How To Start A YouTube Channel In 2019

How To Start A YouTube Channel In 2019


– This video is all about 10 tips to start your Youtube channel, and how you can start getting followers and grow it right out of the gate. (upbeat music) So guys, I am back here in Kansas City. If you see the alley way behind me, I shot a video here a few months
ago all about transitions. And we’re back here for another shoot, so I thought I would do another video, something a little bit different. And this video actually
is also a blog post on the Musicbed’s Blog. So Musicbed interviewed me
and wanted to know 10 ways, 10 steps that you could do to
start growing your following on your Youtube channel right now, so I thought I’d put this together in a video for you guys to check out. And if you want to see that blog, I’ll put it down below in the description so you could check it out. They have a lot of really cool articles, stuff that will help
you grow your channel, and just be more of a successful
filmmaker and creator. So we’re talking about 10 tips on how to start your
Youtube channel right now. The first one, and kind of
one of the most important ones I think is start with what you know. This is something that
I wish I had told myself when I first started my Youtube channel. If you know a lot about one subject, or you’re really passionate
about one subject then you should start with that. So if you are a photographer, then you should do a
channel about photography. If you’re into cooking,
if you’re into knitting, then you should do channels
about those topics. But for example, if you
wanted to do a channel about something like travel
but you’re not traveling, then that’s not necessarily
the way you should start it. So when I first started my channel, I started out doing a travel vlog, but it was pretty unrealistic with everything that I have going on, so it ended up not working out, and I had to switch it down the road to what I’m actually passionate about, which is filmmaking, photography and just doing tutorials
and things like this. So start with what you know. That’s gonna be the best
way to grow your channels because it’s something
that you already know about and something that
you’re passionate about. Now with that, you need
to find your niche. So step number two is
get yourself into a niche and create content for that niche. You don’t want to create
a variety channel. You don’t want content
from all different topics, because when someone
lands on your channel, they’re not gonna know what you’re about if you have a bunch of
different styles of content. So what you need to do is
niche down what you’re doing, especially at first. You really need to focus
in on creating videos around one topic, one niche, and that’s how you’re gonna be successful at growing your channel
right out of the gate. So step number three is
make it a personal brand and not a company brand. Now I say this because, think about yourself in
five or 10 years from now. Will your Youtube channel
still be the same brand, or will you change depending
on what happens in your life? If you have a personal brand, your personal brand can follow
you no matter where you go. So that’s why I switched
my channel to Jeven Dovie, when it was originally something else. It was Wonderworks, which
was my travel brand. So what I want you to think about is where you’re gonna be five,
10, 15 years in the future, and will your brand still make sense? Personal brands do very well on Youtube because people want to
connect with people. They don’t necessarily want
to connect with a brand. So there’s a few reasons why I would say start with a personal
brand over a company brand when you’re creating your
Youtube channel and starting out. And that just might be
making it your name, and that’s kind of the
best way I say go about it. So tip number four is don’t give up. Don’t start creating and
then six months from now give up and give up and
just stop creating content. I always say you need to give yourself one to three years to
find success on Youtube. It is a marathon, not a sprint. A lot of people say that, but I say it’s more of an
ultra marathon, not a sprint. So it’s gonna take time
to create your content, to create your brand,
to grow your following. Give yourself time to grow it. Don’t just give up after
producing 10 videos and not seeing any growth. Give yourself 200, 400 videos before you actually consider
giving it up altogether. Like I said, after a year, after a couple years of creating content and really narrowing
down what you’re shooting and finding what you’re passionate about, you’ll find success on Youtube. Youtube gives you so much opportunity just to create the content
that you want to create. So tip number five is don’t create without looking at your
analytics and your data. You need to see what performs well, and you need to use that to guide you on what to create in the future. You don’t want to just create videos and then walk away from
it and just keep creating without having any sort of analytical data knowing what is doing
well and what’s doing bad. There’s a few tools that I use, and I have different videos on my channel all about analytics and things like that. I’ll put links down in the description to my Youtube playlist so you guys can check all of that out. But one tool in particular that I really like using
is called Morning Fame. It’s a newer tool, and you
can get some really good analytical data on the things
that you should be producing. So I’ll put a link down below in the description where
you can check that out. I highly suggest doing the trial, playing around with it when
you start your channel, because what you can do is
actually see what videos perform well and it will give you a guide on what video you should shoot next. So tip number six is
embrace the waterfalls. So when you start getting more views, you start getting more subscribers, it will snowball over time. So when that happens,
listen to your followers, listen to everything that’s going on, and keep the momentum going. That is the time to double
