You may have heard the phrase that “the first impression is the last impression”. It is true that your first impression leaves a huge impact on the audience and people.
A video thumbnail is your first impression on your audience and viewers which can either help you gain Youtube video viewers or lose them. So it better be good.
What are YouTube video thumbnails?
A YouTube video thumbnail is an image that works as the preview image for your YouTube video. It is like a book cover. Obviously, just like a book cover, it should attract a potential viewer wanting to see more of your content.
There is an old saying that people judge every book by its cover. And it is rather true. Same goes for viewers who judge your YouTube videos by the thumbnails you have added.
So make sure that you have enabled the custom thumbnails option on your YouTube Channel.
With this option, you can upload your own images for the audience as they search and look for something of their interest and entertaining for them to watch.
The question however may arise how can one add a custom YouTube thumbnail to the channel.
Your YouTube channel does not come with the default option that adds custom thumbnails to the video.
YouTube creates low quality thumbnails that are auto generated by YouTube itself. In this article, we will guide you on how to add custom YouTube thumbnails to your YouTube channel.
If your video is already published then you might want to try this procedure out to add a custom thumbnail.
- Firstly, you need to enable the custom thumbnail option.
- Once it is enabled the next steps are very easy and they involve a few steps.
- Log in to your YouTube channel.
- After this click on the profile icon on the top right corner of the page.
- You can select the option “YouTube studio” from the drop-down menu.
- Click on the video whose thumbnail you want to change.
- You will see an option that says add custom thumbnails.
- By enabling that option you can add the thumbnails of your choice.
Now, if you want to add a custom thumbnail while you are publishing the video, you can follow these few easy and simple steps.
YouTube makes it rather easy for you to add custom thumbnails to your YouTube video.
After you have successfully added a video on your YouTube channel, you will see a separate section at the bottom of the page that says “video thumbnails”.
There will be three screenshots from the video you have uploaded. YouTube has already auto generated these thumbnails and you can select from these three.
If you want a custom thumbnail, you will see an option on the right side of these thumbnails that says ‘CUSTOM THUMBNAILS’.
If you want to add the thumbnails of your choice then you can click on this option. Once you have added the thumbnail of your choice, you can preview it as well.
This is the easy way for you to add the thumbnails of your own choice. By the help of a custom thumbnail, you can add a much colorful, fascinating, and good, interesting story that may help you earn an extra click and view on the video which would even lead to you gain maximum Youtube subscribers.
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