If you were at VidCon this year, you may have noticed many of the most popular YouTubers filming themselves on their iPhones. People seem to be spending more and more time vlogging these days, so I decided to take a moment to address how one can start his or her own successful vlog. I am not here to tell you how to become famous or insanely wealthy, I’m here to give you step by step guide on how to start a successful Vlog by filming videos with your YouTube Vlogging Camera, or a Vlogging Phone for fun.
Vlogging is an extremely easy way to share your thoughts and perspectives with the world without being filtered by a video editor or YouTube algorithm. You can use it as a platform for a variety of ideas and perspectives. There’s no limit to what you can talk about, and the only thing stopping you from starting a vlog is yourself.
Step 1: Think before you start a vlog?
Before we get started on the technical aspects of filming videos, it would be great if we could figure out why we’re making these videos in the first place. Vlogging seems simple enough, but digging deep into your true motivations will help guide your journey and give you a greater purpose for your work. I just ask that before moving forward here that think hard about this question: “Why do I want to start a vlog?”
Do you wish to become famous? Do you wish to promote an idea or an organization? Is this something you care about enough to put in the time and effort it takes to start a vlog? I know some people who really want to start their own video blogs but they never get around to actually doing it because they lack motivation or purpose. You need honest answers to these questions before moving forward with your life, so please take some time to figure out what’s truly important to you.
Step 2: Choose your equipment
When it comes down to it, every video is only as good as its content. Camera equipment can enhance your work, but if all you have is equipment without a clear purpose then your videos will fall flat on their face. With that being said, let go over a few tips when it comes to buying a budget camera under $500 for vlogging.
If you’re just starting out, do not overthink this. Use whatever camera equipment you have on hand and start recording your videos ASAP! You can always upgrade later when you realize that filming with your smartphone isn’t cutting it. And if money is tight, try looking on websites like Kickstarter to help fund new projects. I’ve heard great things about the “Panasonic Lumix GH4” camera which sells for around $1,000 but only shoots 1080p video at 60 frames per second (fps). That’s lower than most cameras nowadays, but still better than any iPhone currently available on the market (iPhone 5s maxes out at 30 fps). If you’re afraid of spending thousands on a new camera, don’t worry because your phone will do just fine for now.
I personally started out filming my videos with an iPhone 3GS which could only film at 30 fps. I was only shooting Vines at the time, so that’s why it worked because 6-second videos are shot in slow motion anyway. If you’re recording 1080p 60 fps video with your Professional DSLR Camera or any other camera capable of full HD video, you should shoot in 24 to 30 fps depending on how serious you want to take this project. Shooting videos in slow motion can make them appear more dramatic and interesting when done right (and funny when it’s not), so keep that in mind when choosing what kind of frame rate will work best for your vlog.
As for camera angles, there really aren’t too many rules here so don’t worry about it too much right now. I personally started filming from a lower angle but have since begun shooting from a bird’s-eye view in recent videos. Experiment with different angles and find out what works best for your content.
Remember, you can always switch things up later when you figure out both what equipment you want to use and what type of content you’re going to be producing.
There’s no need to overthink this early on in the process because it can slow down your creative process if done wrong. Not having enough footage is better than having poor quality footage, so avoid overthinking this part of the process as well unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Step 3: Get in front of the camera and record your first video!
There, you’re done! All that’s left now is to create that one perfect vlog that’ll go viral and get 20 million views within the next 24 hours. Actually, don’t even bother if that’s what you expect to happen. It will never happen like this so I’m not even going to say it again (this time with more emphasis). Joking aside, the best way to make a name for yourself is always by starting small and building from there. Let me tell you this, though: If you do things right, everything else will fall into place later on. I know because I’ve been through all of this before, so I can help guide you through the entire process.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to get in front of the camera and start recording right now. I don’t care if you’re not happy with your appearance or how awkward it feels at first (it will get better later on), just start filming today and forget about what’s holding you back. Don’t worry about anything because there are no rules when it comes to this part of the process. Just create something that speaks to you and try to make people like it too. If they don’t, oh well! You’ll realize who your real friends are once things take off, so don’t worry about trying to please everyone else when starting out.
