YouTube presents an opportunity for people who dream of earning a good income at home. You can make almost any type of video and post it on YouTube to share with the world. Since the platform gets a lot of visitors, you can imagine yourself becoming famous quickly if you video is good enough to compete with other top vloggers on YouTube. The following are 6 tips on starting your own YouTube channel.
1. Are You Serious about Starting a YouTube Channel
First, you must ask yourself do you really want to start a YouTube channel. It is likely that your channel will stick around for a long time if you are doing something you like. For example, you are a game addict and are always on the top leaderboard. You fancy you have your own channel that show people how you win each level in the game.
2. Frequency in Updating Your Channel
Now, think for a while about how regular you want to add new videos to your YouTube. If your channel gets popular, you can stop adding new videos. This is because people will keep coming to watch your old videos and you will be able to keep on making money from them. It is important to be realistic when estimating how many videos you can update per week.
You must ask yourself if you have time in your daily schedule to make the video. You may have time to make one video per day now but you may not find time to do so in the near future. If you have time to update only one video per week, then you should not force yourself to make 3 videos per week. This is because subscribers will check your video channel update frequency. Failing to update your channel promptly can cause people to unsubscribe.
4. Make Your Videos Attractive
Success in YouTube vlogging depends on whether you can impress your audience. Not only do you have to make sure your video has substance but it must also be done in style. You must host the video in your own unique style in order to compete with your competitors. Besides, you must know how to give your video smart titles that make people want to click through to watch your video. It is important to maintain consistency in the quality of the videos posted in your channel. Creating an attractive thumbnail is equally important as giving the video a smart title.
5. Prepare All the Necessary Equipment
If you want to create quality videos, you must be willing to invest in a few essential equipment. At the very least, you should have a camera that can record yourself talking. You may be thinking you should spend money on an expensive DSLR camera to shoot quality video, but if you can’t afford it, it will not be sensible to buy it. Instead, just get a powerful webcam, and it will do the same job for you.
You may also want to consider getting a tripod if you record your video using a camera or smartphone. You also need to get a microphone – before getting a microphone, check whether your computer has microphone or the camera you use has a built in microphone. An external plugged in microphone is always the best for recording the audio comparing to a built in microphone.
If your video involves screen capturing, you should invest in a screen capture software like Movavi Screen Recorder Studio. The desktop recorder allows you to use a cross hair mouse pointer to define the recording area on the screen. You can drag the frame until it cover the area you want to record. You can also choose a frame dimension from the preset drop down menu on the control panel.
The audio speaker is set to on by default so you only have to click the microphone icon to enable microphone recording. When you want to record the screencast, just press REC and a timer will start running. It will only start recording after it hits zero. When the screen casting session is over, hit the stop button and trim the unwanted sections by dragging the marker. You must click on the trash button to delete the unwanted parts in the video.
6. Make Money with Your YouTube Videos
Nowadays, it is not that easy to make money on YouTube through ads. It is even tougher if you are a starter. Many people want to contribute their videos to YouTube as they want to learn the top YouTubers who earn lots of cash through the ads. The cost per view for the ad on YouTube has been dropping every year so don’t put disappointed if you didn’t reach your goal. Even if you don’t make money from YouTube ads, you can still make videos for other purposes such as promoting affiliate products, or promote your own product/services or ask people to donate to you.