How To Monetize YouTube Videos Without 4000 Watch Hours and 1000 Subscribers

Are you frustrated that you won’t be able to generate revenue from displaying Adsense Ads on your YouTube channel without having 4,000 of watch time or 1,000 subscribers in the past 12 months?

In the video below, you’ll learn the features that you’ll no longer have access to without having YouTube Partner Status and discover 7 alternative ways to monetize your videos without Adsense. You’ll only not make more money, but you’ll make it faster.

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How do you check if your channel is eligible for monetization?

According to YouTube..

The new requirement is for your channel to have 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months ongoing and 1,000 subscribers total before it will be reviewed to join the YouTube Partner Program.

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Here’s how to check if your channel is eligible for monetization…

Go to YouTube Analytics, watch time, go to drop-down box at the top here, select last year, 2017, and watch time minutes. The minutes must be greater than 240,000. If your channel currently is monetized, even if you have been a partner for years, if you don’t meet these two requirements, you’ll be removed from the program.

Why is YouTube doing this?

According to YouTube…

“They will allow us to significantly improve our ability to identify creators who contribute positively to the community and help drive more ad revenue to them and away from bad actors. These higher standards will also help us prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing which can hurt revenue for everyone.”

What features will you be unable to access?

End screens and cards that are linked to associated websites, crowdfunding, merchandise sites, superchat and sponsorships. Here’s the bottom line, you won’t generate much revenue from Adsense alone. For example, you typically earn $1 or a few dollars per 1,000 views, so you need to attract billions of viewers to your videos to generate a decent amount of revenue.

It makes better sense to find alternative ways to monetize the videos on your channel and to make more money.

Here’s 7 ways to monetize your YouTube channel without Adsense.

1. Affiliate products.

The beauty about affiliate products is that you don’t have to do the work, you simply select an affiliate program that’s related to your niche and sign up to get the affiliate link. Typically, you’ll earn a 50% commission when somebody purchases the product from your affiliate link.

2. Sell your own products or courses.

The beauty about selling your own products is that you make 100% commission. The downside is that you have to create the product yourself and also setup the marketing fund. You can also setup an affiliate program for your own products and get affiliates to promote the product for you.

3. Become a consultant.

If you’re an expert in your niche, then you can offer coaching or consulting services. For example, I offer consulting services for people who want to use YouTube to market their products and services.

4. Promote services.

Perhaps you have a service-based business, so you can use videos to promote your services. For example, if you have a plumbing business, you can create videos that rank in the top of the search engines. You’ll get new customers when people Google your business or your services.

5. Generate leads.

This is one of my favorite methods because I use it all the time. For example, I create video tutorials where I send people to a squeeze page to collect their contact information. I then follow up with them by recommending my products and services via e-mail.

6. Sponsorships.

This is where a company or brand may want you to create a video that exposes their products to your YouTube audience. For example, I recently created a video for Video Blocks and got paid a few hundred dollars for creating the review video.

7. Patreon.

Patreaon allows YouTubers to get paid by running a membership business for their fans. There are no contracts to signs and you retain 100% ownership of your creative work. You keep 90% and they keep 5%, so it’s a pretty good deal.

If you want to know how to sell affiliate products using YouTube videos, click the card icon or click the link in the description below this video.

Let me ask you an important question…

How do you currently generate revenue from your YouTube channel?
Post your answer in the comments below. I’d love to read them and I’m sure others would, too.

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Should You Start A YouTube Channel In 2018 (Pros and Cons)

It’s too difficult.
It’s too competitive.
I fear being on camera.
I don’t have time to do everything

In the video below, I share the Pros and Cons of starting a YouTube channel in 2018 so you can decide for yourself whether you should start one or not.

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CONS of starting a YouTube channel in 2018…

1. It’s too difficult.

If your motivation for starting a YouTube channel is to become famous like Justin Bieber or make a lot of money, you’ll be disappointed. For most people, this won’t happen immediately because it takes a lot of time and effort to grow a successful channel. If your motivation is to share your passion, to impact the lives of others and make the world a better place, it would be easier to keep going when the going gets tough.

YouTube is a marathon, not a sprint.

2. Too much competition.

This is true especially if your topic is in a very competitive niche. However, if you present your own unique viewpoint, people will be attracted to what you have to say. For example, you might have a passion for dog training and want to build a dog training channel. Think about how you can stand out from all the other dog trainers that have YouTube channels.

3. I fear being on camera.

When I started my YouTube channel, I had a great fear of being on camera. Then as I practiced more and more, I got comfortable at it. As you can see, the first video that I created was rather embarrassing. I’ve come a long way since then. If you focus on the message rather than on yourself, you’ll do fine. If you prefer not to show your face on camera, you can just do slides or screenshots of your computer.

4. I don’t have time to do everything.

If you want to be a YouTuber, you usually have to do everything; write the script, film the video, edit the video, optimize the video and promote the video. This takes up a huge chunk of time, especially in the beginning when you are learning everything. Therefore, be prepared to put a lot of hours until you get good at it or you want to outsource some of the work.

PROS or Benefits of starting a YouTube channel in 2018.

1. Work hard once and get rewarded for years to come.

YouTube is the second largest search engine after Google. 300 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Almost five billion videos are watched on YouTube every single day. This means it’s a great vehicle for generating traffic, leads, and sales because you can reach a large audience.

When you create a video on an evergreen topic that ranks on the search engine, it may generate traffic and leads for years to come. This is like having a full-time employee working for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you have hundreds of videos that rank in the search engines, you create a river of traffic that is flowing continuously. For example, if you search YouTube for how to tie a tie, you’ll see videos that get millions of views.

