I can’t be the only one with my hands into too many cookie jars so I thought I’d share this week’s attempt at correcting a few ‘conflicts.’ The problem started with too many blogs, each connected with their own emails and social accounts. This post will be pretty boring to those not having the same problem so I’ll link to our NEW YouTube account and just ask you to subscribe. For those looking for a possible way to connect YouTube and Google Plus, read on…
For those that don’t know it, I’ve run many blogs and HotBlogTips.com didn’t become my major interest until late last year. In fact, this is actually the second time I’ve made a go of this particular blog. Enough on that, here’s the situation I wanted to share;
I’ve been using Gmail for my Primary Email since 2006 and I love it. I have several Gmail accounts but my Primary account allows me to send and receive email for all of my domains. So when Google Plus came around, I set it up using my primary account. That was a bit of a mistake as you will soon see.
YouTube, Just like Google Plus, (officially) only allows one account per person. I’ll admit I’ve had several channels but I actually had a YouTube account branded for Hot Blog Tips before Google purchased YouTube. This was from the first time I had this blog. In fact, it had been so long ago I had completely forgotten that I had the account.
So when it came time to setup a YouTube account for Hot Blog Tips, I couldn’t use the HotBlogTips URL, some other idiot already had it. (It took months for me to realize I was that idiot lol) Anyway, I had to setup the new YouTube account using another Gmail address because I already had one for another blog that was associated with my primary Gmail and Google Plus accounts. Did I lose you yet?
The Connection Problem
The problem here is my Google Plus profile and business page wasn’t linked to our YouTube profile. When we started having weekly G+ Handouts, our Hangout wasn’t streaming live on the right YouTube channel and afterwards the video had to be uploaded manually. This kind of defeated the purpose of live interaction in real time.
The solution, until Google addresses the problem, was a little complicated and involved starting over but I think it will work out in the long run.
First of all, I wanted to use that YouTube channel branded for this blog REALLY BAD ever since I realized I could. So that’s decision number one, start over with the branded YouTube channel. We lost all of our subscribers, likes, and views but I was able to move all the videos over.
Connecting YouTube and Google+
The next issue was linking YouTube and Google+ since that was an older YouTube account. Since I wasn’t using a Gmail account on my YouTube channel and there’s no way to transfer one (yet), I was able to add another email by creating a new Gmail account.
Now I had the YouTube account I wanted linked to a Google Plus profile but it wasn’t the one I’ve been using. I decided it was worth it to just start over from scratch here as well. So I shared my circles with my new G+ self and decided this would be my Google account from now on. I’m even phasing the old Gmail out and forwarding all of my emails until I get the new email address switched everywhere.
Our Google Plus Business Page
The next issue was our Hot Blog Tips business page. I was willing to start over on YouTube and Google Plus but I really REALLY didn’t want to start over with our Google Plus Business Page; mainly because of the authorship benefits we’ve already established. Sheryl Loch to the rescue, once again. Sheryl, our social media expert, came up with the solution. I made my “new self (account)” an admin and after two weeks I will be able to transfer ownership to my new Google Plus account.
This would have been much simpler if Google would allow simple transfers between Google and YouTube but at least there was a way around that. Now we have a single YouTube channel linked to a single Google Plus account and will eventually own the Google Plus business page.
I hope this helps other in the same situation and let us know if it helped. Hopefully Google will get on the ball soon and address the problem.