How vlogging can make you a profit | Part 3

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Vlogging
Vlogging

Last week I wrote an article explaining how podcasts can make you a profit and the week before that I wrote an article about how blogging can make you a profit.

This is part 3 of 5 in which I describe how you can make money online.

Let’s kick it!

What is vlogging?

What Is Vlogging?
What Is Vlogging?

Vlogging is actually the same as blogging but instead of writing your story or article on a blog you record yourself with a video camera or webcam. I think the V in vlogging stands for VIDEO. They made a play on words with that.

If you have an interesting subject, interesting niche or if you’re just in gaming you can create lots of videos which you can upload for people to see.

If you do this regularly you can get a following which is just awesome.

But… again with blogging and podcasting… you really need a niche.

Niche?

Niche Market
Niche Market

Yeah… by now you should already know what a niche is. For those who have missed my previous 2 articles:

THE BLOG YOU’RE READING RIGHT NOW IS A NICHE SITE ABOUT MAKING MONEY ONLINE. IF YOU GO TO MY BRAND NEW WEBSITE (WHICH IS STILL IN CONSTRUCTION) RQC DRONE THAT IS A NICHE SITE ABOUT DRONES.

Pick a topic like marketing, fast food reviews, gaming or just doing a “Dear Diary” type of niche that you might think your audience will be interested in.

But try to pick 1 niche. I have mentioned before that going from 1 niche to another niche might distant your audience from you.

Quality

Quality
Quality

When you do have a niche and you want to start vlogging do know that quality is everything. I have mentioned this before: If you have the best content ever but if you use a camera that records with very bad quality chances are that you won’t get views.

I am not saying that you should go buy a high-quality camera that is used to create movies but the built-in camera on your laptop is probably not the right choice.

If you are looking for cheap camera’s that have awesome quality… here’s a list:

Camera ModelVideo ResolutionImage StabilizationFlip Screen
1. Sony DSCHX80Full HD 1080pYesYes
2. Canon Vixia HF R800Full HD 1080pYesYes
3. Panasonic Lumix ZS50Full HD 1080pYesNo
4. Nikon COOLPIX B5001080/30pYesNo
5. Canon PowerShot ELPH 3601080/30pYesNo
6. YI 4K
2160/60p (4K)YesNo
7. Logitech C922x
1080/30pYesNo

*Disclaimer: These are all affiliate links

Even though these cameras are cheap they have an awesome quality which is (for budget reasons) more than enough to get you started with your vlog.

But… just because you have an awesome camera doesn’t mean that this magical thing will make your video quality awesome. You also need to think about lighting.

Lighting

Lighting
Lighting

If you sit in the dark do you know what happens when you try to record your video? They will turn out dark.

You need to have lighting and there are some great studies done about lighting. I won’t go into details but I’ve read an article not so long ago about lighting which was called the Best Lighting for YouTube Videos.

They also have a ton of awesome tips and they have some products at the end of the article. Just have a good read.

Platform

YouTube
YouTube

Now that you have a niche, a good camera and know a lot about lighting let’s talk about the platform on which you want to upload/host your videos.

EVERYBODY KNOW ABOUT YOUTUBE RIGHT?

But there are more video platforms you can share your video like:

  • Vimeo
  • Metacafe
  • Veoh
  • The Internet Archive
  • Crackle
  • Screen Junkies
  • MySpace
  • The Open Video Project
  • 9GAG
  • TED

I will not go into details about all these video platforms. That’s a discussion for some other time.

Of all the video platforms out there YouTube reigns at number 1 and that’s probably because it is owned by Google. You know Google right?

Do you know what the 2nd most used search website is? We all know that Google is at number 1 but who is at number 2?

YouTube.

That’s right… a video platform website is the 2nd biggest website where people search for stuff and for good reasons.

  • 300 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube EVERY MINUTE
  • Almost 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube EVERY SINGLE DAY.
  • YouTube gets over 30 million visitors PER DAY

Wow… that’s big… (that’s what she said)

Monetization

Make Money Online
Make Money Online

Within YouTube, you can make money by partnering up with YouTube. You can place ads on your videos that are chosen by Google which they do a very good job at.

The ads are usually a little pop-up at the bottom of the video, another video before your video starts or some ads on the right side of the video.

That is the default way but to be a partner you need to have at least 1000 subscribers and all of your videos must be watched over 4000 minutes within the last 6 months.

Now, this is something new which they are forcing new content creators and a lot of people have complained about it. Not me though.

Let’s face it… if you don’t have 1000 subscribers and you are not being watched than why complaining about not being monetized?

Besides Google Ads, you can also have sponsors from other companies.

Conclusion

Again with everything on the internet, content is important. I don’t focus on the money but rather the content that I create which is very… VERY important.

If you have sucky videos and your videos have sucky quality and it’s dark then you can’t make money. PERIOD.

I will create an article in the future that will give you some tips about the “perfect” video.

Thanks for reading,

Engin Soysal