3. Make a playlist with great thumbnails

Make it easy for everyone from the die-hard sports fan to the rookie to stay a while on your channel. Successful playlists usually include five or more videos from your own channel or other channels on YouTube and are grouped by category, like the Stanford Athletics behind the scenes look at the womens’ basketball team. To get even more eyeballs, use custom HD thumbnails to show viewers what to expect. Sports already has the benefit of great action shots, and check out the XTremeVideo channel if you need thumbnail inspiration.