How To Start a Successful YouTube Channel – My Secret Tips + Tricks!

 

I recommend watching the video, as I go into great detail regarding the points I discuss in this blog post.

YouTube has surely become one of the best platforms to showcase a variety of content. Whether you’re into lifestyle, fashion, beauty or fitness, there is always something for people to watch on YouTube. Now, what happens when you’ve become so inspired from sitting in front of the screen and watching that you decide to move behind the screen and start filming? YouTube is a great way to build an audience and to create killer content to share with the rest of the world. However, YouTube is not everything that it is cut out to be and I am here to shed some light on what it really takes to be a content creator and if you’re genuinely serious about becoming one, how to start a successful YouTube channel.

Know why you start a YouTube channel

I think it’s important to know why you want to start a channel. A lot of the time, when people message me on Instagram and tell me they want to start a YouTube channel, they are somewhat confused when I ask them why. I’m not asking to be rude, but it’s because some people start a channel without a goal in mind and it results in their channel ending up dying because they didn’t realize what it takes to start a channel. YouTube is commitment and requires a lot of effort and consistency.

Doing YouTube for money/press drops

If you’re starting a channel thinking that you’re going to make dollar signs, I have bad news for you my friends. Am I saying you can’t make money from YouTube? Not at all. I have made money from YouTube even though I believe I only had 600 subscribers at the time, so it is possible. However, you won’t see money when you start out on YouTube because YouTube has now enforced a rule which states that unless you have reached a certain watch time or you have 1000 subscribers, you are not allowed to monetize your videos, which means that ads will not run on your videos and you will not make money. Press drops usually only come with quite a following and even so, it still requires a lot of patience and consistency on YouTube.

Just start

The one comment I get almost all the time when people want to start a YouTube channel is that they’re afraid of what other people are going to say. I think that I forgot to mention in this video that your content is essentially going to be seen by the rest of the world. If you feel that you are too sensitive to deal with criticism and bullying, I wouldn’t recommend starting a YouTube channel as I take mental health very seriously. However, if you think you can handle it then just remember that people always going to have something to say. Everytime someone views your video to “make fun of you” that’s a view for your channel which is a bonus for growth. I guarantee that the people you go to high school with won’t matter in 5-10 years from now. If you enjoy creating content, just do it!

Equipment and my favourite apps

I recommend starting on your smartphone if you do not have a camera because you don’t need the best camera on the market to start your channel. I started off with a basic Nikon L330 and once I saw growth in my channel, I decided to move into a new direction with higher quality content, which only came with 800 subscribers might I add. Being close to 1000 was the push I needed to up my game and now I film with a Canon EOS200D and I use a 18-55mm lens. You don’t have to have the best camera to start off with, rather work with what you have and once you see growth then you can move on to better quality.

Consistency

I would not recommend YouTube for someone who is not consistent. When people view your channel, they want to subscribe to people who are going to keep pushing out content. I feel like when you go missing for long periods of time, it hurts your channel because people can see that you’re not going to be consistent and then they probably won’t stick around to see more content from you. Am I saying you have to post everyday or week? Absolutely not. But it helps to have a schedule for yourself so that you don’t disappear completely.

Growing your channel and SUB4SUB

I talk a lot about this topic in detail and I definitely recommend watching this part of the video because I go into detail about sub 4 sub and how it hurts your channel and is an ineffective growth tool.

Descriptions

Why people leave their descriptions blank I will never know. It’s so important for your audience to know where to find you and important links you may want to share with your audience. If brands want to work with you,  they’ll contact you from the email in your description, but if you leave it blank then they’ll move on and find someone else instead.

Collaborations

Don’t be shy to reach out to other YouTubers. I honestly think that a sure way to grow your audience is definitely to reach out to someone who has more or less a similar number of followers as you and asking them if they would like to collab with you. You don’t have to physically be with them, it’s literally just mentioning their socials and doing a similar video. People like to find other content creators and I can guarantee both people will benefit from doing collaborations.

Sharing your content

I don’t think I can stress the importance of sharing your content enough. If you upload a video to a channel where you have 5 subscribers, chances are if you’re lucky you’ll get 5 views. The reason I say ‘if you’re lucky’ is because not all subscribers are active subscribers. You can have 100 subscribers, and get 20 views. There are a ton of reasons for this but the most important aspect is getting your content out there. I’ve mentioned that some of my favourite platforms to use are Twitter, Instagram Stories, targeted Instagram sharing accounts and Facebook Groups. A few tools I use are TubeBuddy and VidIQ which are both really helpful plugins for choosing the right tags for your videos and providing stats so that you can see what is working and what isn’t.

Do you have a YouTube channel? I’d love to know in the comments! Also, don’t forget to leave me any tips or tricks you’ve found to help grow your channel x

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VLOG: The Body Shop Play For Peace Event

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a blog post. YAY.

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I am one of those people who get overly excited for Christmas and everything that comes with it. My favourite part is spreading joy and love throughout the festive season. The Body Shop South Africa was kind enough to invite me to their end of year media event and I just have to say that this cause is something which is quite close to my heart.

One of the reasons I love the season of giving is because I myself did not have much to begin with. I grew up in a family where we did not have much, but we had each other and that taught me how to be grateful. My parents worked their fingers to the bone to provide for my brother and I. I’m very grateful for my family and I wish everyone could experience love like that.

The Play For Peace Campaign is an initiative The Body Shop came up with in order to support children in need. For every gift set you purchase from The Body Shop, you contribute to the Peace Play Project, which provides a safe space for children to play and heal. This programme teaches children how to deal with their trauma, cope with their losses and express themselves without violence.

The Body Shop has inspired me to give more this Christmas, which is why I will be embarking on a few charity campaigns this Christmas. To follow my journey, subscribe to my YouTube channel and look out for my Christmas videos coming up.

Please support this amazing campaign by purchasing any selected gift set from The Body Shop.

 

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VLOG: Life in the Fast Lane (Literally) – Audi TT Rides, Tamzen’s 21st and Wine Tasting.

If you told me last year that I would have an amazing group of friends and would be going out more often, I would’ve probably laughed at you and told you to tell someone else a joke. My life has changed so much since I came out of a 4 year relationship in April and I can honestly say I’ve never been this happy. I really enjoy going out with my friends and most importantly, I look forward to going to campus every day because I have them to look forward to. In this vlog you can come with me to go wine tasting, take a glimpse at what Tamzen’s 21st looked like and even take a spin in her new Audi TT.

 

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Here are a few photographs with the memories made for this vlog, what I like to call
“my life in pictures”:

–WINE TASTING @ DURBANVILLE HILLS–

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One of my favourite quotes from Harry Potter is:

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”

Everyone creates their own happiness, if you choose to do so. For 2 weeks I refused to go to campus because I was in such a dark space and feared running into my ex at campus. Then I asked myself, why is he going around as happy as can be when I’m stuck at home feeling miserable? It was at that point when I reached rock bottom, that I knew the only place I could go was up. I really have to thank my friends for being my pillars of strength in such a dark time, but most importantly for showing me that I was happy before and I can be even happier now. I am genuinely enjoying this stage of my life and constantly meeting new people. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

 

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Huge Back To School Affordable Try-On Clothing Haul!

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Shopping is cheaper than therapy.

I recently went on a bit of a shopping spree for my second semester of varsity and I saved all the gifts from my birthday to make this affordable and collective haul for my viewers and readers! My previous back to school clothing try on haul which went up earlier this year has over 700 views which means I am so close to hitting that 1000 mark! I love when people interact with my content

I’m not sure if most of my readers know this but I live in the Southern hemisphere which means that we are approaching Spring and Summer soon so I made this both a summer and a winter clothing haul, so I could accommodate all the seasons approaching, wherever you are in the world !

Featured below are all the items in my video for those who don’t like watching YouTube videos. If you do watch my video please don’t forget to give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel so I can create more content for you!

Starbucks Shirt (Purchased in Thailand) ♡

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I recently featured this post in an OOTD which if you missed it, you can find here. I love printed tee’s and tank tops because I feel that it adds so much to a simple outfit. What I love most about this is that it’s a piece of Thailand that I brought home with me and I’m a coffee lover so it’s no surprise that I cannot wait for Starbucks to get to Cape Town! At the moment we only have one in Johannesburg which is in a different city and a bit of a bummer. I love that the colours are simple and not too overboard as I feel that sometimes crazy prints can kill an outfit as a whole.

Dusty Pink Choker Bodysuit (Mr. Price) and Denim Shorts (The Fix) ♡

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I’ve mentioned in my videos that I am not a fan of the choker trend simply because I don’t like the way chokers look on me particularly. Mr. Price has recently came out with a new choker neckline for their shirts which I feel adds such a nice touch to an outfit. I wasn’t 100% sold on the body suit at first but after a while I realized that I liked the way it looked on me. Paired with this shorts which I purchased from The Fix, I love how the cut on the legs is different and almost a zig-zag pattern. If you go to The Fix on Thursdays and you are a student, if you present a valid student card you will get 20% off your purchase! Who doesn’t love a good deal?

Pink Rose Detailed Bomber Jacket (Exact) ♡

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As I mentioned before, I’m currently still feeling the effects of Winter so this bomber was such a cute addition to my wardrobe! I love the rose detailing on it and I feel that it’s such a cute colour. I have a green bomber from The Fix but I feel that this one is much warmer and more durable for Winter time. I would usually pair this with black tights or skinny jeans and sneakers or my black booties featured in the video!

Dusty Pink Adidas Stan Smith (Sportscene) ♡

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For my 21st birthday I decided to add to my shoe collection by buying myself a new pair of sneakers. I have always been in love with the Stan Smith and I feel that it is so much more comfortable than the Superstar. I originally wanted the all white Stan Smith but when I saw this one I had to have it! Anyone that knows me knows that I love pink and gold and white so this was right up my alley.

Unfortunately I did not photograph all the items in my haul so if you would like to see the rest of my items then you can watch the video!

 

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My Night Routine ft. Lux Body Wash

Hello beautiful and welcome back to my blog!

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I thought that I’d share my night routine and what goes into my relaxation process. I am a home body and I really enjoy coming home after a long day and simply winding down. Let me know if you enjoy being at home too!

So after a long day the first thing I like to do is get inside and change into some comfortable clothes which include: boyfriends hoodie and leggings. I then like to curl up on my couch and watch some TV (if there isn’t a bunch of nonsense playing) and allow my brain to unwind.

Then often times hunger strikes so I like to opt for healthy meals at night, I very rarely eat meat because I feel that it makes me sick. Some of my favourite foods to eat include: mac and cheese with a side of vegetables or seafood paella. If I feel like eating out then I opt for the Cobb Salad from Kauai, no egg.

Bath time is my favourite time of the night and I love using the Lux Body Wash. Rubybox was kind enough to send me a bunch of these (As I mentioned, I am having a giveaway.) and I love both scents. The purple is Sheer Twilight with fragrance pearls of Black Orchid and Juniper oil. I love using this when I go out because I always get complimented on the fragrance. If I’m staying home or cuddling with Matthew for a movie night then I opt for the pink which is Soft Touch with silk essence and pink floral infusion. It leaves my skin noticeably softer and always makes me smell so fresh and soft.

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After a bath I like to make myself a nice cup of tea for when I watch YouTube videos in bed and then I like to turn off all my electronics at least an hour before bed (I have the most vivid dreams and if I watch something weird on YouTube I will be dreaming about it later that night).

And that is my night routine! As I mentioned, there will be a video which I will come back to insert but I did have a deadline and could not risk missing it.

-DISCLAIMER: This post was NOT sponsored, these products were sent to me by RubyBox Beauty in exchange for a review HOWEVER I have been using Lux already, so it was already incorporated into my night routine xo.

RUBYBOX BEAUTY: http://www.rubybox.co.za

MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL: http://youtube.com/justdeeanneDIY

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Vampy Burgandy Winter Make-Up Tutorial & Bold Lashes

Hello my beautiful friend!

I know, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a blog post and to be really honest, I’ve been taking a break from blogging because I didn’t want to put up content that I wasn’t happy with. In the mean time I have been filming YouTube videos and you can click the one below to watch my latest one. I would really appreciate it if you could subscribe to my channel as I am still growing and trying to find my feet.

