Displaying thumbnails that accurately and appealingly represent your content is the best way to ensure long-term growth for your channel. To achieve this goal, Google begin rolling out Custom thumbnails to YouTube partners "granting access in weekly batches to partners."
Google says, partners need to have been active for 30 days and in good standing to get access to custom thumbnails.
When you get access, "you should only upload images that are representative of your video, ideally featuring prominent stills from your video," Google said. Adding, Thumbnails must comply with our Community Guidelines, so abuse of this feature can result in strikes against your account and account termination, Google stated.
Since, the focus is on watch time when suggesting videos, Google says, it'll continue to recommend videos whose thumbnails help drive viewers to actually watch them, over videos that are clicked and then quickly abandoned.
"When custom thumbnails do not accurately reflect the content they represent, they can annoy and disappoint viewers. These videos perform poorly on watch time, so they will become less prominent on YouTube," Google writes.
The Help Desk Hangout On Air video below, shows off Google's GoMo initiative at howtogomo.com -- and how important and useful a mobile-friendly website is for businesses both large and small.
"The video walk through a demo creating a mobile friendly site from a desktop site in minutes. Also, questions covering pricing, some details about supporting different types of phones, and reasons to Go Mo were answered," Google posted.
Below are a couple of questions answered and the full Hangout video:
How can I be sure my new mobile-friendly website works on Android, iPhone, and Blackberry?
Sites created on DudaMobile are optimized for most platforms including Android, iOS and BB. Once you've created your site in the editor you check how the sites will appear on different devices by checking the 'Preview' mode. You can find the 'Preview' link on the top right of the editor page.
How can I edit my mobile-friendly website after creating it?
Once signed up you can always login to DudaMobile and view your dashboard. From there you can easily select your mobile site and make any edits and save again. You will receive an email with your site URL and additional information on how to access the dashboard.