Last updated on April 5th, 2020 at 05:02 pm
If how to start vlogging is your question let me 1st ask you one thing.
Are you a creative person?
This guide is for you.
This is the exact process of how to start vlogging and earn money from your daily life routine.
Let’s be real here, everyone wants to earn money with no / less effort. Everyone want to do things which he likes.
What about if someone is being paid to do things which he likes?
What Wikipedia has to say about vlogging.
“A video blog or video log, usually shortened to vlog, is a form of blog for which the medium is video, and is a form of web television”
Now the question is who can vlog? How can a person like you or me start vlogging? How to build your following? And the biggest question How to earn money from vlogging?
And much more.
So let’s get started , it’s a bit long article but after reading this whole article I am sure you don’t have any question about this whole process.
1st of all lets break down things into portions.
1. What is vlogging?
2. How to start Vlogging?
3. Equipment for vlogging
4. How to edit your vlogs?
5. Platforms for vlogging?
6. How to earn money from Vlogging?
What is vlogging?
The verbal definition of vlogging is already stated in the above paragraphs, it’s time to dig into it and find the real meanings of vlogging.
The word vlogging is derived from the word blog. Means sharing some information from your side on a certain platform through a certain channel.
Now some people like to share the information they have some don’t.
Vlogging is all about our personal life. What we do in one day of our life. How do we live, where do we go?
It’s all about our life style.
Let’s suppose I am a person who don’t like to share his life events with others or even my family members.
On contrary you are a person who likes to share each and everything that happens in his life with everyone.
Who can vlog?
Before start vlogging you must make sure that your personality allows you to vlog, if you are moving against your nature or you are not made to vlog.
YOU CAN NOT VLOG.
That is for sure.
And if you are creative, like to share, like to talk to everyone in your space,
Congratulations. VLOGGING IS FOR YOU!
How we get inspiration?
Its human nature that he attracts toward success, most of us decided to start vlogging after watching some successful vloggers on YouTube or any other platform.
But have you ever noticed?
How many videos of those vloggers have no/very less Views?
How many of them were hated?
How hard they worked to get to this point?
Nothing is a piece of cake in this world. Anything literally anything you want to do needs some effort and hard work.
If you are willing to do that hard work we are good to go.
Inspiring from others is good, actually very good but making them as a sign of success is not good. You should get an inspiration from the successful people and make your success in your own way.
Its inspiration time.
Let’s have a look on some of the successful vloggers of the era to get some motivation.
1. Casey Neistat
Neistat is a 38 years old vlogger, film maker and content creator. The one thing about him, he always enjoy his life, no matter what the scenario is.
Very energetic and hard working person, Casey has to live in park for 3 years when he was 17.
He also worked as a dishwasher at a seafood restaurant.
In 2001 Casey started working with an artist and that was the point from which the creative person of the case neistat came over the old Casey.
On February 17, 2010 when Casey uploaded his 1st YouTube video he was criticized a lot.
But the criticism is always the start of a great career.
Now at this point Casey Neistat has more than 11 Million subscribers on YouTube and a fan following in more than 22 countries.
2. Mr. Beast
Are you a youngster?
Doing things that are out of box are always loved by everyone in the world.
Unexpected things are always appreciated.
Mr. Beast is doing the same. He is a 21 years old vlogger who is always vlogging the part of his life in which he is chilling with his friends and family.
Sometime he is buying a car with pennies, or he is offering a free lambo.
Its right you need money for that, but in start no one have money to spend on such things.
Then you need an idea just like Mr. Beast counted to 100,000.
And that was the start of his journey to success.
Current subscribers of Mr. Beast are 23 Million.
What about if you are in the race of the biggest you tuber of the world?
Yes PewDiePie is in that race with 99 Million subscribers.
He is a gamer, commentator and funny content creator.
He was dropped out of Chalmers because he was not interested in his degree. This is the story of everyone who is successful in his life.
If you are working in the field you are not interested in you will never be successful.
To be something you must have your passion and your way of earning money on the same track.
If you are enjoying your work, then there is no doubt that you will be successful one day.
And if you are not liking your job you must have to change it before it changes your personality and urine your whole life.
