Having your own custom url on the social media sites is all part of your branding. It’s become as important as having your own domain name. Each social site has its own set of rules on what you need to have before you can get one and how to get one of your own.
Youtube has big requirements before you can get your own url from them.
Here is what you need first even before they will let you claim yours.
- You need to have 500 subscribers or more
- Your channel is at least 30 days old or greater
- Your channel includes a photos for the channel icon
- Lastly your channel includes an uploaded channel art for a banner
If you meet all of these requirements your next step is to head on over to the Creator Studio and click on over to your dashboard. If you meet all of the requirements listed above then Youtube will automatically have the option to create your custom url in the tips section of the dashboard.
You’ll then be redirected to claim your custom URL.
You’ll see the custom URL(s) you’ve been approved for. Remember these cannot be changed so choose carefully. You may also need to add a few letters or numbers to make the URL unique to you.
Next click the box next to “I agree to the Terms of Service” then click Change URL in the bottom left corner.
This URL will be linked to both your YouTube channel and your Google+ identity. Once your URL has been approved, you cannot request to change it. When you’re certain, click Confirm choice. There, that was relatively painless wasn’t it.
Tip: Check your other social media sites for a custom url as well. Check to see if you can claim the same one for each social site. We all know how important branding is and you want to make sure people know it’s you or your business name for every link you share with your custom url. So before you accept a custom url for one site check them all then you can go ahead and claim them. If you can’t get them exactly the same then add a letter, number or if they allow a period or symbol. Don’t try to get cutesy with the names. I’ll say this again, consistent branding is super important.