YouTube has become a popular secondary outlet for many bloggers, and it’s a platform that shouldn’t be overlooked. Since most of the current generation frequents YouTube often, it is a great way to gain additional followers and drive traffic to your main website.
Getting subscribers can be difficult if you don’t know where to begin, but luckily if you already have a blog or a website, YouTube offers a couple of tools to allow your readers to easily subscribe to your channel.
Create a YouTube Subscribe Text Link
The first way to collect subscribers is through a simple text link. You can include a link within your post text, or create a custom image for your sidebar that matches your blog design.
To add a text link, copy the code below and replace the text with your own link text, and username with your own YouTube channel name:
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/YOURCHANNELNAME?sub_confirmation=1">Subscribe to my channel!</a>
This code will create a link like this: Subscribe to my channel!
Any user who is not currently subscribed to you will see a popup over your YouTube page asking them to confirm their subscription.
Create a YouTube Subscribe Image Link
To use your own image instead of text, use the code below, replacing the username with your own channel name, and the image URL with the URL of your hosted image.
Hint: upload it to a place like Photobucket.
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/YOURCHANNELNAME?sub_confirmation=1"><img src="http://YOURIMAGEURL.com/IMAGE.jpg" alt="Subscribe"></a>
Create a YouTube Subscribe Button with Counter
YouTube also offers a button you can place on your site or sidebar as well which can display your subscriber count.
Go to the YouTube Developer page here.
You will see a variety of button types to choose from and a form to input your own channel information.
If you’d like to center it, just wrap the code in <center> elements like so:
<center><script src="https://apis.google.com/js/platform.js"></script> <div class="g-ytsubscribe" data-channel="YOURCHANNELNAME" data-layout="full" data-count="default"></div></center>
Now you have an easy way for your readers to subscribe to your channel!