I filmed my first YouTube video in June of 2013, and it’s been a wild ride ever since. It can be scary at times because there are no rules other than the ones you create for yourself, but that’s what makes your journey so exciting! That being said, every vlogger starts out exactly how I did: By filming a test video with whatever smartphone they have lying around while starting from scratch. You could start this very moment by going into your bedroom or grabbing a camera while you’re on the go, but don’t tell too many people about it just yet because you’ll only end up stalling due to analysis paralysis (which is when you overthink things instead of taking action).
Now then, here are some examples of test videos made by some of the most popular YouTube stars to date. These demonstrate how you shouldn’t be afraid to get started, so keep in mind that these vloggers had to start from the bottom as well:
(Skip this step if you already have a smartphone or a DSLR)
Step 4: Get a smartphone and log into your YouTube account!
Alright, now it’s time for you to go out and spend money on an expensive camera if you don’t have one already. Well, I’m not going to say it’s impossible because anything is possible as long as someone does it before you do. In all seriousness though, I know what I’m talking about so trust me when I say that you don’t need a fancy camera to get started.
I made my first YouTube video with a Samsung smartphone and I couldn’t believe how well it turned out, but this was back in 2013 when smartphones were only just starting to catch up with DSLR cameras. These days, so many people are making great videos on their smartphones that it’s almost impossible for them not to do so anymore. This is the age we live in, so get used to using your smartphone because you can pretty much record anything with it if you know what you’re doing (and these days anyone can).
Yes that’s right, even Robert De Niro uses his phone instead of a real camera:
If he needs one like this then he’ll have to keep working, but he won’t get anywhere if he doesn’t do the right thing and support his son’s YouTube career. There are two types of people in this world: Those who take action, and those who watch others taking action. Which one are you?
If you’re not that into smartphones then I recommend getting a DSLR or mirrorless camera for starters. While expensive, it’s an investment because it will make your life easier while filming videos. If you don’t want something weighing down your pockets then simply borrow one from a friend or family member until you make enough money to purchase one yourself (make sure they let you keep it after though). This definitely isn’t necessary at first, but definitely recommended when trying to get things off the ground.
Step 5: Find your perfect base and settle down.
Having a place to film is almost as important as having something to film in the first place, so it’s time to decide on a location which you can call home until everything takes off (which might take months or years). I recommend starting with your bedroom because it’s always been my main YouTube base from day one, but you should choose whatever makes sense for your current situation. I know people who have started filming in their basement or garage when they didn’t have access to anything else for example. all honesty though, finding a good spot lowers the need for great gear; You can make do with almost any camera as long as you have a proper backdrop and room lighting.
Step 6: Purchase or Make an intro and end screen template (optional).
You don’t need them right away, but they’re good to have in case your video is suffering from a lack of creativity. While most people like leaving their videos barebones at first, having something interesting with text or graphics will definitely help you stand out so it’s worth investing in those templates now before the idea comes up later down the road. There are plenty of great services that do this for you such as
Clearly, I’m a big fan of Fiverr and strongly recommend using their intro template service. On the other hand, After Effects is a much better choice if you want to create your own graphics and text later down the line because it’s not too complicated to learn. If you don’t know what After Effects even is then stick with Fiverr until you get comfortable enough with video editing to start learning how to use professional-quality software from scratch (it’s not easy). Either way, having an end screen or intro will cost less than $5 in most cases so there really isn’t any upside to going without the right.
Step 7: Make your first video.
Like I said, anyone, can make a great video if they try hard enough… But it’s going to take a lot of practice and time before you get good at this stuff so don’t expect anything amazing the first time around. What matters most is that you’re having fun and learning as much as possible because that will determine how far you go in the long run (trust me).
You should continue experimenting with new ideas until you find something that works and stick with it for a while, and once your following starts growing then be sure to keep trying out new things all the time because no one wants to see the same exact pre-recorded videos over and over again. No matter what happens though, always remember to not let your audience control your channel because if they start demanding specific things then you might as well be making videos for them instead of yourself. That’s exactly how 90% of those generic “Let’s Play” and channel review channels got popular in the first place, and it shows.
