Articles, Blog Ideas for Standing Out In The New Subscription Feed February 10, 2020 attentionDesignenticingfeedhow toideaslayoutnewsubscriberssubscriptionthumbnailtim schmoyervideovideo creatorsYoutubeyoutube creators John Donnellan 100 Comments Reply 2EpicKidsTV July 21, 2015 at 4:07 pm We get tons of compliments and questions about our thumbnails but after watching your vid, I think we might start trying to develop a branding with them from now on because even though they are colorful and eye catching, there is no branding yet, thx!!! Reply Hey, it's Oliver. July 21, 2015 at 4:09 pm I do a fun rainbow border, my logo (that a friend made me), then just keeping text minimal and out of the "text deadzone," as I like to call it. Text deadzone = The bottom right corner where the time-stamp shows up over the thumbnail. Reply SamsTech July 21, 2015 at 4:10 pm I think, by the grid layout Youtube making it even tougher for up and coming Youtubers to get views! Reply BORB July 21, 2015 at 4:11 pm Aww I don't get this style layout. I can see why it could be very beneficial. Better chance to be viewed by those who can't be bothered to scroll down! Haha 🙂 Reply Austin Pinheiro July 21, 2015 at 4:13 pm i would prefer it if i could find the videos im looking from from creators, i subscribe to creators whose videos i watch mostly and then there's the minor fewa grid view can be useful but its just too much information to take ini think a duel list could be useful Reply Zane Makeup Artist July 21, 2015 at 4:15 pm I much prefer this as I am able to see more videos at once, instead of having to scroll down and look for something to watch, Reply MayandJC July 21, 2015 at 4:16 pm I prefer the list! I think the grid is a bit disorganized and higher chance that some videos could be miss. I try to make my thumbnails colorful with some fonts. Do you think that is too distracting? Thanks Tim! Reply lightsen July 21, 2015 at 4:18 pm I would love a happy medium. The grid can show a lot more, but cuts out on description and also the icon of who posted it, i follow several people that upload very similar thumbnails, so its going to be more of a pain to find them in the grid, than the list. Then again I am subbed to over 800 channels, so the list also takes a lot of time for me. Any news on how the grid is organised? (or even the list) does it prefer to place people on the top with great watchtime, or newer videos?thanks for the info though, very helpful! 🙂 Reply TheLazyPeon July 21, 2015 at 4:18 pm I feel like It's important for creators to come up with their own consistent style of thumbnail, using a certain font and color scheme to give your channel a distinctive look, It's always a good idea to take your time and not rush thumbnails because the more effort you put into making them look really nice, the more it shows you care for the quality of your content. A good thumbnail shows me that the video I;m about to watch is more likely to have good production values rather than videos that don't use custom thumbnails at all. Keep up the good work Tim, your advice has helped me grow my channel a lot 🙂 Reply ZADE July 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm I'll start making my thumbnails sexier. Reply Gnome404 July 21, 2015 at 4:21 pm @Video Creators oh now you tell me how to get rid of the grid after it already went away lol Reply twominutetips July 21, 2015 at 4:21 pm I tend to put nothing on my thumbnail except my mug shot in different expressions dependent on the subject matter. Mine is about beauty. I find that all the text and colouring in a grid is overwhelming, like too much street advertising in any major city. So the cleaner, less coloured one image approach draws my eye. Would be interested if anyone else feels the same. Reply BenwaysWorld July 21, 2015 at 4:22 pm YouTube used to use the grid layout a few years ago, and to be honest, it surprises me they've taken this long to consider going back to it. Like many YouTube "improvements", views slumped when they swicthed to the list view. Reply Neko July 21, 2015 at 4:22 pm I love the grid layout… Reply Ami Yamato July 21, 2015 at 4:24 pm The grid layout is identical to a chrome extension I've been using since the last YT change, "subscriptions grid for YouTube". I prefer the grid, but the main reason I use it is because when I watch a video it is then removed from the grid/list, allowing me to keep track of what I have and haven't already watched. It's been fantastic as i'm far less likely to miss videos amongst the clutter.I've never liked it when viewed videos stay there. On mobile they aren't even greyed out, making it far easier to miss things. I hope YT changes this, or at least give us an option in the settings. Reply Baylee Jae July 21, 2015 at 4:25 pm I like the grid! I remember being bummed when they got rid of the grid layout years ago. I like being able to see many videos at once. If you aren't one of the most recent videos, you still have a good chance of being viewed. I like it both as a viewer and a creator. Reply Talk About The Magic July 21, 2015 at 4:27 pm I still have the old layout. The new one looks like it will make my eyes go cross eyed! lol I hope they don't just focus on the thumbnails. Reply campbellenious korsakoff July 21, 2015 at 4:27 pm The list view would be more usefull on a mobile due to the small screen size and grid would be more usefull on a tablet or computer due to it much larger size. So yeah i agree there should be an option to switch between or atleast have diffrent style depending on your device screen size. Reply sambeawesome July 21, 2015 at 4:34 pm Oh wow, do not like! I hope they leave options, options are almost always the best choice to go 🙂 I really like seeing a bit of the description before watching a video. The grid looks so crowded and busy x/ It's too much to process, I can imagine it giving me a headache. Reply New Future Builder July 21, 2015 at 4:35 pm It will be a change. I personally like the list and being able to see the description if needed. Either way, I'll continue to tweak my thumbnails! Reply MyShowBro July 21, 2015 at 4:35 pm For me taking off the grid menu will make it harder for smaller youtubers in the Long term. Reply JChalant July 21, 2015 at 4:42 pm I Would have liked it more if a tooltip popped up when you mouse-hovered over the thumbnail, which would show the short description. AND, for some reason…maybe it's just me, the number next to "My Subscriptions" isn't refreshed/reset after I view my subscription feed, so the number is increasing and I can no longer use it as an indication of new releases. I'm going to stick with the grid and adapt, but if anyone knows how to adress the 'new releases' number so it works as before, I'd appreciate it! ~JC Reply Sophia's Emporium July 21, 2015 at 4:44 pm Thanks as Always Tim for your Great Work. Think I'm diggin' the grid🆒 Reply MisfitSocietyX July 21, 2015 at 4:45 pm On the subject of YouTube changing features. Does anyone know any simple ways on how to regain the category feature under manage subscriptions? Reply The Purple Alphabet July 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm Honestly, I think the thumbnails that catch my (and other people) attention greatly depend on what is surrounding said thumbnail. If everyone had colored borders on the grid, then thumbnails with borders would not stand out. I really think this is where creators have to NOT jump the bandwagon and find ways to do thumbnails differently than anyone else. Reply Tyler Miller July 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm Finally. I hated it when they changed the layout to the list view because when I used to be able to see the latest 20-30 videos from the people I'm subscribed too, I now have to see 4-5. Even to this day I have to make rounds to the different channels just to make sure I didn't miss something in the actual feed (and usually I do end up missing something). This especially applies to people who are subscribed to gaming channels, because there are some gaming channels who upload multiple times a day and people who upload 3 or 4 times a week like myself get pushed down in a matter of minutes. Reply Henya Mania July 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm Oh no this is awful! Reply Nayan July 21, 2015 at 4:53 pm I Love the grid view for just 1 reason: there are more videos on 1 page without having to scroll down.. that is good because in list view when you are scrolled down and clicked on a video and you go back to the subscription page, then the sub page goes back on top and you have to scroll down down again.. this is irritating if you have subscribed to a lot of channels. Reply Entirely Creative July 21, 2015 at 4:59 pm I really don't like the grid but like the list. It's a lot easier for me too look at the videos I have – I usually watch most of them anyway, so it's not a competition to attract you – you have already subbed to them. Reply NerdSync July 21, 2015 at 4:59 pm I honestly really hate putting text in thumbnails, but now it looks like I kind of have to. I'm a visual person. I like bright, colorful, beautiful thumbnail images. I am not a fan of text in thumbnails at all other than for branding purposes. This new grid thing seems to heavily favor thumbnails with text over clean, simple images, and that is a bummer. Reply Velogi - Pyöräilevä videoblogi