I am writing this post today because I wish that someone had written this for me when I was looking for a solution. You see, I made a big mistake when I chose my original YouTube username, so today I write this to make sure that you don’t make the same mistake.
I recently wrote on why you should have your own YouTube channel even if you are a professional and not a company. Today I want to help you establish your YouTube presence by helping you choose one of the most important aspects of your Channel: Your Username.
I found out the hard way, but here are the facts to consider on the whys and how of selecting your username:
Use Your Primary Email Address to Establish Your YouTube Account
In order to create a YouTube Channel, you need to either use your Gmail account or create a new YouTube account. Which do you choose? Whichever you choose, what is important is to make sure you choose your primary email address for your account. If Gmail is your primary email address, it will be easy to sign in to YouTube automatically when you are signed into Google. If you don’t have a Gmail account, create a YouTube account using your primary email address. Why is this important? YouTube users will be able to search for you and subscribe to your channel 1) if you allow them to find you using your email address and 2) if your email address is on Google, Yahoo, or associated with your Facebook account. In other words, if you don’t use your primary email address, it will make it harder for friends of yours that are already on YouTube to find you. You are on YouTube to be found…just as I recommend you do with LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, make sure you use the same email address that you do when communicating with your friends. Using any other email address is like reinventing the wheel and not making the best use of your personal network.
Think Long-Term About Your YouTube Username
This is a no-brainer, but there is an important reason why I bring it up: Once you create a YouTube Username it can’t be changed. Don’t believe me? Give it a try. Whatever Google’s reason is for doing this, there is nothing that you and I can do about it, other than deleting the name that you don’t want anymore. That is why it is best to think long-term about your username and stick with a brand that is as long-term as you are: your name.
What Happens After You Delete Your YouTube Username
If you want to change your name, you do have the option of deleting it as mentioned above and creating a new YouTube username. However, once you delete a YouTube username, your email address cannot be associated with another YouTube username. In other words, once you delete it, the email address associated with it is disabled from being able to be associated with a YouTube username. Tough luck, but unless Google changes the way they do things, you are now YouTube account-less!
The Only Other Workaround: Creating a Second Account
If you made the mistake of improperly branding your original YouTube username or deleted it for whatever reason, you do have an option: create a second account using a different email address. Since you will have already used your primary email address, nobody may be able to find you on YouTube until you tell them about your channel. And, obviously, you will not be able to get your previous username which has now been permanently deleted. However, you can at least being a new YouTube channel with the branded username that you want.
Hope you found the advice useful, whether you are considering starting your own YouTube channel and want to do it right, or you Googled and found this article when you were looking for a solution to the problem. Since you’ve read this far into the article, please also subscribe to the Windmill Networking YouTube Channel and let me know about your channel as well!
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