Making your first YouTube Video Vlog
It’s been some time since I had to think about making your first YouTube video vlog. But now I have hundreds of YouTube videos and vlogs produced & uploaded, millions of views and thousands of subscribers. I’m in a position to share not only my first vlog but also some tips I wish I knew to help get started.
I made two attempts at a “first vlog” and I published both. I read and watched a whole load of tips and tutorials. The truth is there is no substitute for practice and experience. Do as much research as possible before you get started. But the most important thing is getting started and starting to practice all the production skills required.
My First YouTube Vlog
2nd attempt at a first vlog
Tips for a first YouTube vlog
Here are some helpful hints and tips to help get started and build your channel.
Google YouTube account
To begin at the very beginning you will need to register a google account. Then go to YouTube and sign in with your Google account. Go into settings and you’ll be walked through the steps you need to take to create a channel ID. Once you’ve taken this first step you’re in theory ready to upload videos.
An important step in creating your YouTube channel is choosing a channel name. This name may live with your channel forever so it is definitely something you should consider carefully.
You need to think about how your channel name works as a brand. Ideally it should clearly communicate what your channel is about. It needs to be easy enough for people to remember and type in a search. And it needs to represent you.
It will also help promote your channel if you have other social media platform accounts linked and even with the same or similar name.
You really don’t need to spend a fortune to make great videos. Obviously you will need a camera. Today every mobile / cell phone has one. And full HD compact cameras are relatively inexpensive. Your phone camera is a great way to get started.
Learning to work with what you have is great practice. The more kit you have the easier production will be. Good lighting is amazing but if you cannot afford it then simply plan your videos around good day light.
Canon and Sony compact cameras are hugely popular with YouTubers –
Nerves and talking to a camera
Getting use to talking to a camera as if it were a person or in fact thousands of them just takes practice. Talking to a camera in public takes even more practice to overcome your nerves. You will learn what the best on screen look is during the editing process. So practice really is the key to overcoming nerves and getting the best shots or locations.
You need to be original, either yourself or a character you’re creating. It will probably take time to develop your own style. So to start practicing draw inspiration from many sources and all the visual styles you think looks great on screen. The clichés about making content focused on subjects you love are all true. It makes the whole process more fun and enjoyable to produce. And your passion will show in the videos. Ultimately YouTube is about sharing so sharing what you know and love will be the most rewarding for both you and your viewers.
If you’re filming on your phone you can edit your footage together and even upload straight from your phone. If you’re using a camera you will need a computer and some editing software. Macs come with iMovie and Windows PCs comes with movie maker.
The basic software is not only good but probably the best way to start. They will give you the basic understanding of how to piece a YouTube video together from clips and add music or narration. The more advanced software such as final cut pro x and adobe packages can do amazing things. However it takes a long time to understand how they work and use them to their full potential.
Apple sell refurbished products which can save you some money when starting out
After making your first YouTube Video Vlog, how to promote it and ensure people find it? The video title, description and image for the thumbnail are the most important way to promote your video. They should speak volumes about your content.
Other social media platforms can also help promote your videos to the platforms users and followers you have. Try using Twitter, instagram and Facebook.
Making money from YouTube
After Making your first YouTube Video Vlog you may wonder about how to monetise it. For YouTubers the simple way to make money is to associate a google adsense account to your channel. This way you will earn a revenue share for views and any clicks on adverts displayed.
Gain a huge following and brand deals and paid promotions start becoming offered to you. And there are agency’s that can help manage your dealings with other companies.
Daily vlogging is hugely popular with viewers. Producing content daily can be hugely rewarding but is also a huge commitment. For mist content creators proding a video 365 day of the year is unsustainable. However doing it for a month can help a channel gain traction and be equally rewarding for viewers and creators.
Many months have names for month long daily vlogs. Including the festive month of December called vlogmas. SO check out our guide to making a month of vlogs for vlogmas here.
Finally I hope you found these hints and tips useful. The key thing is to get started and practice with whatever equipment you have or can lay your hands on now.