July 21, 2015 at 5:01 pm I always have my channel logo and the video name written in the thumbnail with the same color and font. Sometimes I wonder is the video name worth repeating in thumbnail? Reply Roy Aguilar July 21, 2015 at 5:02 pm I really like Grid View. It makes overviewing all the youtube content so much quicker and I can easily get to a video that I want to watch. Reply Kimchi Gang July 21, 2015 at 5:06 pm I didn't like the grid, I thought it was a bug and reported it to "@TeamYouTube" on Twitter, they replied to send feedback on the dashboard, when I cleared my browsing data it fixed it back to the list and I'm kinda glad, I value the title of the video more than the thumbnail Reply Jason O'Connell July 21, 2015 at 5:08 pm YouTube better not make this the official Subscriptions page. It's awfully cluttered and off-putting. Reply NO VIDEOS AVAILABLE July 21, 2015 at 5:08 pm i like the List Format. Reply CrashPower July 21, 2015 at 5:14 pm Great video. Looking forward to the Patreon hangout as well 🙂 Reply Whitney Sews July 21, 2015 at 5:19 pm Do you know if this will change the mobile version? I do most of my viewing on my phone and like the look of the list and big thumbnails. I sub to 400+ channels (not all active) so I do have to do a lot of scrolling, but don't mind because with a list it's easy to find where I left off. Reply MissCrystal July 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm SO happy to hear this is coming back! I know a lot of viewers and fellow YouTubers were not happy when it went to the current layout. So many people don't scroll down their subscription list and that means many videos are not being seen. Reply The Exploration with William C. Fox July 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm Just a general tip for thumbnails. I remember reading somewhere that the color white attracts the eye more than other colors. I use lots of white backgrounds for thumbnails. It also just looks cleaner and more professional (my humble opinion) Reply Haphazard Homestead July 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm When people feature their face, it's easy to identify that a video is that channel, but it's often hard to tell what any specific video is about. It's amazing how much you pack into your thumbnails: your face, your logo, the title, and a background that relates to the topic. Very few folks go to that depth of content in their thumbnails. I really enjoy making my thumbnails. I like to figure out which image encapsulates the entire video. At least in my niche, I think my thumbnails stand out. And I've tried to make it easy for folks to tell, at a glance, which kind of topic the video is about – gardening, wild food, or cooking. Reply SB Gaming July 21, 2015 at 5:32 pm My thoughts on the grid format, as I've commented a few times is that it's important to optimize your thumbnails to get pertinent information about the video to a potential viewer on the thumbnail itself as there is one important place where the thumbnail is the only thing that people potentially see about your video. At the end of a video when Youtube displays a list of suggested videos. If you're not already optimizing your thumbnails for this layout, you're going to be lost in the crowd, and you don't have to put a colorful border around your videos to stick out. After all, if everyone did that, no one would stick out. I think what's interesting about Tim's Subscription feed example notably at 1m06s is not many of the thumbnails have any sort of branding, and so for those not used to the grid, it looks cluttered or disorganized. I guarantee if (as an example) Tim's thumbnails popped up in his own subscription feed in this video, everyone would be able to pick out his videos easily. I'm fortunate that most Youtubers I'm subscribed to already use thumbnails that convey the game and episode of the video. There are only one or two that don't, which makes them stick out in a different way. Thumbnails is Chapter/Day 8 in Tim's "30 Days to a Better Youtube Channel". A Highly recommended to read chapter for this subject! Branding Consistency is Chapter/Day 9. Reply Nothingbutbread July 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm The grid lay out is great for people subscribed to a lot of youtube channels since you can see more videos from of them quickly with far less scrolling. However for people like my self who only watch only a few channels consistently that don't spam the feed with several videos a day this will be annoying. This will be particularly annoying to me since I like to read the description before I spend my time watching the video in question since many of my subscriptions only have one or two weekly uploads I care to watch. Reply ilyaonthefly July 21, 2015 at 5:38 pm I honestly don't care about the grid, personally I prefer the list A LOT MORE. My subscribers will still get to my videos eventually, so it's not a matter of view problems for me. I just don't care for the design, and I love the list because my eyes aren't bulging everywhere, instead I can take in each thumbnail and title one by one and see if I want to watch that video or not. Just my opinion though. Great job on the video Tim! 