How to Setup Your YouTube Channel Right the First Time

A-Z guide to setup your YouTube channel. We cover naming, channel art, annotations, monetization, music and more!
5.0 (4 ratings) Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a
course's star rating by considering a number of different factors
such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the
likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
14 students enrolled
Take This Course
  • Lectures 11
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
Wishlisted Wishlist

How taking a course works


Find online courses made by experts from around the world.


Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.


Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.

About This Course

Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

You know YouTube is important. It is effectively the 2nd largest search engine. But where do you start when setting up your YouTube channel?

This course will show you exactly how to setup your channel from start to finish. If you're a YouTube beginner, or a intermediate student looking to learn new tricks, this course is for you. We will learn to link your videos with end card annotations, sell merchandise and send people to your own site with YouTube cards. We will also learn to monetize your videos, and how to create custom high converting thumbnails. If you are already doing that kind of stuff with your channel, do not take this course. For everyone else, lets get started!

What are the requirements?

  • You should be familiar with a web browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox)
  • To get the most out of this course, you should be able to create videos of some kind. iMovie, Screenflow, Camtasia, or even your iPhone.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Choose a great channel name.
  • Create channel art that attracts subscribers and show off your brand.
  • Set up your 1-click subscriber link early.
  • Use annotations for more subscribers and to link your videos for more views.
  • Find music and know how to avoid copyright strikes.
  • Create custom thumbnails that convert.
  • Setup your channel for monetization and earn money.

What is the target audience?

  • This course if for anyone looking to setup or improve their YouTube channel. If you are already monetizing your videos, uploading custom thumbnails, and linking videos with annotations, do not take this course.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Start Here - Introduction

All YouTube channels want more of 3 things: Views, Subscribers, and Money. I will show you how to setup your channel to get more of each.

Section 2: Pick A Great Channel Name

Learn how to pick a great channel name. Names are how people identify with your channel. Learn the principles and guidelines, and a few tools that can help you pick a good name.

Naming Quiz
4 questions
Section 3: How to create great Channel Art

Learn how to create channel art that supports your brand. Learn the principles, and see examples of good channel art.

2 questions

Channel art is awesome. Lets see if you know your stuff

Section 4: How to get a 1-click subscriber link

Learn how to get your 1-click subscriber link early, before you get a custom URL.

3 questions

This is the magic link you want to put everywhere.

Section 5: How to link your videos for more views.

YouTube will automatically suggest videos for your viewers to watch at the end of your video. Learn how to suggest your own, and link your videos for more views.

3 questions

Annotations are wonderful tools for connecting with your viewers, and promoting your videos. Let's make sure you know how to use them.

Section 6: How to use annotations for more subscribers.

Learn how to use annotations to gain more subscribers as well as how to interact with your viewers, and fix small problems in your videos.

3 questions

Annotations are so important, we have 2 quizes about them.

Section 7: How to use find Music you can use and avoid Copyright strikes

Learn how to find music (for free!) and how to avoid copyright strikes.

3 questions

Music can totally change your video, make sure you know YouTubes rules on its use.

Section 8: How to create custom thumbnails that convet

Learn the principles of high converting thumbnails, see good examples, and learn how to make your own custom thumbnails.

3 questions

Quick quiz about custom thumbnails

Section 9: How to make Money on YouTube

Learn how to setup your channel to monetize your videos and learn what you have to do to get paid.

5 questions

Do you know your stuff when the money is on the line?

Section 10: How to setup a branding watermark

Setup a watermark on all your videos by uploading a square image (less than 1mb) in your Creator Studio.

Section 11: Wrap up
6 pages

Here is the PDF guidebook, which has all the links and resources mentioned in the videos.

Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed

  • Loading
  • Loading
  • Loading

Instructor Biography

Joshua Dance, Learn the skills to create your dreams.

Ran a marathon when I was 18. Climbed Mt. Rainer when I was 19. Started a nonprofit after living in Africa for 2 years. Graduated with a degree in Information Systems. Searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Still haven't found it. I have won 2 film festivals with my YouTube videos (they were small :) and have been the 'video guy' for as long as I can remember. I shot on a Canon 70D (video autofocus is the best) do my voiceovers with an AT2020 and love my Macbook Pro and iPhone.

Ready to start learning?
Take This Course