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How to Make Killer YouTube Thumbnails using Canva.com Even if You Suck at Graphic Design


I do not even know how to draw a proper stick figure. I failed art class. The teacher just shook her head and said “This really is not for you.” I suck at graphic design yet even I can make cool YouTube thumbnails using Canva.com. Here are some samples I did using Canva.com

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Having an attractive YouTube thumbnail can help encourage people to click on your videos and get your more views and higher rankings for your videos on both YouTube and in Google. Because Google owns YouTube and ranks YouTube videos favorably in their search listings.

Canva.com is a free service. They do have some upgrades but I used only the free version to create my thumbnails. Here is a video I did showing exactly how I create these thumbnails is just a few minutes. Keep in mind I have next to no graphic design ability and ZERO artistic ability.


Now my video shows you how a newbie with no graphic design skilles makes a nice looking YouTube thumbnail. In learning about Canva.com I discovered another video which took me to the next level.

These gentlemen have a YouTube channel totally focused on created and promoting videos and YouTube channels. They know their business. They have over 100,000 subscribers. Their channel is called Video Influencers. If you want to know more about marketing online with video check them out.

I would love to hear your comments if you have had experience with creating YouTube thumbnails. If you found this article helpful please like and share. Thank you!




After a career as a professional musician and band leader in the Miami South Florida Area I decided to see if I could make some money with this new internet thing. After years of trial and error I started to get the hang of it and now I am completely financially independent because of my various online businesses. The goal of this blog is to chronicle my continued marketing experiences. I focus on real examples of what works and what does not work. Google does not give us a recipe for getting our sites ranked. We have to use our own experiences to see what actually works rather than theory. I hope you enjoy the blog. Please let us know what you think in the comments area. We appreciate your feedback.