🙂 Reply Meat Free Athlete July 21, 2015 at 5:43 pm At first glance, I think i like the new grid style layout better! It allows me to see more new videos above the fold, so I can get a better idea of what new videos I want to watch, instead of so much scrolling to see way less new content. Reply MamaKatTV July 21, 2015 at 5:51 pm I don't have it yet, thanks for the heads up! I might start including a colorful border. Those stood out to me on the snippits you showed! Reply trainroomgary July 21, 2015 at 5:53 pm Hi Tim – Good stuff today, I make my thumbnails with Photoshop.• Cheers from The Detroit & Mackinac Railway 🚂 Reply Adventure's Infinity July 21, 2015 at 6:19 pm As a consumer I prefer the list when it comes to the subscriptions, as I don't want to feel like I'm missing anything. The most I'd probably do is add another column. The grid makes more sense in the "What to watch" section since that's more about browsing a gallery of stuff and finding something. I personally hope they leave an option in to orient content to each person's liking. Reply Tamera Weeks July 21, 2015 at 6:21 pm It looks like the grid has it in the comments! 🙂 I'm working on changing my thumbnails to brand them. Now, I see that it's extra important for me to do this. Thank you so much Tim! ! Reply LudVic July 21, 2015 at 6:24 pm Thank You Very much man for this video, in this situation I think the best way it's to differenciate from the other channel 🙂 Reply Star City Elevators July 21, 2015 at 6:47 pm The list view looks much neater. Reply xrarelightx studio July 21, 2015 at 6:48 pm This is great. I was already thinking of getting back into YouTube when I move into my new place. If the grid does well and shows more videos at a time then hopefully my videos will be noticed more. 🙂 also I love to make thumbnails so that is another bonus of the grid. Reply AdamUPNow July 21, 2015 at 7:10 pm I miss the grid list. Reply driverfilms July 21, 2015 at 7:21 pm Didnt they have the Grid layout before? I loved that feature, then they changed it (Sad face) Reply The Geocaching Vlogger July 21, 2015 at 7:27 pm Spotted me in your sub feed! haha! Reply SUPREME EMPEROR MITTENS July 21, 2015 at 8:13 pm PUT BIG BOUNCY TITS !!!Statistically speaking, it works every time.People will always click on your thumbnail.It does not mean however that people will actually like your video though.lol Reply Furaha Green July 21, 2015 at 9:01 pm Love your videos always very helpful thank you. Reply Ferazel WRONG FERAZEL CHANNEL! July 21, 2015 at 9:16 pm If the grid does end up being a thing, then I would suggest thumbnails like mine, that completely go against the square shape that almost all thumbnails use. It stands out a lot! 😉 Reply Hellthurian July 21, 2015 at 10:17 pm The grid could certainly fix the issue of peoples videos not being viewed due to being lost in flooded sub boxes. I have over 180 subscriptions… and scrolling through all the new videos is tiresome. Where if it was all a grid, I could easily see what is available without having to scroll, click "show me more", scroll some more, click "show me more", over and over again. Reply SR HD July 21, 2015 at 10:17 pm This is ONLY the "My Subscriptions" tab right? How many new videos are posted anyways? hmmm…Not sure if this is better or not, but I definitely like reading the description of the video so I will probably go back to the list if I get moved over. Reply Crafty Gilly July 21, 2015 at 10:26 pm Thanks again I'm learning fast… My spread is a bit loud but my content is slowly improving. Now for heads down and get editing. This old lady never stops learning new tricks ha ha . Gilly. Reply A Beauty Whisperer July 21, 2015 at 10:57 pm Hmmm not a fan of the grid. It looks busy and messy. Very easy to skip/miss a video when you're looking through your list. Reply GoJo Geoff July 21, 2015 at 10:58 pm I rarely use that page, but know that others do so yes, I go for bright colours and very bold text Reply Greg's Garage July 21, 2015 at 11:03 pm Ha… And history repeats itself again. I liked the grid back about 3-4 years ago, then it went away. As a subscriber it allows you to see a bunch of vids from your