down and to really go after it. You want to make sure you’re
looking for those times when your channel takes off and you’re getting more subscribers, you’re getting more views,
you’re getting more watch time. ‘Cause when that happens, you need to embrace it and
you need to go with it. So number seven is all
about communication. It’s all about talking
to your subscribers, and knowing who your subscribers are. You don’t want to create
things in a vacuum. You need to be an active, engaged participant in your community. And that’s the whole thing with Youtube. Youtube is a huge community. You want to be a part of that community. You want to be responding to comments. You want to be active
on Twitter, Instagram, wherever your followers
are beyond Youtube, and you want to be able
to have conversations. If people are asking for
specific types of videos, listen to that and make
those kind of videos. If people want to see more of one thing or more of another, listen to them. And one thing I suggest
is ask your subscribers, to talk to them in your video,
ask them to leave comments and then respond to those comments, and then also just do polls
and different things like that. Be active with your community,
because this is a community. It’s not just a place
where you create content, dump it and walk away. You have to be an active
participant in this community. What’s up guys, you got coffee. – We got a Horchata coffee. – Alright, I got three more tips for you, but I’m getting called
back into the shoot. So I’ll finish these after. – For three, two, – And over, good job guys, good job. – Alright, so we just finished our shoot. I just had to mop the
floors and scrub everything. But number eight actually
was timed perfect. I actually did not intend for this, but number eight is make Youtube
your side hustle at first. So don’t expect that
you’re gonna be successful and making a ton of money
off of Youtube right away. It’s gonna take time to get to the point where you’re making money and you can do this as a full time gig. So for me, I have a production company, and it’s something that I still do even with my following almost at 250,000. I still treat this as a secondary thing, because you want to have that cushion when you’re on Youtube. You don’t want to be forced to try and make money all the time, especially right out of the gate. So when you’re starting, don’t start and expect to turn around and
start making a ton of money off of your channel and do it full time. I would say start as a side hustle, spend a little time here
and there working on it, but make sure that you
don’t just drop everything to start your channel, unless you have the money
to be able to do that, and have a year or two or three of cushion to be able
to build your channel and spend the time you need on the channel to get to the point where you can actually be making money off of it. Okay, so number nine is
use the gear that you have. Right now I’m just
shooting this entire video on the DJI Osmo Pocket, because it was the easiest
camera for me to grab and go shoot this while
I’m in the studio shooting. Instead of pulling my camera rig out from what’s going on in there, or having my GH5 and use that for this, I just grabbed my DJI Osmo
Pocket, came out here and shot. So if you just have a phone right now, if you just have a GoPro, if you have something
like the DJI Osmo Pocket, then start with that. Don’t worry about the
gear right off the bat. Don’t worry about getting
the most expensive gear, the best cameras, all of this. You learn what you need
by creating content. So just start creating
content with what you have. And if that’s just a phone
and that’s all you have, start making content with that right now. And then down the road you’ll figure out what you need to get to be
able to make better content or a different kind of content
than what you can create with the gear that you have right now. Okay, and number 10, my
final tip for this video is just get started. And just get started right now. You don’t want to wait around, you don’t want to wait
for that perfect moment to start your channel, or to start doing what you want to do. You need to start
getting the ball rolling, and you need to start creating content. The whole idea when it comes to Youtube is that you need to learn
and you need to evolve, and you need to see what
works, what doesn’t work, try new things, experiment. And the only way to do that
is by creating content. So get out there and
start creating right now. Go plan your first shoot, and
go hit that upload button. Don’t be worried and don’t be scared about hitting that upload button. Guys, I have a whole other video all about the biggest mistakes that I made on Youtube
when I first started, and I also brought in
five other Youtubers, some of my friends, to talk about their
biggest mistakes as well. And it gives you some ideas of some things that
you need to think about right now when you’re
creating your content, and when you start uploading
your videos online. Alright guys, that is it. It’s freezing, my hands are really cold because I don’t have gloves, and I am gonna head back
inside and go grab a beer because we’re done with our shoot, the truck’s almost packed, it’s time to get out of here, it’s time to go just relax a little bit. But guys, if you’re new
here to this channel, make sure you hit that subscribe button. I do a lot of filmmaking
tutorials, I do product reviews, I also do a lot of Youtube
training like this, so if you want to become a creator, if you’re thinking about being a creator, then I highly suggest checking out the playlist that I have
down in the description, which has links to all of
the videos that I’ve done on Youtube training here on Youtube, and I highly suggest taking
a look at all of those. And guys, one last thing,
make sure you head over to the creatorfilmschool.com, that’s where I house all my courses on how to become a creator. Alright guys, that is it. I’ll see you on the next one.

