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How To Set Up Your YouTube Channel For A Viral Video (Step-by-Step)

February 21, 2020


  • Reply Nick Nimmin February 17, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    Get more step-by-step guides for Youtubers here –

  • Reply Tracee S. February 18, 2020 at 6:36 am

    Thanks so much for everything, Nick!!! You're awesome!!! ☺💛🌻

  • Reply Shuckin & Jivin with Son Billy February 18, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Just a matter of time keep the grind alive people 💪🏾

  • Reply Old Hag73 February 18, 2020 at 6:47 am

    I have a video idea that I am curious about. To be honest about your thumbnails. What I like about them is that they are easy to read. But I do not think they look "professional" as you call it. They look a lot like channels for kids. If I look at videos with pokemon go content for example they have very similar thumbnails. And they feel aimed for kids and not as credible. So I think it would be cool to see you do a channel makeover with a professional stylist and see what happens. Channels like Gillian Perkins look more credible, professional and grown up. Your channel look a lot like it's aimed toward kids or teenagers so would be interesting to see what a professional stylist would do with that. I've seen a lot of channels do that and am curious what yours would look like. I am not even bothering with looks yet or growing my channel. I am still just working on what my channel is about. After I have figured that out, then I will work on it and to be honest, most likely start over from scratch. Now I just upload for a bit of fun. But for a channel like yours I am curious what it would look like.

  • Reply Raymond Parker February 18, 2020 at 6:50 am

    I have older videos with 20,000+ views and newer videos that I think are produced better that I can't get off the ground. Who knows what YouTube's algorithm wants? Only hope is some kind of external viral event for sure. Great tips though — some new ones to implement.

  • Reply Technical Jayendra February 18, 2020 at 6:56 am

    Nick thanks for these PRO tips!
    I want to know about link related policy in detail I recently got a warning regarding this I just use a link using my site with a pretty link plugin and I got a warning from youtube like please remove this link. I don't use any spammy sites which shows ads and they redirect to the main content page then why I got warning
    I don't know why Can you make a detailed video on this topic

  • Reply Songs From A Suitcase February 18, 2020 at 7:02 am

    Is there a way to change my VIDEO PREVIEW on YT? Like the video clip that it shows when you hover your mouse over the video thumbnail.

  • Reply Musa Bhai Vines February 18, 2020 at 7:24 am

    Nice idea dear. Though I applied your all kind of tips before. 😍

  • Reply Marie-Jeanne S February 18, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Starting from scratch is sooo hard but we got this ( us small you tubers) we will make it viral one day!!! 💕

  • Reply RandomCharge February 18, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Love it mate

  • Reply Diarmuid Boyd February 18, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Thanks so much man
    This video was super helpful and I’ve added it to my library 📚
    My fifth video just got to 99 views after a week so I don’t need to worry about going viral yet but it’s progress- previous ones only got to 45 after months. DearMudzArt

  • Reply Pippy The Pug Adventures February 18, 2020 at 9:46 am

    I’m a pug, I’m ready as hell

  • Reply GloFlo S February 18, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Thanks Nick 👍very useful information

  • Reply Built by Dave February 18, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Thanks for the freebie! Great tips here! I have a storage question for you, but I don't know where to ask it. Will probably wait until Saturday. Thanks again!

  • Reply AshSunDai's WoRLd February 18, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for all this great info!

  • Reply Josephine De Smet February 18, 2020 at 10:48 am

    I second that!! I feel stupid about it but my video wasn't ready at all when I received a shoutout from a huge channel, and I'll never forget that lesson!

  • Reply Mmeredane TV February 18, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Thank you very much for helping me set up my YouTube home page.

  • Reply The Stones Unturned Podcast February 18, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Every piece of advice from Nick has paid off!

  • Reply Jw- piano February 18, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    I wish i was good at thumbnails lol

  • Reply AstroExploring February 18, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Great video Nick! So glad I watched to the end for the series playlist setting, I had no idea that existed! As a new YouTuber a big struggle of mine is getting people on to the next video!

