Congratulations to chef Manjula, our featured “On The Rise” partner this month. Her YouTube channel, ManjulasKitchen, is in the spotlight on the YouTube home channel today.

Manjula has posted cooking videos on YouTube for over six years, but her history with the kitchen dates back to her childhood in North India, where she assisted her mother with cooking for their family. From a young age, Manjula learned the importance of fresh ingredients and simple spices. She carried this knowledge and experience with her to the United States many years later, and continued to hone her craft. Her loyal following on YouTube includes beginners and experienced chefs who are also interested in producing authentic Indian vegetarian cuisine. Check out Manjula’s channel to learn for yourself how to make chai masala tea, sweet almond brittle, or classic Indian vegetable curry. You’ll appreciate the clear video walkthrough as well as the written instructions you’ll find for each recipe, and we’re betting the end result will delight you as well!

Manjula has a few words to share:
I would first like to acknowledge and thank my subscribers and everyone who voted for me. I truly enjoy creating these recipes and sharing with you. I take a lot of pride in my work through Manjula's Kitchen. I often spend a lot of time perfecting each recipe. I have to admit that the right recipe and the right combination of ingredients is not always the easiest to come up with! Despite this, I must say I truly enjoy this process. You, the viewers, have given me so much love and encouragement over the years. Your feedback and enthusiasm for Manjula's Kitchen is invaluable. It has really given me the motivation and desire to continue coming up with creative and new recipes to share with you. Youtube has given me a wonderful platform to promote my passion and love for cooking.
If you’ve enjoyed this monthly On The Rise blog series, and want to see more rising YouTube partners, check out our Google Hangouts with past featured partners on the YouTube Creators channel.

You can participate and help us surface YouTube talent by nominating a YouTube partner to be considered for the “On The Rise” program. Feel free to submit nominations for your own channel, or for channels you follow that you think deserve more attention or could be the next YouTube sensation. We’ll continue to feature promising partners who drive more watch time and produce engaging content on a regular basis. See you next month!

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We know that the YouTube homepage, or the “sub box,” as it’s lovingly called by long-time YouTubers, is a very important part of the site for creators. It’s where all your die-hard fans come to catch your latest uploads and we’re working hard to improve the experience for all of your viewers.

Starting next week, you’ll see an update to the homepage for signed-in viewers that puts more videos above the fold. Rather than one video per channel, your fans will now get to see more of your uploads on a single row of the homepage.

In addition, we’ve also added some variety to how updates from channels are displayed. For example, if someone has been watching a few episodes from a series, there’s a good chance they’ll see an update on their homepage that encourages them to watch the next episodes:

Also, to help someone find the next best thing to watch, we’re looking for patterns in how viewers use YouTube. We know that a lot of fans come back to watch every single video from their favorite channels, regardless of whether those videos were uploaded yesterday or last year. For those most loyal fans, we want to make sure that their favorite channels are always up top so they never miss a beat. And for those fans that watch mainly from their subscriptions, we’ll move their other recommendations further down so they can always see their favorite channels first.

This update is another in a series of improvements you’ll see over the coming months to make the home page smarter. We’ll keep you updated along the way, and we hope you enjoy these new improvements as well.

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If you're a YouTube creator interested in linking your channel with a Google+ page, we'd like to invite you to a beta test that allows you to do so. Once you've linked, you'll be able to:

1. Add multiple managers to your channel, as well as manage multiple channels with a single login.

2. Choose any name for your channel and page (including renaming an existing channel, if you want).

3. Unlock new features such as improved video sharing, live broadcasts via Hangouts, and a YouTube tab on your Google+ page.

To get started:

1. Your channel’s Google account must first have a Google+ profile on the account to start this process.  If you don’t have a profile on your channel’s account, go to and create a profile with your name (not your channel’s name).

2. If you have an existing Google+ page to which you’d like to link your channel, add your channel’s Google account as a manager of the corresponding page (instructions). If you don’t have an existing page, you can create a new one in the linking process.

3. On YouTube, go to your advanced account settings, and click "Connect with a Google+ page (beta)." From there you'll see a number of options:

- Link with a new Google+ page
- Link with an existing Google+ page that your channel’s google account owns or manages
- Link with a Google+ profile instead of a page

4. Select a linking option, follow the instructions, and you're done!

A couple things to note:

- Certain mobile apps and third party tools may require a bit more effort to work with YouTube channels linked to Google+ pages. Just make sure you're using the most recent YouTube app on Android and iOS. And if necessary, setup login credentials for these apps.

- You only get 14 days to unlink the two services before the link becomes permanent.

- Linking your channel to a Google+ page is still a beta test, so we'd love to hear your feedback. See this article for help opting in to the beta.

In fact, we've created a Google+ community for beta testers, and we'd love for you to join and let us know what you think!

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In our monthly On The Rise program, we identify four partners whose channels are seeing significant growth but haven’t yet reached the 100,000 subscriber mark. Thanks to your help, we’re excited to share four partners who are just shy of that milestone this month. The nominees this April are each invested in a specific craft that helps them stand out on YouTube: friendship bracelets, guitars, skateboards, and cooking.

Here’s where you come in - you actually have the chance to help push these partners even further on YouTube. Review their videos below, vote for your favorite here, and one of these candidates will have the opportunity to be featured across YouTube later this month. In addition to your votes, each channel will be evaluated on criteria such as viewer engagement and channel optimization techniques to decide which partner we’ll feature.

In past months, featured On The Rise partners like psychosoprano and devinanderica have gained many subscribers and seen their careers take off, in large part due to your support. This month’s poll will be open until April 17 5pm PT, so don’t forget to vote for your favorite channel. Check back to see which channel will be featured on April 30.

Lisa has been making friendship bracelets for the past 15 years and has now expanded into string crafts. Her channel hosts tutorials on making a variety of bracelets out of different materials and is organized by level so you can learn regardless of your experience.

Premier Guitar’s print magazine launched in 2007, and their multimedia content has always been sourced by musicians, for musicians. Guitar enthusiasts at any level of experience will find entertaining and educational videos on this channel, and can continue their relentless pursuit of tone.

Aaron has been skateboarding for almost 20 years himself and shares that passion by teaching others how to skateboard and sharing skateboarding culture and news. His channel is filled with videos that can help beginners as well as awe even the most experienced skaters.

Manjula has been sharing her passion for vegetarian Indian cooking on YouTube since 2006. She includes written recipes with the videos to help beginner cooks, and invites more advanced cooks to add their own twist on her dishes.

If you’re interested in participating or have suggestions for partners you think should be featured, you can nominate a YouTube partner to be considered for the “On The Rise” program. You can also check out some of our Google Hangouts with past featured partners on the Partner Support channel.

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The Creator Playbook is a great resource to learn about best practices on YouTube, but wouldn’t you like to get your hands on a Playbook with tailored tips and strategies specific to the type of content you create? After all, each one of you creates something completely unique. As a music creator, maybe you’re wondering how to successfully release an album or song on YouTube. Or, if you’re a sports creator, maybe you’re stumped on how to program your content during the off-season. Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered.

Today, we’re announcing the creation of Playbook Guides - a new set of resources designed for the unique needs of different content creators. Playbook Guides are now available in the following categories: Sports, Music, Education, Media Companies, and Nonprofits.

Don’t forget to use these resources alongside the Creator Playbook, which is still the one-stop shop for site-wide best practices.

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