2. Creative outlet.

YouTube is a great vehicle to share your passion, interest or topic with the world and impact other’s lives. It gives you the freedom to be uniquely you and not be tied down to a job that you may not like. The more you exercise your creative muscles, the better you become.

Testimony from Chris…

I mainly needed a new creative outlet. I do a lot of geeky projects and I was really interested in video and photography and I figured this was a perfect fit. I launched my channel in April of 2017, so a few months ago, and it’s been a wonderful journey ever since. If you’re interested in what’s going on at KilCreations, stop on by. It’s youtube.com/kilcreations.

Testimony from Sharon..

Hi, I’m Sharon Danley, creator of twominutetips, a channel dedicated to healthy self-esteem through inner and outer beauty with strength, style, and grace. As a retired master artist and film and TV, theater, business brides and those needing corrective help, I freely share my proven and first-rate techniques with you and simply ask that you pay it forward with your own time, talent, or money to a person or a group in need in your area.

3. Generate revenue.

YouTube has enabled me to generate a full-time income by using it as a traffic machine. I use it to generate leads and sales for my products, services and affiliate products. Keeping in mind this is not going to happen overnight, but with perseverance, you can do it too.

4. Be your own boss.

YouTube allows me to work wherever and whenever I want and generate revenue from it. The videos on my channel work like full-time employees that work for me 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and I don’t get tired or ask for days off.

Testimony from Gord…

I started my channel in YouTube because when I was let go at 50 years old from my corporate IT job, I decided that I wanted to fulfill a dream and be my own boss. I knew that in this next chapter of life, I wanted to fulfill my creative desires and to have an impact by serving individuals and small businesses. I wanted to teach them something I was very passionate about. On my channel, Gord Isman, I teach how to create and edit video, and video marketing. I’m now building a business and nowhere near ready to retire. I’m in this YouTube game with patience for the long run.

If you have a unique message, interest or topic you want to share with others,
I highly recommend starting a YouTube channel in 2018. You’ll be glad you did.

Let me ask you an important question…

Why dd you create a YouTube channel?
Post your answer and the comments below. I’d love to read them and I’m sure others would too.

If you want to learn how to grow your audience on YouTube and
generate traffic, leads and sales on autopilot check out my
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How To Be Your Authentic Self On YouTube And Connect With Your Audience

How the heck can you be your authentic self without
worrying what anybody else thinks of you?

How do you avoid coming across like a robot on camera?

How can you be more confident on camera
without losing your uniqueness?

If you’re unable to be yourself while appearing on camera, you could be losing views and subscribers because you’re not connecting with people. How do you fix this so you can come across as your authentic self? Here are 10 tips to be more authentic on YouTube.

Here are 10 tips on how to be your authentic self on YouTube…

1. Be prepared.

If you haven’t prepared what you want to say in the video, you’ll be all over the place and lose your audience. Write out a script or create a serious of bullet points so you’ll keep on track. When you don’t know the material well enough you might just memorize a few lines before you speak on camera. Later on, you can just write down a few bullet points to keep on track and speak extemporaneously on camera. This will help you be more of your authentic self.

2. Focus on the message instead of yourself.

When you speak on camera, it’s easy to worry about what other people may think of your voice or how you look instead just focus on the message you want to get across to your audience and your fears will disappear. If you feel pressured, you won’t be able to relax and you’ll come across as stiff and robotic like on the other side of the camera.

3. Be natural.

Avoid trying to be like somebody else because people are attracted to your own unique style. Instead, try to be the best version of yourself and don’t compare yourself with others. One method to help you relax is to place a picture of a friend near your camera. Also, make sure you look directly at the lens of the camera. If you look off to the side, it’ll appear unnatural.

4. Show that you’re passionate about the subject.

If you’re passionate about the content you wish to convey to your audience, you’ll come across as a confident speaker. It will also be easier to project your voice.

5. Be energetic.

Did you know that the camera reduces your energy by 50%? When you’re normally talking to somebody, you usually don’t raise your voice, but when you appear on camera you have to raise your volume and raise your energy. Try to get energized before you appear on camera maybe you can do a few push-ups or jump around.

6. Slow down

If you’re nervous on camera, you’ll usually speak faster and be harder for people to understand you so slow down your speech and try to enunciate every single word. Also, if you’re doing a talking head video, try to vary the expression and intonation of your words. This will help keep the attention of your viewers.

7. Don’t worry about making mistakes.

When you speak on camera, you’ll inevitably make a lot of mistakes, so instead of stopping and restarting the camera just keep the camera rolling. You’ll be able to edit out in the mistakes later in your video editing software. Here’s a great tip: when you make a mistake clap your hands then in your editing software, you’ll see the spike on the timeline so you can easily edit out the mistakes.

8. Practice, practice and practice.

When you first appear on camera you can be very nervous and robotic like. As you continue to practice by recording more videos you’ll get better and better. It’s similar to running a marathon; you won’t be able to run the marathon right out of the gate. Instead, you’ve got to practice by running a few miles every day. The more miles you run every day the better your chances of completing the marathon.

9. Get feedback from others.

It’s hard to be objective when you see yourself on camera all the time, so try to ask for feedback from friends or relatives. Don’t worry about the criticism because you only want to improve. Feel free to join the Facebook group to get feedback on how you appear on camera. Just click the link in the description below this video.

10. Watch professional actors so you can improve.

Observe how people are speaking on television or in the movies. You can also search YouTube. Another idea is to join your local Toastmasters club, this is where you can give short presentations and get feedback from the class. If you continue to improve your presentation and style while being on camera, you’ll come across as your more authentic self. This will help you to connect with your viewers and subscribers.

