Introduction

One way to expand your influence and to create a name/brand for yourself is through YouTube!

You can also monetize your YouTube channel when you meet certain criterias, and post affiliate links in the description of the video.

Creating a YouTube Channel is easy. What is more difficult is to overcome the hurdle of self-doubt, being ‘camera-shy’ or thinking that you’re not ready or simply not up to it (and any other reasons that is stopping you!).

Here are 6 important points that I learnt since starting my YouTube channel to help you to start your own!

In no way am I a pro or even remotely a good ‘YouTuber’, but everyone have to start somewhere. =)



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42Louise Premium
I really enjoyed your post about this - many thanks Idris.

I adore your attitude - upbeat and uplifting plus motivating.

I wish you much success in your YT and all you do.

Louise
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Idris10 Premium
I just saw this comment! Thanks Louise!

Much success to you too!

Idris =)
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BruceStephen Premium
Thanks Idris for this useful training.
Regards Bruce
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Idris10 Premium
Thank you!

Idris =D
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Alysanna Premium
Great training, Idris.

I really wished I didn't wait more than 2 years to start my YouTube channel. But I must say, I am really having fun making videos and watching my channel grow.

I know it will take some time before I will meet the 1K subscribers and 4K watch hours monetizing requirements so I figured I will just keep uploading videos, do some tweaks and see where it goes.

By the way, what's your take on the idea of doing a silent livestream as a means to get subscribers? Basically, they will go live, connect with other Youtubers and trade subscription.

My college batchmate and I both started our channels almost at the same time. I subscribed to hers and she subscribed to mine.

One time I visited her channel to see how things are progressing and to my surprise, she already has close to 800 subs. To think that she hasn't been posting new videos for a couple of weeks.

When I asked her how she did it, she told me she spent a lot of time watching other people's YT videos and subscribing to their channels. She is doing silent livestream every weekends to FISH for subscribers without necessarily leaving her channel's URL.

She did encourage me to do the same. But I am hesitant not only because I don't think it's legal but also because I want people to subscribe to my channel because they actually like my content.

Cheers!
Alice
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Idris10 Premium
Thanks Alice! Hope this training helped in some ways.

I wouldn't do that. She may have 800 subscribers, but I'm very sure her watch hours will not meet 4000 hours any time soon. Why not ask her how much is her watch hours? I'm curious to see if I'm right lol.

This method feels a bit like follow for follow, which basically means we follow each other to increase our follower/subscriber count. There are still people doing this on Instagram and YouTube. And sometimes, after you follow them, they might even silently unfollow you so they will have high 'follower/subscriber' and low 'following/subscribed to' ratio.

Doing this might get you subscribers, but high chance they are not going to watch your content.

Get your followers organically. That way, those who subscribe to you will have tendency to watch your content as they would be more interested in your content.

Every YouTube/Instagram growth video that I watched do not promote follow for follow, with the same reasoning above.

You can check out my other training on Instagram growth; the same thing can be applied to growing a YouTube channel!

But then again, our content and video editing has to be good to retain watch hours, so it comes down to our skills too. With my level of skill in editing videos, I'm happy with my count of about 100 subscribers per month, lol.

Idris
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Alysanna Premium
That's exactly my concern, Idris; getting 1K subscribers but less watch hours.

She told me she's not sure exactly how she's going to reach that 4K or if she'll even make it within a year. But her priority right now is getting that 1K.

I haven't dived into Instagram yet as I am focused on YT and Pinterest. But I will definitely check out your training.

Thanks again.
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Idris10 Premium
But no point getting 1k subs who most probably won't bother watching her content lol. She just simply won't be monetizing her channel any time soon.

Anyways, don't bother doing that. Just focus on your content and video editing, share your videos on FB groups of the same niche (if the group allows it) and the subscribers will come. Slower progress, but those are the ones who would watch your videos.
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Karin13 Premium
Thank you for these tips. We are setting up my granddaughter's YouTube channel and these tips will be very helpful. She is not one bit shy! I am, but she is not shy! AT all!

With 2020 Vision,
Karin 😎
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Idris10 Premium
Lol! Yeah kids are full of confidence haha. All the best in your (and your grandaughter's) YouTube journey!

Idris
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bluemagic64 Premium
Yes, I started to upload also few of my video in You Tube. I am still in learning process how to monetize to get more subscribers.
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Idris10 Premium
To monetize, we need 1k subscribers and 4000 watch hours. So it's gonna take some time to monetize. I'm just concentrating on upload videos and improving for now. =)
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bluemagic64 Premium
Just starting. I stop uploading for so long since I screwed up my Google account. My YouTube Channel tie-up to my google account. If I will change my brand channel it might affect maybe. So, need to learn more before doing something wrong again. I use my real name in YouTube. That most of my video are genuine.

Regards,

Nila
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