Making A Living Off Of YouTube
Updated: Apr 2
How hard is it to become a YouTuber and where do you start?
Can just anyone do it?
YouTube requires you to have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watched hours of content in one year before you can apply to monetize your channel.
When it comes to YouTube there is no barrier to entry other than complying with the sites guidelines, allowing everyone to have a fair shot at producing interesting content.
There are many choices of channel genre
If you're a gamer you can choose to create content in a variety of forms from Lets Play, where you record yourself playing video games or speed runs, where you complete a game as fast as you can. In order to get a decent amount of views in the gaming category you need to have skills that keep the attention of viewers.
The sky is the limit and the more original you are the better chance you have of standing out.
Anything do it yourself is trending as well as interesting craftsmanship, but what if you don't have any outstanding talents?
It could be a good idea to start small and test the waters with your content before settling into a niche. See what videos get the best response organically as well as with some small advertising. FaceBook is a cheap option to test out your advertising savvy.
If you have a cute pet then I suggest you start there. Animal videos can get some nice views.
Having a launching point for your video production is important as no one is very good when they first start out. The best practice to finding a niche is to concentrate on what you're passionate about so you don't mind spending the time which you will have to put in.
Content, content, content
A channel with a lack of videos will have viewers leaving as fast as they came. The goal is to organize your videos into playlists allowing your viewers to navigate your channel effectively and see what you have to offer.
One final suggestion for a YouTube channel would be dash cam videos. You don't have to go chasing the action, instead people respond to simple videos of driving through towns and cities. You don't have to break the bank purchasing a dash cam either and other than gas money it is a relatively cheap channel to operate.
No matter what path you choose to go down make sure you're having fun while doing it, otherwise you are not engaged and your videos will suffer. So be creative, think outside the box and put your own twist on whatever you pursue.