One of the great benefits of striving to be your authentic self while being on camera, is that you easily be able to speak in front of public audiences. It’ll help boost your confidence to speak to strangers about what you do.

Let me ask you an important question…
What do you do to build confidence on YouTube? Post your answer in the comments below. I’d love to read them and I’m sure others would too.

If you want to learn how to grow your audience on YouTube and
generate traffic, leads and sales on autopilot check out my
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How To Be More Consistent On YouTube

Do you struggle to publish videos on a regular basis?
Do you get stressed out trying to come up with new video ideas? The more consistent you can be on YouTube, the faster you can grow your channel. Today you’ll learn seven ways to be more consistent on YouTube.

For the past few years, I’ve been able to maintain a consistent schedule of uploading at least two videos every week. As a result, my channel has grown steadily because each new video attracts new views and subscribers. Most of my traffic comes from search, which means they’re finding my videos based upon the keywords they’re entering in to YouTube or Google. My other main source of traffic is “Suggested Videos” which means that YouTube is promoting my videos on other people’s channels based upon their viewing history.

Let me give you 7 ways to be more consistent on YouTube…

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1. Schedule planning time

I usually set aside one day to plan out the content for the week or for two weeks. The purpose of doing this is that I can schedule videos ahead of time, so I don’t get stressed out thinking that I have to upload a new video for today.

2. Create a list of video content ideas

I usually jot down a list of titles in a Google Spreadsheet. If I can’t come up with new ideas on my own, I’ll just enter my main keyword in the YouTube search box. YouTube will then spit out a bunch of suggestions.

Alternatively, I’ll visit channels, forums and groups of a niche or read articles online. The purpose is not to copy a video or an article, but to use it to stimulate new ideas that you can come up with on your own. I’ve discovered that if I try to force new ideas into my mind, it doesn’t happen. New ideas often emerge when I’m out and about, take a break, or exercise. Therefore, I usually use the Notes app on my iPhone to jot down new ideas as they arise. This helps prevent me from suffering from writer’s block and just staring at a blank screen.

3. Write a script

After I’ve created a list of titles for future videos, I’ll expand upon the titles by adding bullet points to each title. This helps me to keep on track while filming my video. I used to create a script where I would write down everything that I would say in the video. Nowadays, I just try to follow a few bullet points and just try to speak freely as I’m recording the video. If I make some mistakes, I just keep recording because I can edit out the mistakes in my video editing software afterwards. If you have the time, create two or three scripts on the same topic. This enables you to create a series of related videos which you can add to a playlist.

4. Batch record your videos

Set aside a period of time where you can batch record several videos at once. Usually, I do this in the morning when I have the most energy. If I leave it for the end of the day, I’m usually tired and not motivated. It also helps to have a permanent setup, so you don’t have to move around the lights and the tripod, etc. I simply switch the lights on and hit the record button. When you batch record several videos at a time, you can edit them throughout the week. Just make sure that you finish editing that one video that’s going to be released the next day.

Another time-saver is to switch your camera to photo mode and take a few photos so they’ll be ready for your thumbnails. Challenge yourself to see how many videos you can batch record in one day. If you can batch record eight videos, then you have videos ready to go without going back to the recording process.

5. Create editing shortcuts

Become very familiar with the editing software that you use instead of using all different types of software. In the beginning, the editing process will be very slow and you may take all day to edit one video. As you get more familiar with the software, you’ll discover shortcuts which will reduce the editing time.

Another way to reduce the editing time is to use reusable assets. This could be your intro, the end screen and graphics that you use for each video. If your computer and internet is slow, think about upgrading your computer by adding more memory and subscribing to a faster internet speed.

6. Fast optimization

If you want to speed up the optimization of your videos, then use a free tool such as TubeBuddy. It enables you to quickly find the right tags to add to your videos. You can also edit the descriptions of all the videos across your channel. If you use the bulk card feature, you can add a card across all the videos on your channel. Click the card icon to watch my review of TubeBuddy.

Another time saver that’s actually built into YouTube is the upload defaults. If you use much the same content for each new video you upload, just enter that content in the upload defaults. It will then automatically appear in each description of each new video you upload.

7. Promotion

Use the social profiles that are displayed under YouTube videos to quickly share your videos to your social media sites. Continue to promote your video throughout the week, so it continues to receive new traffic.

Here are several important things to keep in
mind to stay consistent on YouTube…

1. Create evergreen videos

Record some evergreen videos that have already been edited. If life gets in the way, for instance, if you get sick or if there’s an emergency, you have videos ready to go.

2. Double your energy

It takes a lot of energy to record one video because you have the ten times the energy of your normal self. Therefore if you record multiple videos in succession, you need to have a continuous flow of high energy.

3. Don’t sweat it if you miss a day

If you miss a day or a week of not publishing a video, your subscribers will forgive you and still be there when you return. You should also forgive yourself and be able to take a break.

4. Store your video files in one place

If you scatter your video files all over your computer, it will be hard to find them when it comes to editing.

5. Consider live streaming

If you want to increase the frequency of publishing videos on your channel, I suggest doing a live stream once a week. I used to upload two videos per week, but now with the live stream every Friday, I can do three videos per week.

Let me ask you an important question…

How do you stay consistent on YouTube? Post your answer in the comments below. I’d love to read them and I’m sure others would too.

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generate traffic, leads and sales on autopilot check out my
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How To Motivate Yourself To Make YouTube Videos

Are you frustrated because you can’t think of any new ideas for your videos?
Perhaps you don’t feel like making any videos today.

You know that to be successful you have to keep going, but some days are just harder than others. What can you do? Try out one (or all) of these 7 simple tips to keep yourself motivated on YouTube.

