When you’re just getting started as a video creator, you might not have a lot of ideas or a defined sense of direction for your channel. You might be struggling to not post a video titled “Update #12.” I know I had issues starting out, but I soon found an inspiration for my work, and I’ll share some simple steps how you can find yours.
Step One: Find Out What Content You Enjoy
One of the best ways to find out what content you should be creating is to figure out what content you enjoy watching the most. Chances are, you’ll know a lot about that topic and be able to create videos on that topic easily. It also helps you become known as a minor authority in that subject if you are able to consistently provide valuable insight and information on it.
Step Two: Read, and Watch, a LOT of Stuff
When it comes time to find new ideas for your videos, viewing other people’s content and taking cues from it is a great way to fill up the tank with creative juices. I don’t mean doing a copy/paste job, but taking that idea and putting your own spin on it. Say that someone did a prank video, try doing that prank but putting a twist on it, that way you’re not just a clone of someone else, but you actually provide value all your own.
Step Three: Use YouTube Analytics to See What Works
If you produce a lot of different types of content and aren’t able to narrow down what you should be creating, try using YouTube’s analytics to see what videos are getting watched the most. The likely thing is that those videos are ones that you make well, and that might be your calling. Just make sure that in the end it’s something you won’t get tired of doing for a while.
Step Four: Get Your Audience’s Input
One of the best ways to get value out of what you produce is simply to ask what it is that your audience wants to see more of. A lot of the time, your viewers will be eager to let you know what it is that they want to see, or that they enjoy most. If you include them in the process of planning your videos, more of them will stay to watch the same videos they helped you plan out.
Step Five: Use YouTube’s Tools to Maximize Your Videos’ Effect
In 2018, there are more tools than ever available for the average creator to use in order to grow your channel. From YouTube Premieres, to the Scheduled Video feature, there are a lot of ways to maximize your videos’ potential to reach new subscribers and viewers. I’ll talk more about these tools in a later post, but the biggest impact you can make starts with making use of all the resources available to you.
Step Six: Collaborate With Others at Your Level
One of the best ways to generate new content easily and efficiently is by working with other creators. One of the best creations I’ve seen on YouTube so far, called the Doors Project, was worked on by over 30 creators at once, and is a marvelously designed work of genius! It’s only four minutes long, but the work that went into it was amazingly well done. With something like that, there is no doubt in my mind that it could only have happened with all of the creators working together on it. The same thing goes for the idea of every collaboration. We all work together to produce the best version of the project that we can, and then we all reap the benefits together!
Well, I hope these six steps helped you get some ideas and inspiration for your own videos! If this helped you, please leave a comment below about what your next project is, and your channel name. I would love to check out what it is that you end up creating!
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When it comes to revenue and income, YouTube isn’t really your best option unless
you’re a huge creator with a large fanbase whose majority are willing to deal with
ads. But recently, a new video sharing platform called DTube came onto the stage,
and it seems to be a very promising option for new creators wanting to earn an
First of all, how does DTube work? DTube works on the same principle as
platforms such as BitChute, using peer-to-peer technology to keep the video
service decentralized and decensored, DTube also uses its own cryptocurrency
to monetize its platform via blockchain. This allows you, the creator, to potentially
earn more money than you ever could on YouTube.
The way that this works is simple. For the first seven days that your video is live,
every like that it gets will earn you STEEM. STEEM is the cryptocurrency that both DTube
and its parent site, Steemit, uses. Currently, the value of one STEEM dollar
is roughly equal to one US dollar. That means that on average you can earn about $90 to
$100 for every 100 likes your videos get. And yes, the likes do accumulate
over time, which means that you can end up earning a good amount of money
for your efforts.
Another good thing about DTube is the nature of a new platform. With sites like YouTube,
there are already so many creators on the platform that there is very little chance for you
to be discovered if you don’t have a viral hit. Many small creators spend years trying to grow
on YouTube and never get there. With DTube being so
new, the user base is small enough that even I managed to get a couple
subscribers after my first video! One of the best benefits in getting a faster growing
audience is the ability to get your message out to more people in a quicker way.
Not to mention, as this is a decentralized platform, you don’t have to worry about
“ad-friendly” policies censoring your content because it doesn’t fit a standard that
admittedly is outdated and regressive instead of being progressive. You also don’t have to
worry about the toxic troll community that pervades YouTube’s ecosystem.
The whole time I’ve been on DTube, I haven’t had a single comment that has been
troll-like or filled with disproportionate anger at something I said. The community is
honestly so much more civilized than on other sites.
