7 Steps to Start a YouTube Channel [Quick Checklist]

7 Steps to Start a YouTube Channel [Quick Checklist]

A quick checklist to start a YouTube channel and point you
in the right direction

Have you noticed we’ve been doing a lot of articles about
YouTube lately on the blog?

Yeah, #sorrynotsorry…

I love blogging and it’s changed my life since starting in
2013. It’s given me the freedom to grow my own business and do something I love…but
YouTube is AMAZING!

how much i make on youtube
How Much I Make on YouTube

Since getting serious about the YouTube channel just 23
months ago, I’ve doubled my monthly income and have reached more than four
million people with the videos. The internet is shifting to video. I love sharing
what I’ve learned and I want you to be ready for it.

So if you’ve got a blog or a podcast, don’t stop! These are
still great online assets and WILL make you money but here’s your chance to get
started on YouTube and take your business to the next level. This article will
give you the seven big steps to start a YouTube channel, a quick checklist of
things to get you moving in the right direction.


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Steps to Starting a YouTube Channel: #1 Pick a Channel Niche

I hate this one! I love talking about all things personal
finance but it’s just too broad an idea for YouTube. To really be successful
starting on YouTube, you need to be as specific as possible.

That means picking a narrow idea, a niche topic, and being the expert to one specific group of people.

It comes down to how YouTube works to deliver your videos.
When you post a new video, YouTube sends it out to a small section of your subscribers
to see if they click on it and watch. If they do, YouTube expands the audience
and sends the video out to more subscribers and non-subscribers.

That means every video needs to appeal to all your
subscribers so they’ll click, watch and give YouTube those positive signals.

Talk about everything under the sun and you’ll attract a
diverse group of subscribers that are each interested in different things. The
result is that when you publish a new video, many won’t be interested in it.
They won’t click through and they won’t send those positive signals to YouTube…and
your video will be crushed!

This doesn’t mean you have to forever be confined to that one narrow topic or audience but it helps starting out. That means becoming a trusted expert on YouTube in one narrow topic, building a brand around your personality and then expanding out into other topics and ideas.

✔️ Choose a topic you love
talking about and go at least one or two levels more specific in the topic
(what) or by focusing on a group of people (who).

Steps to Setting Up a YouTube Channel

Ever land on a YouTube channel that looks like nobody lives
there? The home page maybe has just a single row of videos, there are no
playlists set up to group videos. You click to the About page to learn about
the channel…and it’s totally blank!

Setting up your YouTube channel isn’t going to make the videos go viral but it’s one of those critical steps that make you legit. You’ll start building a community by sharing what you’re about and will give people a reason to stick around.

Start with your About page and take advantage of the space.
Think about the shared beliefs in people you want to attract and how you want
to build that community. This is going to be an important page for anyone
thinking of sponsoring a video so don’t neglect it!

Set up your Home and Playlists pages to keep people on your channel. Give them a reason to watch that next video until you’ve hooked them into being a part of your community.

Not only is this step important for viewers but also for making money with sponsors. Any potential sponsor is going to visit your channel, look around and decide if you’re professional enough to associate their brand with a partnership. It’s something to think about as you’re setting up your channel through channel art and text.

✔️ Set up your About page with
language that shares your brand and why people should subscribe. Set up a few
playlists for your first videos and create a Home page that keeps people
watching!

Step #3 to Starting a YouTube Channel: Get YouTube Video Ideas

Newsflash! You don’t have to be creative to be a YouTube
star!

I see so many creators go crazy each week trying to think of new video ideas. Why are you spending hours brainstorming content ideas? It’s all right there already.

Find five to ten channels that are similar to yours by searching
for topic keywords. Scan through a few searches and you’ll see the same
channels come up frequently.

Go to the Video page on these channels and sort by Most
Popular. Then make a list of the top ten videos on each channel, all
side-by-side in a spreadsheet. Look through the list and you’ll start seeing
common keywords and videos. You’ll find the video ideas that just seem to be
popular on any channel.

Those are your viral video ideas!

I guarantee you, do 10 of these videos and at least one or two will bring in more views than any of your other videos. Your next step is to then play off that momentum by tweaking the keyword a little and doing another 2-3 videos in each over the next month. YouTube is going to start seeing you as an expert in that series of keywords and will send you a mountain of views.