The one thing I can’t stress enough though is to NEVER record anything that’s not going on YouTube (at least for now). Recording random gameplay footage or pre-recorded skits can put a huge hit on your channel viewership because it will make you appear less active than everyone else out there (unless you’re really good at keeping up with all those different projects at once…
But even then, it’s still an unnecessary risk). It also makes you look like a hypocrite because you will have been advertising your channel as a place to find only the latest stuff when in reality, most of what’s being shown there is from months or years ago. It took me a while to learn this one myself but it’s still something I’d consider invaluable advice for anyone just starting out.
Step 8: Create a logo and thumbnail.
If you’re going to be doing Let’s Plays then having a really cool intro is important for pulling in viewers early on, but that will only get you so far if your thumbnails look bad or the description under them isn’t interesting enough to keep people watching. This means that spending hours perfecting your logo might not be worth it depending on how many views your first few videos are getting…
But if they start to get more popular then having an awesome logo may very well be the only reason why people are sticking around. I can give you my personal guarantee that it will make a huge difference on your channel even if it isn’t perfect, but there is no escaping the fact that you still need to put in plenty of work into making something decent either.
This might sound like common sense, but don’t rush yourself while designing your first logo because it’s worth doing right or not at all. The last thing you want is for people to leave after watching your video because of poor presentation so this means not skimping out on quality just because you think your viewers won’t care about minor details. Having said all that, there are still a few really simple steps you can take to make a good logo even if you don’t have any experience with graphic design.
First off, remember that YouTube will automatically stretch your image out to cover the space available so try and keep things as wide and tall as possible (1280×720 for standard thumbnails). It may look fine in other places but YouTube’s automatic resizing feature really screws up anything that isn’t perfectly square… And trust me when I say you do not want people leaving your channel because of something like this because it happens all the time these days.
Step 9: Make consistent videos and keep building views .
At first, most people won’t have any idea who you are so keeping at it means trying out different thumbnails, descriptions, and tags to see what works best. Once again though, don’t let your audience control you because that will usually end up with everyone watching the same old face cam videos all day long. You should also remember not to take anything too seriously since it easily takes time for anyone to start recognizing you as a real YouTube gamer.
It’s fine if things are slow-going because everyone has to start somewhere but never make the mistake of thinking that getting 1000 subscribers is enough to become popular either. The fact is that most people can get this many in less than a month these days, but only the top 1% earn more than $100 per month through their channels which means being able to earn a decent living from it.
Step 10: Keep building views with everything covered so far… But don’t stop there either.
Receiving lots of views is important because that’s how you get new subscribers, but just having people watch your videos isn’t the only thing you need for getting even more of them by making your channel even better than before. There are plenty of things I could have added to the following list, but this would make it go on forever since every little detail about YouTube gaming channels is something worth covering (especially if you want to keep growing).
Step 11: Be careful who you partner with.
YouTube partnerships are nice, but they can also be dangerous if not done right. For starters, a few people have been known to get a new channel suspended by using the wrong tags which is never good… But even worse are the times when someone ends up getting their account banned because they partnered with someone bad on purpose. In fact, one of my very first partners went this route and it’s one of many reasons why I dropped them after realizing what kind of people they really were.
As you probably already know, some YouTubers partner with other channels in order to gain more exposure while others do it for money. There’s nothing wrong with either of these things if done right but it’s important to keep an eye out for anyone who seems a little too interested in gaining a few extra subscribers for themselves at any cost. In fact, if anyone ever says something along the lines of “How would I know if you subscribe to me?”, then chances are they’re after your subscribers for themselves so don’t partner with these kinds of channels either.
Step 12: Be careful who you accept as a partner too.
The same thing goes for people who want to become partners with your channel… Just remember that not everyone is looking out for your best interests and this includes some other YouTubers as well. Some start off by giving everything away for free only to end up demanding more money later on while others will use any kind of trick in order to get their way even if it means paying them to remove bad videos from their channel against YouTube rules… Either way, you should keep an eye out for anyone who might seem a little too interested in gaining something from every deal.
You could be dealing with either of these kinds of people if they are any of the following:
- Someone who doesn’t bother explaining how much money they want to be paid for whatever it is that they’re offering until after you say yes.
- Someone who keeps mentioning certain “terms and conditions” every time you talk about what kind of videos or tags your channel should focus on or what kind of material is allowed (however this never seems to work against them no matter what happens).
- Someone who asks more than once for you to make very specific changes to your channel even if nothing has changed since before… Especially if they ask for something you know will never work.
