How to Make a Successful YouTube Channel


Millions of people flock to YouTube every day to watch news clips, bloopers and vlogs, or video blogs, posted by their friends. Anyone can upload videos to YouTube as accounts are free. This means that you are only a few creative steps away from making a YouTube channel full of videos that millions may see.

  • Upload only videos to which you own the copyright. If you do not, YouTube will flag your YouTube channel for containing illegally uploaded content. YouTube operates on a three-strikes system; upload illegal content on your channel three times and you will be banned from uploading any more content.

  • Select a niche or topic for your YouTube videos. Add unique videos that keep the users on the edge of their seats. Be creative; come up with original slogans and video techniques to make your videos stand out.This helps keep users engaged in all of your videos. Millions of videos exist on YouTube; watch some videos in a similar vein to the ones you are uploading to see which niches and ideas are successful. Capitalizing on compelling themes and content will yield more views and generate buzz.

  • Keep your videos short, when possible; if your video has to be long, break it up into segments. This will help the video load faster and keep the viewer interested in your video. A short and sweet video will keep viewers watching, whereas a longer video with filler content may make them lose interest. Adding music and video clips can also help keep the viewers watching your YouTube content.

  • Shoot videos with a good camera that can capture video at standard or higher resolution. The camera does not have to be a high-definition one, but viewers will quickly lose interest in videos that are grainy, blurry or distorted. Cameras with pan, tilt and zoom features give you more options in editing and can result in a more interesting video. YouTube automatically compresses videos when you upload them, which improves video quality, but this cannot compensate for subpar video or audio.

  • Upload your content on a regular basis. If your YouTube channel grows stagnant, regular viewers will move on to other peoples' content. If your first few videos do not generate many views, do not get discouraged; it can take six months to a year to generate a following of viewers. One of the keys to success is persistence; you must create and upload new content often to keep viewers watching and draw in new viewers.

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