ANYONE can Make Money on YouTube! (5 Myths Busted!)
If you would have told me in the past that I'd have a big YouTube channel, I wouldn't have believed you. I've never known anything about photographing or taking videos nor I've never had a special interest in those topics.
Today I have a YouTube channel with 33,635 subscribers and over 1,900,000 views and I'm pretty confident that I'll reach the 100,000 YT subscribers milestone next year.
Keep in mind that when I joined Wealthy Affiliate I had not created a single video on YouTube and I didn't know anything about it. So, YOU are already much ahead of me comparing to when I got started! ;)
During this coronavirus pandemic, I started posting 1 video per day which has caused the channel to start growing much faster than before. And I've become even more convinced that anyone can be a "YouTuber" and grow a big channel.
Today I wanted to break down 5 myths / false beliefs that people may have about building a YouTube channel.
1. "I Don't Have Any Skills!"
Welcome to the club again! :D
Everyone starts with no skills. Sometimes I use my old videos as a comedy because they're so hilarious. Still, some of those videos have been watched 1,000's of times because they were ranked on YouTube search under specific keywords.
2. "I Don't Have Any Equipment!"
If you are reading this blog post right now, it means that you have enough equipment to record your first YouTube videos.
With a smartphone, you can create all kinds of videos. Graham Stephan started his channel by recording several videos with his smartphone. Now his channel has almost 2,500,000 subscribers and the channel has probably generated him $1,000,000's.
With a computer you can always record screencast videos using extremely easy software such as Screencast-O-Matic.
In the other words, YOU HAVE ALREADY all the equipment you need to get started.
3. "I Don't Know What to Create!"
Pick a topic/niche that you're passionate about.
Search keywords that interest you within that niche.
See which channels are creating similar content that you'd like to create => Start getting ideas from them. Subscribe to at least 5-10 channels that you'll follow.
See their recent 20 videos and which keywords are getting the most views. Usually, those are trending topics and you can start creating videos targeting similar keywords.
Following 5-10 channels within your niche helps you with everything:
- Keyword and topic ideas.
- Your channel tag ideas.
- Video tag ideas.
- Ideas for what to talk about in your videos.
The old wisdom says, "If you do what other successful people do, you'll eventually get the same results that they do."
And when you add your own twist/personality, you'll have your own voice within your videos.
4. "There is already too much competition!"
People who wanted to make excuses said this already 10 years ago.
Then they said it 5 years ago.
They said it also 3 years ago.
And some people are still saying it now.
However, YouTube is just becoming bigger and bigger opportunity all the time. You can take a look at almost any YouTube metric and you'll see that the opportunity is booming!
Competition on YouTube can sometimes actually be a positive thing! Let's say that there you have a "competitor" within your niche and tons of people watch his content. If you create videos within the same niche, the chances are that YouTube will promote your content under his videos.
This competitor can actually bring you more views!
Another thing that proves to me YouTube holds endless opportunities is that I see all the time "gaps" there. When I try to search for some information on YouTube, I don't find it and I need to search it on Google.
Guess what. If you or I are searching something on YouTube, the chances are that many other people are looking for the same things as well.
Someone could "fill that gap" by creating a video and he would get guaranteed views (and money if you have some offer for people who are looking).
And I see that ALL. THE. TIME. Not only in my own niche but literally in any other niche as well.
I have almost all the time a list of 20 keywords that I'd like to target in my future videos and then I try to knock them off little by little. People have either requested videos for those topics or I realize that there is a "gap" on YouTube meaning that there isn't a good enough answer for that.
5. "I don't know how to start!"
Do you know how I got started on YouTube and created my first videos?
I watched Jay's webinars here in Wealthy Affiliate and he walked us through click-by-click how to do that.
That's also how I originally got started with email marketing. Following Jay's click-by-click tutorials.
(If you haven't watched Jay's webinars before, simply click the orange "Live Events" button on the left and you can start watching them. You'll learn a lot!
Here are for example 2 lessons that you can watch to learn how to get started on YouTube right now:
If you have any questions, you can always ask in the comments below. I and other community members will help you out!
It's Your Time!
- Roope "Anyone can make money on YouTube" Kiuttu
PS. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
What kinds of experiences do you have of YouTube?
Do you have any questions about building a YouTube channel?
Let me know in the comments below! :)