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Here are 7 ways to motivate yourself to make YouTube videos…

1. Know your why

The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said “He who has a why can enjoy anyhow.” Knowing your why is the first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you so you can live the life that you want to enjoy. Without revisiting the reason why you created your channel in the first place, it’ll be easy to fall into disillusionment, distraction, and despair.

Ask yourself…is your reason to help your business grow, so you can support your family? Perhaps you’ve discovered a passion that you want to share with others.

Try to reconnect with a passion that you had when creating your channel, so you can reawaken the motivation that lies within you.

2. Write your thoughts down in a journal

Sometimes your mind is so cluttered with thoughts that there’s no room for any new ones. You have negative or distracting thoughts that are currently occupying your mind. Maybe you’re suffering from information overload. When I write down the thoughts that are currently occupying my mind, it frees me up to be creative.

3. Exercise

Giving your brain a rest by exercising and changing the scenery helps to re-energize yourself. My most creative moments happen when I go for a run, it gets the heart pumping, sends blood to the brain, and frees up my mind to be creative. When I come back from a run, I feel ready to tackle any problem that’s in front of me.

Keep a notebook or cell phone on you at all times, so when that inspirational idea hits you, you can write it down instead of forgetting about it later.

4. Get inspired by others

When you interact or surround yourself with positive people, it helps motivate yourself. For instance, you might listen to a TED talk on YouTube. You can watch a few videos from other channels in your niche to stimulate new ideas. You might interact with like-minded people in a Facebook group.

Click here to join my Facebook group…Tube Video Boot Camp. You’ll be able to engage with like-minded YouTube, and ask any questions. Another great place to get inspired is to go to answerthepublic.com. Just enter a question in the search box, and it’ll give you a hundreds of suggestions.

5. Create focus blocks

Sometimes it’s hard to focus on the task that you want to accomplish because you’re distracted by other things going on around you. If this happens, just focus for a short period of time like 5 or 10 minutes. It helps jumpstart the creative process, and often, you will keep going for another 30 minutes or an hour. If you have a large task to complete, then break it up into a series of time blocks.

6. Take breaks

When you feel burned out and lack of motivation, it might be time to recharge your batteries and take a break. It might be a sign that you need to take one or two days off, or even take a longer vacation. For long breaks, over to the beach, go fishing, or go on a hike. If it’s the winter, I usually go skiing, taking breaks help to maintain mental agility.

7. Reward yourself

Instead of moving on to the next big thing after you’ve completed a big task, reward yourself. This helps prevent burnout so you can continue making more videos.

If you implement these seven tips, it’ll be easy to motivate yourself to make more videos. If you want to know how to stay motivated while growing your YouTube channel, click the card icon. It will help you to overcome the obstacles you’ll encounter along the way.

Let me know in the comments below
what motivates you to make YouTube videos.

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Why Is Your YouTube Channel Not Getting Subscribers?

Are you struggling to grow your YouTube channel?

Have people stopped subscribing or are you only getting a few subscribers per day? In the video below, you’ll learn 10 ways how to get more subscribers to your channel and videos.

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1. Think like a fan

Ask yourself, why do you subscribe to a channel? Is it because you want to learn something or perhaps you want to be entertained?

When I didn’t know how to change the headlight bulb to my Toyota, I went to YouTube to look for a tutorial. It saved me a bunch of money.

I get excited when I watch surfing videos
because it reminds me of my surfing days.

2. Channel niche is not focused

If your content is all over the place, it might be difficult for a viewer to understand what your channel is all about. Therefore, instead of trying to cover different niches, try to focus on one specific area. For example, if your niche is about training dogs, you might want to focus on one specific breed.

3. Create content viewers want to watch

If a person is struggling with a particular problem and you offer solution, they’re going to become one of your biggest fans. If you create multiple videos that solve different problems, you’ll get a wide range of fans. Just make sure that you hook your viewers in the first 10 or 15 seconds. You can do this by asking a question or stating upfront what the video is all about.

If you put yourself in your viewer’s shoes then you have to think, why would I take time out of my day to watch this video?

4. Brand your channel

This means that your thumbnails, channel banner, and channel homepage should all be congruent. I’ve discovered that my newly published videos get more views from the channel homepage than from the video watch page. Therefore, it’s crucial that the channel art on your channel homepage is attractive to first-time viewers. If the channel art and content is aligned with what the viewer is looking for, they’ll become a subscriber.

5. Optimize title, description, and tags

Your title, description, and tags must align with the thumbnail. I would say that the thumbnail and title are the two most important elements because if nobody clicks on your thumbnail, they’re not going to get to your video. If the title doesn’t resonate with your viewer, they’re also not going to watch the video. Make sure that your title contains the main keywords that you want your video to rank for.

As you get more videos that rank in the search engines, you’ll get more views and subscribers. The beauty of getting your videos ranked is that they’ll be working for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week for years to come. The result is that you get a consistent flow of views and subscribers to your channel.

An extremely useful tool to find the right keywords for your title, description, and tags is TubeBuddy.

6. Multiple call-to-actions

It’s not enough to hope people will subscribe without asking for it. I recommend asking people to subscribe at the beginning of your video after the intro and also at the end of the video. Instead of telling them to subscribe, give them reason why they should subscribe. You can reinforce your invitation by using subscribe graphics in your video. YouTube automatically adds a subscribe button to your end screen.

Here are a few other places where you can ask people to subscribe.

