If you're wondering how difficult it is to create a YouTube account, you'll be happy to know that YouTube has made it relatively simple for you to set up an account, create and customize your channel and start posting your videos.
However, there is a big difference in the ease of setting up an account versus getting people to view your videos and subscribe to your channel. The latter can feel more like climbing a mountain -- from the bottom the view looks a long way off and the terrain can seem pretty daunting! The articles in this section focus on the basics of how to create a YouTube account and channel, emphasizing some do's and don'ts you should follow along the way.
First, let's define a YouTube account and a channel. Anyone who wants to watch videos on YouTube without registering for an account can do so simply by going to YouTube and searching for and viewing the types of videos that interest them. As an unregistered user, you can also watch YouTube videos that have been embedded on websites or shared on social media.
However, if you want a more interactive experience, you'll need to create a YouTube account. This will allow you to like videos (with a thumbs up), dislike videos (with a thumbs down) and subscribe to channels.
Once you create a YouTube account, you'll automatically have your own channel. You can then set up your YouTube username (which you'll need in order to comment on videos) and you can customize your channel. Think of your channel as a personalized home page that you can adapt to reflect your personality or brand, keep track of your subscriptions and playlists, upload your videos and perhaps even monetize those videos by becoming a YouTube Partner.
All this good stuff starts when you create a YouTube account, so let's get to that now . . .
Because Google owns YouTube, all paths to creating a YouTube account pretty much lead through Google. There are 2 ways to create a YouTube account:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Be aware that your Google username may not necessarily be the same as your YouTube username. Once you have a YouTube account, you'll be given an opportunity to select a YouTube username. If you enter in your Google username and it's already taken in YouTube, you'll be prompted to select a different username for your YouTube account.
Be cautious with the username you select -- YouTube won't allow you to change your username if you decide you'd like a different one. Since your YouTube username appears on your comments, channel and video uploads, make sure it's a name you like because you're stuck with it. You could start a whole new account later with a different username. However, that would require some extra work if you already have an established channel with a lot of videos uploaded and a subscriber base. Give some thought now to what you'd like your username to be and save yourself this hassle later on.
Now that you're a proud owner of a YouTube account, you'll be able to like (or dislike videos) and subscribe to channels that interest you. By subscribing to channels, you'll be informed whenever the channel owner uploads a new video.
Now that you've read how to create a YouTube account, you're ready to learn how to create a YouTube channel. You'll also want to check out our Groovy Videos Home page and blog for the latest articles.
To take advantage of everything YouTube has to offer, such as customizing your channel, attracting an audience and earning money from your videos, be sure to check out the following articles:
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