How to create a private YouTube channel

How to Create a Private YouTube Channel for Your Online Community

If you’ve searched for a way to create a private YouTube channel for your community – chances are you’ve come up short or found a complicated workaround that requires a ton of manual work. There really isn’t a straight forward way to set your channel to private, but there is an alternative to manage access to your videos and provide exclusive content to a community of subscribers. 

In this post, we’ll walk through how to set up a private YouTube “channel” on your own website! With this approach, you can embed your YouTube videos on your site, restrict access to them, and allow your community to subscribe for paid or free access to your content! 

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Step 1: Set your exclusive videos to “unlisted” 

The first step is to decide which YouTube videos you want to be part of your private subscription and then set them to Unlisted. You can change the settings for existing videos by opening up the video, clicking Edit, and changing the visibility from Public to Unlisted. For future videos, you will simply set the video to Unlisted before it gets published. 

Making a video Unlisted means that anyone who has the link to the video can view it, but these videos don’t show to viewers in the Videos tab of your YouTube channel page or in YouTube’s search results. 

Unlisted private YouTube videos
Unlisted videos are not visible to the public and can only be accessed if someone has a link to the video.

Step 2: Install MemberSpace on your website

To protect your private video content, create subscriptions, and accept payments on your website, you’ll need to install MemberSpace. This takes just a few minutes and works with any CMS!

Use our simple install instructions to help you add the MemberSpace code to your site.

Step 3: Protect your YouTube videos

After installing MemberSpace, you’ll need to upload each Unlisted YouTube video to the MemberSpace backend. This will create Content Links, which provide the highest level of security for your videos and create a unique, secure link for each video that is only accessible to subscribers when they are signed in on your website. You can either place or embed these links on your website pages. 

If you need some inspiration on how to set up your pages, check out our free website wireframes

YouTube channel content links
Content Links are the most secure way to protect your private YouTube videos.

✨ Access Tip: You can make your videos accessible to all paying customers, and/or use MemberSpace’s manual approval setting to grant access to new subscribers. 

Step 4: Set a price for your videos

If you want to charge subscribers for your private YouTube videos, you can easily and securely do this with MemberSpace’s Stripe integration. You can also create a free plan if you don’t want to charge for some (or all!) of your videos, giving you the flexibility to offer a mix of free and paid content.
Private YouTube channel
Choose how you want to sell access to your product and set your billing details, like payment frequency and billing date.

Step 5: Share your signup link

Once you’ve set up your YouTube video subscription, MemberSpace will generate a signup link that you can share with your community (anywhere you’d like – on your website, social media, email campaigns, etc). When clicked, the link opens up a sign up form on your website that requires people to subscribe and pay for access to your videos.

Private YouTube channel signup
When subscribers go to sign up for your video membership on your website, they will see signup and payment form like this.

Final Thoughts

By following these steps, you can create a private YouTube channel on your own website, giving you full control over access to your content and the ability to monetize your videos. With MemberSpace, setting up and managing your subscription is easy, allowing you to focus on creating great content for your community. Sign up for a free trial today!

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