Helpful Advice for New YouTube Creators
If you are new to YouTube, as I am, you probably are running into the same issues I have been having.
I’ve found that unless you enter the program with very good tech skills, uploading decent videos to YouTube can be a daunting task.
In my case, making the videos is not a problem, but editing has been a nightmare.
Why There Are Issues
If you don’t know anybody who already produces media on YouTube, you enter the program knowing very little, and you are left to discover important things on your own.
1. Questions That Need Answers
Yes, you can post questions on other people’s videos, but I have noticed a few things about the answers you get:
- They often are outdated.
- The information you get is not always the same.
- Those giving tutorials talk way to fast.
- It’s very difficult to follow the directions on a screen, especially if yours looks different than theirs.
For these reasons you waste a lot of time searching for the correct answer and, in doing so, become very frustrated.
On one video the author advised to hit the delete button. She didn’t say the delete button on my own computer, so I thought there was one on somewhere on the screen. There wasn’t!
2. Editing Programs
You soon find out that everybody has his own favorite editing program and each person claims that theirs is the easiest.
That’s not even close to the truth for someone who has never used an editing program before or for someone who only has limited tech skills. I spent weeks playing around with different ones, and all were absolutely horrible!
One of the reasons this happens is that the presenters sometimes are “sponsored” by the companies that produce the editing programs! Of course they’re going to say those programs are great!
I finally found one called WeVideo, and I suggest you use that one. Within a few hours I was able to work with the basics. Compared to many, the cost was minimal, but it has been worth every single penny!
Many creators talk in “Jargon”. For a newbie, they might as well be speaking Greek! It would be nice if YouTube would provide a little dictionary new creators could use to help them understand directions, but they don’t. Again, you’re left to your own (pardon the pun) devices!
It would be nice, also, if YouTube would include in this dictionary terms such as Cards and End Screens and explain how you add them. Their explanations leave a lot to be desired.
The fact that you learn in short order that YouTube is not going to pay you a dime until you get 1000 subscribers and 4000 page views within a year is a real shocker!
You’re thinking “Maybe I can get those page views, but I don’t know 1000 people, and I’m starting this project as a total unknown, so how the heck am I going to obtain those numbers so I can at least make some money??”
It’s almost as if you’re providing slave labor and have to really push hard if you want to earn any money, so you start producing as fast as you can only to find that you’re getting a few views a day and only a few subscribers per month.
You watch a lot of videos that others have made that explain about the equipment they use and begin to realize that this little project could end up costing you hundreds of dollars, and you might not earn a dime!
6. Inability to Make Upgrades
The lack of opportunity to upgrade videos is a policy that really frustrates creators. Everybody makes mistakes. There's no way around it. However, to not be able to edit and improve work puts tremendous pressure on people and causes many to simply delete otherwise good videos.
In short, the cards all seem to be stacked against you and you begin to wonder if you should even continue.
The Light Comes On
Then word comes that some of the people producing videos on YouTube have become millionaires!
You can’t believe it, because most of what you’ve seen doesn’t seem to be anything people would even want to watch.
However, when you look at the thousands of daily views they are getting for things such as watching a kid unwrap presents every day, you begin to realize that there must be something to all of this.
Then you find out that your cell phone has the capacity to take good videos with good sound, so you start filming.
You won’t have to buy a camera because your cell phone will do fine, an editing program can be had for nothing or just a few dollars a month and you’ll be able to learn what you need to know if you just stay calm and be patient.
There’s a lot of money at stake, and maybe you’ll be able to get some of it for yourself.
Baby Steps Might Make You Rich!
You’ve learned a great deal, even though you’ve had very little help along the way. The most important thing you’ve learned is that you can try this stuff out without spending a ton of money and will continue to learn as you go.
You’ve figured out that this is really a numbers game. If you can find ways to entice people over to your site, read your articles and press that subscribe button, you might find success.
Maybe you, too, will become a YouTube millionaire. If you don’t, you won’t have lost much, but you will have strengthened your tech skills, learned the importance of patience, learned how to find answers for yourself and how to be more creative.
It’s a win-win either way, so don’t give up.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Sondra Rochelle