How To Add A YouTube Subscribe Button To Your Website

by Wendy Chamberlain on February 2, 2015

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YouTube remains a top video sharing site and now has more than one billion subscribers as of 2014. The popularity of this platform continues to grow and the latest statistics shows that YouTube records 4 billion video views every day while people watch a total of 6 billion hours of video each month.

If you’re an active YouTube subscriber and you have your own website or blog, you can now add the YouTube subscribe button on your site. Add it to your Twitter and Facebook buttons to drive traffic to your video channel. This way, it would be easy for your fans and visitors to follow your YouTube channel in just one click without having to leave your site.

How to Embed the YouTube Button

The subscribe button allows people to subscribe to your YouTube channel without having to log in to YouTube or confirm their subscriptions via email.

To add this button on your blog or website, you need to add this JavaScript file below to your application.

You can also customize a button by using a “div” element. Below is an example of a code that shows a YouTube subscribe button for the GoogleDevelopers channel.

YouTube subscribe button code

This code will now show the YouTube subscription button on your website or blog.

To customize the button, you can change the channel name in the code to your specific YouTube channel name.

Another option is to use the Google+ JavaScript to create a button dynamically.

Different layout and configuration options are also available for the subscription button. Take note that buttons for standard channels can be configured to show the subscriber counts of your channel or just the plain YouTube button.

YouTube subscribe button

You can choose from the three button designs provided. The basic default shows only the red YouTube button with or without the subscriber count. The full layout type has two designs – one that includes your YouTube channel’s name and avatar image and another similar image but on a dark background.

When configuring, you need to click the two drop-down menus to choose the layout (button design) and theme (background) of your subscription button.

YouTube subscribe button 2

The button designs for YouTube channels that require a paid subscription are different. Instead of red and the play icon, the button features a green background and a dollar sign. The steps to generate the code, however, are still the same. Also, take note that the button will link to your YouTube channel instead of adding subscribers.

Once your followers subscribe to your YouTube channel, they will be able to see your channel on their YouTube homepage, tablet, mobile phone and other mobile devices moving forward.

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