YouTube is a great place to share your videos with the world, but what if you want to change the URL of your channel? In this article, we’ll show you how to change the URL of your YouTube channel in a few simple steps.
What Is a YouTube Channel URL?
Your YouTube channel URL is the web address of your channel. It’s what you’ll use to browse to your channel, and it’s also what you’ll use when you share your channel with others.
The URL of your YouTube channel is automatically generated when you create your channel, and it’s made up of a combination of numbers and letters. It’s not something that you can change, but you can choose to shorten it or customize it.
Why Should I Change My YouTube Channel URL?
The short answer is that you should change your YouTube channel URL for the same reasons you would want to change your website’s URL: to make it more memorable, to make it easier to share, and to make it more SEO-friendly.
A good YouTube channel URL is easy to remember and share. It’s also search engine friendly, which means that it can help your videos rank higher in search results. And finally, a good URL can give your channel a more professional look.
Steps to Change a YouTube Channel URL
Find the channel you want to manage.
- Search for your channel: If you can’t find it, go to the YouTube home page and click on your icon in the top right. Then click Settings > View additional features > and scroll down to “Channel.”
- Change a channel’s URL: Click on “Edit Channel” under that section of settings. This will take you to a page with all of your channels’ URLs listed on it (if they haven’t already been changed).
- Change the URL for a specific video: In this case, we want to change our username so that when people search for us online they see what we’re calling ourselves now instead of just finding one random person’s channel who isn’t even related at all!
Go to your advanced account settings by clicking your icon in the top right > Settings > View additional features.
To access your advanced account settings, click on your icon in the top right corner of YouTube and select Settings. Select View additional features and scroll down to the bottom of that page to find Advanced options. You can also access these options by clicking on your icon in the top right corner of YouTube and selecting Settings > View additional features.
Under Channel settings, select the link next to You’re eligible for a custom URL.
You’ll be redirected to the custom URL page. You can add more than one custom URL, but each one must be unique and have a different username. If you want to change your custom URL at any time, go back to your channel settings page and select the link next to “You’re eligible for a custom URL.”
Each YouTube channel can have one custom URL.
You may want to change your custom URL if you’ve already chosen it, but this is not possible after the fact. Choose the right name for your YouTube channel in order to keep things simple and organized. If you’ve chosen an inappropriate name, then Google will automatically redirect users who type in that incorrect address into another page on their site instead of directing them towards what they were looking for (which could lead them astray).
Considerations Before Changing Your Channel’s URL
Before changing your URL, there are a few key consider7ations to keep in mind. First of all, if you change the URL for an existing channel, it will become permanently unavailable to others. So make sure that you’re fully committed to switching your URL before going ahead.
Furthermore, if you’re using the old URL for promotional purposes (on social media, business cards, etc.), you’ll need to update these links after completing the process. It’s also important to remember that once you’ve changed the URL for an existing channel, it can never be reused—so double-check that the new URL is exactly what you want before submitting it.
Tips for Optimizing Your YouTube Channel URL
You can create a custom URL for your channel. This is especially useful if you want to help people find and remember your channel, or share it with others. You can also use this option if you have multiple channels in different languages, so that each one has its own unique URL. The benefit of having different URLs like this is that it makes it easier for viewers who may not be able to read English well enough to follow along with the video without subtitles or other visual cues first hand (like arrows).
Custom URLs are displayed with your Google+ profile name.
Your Google+ profile name is the first part of your custom URL. It doesn’t matter if your channel name is “Youtube”, “YouTube” or anything else—the first part of your custom URL will be the same.
Custom URLs do not change the way that people see your videos on YouTube, but they do provide them with additional information about what they’re watching and where they can find more information about you or your content. This means that if someone wants to view all of their favorite videos from one place, then this could be a good option for them!
In addition to displaying in-depth details about each video in their own list on YouTube’s website (and within other platforms such as Facebook), these links will also appear next to any mentions made about those particular videos by other users within social media posts too – so don’t worry about losing them there either!
Your account must be in good standing and have at least 100 subscribers.
You can have a maximum of 100 subscribers, but if you have more than 100 people who have never subscribed to your channel, then that won’t help your cause.
If your channel has less than 1 video uploaded and fewer than 100 views on each one, then there might be some issues with how YouTube ranks them based on their quality scores. In this case, it’s best to wait until you’ve built up some traction before uploading new content (at least 5 videos).
It’s also important to note that once you hit 20% growth per month on average over two consecutive months or so (i.e., 50%), Google will consider de-indexing any future URLs from being crawled by robots since these pages are no longer relevant enough for search engines like Googlebot/Crawler
Your account must be 30 days old or older.