  • Reply Elke Hoelzle February 18, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Nick, do you have a video when ones first videos are done and zero subs, and how to set a channel that has no views or subs? Should I upload more then one video when setting my channel first time? Can I create a seccion and play list after I have enough videos, right?

  • Reply Elite February 18, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Nick! Do you think I'm setting up my channel properly? Can you give me some tips for my channel?

  • Reply The Spirit of the Cosmos February 18, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Nick you are the man thank you Brother. I watched this twice because I resonate with it greatly. Thanks for all your help and tips. It's helped me tons. 🤗 😇

  • Reply YouareIandIAMYou February 18, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Nick, I can't express how gratful I am for you and all those invaluable tips. I want to get the chance to pay you back in a very small way one day 🙏😊👍🏼I am not through as yet but if you go over to my channel for a few seconds then you will see that I am actually making use of your tips. Thanks Bro 😊👍🏼

  • Reply Rake Pova February 18, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Which thumbnail app should I use for my iPad device?

  • Reply All Access Construction February 18, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    #anotherone…(dj kalid voice) …how do you get the check marks, heart in you video description? Great video

  • Reply The Speed Channel February 18, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Bro where’s “we’re starting right now???” It’s a staple of your channel

  • Reply Short Story Universe February 18, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    I will add sections. Always extremely helpful information. Many of us have great content. Just need that one vid to get the ball rolling. Thanks 4 the info.

  • Reply light up360 February 18, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    thank you bro

  • Reply Drizzmeister RR February 18, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you Nick, God bless

  • Reply Josh Anderson Financially Fit February 18, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    I’m over here still trying to get my first 50 subscribers 😂

  • Reply GingerLola Miniature Crafts February 18, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks so much for this video Nick, awesome content! this is Gingers Doll World… because of coppa, I decided to turn this channel into a miniature craft channel, i kept some older videos, with some new edits, trimmed and music, plus i'll be starting to post videos this week, it's been inactive for awhile but i still have over 50k subscribers, any tips to keep them and get them to be more active on my channel… i want to upload 3x a week… mon wed and fri. Thanks Nick 🙂

  • Reply Gail Sasao February 18, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks, Nick, for another very helpful video.

  • Reply keepingup WithMoMo February 18, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Well my laptop mahup so i using my phone. 🤭

  • Reply Sheen Waja TV February 18, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Ilove this setup

  • Reply Chris Hardwick February 18, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Great video Nick! One thing that I like is to have the five most recent uploads on the top of the page. The first thing I do is click on 'videos', most returning subs want to see the new stuff coming out.

  • Reply Truelazuli Style February 18, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks 😊 Nick, great tips
    Georgina 🙋🏻‍♀️🇨🇦

  • Reply Ichiban Moto February 18, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Nick, what is the general rule for meeting the level of viral? somebody said it is simply a vid with more views than the channel has subs.

  • Reply Tony Turbo13 February 18, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Awesome video. Completely redoing my channel and I've incorporated a lot of these tips.

  • Reply Budget Outlaws February 18, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Fantastic video, as always it was very informative and helpful to those of us content creators! Always some way to better the channel and this video was just jamb packed with fantastic ideas and step by step methods to implement them!

  • Reply Brandon Sutton Art February 18, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    ive been hustlin making art content. my top video is a video where i barely do art. how does one get people to stick around for art content? Does it have to be a tutorial? idk.

  • Reply Rose ASMR February 18, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Nick Nimmin: are you ready to go viral
    Me: more than ready to go viral

  • Reply Circle of Nerds February 18, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Nick thank you so much for this! Not just this but all of your content! We’re just starting to get serious with our channel. We’re a small channel (for now 😉) but we’ve definitely noticed a positive difference in our growth thanks to your tips!

  • Reply Flip Flop Farmer February 18, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks for the subscribe watermark button nick!

  • Reply Jose Sepulveda February 18, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you for this Nick. SUPER helpful stuff! Quick question, if I make a change in my upload defaults for the description, I know that will default to every video description going forward but does it change all the previous videos I uploaded too?

  • Reply João Gonçalves February 18, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks for these tips and congratulations (again) on reaching half a million subscribers!

  • Reply Ira Anthony February 18, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Wow! It really works. Just gained 2 subscribers in 6 hours. Coincidence?! I think not!

