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How to Start a Vlog & Make Money on YouTube

If you’re ready to start vlogging and you want to make money with a YouTube channel, then it’s time to pep yourself up and get prepared. While you can make a good income with a YouTube channel, you need to be willing to put in the hard work and be prepared with a thick skin.

In this post, you will learn what it takes to become a vlogger and how you can get started making your very first video. Learn how to get views and growing the channel into something else. Sounds good? Read on then!

Are You Ready to Start Vlogging?

Before you pick up your camera or turn on your computer to set up a YouTube channel, you need to make sure that you are ready to be in front of the camera and have your life, personality, and experience exposed to the world. Many people are much more comfortable being behind the camera than in front of it so vlogging can be a bit uncomfortable at first. If you want to run a YouTube channel, then you will most likely need to be in front of the camera at some point, although there are some successful YouTubers who only show tutorials and walkthroughs and aren’t ever seen on the screen.

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Starting to vlog will involve not just you, but your family as well. Be sure that they are OK with it.

If you feel comfortable being filmed, then you need to make sure that you are okay with your life being shown to everyone on the Internet. Remember that once you post something online, it will be there forever and people can always screenshot it or download it to see it even if you delete your video. Some people aren’t okay with the permanence of vlogging and that’s fine but you need to be ready to share your life with the world before you turn on your camera.

Finally, you have to make sure that you are ready to receive some hate from your viewers. Unfortunately, many people feel as though they can be mean from behind the safety of their computer screens and don’t take into consideration how what they say can hurt another person’s feelings. If you are sensitive or always looking for validation from other people, then vlogging may be difficult for you. No matter what you do or say, your videos will never appeal to all of the people in the world and you will likely receive hate at some point. You have to be prepared for it if you want to be at all successful.

Making Your First Video

When you are ready to start vlogging and have prepared yourself to share your life with the world and accept any criticism that you receive, then it’s time to make your first video. It’s okay to start with using your phone if you don’t already have better equipment around. A tip is to get this simple tripod/selfie stick combo from Amazon to help you out. While a great camera will be useful when you want to improve the quality of your videos and reach a wider audience, your first video doesn’t have to be 100% perfect to be posted. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself and remember to have some fun; you will come across a lot more relaxed and natural in your video.

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My selfie stick and my first tripod that I bought.

Once you have recorded raw footage, you will want to edit it before posting it so that you can remove any embarrassing outtakes, splice together footage, or add effects and transitions. In the beginning, there is no need to get expensive software like Adobe Premiere or Final Cut. What I recommend is Filmora from Wondershare. This editing tool is powerful, yet very simple to use.

Once you have your video edited, it is very important to pay attention to the sound quality. It is very likely that if you have a lower sound quality, people will not watch your entire video, which is really frustrating if you have spent a lot of time editing it and preparing it to post on your channel. Chances are good that the microphone in your phone will not be as high-quality as you need. While you will be able to get away with using your phone to record video, you need to invest in a good microphone to improve sound quality right away. Viewers are much more likely to overlook visual problems with your video than they are audio issues.

Promoting Your First Video

Once you have posted your first video, you need to make sure that you take time to promote it or you are not likely to have many views, if any. This can be difficult for some people to do as they are proud of what they have made but also don’t want to annoy their friends or family members.

The best place to promote your video is on your social media accounts. Once you post a link to your video with information about how watching it can benefit your followers, you are likely to have some people navigate to your channel to watch it. They may even share it with their followers and this is sure to give you the boost of confidence that you need.

Telling your friends and family members about your YouTube channel is another great way to drive traffic to your site and to get views on your video. Once you tell your friends and family that you have a YouTube channel, they are very likely to continue to visit it on a regular basis so that they can keep up with what you are posting and vlogging about. If your visits and views start to drop off, then it’s a good idea to remind the people closest to you.

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Finally, you need to post your video on other video sites such as These are not YouTube sites but rather locations where users can post their videos and get views from other people. Reddit is a very popular option for a lot of users as there is a specific subreddit dedicated to users posting their videos and self-promoting. Other sites that are dedicated solely to videos exist as well, making it fairly easy to get views, although you do need to be willing to do the work necessary to promote yourself.

Also, do not miss my post with tips on how to get your first subscribers on YouTube.

Just Keep Going

It can be very easy to get overwhelmed when you are just getting started with your new YouTube channel but you don’t want to stop posting or give up on promoting yourself if you want to be able to reach a wide audience and get subscribers. It’s very important that you keep up your social media accounts, link regularly to your YouTube channel, and promote your videos on other sites.

You also need to post regularly to your YouTube channel or you won’t be able to keep people’s interest and get the subscribers that you want. People generally won’t stick around just because you had one amazing video. By regularly posting new videos and then promoting them through social media, you can build a trustworthy online presence. Your fans want to know that you’re not going anywhere before they become emotionally invested in you and subscribe to your channel.

It’s a good idea to post a lot at the creation of your YouTube channel so that you can keep people interested and drive more traffic to your channel. The best advice is to post daily until you have between 90 and 100 videos and then you can slowly start to slow down with often you post. Even once you hit 100 videos, you need to post on a regular basis, such as bi-weekly, to keep people interested.

Creating different playlists of your videos is really easy to do and will help your fans sort through your videos, find ones that are relevant to each other, and stay connected with you. When you have playlists on your channel, it is much more likely that someone will watch multiple videos in a row rather than simply watching one and then navigating away from your channel.

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Not the other way around!

When Can You Start Monetize?

The big question that every beginning YouTuber asks is when he or she can finally start making money. While everyone wishes that it were easy to make money as a YouTuber from day one, you have to put in the work before you will see the rewards. In this case, you need to have 1000 subscribers. You also have to be over 18, all of the content that you post needs to be advertiser-friendly, and your videos need to be either self-created or made with special permission from the company whose footage you use. Finally, your content has to comply with YouTube’s guidelines and your account needs to be in good standing.

Joining the YouTube Partnership Program is a great way to earn money from your videos and become a partner in generating revenue. As long as you have the minimum number of subscribers, create appropriate content that meets the guidelines, have a linked and approved AdSense account, and have more than 4000 hours of watch time in the past year, you can join this program. These thresholds allow YouTube to only work with the best content creators on the site and you can take advantage of the tips they offer to improve your audience views.

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