- Someone who only cares about getting as many views, subscribers and money out of everything as possible even if it means making your channel look bad instead. Asking you to either give them credit or upload their videos (even after agreeing not to) is one way someone can do this to another YouTube gamer. Doing this against YouTube rules could mean losing all the subscriptions to your own channel, but that’s nothing compared to what can happen when someone steals content from other channels by uploading it themselves without permission!
Step 13: Never stop interacting with everyone else.
Remember that social networking isn’t just about gaining more exposure… It’s also about making friends too. For this reason, you never want to end up looking like one of those “YouTubers” who only care about gaining more subscribers and making as much money as possible. This isn’t something people take kindly to even if you think it might be the best way to get ahead (trust me, it won’t work).
As you may already know, some YouTubers gain a lot of their exposure by interacting with others whether through the comments section or other websites such as Twitter. This can also help grow your own channel too which is why I always make sure that I’m nice and helpful whenever people comment on my videos. For this reason, I never forget to thank everyone for taking the time to watch my videos no matter how many times they’ve seen them, even if it’s just someone replying to my “like” button.
As you may have guessed, not everyone on YouTube is like this… Healthy social networking isn’t easy since some people are only looking out for themselves (which can lead to problems later on). For this reason, you should never stop doing the same kinds of things that helped make your channel popular in the first place. You might know that most YouTubers upload new videos every day but it’s also important to remember that they’re all still doing everything else their fans expect them to do too. Some of these include liking and commenting on other people’s videos as well as replying through Twitter or Facebook.
Step 14: Don’t give up if something doesn’t work.
Something I’ve noticed in the past is that some people who make YouTube their full-time job will often give up when one of their videos doesn’t get as many views as they expected. This is the complete opposite of how someone should behave since your videos are usually just a small portion of everything else you can do to promote your channel. Of course, if something happens then it’s important to not let this bring you down too much or keep you from doing other things… Getting mad at yourself for five minutes isn’t going to help anyone so it’s best not to waste time by doing stuff like throwing a big temper tantrum every time something goes wrong.
Besides, everyone makes mistakes so there’s no reason why you’d want to get upset over a few bad results. Of course, they can be a very big problem when they start happening for no reason at all (especially if your channel is still new) but learning from mistakes is the only way you’ll keep making progress in the future. That being said, it’s important to remember that even some of the biggest YouTube producers have had their fair share of video problems over the years so never getting discouraged by anything means you won’t learn how to fix things whenever something goes wrong with one of your own videos.
Step 15: Find out what works & stick with it!
Once you’ve been on YouTube for a while, you’ll start noticing that some videos just perform better than others since not everything is going to be the same for each person. Instead of always sticking with what helped make your channel big in the first place (except if it’s something that will attract negative attention), you should be looking for new ways to improve things by trying out new ideas whenever possible.
One example would be how one of my videos was featured in a video game which I don’t think would have happened if I hadn’t tried sending them an email when I had nothing to lose… If they turned me down, it wasn’t like anything bad could happen so why not give it a try? Luckily, they decided to help me out but that doesn’t mean that other companies will just offer you their support without at least asking who are! For this reason, you should always make sure you know what your channel is all about as well as what kind of audience it’s targeted towards.
Step 16: Take advantage of Google+ & Facebook!
Once you consider how many people use these services every day, you’ll understand why I’m always trying to connect with other YouTubers on both platforms even if they don’t have a lot of subscribers. For example, a few months ago I got lucky when a presenter from CNET ended up subscribing to my YouTube channel after we had been talking for a while on Google+. Of course, this wouldn’t have happened unless he’d checked out one of my videos so please keep in mind that there are lots of different ways you can take advantage of social networking whenever you want to promote your YouTube channel.
Step 17: Don’t be afraid to show off your personality!
The most successful YouTubers are the ones who have managed to stay focused on what they’re doing at the same time as showing off their own unique personalities… And if you really think about it, this is actually a great idea since people might not want to subscribe to someone who’s nothing more than a boring talking head even if they make great videos. Of course, you’ll probably need some extra equipment in order to make this work but there are lots of digital cameras out there which can shoot in HD quality so please keep that in mind when looking for ways how to improve your YouTube channel.
On top of that, you might also want to join a social network for YouTubers so you can keep in touch with people who have the same interests as you.