  • Reply Franky Draws February 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Hi man super video

  • Reply Hypeman Gaming February 18, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    How to make a viral video:
    Make a video showing how to make a viral video.

  • Reply The Adhd Gardener February 18, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Yea I def need to organize my channel into playlists n stuff..I'm still a noob at this but I'm catching on

  • Reply Dave's Ways To Make Money February 18, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing these helpful tips! I gained a lot of valuable information from watching this video!

  • Reply Daily tips February 19, 2020 at 12:24 am

    Nick I've seen peter McKinnon do his everyday carry video .
    I'll suggest you to do one coz your fans will like it iam sure .
    Thanks for your awesome content so far .
    You will get to a million subscribers very soon .
    I bet nick .

  • Reply Daeng Rala TV February 19, 2020 at 12:44 am

    Mantap…..Tetap Semangat

  • Reply Steven School Alchemy February 19, 2020 at 12:49 am

    Good job

  • Reply MELANIE February 19, 2020 at 4:29 am

    Okay gotta make some improvements now !! Thanks 👍🏻

  • Reply Big Dog50001 Automotive February 19, 2020 at 4:32 am

    All great tips Nick! Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Braden Brand Reality TV February 19, 2020 at 6:16 am

    good info, thanks, I needed this

  • Reply Trenius Henderson February 19, 2020 at 6:42 am

    Good stuff thanks

  • Reply Chris Dunnett February 19, 2020 at 7:12 am

    I love all your videos that I've seen Nick but this one was hands down the BEST! I immediately began pausing and going to my channel to change and adjust things LOL. I still have some more to do and will get on that next week…new band has our 1st show this week and I JUST released my 1st online Guitar instructional course so my channel has to wait a week but WOW!! GREAT info here! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Costelo Art Studio February 19, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Im struggling so much to grow mine for 7 months and its hard. But never give up… Thanks for the advices🤓👍

  • Reply Adam Faris February 19, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Keep grinding y'all, I believe in you! Let's make 2020 awesome!!

  • Reply C C February 19, 2020 at 10:03 am

    I made a video a year ago before I started my channel to see if I got any views at all, i kind of thought that a no one with no page or anything on YouTube would not get views. It ended up getting over 12k views. Keep on following Nick’s videos i feel you’ll have a real high chance to make it as a Youtuber

  • Reply Speaky Jones February 19, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Pretty sure I have the lowest YouTube subs for a channel trying to grow but your videos definitely help. Thank you

  • Reply Charles Powell February 19, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Hey Nick. thanks for the information

  • Reply TMA. Italia Travel February 19, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    I’m ready to go viral 🤗

  • Reply Hamse Updy February 19, 2020 at 2:21 pm


  • Reply khameela N February 19, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    Been on youtube for 2 months and l have 2 subscribers 😂.Thank you Nick for creating encouraging content to us

  • Reply The Relly Rellz February 19, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Amazing tips in this video Nick! Keep them coming!

  • Reply Photo Bosses February 19, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Thank you, I needed this! We are just starting out and need all the information we can get.

  • Reply Zoleg February 19, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you this video was really helpful! You're the best! 👊

  • Reply ChokeSquad February 19, 2020 at 6:52 pm


  • Reply The Semenov’s February 19, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you 🙏🏾

  • Reply Bionicle Wolf February 19, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Thx this helped on my YT channel I will upload a vid it will hit like 150 views then go down to 93 do u know what this is pls help

  • Reply Orange Chicken Chefs February 20, 2020 at 3:59 am

    This is very helpful. I just started my channel. I am learning. Thank you.

  • Reply Kabatak TV February 20, 2020 at 4:27 am

    I have a question,is that true that maximum 3 videos only need to upload in 1 day on our youtube channel?please let me know thanks

  • Reply Muskan academy of dance #MAD February 20, 2020 at 4:57 am

    Not working

  • Reply John Mahon February 20, 2020 at 5:04 am

    Hey Nick, just starting my channel and your content is really helping out! Thanks for the wisdom! I think I’m ready to go viral! Ha!

