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There are a few ways to get started on YouTube. We offer up different formats and functionalities, giving you the flexibility to create everything from Shorts, which are vertical videos that run 60 seconds or less, to longer form videos.

No matter what you're creating, you'll need to start by creating a YouTube Channel.

  • First you need to sign in to YouTube using a Google Account.
  • Once you're signed in, click 'Create Account', and choose whether it's for you or for your business.
  • You can then create a YouTube channel on your account, upload videos, leave comments and create Shorts and playlists.

Next, you'll want to upload your videos!

  • Uploading is easy. You just sign in to your YouTube account and then click on the 'Create' icon.
  • If you're planning to upload a longer form video, select 'upload video' and then choose your desired video file – you can upload 15 files at a time!
  • If you'd like to upload a YouTube Short, you'll need to be signed in to YouTube mobile, where you'll tap 'Create' and then 'Create a Short'. From here you can either upload a video from your camera roll or create using our suite of lightweight tools.

There are a few ways for creators to make money on YouTube, but most start with becoming a member of the YouTube Partner Programme (YPP).*

Once accepted, you'll begin to gain access to a variety of monetisation products, including a share of the Ad and YouTube Premium Revenue generated by your videos; Channel memberships; merch shelf; Super Chat and Super Stickers; and BrandConnect. Each feature has its own performance and eligibility requirements.

Our newest offering through the YouTube Shorts Fund is not limited to creators in the YouTube Partner Programme. Anyone is eligible to participate by creating unique Shorts that delight the YouTube Community. Each month, we'll get in touch with thousands of creators with the most popular Shorts to reward them for their contributions.

How to make money

*Subject to eligibility requirements.

Growing your channel is all about creating videos viewers want to watch and accurately presenting them to the audience. When doing so, here's a few tips to keep in mind.

With each video, think carefully about the title, description and thumbnail you plan to use – these should all accurately reflect your content and let viewers know what they can expect from the video. If you're a Shorts creator, think about how the first 1–2 seconds of your content can grab viewers scrolling through the video feed!

Once you've got viewers watching, you can redirect their attention via hashtags, playlists, cards, end screens and more.

Our search and discovery systems are built to find videos that match viewers' individual interests. We recommend videos based on things such as: what your audience watches and doesn't watch, how much time they spend watching, what they like and dislike, if they mark a video as 'not interested' and on satisfaction surveys.

So, rather than trying to find a secret code to these systems, focus instead on making videos that you think will resonate with your audience. A great tool here is YouTube Analytics, which provides data that can help you understand how your existing content is performing and provide insights for future videos!

If you notice that your YouTube account or channel has been hacked or compromised, you'll first want to check whether or not you can sign in to your account.

If you can't sign in to your account, you'll need to recover your Google Account by answering some security questions to verify it's yours. Then, you'll be prompted to reset your password.

To keep your account protected, we also recommend turning on 2-step verification, which can be done in your security settings.

More on hacked accounts

There are a few ways to get started on YouTube. We offer up different formats and functionalities, giving you the flexibility to create everything from Shorts, which are vertical videos that run 60 seconds or less, to longer form videos.

No matter what you're creating, you'll need to start by creating a YouTube Channel.

  • First you need to sign in to YouTube using a Google Account.
  • Once you're signed in, click 'Create Account', and choose whether it's for you or for your business.
  • You can then create a YouTube channel on your account, upload videos, leave comments and create Shorts and playlists.

Next, you'll want to upload your videos!

  • Uploading is easy. You just sign in to your YouTube account and then click on the 'Create' icon.
  • If you're planning to upload a longer form video, select 'upload video' and then choose your desired video file – you can upload 15 files at a time!
  • If you'd like to upload a YouTube Short, you'll need to be signed in to YouTube mobile, where you'll tap 'Create' and then 'Create a Short'. From here you can either upload a video from your camera roll or create using our suite of lightweight tools.

There are a few ways for creators to make money on YouTube, but most start with becoming a member of the YouTube Partner Programme (YPP).*

Once accepted, you'll begin to gain access to a variety of monetisation products, including a share of the Ad and YouTube Premium Revenue generated by your videos; Channel memberships; merch shelf; Super Chat and Super Stickers; and BrandConnect. Each feature has its own performance and eligibility requirements.

Our newest offering through the YouTube Shorts Fund is not limited to creators in the YouTube Partner Programme. Anyone is eligible to participate by creating unique Shorts that delight the YouTube Community. Each month, we'll get in touch with thousands of creators with the most popular Shorts to reward them for their contributions.

How to make money

*Subject to eligibility requirements.

Growing your channel is all about creating videos viewers want to watch and accurately presenting them to the audience. When doing so, here's a few tips to keep in mind.

With each video, think carefully about the title, description and thumbnail you plan to use – these should all accurately reflect your content and let viewers know what they can expect from the video. If you're a Shorts creator, think about how the first 1–2 seconds of your content can grab viewers scrolling through the video feed!

Once you've got viewers watching, you can redirect their attention via hashtags, playlists, cards, end screens and more.

Our search and discovery systems are built to find videos that match viewers' individual interests. We recommend videos based on things such as: what your audience watches and doesn't watch, how much time they spend watching, what they like and dislike, if they mark a video as 'not interested' and on satisfaction surveys.

So, rather than trying to find a secret code to these systems, focus instead on making videos that you think will resonate with your audience. A great tool here is YouTube Analytics, which provides data that can help you understand how your existing content is performing and provide insights for future videos!

If you notice that your YouTube account or channel has been hacked or compromised, you'll first want to check whether or not you can sign in to your account.

If you can't sign in to your account, you'll need to recover your Google Account by answering some security questions to verify it's yours. Then, you'll be prompted to reset your password.

To keep your account protected, we also recommend turning on 2-step verification, which can be done in your security settings.

More on hacked accounts

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