So… I hear you think of starting a YouTube channel? Does this mean you’re tired of becoming a “YouTubee” or is it because there is no such word?
Hello and welcome to this awesome post! I say it is awesome because I have finally found someone to share my journey alongside. I hope you like this blog and do follow me for more YouTube tips!
Now, let’s get going! (Except we’re not going anywhere and just scrolling below. See ya downstairs)
But, before that. Check out my YouTube channel! It’s called Study Glow. Let me know what you think of it in the comments below!
Here, I will share with you ten things on starting a YouTube Channel and influence some people on the internet! The reason I wanted to do this was that I just started this channel. Although I started it a few weeks ago, I really wanted to share with you what I learned so far, and what I wish I knew from the start. I just didn’t want to wait until I get successful, because by then I might have forgotten the things I did when I started. So, here we go…
Let’s begin with number…
- Ask yourself questions. Now, some of you may have seen this similar post on my previous post but asking questions helps you define the reasons every time. Okay, first, and foremost, let’s ask you why you wanna do it! Okay, I will go first. I created a YouTube channel so I can achieve “confidence” and film my 3-year college journey as well. How about you? (psst! write the answer in your sticky note)
Wow! What a reason you’ve given! This could be enough for starting a channel and start influencing. But before we do that, let’s do some
- Consistency check. Now, after your given reason, (I wish I had known, but you won’t let me see it😋) make plans. Make a schedule on consistency! Here, decide on whether you can be consistent in your uploading schedule, or on your content if you are not sure about being consistent on your uploading schedule. Check what else is needed for you to have consistency. These are what I’ve learned so far: Consistency in time, tags, video, and brand.
- Plan for your brand. Here you need to start planning for what kind of colors you wanna use for your brand. Now, this is an important step to take because this is where people will understand your consistency. Show them your brand so they can be inclined to trust in you. Decide the colors, and the logo(if you’re not giving your channel name your name), and the Channel name!
- Get to know your niche. Again, same ol’ point. But discovering and deciding your niche will help you reach out better to a targeted audience than just randomly targeting viewers. It is said that having an audience that shares similar interests is better than an audience having no interest at all. So choose wisely.
Once you realize your niche, you can go ahead and…
- Plan your content. This is what I did when I first started out. I take the number of my age and planned out that the exact number of content/videos. But of course, I won’t ask you to do this. You can start brainstorming and planning out your content. It all depends on you tho, whether you go for 100-content planning or a 5. I will recommend you to try planning out 5 content for your video and go on to the next step, and that would be ~ a lot of…
- Research. Check out different videos and influencers on how they handle their channel. Check out their designing skills and whatever it is that you feel should be included in your channel as well. Just don’t steal other people’s ideas. This will not take you anywhere. Plus, YouTube will take down your channel if you don’t adhere to the guidelines.
- Enroll in courses. Speaking of guidelines, it would be best if you could enroll yourself in the YouTube Creators’ Academy. What? You’ve never heard of this before? How is that possible? This is the best thing you could get yourself enrolled into, (nope, not getting sponsored but telling you out of care). It’s free, has tests and course exams, and just anything you could possibly need to know about YouTube. (if you’re like me, who doesn’t like to read the terms and privacy, or the guidelines even, then I suggest you get on with this and watch their videos instead). But then again, you can also choose a paid course too.
- Choose your mentors. Now, I think this is quite possible for you. (If you do have a mentor, you could still use this tip and have two mentors) This was what I had in mind when I created Study Glow. I chose three mentors for my channel: someone who I would take inspiration (not copy) from, who has the same niche or something similar, and become motivated to do things because these people are the best motivators for me. You could try having a mentor if not 3. Basically, you just need to choose, among your favorite influencers, the people you will be depending on for motivation and inspiration.
- Pick a spot. Yep, this is the time when you almost get to film (but not yet). Pay attention to lighting, angle, and your surrounding sounds. These things play a very crucial role in your first video. Make sure all are checked and taken care of. If not, you’ll find it hard to edit your video later on. It’s better to find (not the perfect, but) a better spot for filming than settling with a distracting background.
- Get creative with filming. This is where most of the “you” inside would want to give up, but just don’t listen to it! Just do it! You’ll be proud of yourself. This will be your first video. So, let it all out! Introduce yourself and your channel, (if possible, read out what you wrote in that sticky note before) and just get creative.
Don’t stress too much tho. Nobody likes the first video anyway. It’s just there for you and your subscribers to know why you’re doing it. You don’t see people giving a speech starting with the body, do you? It always has to have an intro.
- Time to edit. Pick up the free software. Don’t invest in just anything yet! You filmed with what you already had, not a DSLR. So even for the editing software, try to get to know the tool and familiarize yourself with it. Maybe you can also watch some videos and tutorials on how to edit.
- Upload your first video. This is the final step! You upload your video and share it with your audience or basically anyone you know. But don’t force them to like or subscribe. Remember, sharing a video doesn’t mean promoting yourself. It means, ” I just want to let you know that this has been one of my favorite achievements”. If they liked your video, they will eventually press that button. You won’t even have to say a word. Just try out “Hey, check out my first YT vid. I just filmed it”
- Don’t compare. Now, after you’re done with the video, don’t get all too crazy about the numbers just yet. I faced this scenario where I compared myself with others and felt like giving up. Just try not to compare your videos with others. You have just begun this phase of starting a YouTube channel. Focus on what you could do next, not on other people’s success/failure. This is the time where you need a lotta brainstorming and not depression or anxiety. Chill and wait for your time to grow!
So these are the few steps to follow when you are really passionate about starting your dream channel. All the best! And share with me when you do, I will support you in any way…
Comment below if you have any other questions or have a tip for my next blog post, (cuz, rn, I am running out of ideas)
Until next time! Byeeeee….