  • Ask people to subscribe from your channel trailer.
  • Ask people to subscribe from your about page.
  • Ask people to subscribe in the description below your video.
  • Ask people to subscribe in your comments by pinning that comment to the top of your comments.
  • Ask people to subscribe from your website

7. Create multiple videos on similar topics

If someone’s watching a video on your channel that solves one of their problems, they probably want to know more. Therefore, create videos on similar topics so they can take a deep dive into the content. This will result in them spending more time in your channel and a greater opportunity for them to become a subscriber.

A great way to display your series of videos is to put them in a playlist. Add those playlists to the sections on your channel homepage. When a first-time visitor watches the content on your channel homepage, they’ll be more inclined to become a subscriber.

8. Engage with your audience

People like to associate with others that they know, like, and trust. When you reply to the comments left by viewers that have watched your videos, they’ll get to know you a little bit more. When you continue to reply to the same viewers that are watching multiple videos, they’ll become your subscriber.

9. Don’t worry about your competition

It’s very possible, there are many other channels that are targeting the same niche as yours. There’s probably going to be authority channels which are very large because they contain a ton of videos and they’re probably also getting a ton of views and subscribers. There will also be smaller channels that are growing steadily.

Instead of tagging the same keywords as your competitors, look for longtail keywords that are less competitive. They’ll get less traffic but they’ll be easier to rank for. As you create more videos that target these less competitive phrases, it will create a snowball effect, which will produce more views and subscribers to your channel.

10. Check analytics

Go into YouTube analytics and click on Audience Retention. If there are dips in the graph that means people are leaving your videos at those particular times. To prevent this from happening, you need to create engaging videos. Make sure your thumbnail is well-designed so you can get the first click and the title is optimized correctly with the right keywords.

You can also monitor where most of your subscribers are coming from. Just click the subscribers link in YouTube analytics. Then, click on the links to see which videos are bringing the most subscribers. If you notice specific topics are bringing you the most subscribers, then create similar videos to get even more subscribers.

If you continue to make incremental improvements for each video you upload, then your channel will continue to grow and you’ll get more subscribers.

Here’s an important thing to keep in mind..

Passion, persistence, and patience are the key factors for growing your channel. Channel growth doesn’t happen overnight but grows steadily as you invest more time and effort.

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Top 10 Mistakes YouTubers Make (and how to avoid them)

Are you frustrated because you’re spending a lot of time creating videos but not getting the views and subscribers that you desire? In this video I’m going to share with you the Top 10 Mistakes YouTubers Make and how to fix them so you can get more views to your channel and videos.

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1. Mindset mistakes

When starting a YouTube channel, many YouTubers make the mistake of not pursuing their passion, not having a purpose, and lacking motivation. You need to pursue your passion so when the going gets tough you’ll still be able to keep going. If your main purpose is to make money you’ll soon lose motivation after a few weeks or months of starting your channel. Try and pursue something that you love to do, so be in it for the long run.

Trying to appeal to everybody
If you try to appeal to everyone, you appeal to no one. Instead of going after a wide niche, try to niche it down so you can appeal to a specific audience.

Inconsistency
Don’t expect your videos to go viral because YouTube is a long game. Instead of uploading just once a month, try to upload at least once or twice a week. The key is to be consistent so people will know when to expect new content from your channel.

Avoid the comparison game
Especially when you’re starting a new channel it’s easy to compare your channel with those that have been doing it for quite a while. Therefore, instead of trying to compare yourself with others try to improve a little bit every day.

Don’t let your ego get in the way. You might think you know everything, but there are many people that have successful channels that have been doing it for quite a while and have made a mistakes along the way. Try to learn from them so you can improve your own channel.

Lack of energy
When you appear in front of a camera, the camera takes away about 50% of your energy. Therefore, you have to elevate your voice, and your energy to engage with your audience on the other side of the camera.

2. Channel Mistakes

Try to avoid a channel name that is difficult to spell. Remember, when choosing a channel name keep your target audience in mind. For instance, if you’re trying to appeal to dog trainers then create a channel name that includes dog training. For example, it could be Herman’s Dog Training Advice, or to make it easier just use your full name.

Poorly-designed channel homepage
When new subscribers first visit your channel homepage they want to know what your channel’s all about within a few seconds. Therefore, design a channel banner that clearly states what your channel is about. Also include a 60 second channel trailer that explains clearly why people should subscribe to your channel. The rest of your channel home page should include sections that go deeper into your content. Each section should be a different subject that contains a series of videos.

3. Content Mistakes

Have you ever stared at a blank screen wondering what your next video should be about? To avoid this, create a list of at least a hundred titles for future videos. Just use a Google spreadsheet for your content calendar. One way to generate a list of titles is to enter your main keyword in the YouTube search box. YouTube will spit out a bunch of suggestions. Another place to go is answerthepublic.com, it will provide a bunch of questions that people use to enter the search engines.

Not knowing your target audience.
It’s easy to create videos that you want to watch, but it may not appeal to your target audience. Therefore, you got to put away your ego, and try to put yourself in your audience’s shoes. Try to think of their biggest problems, and then offer solutions in your videos.

4. Keyword Research Mistakes

Going for highly competitive phrases.
If you try to go for very competitive keywords you’ll have a hard time trying to rank your videos. Instead, research low competition keywords that are on the high demand.

A great tool for finding low competition keywords that are high on demand is TubeBuddy. It’s a free Chrome extension where you can enter your keywords, and it will give suggested keywords to use in your videos.

Another free tool to use is Keywords Everywhere. It’ll give you the cost per click, which is what advertisers are willing to pay, and they’ll also give you the search volume for that keyword. The key thing to remember is to use keyword phrases that people are entering into the search engines, your videos will then have a greater potential of ranking on the first page, and the search engines.

