video about how to make your comments stand out by using bold formatting – so that’s the one I’m going to feature. Choose your video and click SAVE.

The next tab is for new visitors, and is ideally the place that you would add a channel trailer. I haven’t made one for this channel yet – but when I do, this is where it’s going to be featured. Until then, I’m going to choose a video that people like watching – which is the same video I’m featuring to existing subscribers. Just choose a video and click SAVE.

By default, your channel is probably displaying your latest uploads and not much else.

The first thing I’m going to do is to change the layout of my uploads area, so that my uploads are displayed as a vertical list rather than a horizontal one.

To do that, I click on the edit pencil and change the layout from horizontal row to vertical list.

Next, I’m going to add a one of my playlists.

Here’s a pretty important hint – it’s a good idea to plan out how you want your channel’s homepage to look beforehand so you can group your videos into relevant playlists and get them all ready to go. That way, your channel customisation process is going to be super-fast!

To add a playlist, click on the β€˜ADD A SECTION’ button down near the bottom of the screen.

Select the content you want to display – I’m going to choose single playlist with a horizontal row layout.
Under where it says β€˜choose a playlist’ I’m going to leave it on β€˜my playlists’
and in the β€˜find playlist’ box I’m going to choose my Grow your channel faster’ playlist.

Next, I’m going to add my YouTube SEO playlist, so I’ll click on the β€˜ADD A SECTION’ button and choose single playlist but this time I’m going to use a vertical list. In the find a playlist box I’m going to choose my YouTube SEO playlist.

Next, I’m going to add my YouTube Video basics, so I’ll click on the β€˜ADD A SECTION’ button and choose single playlist with a horizontal row. In the find a playlist box I’m going to choose my YouTube Video Basics playlist.

Next, I’m going to add my How to Make Images for YouTube playlist, so I’ll click on the β€˜ADD A SECTION’ button and choose single playlist with a vertical list. In the find a playlist box I’m going to choose my How to Make Images for YouTube playlist.

My next section is going to be a little different, it’s going to show my playlists. I’ll click on +ADD A SECTION and choose β€˜created playlists’ with a horizontal row layout.

Then finally, my last section is going to have my most popular uploads. Click on + ADD A SECTION and choose Popular Uploads with a horizontal row.

There’s a reason that I’m adding my most popular uploads last – and that’s because I want to give people somewhere great to go when they scroll right to the bottom of my home page. If there isn’t something there that catches their eye at that point, they’re likely to click away from my channel. This way, when they get to my playlist row, there’s a subtle visual difference because of the darker playlist overlays, and my popular videos act almost like a P.S. at the bottom of the page.

OK, here’s some important stuff to notice:

Once you’ve got your sections set up, to edit a section, click on the edit pencil in the top left corner.

To move a section up or down use the up or down arrows

To delete a section, first click on it’s edit pencil, and then click on the trash can.

It’s important to realise that you don’t get to customise your headings on your homepage – it’s going to display whatever your playlist name is, or whatever the content label says. To keep things consistent, I don’t use all-caps for my playlists, because if I did, they would look inconsistent next to the other headings.

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