If you’re thinking of starting a YouTube channel and entering the world of vlogging, you’re in for a real treat. Vlogging is a great way to express your creativity, get to know people who have similar interests, and it can even be a really great way to make money on the side or start a whole new career if you do it right.
However, if you aren’t sure whether you should start vlogging or not, you should know a few things before you create a YouTube channel. Successful vloggers like these five things, and you should too, if you want to create great vlogs and grow your YouTube channel.
Like Learning More
Are you an expert in your industry or niche? Chances are good that you’ve already spent quite a bit of time learning about or practicing the things you’ll be talking about in your YouTube vlogs. That’s a great start, but if you want to be a real expert and thought leader in your field – in other words, if you want to be a really successful vlogger – you’re going to have to keep learning and keep practicing.
Beauty vloggers are always looking for the latest products and techniques to recreate salon styles at home. Vloggers who review cars are always learning more about the newest motor trends. Movie reviewers don’t just review the movies they watched 500 times when they were in college… You get the idea. If you want to be a great vlogger, you have to like learning more about your chosen subjects.
Like Filming and Editing
Next, vlogging is all about filming and editing. You won’t always get the perfect take the first time around. For most of your videos, you’re going to need to edit together several different takes to create a cohesive tutorial, review, or any other type of interesting video. Get to know your camera and find editing software that you like playing with because you’re going to be using both a great deal if you want to start a YouTube channel and be successful.
Like Being on Social Media
A large portion of marketing your YouTube channel and gaining new viewers is done on social media. Regularly posting interesting behind-the-scenes content, images and clips, cool updates, questions, and other engaging content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ will greatly increase your reach and improve your engagement with your vlog audience.
Like Planning and Commitment
Before you start your path to becoming a successful vlogger, it’s important that you understand that a successful channel is one that has the commitment of its creator behind it.
A lot more time and effort goes into managing a successful YouTube channel than most individuals realize, and it will require you to invoke upon a whole lot of self-discipline as well as self-motivation in order to upload quality videos on a regular schedule.
Successful vlogging channels have schedules, and successful vloggers commit to those schedules. When starting a YouTube channel, you need to set your schedule for when you’ll upload videos, and then you need to let your audience know when they can expect new vlogs from you. Include this information in your YouTube channel’s profile, on your social media pages, and even in your outros for your videos.
You’ll also need to be consistent with your social media pages, too. Create a plan to keep track of what and when you’ll post to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and you’ll be on your way.
Like Getting Involved with Your Viewers
Finally, you really need to like engaging and interacting with your vlog audience. Your YouTube channel’s growth depends on whether or not people watch your vlogs, and they’ll watch your videos more if you engage with them on YouTube and on social media.
Remember, your viewers and subscribers want you to “be real”. They want you to “be you”. So if you vlog, then film as if you were speaking to a friend. Share your opinions, your thoughts, and your ideas as if you were in some sort of free-for-all forum. The more engaged you are with your audience, the better you’ll do!
Also, you should absolutely like getting to know your audience, asking them questions, and finding out what they think about the topics you talk about in your YouTube videos. If you do, you’ll enjoy all of your fan interactions and acknowledgements, and you’ll build a strong relationship with them that will help build your YouTube channel and your vlogging brand.
Before you start your channel make sure that you can fit YouTube into your life. Be reasonable with your expectations, have patience, and grow as you go. Use these 5 pointers to help you out as you join YouTube.
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