How to Start a Vlog and Become a Youtube Vlogger (10 steps)

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Want to become a vlogger but have no idea how to start your own vlog?

Our step-by-step guide will help guide you on how to start your own vlog. We’ll cover everything you need to know about equipment, youtube, provide you with vlog ideas and tips and help you get your first subscribers.

Let’s help you become a vlogger!

Step 1: Preparation

The first step we recommend is to look at your favorite vloggers. Watch a few of their vlogs multiple times and 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!

 

Step 2: Create a YouTube Channel

If you don’t have a Youtube channel yet, go ahead and create one. It’s completely free and only takes a few minutes.

To start creating your YouTube vlogging channel head on over to: https://www.youtube.com/create_channel.

 

Step 3: Get The Right Equipment

Getting the right equipment will help you make high quality videos.

You don’t need to spend thousand of dollars on expensive camera equipment but having a good camera is a must. Use our buyer guides if you need help finding a vlogging camera. A feature that is nice to have for vlogging is a camera with a flip screen. You can find the best options in our flip screen camera guide.

If you have enough budget, you can also consider buying a microphone, tripod or other equipment such as lighting. Most youtubers start without these and they are not a requirement to create good videos.

 

Step 4: Prepare Your Video

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?

If you find it difficult to come up with video ideas. Look at other vloggers and draw inspiration from their vlogs. If you are completely stuck, use our list vlogging ideas or YouTube Video Ideas.

Once you know a video topic, you can make preparations for the video like writing a script.

Be careful you don’t read straight from the script if you have one. If it feels like you are directly reading of a script in your vlogs, they will be 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 without being tempted to read off the script.

 

Step 5: Film a Vlog

Once you have a good idea of what you want your vlog to look like, it’s time to start recording.

Some tips for recording your first vlog

  1. Don’t overthink it, relax: Don’t plan it out too much. Just start recording and say whatever is on your mind. Being spontaneous is a good thing for vlogging.
  2. Good lighting and Audio quality: Make sure to speak clearly and don’t leave any long silences in your vlog. Try to record the video in day light or with indoor lights for better image quality.
  3. Interact with your audience: vlogging is great because you can connect on a more personal level. Engage with your viewers, ask their opinion and be sure to respond to comments on your vlogs.
  4. Sign off with a unique personal phrase: this helps you personalize your videos and a lot of successful vloggers have their own unique phrase they use to end the vlog.

For more tips and tricks, check out our full list of 25 vlogging tips.

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 are 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.

Be Yourself

Even though you should always try to be as interesting, unique and entertaining as possible, you should always be yourself!

Just relax, put on a smile, be enthusiastic and let your own personality shine through in your vlogs.

 

Step 6: Edit Your Vlog

When you have recorded enough footage to make a vlog. It’s time to edit your raw footage into a finished video ready to be uploaded on YouTube.

They are quite a few different video editing programs available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. Most Mac and Windows computers even come with free video editing software.

Use our vlog editing software guide to find the best program for you (free or paid).

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.

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.

Export The Finished Video

Once you are done editing your vlog, 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.

Reference Youtube’s recommended video settings before exporting so the video is the right resolution and the right file type for uploading.

 

Step 7: Upload Your Vlog to YouTube

Now your vlogs is recorded, edited and ready to be uploaded to YouTube, it’s time to get the vlog online!

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.

Upload video button

Then 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.

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 don’t 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.

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 click on 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.

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.

 

Step 8: Promote Your Videos
Social media promotion

Now that your vlog is uploaded to YouTube you are done right? Not yet! Every minute, over 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. If you want to get views you’ll need to promote your vlogs to get noticed.

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.

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.

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

 

Step 9: Keep Going!

Your vlog will probably not have thousands of views at first but don’t let that stop you. Set a schedule for how often you want to upload new vlogs and stick with that schedule no matter what.

Keep networking with other youtubers, bloggers and people on social media and maybe do some collaborations with others. That way your youtube channel will grow a lot faster.

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.

 

Step 10: Monetize

Once your subscriber base grows and you start getting more views it’s time to make some money off of your vlogs.

Apply to the Youtube Partnership Program so you can start earning money from ads shown before or during your videos.

To become a partner you need to meet two requirements:

  1. Have more than 4,000 public watch hours in the last 12 months.
  2. Have more than 1,000 subscribers.

Beware: YouTube does not let you monetize videos with copyrighted material so don’t include any songs you don’t own the rights to.

Good Luck!

 

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