You could build a following on Facebook just like you’re going to do with your YouTube channel even if it doesn’t directly benefit anyone but yourself. No matter what anyone says about it, Google+ is a great place to connect with other Vloggers who will most likely be very interested in connecting with you as well especially if they need another voice on their videos! Besides, having lots of friends online is never a bad thing and some of them could end up helping you find new ways how to improve your YouTube channel (even if they don’t know much about video editing…).
Step 18: Make sure your webcam captures the action!
A lot of people might not even bother using a webcam if they’re looking for ways on how to improve their YouTube channel but that’s actually something you should look into as soon as possible. A good camera is always better than an old cell phone that can barely shoot in 720p but you’ll also need something more reliable whenever you want to talk on Skype… Especially if some of your videos require talking to other people.
Of course, there are lots of different solutions out there and most of them won’t cost much money so please keep this in mind before making up your own mind about how to improve your YouTube channel. There’s nothing wrong with using a solution but it could be hard to compete with other YouTubers who are willing to invest in better equipment.
Step 19: Use the right microphone!
At this point, I think you’re getting the picture about what you can do in order to improve your YouTube channel, Speaking of which, another easy way how to make sure that your videos will stand out is by using a high-quality microphone at all times… Just remember not to overdo it since many viewers are still watching videos on their phones or very cheap laptops/computers. A good example is when I started uploading my Apple keynote reactions using nothing more than my laptop’s built-in mic but after someone pointed me towards an awesome free solution in the form of a fifty-dollar headset that could record HD audio, I switched it up for good.
No need to worry about the background noise, static, or anything else that might prevent you from using this solution since it’s well worth the money in comparison with all of the other ways how to improve your YouTube channel.
Step 20: Get rid of your shaky camera!
Even if you’re not planning on making any videos where you show off your skills behind a regular desk, there are lots of other reasons why you’ll want to use image stabilization solutions when looking for ways how to improve your YouTube channel. For me, not being able to hold my phone steady was abnormal but after trying out one of these tools, I never looked back even when I had to pay money in order to get a decent video.
Make sure that your friends know about this, too! Even if you’re not planning on making videos where you show off your skills while having fun with the camera (like I do), it could be worth trying out some kind of solution in order to improve how you appear on camera. Not only will people who watch what you’re doing online see every expression but they’ll also notice when something is wrong with your framing or if there’s any shaking involved… And trust me, nobody likes watching wobbly videos so try to keep things steady even if this means spending a little money.
Step 21: Never use copyrighted content!
Nowadays, there are lots of different ways to improve your YouTube channel views and subscribers but many YouTubers simply ignore the fact that other people could end up reporting them for using copyrighted content. At first, there was only music licensing but it wasn’t long until (more often than not) big companies such as Nintendo started flagging YouTube videos where people were playing their games without permission… Nowadays, even if you play a random game from your personal collection, it might be hard to avoid claims since nearly every company has learned how to deal with those kinds of things.
As I’ve already mentioned, you should keep an eye on all of the different rules and regulations just to make sure that nothing will go wrong. After all, we’re talking about one of the most popular websites on the Internet so there’s simply no reason why a valid copyright claim should go unnoticed!
Step 22: Make sure that your face is visible at all times!
Since we’re on the topic of things how to improve your YouTube channel, one solution might be to have a well-lit background + a big enough resolution so that viewers will know for certain who they’re dealing with. Of course, you could always go out and buy a proper webcam if you wanted but the best way to deal with this issue is by using both lighting effects as well as software such as Photoshop or iMovie which are sometimes able to detect people’s faces… In my case, I use a tripod in order to keep things steady but even something as simple as holding up a smartphone to one’s face will be enough in order to provide the big shots.
If you’re wondering why this is so important, just think of it as a self-portrait which you would want to include when presenting yourself online. In other words, make sure that people will always know who they’re dealing with and never resort to those kinds of things that could lead people away from your channel. The less video material that people have access too, the more difficult it might be for them to subscribe… And you don’t want this!
Step 23: Be creative but aware of copyright issues!
Those who are looking for ways how to improve their YouTube channel views should never stop at copying popular videos since there is a lot more involved here. While it might be a great idea in terms of marketing, it could become an issue if you’re trying to bring up your channel when looking for ways how to do so. In order to avoid this, I would always recommend taking an average video and combining it with other sources in order to create something new! That’s basically all there is to it but keep in mind that not everything will be okay since copyright issues are pretty sensitive.