feed at the same time. I think it also allows users to go back further in time on their feeds. I don't like that descriptions are gone from the grid, but no worries; better thumbnails will take care of that. Reply Jenna no Manga July 21, 2015 at 11:54 pm Wow I had not notice that to be honest I prefer the list it is clearer . My thumbnails are usually of us as it is a family vlogs so people recognize us I guess .. Reply Tom's Test Kitchen July 22, 2015 at 12:10 am I have the new grid layout and really like it better. It does focus more on the actual thumbnail which is great because I put a lot into my custom thumbnails. Reply Remote Darren July 22, 2015 at 12:31 am I'm going to start using a thick coloured border to see if they stand out more. I like the grid layer, easier to see all of the videos I think my issue is more to do with my title, I need to put some more thought and be more creative with them. Reply Frost Scope July 22, 2015 at 12:32 am Oh good. This does affect mobile gaming YouTubers ^_^ No change to my videos YouTube mobile videos have always been grid view Reply Lyndsay Wells, The Kitchen Witch July 22, 2015 at 2:10 am As a food vlogger I often wonder if pictures of the food and the vlogger should both be in the thumbnail or if it should just be all about the food. Would be curious to see what other people think. I like the new layout. Reply dkblade27 July 22, 2015 at 2:40 am Let me know if I'm wrong but… the grid layout will draw fewer attention to your videos. There are like 20 different videos that you have to compete attention for, whereas in the regular one, every scroll down will get always deliver emphasis on your video. I may be wrong though so let me know. Reply Let's Go Road Trippin July 22, 2015 at 3:02 am Wow. didn't see this coming. I am going to try 2 thumbnails based on the other Patron's suggestions. I am doing my knock off of your thumbnail for any tips and tricks videos, and a different style all together for my traveling videos, one that will emphasize a nice picture that I take while on a trip. BTW: my channel is still steadily growing. Slow but sure, it is a niche market 🙂 Thanks for all of your tips! I am slow at rolling out changes, but everything is starting to work now. Just slowly. Reply DisKingdom July 22, 2015 at 6:00 am Thumbnails are gonna need to be damn good Reply yarn people July 22, 2015 at 7:05 am I use a grey/white frame with a standard style title box design with a trying font. The text box colour alters to match the image for the thumb nail. Each thumb nail image is of the item being created in the tutorial. I don't have a photo of myself on the title page as I think that en mass people fade into the crowd. When looking at my title screens they are clearly consistent but work with each image rather than forcing colours which don't match the background image. Reply BryceLee's Corner! July 22, 2015 at 7:09 am I like the grid look, Hoping to get to test it. My son actually helps with the thumbnails, He loves adding emoji or cute things to them that has to do with that days vlog or title. Great video, Tim 🙂 Reply TheZomBear July 22, 2015 at 7:48 am Whilst I dont mind the look of the grid view, I worry that it is becoming more open to "click baiting". Ie the videos that get higher views will be those that have a catchy title and thumbnail over the actual content of the video. Reply Adelle Ramcharan July 22, 2015 at 9:49 am agh! omg no likey! i make my thumbnails stand out by brightening the images in photoshop and increasing the color saturation. Reply Martín Bonari July 22, 2015 at 11:41 am Good thumbnails and titles are a basic rule to get new viewers. It's just this time we'll have to work harder… Reply HammyMamma July 22, 2015 at 12:10 pm I wonder if this layout enables for more videos to be seen. As it is now…you can only go back so far in the feed to view uploaded videos. I can't always get to my computer several times a day and I feel like I miss many videos by the time I get scrolling all the way through. Reply Sissi Over40 July 22, 2015 at 12:13 pm So apparently you want ideas from us and not the other way around? 