20 October 2013

How to Change YouTube Adsense Account association

I would like to associate a different AdSense account with my YouTube account

Google/YouTube has hidden the adsense change feature however, I will explain a work around for this feature that works at the time of writing this (20 October 2013).

It is possible to change the AdSense account associated with your YouTube account if you already have an active, approved AdSense account to change to. To change the AdSense account associated with your YouTube account, please follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to your YouTube account and go to your Account Settings page
  2. Click the "Monetisation" link on the left hand side of the page
  3. Select "Review or change Adsense association" If you can not see this link use the one provided here)
  4. Change your AdSense account association by clicking on "Change"
  5. Select the option at the bottom of the page to choose the Google Account you wish to use.
  6. Enter the password for your Google Account.
  7. Accept the association and you will then be redirected back to YouTube
Google does not officially or publicly support this method any longer but it works. Currently Google does support a similar set of steps for this service for YouTube Partners and users who are eligible to monetize all their channel content and have their accounts in good standing order.

If you have never created an AdSense account before:
  1. Access the Monetization page in your Channel Settings.
  2. From the AdSense Association page, you will be directed to AdSense.
  3. Select the option at the bottom of the page to choose the Google Account you wish to use.
  4. Enter the password for your Google Account.
  5. Confirm the association and provide your billing information before submitting.
  6. You will then be redirected back to YouTube. (Note: AdSense may email you an update.)
Here are a few questions that people have posted to me regarding Change of YouTube Adsense Association recently.

How do I change my AdSense account to a brand new account?

How do I change adsense accounts on my youtube channel?

Move a Youtube channel from one AdSense account to another?

13 April 2013

Improvements to Blogger Template HTML editor

Previously I wrote a post about how to integrate Facebook comments with blogger and I received a lot of question about how to modify the positioning of the comment box. Particularly as some people have used highly customized blogs or used the new dynamic blog templates.

Anyway, Blogger summer interns have posted about two new features that should make finding and re-positioning code slightly easier. One is a formatting feature that makes the code indentation nicer and uniform across the whole template and the second feature is a menu which takes you to the code of a widget with a single click.

You can read the full post on the two links below(they are identical posts)

Autopost YouTube Videos (Uploads) to Blogger using Google FeedBurner

There are many easy ways to post your YouTube videos to Blogger using third party tools/websites such as ifttt.com, however the method I explain here relies solely on Google products (YouTube, FeedBurner and Blogger).

1. Enable posting to Blogger via Email

1.1) Login to Blogger.com

1.2) Browse to the section shown in the screen shot below:
1.3) Enter a secret word for your auto blogging via email.

1.4) Click "Save settings" to make the changes permanent.

From now on you will be able to create blog posts via sending emails to this secret email address.

2. Find the URL of the RSS feed for your YouTube uploads

This is an example my YouTube account so make sure you replace my username(jenson) with that of your own.

This is the URL of my YouTube uploads which retrieves them as an RSS XML file. Replace my name(jenson) with the name of your YouTube channel.

here is a simpler alternative URL for the same purpose:

3.  Add your YouTube RSS URL to Feedburner

3.1) Go to feedburner.google.com

3.2) Enter the URL from step 1 into the only text box on the webpage, as shown in the screen shot below:

3.3) Click Next and you will see the screen below:

3.4) On the above screen you can safely ignore the given options(As these can be changed later if you wish to do so). So click next once more and you will be presented with the below screen:

3.5) Click Next once more and you will see the screen below:

3.6) In the above screen you can ignore all options and click next. (I have checked all the available options to be able to see some more stats about the feed but this is irrelevant to what we are doing here). So click Next one last time!

4. Enable Email Subscription for your newly created RSS feed on Feedburner

4.1) Click on the "Publicize" tab and you will see the screen below:

4.2) Click on "Email Subscription" link on the left hand side and you will see the screen below:
4.3) On the above click the activate button to enable this feature. You will see a success message as shown below:

4.4) Click the RSS icon in the top left corner to view your newly created Feed(e.g. http://feeds.feedburner.com/JensonTaylor) on feedburner. You will be presented with the page displayed below(containing a list of your YouTube uploads. I have cut the screenshot short):

4.5) Click on the link that reads "Get Videos delivered by email". A popup will appear, so make sure it is not blocked by a pop-up blocker.

5. Subscribe to your FeedBurner RSS Feed using your secret Blogger email

5.1) Enter your secret blogger email address in the popup window and click "Complete Subscription Request" button:

4.6) You will then see a confirmation message which you can dismiss it by clicking on the "close window" link:

6. Confirm the subscription

Once you have subscribed to the feed on feedburner, an automatic blog post will be made to your blog that looks like the following:

6.1) Click on the confirmation link in the above Blogger post (which was automatically created on your blog)

6.2) Go to your blogger interface and delete this blog post because it will no longer server a purpose and it makes your blog look bad. 

7. Enjoy

From now on any YouTube video that you upload to your channel will be posted to your blog.

Potential Problems:
  • Updates can take up 48 hours to happen but not longer(This is the worst case scenario) because:
    • Feedburner emails are only sent once every 24 hours(The time of day that emails are sent can be chosen by you)
    • YouTube API extracts your uploads through its search mechanism which lags behind the uploads of users, hence the extra delay in this part as well
  • The unsubscribe link is displayed at the bottom of the blog post so anyone of your blog readers can stop this from happening on the next occasion. 
  • The emails that are sent to Blogger create ugly blog posts which look a bit spammy, although you can modify the email content to some extent through Feedburner(see below).


1. In step 1 of this guide you can choose the "Save emails as draft post" option in the settings which means your posts will not be automatically posted to your blog but saved as a draft blog instead which means you can review it and modify it before you actually post it. One important editing task here would be to remove the details at the bottom of the email/post which allows public readers of your blog to unsubscribe your blog from receiving these auto posts.

2. I recommed changing the Feedburner email title to something more suitable as shown on the screenshot below:
I have marked where you need to click and what you can enter to change the email title and logo. I believe it's easy to follow and also I am feeling lazy so I haven't explained it in more details but if you need clarification please let me know. 

As always any questions, suggestions or comments are most welcome.