✔️ Make a list of popular video
ideas that have worked on similar channels and use it to make your first 20 or
30 videos.


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What Equipment Do You Need to Start on YouTube?

What equipment do you have? The big surprise to YouTube most
people don’t realize is you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment.

My entire video setup cost less than $1,000 and even that is
more than you need to get started. You could actually do everything on your smartphone!

For a great start kit, I would go with the following:

That’s it! You don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to
start out. You can get the entire setup for less than a couple hundred
(depending on the smartphone you buy).

When your channel starts making money and growing, you can expand your equipment list out to a digital audio recorder and a DSLR camera (I use the Canon Rebel T7i and love it).

Do NOT let equipment be the step to starting that trips you up. Honestly, everyone’s first 10 videos (their first 100 videos!) suck and you’ll learn constantly how to make better quality videos. Even if your video and audio isn’t perfect, get started and start growing!

✔️ Don’t get caught up on
equipment. A smartphone, tripod mount, ring light and lav mic is all you need
to make professional videos on YouTube.

The Big Step: How to Make a Video for YouTube

You’ve seen videos that just seem to ramble on with no
direction or even a coherent thought…yeah, don’t do that.

There are some very popular lifestyle channels where it’s
just someone talking about their day and sharing with the community. For the
vast majority of us though, it’s about providing useful and entertaining
information.

That means putting in some work before the video to research
what people want to know or what will entertain them. This isn’t as difficult
as it might sound. You’re going to be researching other videos anyway for
topics and it’s going to give you ideas for what you can talk about in your
video.

Even if you don’t plan on scripting out your videos, create an outline of bullet points and ideas you want to cover. Develop a story that relates to the topic, one that shares your experience or something that happened to someone else. Let the story evolve through the video to show viewers why they should care, what they will learn and what their life will be like after knowing the information.

Don’t feel like you need to get everything in one take. Remember, editing is your friend and will make even the most unsure person seem like a confident expert!

✔️ Organize your video content
with an outline and a story that will capture viewers, keeping them watching
the entire video.

Checklist for Getting Your Video on YouTube

It might sound like overkill but there are YouTubers that
spend just as much time creating the perfect title and thumbnail as they do on
the video itself. You don’t necessarily need to go to that extreme but spend
half an hour brainstorming ideas for your title and thumb, then ask someone to
help you pick the best.

Beyond your title and thumbnail, the rest of publishing a video to YouTube is pretty easy.

  • Schedule your videos for the same time and same day each week
  • Add each video to a playlist
  • Write a video description of at least 500 words that includes links to related videos
  • Consider making an alternative thumbnail…or two, pick your best one and keep the others just in case the first three hours’ click-through rate is really bad
  • For really important videos, consider polling your friends and family on Facebook to pick their favorite title and thumbnail

✔️ Experiment with different
title and thumbnail ideas until you find what really works for your channel.
Make sure you write out a description with links to other videos and add each
video to a playlist.

Steps to Making Money on Your YouTube Channel

Don’t wait to make money on your YouTube channel. Even if you haven’t yet reached 1,000 subscribers to be in the partner program, you can start making money through sponsors and affiliates.

Seeing those first few checks come in from sponsors and
affiliates will give you the motivation you need to keep growing the channel.
What’s more, you never know which video will take off and go viral so you want
to be thinking about how you can make money on every video…even your first.

  • Find a few sponsors and affiliates that are actively promoted on similar channels, these will probably be the most relevant for your channel as well
  • Test out the product or service first to make sure it’s something you can recommend
  • Do a review of the product, screensharing your experience
  • Reach out to sponsors and affiliates for a free demo or product, even smaller channels can profit from free stuff

✔️ Have a profit strategy from
day one of your channel! Don’t wait until 1,000 subscribers to start making
money.


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Understand as with any checklist, this isn’t everything you need to do to build a massive YouTube channel. These are the big ideas you absolutely need to hit when you start your channel and will get you growing. Think of these seven steps to starting a YouTube channel as that 20% of the work that creates 80% of the results. You still have to work on the remaining 80% of the tasks because some are maintenance ideas that will keep you growing but that 20% is where you want to focus. Now get started, start your YouTube channel and let me know how it’s going!

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Published at Tue, 09 Feb 2021 13:04:00 +0000