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YouTube Journey - From a hobby to the bank!

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Phunky, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. Phunky

    Phunky Regular Member

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    Hey everyone! I've decided to take my creativity back to YouTube, and I'll have two very different channels that I'll be creating content for.

    These are WhiteHat projects although I will probably buy social signals on the videos to get them "out there" more. If you have experience here I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. There's a lot of effort going into these videos, and the content will be unique so I can't afford to lose them over some quick view/like/comment scheme.

    This journey is more for me to keep myself accountable and motivated. Also, while I do have experience I'm always open to suggestions!

    What I have so far:

    • Green Screens x3
    • High quality camera (may need to grab another one so I can have multiple views)
    • Blue yeti microphone
    • Neewer 3000W 5500K Video Studio Lighting Kit
    • Tons of software needed to create the videos I'm looking for.
    • Registered the channels on YouTube and other social media sites

    What I'm working on now:

    • Waiting for the channel art to be completed by my designer. Should be done in a couple of weeks.
    • Creating storyboards, scripts, and some custom content creation this weekend as well as setting up the studio in our house.

    This will be a slow start as I'll need to work out the kinks of the process and refine it. I expect to have my first videos online within a month from today. Wish me luck!
     
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    noblesilence Regular Member

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    great project. I am working in the similar way like yours. I am working in automobiles company and need to for test drive to hilly terrian frequently. I made videos during my visit. nowadays i am uploading them in youtube and promoting them. I am doing more videos currently than before on my any test drive. All the best
     
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    Good times good luck with it.
     
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    What will the videod/channel be about? Would love to hear!
     
  5. Phunky

    Phunky Regular Member

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    That's awesome!! That's a great way to turn 1 job into 2 without anything crazy. Best of luck to you as well!

    Thanks!

    1 channel is product reviews with a twist, the other is purely 3D animated content :D
     
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    Very cool idea! So you want this long-term, right?

    Good luck!!
     
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    Off road test drive of trax cruiser 4wd vehicle in hilly terrian of nepal
     
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    Defo following this! Got to be one of the most interesting journey threads!
     
  9. Phunky

    Phunky Regular Member

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    Yep, long-term and reliable (as reliable as MMO gets)!

    Thanks! I hope you enjoy it, and gain some motivation for your own projects.
     
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    Update:

    Slight change of plans moving forward. Instead of doing two channels at the same time we will be focusing on just one. I feel like we were being a bit too ambitious starting out, and it would stretch us too thin. At some point the quality of one or both channels would decline if we have to try and keep up with multiple production deadlines. I'm not having that so 1 channel it is ...for now at least.

    Studio is now ready to roll aside from a green screen stand which is on the way, and I need to snag a decent table to use. I've been messing with the lighting setup, and will be running some test shots this week to find the optimal setup. I need to finalize the virtual set as well, but good progress is being made here. I'd rather take a bit longer to set everything up now so we can hit the ground running and focus on the content later.

    We need to start working on the scripts for our first to videos, but I expect those to be compete in the next few weeks as we work to finalize everything else. As of now we are on target to meet our goals so I'm pretty happy with that!
     
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    Good luck dude, will be following your progress. When buying social signals, what kind of results have you had with them for yt?
     
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    I've never purchased them for YouTube videos so I'm honestly not sure if it will have any effect or not. That's something I'll be experimenting with so I'll be able to give a better answer later down the road!
     
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    Good luck on your journey! Just some quick tips:

    1. Don't burn yourself out by doing the classic "3 uploads per. day" technique. Upload 1 video per. day or 1 video every-other day. YouTube growth takes a while to get going, but what will really make your channel grow at the start will be high-quality uploads.

    2. Build up social media profiles for your channel (Twitter for sure, Instagram is optional). Follow "followers" of big channel's Twitter accounts in your niche. Follow 50 per. day for 2 weeks, then go up to 75 per. day for 2 weeks, etc.

    3. Focus on establishing your brand overall. Don't promote affiliate offers right away- you need to build up some trust first.

    4. PLEASE, post videos people actually want to see and are searching for. Don't make videos talking about something really random like "dandelions" that no one is searching for. For example, "How to animate a walking cycle in 3d" or something like that would be good videos to upload. Basically, look at what videos are popular in your niche, and make them. Don't try and create your own niche/sub-niche when your channel is tiny- you'll never grow that way.
     
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    I appreciate the advice. I'm definitely not going for some crazy mass upload technique. I'm looking more at 1 to 2 quality videos per week, and as things get more streamlined we can bump that up as needed. I'm ok with the slow grind as I have steady income outside of this.

    Totally agree on the social profiles, and I have a unique twist to add for my niche. Instagram doesn't really fit what I'm doing, but may do it just as a side thing.

    We will remain "pure" from affiliate offers for a good while. I agree that it's better to get rolling before tossing those out there. If I visit a channel that's small and already trying to get me to buy I am immediately turned off from it. I expect most to be like me here so it's something we will do down the road instead.

    Our videos will definitely be "in demand" although some will certainly be more popular than others. I'm not going to waste time filming, editing, and uploading a video with no use ;)
     
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    good progress I hope you have good luck with it!
     
  16. Phunky

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    Quick Update:

    Channel artwork is done though I'm likely going to make a few revisions to it. Solid start either way so I'm happy with it.

    Working on a brandable name for the channel, and man that's proving to be a bit difficult. So much is already taken so I'm having to be incredibly creative here. I know most advise to not spend a lot of time on the name, but it's important to have a relatable name in my niche. I'll have this ironed out this week, and we will start shooting our first videos this weekend. Excited to get this going!
     
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    Good Luck on your journey!