How to put tags on your YouTube channel

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How to put tags on your YouTube channel
After you post a Web video, channel tags help YouTube users find it more easily. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

YouTube tags help you draw in the right audience for your online channel. Tags identify keywords and phrases associated with your channel, letting users know a little about the content before they click it. Without tags, your YouTube channel has a slimmer chance of coming up in a viewer's related search results. Putting tags on your channel takes just a few minutes, if you know where to click.

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  1. 1

    Visit YouTube's website and click "Sign In" at the top right-hand corner of the screen.

  2. 2

    Provide your user name and password and hit the "Enter" key. You are signed in and returned to the main YouTube page.

  3. 3

    Click your user name in the upper right-hand corner and select "Channel" from the list of options. You are redirected to your main channel dashboard.

  4. 4

    Click the "Settings" tab at the top of the screen.

  5. 5

    Type in the box labelled "Channel Tags." Each tag is separated by a space. If you want to enter a two- or three-word tag, put the tag in quotation marks. The book "Web Marketing for the Music Business" recommends using three or four highly unique tags along with general tags, because unique tags help prevent redirection to external channels as visitors explore the tags. For example, a music video channel's general tags could include "music," or "rock and roll," while the channel's unique tags include the band's name or song titles.

  6. 6

    Click "Save Changes" to apply the tags to the channel.

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