How To Make YouTube Thumbnails

How To Make YouTube Thumbnails That Get Clicks

How To Make YouTube Thumbnails That Actually Get Clicks

This is a great question that many YouTube marketers have! How do you set yourself apart on YouTube and ensure that your ideal customer is actually clicking on YOUR videos, and not your competitor’s?

One of the ways you can do this is by having high quality & concise thumbnail images! If this type of content appeals to you, make sure you join the conversation in our private Facebook group for YouTube Marketing Mastery. I do these Q&As every Monday at 11am PST.

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Today’s office hours covers this question in detail, as well as provides 3 basic tips and some additional free resources you can use to make high quality YouTube thumbnails that actually get clicked on.

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How To Make YouTube Thumbnails for Free

The best resource I’ve found for creating thumbnail templates for free is You can set up a free account and save your designs as templates for the next time you need to design new thumbnails. Trust me, this will save you a LOT of time in the long run.

Canva is great because you can also download free templates from professional designers (some for free, some for $1), so you get to take out the heavy lifting of designing your thumbnails yourself. That’s especially useful for newbs, because you need your thumbnails to look very professional and simple and what better way to do that than by outsourcing that job to a designer without the designer expense!

I also like Canva because it allows you to save up to 3 fonts, as well as standard colors for your “defaults.” This helps to save time long term, because you’ll be making lots of thumbnails during your YouTube career. The easier it is for you, the better!

Here are some simple tips for making sure the thumbnails you’re creating are high quality, easy-to-read, and branded.

  • Keep your channel branding consistent by sticking to the same 2-3 colors and 2-3 fonts
  • Do not use more than 5-7 words max on your thumbnail images
  • Use a relevant, eye-catching image that relates to the content of the video
  • Title your .jpg or .png thumbnail image the same thing as your target keyword to help with video SEO

In this video, I also cover 3 simple tips for how to revive a “dead channel.”

These tips could also apply if you’re in the process of setting up a brand new channel and want to do it the right way.

Leave your questions in the group if you’d like to be featured on next week’s Office Hours live!

Thanks for watching!

Happy filming,

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