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Old 02-01-2020, 10:29 AM   #1
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Default Could use some advice/tips on starting a YouTube channel

Finally committed to starting a YT channel. If I would’ve started it two or three years ago it might’ve been better. Missed out on lots of good video content that’ll be hard to reproduce.

Do sponsors only get interested once you reach enough subscribers? It’s going to take some moolah to afford ammo and decent video equipment. Looks like I’ll just have to start with crumbs.

Sounds like the editing part takes longer than the initial video. Is that correct?

Years ago I worked on creating videos and brainstorming for content. At least I have a little experience there. But keeping people interested and affording to as well as making quality videos will certainly be a challenge. It’s gonna take more than just myself to be successful. I’ve already got relatives willing to help in front of and behind the cameras.

Would you guys who have become good at YT videos care to share advice?
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Old 02-01-2020, 10:34 AM   #2
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Old 02-01-2020, 01:08 PM   #3
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I donít post YT but I follow a few channels. On the outside looking in and usually watching several videos a day I would say....

Editing is everything. It doesnít require music being dubbed into it. I think the good ones probably do a few takes and clip the best sections.

The channels that I follow do at least once a week, twice seems common and a couple more often than that. I wouldnít do it too often though unless you have ideas for many different videos. If successful you are going to have to do hundreds of videos eventually.

The personality of the person(s) on camera is high up there with editing. You donít need to be a laughing idiot but people arenít going to watch grumpy gus repeatedly. Laughing is okay, smiling is okay and even straight forward sometimes is okay but the on camera isnít likeable, no one is going to watch.

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From the channels that I have followed, I think that most donít have any staff except maybe a person on camera. Maybe most doing have a moving camera and I suspect are a one person company. I can almost guarantee that most of them probably are a one person show unless there is help editing.

So in order...
1. Editing
2. Personality or delivery.
3. Enough content to post often, at least once a week.
4. Keep the videos relatively short, maybe 5-10 minutes or so. The channels I follow run generally 3-15 minutes. When I am searching for a topic, especially if I am trying to do something (cook, history, repair something, dtc.) and I see a 25 minute video, I usually pass. Certainly there are exceptions such as long technical topics that simply require that long videos. Those long videos might cit a need at that moment but I rarely go back to one. That doesnít do much for subscribers to a channel.

I would view several channels and find the ones you like their delivery, even if a completely different topic. Note how many views they have on an episode and how many subscribers they have. That is how I have formed my ideas on the topic.

Of course you may know all of that...

In my opinion.
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Old 02-01-2020, 01:24 PM   #4
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Number one turn off for a video is poor audio. Second is poor video quality. As mentioned above, short, sweet, to the point. No diatribes... Gotta remember the target audience for YouTube videos are millennials... They prefer the microwave over the oven.

What would your content cover exactly?
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Old 02-01-2020, 01:31 PM   #5
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There's a few guys on here that are pretty successful at YouTube, Michael the owner of TBH being one of them. You will need to have 10-20k subs before sponsors will be even remotely interested and that could take several years if your good at it.
Start out with your phone if you habe to and work up from there.

My goal this year is to get to 1k subs. I've bought a nice camera and editing software and I'm hitting that upload button as much as possible.
Heres my channel
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCXhLNUDmrOxwcNFWIoWusmw
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Old 02-01-2020, 01:38 PM   #6
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Number one turn off for a video is poor audio. Second is poor video quality. As mentioned above, short, sweet, to the point. No diatribes... Gotta remember the target audience for YouTube videos are millennials... They prefer the microwave over the oven.

What would your content cover exactly?
You're 32 according to your profile. You prefer the microwave over the oven? Or unaware you're a millennial? lol
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Old 02-01-2020, 01:40 PM   #7
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You're 32 according to your profile. You prefer the microwave over the oven? Or unaware you're a millennial? lol
I feel millennials started the day after I was born. Yes, I am one, but I really don't think I have a lot in common with them.

And it was just a metaphor explaining how millennials have to have things done fast, have no patience, need instant gratification, etc.

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Old 02-01-2020, 01:49 PM   #8
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I got no advice for you but...

A buddy of mine did this video several years ago. He had no idea it would take him at the time. 53 million views!


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Old 02-01-2020, 01:51 PM   #9
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I’m 73 in March and I watch quite a bit of YouTube, especially on tv. Lately I’m caught up in a Canadian who lost his business and moved to the woods. He built a cabin by hand with nothing but old tools, draw knife, adz, axe, hand saws, etc. His vids run 25 minutes and I can’t turn my head because it’s so interesting. That may be an anomaly, although I can and do watch longer hog hunting, and handgun hunting vids.

