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Three easy ways to promote your YouTube channel on your blog


If you are a blogger with a YouTube channel (or a YouTuber with a blog), you probably want visitors to your blog to also watch your videos and subscribe to your channel. You can embed your videos in your Blogger blog posts, of course, either starting on the YouTube video watch page or by inserting a video into a post. But beyond that, you can promote your channel by adding a gadget or button to your blog's Layout that highlights your channel's content or lets you visitors easily subscribe to your channel.

Here are three easy ways to promote your YouTube channel on your blog or website:
Note that before you add a subscribe button or other channel gadget you must first find your YouTube channel ID.

Find your YouTube Channel ID

Every YouTube channel has a unique Channel ID - a long string of numbers and letters. YouTube widgets, badges and scripts should use the Channel ID unique identifier, even if they ask you to enter a "username".

You can find your YouTube Channel ID in your channel's Advanced Account Settings (www.youtube.com/account_advanced).


Copy the ID and paste it into the widget or badge configuration settings.

Add a YouTube subscribe button to your blog or website

Add a subscribe button to your blog or website and visitors can subscribe to your channel with a single click.

Start by opening the YouTube Developers Subscribe Button configuration form

Choose your configuration options:



1. Enter your "Channel Name" or ID
  • If your channel has a legacy username you can enter that into the form
         www.youtube.com/user/YouTubeHelp
  • If your channel does not have a /user/ URL, you must enter the Channel ID (see above)
         https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMDQxm7cUx3yXkfeHa5zJIQ
2. Layout: Select either the full layout, with channel icon, or the smaller default layout 

3. Theme: Select either the default white background, or the dark background

4. Subscriber count: select whether the subscriber count is either shown or hidden

5. Check the Preview to make sure the button looks right

6. Copy the Code 

7. Read and understand the Conditions of Use

Once you have the Subscribe Button Code, you can either:
  • Open your Blogger blog Layout, and paste the code  into a HTML/Javascript gadget
  • Open the Blogger post editor, switch to HTML mode, and paste the code into the post
    The badge looks like this:
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Add a clickable YouTube Icon

If you would just rather display a YouTube button, you can download the official YouTube social icons for your site.


You can add a link to your YouTube channel by editing the HTML or using the Blogger link option.

You can either use a channel link:

Custom URL link: https://www.youtube.com/c/PeggyKTC
Channel ID link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfwVcEFEx0KnWqpgzct-P3Q
Legacy Username link: http://www.youtube.com/user/peggykyt

You can also create a subscribe link:
add ?sub_confirmation=1 to the end of the channel URL
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfwVcEFEx0KnWqpgzct-P3Q?sub_confirmation=1

Embed a YouTube Playlist

You can create a playlist of videos in your YouTube account of videos you want to highlight.

1. Create a YouTube playlist . You can add the videos manually, or set it so that new videos are automatically added to the playlist based on filtering rules.

Tip: add a unique tag to your videos to make it easier to automatically add them to a playlist.

2. Find and copy the playlist embed code

Tip: you may need to resize the video player if you want to embed the playlist in your blog's sidebar. You can do that by editing the embed code. Bigger is better!

Note that the video player must be at least 200 X 200 pixels

3. Embed the Playlist: once you have the Playlist Embed Code you can either:
  • Open your Blogger blog Layout, and paste the code  into a HTML/Javascript gadget
  • Open the Blogger post editor, switch to HTML mode, and paste the code into the post
For example, here's a playlist of videos with tips for customizing your Blogger blog (click the Playlist icon on the upper left to see the list of videos):



If you have any questions about how to add a gadget to your Blogger blog's Layout or edit a Blogger blog post, you can post a question in the official Blogger Help Forum.

If you have questions about how to create or manage a playlist or upload videos, you can post a question in the official YouTube Help Forum

Posted by Peggy K
Updated May 2017

Comments

  1. Thank you very much, your post solved my problems!

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  2. Thank you very much, your post solved my problems

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  3. Thank you, Really helpful. Thanks Again

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  4. Thank you much..great article! asante

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  5. I had been struggling for hours to get the Blogger gadget to work! Thank you for this work-around!

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  6. Google Search brought me here, this information I need . Thank yours sharing

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  7. Hello i want this...
    Like & subscribe to open download button on blog ...

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    1. Techno Junction: there may be some code that lets you do that, but be aware that YouTube does check for "valid" subscriptions, and when people are essentially forced to subscribe they may not be considered valid.

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  8. Thanks for this information. It helped me to put youtube playlist in my blog.

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