  • Reply Fay Thompson February 20, 2020 at 5:34 am

    Hi Nick, I am trying to sort things out and I wanted to 'pin' my intro video to the top of my page. Why is it so hard to find out how to do this? What do I do? I plan to look at your non-mobile videos too and see what bits would help my baby channel grow.

  • Reply Munti Express February 20, 2020 at 5:48 am

    What is more important? Retention % or watch time on a video?

  • Reply Aakash Sonkusare February 20, 2020 at 6:44 am

    Hey Nick, what if I start two channels with the same content but one has the English language and another one has a different language will it get monetized? Is this allowed?

  • Reply LittleAngryBabyBall February 20, 2020 at 7:32 am

    It took me like an hour to watch this video and do everything that Nick suggested. But it's worth my time! Thanks!!!

  • Reply Lets Dance2020 February 20, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Hi ilove your video it helps me alot in creating my channel:) it kinda suck now but maybe someday it will grow:)

  • Reply Colin Barsby February 20, 2020 at 8:48 am

    This was Great Nick……..thanks so much 🙂

  • Reply humik57 February 20, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Hold on… 500k subs? And 10k views on every video?

  • Reply Micky Bell-Roberts February 20, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Thank you so much, I need your help for sure.

  • Reply NBH Radio February 20, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Don't know weather a science and business channel will go viral but I will try to implement most of the things you say here. Thanks man

  • Reply Ty Brothers February 20, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Great video Nick! Thanks so much for the advice. We're gonna keep going at it until we see success 👌🏻

  • Reply Ichiban Moto February 20, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    awesome thanks!

  • Reply PandaPlayz February 20, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Thx for the advice, i will share this with my friends and take everything in this video into consideration! Keep Posting:)

  • Reply Kitkatt_23 February 21, 2020 at 1:05 am

    I can’t wait to see what new popular YouTube channels we will have this decade. I’m hoping one of them will be me

  • Reply abandonvehicles February 21, 2020 at 1:26 am

    I have another question for you. We are taking a break from creating an intro for the new and old videos. I would like to ask you these ?? Privately. How can I contact you?

  • Reply SuperEzHistory February 21, 2020 at 3:24 am

    This was really helpful! I've had the thing about playlists in the back of my mind for a while now and this video prompted me to take action! Also implemented some other stuff, great advice!

  • Reply Okie Outdoor Adventures February 21, 2020 at 3:24 am

    Just spent the last two hours watching this tip series! I’ve got so much work to do to get things cleaned up, and start using your tips. Thanks for taking the time to put these out 🙏🏼

  • Reply Oriental Pearl February 21, 2020 at 5:48 am

    Nick I need to go to Thailand and shake your hand man. You helped soooooooooo much! From the thumbnails, to the tiles, analytics, your advice was SPOT ON! Thank you for everything. I made the changes you suggested and when a viral video brought many people to my little obscure channel, they subscribed because it looked professional. It took off over night even with very few videos. YOU ROCK! With love from Tokyo.

  • Reply Dr. Greta Golf February 21, 2020 at 6:02 am

    Hi Nick! Thanks for this informative video. I've been working really hard on upping the quality of my channel, videos, etc. As they say, we need to be prepared when the window of opportunity opens. Hence, I've been working to improve everything related to my channel – content quality, lighting, audio, on-screen graphics, video description, playlists, promotion on social media, etc. So, running into your video tonight was perfect because I hopped right back onto my laptop and cleaned up my channel page so that it looks much more like a professional YT page, as you mentioned. Thanks for all you do for us developing YouTubers!

  • Reply Ender 1 2 3 7 February 21, 2020 at 7:06 am

    Can you show us how to Add a intro to your life streams on YouTube as when your life stream in it

  • Reply YotiGames February 21, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Thanks for the tip with the description!
    I didn't know about that

  • Reply AlexRazorGame February 21, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    How to rename the sections? Is it something that's avalible only for 1000+ subs?

  • Reply CRISPELLO February 21, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Nick please help me about sponsored video

  • Reply CraftyAnna Studio February 21, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Just started my YouTube channel.. Great tips!! but feeling a bit overwhelmed.. I'll get there eventually 😊

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