The account needs to be in good standing and hasn’t been suspended by YouTube yet. If you’ve had a problem before, try removing all links from your description, profile picture and thumbnail so that they don’t show up when people search for you on Google Images or watch videos from popular channels like GameSpot or IGN Entertainment Inc’s website (IGN).
You must have uploaded channel art.
One of the most important things you can do to optimize your channel is to upload a photo as the icon for your channel. This will help people find it and make them recognize it, which will make them more likely to subscribe. You can use any photo that represents what you do and makes sense for your videos on Youtube, but it’s best if they’re related in some way—perhaps something related to what they watch or even related to their interests (e.g., if someone watches Crime Investigation 101, they might want a crime scene graphic).
If you don’t have any images yet, don’t worry! There are many ways for artists like yourself who aren’t professional photographers yet still want their work displayed online without having pay someone else thousands of dollars out of pocket just so that people could see it when viewing through channels like YouTube/Facebook etcetera.”
You cannot change the capitalization of letters in your custom URL.
This is because Google will use that information to determine what color your video should be and where it should rank. If you use underscores or hyphens, those could confuse viewers who don’t know what they mean.
You can only change the capitalization of letters in your original Youtube channel name (upper case only). If you want an underscore instead of an upper case letter or if you want a lowercase letter instead of an uppercase letter, then this won’t work for you!
Troubleshooting Common Issues With YouTube Channel URLs
There is an underscore in my channel name.
If you have a channel with an underscore in it, and you want to change the URL of your channel, there are a few solutions that may work for you.
- You can remove the underscore from your channel name by using an online tool like [URL Redirect]. This will give you another unique URL for your channel that has no spaces or dashes in it (e.g., https://www.youtube/watch?v=__4AuE7Vivk&feature=youtu.be).
- If this option isn’t available to you yet, another way is by using a URL shortener service like Bitly (https://bitly.com/) or TinyURL (https://tinyurl.com/yhsj3urq). Once these services have saved all of those extra characters off of each end of each link created through their systems, they will redirect users’ browsers automatically back towards whatever page they originally came from before being redirected back again into whatever else they were trying access originally at some point prior down this line!
My URL is too long.
If you’re having trouble accessing your YouTube channel, and the URL is too long, here are some things to try:
Make sure your URL is short and easy to remember. A long URL can be difficult for people to type in, especially on mobile devices where there isn’t much space on the screen for typing. Also, make sure that it’s easy for people to remember without any special characters or numbers (such as “www.”).
Try using only one word instead of two words separated by a hyphen (-), which could cause confusion if someone were trying to access another page on your site that has multiple pages with similar titles but different URLs such as “www.-thisisourwebsitehere-.com” instead of just “thisisourwebsitehere”. The same goes for hyphens (-); try replacing them with underscores (_) or dashes (-).
I have a channel and now I want to change the URL.
If you want to change the URL of your channel, it’s not possible. Once you’ve created a YouTube channel and uploaded your first video, that’s it—you can’t change it unless you delete everything from that account and re-create it from scratch.
If this is something you’re considering doing in the future (and we hope not!), make sure that when creating your new URL for this new account, there are no special characters or other symbols included in its name—as well as making sure that the short version of this URL makes sense when typed into search engines like Google or Bing.
The vanity URL isn’t working and it’s taking me to a 404 error page.
If you’re getting a 404 error page when attempting to access your channel URL, it could be because of several things.
- Make sure that you have a valid YouTube channel and that it’s the correct one.
- Make sure that the vanity URL is correct, or try changing it if it’s not working properly (see below).
- Make sure that you’re entering at least one character into each field on this page—this includes both username and password fields; if all else fails, try logging in with another account where those values are different from yours!
Make sure your channel URL is easy to remember, short, and free of special characters.
It’s important that the URL of your YouTube channel does not include any spaces or punctuation marks (e.g., “http://www.”). If you’re using a domain name (e.g., www.yourdomainnamehere), make sure it only has one word in it—there may be more than one way to reach this page so having multiple URLs will cause confusion for viewers!
As far as length goes: if possible keep them short (under 20 characters) but also avoid overly long ones since they can cause problems with loading time on some devices like tablets/phones/laptops etc…
So, there you have it! Changing the URL of your YouTube channel is a pretty straightforward process, but it’s important to make sure you do it correctly so that you don’t run into any problems down the road. By following the steps we’ve outlined in this guide, you should be able to make the change with no trouble at all.