How to Get Community Tab on YouTube?

How to Get Community Tab on YouTube?

YouTube community tab is really a great way to communicate with your subscribers and the YouTube community. The features let you create posts, polls, GIfs images, and videos. This feature was introduced by YouTube in 2017. This is one of the best ways to keep in touch with not only your subscribers but with the YouTube community. The community posts appear in a community tab, subscription tab and sometimes they even appear on the YouTube mobile or homepage as well. If you want to build a bond with your community, YouTube’s community tab is really helpful for you. To get the community tab on YouTube, you need to have 1000 subscribers on your channel. Once you reach the limit defined it may take up to a week before you have access to it and YouTube should send you a notification when you unlock. But what If your channel has crossed a thousand subscribers and is eligible for the YouTube community tab but you still don’t see the tab on your channel. In this case, the custom channel layout needs to be enabled in order for the community tab to be shown. 

The Only One Requirement for the Community Tab

1000 Subscribers

1000 Subscribers

You need to reach 1000 subscribers that are literally the only requirement of the community tab. Unfortunately, that is the only way you can get it there’s no other way around at this time. It won’t happen instantly once you hit a thousand subscribers infect it can take up to 7 days for it to appear but randomly at some point if you hit 1000 subscribers you will notice that your discussion tab is gone and is replaced with the community tab. 

Instructions On How To The Custom Layout

instructions on how to set the custom layout

First of all, you need to open your YouTube channel. The next thing you need to do in order to activate the community tab if you don’t have it yet is you need to click the little wheel icon. Then, you need to make sure that customize the layout of your channel has been checked. Then you have to click on save and then it’s going to jump in that new layout which says to join, customize channel, YouTube studios. In the new layout, the community tab will appear along with your home, videos, and playlists tabs. There is no other manual button to turn on the community tab it should automatically be in your channel if you’re eligible and if you have over a thousand subscribers. If you don’t have over a thousand subscribers the community tab may pop up on your channel because YouTube said they are just beta testing it. 

How to Use the Community Tab

As the name suggests, the community tab is a very powerful way to engage with your community and build your own community on YouTube. It is definitely something you should be doing and yet most creators don’t really utilize it. The best practices recommended to use the community tab effectively are 

It is well worth using Polls to understand what your audience is feeling, what content they want to see next, what content they enjoy most. Just engage with your audience and get their feedback using Polls.

The second thing you can do is when you don’t have time to post a video for a couple of days rather than just doing nothing with your channel you can go on to the community tab and provide some kind of updates to people. Let people know what’s going on, where you are, why you are not posting. In this way, you’re still keeping engagement with your channel and your community. You’re staying connected to your audience even though you’re unable to actually make a video. 

The other thing you can do is provide some kind of BTS (behind the scenes) content or extra content on top of your main videos. For example, you can include image posts or you can make a meme for your content, you could just share some footage of you filming a video. All these little extra things are going to help build a stronger connection with your audience.

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