Are you trying to explore new online income streams with no success in sight? Then consider starting a vlog!
Vlogging is currently the “in thing” as far as making money online is concerned. It involves creating short, interesting videos and uploading them on YouTube (or any other video platform). The essence of sharing these videos is to educate as well as entertain your audience.
And the exciting part is that the videos could be about anything, ranging from beauty and fashion to sports and music. The only problem you could face is learning how to turn your vlog into a profitable venture.
Fortunately today, we are going to show you how to start a vlog and monetize it in TEN simple steps. Without wasting much time, let’s get started…
Pick the Right Niche
The first step is to pick your preferred niche. Apparently, the success of your vlog channel largely depends on the niche that you choose. Settling for the “wrong” theme might jeopardize your efforts to run a profitable vlogging channel.
You could be tempted to choose a popular topic like music, sports, beauty or fashion, but the competition in these niches is extremely high, and it might be difficult for you to breakthrough.
We recommend that you base your vlog channel on a topic that you are passionate about, to make it easier for you to break even. Once people realize that you are an expert in that particular niche, they won’t hesitate to follow you!
Choose a Good Name
“What’s in a name?” you may ask. However, in vlogging, the name of your channel plays a crucial role in attracting new viewers and making your vlogs popular. With that said, you should strive to choose a name that is simple to pronounce and easy to remember.
Your video content could be top class and interesting, but if your audience cannot remember the name of your channel, they won’t be able to come back easily or even share a link to your channel.
If you are facing challenges choosing a good name, you could use any of the numerous YouTube name generators available online free of charge!
Prepare Your Equipment
If you want to produce high-quality videos, then you have to invest in the right equipment. Fortunately, you do not have to spend a lot of money to launch your first vlog. You can start recording videos using your smartphone before buying a vlogging camera.
However, make sure that your phone’s camera is clear and the device is capable of capturing high-quality sound. As you start to gain followers, you should now invest in equipment such as microphones, lighting, backdrop, camera sticks and tripods to meet the demand for high-quality videos.
Plan Your First 5 Videos
Your first 5 videos can make the difference when it comes to starting your vlog channel on the right foot. With this in mind, it’s important to plan the storyline of your videos and the sequence they should follow.
When the videos are ready, you can link them and get viewers immediately. In essence, your followers do not have to wait for you to release the next videos after watching the first one.
Start Filming Your First Video
Filming your first vlog is undeniably the most exciting part. However, you shouldn’t allow the emotions to get the better of you. Just be yourself and start recording what’s on your mind.
Make sure you have good lighting and the audio quality is above par. If you do not have lighting equipment, we suggest you record your videos during the day for sharp image quality.
Remember to make your vlog captivating by introducing unique ideas and by engaging in interesting activities. Being original will go a long way to attract new viewers within a very short time.
Pick the Right Music
If you are a keen observer, you’ll notice that most vlogs available online have some kind of music playing in the background.
Never underestimate the power of music to your vlog channel. Adding the right background music to your videos can transform your vlog channel and make it a hit with viewers.
However, you should avoid using copyrighted songs since doing so could have your account suspended or your channel banned. You can find good music on platforms such as SoundCloud or on YouTube’s Music Library.
Edit Your Vlog
Before sharing your vlog with the rest of the world, it is important to do some “housekeeping”. Editing your videos before uploading is of utmost importance if you want to create the impression of a professional vlogger. After all, no one would want to watch a video that is amateurish and poorly produced.
Fortunately, the internet is awash with plenty of video editing software that you can use for free to edit your vlog. These programs allow you to add intros, link multiple videos and pick out interesting parts.
Upload Your First 5 Videos
Once you’ve recorded and edited your videos, it’s now time to upload them on YouTube or any of your favorite vlog platforms such as Daily Motion, EyeSlick, LiveStreamGenius and Vimeo. However, for this post, we’ll solely focus on YouTube.
Uploading videos on YouTube is relatively easy. Simply log in to your account and click on the upload video button. From the ensuing window, select your video files and click upload.
Create a title, choose a video thumbnail and write a description for each video, and then click on the “Publish” button for your videos to go public/live.
Let’s face it. Vlogging is a very competitive venture. It is estimated that more than 300 new videos are published on YouTube every minute. With this in mind, it is only logical that you promote your videos in order to get a share of the views. After all, no one will ever know that your videos are on YouTube unless you promote your vlog.
One of the best places to promote your vlog is on social media. Start by sharing your link on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter. You may also collaborate with other experienced vloggers and ask for their help.
Rinse and Repeat
Unless you are very lucky, do not expect to have thousands of subscribers after a few days or weeks. You have to work extra hard to gain viewers. The easiest way to go about it is to keep on uploading fresh, evergreen content every few days.
Repeat all the above 9 steps and start networking with other vloggers, bloggers and even your audience to build your reputation and take your vlog channel to the next step.
Vlogging can be fun and at the same time profitable if you know how to captivate and engage your audience. All you have to do is to pick a niche that you are passionate about and upload exciting and compelling videos that provide valuable content. If you follow the above steps, learning how to start a vlog channel could be a walk in the park. Moreover, it would just be a matter of time before your vlogging channel becomes a success.
So what are you waiting for? Start your vlog today!
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