YouTube is a video-sharing platform that makes it easy to watch videos online. You can also create and upload videos for free to share and to earn from them. The website started in 2005 and is now one of the most popular sites on the web.
Currently, over 400 minutes of videos are being uploaded every minute on YouTube. You’ll also reach 2081 if you watch all the videos on the site nonstop, that’s how much videos YouTube currently has.
The good thing about YouTube is its ability to reach all kinds of people, in all corners of the world, using any kind of device. This means that as Filipinos, we can also make use of it to earn money.
Creating a YouTube channel and making money from it is a sideline that you can start for free or cheaply. Here are the 3 golden nuggets you need to know:
3 YouTube myths
You need a technical background. No, you don’t need a technical background, you just have to know how to take your video, transfer it to your computer, and upload it to YouTube.
You need to be popular. You don’t need to be popular to start a YouTube channel. You can start from scratch and eventually build your brand as you go along uploading videos.
You need a lot of money to start. You don’t need to buy anything expensive to start. All you need is your camera and your computer. Chances are, you already have those. Now, you just have to create videos.
3 core steps to earn money
Have content. This is the first thing that you need to consider when creating a YouTube channel. What can you offer that people can benefit from? Expertise in any area is a good start. Hobbies are also worth looking at, are you a collector or a gamer? Show people what you do by creating videos.
Be consistent. If content is the king, then consistency is the key. Keep uploading videos and do not be discouraged with the slow growth at first. Like anything else, you just have to be persistent to see improvements.
Engage. After consistency comes growth. With your growth, comes the audience and fans that find value in what you show them. Make sure you engage with them. Remember that people tend to follow people that they can relate to. Engage and retain your relatability to keep your current followers as you gain more.
3 tips to keep earning money
Go live. People love it when they feel that they can reach you. Conduct live sessions where you can answer questions of your followers. This will make you seem closer to them. In turn, you’ll get their trust and loyalty.
Listen. To simply engage with your followers is not enough. The next step to engagement is that you have to listen. After all, the best people to ask in order to gain more followers are those that are already following you.
Toughen up. You can’t please everybody. We all know that. No matter what content you are uploading, there will be people who won’t like what you offer. Some of these people will even go to the extent of bashing you and saying mean things about you. This is when you have to toughen up, don’t listen to people who want to bring you down. Just keep your head up and continue what you are doing.