I have a video coming this week as well as a review and I will be posting regularly because I have finished my exams! I’m really excited to be bringing my readers great content and just want to thank everyone for being so patient and coming along with me on my blogging adventure.

This look comprises of a vampy lip using Essence Cosmetics “All That Greys” lipgloss in the shade 01. I love this look paired with the Katy Perry lashes from Eyelure in “Cool Kitty”. I wanted to try something bold and warm for the winter season I am experiencing at the moment!

If you do decide to click the play button below, don’t forget to give the video a thumbs up and leave a comment or subscribe to my channel if you want to see more!

 

 

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MY FIRST VLOG: Adopting A Dog!?

Hi Everyone!

I’ve never filmed a vlog before but I thought it would be fun to go down to the local animal shelter and film my experience going. If you click the video below you can watch the vlog and I promise it will be worth it as I have an important message at the end about looking into adoption. So click the play button and please subscribe.

I urge anyone looking into adopting a pet as these animals just want a loving home and they are amazing animals. I had an amazing time with these animals and if I could take them all home with me I really would and I do explain at the end of the vlog why I can’t keep a pet at the moment, and how I am looking into the adoption process for when I get my own apartment.

Hope you enjoy xo

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My Lazy Day 2016 Winter Morning Routine

Hi everyone! I still have one more Mother’s day post going up on the blog tonight, but I thought I’d just come and tell you more about my YouTube channel. As I have mentioned before, I do have my own YouTube channel called JustDeeanneDIY where I post content similar to my blog. Below is my Lazy Day Winter Morning Routine for 2016. Please take a look as it would mean so much to me!

 

Typically on a lazy day, I really like to catch up on some sleep so I usually wake up at about 10AM. Then I cannot get up until I check my phone to see if I have any notifications (Which I don’t most of the time). From there I will make my way over to my super comfy slippers and if you watched the video, both my onesie and my slippers are from Mr. Price. I usually go get some fruit in the kitchen and some coffee because I’m not always very big on breakfast and then I proceed to brush my teeth. After that I make my way to my room to check my laptop, email and maybe work on some blogposts.

In the shower the typical products I use are:

Schwarzkopf BC BonaCure repair kit Shampoo and Conditioner.

Clean and Clear blackhead scrub

Detangling comb from Clicks.

On a typical lazy day I usually go to the mall and drive past the beach and the scenery in the video was truly amazing.

I’ve hit 200 subscribers on my YouTube channel! Are you subscribed? If you are, let me know in the comments!

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30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 17 – What’s In My Bag Video + My YouTube Channel

Hi Everyone!

This post is just a bit of an update, I know I have done a What’s In My Bag? blog post, put the video is finally up on my YouTube channel so you can click the video above to watch and subscribe to my channel. I think the ultimate goal for me would be to reach 500 subscribers and I would love to actually talk to you guys through my videos because sometimes I feel a blog post is not really that personal but when you can see and hear someone it’s just touching (I’m hormonal, forgive me).

I thought it would be fun to tell you guys the story behind my YouTube channel and give you guys some idea of what goes into my videos and editing.

I started my YouTube channel in September last year and I was extremely nervous because I had another channel before which was not as successful. The idea of my channel were to incorporate aspects of my life which I wanted to pursue as a career and build a portfolio of my work to use as reference so that I could showcase my love for fashion, beauty and lifestyle in one place while still being able to put myself out there and meet new people and work with brands. I’ve never collaborated with anyone on my channel before but I just hit 100 subscribers this month! If you guys are interested, I will be doing a giveaway on my channel in the near future so definitely stay tuned for that.

The best part of making videos for my channel would be filming the videos. I’d say that make-up tutorials are the easiest to film, while lookbooks are a little bit more intense. The most difficult video I’ve filmed and edited would be my Shoe Collection video which I will link here:

This video has over 600 views and I’m still mind blown when I think about it.

I use Windows Movie Maker to edit my video along with Expression Encoder for texts and effects. I have been playing around with Cyberlink Power Director but it is a little bit complicated.

Editing my videos usually take me about 3-4 hours and I usually take up about 2 days so that I don’t overwhelm myself. Then I use PicMonkey to edit my thumbnails. I upload videos every Friday and try my best to incorporate those videos into my blog.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments (:

 

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