I think you’ve made the right decision to go into video as I think that it’s one of the coolest things on earth. Call me a YouTube addict, yeah I am! Before becoming a pro, there are mistakes I made that almost inspired me to quit. So as not to make the same mistake as me, I’ll be sharing some tips for beginners on how you can use YouTube productively.
1. Post your videos at regular intervals
The first thing you must have in mind as a beginner is that you just have to start somewhere. If you keep complaining about the quality of your videos, you’ll never get anything done. When making a video, you must have it in mind that you’re a beginner. As such, your audience will tend to overlook some mistakes. If you check through how others started, you will notice that they developed themselves with the experience they gained while posting out videos and from the mistakes of others.
You should post your videos at regular intervals; this will help your audience to know when to catch up with your videos. Don’t wait till when you have one million subscribers till you create a schedule for yourself, it is the schedule you create now and stick to that will determine how much of your goal you will achieve.
2. Always remove the videos that you don’t need
Your audience will start getting bored if your videos contain similar content. The niche may be the same but the content must be distinctively different from each other.
Just because you caught the side-view of an edifice that you posted a while ago does not mean that you should have another side on your YouTube page. Too much of the same content will bore your audience.
3. Don’t imitate other videos you see
You should try as much as possible to be real. Take a cue from reality TV shows, you will notice people love to watch others be their real self. Don’t worry about those videos that are more popular, or more interesting. Just stick to what you do and choose to get better every day. Every popular YouTube channel began with 0 subscribers and 0 views, you have to gradually build your page.
4. Study programs you admire
You should watch your programs on TV and YouTube that will inspire you to do better. Be inquisitive about how they do things. When learning from these programs, you should stick to what you do but alter how they’re done till you get the best outcome possible.
5. Make sure you optimize your video for YouTube’s search engine
If you want other YouTube users to find your content, you will do more than just upload good content. Although the majority of work is uploading good content, however, if you ignore the remaining 10%, people will not find your video. Your entire effort will amount to waste if you upload great content without views. Here’s how to ensure that people find your videos on YouTube;
A. Ensure that the title of your video is descriptive enough
Ensure that your title is short and describes your content. No one will open a video on YouTube when they’re in doubt of what the content looks like. It is estimated that it will take over 50 million years to watch all the videos on the internet, why should a user watch your video when they have options.
B. Use tags on your video
Tags are to YouTube videos what keywords are to articles. Tags will help people to find you easily. For example, if the title of your video is “Best hotels in London,” you can use the tags “London hotels,” “London Vacation,” etc. get the gist?
C. Describe your product
You will see a description box below the video you want to upload, this affords you the opportunity to describe your product in a search engine friendly way.
6. Ensure that your audio quality is good
Bad video quality is not as detrimental as bad audio quality. Depending on how bad the audio is, it can completely render your video useless. Here are some things to avoid when shooting a video if you want to have good audio quality;
A. Avoid shooting a video in a windy environment
Since you’re just starting, it is expected that you don’t have Hi-tech equipment that can record videos in a windy place. Thus you should avoid this type of location totally because the only thing your audience will hear is the sound of wind rushing.
B. Take your equipment out of it case
If you’re shooting your video with a device like the GoPro, not taking it out of the case will ruin the audio quality of your video
C. Don’t place your finger on the microphone
For example, If you’re shooting a video with your phone and you place a finger on the device’s microphone, it will completely ruin the audio quality of your video.
7. Socialize with fellow community members on the platform
YouTube is a social network, and you should live up to that expectation by leaving comments on videos that you admire. The comments should sound genuine and not vague like awesome, or good. A great comment will attract the owner of that account and they may view your videos.
Also, use the share button to tell people across all 13 platforms available about your video. It can go a long way in bringing people to your YouTube page.