Creating eye catching thumbnails for your YouTube videos is one of the most underused methods of creating free traffic.
This is your “advertisement” for your video, and when used properly, can be very successful.
YouTube does give you the option to select one of three thumbnails it gives you from your video. More often than not, they're not what you're looking for.
Using this quick method will help you stand out from the crowd to get more clicks and views to your videos.
Here I show you how I create my thumbnails for my videos so you can create your own easily and quickly.
Think about it. There are billions of hours of video on YouTube, all competing for views. They're not all competing for the same views but they all want to be watched.
How many times have you gone to YouTube looking for a tutorial or a tip on a certain topic, only to see a cute cat or something just as distracting grab your attention and you end up watching that too..?
It's ok, you can admit it… you're among friends here… We've all done it! 🙂
There was something eyecatching about that video that made us want to watch it.
Even with videos we actively search to watch. The ones with the eyecatching image are typically the ones we click on first. And if they have the content we're looking for, we rarely go any further.
This is the power of the eyecatching thumbnail.
Watch the video here to see how you can create your thumbnails using the simple and straight forward method I use.
As I said in the video, I prefer to use an image of me where I'm “in action”. This gives an impression of “movement” in a way, like you've been photographed in mid talk type of thing. These, more often than not, stimulate our imagination more than just a static picture.
Like Usain Bolt striding across the finish line of the 100m to break the World Record – again! – or a racing car doing 200 mph around a racing track. A photograph of these in mid action is far more powerful than if they were both standing still.
Use this style of YouTube thumbnail if you want to brand yourself, as I also said in the video.
If you're not interested in branding yourself, then you can use any image you want, if at all, or simply use text. Having the title of the video in text on your thumbnail – so it's readable at a small size – will also help you stand out.
To see how you can simply edit your YouTube video to add the image you want, just follow the simple instructions here:
How To Get More Viewers To Your Videos With One Simple Tweak
As always, I hope you enjoy the post and video. If you have any questions please feel free to add them in the comments below. Also share and like this post. It helps me to know you appreciate it and to make more.
So there you go, that's how you create eye catching thumbnails for your YouTube videos.