100 thoughts on “How To Start A YouTube Channel In 2019

  1. Thanks a lot for the tips. Seriously, I see the mistakes you are talking about and I feel I made the same mistakes. However, we learn and we evolve.
    I invite you and to everyone to my channel as well so you guys have an idea of what I do, how I do it, and so you can be part of this community.
    Thanks a lot, Jeven and keep motivating us with this helpful tips. =)

  2. From my small amount of time having a channel, I have definitely found being active on YouTube and commenting and interacting helps growth the most.

  3. I have something kind of started. All mine have been one shot videos. My biggest hang up is editing need to figure that out

  4. These are great tips! I put off starting my channel for a while, before just going for it, knowing I would get nowhere if I didn't just start. And I started with my phone.

  5. Woah, you're from Kansas City? I thought that background looked familiar till I saw the Western Auto sign and knew for sure. Really cool seeing content coming from my home city!

    Loved the video. Hopefully I can work up to starting the channel I've been conceptualizing for years now.

  6. Some people can make it within the first year, but most don't. I say 3 – 5 years, because starting a YouTube channel, is a learning curve for most of us. Great advice Jeven. I found you through Morningfame!!

  7. These are excellent tips that I need to write down and apply in the coming days. Thank you for sharing this instructive informative video with us. This was my first time viewing your video. @prmentor (3/13/19)

  8. I loved the first 3 videos about this issue………but now it just seems to be the same over and over again.

  9. I’m going all in! I’m a stay at home mom so this will be my niche. I already have my second video scheduled.

  10. Question though, how do you niche your channel if it's more or less weekly vlog type content? I've heard make content you wanna make and that your passionate about, but also specialize in "a niche" I have written down about 30 or 40 different video ideas I want to eventually do that i think will be fun. But it's not all hair. Or all makeup, etc. Idk sometimes people say one thing and others say another. Same with how much content you create. some say just pump out content, doesn't matter if it's the greatest, the more content you get out, the more chances people will watch it. At the same time, others say, upload what you think will be good, even if it's not everyday because quality is better than quantity.

  11. 1. Start with what you know/passionate about.
    2. Pick a niche.
    3. Make it a personal brand.
    4. Don't give up. (1-3 years to create brand)
    5. Follow your analytics.
    6. Look for the snowball effect.
    7. Create a Community and engage.
    8. Make YouTube your side hustle.
    9. Use the gear that you have.
    10. Start creating Now.

  12. I started my channel. I know about woodworking, but I can’t upload for a little bit because I’ll be traveling.

    Would you say uploading something about it would help or harm my channel? Better to just not upload?

  13. The hardest part is getting noticed at the start no matter how often you upload or the quality of your content, if you're not getting traffic to your channel you're not gonna get noticed or grow.

  14. Definitely agree with someones comment here that commenting on others channels and building a community helps to gain some growth 😃

  15. Thanks for passing on, honest advice. I watched a couple of your videos and have taken some good stuff away! 🙏

  16. Thank you for these tips! I have an idea to start a channel, and learned some valuable things from you, to help me get started.

  17. I like making food and tech videos but from my small number of videos the tech stuff performs way better than the food. It seems I have to niche more. What do you think fam?

  18. Love from Brazil! Thanks for the incredible motivation and precise tips…Starting my channel soon following your footsteps.

  19. Could you help me decide please Do I start my videos filming vertical ( for cell phone watchers) or horizontal? My channel is on Photography.

  20. Started my channel last week. I want to do a couples vlog of just our everyday newlywed life which is hard to keep consistent. So far I feel like our niche is vlogging but it feels like a variety channel because we do different things everyday. Any tips on keeping a vlog consistent?

