Many individuals desire to start vlogging as a pastime or as a way to generate money, but not everyone knows how to do it. So today you’ll discover the ten-step procedure for starting a vlog on YouTube. Vlogging is getting increasingly popular, so why not start your own Vlog today?
How to Start a Vlog – 10 Easy Steps to Success
Below are all the things you need in the journey of creating a vlog. Anyway, good luck with this journey.
I would suggest looking at some of your favorite vloggers as a beginning step. Examine the specifics of their Vlogs several times.
- What about what they’re doing captures your attention?
- How do they edit their Vlog and what do they record?
- Is there an intro, and if so, how does it look?
- Is there any music playing in the Vlog?
- What is the duration of the videos?
Make a list of what you like and don’t like about each of the videos. This will assist you in determining what to do (and what not to do) in your own vlogs.
Remember that it’s great to be inspired by other Vloggers, but don’t imitate them verbatim. You’ll have to come up with your own vlogging style!
Define your channel’s purpose
The reason you wish to start Vlogging will have a major impact on how you continue in the future. Perhaps you want to make a living as a professional Vlogger or simply want to share entertaining advice with people all over the world.
If you want to become a professional, you should consider how much time you have to devote to creating videos, since this will affect what you can do with your channel.
What industry do you work in, and what is your specialty?
You should identify your industry/niche to assist you to keep focused on your channel content. It is preferable if you choose one about which you are really enthusiastic.
Who is your channel’s target audience?
Try to describe your ideal viewers; this will give you a decent sense of who your YouTube channel’s target audience is.
What are your YouTube Vlogging channel’s short and long-term goals?
You should set out both your short and long-term goals for your YouTube channel to make a fantastic plan. Consider the type of achievement you wish to attain.
2. Create a Youtube Channel
The first thing I propose is that you set up a free YouTube channel. Here’s where you may start your YouTube channel. This is completely free and takes only a few minutes to set up before you’re ready to start.
Choosing a Name for Your Youtube Channel
Choose a name that sticks out and is distinctive to pique people’s attention when they see your YouTube channel. You may include your sector or expertise in your name to make it easier for people to discover you. After you’ve settled on a name, look it up on YouTube and Google to be sure no one else has already taken it.
You don’t have to select a name for your Youtube channel right immediately when you create it; instead, you’ll be given a generic name/number that you may alter later as your channel grows larger.
If you don’t have a camera with which to record, starting a vlog channel is impossible. That is why I recommend that you go find your camera right now. Do you have access to a vlogging camera? Do you have a smartphone with which you can communicate?
Many new vloggers begin by vlogging on their iPhones or other mobile devices. If you have an iPhone and wish to make a recording, go ahead. However, choose your camera carefully since each one has unique features and functionalities that may help you improve the quality of your vlog.
Another thing to consider (if you have the funds) is purchasing a microphone, which will significantly improve the audio quality of your vlog. If you want more illumination, you may want to consider purchasing a tripod. Many YouTubers begin without these final three items, and they are by no means a prerequisite for making successful videos.
4. Prepare Your Vlog Video
Now that you have everything you need to record your vlog, it’s time to think about what you want to accomplish in your vlogs in greater depth.
In your vlogs, what will you do and say?
If you’re having trouble coming up with video ideas. Other vloggers and vlogs might provide you with ideas. If you’re having trouble coming up with vlogging ideas, have a peek at our list.
Once you’ve decided on a video topic, you may write a script to help you prepare for it. If you do decide to use a script, try not to read directly from it because the vlogs might get monotonous and uninteresting as you go through them.
It could be easier to jot down some of the subjects you want to discuss as well as some essential terms. You won’t be tempted to read from the script, and you’ll still have the essential information to communicate with your audience.
5. Start Filming
It’s time to start filming now that you’ve set up your YouTube channel and have your camera ready to go. This should not be a stressful moment for you; instead, it should be enjoyable and thrilling.
Here are some pointers on how to film your first vlog:
Relax and try not to overthink or plan things too much. When it comes to vlogging, being spontaneous may be advantageous. Start capturing what’s on your mind and share it with the world.
Make your audio and lighting as excellent as possible. In your vlog, speak clearly and don’t leave any extended silences. To get better image quality, try to record the movie in daylight or with adequate interior lighting.
Interact with your viewers: Vlogging is a fantastic method to connect with your audience on a personal level. Ask them questions and obtain their feedback. Remember to respond to their remarks so that they feel included.
