If you’re familiar with YouTube, or any social media platform for that matter, you’ve probably noticed that larger profiles usually have tiny little icons next to their names. If you want it too, you’ll need to learn how to get verified on YouTube.
These verification badges may be subtle, but they are a strong signal that you are a high-quality content creator. With verification comes increased views and subscribers, as well as a higher sense of authority.
Today we’re going to be discussing what the badge means, how you can go about getting it, as well as how you can keep it.
What Does Being Verified Mean On YouTube?
YouTube channel verification has two different meanings, Verifying a channel, and having a verification badge.
Odds are you’re here because you’re curious about the badge, but we will briefly describe the other process as well.
Verifying your Channel
Verifying your channel is a very simple process available to all YouTubers. It takes under 5 minutes, and is necessary for every serious YouTuber.
It’s a simple process involving your phone number, and will give your account the ability to upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes.
Here’s a quick video that will show you how to do this.
Having A Verification Badge
Alright, this is more likely the information you’re looking for, and what we’ll be discussing for the remainder of the article.
The verification badge ( or ) means that a channel has been confirmed to belong to the official channel of a business, brand, group, or celebrity.
There are several benefits to having a verification badge, and the process of obtaining one is fairly straightforward, with a few caveats.
Benefits of Having A Verified YouTube Channel
Although the advantages might be a bit subtle, there are many benefits to having a Verified YouTube channel.
- Increased Authority – People are more willing to trust channels that have the verification badge.
- Increased Views and Subscribers – The rich get richer, right? In tandem with the previous point, verified channels attract more views and subscribers.
- Preventing Impersonation – Without a verified brand, it’s possible for your channel to be indistinguishable from similarly named imposters.
So it’s a no-brainer that it’s definitely a positive impact on your channel. So you should definitely do whatever you can to get one, right?
Well, sort of.
How To Get Verified On YouTube
Unfortunately, if you’re just a hobbyist that likes to Vlog your grocery shopping every few days, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get your YouTube channel verified anytime soon. You’re going to need a lot of consistent viewers.
According to YouTube’s Official Statement, once your channel hits 100k subscribers, you are eligible to submit a request for a verification badge.
We were, however, able to find several examples of YouTubers who were granted the badge without needing 100,000 subscribers.
This is due to the fact that the eligibility requirements have changed multiple times in the past. Channels that have very strong branding may be eligible for the badge prior to hitting the 100,000 subscriber mark.
Although 100k is the bare minimum to be eligible, there is no guarantee you’ll be approved. There are many channels that have well over 100,000 subscribers, but lack the verification badge. Your account must be in good standing, and violations of the terms of service and community guidelines can prevent you from eligibility.
Plus, some YouTubers just don’t care enough to apply for it! It’s not that huge of a difference either way.
If you are a part of a Multi-Channel Network, you may reach out to them for a conversation about how you can get yourself one.
Advertisers are also eligible for verification badges. YouTube’s official advice is to contact your sales manager to learn more.
Losing Your Verification Badge
There are a few ways your verification badge may be revoked.
If your change your channel name, you will lose your verification and have to reapply for the badge. The verification badge is supposed to signify that you are the “real” person behind the name, so this stipulation is in place to prevent impersonation.
Also, if you violate community guidelines, YouTube may also revoke your badge as a form of punishment. Buying subscribers and viewers, spamming comments, and all other black-hat growth techniques will lower your chances of being eligible for verification.
Although there are many benefits to having a verified channel, it’s a feature reserved for high-tier YouTubers. Getting verified is a great long term goal for your channel, but ultimately, stressing about the number of subscribers you have at any given time is unhealthy, and a bad habit if you want continuous growth.
Just keep creating high-quality content and put in the work, and you’ll be verified by YouTube in no time.