Monday, July 29, 2013

Custom URL on YouTube: How to Create One

Having a custom URL on YouTube like http://www.youtube.com/jmgrp is an important part of marketing. It makes your YouTube page easy-to-remember and find, and makes your brand look cool.

But how do you create a custom URL on YouTube?


YouTube has a nifty help file, here. It says:
How To Create CUSTOM URL On YouTube
  1. Make sure you're signed into YouTube, and go to your advanced account settings.
  2. Under Channel Settings, click Create custom URL.
  3. You'll then be able to choose the URL you want. Note that you can't choose a URL that someone's already chosen. Once you've chosen your custom URL, it will appear like this:
But oops.  It ain't always so.  In many situations you will NOT see the "create custom URL" feature!  How do you then create a custom URL for your YouTube channel?

I'm not completely sure, but here's one work-around I have created if you are creating a NEW YouTube channel.  I'm not sure if it will work if you have an existing channel without a custom URL.

Steps to Creating a YouTube Channel Custom URL

  1. Log into your personal Google+ profile, via Gmail.
  2. Go to http://plus.google.com/
  3. Create a "page" for your business.  Log into that page.
  4. Open up a new browser, and go to http://www.youtube.com/.
  5. Select to use YouTube as that new page.
  6. Go to your channel settings.  Log in / make sure you are "logged in" to YouTube as that new page.
  7. Then go to  https://www.youtube.com/account_advanced and you should see the ability to create a custom URL.

But What If You Already Have a YouTube Channel But With a Crazy URL?


Now if you already have a YouTube channel, I'm not sure how you can create a custom URL if you already have a YouTube channel but do not see the "create custom URL" feature on advanced settings.  Individuals do not seem to see this feature.  Any suggestions or tips from the studio audience?