I think this is enough of motivation.
Let get back to what we were already taking about.
We have successfully understood what vlogging is, what is the motivation behind that and who can vlog?
Next Question that comes in mind if we are all up for vlogging is how the heck start doing that vlog thing?
How to start Vlogging?
Look, it’s very easy,
Just recall the time when we were younger, our parents or grandparents used to relate some stories to us.
And we were so curious to listen to those stories.
Because its human nature that we want to know what is on the other side of the rock.
Same the case is with vlogging.
You should have a story with you. And we are good to go, you have to create a story from nothing.
From your daily life and you have to illustrate that story to your viewers in video format.
Lifestyle of every person is different, someone life is very unpredictable.
If you are one with unpredictable life, then it will be easier for you.
People like to predict what will happened next. And if you give them a change to predict your life, Boom!
The whole game is about creating a story of your life. How you illustrate your life in front of other people.
In this time people are frustrated, they want to relax.
If you can bring smile to their face, then why not they come back to you? They will start following you. Finding you on different platforms and start sharing your content.
But for this you must have something to show the viewers. If you also have the same boring life with no smiles on face.
Believe me, no one is going to watch you, people don’t like the miserable stories.
Let me clear one thing, it does not mean start fabricating things.
Be what you are.
If you are a serious person start doing something serious.
If you are a gamer start streaming games, chatting with friends and gossiping. People don’t like fabrication.
And you cannot fabricate things for so long.
After a month of two , you must have to show your real face to public.
And that point is very worse. Because people are not expecting that from you.
In result of that people start hating you unfollowing you. And start talking bad about you.
That’s why you should always show your real face to your audience. So that they know what you are and they expect the same from your side.
There are different ways in which you can vlog but given below are some of my favorite.
- Sports man
- Social Person
Let’s put some light on each of these so that you can select what you can do for yourself.
Let’s suppose you travel a lot does not matter for work for recreation or something like that.
People like to see new places.
People want to see how other people react to certain places. You can make guides to different places of the world.
Now a days its common when someone plans to visit some place he/she 1st check what are the best places to visit there.
Where should I go and where should I don’t.
Be their guide.
Tell them in your vlogs what is special thing about this place?
Let’s suppose you are planning a trip to turkey.
Make a vlog, from airport to hotel, let people know which hotel is best? Which one is costly and which one is cheap?
Which one is near to subway and which one is far away?
Let them know what is the process of booking a hotel from your home? And how to redeem different offers available there.
Tell them what are the necessary things they should be keeping with them? So that they don’t face any problem during their trip.
After that tell them about your sleeping plan, how to take rest and visit the places with correct proportion.
Tell them about the best routes available to their loved places and best possible ways to get there.
Share your experience about the restaurants you have visited there, so that they may have an idea what kind of food they can get there and how much they have to pay for that food.
Make sure each and everything you tell them is true and based on your personal experience.
Otherwise if you are just telling them the lame stories they will listen to you once or twice after that they will never listen to you.
Credibility is the thing which makes or breaks your vlogging career. If you are good enough to make your credibility you are on the way to success.
Go to your favorite places, enjoy yourself.
Make sure you are enjoying in real time. If you think you can not enjoy the moments while you are vlogging
Stop it right now.
What to do then?
You can take a break from the vlogging and enjoy the beauty of that place.
You can relate that story afterwards in a podcast or a story video.
But if you are not enjoying and pretending as you are very happy that will not work.
Nature is beautiful.
Try to show them the real beauty of nature by the means of your vlogs.
This will make them love your Vlogs.
Let me clear one thing.
Not every Vlog is a happy Vlog sometime it happens that you are not happy, or something happened in your life that made you sad.
Surely you can share that thing with your viewers.
This will make you more real in the eyes of your audience.
2. Sports Man
Second position is of sports mans, let’s say you are a badminton player, your vlogs are about badminton. You will be telling people about the rules, type’s tricks and tips about the badminton.
You will be sharing your daily experiences with them and asking them about suggestions.
Making your audience interact with you is the most important thing. If you are doing a single side communication in your vlogs that is okay,
It will not be as effective as it will be if you are in a double site interactive communication.
