Just like any other social media platform, the outlook of your YouTube channel is the most direct branding of your business.


Adding a specific channel icon will increase your business channel’s identity and allow your audience to recognize your branding. The default icon for your channel is the profile photo associated with your Google+ account so you can change it here on YouTube if you wish to.


Here is a recommended guideline provided by the YouTube support when creating a new channel icon.


  • .JPG, .GIF, .BMP, or .PNG file (no animated GIFs)

  • 800 X 800 px image (recommended)

  • Square or round image that renders at 98 X 98 px

  • And remember this! Do not upload pictures containing celebrities, nudity, artwork, or copyrighted images since it violates YouTube’s Community Guidelines. You will risk having your channel banned if you do so.


Next up, your channel art.


You can use channel art to brand your channel's identity and customize an appearance that only your business channel has. Your channel art will be visible on all platforms where viewers can see your channel, although it might differ in its appearance on a desktop, mobile, and TV displays due to specific dimensions. For the best results on all devices, we recommend uploading a single 2560 x 1440 px image.


To upload your photo, click the “Add channel art” button in the middle of the cover photo area. Alternatively, mouse-over the photo space to reveal an edit button in the upper right corner to open a drop-down menu. Select “Edit channel art” and then either drag or upload the image you want.


When you upload a photo (or select an existing one) you’ll then get a preview of how it will look on different devices.

The channel art display changes according to the device used. Usually, the channel art will show as a narrow horizontal panorama on a desktop web browser and on a mobile device.


Here are recommended guidelines you can refer to when you customize your channel icon.


  • Minimum width: 2048 X 1152 px. This is the "safe area," where text and logos are guaranteed not to be cut off when displayed on different devices.

  • Maximum width: 2560 X 423 px. This means that the "safe area" is always visible; the areas to each side of the channel art are visible depending on the viewer’s browser size.

  • File size: 4MB or smaller recommended.



How To Start A YouTube Channel For Your Business

You can also add in logo and text for branding and marketing purposes. If you are using an image that is 2560 x 1440 pixels, the safe area is precisely in the center at 1540 x 427 pixels.


You can use this area to input in things like your logo, company name and even the promotion of the month. Having the logo and text within the “safe area” ensures that the message does not get cut off and that it will appear as intended even across different platforms.


The last step to customizing your YouTube business channel is to fill in the channel description box.


In this text box, enter a description of your brand or the type of content that you plan on sending out.As you write your channel description, be mindful of crafting it according to how it will appear across the site and around the web. You'll need a description which includes your most important content that best describes and represents your business.


Here’s a recommended guideline for you to reference when you draft your channel description.


  • The crucial first five lines: The first two lines of the description box are displayed next to your video in search and when posted on social media. Write powerful punchlines that best describe your business. Maximize the usage of keywords that will increase your ranking in search engines.

  • Include HTML links: include links to any other related sites to your business. You can also include a link to your free offer or lead magnet if you have any.

  • Fully utilize the 500- characters: YouTube gives you 5000 characters to write in your description box, use it to the fullest. Treat it as a little blog post and leverage it to the greatest value in order to increase your search ranking on not just YouTube search but also all other search engines connected to YouTube. Don’t waste your credit.



So you have just learned about how to start a YouTube channel for your business as well as customizing your channel to gain higher recognition and engagement. Your channel will appear in searches and suggested channel categories across YouTube, so make sure it's appealing and unique.