  21. I'm just starting a drawing channel and you confirmed my intuitions! super usefull for morale 💪
    Thx

  22. i found this pretty helpful , thank you for your advice. i actually just started my channel this week and i’ve been enjoying it so far , whoever is currently readying this , please check me out and subscribe!! start this journey with me and see how far i get 🙂

  23. I have a channel with only 900 subs. I created my channel in year 2013.
    if you think, I am growing pretty slowly XD that is because I am not being consistent on YouTube.
    So I think that point you mentioned being active in this community is so accurate.
    I am a dancer and will keep dancing till my last breath.
    So if ya'll people in the comment section support me then I'll be so grateful.
    THANK YOU JEVEN FOR THIS VIDEO, I AM A NEW SUBSCRIBER. 🙂

  24. I do think being active is very important on YouTube. I only have 10 subscribers so I will be growing very slowly I think. it is good to be comment on YouTube as well. thank you for your video

  25. I just started my Bulk Vending channel. I appreciate the info. I’m still learning and my videos keep evolving on editing and recording angles. You can see the progress in the videos. 👍🏼

  26. Thanks for the video man. Would love to see some BTS from your commercial gigs – the sports shoot looked interesting!

  27. Hi

    You are doing very well, very enthusiastic, a lot of knowledge and you have fantastic vlog experience

    Greetings
    Julia

  28. Incredible information……I started a YouTube channel last week and shot my first video yesterday at a Winery……didn't post it just wanted to see where improvments are needed…..thanks for the information Jeven

  29. Great video! Thank you! The best I have seen regarding starting a YT channel! Thank you sir!

  30. Are you from kansas city? I just found your channel last week and have been watching a ton of your videos. I plan to start youtube in the next month or so. I was going to wait and buy a camera first but I think i can just use my phone for now. 😀 I am going to give a 2 year commitment to publishing videos regularly on youtube. Thanks man! If you are from KC you should do a meetup sometime!

  31. I already have a baking channel but I decided to start this channel in 2019 and I am SO EXCITED!❤️

  32. Hey Jeven, thx for the great content and motivation. I have a question for you and your community as I need advise and don't really have experienced people around me : I'm about to start a cultural travel channel with my wife, with specific focus on dance and singing in the visited countries. The thing is, I already have a small channel with few hundreds followers I build up with my previous activities (dance). So I could build on it and just change the name as the activity would be close enough. Or I could start a new channel dedicated to this project and keep building my personal brand channel. What would be the best course of action ? Any advice appreciated if you have the time, and/or someone from the community. Thx a lot !

  33. Jeven,
    I really like you because you are very
    serious (you don't give in to pressure to be smiley. You are comfortable with a serious face). =^..^=

  34. last time I was in KC, the roof to Kemper arena fell. Seriously, I've been impressed with your advice and my suscriptions have grown from following your advice. Thanks Man, you're an inspiration.

  35. Wow! This is amazing Jeven! I needed to hear this! Am gonna start now! It’s been a passion but was too scared to start…. 🤗🤗👏🏽👏🏽 thanks lots! And lots of love ❤️

  36. I have started my channel but I don't know how I am doing and my channel is about daily vlogs but without showing my face and will this work and how I come to know that my content is good

  37. Is it that important to put your name as a channel instead of a brand name? What if your last name is scary looking?

  38. Thanks, Jeven. Great tips! Interesting I just moved my videos to my channel from my business channel because I got zero views and thought maybe no one can find me unless they know my business name. Then, here you are saying to build a personal channel on YouTube because people follow people. I'm glad I'm on the right track… now.😀👍

  39. So, I am a Fire Alarm YouTuber. I want to be a Fire Alarm Inspector when I get older, but I don't know what buildings I am allowed to film Fire Alarms in. I also want to film public Fire Alarm Tours of hotels, and other bulildings, but again, I don't know what buildings I am allowed to film in.

  40. When you say side hustle are you trying to upload every day? Every week? Consistency is my biggest issue right now!

  41. I just started creating videos for YouTube, so all these tips are helpful. Watching your videos is one of the reasons I started videoing now, with my phone, instead of waiting to get an actual camera. ☺️

  42. Just relaunched my youtube channel after 3 years of being timid about it. Excited to get back into vlogging and making content!

  43. my YouTube channel is 3-ish years old now, and I can't make any real progress no matter what I do. beautiful

  44. Hey everyone ! I was just wondering something… I wan't to start a Youtube channel I actually have so many ideas but it is so hard for me to focus on one niche, do I really need a niche to kick the channel off ? 😀

    Thanks !

  45. Sir, your video is so much inspirational…will take your Tips into consideration with no delay…Thank You..

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