5. Video Creation Mistakes

Buying expensive equipment.
Instead of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on expensive equipment, just use what you have. For example, you can just use your smartphone camera and the light coming in from a window or just shoot outside. If you have a Mac computer or iPhone device, you can just use iMovie. It’s already installed on your computer, and you can download the app on your iPhone. If you have a PC, you can use Windows Movie Maker which comes with your computer or I can use open source editing software like Shotcut.

Not looking at the lens of the camera.
When you’re filming yourself, make sure you look directly at the lens of the camera. Also, tilt the camera down a little so your whole profile would be in the shot.

Distracting background.
Make sure you tidy up your background before shooting the video, and make sure it’s quiet so you don’t have distracting sounds when people listen to your video.

Using the camera mic.
If you use the built-in mic of your camera it will sound hollow or tinny. Instead, purchase an external mic such as the Rode SmartLav+ microphone that plugs straight into your camera, and gives you great audio.

Not engaging your audience.
When people first click on your video they want to know right away what you’re going to be talking about. Therefore, create a hook at the beginning like asking a question will tell them straight up what to expect. Make sure you get to the point right away instead of waffling on. Instead of stopping and starting your camera, just take a pause and keep going. You can always edit out the mistakes in your editing software.

No call to action.
Many YouTubers make the mistake of not knowing where to send people after watching the video. If you want them to subscribe to your channel, ask them to subscribe and tell them why. If you want them to watch another video, then link to another video or playlist using cards or in screens.

6. Optimization mistakes

Confusing video titles
Try to use the exact or similar title that people are entering into the search engines. Your video will then have a higher potential of ranking well in the search engines.

Lack of description
Viewers will often read the first three lines in your description that appear under the video. Therefore, try to summarize what your video is all about in the first three lines.

Incorrect tags
Don’t try to just guess what keywords to put in your tags. Your first tag should include the title of your video. Other tags to include should be based upon the suggestions that YouTube spits out. An easy way to find the correct tags is to use the TubeBuddy extension. It will provide suggested tags, and you can also get tags that are used by competitors.

7. Playlist Mistakes

Not adding your videos to a playlist.
Did you know that playlists can also rank in the search engines? Try to create a series of videos like chapters in a book, and enter them into a playlist. Instead of adding them to a regular playlist, add them to official playlist. YouTube will then serve your viewers based upon their viewing experience.

Not optimizing your playlists.
Make sure you include a title, thumbnail, and description for each playlist. When adding sections to your channel homepage make sure you include topical playlists.

8. Thumbnail mistakes

Not branding your thumbnails
You want your thumbnails to stand out in the search engines. Therefore, try to brand your thumbnails with a logo or face so people know that it belongs to your channel.

Poor design
When you first create your thumbnail it’s usually a very large image. When your thumbnail appears in the search engines it’s very small size, therefore, use bold colors contrasting colors, and bold text so it really stands out. Make sure you avoid putting text in the bottom right hand corner otherwise it’ll be covered up by the time stamp.

Don’t use a screenshot of your face.
If you use a screenshot of your face in the video it might appear blurry or not very sharp. Instead, try to take an actual photo of yourself with a high-resolution camera.

Title and thumbnail incongruent
Your thumbnail and title should tell the same story. People see a thumbnail first, so if they don’t click on your thumbnail they won’t watch your video. Make sure that your thumbnail and title are congruent.

9. Promotion Mistakes

When new YouTubers start promoting their videos they often ask Sub4Sub. Most channel owners will see this as spam, and automatically filter out these comments. Instead of spamming other groups, channels, or forums, try to engage with your target audience. By all means, join other groups and forums by asking and answering questions. When people get to know you a little bit they’ll check out your channel.

Not replying to comments
YouTube is a social community, so you need to reply to the comments left under your videos. This will help build the subscribers to your channel.

Not repurposing your content.
Instead of waiting for visitors to check out your videos, promote your video across social media sites. You can repurpose your content on Facebook, Instagram, and websites.

10. Performance Mistakes

Doing the same thing over and over again.
Instead of making the same mistakes on your channel, try to make incremental improvements. Each improvement will help with the growth of your channel.

Not tracking the performance of your videos.
If you’re not checking YouTube analytics you won’t know where your subscribers are coming from and what your main traffic sources are. When you know where your traffic is coming from you can create more videos that are similar to the ones that are performing well.

Bonus Tip

Avoid monetizing your channel too early. Instead, build up your audience first and then monetize. Here’s an important thing to keep in mind, identify one thing that you can improve for each video you upload. This will result in the steady growth of your channel which leads to more views and subscribers.

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What’s the biggest mistake that you have made in the growth of your channel?

Post your answer in the comments below. I’d love to read them, and I’m sure others would too.

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How To Find Royalty Free Images For Commercial Use – Top 10 Websites

Are you struggling to find free commercial images
for your YouTube videos or website?

In the video below I show 10 websites where you can get free stock photos to use commercially and summarize for you at the end which ones don’t even require attribution.

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1. Pexels
https://www.pexels.com

Here you can search for free stock photos by just entering your keyword in the search box. On its legal page, it says “the pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. You can modify, copy and distribute the photos. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. Attribution is not required.”

2. Pixabay
https://pixabay.com

You can search for any images, vectors, and videos by entering your keyword on the search box. It says “you can copy, modify, distribute and use the images even for commercial purposes. All without asking for permission or giving credits to the artist. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights.”

3. Unsplash
https://unsplash.com

Unsplash adds 10 new royalty-free photos every 10 days. You can click on any of the different categories here at the top. Under license, it says that “all photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You don’t need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.

