You want to start YouTube? Have some tips!

This article is part of my ongoing YouTube Articles and Guides series.

I received a question on ask.fm recently: “Any tips for a starting youtuber?” and decided to make a short post about this. If you have things that should be added to the list, leave a comment! These tips are based on my personal experience after over doing YouTube every day for over two three years.

I also recently made a video about this list, to share these tips with my YouTube audience and also to delve deeper into the individual tips:

  • Don’t let anyone tell you, you are too late to the game. It’s not true.
  • Watch Tutorial by other YouTubers and read up on the topic. Learn how to edit your videos.
  • Always try to improve your commentary. Avoid fillers like “eehm”.
  • Play what you enjoy; switch it up with smaller, less popular games.
  • Don’t spam your link in comments (or anywhere).
  • Don’t do a sub for sub or anything similarly stupid.
  • Don’t obsess so much over sound insulation and hardware before you got your commentary down.
  • Treat every other YouTuber with respect.
  • Treat your viewers with respect. A happy viewer is worth those few seconds you spend replying to him.
  • Try something different – don’t always do what everyone else is doing.
  • Don’t take mean comments to heart.
  • Don’t ignore constructive criticism, you will need it to grow.
  • Don’t take it personal if a YouTuber does not want to collab with you. We are busy people and less social than you might think.
  • Don’t get into fights in the comments, be the bigger person. Delete insulting comments and ignore.
  • Remember: People subscribe for you. If they sub for a game, they are not here to stay anyway.
  • Help other people that want to start YouTube / Twitch / anything in life.
  • Don’t expect the same enthusiasm from your friends that don’t do YouTube – they will probably not get it. Find a group online to have other YouTubers to chat with and grow.
  • Watch your video after recording and ask yourself “What can I do better next time?”.
  • Learn how to make engaging thumbnails. Don’t be lazy: Write your descriptions and tags.
  • Be consistent and upload on a schedule. If you can’t keep to the schedule, do less – but stay consistent.
  • Don’t expect anyone to give you shout outs, they won’t help anyway if your content isn’t good.
  • Use Social Media to your advantage. Don’t just auto-post your videos there – engage with your audience.
  • Expect to spend a LOT of time on your new hobby.
  • Unless you are very, very good or have a very unique idea, don’t try to do a Minecraft-focused chanel. There is way too much competition to gain traction. If you want to anyway, make sure to switch up the content with other games to gain new subscribers.
  • You are not your subscriber counter or your views. Don’t obsess over numbers, it’s unhealthy.
  • Growth in the beginning is slow, don’t get discouraged. It can take years, but you can do it!
  • Never buy subscribers, Twitter followers or any of that. It will just hurt you.
  • Don’t overexert yourself too often – it will burn you out. Get some sleep instead.
  • Don’t sign the first network that contacts you. Most of the time you don’t need a MCN in the beginning.
  • Don’t sign a contract that locks you in a year. Also a 60/40 cut is not a good deal. Don’t believe outrageous claims by small networks.
  • You should not expect any money from YouTube in the beginning. It takes time. Don’t even think about going full-time unless you already make money.

4 comments

  1. Honestly, this here is one of the better lists I have seen. It covers all points that people often overlook and gives you a little bit of insight into how to start off.

    Trust me when I say this, do not expect to blow up immediately when you start youtube. In all honesty, when you first start NEVER start expecting money, do it for fun! That way no matter what happens you will always be funny, enjoy doing what you do and people will pick up on that in your videos.

    Attract a crowd that you like, engage with them as much as possible and treat them as friends. They will never leave you that way.

    ~IcyCaress

  2. Hello Weasel, thank you for this article man, I really want to make a gaming channel, I’m really excited about it since there isn’t a lot of quality gaming channels in my country, but I’m a too shy to comment (shy of my family hearing me) like you said, they’ll probably won’t get it and start laughing or something, and on the other hand I don’t have a good mic, only the earphones ones, but anyway, can you please explain the last 3 points about the contracts, maybe on another article if it is too long to explain in a comment ?

  3. I would like to understand the third point from the bottom….”Don’t sign the first network that contacts you. Most of the time you don’t need a MCN in the beginning.”…What kind of ‘networks’ and what do they want? Also what is MCN? Thanks.

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