Vlogging for Beginners: My First YouTube Video
It’s 2019 and a lot of my blogging friends say they may turn or they are turning to vlogging instead; or they may supplement and augment their blogging efforts through vlogging. My vlogging skills are at the beginners level. Nevertheless, friends have persuaded me to at least try using videos as part of my content marketing strategy.
It’s official! On April 6, 2019, my first YouTube video went live!
My YouTube Experience:
Many are familiar with the business history and know that Google bought YouTube from the original owners and then set out to continue providing this awesome service and make it even better. Google management is constantly tweaking YouTube and trying to enhance or improve it while also turning it into one of their products that generates a consistent revenue stream for the corporation, as well as the users.
When Google Plus existed, my G+ profile and a business page were linked to a YouTube channel. I even had customized URLs for my channels. However, the Google social network was shut down April 2019 and the connection links no longer exist. But even before the G+ network closed down, in 2018, I set up a brand new channel to start all over again.
Unlike many YT entrepreneurs, I have had my channel for months but did nothing with it because I was in the process of learning what to do and how to do it.
Creating and Publishing My YouTube Video:
Creating a video has been on my “Home Biz To Do List” for forever! However, I finally did it! Created my first YouTube video. It’s online for the public to view. It’s a slideshow that I converted into a video and uploaded. It was painful! I’m joking but I’m serious.
- Did you know there is YouTube Classic and YouTube (Beta)?
- Did you know that since the Beta version is not finalized, you can switch back to the old version to create your videos?
It only took me about a day and a half of frustration and sweat to figure that out! When you are self-taught the learning process may take a little longer, but you’re not about to forget what you learn! LOL.
It took me about a day and a half to create the slides, find music for the background, figure out how to convert the slides into a video format that YouTube would accept (only 8 formats are acceptable), find royalty-free music to add to the background, create a description, add tags, and hit the Publish button.
My Future with YouTube:
I would love to monetize my video. I am already approved for monetization. But according to the Google rules, I need 4000 views within a year and 1000 subscribers to my channel for Google to even consider it “AdSense-worthy”, i.e. a consistent and reliable revenue generation stream.
No problem. Gives me a goal to strive to achieve. It’s not an impossible goal either. I did a generic search using a keyword phrase, along with my name and my YouTube video popped out on in the search engine results. That means that within just a few hours, my video URL had already been indexed and was available for the public to search and find.
My video is only 45 seconds but it took me 3 days to do it!
It looks very “amateur-ISH”. Nevertheless, I’m proud of myself! After all, didn’t all experts start out as amateurs?
I encourage all beginners, newbies, and amateurs to follow my example.
“Think. Dream. Focus. Believe in yourself. Hire yourself. Be your own boss. Do it!”
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