You’ll grow better at vlogging if you do as many as you can, so try to do as many as you can. Delete something if you don’t like it. The more footage you have, the more editing options you’ll have.
Check out our 11 Unique Vlogging Tips for Beginners for further advice.
6. Edit Your Vlog
So you’ve got some video clips for your vlog now, right? It’s finally time to edit those clips. Final Cut Pro is our favorite editing software at Pro Vlogging, however, it is a premium program. If you’re just getting started, I recommend using iMovie (Mac/iPhone) or Lightworks (Windows/Mac/Linux).
Both of these alternatives are adequate for learning and getting started, but for the most professional vlogs, you should seriously consider investing in the more expensive software. There are several alternatives available to you, so pick the finest video editing program for your skill level.
7. Upload on YouTube
You’re almost done; now it’s time to post your video to your YouTube channel. It’s fairly straightforward; simply go to Youtube and click the upload button, or click here.
How to Get Started with a Vlog: Your Vlog should be uploaded.
From here, you’ll choose the video you want to upload, then give it a title, a description, and tags (keywords), and you’re done. It will begin to process the video as soon as it is finished uploading, and then it will be ready to go live.
You may either drag your video file into the upload box or pick the video you want to upload from here.
The video will then begin to upload, and while it is doing so, you may go to the following few steps to finish your video post. Until you click the ‘Publish’ button, your movie will remain private.
Choose a Title for your Video
You may now give your YouTube video a title. Your title must be less than 50 characters long, so think about something memorable and relevant to your vlog. It’s nice to have a catchy title, but don’t make the title deceptive! Viewers frequently detest this and express their dissatisfaction by leaving dislikes and nasty comments.
If you often use deceptive titles, YouTube may suspend your account for violating their terms.
Create or Choose a Video Thumbnail
You may either design and upload a thumbnail for your movie or select one from a list. Make your thumbnail aesthetically appealing since it will influence whether or not someone will click on your video. People should want to watch your vlogs based on the thumbnail you pick. After uploading your video, you can utilize a still frame from it or build a custom thumbnail.
One thing to keep in mind is that all thumbnails must adhere to YouTube’s rules; failing to do so will result in your ability to submit a custom thumbnail being disabled.
Make a video description
The video description is the final step in the video uploading process. The video description assists YouTube in determining what your video is about, allowing them to better rank your vlog in their search engine.
When creating your description, keep it between 300 and 500 words long and attempt to add some keywords (but not too many). It may, however, help you rank higher and get your films in front of the proper audience if you do it correctly.
You could stop when your vlog is uploaded to YouTube, but I don’t encourage it. What I like doing is heavily promoting my vlogs. This translates to:
- Emailing my fans
- Sharing the video on Facebook
- Tweeting the link on Twitter
- Uploading a short clip to Instagram
- Sharing it on my other websites.
Your vlog will get a lot more attention if you promote it aggressively, which generally correlates to more views. The more views you can obtain early on in your channel’s life, the faster it will expand. More information on how to promote your vlog and acquire more views can be found here.
9. How to become a vlogger and make money
Vlogging is fun, but don’t you want to get paid to do it? This is where most people make mistakes. First, don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t make money vlogging. There are so many vloggers out there making a good living wage on Youtube. The reality is that there are ways to make money through Vlogging.
The most common way to monetize your vlog is to use Google Adsense on Youtube. Now, in order to use Google Adsense and be paid for the ads before and during your video, you must first get approved to be a Youtube Partner.
There are two requirements that you need to meet to become a Youtube partner:
- Have more than 4,000 public watch hours in the last 12 months.
- Have more than 1,000 subscribers.
Other ways to monetize your vlog
Another way to monetize your vlog is to wear somebody’s clothing brand. By doing this that person/company will pay you a set amount of money each month to continue to wear their clothing. The best part about this is that you never have to refer to the brand, just show it off in the videos.
Maybe you have an ebook that you want to sell? If so, then talk about it on your vlog and link to it in the description box. By doing this you are essentially monetizing your vlogs with your own products, which is a great way to ensure that the quality of products is up to your standards. These are just a few examples of how to monetize a vlog, but there are many more ways you can do it too.
10. Repeat The Vlogging Process
Now that you have 1 video recorded, edited, and uploaded it is time to do it all again. You now know what it takes to vlog, so all you need to do is repeat the entire process over and over again. This is the fun part because you can take what you learned while creating your first vlog and make changes.
Now that you know how to start a vlog I want you to remember vlogging is supposed to be fun!