Social Media YouTube YouTube Channel Set Up Guide by Gretchen Siegchrist Writer Gretchen Siegchrist is a professional videographer who enjoys helping amateurs master the basics of desktop video. our editorial process Gretchen Siegchrist Updated on December 20, 2019 YouTube Facebook Flipboard Pinterest Twitter Snapchat Instagram YouTube Online Dating Tweet Share Email 01 of 09 YouTube Channel Sign Up Before you can get started doing anything on YouTube, you need to get signed up. It's easy to do, just follow these instructions to sign up for YouTube. When you sign up for YouTube, think carefully about your username. This will be the same name given to your YouTube channel, so pick something that is appropriate to the videos you'll be uploading. Once you have your account set up, you can get started making your YouTube channel. 02 of 09 Edit Your YouTube Channel Everyone who signs up for YouTube is automatically given a YouTube channel. To customize your YouTube Channel, click the Edit Channel button on the YouTube homepage. Now, you'll be able to customize the look of your YouTube channel, add videos to your YouTube channel and edit the information displayed on the channel. 03 of 09 Change Your YouTube Channel Information Your first option is to edit your YouTube channel information. This is the place where you can write as much or as little as you want about yourself and your videos. On the YouTube channel information page you can also enter tags to help identify your YouTube channel, and adjust settings to allow people to comment on your YouTube channel and more. 04 of 09 YouTube Channel Design Next, you can change the design of your YouTube channel. This page gives you numerous options to change the color scheme, layout and content displayed on your YouTube channel. 05 of 09 Organize Your YouTube Channel Organize the videos on your YouTube channel by selecting them in the order that you want them to appear. You can display up to nine videos on your YouTube channel. 06 of 09 YouTube Channel Personal Profile You also have the option to edit the personal profile displayed on your YouTube channel. You can add a picture, your name, personal details and more - or you can opt to not include an extended profile. 07 of 09 YouTube Channel Performer Info YouTube channel setup also lets you edit information about your work and influences. 08 of 09 YouTube Chanel Location Info You also have the option to edit the location info for your YouTube channel. By displaying your location on your YouTube channel, you'll make it easier for people to find you if they are searching by location, and you'll also connect your channel to other producers in nearby locations. 09 of 09 YouTube Channel Advanced Options The YouTube Channel advanced options let you add an external URL and title to your YouTube channel and all of your video pages. This way, if you have another web site you can link to it from your YouTube channel.