Recently, there have been a TON of changes in the world of video…especially YouTube. Today I’d like to share with you one of the most exciting changes that I’ve seen in a long time…(drum-roll please….) CUSTOM THUMBNAILS! If you’ve been creating and posting videos for very long at all on YouTube, I’m sure you’ve noticed that you can only choose from 3 random thumbnail pictures. Sometimes these are just plain boring (ok most of the time). And up until recently, only YouTube Partners had the ability to choose any thumbnail they wanted. But now, you can too! (If you follow a few steps first!)
Is your Account Set Up for Custom Thumbnails?
Here’s a step-by-step guide that’ll help you enable your YouTube account for custom thumbnails:
1. Login to your YouTube account
2. In the drop down menu at the top of the screen, click on “YouTube Settings.”
3. Under the “Channel Settings” section click on “Monetization.”
4. Click the blue button that says “Monetize.” When you do this, all of your videos will be enabled for monetization (ads).
5. Go to your Video Manager and uncheck the “Monetize” box for each of your videos except just a couple of older videos. 6. Start utilizing your new ability to create custom thumbnails!
Here’s my giant DISCLAIMER:
I do not like monetizing my videos with YouTube. I wouldn’t check the “monetize” on very many of your videos…especially new ones. Unless using YouTube monetization is your business strategy, running ads on your videos could hurt you rather than help because they are distracting and will probably cause your viewer to click on another video and leave.
Custom Thumbnails Will Help Your Business!
Because you’ll be able to choose your own thumbnail, you’ll be able to attract more viewers and thus more leads into your funnel.
Here’s a few tips for making awesome thumbnails for your videos:
Don’t use something that has nothing to do with your video. Not only will this damage your reputation, but get YouTube mad at you as well (and we all know YouTube can and does shut down channels!). One of the easiest ways to do this is to look through your video for a good image. Then, take a screen shot of that picture and upload that as your new thumbnail.