And you might be wondering, “Wait a minute, how am I going to produce content
for both DTube and YouTube?” The answer is actually quite simple! Just take the
videos you make for whatever platform you already create on and upload them to
DTube! Not only do you get a new audience, but you also get potential earnings,
all with no extra effort!
Now, there are a couple drawbacks. As it is a decentralized network, the upload
times take longer, and don’t really progress as quickly as on sites like YouTube. But if you
have a bit of patience, it does work eventually. Additionally, the site only
supports MP4 format videos, which can either be taken care of by your recording
software’s settings or by selecting ‘MP4’ in the output settings of your video editor.
These issues aren’t deal breakers, though, and it’s only a minor annoyance in the
Overall, I think that DTube is a valid alternative for YouTube when it comes to
smaller creators trying to gain a beginning income. Between the community and
opportunities it presents there are many good reasons for you to sign up and become a
One of the best ways to get started as a video creator, especially a good one, is by
really understanding what it is that you want to create videos about.
For example, if you want to do tech reviews, or just tech-related videos, one of the
best ways to research your content is by subscribing to newsletters centered around
that topic. Then, by learning more about that subject, you immediately gain insight
into how to present the information in your videos for others to watch.
Another great example is with vlogging. When I started doing my vlogs on YouTube,
there was really no direction I was following, no overarching storyline that I followed.
It became clear quite quickly that this would not work, and so I decided to start
planning things out in advance. I also began watching videos about how to vlog
better and edit more effectively. Learning new things about how to create helped
me with getting ideas for new videos, too.
Immediately I noticed a difference in performance on my channel; first I got a
couple subscribers, then a few more. Then I got through the 10,000 views barrier,
and from there I kept getting better. First smaller steps, then later bigger leaps in
growth and improvement.
Next, you need to realize that perfection is NOT your friend. Especially starting
out, your videos will DEFINITELY suck, but the important thing is being willing
to suck now so you can shine later. As you progress in your journey as a creator,
your previous blunders will become teaching moments for the future. You will find
that you appreciate your skills a year from now more than the skills you have today
thanks to the improvement you’ve shown. One of the best ways to gauge success
is in the improvements you make over time.
Thirdly, don’t be a stranger to other creators. Be helpful, give input when it’s asked
for, and try to make friends across the board. Not only will this help you learn from
other creators, but will provide you with opportunities to collaborate with them later
on bigger projects. The best way to grow on any creative platform in 2018 is
collaboration. Even with a small number of subscribers, if you provide value to the
other person, there will always be someone willing to collaborate with you.
Fourth, don’t rely solely on YouTube for growth. There are plenty of platforms out
there for the budding creator to go sign up for and start making progress. Hedge
your bets, as they say, when you’re able to. With multiple places to publish your
content, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to find an audience no
matter where you publish your work.
Fifth, numbers should be last in your list of priorities. When you get caught up
in the subscriber count game, it can destroy whatever faith you have in your
content when you don’t see growth in a week or two. Even the biggest
creators on YouTube lose and gain thousands of subscribers a day. If you
allow that to define success for you, your confidence can quickly become
nothing, even if your content is still A-grade material.
Finally, don’t give up. Just because you’re a month in and haven’t gotten a
million subscribers doesn’t mean that you aren’t growing. Patience goes a
long way in the content creation business. Staying consistent and being
positive about your dedication to the work is the best way to start getting
your channel growing.
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Over the course of 3 years creating videos on YouTube, I have learned a great many things about being a better content creator and dealing with the responsibility of being in the public eye. I have also learned a great many things about video editing, audio, thumbnail creation, and many other things associated with creating YouTube videos. So, it comes as no surprise when I say that it was more difficult than I imagined it would be. creating content for a platform such as YouTube is not an easy endeavor nor is it something that is easily for a lightly taken up as a hobby or profession. many times I hear people complain about YouTubers saying I could make hundreds of dollars a day doing absolutely nothing except for sitting in front of my computer recording videos. That is simply not true, video creators are not giving easy jobs when it comes to earning money online. in fact there are plenty of easier jobs out there that are in way more for the amount of effort that YouTubers put into one video. oftentimes, a video creator can make 30 videos a month and barely pay rent, even more so just struggling to get by.
so, you ask me, why did you become a creator? to be honest, I'm not completely sure. I know one day I watched a video made by a Creator known as boogie2988, and what he said in that video amounted to this: you can do anything you put your mind to, as long as you're brave enough to start doing it. he inspired me in his own honest way, to start creating videos that I think I've managed to change the world in some significant way. I thank God everyday for the ability to create videos like what I do, and being able to reach so many people.
So, in the end, I think I create videos to help people, and connect with them. That’s why I create.