Step 29: Make sure that the number of views keeps going up!
There are lots of different methods which can be used in order to improve your YouTube channel views or even subscribe numbers but most people tend to overlook the importance of keeping things fresh. After all, no one wants to see videos from months ago and that’s why people usually tend to post once a day. Sure, you might want to go on vacation but keep in mind that this is all about cutting things down and uploading material at least 4 or 5 times per week… If it turns out well, you can always try something else such as releasing your videos only on Tuesdays and Fridays so subscribe numbers will be maintained with less risk!
The fact of the matter is that if you don’t want to run the risk of getting flagged for outdated content, you should definitely consider trying out those kinds of ideas which seem pretty unusual. After all, there are lots of different ways how to improve YouTube views and subscriber numbers so don’t hesitate when it comes to trying new stuff as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody!
Step 30: Include funny tags!
As you might have already realized, YouTube likes original content in order to provide fresh material for all of the people who are looking for ways how to improve their experience. For this reason alone, it’s not that difficult to understand why tags are so important when it comes to bringing up your video with ease which is exactly why you need to make sure that they’re both accurate and unique. For example, if you were uploading a video about baking cookies, make sure to include words such as ‘easy’, ‘DIY’, or ‘homemade’ in order to get more views since these are keywords that are quite popular right now. In other words, try to think outside of the box and you will definitely notice a difference before too long!
Step 31: Don’t forget about your audience!
Make sure that you’re always aware of what kind of videos are popular right now before trying to upload something yourself. Think about keywords that are used on a regular basis, check out the competition and try to come up with something unique in terms of content! Once people realize that your video is better, they will take it upon themselves to share it all over the world… All you have to do is give them half of a reason since even small things can make all the difference between 10 views or 1.000.000!
Other than promoting your own work on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, this usually means that you have to find a way how to come up with ideas in terms of what people want. Sure, it might take a little bit of time but in the end, you will see results that can’t be compared with anything else… As long as your content is out of this world!
Step 32: Don’t bother with misleading tags!
There are lots of different ways on how to make your videos popular but don’t forget about the fact that YouTube doesn’t like misleading content since it’s likely to get flagged. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that you should try and mislead people by imitating keywords or uploading material that isn’t relevant enough. If you’re trying to upload funny videos, make sure that they’re actually funny! Don’t just add ‘funny’ in front of your video because it’s not going to work. You need to have the right material in order for this kind of trick to pay off… Otherwise, you may risk getting banned forever which is something that nobody wants to experience at any given time!
Step 33: Compete with yourself!
Even though there are lots of different ways on how to improve your YouTube views, one thing remains true for almost all scenarios – making a goal and trying to beat it. Just like in school, most people tend to try and get better average grades or higher scores per test, things are no different when it comes to YouTube content. If you want more views, try competing with your previous video, try to beat it! Don’t just upload something without thinking about what you’re doing because the results might be surprising… If not in a good way. Sure, there are lots of different ways how to increase YouTube views but you have to remember that people who don’t put enough effort into their videos will always lose in the end!
Step 34: Custom thumbnails are your friends!
The fact of the matter is that even though most people tend to focus on content rather than presentation, there’s nothing wrong with trying to make things look as nice as possible if this means reaching more audiences. Even though generic thumbnails can work wonders when it comes to promoting your material, custom thumbnails are likely to lead towards an improvement if you’re doing them right. Find the best free tools and create a custom thumbnail that is going to grab people’s attention! Do that and you will see for yourself how easy it can be to get more views!
Step 35: The ‘Oldie but Goldie’ trick…
If you want to stand out from the crowd, the oldie but goldie trick tends to work like a charm. Just upload your video as usual and then go back in time until you find something which has received lots of positive feedback over the years. Ask people to compare your video with this one and since you’re bringing up something different, there’s no way how they can’t spot at least a few differences even though everything else remains relatively similar! If you do this right, you will get lots of views and who knows… You may go viral!
Step 36: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes!