People will tell you what they want from you, what trick of yours they like the most.
They will be asking you about the game which you are playing.
They will be asking you about the rules, about the process of becoming professional in that specific game.
Some of them will be telling you to do certain things,
Just take the example of dude perfect.
They do something new every time, have you ever thought,
Who is behind all of those ideas?
That is public, which ask them to do different things in different ways.
And they say yes! We will be trying this.
Same the case is with your vlogs, if you are not listing to your public and just doing what you want you will be over soon with your vlogging career.
3. Social Person
Being is social person is a blessing of god, you will never see a social person in deep stress.
The reason behind this is their friends. They do have many of them and a person with a bunch of social interaction is never out of words.
He is always doing something.
Chilling out with friends or going somewhere to attend wedding ceremony of a friend.
If you are a social person you can vlog your life.
Take your example, how curiously we watch our friends’ video when they were playing a game a year ago.
Same is the case with public,
They love to see you doing something with your friends, distributing happiness with your fellows and making the life of everyone easier.
Not all of your audience will appreciate you on what you are doing.
Everyone on the planet has different set of mind.
And you surely cannot change that mind set. So be ready for some criticism. You going to face during this time.
Have a look on what they are saying if there is something that really matters and you should do that, make sure you appreciate that criticism.
On the other hand if someone is saying why just why you eat chicken last night so simple ignore them.
They are frustrated people either from their job or from their personal life.
Just don’t focus them.
Gamming is the most favorite thing to recent times, if you are good at playing games,
Congratulations you can start streaming that game.
This is the most fun making thing you can do.
Join online communities that you are interested in, make some friends and bring them in your stream.
People will start watching you. Gamers of your same community will join you they will be liking your content if you are good at playing that game.
Let’s take the example of one of the most favorite and most played game of this year the PUBG Mobile.
This game is the income source of more than 100,000 streamers online.
Because people love to see how you play.
The people who are new to that game want to learn, and the best way of learning a game is to watch the game play of a professional.
They might ask you some question about your gameplay.
Some will be challenging you, and some will be asking you to join their team.
All of these things are the part of online steaming.
For game streaming the equipment needed is not very cheap, you need a good system with a good internet connection.
On top of these you must have a skill to play games. And the main thing is to have the sportsman ship that is very rare is gamming community.
Equipment for vlogging
If you want to win a car race, you cannot win it on bicycle.
That is for sure.
Same is the case with vlogging.
You need certain equipment to achieve something in your vlogging career.
What Equipment I need to start vlogging?
It depends, literally it depends on you, how you use different things to get benefit from them, you can start vlogging with a simple phone.
And you cannot vlog if you don’t know how to vlog? How to create a story with a million dollar camera.
No problem if you are in a tight budget we can suggest you a camera for vlogging from 100$ to 1000$.
It depends completely on you whether you want to invest on a camera, microphone or on lights?
We have a complete range of budget cameras, microphones, lights, GoPro and drones you can select from.
Different people have different preferences,
Some people like mirrorless cameras, other like a solid camera with mirror.
Some like Nikon camera for vlogging other prefer cannon on Nikon for vlogging.
Does Equipment matter?
Yes, Equipment matters! But to some extent, equipment can enhance the quality of your video, it can add some stuff to your story but it cannot change the story of your vlog.
Here is the list of some of our top picks about the equipment, we have done a comprehensive review of each of these product, pros and cons of each product are written.
So that before buying you have a clear vision of what you can do with this product and what you cannot do.
You can go through these articles to select what equipment you really want.
Things to make sure!
There are certain things you should be making sure while vlogging.
- Always store your video on at least 2 different drives.
- Make sure you have plenty of storage space.
- An extra camera body
- A zoom Lens
- A solid tripod.(Very Important)
- Rain cover
Best Software to Edit Vlogs
There are many software out there in the market using which you can edit your vlogs.
Some of them are easy to use and other are bit confusing and advanced.
The software you are using depends on what type of editing you want from the software.
If you just want to crop, and add different patches to make a single video. For this purpose you can use a simple video editor like Camtasia.
