Start your Youtube Channel with this guide made up of a compilation of Youtube videos. This guide will help you throughout the entire process of uploading your first video.
For today’s blog, I am sharing a guide with the best Youtube videos I watched to successfully get my first video up on my engineer to mommy Youtube channel.
In the process of setting up my Youtube channel, filming, editing and uploading my first video I considered purchasing a Youtube course. I couldn’t justify spending upwards of $250 for a course, so I decided to do my own research and share the research with you. Enjoy!
Setting up your Youtube Channel Guide
I highly recommend watching Sunny Lenarduzzi’s Youtube channel. She has tons of great free content on Youtube marketing.
The following video goes step by step to create your YouTube channel.
I also downloaded Sunny Lenarduzzi’s Youtube Channel checklist that goes through the following steps:
- Create and Name Your Channel
- Verify your Channel
- Create a Subscription Link and Creating a Custom URL – In order to create a custom URL, your channel needs 100 subscribers and be at least 30 days old.
- Branding your channel – You can watch this video where Sunny shows how to create your Youtube Channel Banner using Canva
- Add your website and social links
- Add Channel keywords to help your audience find your videos
- Fill out the ‘About’ section in your channel to tell your audience what your channel is about
- Add a Watermark – You can make a personalized watermark in Canva and upload to your videos as a prompt for viewers to subscribe
How to prepare for your first Video
Before I set up my camera and started filming I watched the following videos from Vanessa Lau. Vanessa Lau has really great content on Instagram and Youtube marketing.
The key takeaways I received from this video are the following:
- Film as early as possible to take advantage of the daylight
- When you film, do a test take and view it on your computer so you can make sure everything looks and sounds good
- Get a good memory card to ensure you have enough space for the video content
- Have an extra battery or an AC adapter
Next, this video helped me figure out how to script my video with a practical approach.
One of the best things I learned from this video is that “Watch Time” in Youtube is king. Youtube uses the “Watch Time” analytics to recommend your YouTube channel. So you want to make sure your videos are set up correctly so that your audience will watch the entire video.
In order to set up your video for success, here are the key takeaways:
- keep your introduction short (30 seconds or less)
- Let your audience know what you’ll be discussing in your video – “in this video…”
- Keep videos shorter than 15 minutes
- Create an outline of your script
- Don’t tell your audience the video is ending
Editing your video with iMovie
To edit I used iMovie and I really loved how easy it is to use. This video got right to the point and was a great overview on how to use it.
Creating a Thumbnail
You can create a thumbnail using Canva.com. This is a great video from Vanessa Lau with 5 tips on creating your thumbnail.
I used this link https://www.remove.bg to remove the background from image. It is free and easy to use.
Uploading your video to your Youtube Channel
Finally, I watched this video to learn how to upload the video to Youtube. This video gives a step by step explanation and it also has time stamps.
What I learned from my first Youtube video
Without further a do, here is my first video.
I debated whether or not uploading this video because it is far from perfect. The main problems are that it is choppy and the beginning is a bit awkward.
Even though this video has a number of issues, I decided to post it because it is a step forward. I can always go back and reshoot this introduction. But I needed to start. The reason I am sharing this is so hopefully it inspires you to start your own Youtube Channel if it’s something you want to try. I am sure you can do much better. But you have to take the first step and go for it!
Here are things I will be changing for the next video:
- Film a practice round and watch it on the laptop. Inspect the background and listen to the audio to make sure it’s good. I didn’t do this and didn’t realize my camera picked up the sound from my fan. I was able to salvage the sound by reducing the background noise in iMovie. See image below for steps.
- I filmed my video by recording a couple of lines at a time and I had to constantly get up from my seat to press the record button. This made the editing look really choppy. To remedy this I will purchase a remote control for my camera and film more lines at a time. I have a Sony A6400, if you want to learn why I decided to purchase this camera and how I set it up, click here.
- I wrote down my script as I was filming and I think this made the filming process longer. Next time, I will write down the script a day or two in advance. Hopefully, this makes the filming more efficient.
- I’m going to experiment with filming the introduction to the video in the beginning and at the end since I felt more comfortable with speaking towards the end.