4. Freeimages
http://www.freeimages.com

You can browse a collection of free photos, images, popular images, editor’s picks, lightbox, photographers, cameras. You got collection categories here or you can search by keyword. On its frequently asked questions page, it says, “Are these images really free?” Yes, they are free as long as you stick to the rules in the Image License Agreement. Also, in some cases you may need to notify the artists about using the images and sometimes you need to give credit to them. You can see these restrictions under the image previews, right next to the Download button.

5. Visualhunt
https://visualhunt.com

You can enter a keyword in the search box. At the top, you can select commercial use, noncommercial, public domain. You can sort by relevancy, recent, interestingness. When you select the photo, and check on the far right for the license. On this one for instance, it says commercial use okay and modifications okay. You can also attribute the photo by just copying and pasting the code. On the front page, it said most of our photos are CCO license. This means do whatever you want. Additionally, we offer all Creative Commons and Public Domain photos from sources like Flickr and make it possible to embed them directly from our website.

Under Visualhunt’s Terms of Service, it says, “Visualhunt cannot be held responsible for copyright violations and cannot guarantee the legality or suitability for any use the images found through its service or contained in its system. Visualhunt makes no warranty expressed or implied regarding continued service, information provided, the legality or licensing of the pictures or the functionality of the site. It is your responsibility to ensure the use of any pictures is legal and that they are in compliance with all applicable laws.”

6. Picjumbo
https://picjumbo.com

Here you can search from 50 million high-resolution licensed images. You can select from any of the categories from the drop-down. On their frequently asked questions page, it says, “Can I use photos for commercial use for client works, etc?” “Yes, you can. I’m just sharing them for free and it’s up to you how you use them.” You can also download all the images at once.

7. Gratisography
https://gratisography.com

This site provides some great emotional pictures. It says “free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects, free of copyright restrictions.” No attribution is required. You can click on any of the categories or you can enter a keyword in the search box.

8. Pictography
https://picography.co

Here you can search for any gorgeous free images to use for however you like. On its frequently asked questions page, it says, “Can I use images for commercial work?” “Yes, it’s up to you to decide how to use the images. We do not provide model or property releases for any images. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant releases from models or property owners.”

9. Morguefile
https://morguefile.com

Here you can search for millions of free photos. On its license page, it says, “You are free to remix, to adapt the work, commercial, use this work for commercial purposes, accompany the photos with other content under the following conditions. Standalone basis, you cannot sell, license, sublicense, rent, transfer or distribute this image exactly as it is without alteration or if you don’t alter the image and leave it exactly as it is, then you must credit the photographer to use it. Ownership, you may not claim ownership of this image in its original state.”

10. Public Domain Archive
http://publicdomainarchive.com

These are new 100% free stock photos every single week. On its terms and conditions page, it says, “All the images on our site, Public Domain Archive, are released under CCO common domain dedication.” This means, you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

Here’s a summary of the sites where no attribution is required to use the images for commercial purposes. Pixels, Pixabay, Unsplash, Gratisography, Public Domain Archive. This means, you don’t have to ask permission from or give credit to the photographer.

Click here to learn how to find images for your YouTube
thumbnails and the best ways to use them in your videos.

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Pros And Cons Of Starting A YouTube Channel in 2018

It’s too difficult!
It’s too competitive!
I fear being on camera!
I don’t have time to do everything!

In this video, I share the pros and cons of starting a YouTube channel
so you can decide for yourself.

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Here are some of the cons to start a YouTube channel in 2018.

1. It’s too difficult.

If your motivation for starting a YouTube channel is to become famous like Justin Bieber or make a lot of money, you’ll be disappointed. For most people, this won’t happen immediately because it takes a lot of time and effort to grow a successful channel. If your motivation is to share your passion, to impact the lives of others and make the world a better place, it would be easier to keep going when the going gets tough. YouTube is a marathon, not a sprint.

2. Too much competition

This is true especially if your topic is in a very competitive niche. However, if you present your own unique viewpoint, people will be attracted to what you have to say. For example, you might have a passion for dog training and want to build a dog training channel. Think about how you can stand out from all the other dog trainers that have YouTube channels.

3. I fear being on camera

When I started my YouTube channel, I had a great fear of being on camera. Then as I practiced more and more, I got comfortable at it. As you can see, the first video that I created was rather embarrassing. I’ve come a long way since then. If you focus on the message rather than on yourself,you’ll do fine. If you prefer not to show your face on camera, you can just do slides or screenshots of your computer.

4. I don’t have time to do everything

If you want to be a YouTuber, you usually have to do everything; write the script, film the video, edit the video, optimize the video and promote the video. This takes up a huge chunk of time, especially in the beginning when you are learning everything. Therefore, be prepared to put a lot of hours until you get good at it or you want to outsource some of the work.

Here are the pros or benefits of starting a YouTube channel in 2018.

1. Work hard once and get rewarded for years to come

YouTube is the second largest search engine after Google. 300 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Almost five billion videos are watched on YouTube every single day. This means it’s a great vehicle for generating traffic, leads, and sales because you can reach a large audience.

When you create a video on an evergreen topic that ranks on the search engine, it may generate traffic and leads for years to come. This is like having a full-time employee working for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you have hundreds of videos that rank in the search engines, you create a river of traffic that is flowing continuously. For example, if you search YouTube for how to tie a tie,you’ll see videos that get millions of views.

2. Creative outlet

YouTube is a great vehicle to share your passion, interest or topic with the world and impact others lives. It gives you the freedom to be uniquely you and not be tied down to a job that you may not like. The more you exercise your creative muscles, the better you become.

