Is your channel an Official Artist Channel or verified?
If an artist, the channel must be an OAC; if a label, the channel must be
• An OAC brings together your content & subscriber count from your different
YouTube channels (such as an official channel, Vevo and a Topic channel) into
one place. The channel automatically programs your music catalog on two new
shelves, including your music videos, songs & albums to ensure your fans have
one place to see all of your content. Read our best practices on OACs.
• To upgrade your channel to an OAC, please contact your label manager.
For more information, review our blog post on OACs.
• Once your account reaches 100K subscribers, you will be able to request your
channel to be verified.
• If already verified, you can feature other owned channels in the “featured” tab
on your channel. This can be done through editing your channel tabs in the
* images courtesy of Radial by The Orchard, Ozuna, and Epidemik
Is your channel brand identity cohesive?
Is your avatar/icon and banner clear, consistent and visible in all resolutions and sizes?
Your avatar/icon should be similar to what is used on other
platforms, as well as match your channel banner. 800 X 800
px is the recommended sizing.
Banner art best practices: we recommend sizing the
image to 2560 x 1440 px. Note: this is your biggest
opportunity for promotion, so be sure to add tour dates or
upcoming releases and keep it updated.
Are social channels, merch, streaming services, and new releases linked in your banner?
We recommend adding social and streaming links to the banner so fans have easy access to your other platforms. To do
this, click the edit icon under the “links” section and then select “+add.” Five URLs can be showcased, but add all links.
* image courtesy of Ozuna
Is the “About” section filled out?
• We recommend including keywords, links
(socials, tour dates, streaming services, video
credits), a biography and a programming
schedule so viewers know when to expect video
• Some examples: Trap Nation, Martin Garrix,
Comedy Central, Vox, Lil Wayne.
* image courtesy of Nina Nesbitt
Is the “Browse Feature” enabled on your channel to customize
Customizing your channel allows you to decide what the viewer sees & aids in how they
navigate it. Putting priority or recent content is best. To do this, simply click “customize
channel” under your creator studio.
• Add a channel trailer, this offers viewers a preview of your channel so they are more inclined to
subscribe (think of it as a movie trailer) and it will not have an ad in front the content. Edit this
under the “home” tab & choose one for new viewers and one for returning viewers.
• Add playlist shelves. It’s important to rotate playlist videos to ensure your channel is updated.
Creating a long & varied playlist to curate your viewers watch sessions is best to keep them
viewing your content which in turn increases your watch time. Ex: music videos, live
performances, covers, behind the scenes, vlogs, new music, tour related content, etc.
Find this under the “add a section” button under “edit channel.”
* image courtesy of Nina Nesbitt
Have you added these features to your videos?
Is the Branding/Subscribe watermark rolled out on all
To enable this feature in the creator
studio, select channel > branding, and
then ”add a watermark.”
This feature provides easy access to
viewers to subscribe to your channel
without leaving the video they are
Are subtitles & closed captions enabled?
To enable this feature in the video
manager, select the video you want to
add subtitles to, and select “edit.” Then
click on the “Subtitles/CC” tab and “add
This feature can open your
content to a larger audience.
* images courtesy of Ozuna and Daddy Yankee
Are you utilizing SEO so your video can be picked up in
• Include specific keywords for each video that people would be searching for (artist name, song title, genre, album,
lyrics). It’s also important to add links to help with YouTube’s algorithm.
• To learn more about hashtags, read more on The Daily Rind. Remain consistent with your campaigns and stay relevant
to your specific video.
• Regarding video tags - the more tags, the better, as long as they remain in tandem with the video at hand. We also
recommend including common misspellings and alternate languages.
• For the metadata, read the SEO section in this blog post. For titles - the format, “Artist - Song Title | Type of Video”
(Live Performance, Official Music Video, Cover, Lyrics, etc.) is best practice.
• For more detail on creating a custom URL follow this link.
Are you formatting your cards and end-screens?
• End-screens can be used to promote new content & encourage viewers
to subscribe or choose another video on your channel. Adding 8-10
seconds of blank screen time at the end of the video will ensure the end-
cards do not cover any content. End screen cards can be changed at any
time, it’s important to keep them updated to direct to recent content.
• On-screen cards (the small “i” in the upper right hand corner) help catch
the viewers attention to subscribe, watch another video, or click on
external links. Add interactive elements such as: branding watermarks,
new videos, encourage viewers to subscribe, and/or links to
merch/tickets, or streaming services.
8* images courtesy of Ozuna and Daddy Yankee
Are your thumbnails curated?
• We recommend creating and choosing striking, up-close thumbnails with perhaps text & a
consistent branding across all of your videos.
* image courtesy of GR6 Explode
Are you releasing content consistently?
• Posting consistently can help you achieve your goals. This
may mean weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, so your viewers
can subscribe & be aware of when a new video is going to
drop. This does not necessarily have to be a new music
video, this could be behind the scenes content, Q&A, b-
roll, vlogs, or other footage.
• Examples: Nina Nesbitt and her tea series, Marshmello and
his cooking series.
Are you interacting with your viewers?
• Interact with fan comments by responding or “liking” them
to engage your audience. You can also pin a top comment,
such as lyrics, a call-to-action, question, or poll.
• Another great way to keep in touch with your viewers is
through the Community page, which is essentially
YouTube’s version of a social feed. Here you can post gifs,
polls, photos, or even text statuses. To ensure you have
your community page enabled and for best practices, read
more on our blog.
* images courtesy of Ozuna
Are you utilizing YouTube Stories?
• Similar to Instagram or Facebook Stories, YouTube Stories are short
videos (up to 15 seconds) that allow you to connect with your fans
more casually and on the go. Stories expire after 7 days.
• Note: The Stories feature is currently in beta & available to eligible
channels with over 10K subscribers. It may take up to 4 weeks for
Stories functionality to appear after reaching 10K subscribers.
• To create a story, tap the camera icon button and record. You will also
have the option to save, edit, add text, filters, music, stickers and
• To view other stories, you’ll click on the brightly colored ring around the
channels icon and will be able to comment and flip through previous
and newly posted video stories.
* images courtesy of YouTube Creator Academy
Other helpful links:
• The Daily Rind
• YouTube Support