YouTube is the biggest search engine for videos and continues to grow each and every month.
Hundreds of thousands of people are doing YouTube full-time as a result of their efforts and having no proper job to go to.
So what does this mean for you?
Is there a chance for you to jump into this game or is it too late due to the vast amount of competition?
And what exactly is involved when making your dreams a reality?
So little time and so many questions – let’s get right into it!
Know that it is a sink or swim situation
When doing YouTube, you’re either all in or you’re out.
Because there is so much people trying to “make it big”, you have a lot of competition.
You will find it difficult getting ahead by posting one video per month or even per week.
So this is my advice to you:
Realize that the competition is MASSIVE, and that if you want to swim instead of sink, you have to put more work in than your competition.
There is no “I’ll skip all of this week and post next week”. No, the grind starts when you post your first video and doesn’t stop.
You either want it bad, or you don’t, or you just want to make it your hobby.
However, if you make it your hobby, don’t expect to quit your day job.
MOST people that take the plunge already have a decent following
I watch many big YouTuber’s, and some have even quit their job on camera to pursue their dream of doing YouTube full-time.
Just know that it can take YEARS to grow a decent following, and then when you have a following you still have to know how to sell to your audience.
Google Adsense doesn’t pay as much as it use to, and that’s the reason why so many YouTuber’s have to supplement their monthly income with merchandise – others have even went back to normal jobs!
My advice to you:
Do not quit your job if you’re just starting YouTube, as the chances of making it big is slim. You’re not even guaranteed subscribers!
The only person on your side is you! You are the only one that can make things happen.
1000 subscribers isn’t heaps either (even though you’ll get excited as hell, and there’s nothing wrong with that), but to make the sort of ‘quit your day job income’ you need at least 100,000 subscribers.
Now keep in mind, these subscribers need to like your content and watch your videos; frequently. You need to build up a large, LOYAL following…but more on that in a second.
The Steps (The Fun Part)
1. Choose a Niche
Your niche is your passion – what do you enjoy talking about with your friends?
There is no right or wrong answer here, because there are millions of niches you can choose from.
I would avoid niches that aren’t “advertiser-friendly”. Channels that talk about conspiracy theory’s and such will get demonetized and you will make little-to-no money.
Furthermore, swearing is frowned upon by YouTube and will also be demonetized with every video that contains swearing (I know, it’s ridiculous if you ask me).
Yes, YouTube has changed tremendously over the past year.
To make good money your channel needs to be family-friendly, as these big advertising companies are targeting them.
Can you make money with non family-friendly content?
Sure you can, but you need a VERY loyal audience who will actually support you.
You can sell merchandise to them or get them to pay via Patreon, which is another popular way to earn with your YouTube fan base.
Pro Tip: Vlogging is becoming more and more popular and is actually being favored by YouTube and advertising companies (as long as there is no swearing).
You will get a head start just by taking the vlogging route alone.
2. Create Content
Content is what you put in your videos.
It is absolutely vital that you stick to the same niche throughout your YouTube career.
Have a gaming channel?
Stick to gaming if that’s what your followers subscribed to you for.
Have basketball tutorials?
Continue creating THOSE.
Have a cooking channel?
Then keep providing cooking content.
Why is this so important?
Because your followers subscribed to you for a reason, and that was to watch your future videos of the same nature. Now if your future videos are different to what they subscribed for, they won’t watch them.
You will have a low CTR (click-through rate) and you won’t rank well in the search engines, thus making it more difficult to get more subscribers in the future.
3. Your Schedule
It is also essential that you post on a consistent basis.
As I said, your competition is massive and the only way to beat them is by posting high quality content often.
The keywords here are high quality and often.
They need to be good and entertaining so people actually “smash that like and subscribe button”.
And you need to be putting this type of quality out on a consistent basis so you appear more often in the search engines, subscription page, and notifications.
You’re not going to get anywhere by posting 1 video a month, even if it is high quality.
That is not the way to stand out from the crowd. Posting 3x per week is best for new starters.
But of course if you really want to stand out, be prepared to do 5 videos a week when you’ve got a decent following. This will give you explosive growth.
My advice to you:
Do 3 good videos per week when you’re just starting. This means you won’t burn yourself out and you have extra time to promote them.
When you start gaining subscribers just from putting out new content you won’t need to promote them anymore.
People will share them, give you ‘likes’ so you appear in the search engines and you’ll receive rankings on YouTube as well!
This is called auto-pilot subscribers. As long as you keep putting out content your subscribers will keep growing.
4. Promote Your Videos
Make sure your create corresponding social media pages for your YouTube channel.
- Google Plus
Share every new video you create with each of these pages.
This allows you to feed traffic off of other social media sites to your videos. This leads to more views and eventually subscribers.
There is a lot of ways to promote your videos and channel.
Some work, some don’t.
I’ve found a great article here.
It goes into a lot of detail on the best ways to achieve views and subscribers, which are all proven to work.
