How To Change Your YouTube Channel URL - Reel Video Producer Tips #7

How To Change Your YouTube Channel URL   Reel Video Producer Tips #7

This week's Producer Tip shows you how to change your YouTube channel URL! Maybe you're stuck with a channel name you don't really like anymore, but all your videos, views and subscribers are on it already. How can you change your existing channel name to something else on YouTube?

How To Change Your YouTube Channel URL

This week's Producer Tip shows you how to change your YouTube channel URL! Maybe you're stuck with a channel name you don't really like anymore, but all your videos, views and subscribers are on it already. How can you change your existing channel name to something else on YouTube?

Well, you unfortunately can't change your YouTube account name, but you can setup a vanity URL that redirects to your existing channel with a mask.

For example, my personal YouTube channel is:
http://www.youtube.com/godrox

But I have a vanity URL that uses my name, which is more memorable for people:
http://www.youtube.com/schmoyertim

It just redirects people to the first channel while hiding my channel's original URL in the address bar.

Watch the video to see how you can set this up. Unfortunately, it is limited to those with a partnered account only.

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This week reelseo.com brings you a Creator's Tip about how to change the URL of your YouTube channel. Hey guys, my name Tim Schmoyer and welcome to this Wednesday's version of Creator's Tip, where every week we just kind of give you guys a little week and you producers how to make your video stand out among all the others here on YouTube and the online video world.

Back in March of 2006, I signed up for my very first YouTube account and I chose something that I probably wouldn't choose today if I could go back and change it. My personal YouTube channel is youtube.com/godrox. G-O-D-R-O-X. That was back in the day before people were actually using their real names on the Internet. But I've got it now and it's partnered and I don't want to move away from it because all my videos, my views, and my subscribers and everything are on that channel. But I wish I could point people to a different URL.

And thankfully, YouTube has an option for this for those of you guys who are partnered. The way it works is fairly simple. When someone types your vanity URL to the address bar, it redirects with a mask to your old channel. What it means is that it will actually show your channel page, but in the address bar it will only show your vanity URL, not your old one that you're trying to cover up.

So, for example, I told you guys that my personal YouTube channel is youtube.com/godrox. But if you typed in the address bar: youtube.com/schmoyertim you will also get the exact same channel page. So I actually have two URLS for the same channel.

But Tim, how do you get two URLs for the same channel? How does one go about setting that up? That's a great question and I'm glad you asked. And the answer is fairly simple. First of all, you go and register the account name that you want to have. Then once you have that account name in your control, use your partner channel to contact partner support. If you're a YouTube partner, I'll just trust you know how to do that. Submit a support ticket saying, "Hey, I registered this other account and I'd like to set it up as a vanity URL to my partnered account here. Could you do that for me?" And they will respond saying, "Yes, we'd love to do that for you." Actually what they'll do is they'll respond to your support ticket, but they will blind carbon copy in the email address you used to register the other YouTube account that you want to set up as your vanity URL and they will ask you to respond to your report request from that email address proving that you have ownership of the account you'd like to set up as the vanity URL.

So then you go ahead and clickety-clack over to the other email address and respond to the report ticket from there and then give it like a day or two and it will be set up for you.

And then because your mommy taught you very good manners, you write back and politely say thank you. Actually, you really should write back and say that you to your support people, because I'm sure they get a lot of grit from other people who aren't very thankful throughout the day.

If you'd like to see a YouTube vanity URL at work, you can go check mine out. It's youtube.com/schmoyertim and you will notice that that just redirects to youtube.com/godrox.

I hope this helps you guys. If you're not already subscribed, make sure you click that subscribe button above this video on YouTube or you can click this subscribe button right there as well. Every Wednesday we upload a new Creator's Tip just helping you guys with your videos here on YouTube and other social platforms on the internet.

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