Other than those or historical or biographical types, I tend to agree with the short and to the point view. I also agree with the personality in front of the camera. One more thing, speak like I’m deaf, enunciate, because I am. If it was easy everybody would do it, give it a whirl !
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Old 02-01-2020, 03:47 PM   #10
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https://youtu.be/Q980C74SdYQ
Here is a good video on tips...

I think this guys is one of the top YT'ers...

Also, if this is a hunting/gun channel, YT often times does not allow monetization of those videos, citing violence. And about a year or so ago, YT made it very hard to make any money off videos. Sponsorships is going to be the way to go.

Just things to consider. Wishing you good luck. Let us know when you launch and I will subscribe!
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Old 02-01-2020, 05:12 PM   #11
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Looking forward to the cows gone wild videos
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Old 02-01-2020, 06:05 PM   #12
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I follow quite a few channels regarding my varying interests. One of the worst thing a hunting channel can do is push a product. People gravitate to YouTube, and not hunting channels on tv, because it's great content without the typical sales message. There are channels I really like but if a particular video is clearly a product push I don't watch it.

Look at The Hunting Public. They will throw out an OnX coupon code but don't have to name every product they use. You'll make money on all the Mike Bloomberg commercials before, during, and after your videos once you get enough subscribers.

Most of the very popular channels use every social media to get their name out.

Put videos up on a regular basis.

I hate to say it but a lot of channels get popular with click bait titles. I wouldn't recommend that. I have quit some channels that have good content most of the time because they throw a clickbait title in a little too often. They seem to work though. It's like people saying they hate a pushy sales guy but those are the ones who sell the most.
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Old 02-01-2020, 07:29 PM   #13
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I agree with up above. It sounds like your going to do primarily gun content. The first thing that makes me turn it off is a ******y guy who didnít know what their talking about. Not saying that you at all, be sure to let us know what it is!


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Old 02-01-2020, 08:13 PM   #14
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Number one turn off for a video is poor audio. Second is poor video quality. As mentioned above, short, sweet, to the point. No diatribes... Gotta remember the target audience for YouTube videos are millennials... They prefer the microwave over the oven.

What would your content cover exactly?
Assuming it would be about the every day life or death experiences of him working cattle lol

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Old 02-01-2020, 08:25 PM   #15
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Just put up a pic of an attractive girl in leggings and people will click on it


ďFools multiply when wise men are silentĒ -Nelson Mandela
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Old 02-01-2020, 10:06 PM   #16
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well my son and I started a YT channel a couple years ago. this was before YT assaulted the gun community. but I agree...

1. editing
2. consistency and delivery
3. content (is everything)
4. frequency

my 2 biggest videos have been on truck stuff and reviews on a gun I put together

good luck
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Old 02-01-2020, 10:40 PM   #17
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My son is a pretty successful youtuber and he thinks facebook is a much easier place to start out and make some money depending on what type of videos you are producing. He is starting to make some good money on FB in addition to his YT earnings. Having top notch video and audio quality goes without saying.

The first thing is having unique and interesting content. If you don't have that then you will spin your wheels. If your videos are more of a Vlog then youtube is probably a better place for your vids...if your videos are more likely to be shared (viral, truly unique content) then facebook is better and it can spread quickly.

You need 10K likes on your FB page to get monetized. YT requires 1,000 subscribers to get monetized.
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Old 02-02-2020, 06:54 AM   #18
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Finally committed to starting a YT channel. If I wouldíve started it two or three years ago it mightíve been better. Missed out on lots of good video content thatíll be hard to reproduce.

Do sponsors only get interested once you reach enough subscribers? Itís going to take some moolah to afford ammo and decent video equipment. Looks like Iíll just have to start with crumbs.

Sounds like the editing part takes longer than the initial video. Is that correct?

Years ago I worked on creating videos and brainstorming for content. At least I have a little experience there. But keeping people interested and affording to as well as making quality videos will certainly be a challenge. Itís gonna take more than just myself to be successful. Iíve already got relatives willing to help in front of and behind the cameras.

Would you guys who have become good at YT videos care to share advice?
Go check out thresher fishing. He films himself and does his own editing. He also puts out videos pretty often.

Find other YTers that you as a viewer think do good and bas things and use the good in your videos.

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Old 02-02-2020, 06:55 AM   #19
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Go check out thresher fishing. He films himself and does his own editing. He also puts out videos pretty often.

Find other YTers that you as a viewer think do good and bas things and use the good in your videos.

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Oh and go youtube how to become a youtuber and there is a stupid amount of information from other youtubers.

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