But if you are doing some serious video editing stuff in your vlogs.
Adding some tough transitions and custom animations. For this purpose you need to use a video editor like Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe final cut pro if you are a Mac user.
There are somethings that can done within Adobe Premier Pro but cannot be done in Final cut pro.
Here is a small comparison between adobe Premier pro and final cut pro.
There are some pros and some cons of each of these software
The above mentioned software are for desktop users, if you mostly vlog on phone and want to edit the vlogs on the phone or a tablet.
You can use these apps.
These will be helpful in your basic video edits. These will not allow to add those high quality cinematic effects in your vlogs. But you can do some basic edits on phone and iPad.
App For Apple Users: imovies
App For Android Users: VideoShow
One most important thing that matters how many people watch your vlog is your thumbnail.
Your thumbnail is the 1st thing that the viewer see, it must be standing out.
You can create amazing thumbnails online using Adobe spark.
If you know how to use Adobe Photoshop / Adobe Illustrator you can create some amazing thumbnails using these software.
Your thumbnail must be showing what is inside the video. Try to show the peak moment of your vlog into the thumbnail.
It will create curiosity in viewer to view the whole thing.
Make sure while editing the video, make a hook in the 1st 5 to 10 seconds of the video, and then start from the start.
This will urge user to watch user that peak moment.
Video is ready to upload.
Where to upload it?
That is the question, a big question.
In this section we will be discussing the best platforms for vlogging.
According to Neil Patel. (A SEO GURU)
What we get from here?
You have to post your content on every possible platform you can.
I will be getting back to this after taking about the platforms.
YouTube is the biggest video platform with more than 5 Billion users. Each minute 300 hours of content are being uploaded to YouTube.
In total YouTube is getting 30 million visitors each day.
Just imagine getting 0.5% of this traffic, how many people will be watching your content.
This platform is for only right people.
If your content is really good, YouTube algorithm will move your content to the trending list and your will be getting much more views.
Views are the other form of money!
YouTube algorithm is strong enough to detect plagiarized content where you are using someone video or audio without crediting them, or using some picture.
There are some creative commons content which you can use without permission.
YouTube pays a good amount in terms of ads revenue.
To start with YouTube you just need a google account,
Login to YouTube and you are good to go.
You can now upload your amazing content to YouTube.
But make sure you use proper Display Picture, cover image and proper channel name.
This will be building your brand, brand building is the most important thing in YouTube.
There certain things to make sure while uploading the videos.
- You should be saving the final exported video with the title of the video.
- You must be making proper use of tags.
- A proper description is necessary for ranking your YouTube video.
- You should be uploading videos are that are more than 5 minutes long.
Here is a video by Backlinko talking about the basic points of YouTube SEO.
Twitch is the biggest game streaming platform where you can stream games, you can find thousands of gamers streaming on twitch.
Some of them have millions of views and some of them are with zero views, it’s all about the quality that you are providing.
Here is Ninja the top stremer of the twitch.tv with more than 14.4 million followers on twitch.
If you have good gamming skill you can choose this platform and share your talent with others.
But if you are planning to decide what game to start playing make sure the game you are selecting is one of the top trending games of the current time.
Here is the list of some trending games on this year.
- PUBG Mobile
- DOTA 2
- Resident Evil 2
- The Division 2
- Metro Exodus
- Kingdom Hearts 3
The thing to make sure is that, if you are streaming PUBG Mobile you must be knowing all the rules of that game.
You should not look newbie of that game.
There is another way you can stream is by telling people that you are trying to learn a new game.
Then people will help you in learning that game and they will be adding more and more value to your stream.
In the mean time you will become pro and you can then professionally stream that game.
Instagram is one of the fastest growing platform with millions of users.
If you are into something that is about personal grooming, fashion and money making.
This is the platform for you.
Many people are making a log of money vlogging on Instagram, you can come live and answer the questions of your followers.
You can make videos that are solving the problems of newbies in the field.
Your followers are your main assest.
Be loyal with them, always tell them the right path and the truth.
If you are loyal to them they will be with you in your hard times.
