Want to make your (first) vlog but don’t know where to begin?
We’ll show you how to make your (first) vlog in 15 steps so you can start your own vlogging channel on YouTube.
Before you dive into making your first vlog you should have a general idea about what type of vlog you want to make. Having a plan for making vlogs is important if you want to become a successful vlogger.
#1 Look at Popular Vloggers
The first step we recommend is looking at the popular vloggers. These can be vloggers that you regularly watch or just vloggers that are popular in general.
Watch a few of their vlogs multiple times and really analyze the details. Do they use an intro and what does it look like? What type of vlogging music do they use? What do they record and how do they edit it? how long are the videos?
Write down the things you like and dislike about each vloggers’ videos so you know what to do (or avoid) in your own vlogs.
Remember, getting inspired is fine but don’t blatantly copy other vloggers. Create your own vlogging style!
Recording Your Vlog
Once you have a good idea of what you want your vlog to look like it’s time to start recording.
#2 Get The Right Equipment
To record a video you will first need to buy the right equipment. You don’t have to spend thousand of dollars on expensive camera equipment. Start with a vlogging camera that can record in Full HD 1080p (which is the video quality most vloggers record in). If you don’t know which vlogging camera to buy you can use our Ultimate Guide to Buying The Best Vlogging Camera.
You can choose to buy a microphone, tripod or other camera equipment now but nobody expects Hollywood quality video production from a new vlogger so don’t worry about it too much.
You can always buy a microphone, tripod or lighting later when your channel gets bigger.
#3 Prepare Your Vlog
Now that you are all set for recording your (first) vlog you need to think about what you want to do in your vlogs in more detail.
What are you going to do in your vlogs and what are you going to say?
You can write a script for what you want to say in your vlogs but don’t overdo it. If it feels like you are directly reading of your script in your vlogs they will become very monotonous and boring. It’s better to write down some topics you want to talk about and some important keywords. This way, you’ll have a back-up in case you black-out.
You can also look at other vloggers and draw inspiration from their vlogs or, if you are completely stuck, use our list of 67 YouTube Video Ideas for Your Inspiration.
#4 Make Your Vlog Interesting
People watch vlogs for their own entertainment so it’s very important that your vlogs are interesting.
It’s difficult to define what makes a vlog interesting but here are some general pointers:
- Be original: if your vlogs is the same as thousands of other vloggers it will be difficult to attract a lot of viewers
- Be interesting: Always make sure you are energetic/enthusiastic in your vlogs, smile a lot and tell interesting things. If you are looking bored or sad people won’t like to watch your vlogs.
- Do interesting things: If you sit on the couch all day your vlogs won’t be interesting. Go out to cool, interesting or scary locations.
#5 Be Yourself
Even though you should always try to be as interesting, unique and entertaining as possible you should always be yourself!
Your viewers will find out eventually if you are putting on a persona since you can’t keep that up forever.
Just relax, put on a smile, be enthusiastic and let your own personality shine through in your vlogs.
Editing Your Vlog
When you have recorded enough footage to make a vlog you can start editing your raw footage into a finished video you can upload on YouTube.
#6 Import Video Footage For Editing
The first step to editing your video is to import all your video footage onto the laptop or computer that you are going to use for editing. This step is different for every vlogging camera but usually you can insert the camera’s SD Card in your computer or connect your camera with a USB cable. Some cameras can even transfer the footage wirelessly via built-in Wi-Fi.
#7 Start Editing Your vlogs
After you have collected all the footage on your computer you can start importing it into your favorite video editing software. If you have a windows computer you should have Windows Movie Maker installed and Mac users should have iMovie installed. These programs are free and are good enough for cutting and compiling your footage. If you want to use more advanced (paid) video editing software you can check out our vlog editing software guide.
There are plenty of books and video tutorials about using these products so we won’t go in-depth into each program.
When you are editing your vlogs you can pick out the most interesting parts and edit them together. You can also add an intro or outro to your video if you have one.
The length of a vlog depends on how often you vlog and how much footage you have. In general, your vlogs should be at least 5 minutes and not exceed 20 minutes.
Note: If you want to upload videos longer than 15 minutes to YouTube you will need to verify your account with your phone number.
#8 Export The Finished Video
Once you are done editing your vlog and are happy with the end result it’s time to export the video. Exporting a video is the process of rendering the video project to a finished video file you can upload to YouTube.
If you don’t know what resolution or file format you should export the video in you can check out YouTube’s recommended video settings.
Uploading Your Vlog
Now that your vlogs is recorded, edited and exported into a video file that you can upload to YouTube it’s time to get the vlog online!
#9 Upload Your Vlog to YouTube
Log into your YouTube channel and click the upload icon located on the right of the search bar or go directly to youtube.com/upload.
Click the big YouTube icon and select your exported video file or drag your video file directly into the upload box.
Your video will now start uploading and you can follow the next few steps to complete your video listing. Your video will only go public after you hit the Publish button.
#10 Choose Your Video Title
You can now enter a title which will be used for your YouTube listing. Your title should be short (under 50 characters), catchy and related to your vlog. It’s okay to make the title attention grabbing but never make the title misleading! Viewers don’t like this and will leave dislikes and negative comments. If you often use misleading titles YouTube might even ban your account for violation of their rules.
#11 Choose or Create a Video Thumbnail
You are also able to choose or upload a thumbnail for the video. Your thumbnail plays a big role in someones decision to watch or not watch your video so make it visually appealing! Your thumbnail should make people curious so they want to watch your vlogs. You can either choose a still frame from your vlog after uploading the video to YouTube or create a custom thumbnail.
Just remember that all thumbnails must follow YouTube’s guidelines or YouTube will disable your ability to upload a custom thumbnail.
#12 Write Your Video Description
The final part of your video listing is your video description. Your video description plays a big role in telling YouTube what your vlog is about so they can rank it in their search engine.
Try to write a description of 300 to 500 words and include some keywords (but don’t go overboard). This helps YouTube understand your vlog better and recommend the vlog to the right audience.
Promoting Your Vlog
Now that your vlog is uploaded to YouTube you are done right? Not yet! Over 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute so if you want to get views you’ll need to promote your vlogs.
#13 Share Your Vlog on Social Media
The easiest way to promote your new vlog is by promoting it on your own social media. Share the link on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media websites you use.
#14 Build an Audience
Try building an audience that regularly watch your videos and leave a like and/or comment. This helps build your reputation on YouTube so your vlogs will be ranked higher and appear in the ‘recommended videos’ section of YouTube users.
#15 Collaborate With Other Vloggers
You can also collaborate with other vloggers to cross promote each other but this only works after you have your own following.
There are a lot more ways you can promote your YouTube channel and vlogs: 71 Ways to Get more Views and Subscribers on Youtube
Remember that your first vlog will probably suck and get very little views. Don’t give up! Every vlogger that now has millions of subscriber has at one point started from zero too!
Keep getting better at vlogging and editing, keep uploading and keep promoting. You never know when your big break might come.