😂 Reply Hustlers Kung Fu July 22, 2015 at 12:31 pm I had the grid for a long time. To standout your thumbnail is going to have to POP! Reply Recabilly July 22, 2015 at 3:36 pm Consistent and brand-like thumbnails will be very important with the grid. Since the title and thumbnail are all you see you might not even need much text on the thumbnail if any. I have a few ideas to play with to make things stand out… I think it's going to be very important to stand out Reply Common Man Cocktails July 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm Any thoughts on Blip.tv going out o' business? Reply Brittany Vasseur July 22, 2015 at 8:10 pm Hi Tim, I have a question I was hoping you could help me out with. I noticed that when you click on one of my videos the other videos I've done are NOT promoted on the right of the page as "recommended videos" — and virtually every other channel i've checked are. I am completely dumbfounded as to why that is because my channel has a high audience retention rate, is growing and is in good standing. Literally all other channels i've checked from big to small prominently feature their other videos on the side bar as what to watch next (for example, on your page currently 90% of the videos displayed are yours). Do you have any thoughts/insights as to why this could be? I don't put adds on my videos so perhaps youtube is trying to direct people to videos that they can make revenue from…any thoughts?! Reply Dawn Lewis July 23, 2015 at 4:02 am I think that having a consistent look to all thumbnails would be helpful to help your subscribers spot yours in a sea of thumbnails. I like that yours is consistent … it would be easy to find @Video Creators 😀 Reply GreenbergGaming July 23, 2015 at 5:03 am I prefer the list mostly because i've gotten used to seeing it and I think it's less cluttered. To me, I think the grid view is overly cluttered, it's hard to pick out a video I want to watch when there's so many all together like that. The list keeps things nice and organized. As far as making thumbnails stand out, i've been trying to add borders to my thumbnails when I think it's necessary. A nice bright color is very catchy. Reply Stephanie Carls July 24, 2015 at 3:13 am I do like the grid view — now — I just need to get my video to stand out 🙂 Thanks for the info, Tim! Reply Scratchifier July 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm I spend a lot of time to make my thumbnails pop due to my experience in inkscape. 😛Of course I need subscribers in the first place for it to really matter… 😛 Reply Beanie Draws July 28, 2015 at 5:37 am What a horrible feature! The whole point of the subscription feed is so you can go through your list of videos… not so you can just browse the one that stands out the most… If they're going to have subscription feed look like general video browsing, then what's the point of even having a subscription? Reply Velogi - Pyöräilevä videoblogi July 28, 2015 at 11:16 am I wonder what the channel icon should be like. Now I have the channel "logo" but should it be an image of the person instead – as @Video Creators does? Reply SacredGoddess Ink July 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm Does this apply to mobile I never watch YouTube on a computer??? Reply Black and Natural in Jerusalem July 29, 2015 at 10:36 pm Wasn't it a list a couple of years ago? I preferred it. Reply Nathan Hutchcraft July 30, 2015 at 12:08 am Nice video! I always have a similar format for my thumbnails: I'm on the left, with text (either the title or a related short description) on the right. I've found that I like the consistency, but I would like to maybe get into having, like you said, a border or more of an "edited" theme throughout my thumbnails.-Rose Reply Unleashed Code August 2, 2015 at 1:27 am not received the test update here? Still on a list. Think I would prefer the grid! Reply VladTheRad August 13, 2015 at 8:08 am NOoooo I don't want a grid… It makes it sooo easy to miss videos! Reply Evan Carmichael September 6, 2015 at 5:06 am Always appreciate the updates Tim! 🙂 #BTA14 Reply Inactive Channel September 18, 2015 at 1:40 am Can anyone tell me how to delete that cookie? (Sorry, I'm a noob. xD) Reply Sebastian Henry September 23, 2015 at 6:16 am Could someone please critique my channel for me? If there are some things I have to work on or I have to change. I would really appreciate it:) Reply Pluvia Aeterna October 5, 2015 at 9:19 am good tip Reply Reconcile mE October 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm Thank god their is a google plugin for the grid. I hate the standard way. Too much scrolling. Reply Nani Nani November 18, 2015 at 11:29 pm NOOo NOW IT CHANGED FOR ME AND IT SUCKS. I'M SAD. THE LIST GOES BEYOND 1 YEAR VIDEOS. AND THE HIDE BUTTON SUCKS. MY SUB BOX WILL NOW NEVERRR BE EMPTY. FMLTHIS HURTS MY ORGANIZED HEART. Reply BDoug November 20, 2015 at 12:43 am The grid sucks. Bottom line is that without the descriptions I am watching far fewer videos. This can't be good for content creators or for YouTube. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Previous Post Mis Primeras animaciones en soursefilmmarkert/My first animations in source filmmaker Next Post Why is Adobe Software So Expensive?