Vlogging has become a very popular topic recently and more and more people have been asking for vlogging tips for beginners. Before we get into it more I first just want to say that you don’t need to become a daily vlogger to be successful. Some vloggers find success with as little as 1 video per week, but others require 4 to 5 videos per week to achieve the same level of success.
As a vlogger you will be responsible for keeping your Youtube channel updated regularly, have great content, and be there when people expect to see you. This might sound simple enough, right? Well, there is more to it than that and I want to give you some tips for getting your vlog started.
12 Vlogging Tips for Beginners
1. Keep Your Videos Interesting
One of the very first tips that you need to know about is keeping your videos interesting. When people do vlogging the biggest problem that they have is they don’t have enough stuff in their life to keep their audience entertained. It is because of this that you need to figure out ways to keep your videos interesting. Make different types of videos, get people to vlog with you, maybe go somewhere different. Whatever you do, make your videos interesting or people will simply stop watching.
2. Plan Activities and Promote Them
Something that people have been doing more often lately is planning special activities and then telling their audience about that activity. For example, Roman Atwood told his viewers that he was going to be doing a Smart Car VS. Human Challenge in the coming days and then he did it. He planned an event and told people about it so that they would be more interested in watching it. As you build a little bit of hype around an activity of event you will see the initial surge of people that watch it is higher. This also provides you with some creativity to add to your vlogs.
3. Collaborate With Other Vloggers
Collaborating with other vloggers is one of the ways that most high profile vloggers get their big breaks. They collaborate, which means that they are getting in front of another person’s audience as well as their own. What happens is not only do they build up their subscribers, but the content is usually different. When you partner with somebody to bring new content the videos are always different. If you want to get a new style of video, then collaborate with another vlogger and I guarantee that your style will change.
4. Ask Viewers for Recommendations
One of the hardest parts about becoming a vlogger is the fact that you are always creating content. What kind of content though, that is what is up for debate. This is why I strongly recommend you ask your viewers for their recommendations. When people let you know what they want to see, it makes your job that much easier.
5. Edit Your Videos
This is probably something that you already do, but you need to go one step further. With vlogging you must provide a lot of unique content inside your videos, which means you can’t simply leave the video on the same clip for the entire time. Edit different angles into the clips, use music, add in pictures, and just make your video stand out. With vlogging the biggest issue you will face is that too many of your videos look the same, so spice them up a bit with edits.
6. Mix Life into Your Niche
Let’s talk about a particular vlogger, Christian Guzman. He started his Youtube channel by talking about fitness. Now, he talks about fitness, relationships, business, and life. When you mix your life into your vlog you will see more people actually connect with what you are saying. He started when he was not well known, now he is very well known all over the world. My advice is to have a video each week or every couple of weeks that shows more about your day to day life and what you do.
7. Set a Goal for Yourself
What are your goals? Do you want to vlog every day to give people an inside look into your life? Do you want to vlog just for the fun of it? Whatever your reasoning is, make sure you set this as a goal. Make sure your audience knows your goals as well. The more people know about you and what you want to accomplish, the more they will be willing and able to help.
8. Be Consistent
Sticking to an actual publish time is the best way to get people to come back each time you post a new video. Everybody wants to see what you have going on, but they can’t see that if you don’t publish regularly. Now, if you publish hours or days after you normally do then what happens is the people that came to the channel to watch your video they might just leave and not watch for a long time.
9. Interact With Your Viewers
If you are not commenting on what other people comment, then you are missing out. The people that commenting are adding value to your channel, so make sure you show your appreciation to them. You don’t have to write a huge amount, but sometimes a simple thank you is more than enough.
10. Participate in Trends
When the ice bucket challenge went viral, this would have been a good time to do this on your channel. Another idea is to do a video about current events going on in the world. Participate in the trends that people are doing. You don’t need to create an entire video on these topics, but at least have a short clip in there about them.
11. Give Your Channel a Weekly Theme/Series
So many people forget about this simple trick. All you need to do is give your vlogging channel a topic and stick to that each week. For example, Grant Cardone does something where every Monday he answers questions on real estate. People call in with deals or questions and he answers them live. I am not saying this same topic is going to work for you, but you can at least try something similar to it and stick to it each week.
12. Practice, Practice, and Practice
This is a bit of an obvious one but the more you practice the better you’ll get. You can practice how to Vlog before you even start uploading your videos on YouTube. Do not feel rushed to upload the video, if you want to make a video that is fun to watch, entertaining, and informative then you need to take some time, although try not to take forever.
One way to practice is in front of a mirror, just sit and start talking. Do not take your camera straight away. Once you’re feeling comfortable you can switch the mirror for your camera and start recording some footage. Practice speaking into the lens and try not to look at your screen to much while you’re recording, this will help you engage with your viewer.
As you can see, vlogging entails quite a bit, but there is a lot that you can get out of it. What you need to remember is that those people watching your videos want to see some unique content, so above all else, unique and engaging content will always win out.
For a few more vlogging tips check out the video below.
If you’re just starting a vlog here are some Youtube Challenge Ideas for your channel.