Unlinking Your YouTube And Google Accounts

Part of growing a business is delegating responsibility. I'm in the process of teaching Kevin how to publish free lessons for StevieSnacks. The critical step in that process is accessing my YouTube Channel.

Here's where it gets tricky. That YouTube channel has been linked to my personal Google/Gmail account for the past 5 years. No one, and I mean no one, has had access to it except for me. It is the source of most of my non-direct traffic, the place where StevieSnacks got it's start, and where my only marketing happens today.

So it is not a small thing to hand over access to such a critical part of the business. Not to mention that doing so would give him access to my personal email through my Google account. There had to be a better way.

Luckily my YouTube channel was created before May 2009. Because of that, I had the option to unlink my personal Google account and my YouTube Account. The process is described here: http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=183819.

YouTube was not always owned by Google. Therefore, not all YouTube accounts started as Google accounts. After Google bought YouTube, they added the ability to link existing YouTube accounts to Google accounts. So now your Gmail login was your YouTube login was your Google Docs login. Big improvement at the time. Eventually, signing up for a YouTube account became synonymous with signing up for a Google Account.

My account was old enough that I was permitted to decouple it from my personal Google Account. Unlinking the accounts was simple enough, but you can't leave a YouTube account in limbo, it must be relinked to another Google account as soon as it's unlinked from the first.

I remembered an old gmail account I used to use for email backup purposes. I logged into that account, cleared out all the old email, reset the password, and then began the account unlinking/relinking process.

Now I have a dedicated Google account for my YouTube channel, separate from my personal Google account. This allows me to completely hand off the free lesson publishing process to Kevin without providing access to my personal email, etc..