But if you are fooling them, sorry to say you cannot continue this too long because they will start trying what you are teaching them and eventually they will be un-following you.
The best thing about Instagram is you can engage with your audience very easily.
The interaction process in Instagram is very easy.
The way of earning money from Instagram is a bit different you can earn money from affiliates, website and selling personal products.
You can sell your digital products by providing the link to your products in your Bio.
If you ask me, I will say this is the best platform to start your career in vlogging.
Blockchain is the feature.
And this platform is completely developed on blockchain. Keeping the decentralization in mind.
This is the fastest way of earing I have ever seen.
You just make an account and that’s it.
Each person who likes your vlog is indirectly giving you some money.
You heard right!
Every up vote will be giving you some amount of money in terms of steem dollars.
The amount how much you get on every up vote depends on the person who is up voting you.
There is a voting system on steem, the power of your up vote or down vote depends on the amount of steem that you are holding.
If you have good reputation on steem and having a good amount of steem power your one vote can be about 1 USD.
Just amazing having 100 such votes a day.
And on top of all you can withdraw your money every day. Without any limit.
With its best decentralized network, steem allows users to stay safe from content theft.
The flag options and down vote system on steem makes sure that only legit and quality content is on steem.
In short if you are a legit person with legit content,
Welcome to Steem, this place is for you.
How to make money with vlogging?
Now the main question comes. How to make money with vlogging?
To be frank there are a thousand ways to make money if you have a good following.
I am going to share some of the most famous ways to earn money from affiliate.
Ads are the very old and easy method to monetize your vlogs.
In this method after reaching a certain level of following and watch time on YouTube
(1000 Subscribers and 4000 Hours Watch Time).
They enable your monetization. And start showing ads on your videos, they pay you on the base of ads shown on your videos.
After the end of each month your payment is transferred to your account.
But there is an issue they don’t give the right value of your content if your content goes viral then chances are you make good money out of it.
But if you are making average content then don’t expect a big earning.
However YouTube is the most reputed platform for vlogging.
Affiliate is another way of earning money from your vlogs / content.
You can review different products once you have built trust on your audience, you can sell them those product and you will get commission of those sales.
There are many affiliate programs in the market, some of them are stated below.
If you are selling some physical products amazon affiliate program is for you!
You can joine amazon affiliate program using the link given below
Here is the example of affiliate marketing. As you can see this YouTuber has added affiliate links to different products used by him in the description section.
As people like to buy the products which they have already seen.
They click on the links and buy those products.
You can use this technique in many different ways, you can do this on any type of products like you can sell digital products, courses, services etc.
Here is the list of some affiliate programs that you can join instantly.
3. Sponsored videos
This is another source of making money from your vlogs, one you have some influence in the market.
Then brands start contacting you and ask you to promote their product or service.
This happens when you are creating good content and you have some reasonable following.
These type of vlogs are very interesting, either you are reviewing a product, using a service or travelling to some place.
If you are on this level this can make many of your dreams come true.
One Important Thing
One thing that is very important in the career is consistency.
If you are not consistent enough, you cannot sustain this.
You should not be caring about the number of views on your vlogs, just leave that thing. If you are really interested in making videos.
Make them for you.
Only for you, and don’t care if someone else watch that video or not.
Once you are on this tract that you don’t care whether someone is watching your vlogs or not, you are on your way to success.
People will start finding you, they will start showing interest in you, and then they will find you, subscribe to your channel and follow you.
Remember one rule
Spend 20% time creating content and 80% time promoting the content.
This is right lets say you have made a Vlog, don’t just upload it on youtube. Upload it on every single platform you can think of.
And much more.
What you get from this is more impressions more views and finally more earning.
Its natural if you are in front of more people, possibilities are higher that you will be liked by more of them.
People make a perception about you after having a look on what other have to say about you.
So be your own brand.
Always show like you have enough of everything, then everyone will come to you and give you what they have, otherwise you will be the same person with 33 views on your Vlog.
Frequentyly Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the minimum investment required to start vlogging?
Honestly It only depends on you, you can start vlogging with even 100$,if you are willing to do, but if you are not interested in it you will not vlog even if you have a $10000 camera.