Although it might seem as simple as uploading the content that your viewers want to see from you, there’s one thing that people often forget – being real. Although it may seem like a good idea to upload only the top-notch material which you’re fully confident about, no one said that you can’t create something which is going to surprise everyone by turning out better than expected! If you have a unique idea that is going to turn heads, don’t wait for too long or someone else might try and beat you at your own game. As always, think outside of the box because YouTube isn’t a place where you can coast along without putting your best foot forward!
Step 37: Collaborate with others!
If you’re trying to get more views, it goes without saying that collaborating with other popular YouTubers is one of the best tricks up your sleeve. Try and find people who have a similar fan base as yours and try comparing their channels. Chances are that if this kind of collaboration does well, everyone involved will benefit from it! Besides, you never know… They might even thank you for counting them in so there’s nothing wrong about being polite. If possible, offer them half of the revenue because then both parties will be happy. In time, this trick should boost your views dramatically!
Step 38: Don’t forget about your older videos!
If you want to see a noticeable improvement in your views, don’t be afraid to give your older material a second chance. Just upload it again and allow people to compare between the old and the new. This should take some stress off of your shoulders and if you’re lucky, you might just get more views than before.
Step 39: Give things time!
Don’t expect any miracles overnight – not even YouTube can do that for you. Instead of trying to find an easy way out which isn’t going to work, try giving everything enough time so that people can actually come around and notice what you have done. If you upload something great, this means nothing unless other people eventually catch up to you. Remember that if you want to see a noticeable difference in your views, try waiting for 7 days at least. This should be enough for something awesome to come along!
Step 40: Give away free stuff!
If you really want to get more views, the best way how is by giving away something which is going to catch people’s attention because it’s free of charge. Think about it… If someone likes the idea of getting something without paying anything, they are likely to come back for more whenever you upload similar ideas. All you have to do is look into what’s relevant and then offer people some goodies which are guaranteed to blow their minds – just don’t overdo this or else people expect more freebies with every upload.
Step 41: Watch what other people do!
Although it might sound like something which is too simple to work, why not try doing this for yourself? Instead of focusing on your own videos, watch out for similar content, and if you notice that someone does better than you ever will, just follow their example instead of wasting even more time trying to come up with an idea that works. It’s really important to adapt quickly because the only way how to succeed at YouTube is by getting lots of views or else nobody cares about what you have done. Even though this may seem like a bad thing, it could be the first step towards fame and glory – just think about this before you give up hope!
Step 42: Don’t forget about humor!
If you’re looking for a fun and entertaining way to get views, it all comes down to making people laugh. Most of the time, this is the only trick up your sleeve which can literally skyrocket your success so try focusing on jokes and other funny things instead of rushing everything out. Think about what’s going to work and if you wait long enough, there’s no reason why things won’t change in your favor!
Step 43: If nobody watches, just re-upload it later!
If you do upload something great but nobody watches, don’t take it too hard because that doesn’t mean that nobody cares. Instead of giving up hope after one or two attempts, try finding another platform where people might be more interested and then upload it there. This might sound like a weird idea, but if you’re lucky enough, the rest of your videos might start getting more views because of one single reupload on another site!
Step 44: Don’t plagiarize!
When it comes to having more views and becoming popular on YouTube, this is something that cannot be emphasized enough! We all know that sometimes you just want to get ahead of everyone else so badly that you feel tempted to copy other people’s work. Be careful though – even if nobody sees through your disguise, stealing isn’t going to pay off no matter what kind of excuse you come up with. Instead of worrying about how to become famous overnight, try taking things slowly see where they lead!
Step 45: Comment often!
No matter how boring or compelling things might seem, always remember that comments are crucial when it comes to getting noticed. Although some people might consider this to be spamming, it’s an excellent way how to get more views on your videos and once you’re there, the sky is the limit! On YouTube, commenting often is one of the best ways to reach for fame so always keep this in mind before uploading any new content. It might seem awkward at first but if you do it right, you’ll be surprised by how popular you might get!
As you can see, even though this may seem like a lot of effort to put into becoming popular on YouTube, it’s definitely worth your time. The only way how to reinvent yourself online is by taking things slowly and setting realistic goals which will eventually lead you up the ladder. Just like with anything else in life, it takes time until people start taking notice but when they do, it might be the beginning of something great! Happy Vlogging and stay tuned for more pro tips on how to become famous in 2021.