So this has been something on my list for so long. I’ve attempted it myself and just felt it was so time consuming and I really didn’t understand it! So not one to give up without at least trying several times before calling it quits I thought I was enlist the help of my gorgeous friend Rachel from @Rachelleea.
Rachel’s is a YouTube superstar and her channel has over half a million subscribers, where she makes a regular and consistent income from YouTube alone. So who better to give her top tips and tricks to getting started. With everything from equipment to editing to monetising your channel, everything is here in one easy to find place!
Setting Up You Channel
Obviously this is your first step. And making sure you get this right the first time will save for a lot of hassle down the track. Make sure you have a Gmail or Google Account you can connect to your account. Go into your settings and turn on monetisation as well, even thought you won’t be making money to begin with, you very may down the track.
Try not to over complicate things to begin. Using your phone is perfectly fine but if you want to take it up a notch and really make your videos pop then a small mirrorless SLR camera like the Olympus OMD E-10 Mark iii is perfect. This will cover you for all your still and video needs. It has 5-axis image stabilisation which compensates for various types of camera shake that occur when shooting.
A camera of this size all fits nice of a small tripod like the Joby Gorillapod, which is perfect for out and about vlogging style videos.
One thing I found super hard is vlogging out and about. This is something I think no one is used to at the start, but as they say “practice makes perfect” and at the end of the day who cares what anyone else things of you!
Audio & Microphones
Again, like camera – it’s not vital to begin but if you want to up the quality of you videos. Having already started a podcast I have a Blue Yeti, and Rach a Blue Snowball (slightly smaller). anything like this will do the trick. Also you can get mics that clip to your camera for when you are out and about and want to use a directional mic.
Promoting Your Video
Increasing the viability of your video can be tricky. Try using key words multiple times in your description and terms and phrases that people will be searching i.e “how to start a youtube”. Use your social channels to promote the video and post multiple times at different times of the day.
Try get a schedule going so people know when your new video might drop and come looking for it also.
For more info check out the video where we go into more detail. And to find Rach you can find her here: