Want to start a YouTube channel? Here’s what you need to get started

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  1. Not doing videos here for you tube, but we are making training videos and recordings for my wife’s customers using much of the same equipment (although more audio focused). As such I second a good mic and wind muff. We utilize a yeti blue. What sample rates are you using for the audio?

  2. This is so weird. I was just thinking about start a channel when I saw your email for the post.

    I can’t figure out a direction. I don’t think personal finance makes very interesting videos…or more like, I don’t have the personality for that to stick. People naturally point to future mommy vlogs for me which I’m on the fence about…I like food, family and finance…and food. I don’t see how any of those 3 go well together, d’oh!

      1. Really? Hmm…I’ve never heard of that. Million in total views, or just for individual videos? That seems like an expensive deal for Google – there are a TON of YouTubers out there with well over a million total views. 🙂

  3. Interesting stuff, Steve. Especially impressive when you consider that you guys are on the road for long periods. I’m interested to know how much time per week you devote to your media business (blogs, YouTube, other ventures)? You are particularly prolific in putting up content (to the point of amazement). What’s the time cost for that level of investment?

    1. Thanks Oldster! I probably spend 10 to 15 hours a week actually producing content. I probably spend another 10 to 15 hours a week generally staying involved in the community and figuring out what content I’d like to produce. Some weeks, maybe more. Other weeks, less. No idea about time cost. I haven’t done the math because, honestly, I don’t care. It’s fun to me. 🙂

  4. Good Tips Steve! I’ve experimented with video in the past, but it seemed like my audience really didn’t care for it…or at least there wasn’t much crossover between blog readers and youtube viewers.

    Has your experience been different with embedded videos on this blog?

  5. We’ve thrown a few youtube videos up. Most don’t go anywhere but one hit it big with around 300,000 views. Starting to see some actual revenue from that one 🙂 It was a hastily produced instructional video on how to clean stove vent filters using dishwasher detergent. Took a couple hours to shoot it and produce it (Mrs. Root of Good’s very part time hobby 🙂 ).

  6. This is awesome and ironically timed as my wife and I just recorded (and edited, etc) our FIRST video for a new YouTube series we’re going to be launching in a few weeks. Thank you SO much for the tips!

    Our biggest need is almost certainly in the audio area as you point out in the post. We’ve just been using my Macbook Air’s built-in camera and microphone, but we could get a lot from an actual plug-in microphone. We’ll be sure to check out your suggestions. Thanks Steve!

    1. You’re most welcome, Chris! Congrats on starting your YouTube channel and getting your first video launched. Definitely let me know once you have it released!

  7. Good post Steve. I just created an Away We Winnebago channel Sunday and decided to push myself to create more video. Not sure I want to do the vlog thing and Jaime has threatened me with bodily harm if I stick a camera in her face.

    1. Ha! Yeah, the whole camera-in-your-face thing is definitely a…umm…acquired taste? It ain’t for everyone, but YouTube can be so much fun. Especially if you actually enjoy editing video. 🙂

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