all the techie terms that keep flooding the internet, it’s hard to keep up with
the new ones. We’ve gotten use to the term blogging, but what is
vlogging? A vlog is simply a video blog, or a blog that contains video
content. There are bloggers who have included video content for years,
but vlogging is now becoming more common with the equipment, software and
hosting becoming much cheaper and search engines (such as Google) featuring
So how can you start vlogging?
you have access to a camera with video capabilities and a fairly recent
computer with a high speed connection, then you have the equipment you need to
get started! Now decide on an interesting topic that you can vlog about!
Here are some steps to follow:
ØThink of a topic for your vlog.
The topics are endless! Just be sure that it isn’t boring,
insulting or illegal. There are a multitude of video bloggers that you
can get inspiration from, but remember to be true to your own uniqueness!
Don’t be a copycat and do what “everyone else is doing”!
ØNow, get a YouTube account if
you don’t already have one. Make sure to give your channel a unique and
attractive name. You want your channel to be interesting so be sure to
think about the username you choose.
ØSet out to make about ten
EXCELLENT videos! They should be interesting and pertinent to your
ØPost one or two videos daily at
first. Then switch to posting a video daily and eventually you can drop
down to posting a video every other day. Try not to skip two days because
you a setting a standard for your viewers.
ØPost one of your videos to a
related and well-known video as a response. This will get you at least a
fifth of the views of the original video!
ØStay active! No one will
be interested if you don’t post a video for weeks or months. If possible,
you should set a weekly calendar in which to upload videos. Bloggers
should establish a schedule of publishing a video three to four times a week.
If this is too much for you, try scheduling a video upload one time a
ØRemember that you want to only
upload good quality videos. So make sure that you EDIT! This could
mean the difference between viewers scrolling past you and clicking on your
video. Search for tutorials on using the editing software that you
currently have. Windows has Windows Movie Maker already installed and all
Apple products have iMovie available. Android also has its own version.
ØAfter you have established a
good reputation with the YouTube community, try to become a YouTube partner.
You will need to have at least a few thousand views in order to do so.
YouTube pays you for allowing ads to be displayed on your videos.
This is how vloggers make money! This allows your videos to appear
often in search engines as well.
ØRemember to communicate with
your followers. This is very important. You do not want to shut
them out or ignore them. Make the time to respond to their comments,
messages and video responses. This leaves a lasting impression with your
followers and they will appreciate it.
Tips for Vlogging
sure that you have a Twitter and Facebook account. This is a fantastic
way in which to interact with your followers and inform them when you add new
content. You can also add pictures that you want to share as well.
jump into vlogging too quickly. You don’t want to come across as pathetic
or a wannabe. So hold off on creating a bunch of accounts and asking for
likes right off the bat. Wait until you have some subscribers you already
appreciate you first.
if you have that spark in you, then you can be the next star Vlogger of the