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YouTube, LLC is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. Three former PayPal employees-Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim-created the service in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion; YouTube now operates as one of Google's subsidiaries.

YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favourites, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users. It offers a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos. Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, live streams, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos. Most of the content on YouTube is uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Vevo, and Hulu offer some of their material via YouTube as part of the YouTube partnership program. 

Unregistered users can only watch videos on the site, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos and add comments to videos.

Why YouTube

YouTube is a very powerful and wide-reaching advertising platform, and (used correctly) can be an explosive medium for promoting and selling your products and/or services.

As of February 2017, there were more than 400 hours of content uploaded to YouTube each minute, and one billion hours of content being watched on YouTube every day!!  As of August 2018, the website is ranked as the second-most popular site in the world, according to Alexa Internet.

How To Sign Up To YouTube

YouTube is FREE to join.  To sign in to YouTube, you'll need to create a Google Account.   With a Google Account, you can access many YouTube features, including Like, Subscribe, Watch Later, and Watch History.

  1. Go to
  2. In the top right, click Sign in.
  3. Click More options > Create Account.
Once you've signed in to YouTube with your Google Account, you can create a YouTube channel on your account. With a YouTube channel, you can upload videos, leave comments, and create playlists. 

YouTube Homepage Guide

Open the Guide to access Home, Trending, Subscriptions, History, Videos that you've saved to watch later, YouTube Red and YouTube Movies (if applicable), and account settings.

Home highlights videos recommended for you from your subscriptions and watch history. Video recommendations are influenced by your preferences and activity on YouTube.

Subscriptions allows you to view recent uploads from your subscriptions.

Trending lets you discover videos that are popular on YouTube right now. You can scroll through all of the videos or select a specific category (such as music, news or gaming) to see videos exclusively on that subject.

History shows you your watch history list. 

Watch Later is the list of videos that you've selected by clicking on the Watch Later icon. 

Purchases takes you to a page with your paid channel subscriptions, movie purchases or rentals and live event purchases. Learn more about paid content on YouTube.

Channel Icon

Click the channel icon at the top of the page to access your channel, the Creator Studio and Help, or switch to Dark Mode. You can also switch between channels and sign out.

Monetising Your Videos

One of the most exciting aspects of YouTube for affiliate marketers, is being able to monetise your videos.  Whilst this isn't exactly an easy process, especially for newbies, it is certainly achievable, and well worth the effort if you are truly serious about making money online.

Click HERE for detailed information on how to get started earning money from your videos.