How To Customize Your YouTube Profile Page

youtubeuserpagecorner   How To Customize Your YouTube Profile Page Earlier this year, I took the plunge and bought a camcorder. I haven’t had much of a chance to do much filming yet due to work commitments but I am determined to change all that in 2009. So in the past couple of weeks, I have been sprucing up my YouTube user page in anticipation of all the videos I intend to upload in the year ahead.

Doing so has made me realise all of the customization options I never knew existed up to now and you can spend literally ages tweaking it and twunking it (I think I’ve just invented my own word) the way you want it.

So let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to make your YouTube user page your own.

The first step (of course) is to make your YouTube account.¬†Then, once you are logged in, your user page can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/YOUR USER NAME.¬†As you can see from the screenshot above, the box at the top left hand corner of the page has a yellow “edit channel” button.¬†Click that to find the customization options available to you.

The three options are :

Channel Info

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It’s highly recommended that this is filled out properly as this information is indexed in the search engines. So make sure the description and the tags are done properly.

Channel Design

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This is the most important option of all. This is where you can specify the colours of your page or specify a background design. You can also rearrange the layout of the boxes on your page, specify which video will show at the top of your page and much more.

Now many users may choose to have a default plain colour on their page but did you know that you can upload another wallpaper as your background?¬†Jimmy recently talked about Twitter wallpapers and you can use those same wallpapers on your YouTube page as well.¬†Just upload your wallpaper in the “advanced design customization” section, choose “repeat background image” and bingo, you’ve got yourself a nice background.

It’s worth taking a lot of time over this option until you get things exactly the way you want it.¬†¬† You can change the font, the playlists that are displayed, the boxes that are displayed, the colour of the links and the colour of the text.

Organize Videos

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This option is not so important in my opinion. All it does is allow you to rearrange the order of your uploaded videos so you can move certain ones to the front.¬†So if you have a video that you would like to display more prominently, you can bring it forward.¬†But if you don’t care, you can give this option a miss.

So these are the three options that YouTube offers you to customize your page.¬†If you spend some time working on these options, you’ll be amazed at how great your page looks afterwards.

What customizations have you done to your YouTube page? What tips and tricks can you offer to people looking to spruce up their page? Let us know in the comments.

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Tony

Very nice article. I have been thinking about starting to upload to You Tube for a while, and this will be very handy for when I start. Thanks for the information.

Nik Peachey

That’s great, but what I’d like is a customised header with navigation like http://www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalChannel

Any ideas or do you have to be royalty to get this?

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Mark O’Neill

I think you need to change your YouTube status (I’m not sure). If you look at the first box on the top left hand corner of the Royal Channel page (underneath the user photo), it says “DIRECTOR”. That is the Royal Channel’s YouTube status. There are also other YouTube status’s such as “comedian” and so on (The Monty Python channel is “comedian”).

Depending on your status, you can have other features opened up to you including personalised headers. I am not sure if you have to pay for it or not. I am not familar in this area as I have never changed my YouTube status.

If you go into your account settings, there is an option there to change your status and if you change it, you will probably be told what is on offer.

Cathy Scott

You have to be part of the partners program to have a personalised header.

Nik Peachey

@ Cathy
I think you are right. The question is; How to get into the partners program????

Best

Nik

urgg

what a friggin’ waste of time it was reading your stupid page.