3 Months Ago I’ve Started My YouTube Channel, Here’s What I’ve Learned
For the past year I’ve been watching quite a lot of videos on YouTube. I’m a big fan of YouTubers such as Casey Neistat, MKBHD or Jon Olsson, so I decided to give it a try as well and I’ve created my own YouTube channel.
So what is my channel about? I have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, so doing videos about CS was no brainer. So far I’ve posted 13 of them. Here’s the latest one:
First of all, it’s very tough to succeed on YouTube. You can have a quality content but the way YT’s algorithms work may not be always in your favor. So if you’re in it for quick and easy buck, you’re setting up yourself for disappointment.
Also, because of recent change, to be able to monetise your videos you need to have at least 10 000 views.
You might be tempted to try “sub4sub” or promote your channel in comment section below videos from other youtubers to gain some numbers quickly. Don’t do this, just don’t.
Let’s take a look at my Subscribers count progress:
You can see there is a big spike which got me over 100 subscribers. A big milestone, after which you can choose custom URL for your channel. This spike happened because of my most viewed video:
Simple publishing of above video wouldn’t do much. You actually need to promote your videos on social sites and especially within communities of your target demographic. Reddit is your friend. Find subreddits related to your niche and post your channel/video there. Social sites can help, but it didn’t worked much for me. People may like your tweets and photos on Instagram, but they don’t actually watch the video.
Not everybody will like your videos, and you’ll get dislikes. But you should learn to accept them as a form of feedback. Plus Youtube actually counts likes and dislikes as the same on all videos. They’re seen as engagement and are actually both equally positive.
Another proof of engagement are comments. The more you have under your video, the better ranking you’ll get. Always reply to all of them!
Transcribe your videos! This helps YouTube with indexing as it provides another metadata and can help you with higher rankings.
Music is super important and should be present in all your videos. YouTube provides rich library of songs you can use for free, some of them are under CC license though, so you’ll need to include credits to the author. If you have some budget, you can use services like www.epidemicsound.com.
Speaking of budget, if you can spare couple of hundreds $$(or even more) on gear such as camera, microphone or lighting, don’t feel guilty for doing so. Not that you need it(or at least at the beginning), you can shoot videos with your smartphone. But it can definitely improve quality of your videos as well as time required to produce them.
Last advice? As Casey Neistat said: “Just Keep Uploading!”
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