I mainly needed a new creative outlet. I do a lot of geeky projects and I was really interested in video and photography and I figured this was a perfect fit. I launched my channel in April of 2017, so a few months ago, and it’s been a wonderful journey ever since. If you’re interested in what’s going on at KilCreations, stop on by. It’s youtube.com/kilcreations.
Chris

I’m Sharon Danley, creator of twominutetips, a channel dedicated to healthy self esteem through inner and outer beauty with strength, style, and grace. As a retired master artist and film and TV, theater, business brides and those needing corrective help, I freely share my proven and first-rate techniques with you and simply ask that you pay it forward with your own time, talent, or money to a person or a group in need in your area.
Sharon Danley

3. Generate revenue

YouTube has enabled me to generate a full-time income by using it as a traffic machine. I use it to generate leads and sales for my products, services and affiliate products. Keeping in mind this is not going to happen overnight, but with perseverance, you can do it too.

4. Be your own boss

YouTube allows me to work wherever and whenever I want and generate revenue from it. The videos on my channel work like full-time employees that work for me 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and I don’t get tired or ask for days off.

I started my channel in YouTube because when I was let go at 50 years old from my corporate IT job, I decided that I wanted to fulfill a dream and be my own boss. I knew that in this next chapter of life, I wanted to fulfill my creative desires andto have an impact by serving individuals and small businesses. I wanted to teach them something I was very passionate about. On my channel, Gord Isman, I teach how to create and edit video, and video marketing. I’m now building a business and nowhere near ready to retire. I’m in this YouTube game with patience for the long run.
Gord Isman

If you have a unique message, interest or topic you want to share with others, I highly recommend starting a YouTube channel in 2018.

You’ll be glad you did!

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Why dd you create a YouTube channel?

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How To Translate YouTube Videos To English or Another Language

Do you want to your YouTube content to reach a global audience?

On average, over two-thirds of your YouTube audience watch time comes from outside of your home country. If you want to make your videos accessible to an international audience, translate them into different languages. There are 75 different languages that access YouTube everyday and they’re probably interested in your great content.

In this video I’ll show you how to translate your YouTube videos, playlist and channel info to English or any other language.

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Do you want your YouTube content to reach a global audience? On average two-thirds of YouTube watch time comes from outside your home country. If you want to make your YouTube videos accessible to an international audience, consider translating them into a different language. There are 75 languages that access YouTube every`day, and they’re probably interested in your great content.

Here’s how to translate your YouTube videos into English
or another language besides your own home country.

Step 1.
Identify the language that you want to translate your videos into. Click on Creator Studio, click analytics. On the overview page, you’ll see your top geographies, click on that. You can see it’s United States, India, United Kingdom, Canada, Pakistan, Australia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Germany, Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia.

What if I want to translate my videos into Arabic so I can appeal to people from Saudi Arabia?

Step 2.
Go to your video manager. Select the video that you wish to translate into another language. I’m going to select this one, click Edit, click translations, under original language it says, “Select language.” The original language is going to be English and this is going to be the default for new uploads. You can check that. Then in the drop-down box under translate into, select the language that you want to translate your title into and for Arabic, click add language.

Step 3.
Enter your translated title and enter your translated description. You could go to Google Translate. Just Google, “Google Translate” enter your text. Enter my title in there, and I can select the language Arabic, click on this window symbol to copy “translations copied” you can see my title has been translated into Arabic. Then I can do the same with the translated description. Just copy my description, go to Google Translate, enter it into there and here it’s translated. Click on the window icon, copy it “translations copied” then I can just paste it into the description and then just click save changes.

Use TubeBuddy to translate videos

Alternatively, if you have the TubeBuddy extension, it will show you the top 10 languages spoken by your channels audience. I can see here English, Hindi, Arabic, Filipino, Punjabi, German, Spanish, Dutch, Indonesian, Portuguese. I could just simply choose Arabic, for instance here, and then click Translate.

How_To_Translate_YouTube_Videos_Into_English

Keep in mind you do have to upgrade your TubeBuddy license to enable this feature and just click save changes. You also want to add a translated version of your title into the tags. Just copy this. If you got the basic info and I’ll just put in my tags like that and click save changes.

Click here to install the TubeBuddy Chrome Extension
or visit http://www.tubebuddy.com/isitebuild

If someone views my videos from an Arabic country such as Saudi Arabia, the title description and tags will be in Arabic. If you translated your video from French to English, the title description and tags will be in English.

Here’s how to translate YouTube playlists.

Click on your video manager, click playlists, select the playlist that you wish to translate. I’m going to select this one, “how to make money on YouTube”. Click playlist settings, click on the three dots over here, click translate playlist info, select the original language “What language is the original text setup?” English set language then you want to select the language that you want to translate your playlist into, in this case, I’m going to add a new language which would be Arabic, click add language then you just add your translated title. I’ll go to “how to make money on YouTube”. Go to Google Translate, paste it in there and here’s my translated Arabic language. Click the window icon “translation is copied”, paste it into the title box and here’s my description. Just copy that. Go to Google Translate, click on the window icon “translation is copied” paste it in there then click Save. My playlist title and description has been converted into Arabic.

Here’s how to translate your channel info.

Go to your channel homepage, click on the gear icon, down the bottom here it says “translate info” which audiences in foreign countries by translating channel info. Click on translating channel info, select the original language, click English, select the language, click add new language. This case is going to select Arabic, again. Click add language, enter the translator title. I’m going to Google Translate. It’s going to be exactly the same translated and I’m going to copy my channel description. Go to Google Translate and then I’m just going to click on the window icon “translation is copied” and click Save.

Now you know how to translate your videos, playlists and channel info into another language and reach a global audience.

Here’s an important thing to keep in mind.

The Google Translate tool is not very accurate so you might upset the people from that country when they don’t see an accurate translation of your videos. If you want to get a really accurate translation, then use a service such as GoTranscript

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