One of the Biggest Mistakes You Can Make
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is NOT putting content out because you think it’s not good enough.
Well news flash – nobody (not even big YouTuber’s) were good at what they did when they first started.
Go back to their old videos and you can see that they were just the average Joe.
You will start out just like they did, but the difference is that they actually took action, filmed/created a video and put it on the good ol’ interwebs for others to watch.
They made it good – not great – but got better over time.
And that’s what will happen with you as well.
You will get better at creating videos and eventually you’ll create amazing content that will get more likes and shares, which in turn leads to subscribers.
The Reality of Becoming a YouTube Star
Okay, now that the fun stuff is over, be prepared because this is going to be the cold-hard reality of becoming a full-time YouTuber.
Most People Quit Before They Get Their First 1000 Subscribers
They say your first 1000 subscribers is the hardest. Now this is true if we’re talking about real subscribers.
So don’t think buying or trading subs is going to help you reach success, because it most definitely isn’t and will actually hurt your follower base more than anything.
It Requires Hours and Hours of Editing Alone
After you’re done filming your day (if you’re a vlogger), performing your research (for tutorials), or whatever videos you do, realize that it will take even more hours of pure editing alone.
Adding in music at the right time, cutting out unnecessary clips, adding effects and making sure it is your best work takes a very long time!
So do realize that this whole YouTube thing is not easy and does require a lot of manpower and time.
You’ll Be Grinding for At Least 5 Years
The average YouTuber grinds for roughly 5 years before seeing some kind of success. These people grind day in, day out, making pennies before hitting the big dollars and eventually doing it full-time.
You MAY find success in a much shorter time frame (2-3 years), however, this all comes down to luck (who watches your videos, how much shares you receive, how much videos you get ranked, etc).
Do I Recommend Starting YouTube?
If you’re in it for the money, I do not recommend starting YouTube as a career.
Even though YouTube is growing at a steady pace, they are extremely unpredictable.
I’ve seen popular YouTuber channels get shut down without warning and no explanation.
They change their policies like I change my undies.
They’ve demonetized a lot of full-timers and don’t give a damn whether or not you’re making a killing – who knows what other garbage policy they’re going to come up with next?
Before you even reach 5-years on YouTube, they probably would’ve shut down or at the very least had a massive policy change by then.
And even if you do make it big, you need to know how to sell products to your audience or get them to pay you monthly income via Patreon (both extremely difficult).
When I Do Recommend YouTube
The only time I will recommend YouTube is if you’re doing it as a hobby – that’s it.
For example, I am now vlogging because I want to look back on my life 5 to 10+ years from now and see how much has changed.
My family will be grown up big time by then and we can watch them grow up all over again!
Now of course I don’t have to put these on YouTube, but I want to to entertain and inspire other people to do the same as well.
Because time flies, the best thing we can do is document our journeys and make great memories.
Your Next Move
I highly recommend that you skip the whole YouTube thing and look for other means of internet income.
Like I said, YouTube doesn’t give a damn about you or your audience.
If they want to shut your channel down for something silly, they will do it – without explanation, no warning, and they won’t even get back to you when you request answers.
YouTube is NOT a sustainable business model and I say stay away unless you’re doing it as a hobby.
Now I know you’re serious about making money online because you are still here looking for answers.
That’s good, because I can steer you in the right direction…if you let me help you of course.
Blogging + Affiliate Marketing = Your Best Friend
Of course you can tell me to go “F” myself and pursue your dream of being a full-time YouTuber. However, that does take an awful amount of time and manpower to get there.
And you’re probably itching to get out of your day job as fast as possible
Luckily I know something much better than YouTube. It’s called blogging and affiliate marketing.
This concept is a lot easier and less time-consuming.
You’ll see traffic in 3-6 months (often times income), more traction at 9 months and you’ll be able to leave your day job around the 1-year mark, or at least very close to it.
The thing with blogging is that there is absolutely no editing videos, adding music, adding effects, etc. Just putting out content to help your audience and earning commissions (money) when people click your links and buy.
There’s no need to sell merchandise or hope and prey someone will pay you via Patreon.
And the best part?
When the ball gets rolling it is completely passive.
You can skip an entire week and still earn money, whereas with YouTube you lose out on that initial $$ when you upload.
YouTube is one of those things that’s so popular that every man and his dog are doing it.
No…really, search up “tricks with dogs” and you get endless results.
But my point is, you can make it if that is what you truly want to do. If doing YouTube videos is your passion then by all means attack it head on.
However, if you are looking to get out of the 9 – 5 game as fast as possible, you’re better off going with affiliate marketing because of the many reasons I’ve already outlined.
You need a website, tools, the right training and a solid plan.
All can be found at Wealthy Affiliate, which has a free trial so don’t freak out.
Well that concludes this article on YouTube, where it’s heading and what it really takes to quit your job, so I hope you make the right decision.
As always I’m open for questions and concerns, so don’t be afraid to ask them in the comments below.
Cheers and have a great day.