Four Features for Your YouTube Channel You MUST Use If Nothing Else (with videos)

Don’t just stick videos out on YouTube…build a channel! And don’t spend more time with it than you need to…learn these timesaving tips.

Defaults You Set to Forget

When you upload a video on YouTube, you can already have defaults set so you don’t have to keep making the same changes. For example, when I upload a new video, I want it to stay private until after I add my annotations; I have text I want in every description; my category is always the same Science and Technology, and so on. I can always change this on individual videos when needed.

UPDATE to video: To get to Defaults, go to Video Manager and click Channel Settings. Or from your home page, hover your mouse just under your banner and a pencil will appear on the right. Click that, then Channel Settings.

Adding to Descriptions (in Bulk) After You’ve Published

Have you wanted to add a URL or some additional contact information to your YouTube video description? Perhaps you’ve wanted to change monetization or some other setting to multiple videos. You’ll be delighted to discover that you don’t have to change each video individually! This video shows you  how to make multiple changes at once.

Associated Website and Link to It with Annotations

Associated Website annotations provide verified partners who are in good standing a way to annotate to their associated Websites directly from their videos. You can check if your channel meets this criteria on the YouTube Settings/Features page. This video shows you how to set that up. Be sure to also check out the video I mention on how to create an annotation.

If you need more information on Associated Websites, READ THIS FIRST.

This video shows how I added a direct link to my main Website and various social media sites to the banner.

Add Social Media Icons to Your Channel Banner

This video shows how I added a direct link to my main Website and various social media sites to the banner.

If you’d like to know more about other enhancements you can easily make to your YouTube channel, check out my YouTube Channel Training playlist, and share with your social network.


Avoid Broken Links When You Change the Title of a Blog Post – WordPress

If you change the title of a blog post (after it’s published) by only changing the title block, the link to it will be broken wherever anyone has linked to it. There is an easy way to avoid this in WordPress.

  1. Sign into the back-end of your blog and find the published post you want to change.
  2. Make desired change to the text in the title block. Copy all of this text.
  3. Look just under the title of your post. You’ll see “Permalink: http://yourblogdomain/title-of-your-post/”
  4. Click the Edit button to the right of your blog URL.
  5. Delete the ENTIRE blog title, and paste the new one. If you don’t delete all the text before pasting the new title, this will not work. (If you type the new text instead of copy/paste, do not type the hyphens that WordPress added between each word.
  6. Click OK.

WordPress will redirect the old link to the new one. That’s it.

Check Broken Links Within Your Blog

On another note, you can monitor your blog for broken links using the Broken Link Checker plugin. Once it’s activated, it’ll check your blog on a regular schedule that you set and email you with the results. You’ll be able to view, edit, unlink, or otherwise change the links.