The Best Way To Get Custom Thumbnails on YouTube
An important part of the user experience on YouTube is the “thumbnail” image that is used to represent a given video in its YouTube listing. When a video is uploaded to YouTube, three snapshot samples of that video are automatically created to visually represent it when a viewer is looking for content. The person uploading the video can choose from among these three images which best represents the video, but these snapshots are random, and they may include awkward expressions, gestures, or transitions. You want to put your best foot forward, so that means you should also have the best possible thumbnail.
YouTube also allows people uploading videos to upload a Custom Thumbnail along with a video, but you will have to jump through some hoops before you can access this feature. There are a couple of different ways to do this. Many people make the mistake of allowing ads on their marketing videos as a trade-off for custom thumbnails. Instead, you will want to Verify Your YouTube Account. This is the best way to get custom thumbnails on YouTube.
To verify, your account will need to be in good standing. You will need to be logged in to your Channel, you will need a telephone, and it should usually be a phone that you will be able to access if you ever need to re-verify. Be aware that YouTube places a limit of 2 channels that can be verified with a single number within one year. YouTube will send you a voice call or SMS message (text message) with a verification code, and you will need to enter that code into the YouTube interface. Once completed, custom thumbnails will be available for your account.
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