Get out a pen and a piece of paper and make a To-Do… list with me. That way you will have your thoughts organized and in nice order or just bookmark this page that way you can always reference it. You should write it down to make sure you do it! Or even better if you don’t already have a vlogging camera but own a smartphone, get that out and vlog yourself making this list of what you will need to do in order to start vlogging now!
You want to get some progress made today, right now! First and foremost to vlog, you need a camera!
Get the right vlogging camera now, head over to our Top Picks and choose from the best cameras for yourself. I personally recommend the Canon 70D as my best top valued-minded pick, the Canon G7X Mark ii will also provide you very rich vlogging footage and is much more portable!
Consider which extras you will want for your new camera, such as an affordable tripod or affordable external microphone. At an absolute minimum, you should have already or get some high-quality SD memory cards to store your new vlogging footage on. You really should consider an extra battery for your new camera as well.
If you want to skip buying the camera right now and focus more of laying the groundwork to becoming a successful vlogger than start on this next section. This might actually be more important anyways.
Now shortly you will have a great camera, you’ll also need a great name for your vlog. This is no easy task to come up with a great, memorable name that is not yet taken by others online. I have additional suggestions and more in-depth advice in my Branding Yourself page in the vlogging tips section, if you don’t want to use your personal name.
Fast forwarding a bit, now you have come up with a good name you need to think a bit long term and reserve a matching domain name to your vlog’s name. This could be your own personal name or a made up name. Head over to GoDaddy.com and pick it up for a reasonable cost now, I have used GoDaddy for years and never had any problems. If you are a first-time customer, search the internet for discount coupons, they are readily available for new customers.
You’ll probably want to eventually build a website to accompany your vlog that will be YouTube. You hopefully now have the web domain but in order to actually put anything on your website, you will need web hosting. If you are not ready to be fully committed than skip buying web-hosting at this point, it’s not necessary to upload to YouTube or Vimeo. This is basically a company that will store and maintain your website on their computer servers so that it can be available to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Web hosting is the platform that will allow you to start building a site. I really like Site Ground and after hours and hours of reading before going to bed at night, I settled for them for own web-hosting. I compared almost every major web hosting company out there and found that Site Ground was the best deal for me, for the money and avoided problems in the future.
Of, course… If you are thinking of setting up a website yourself for a blog/vlog or any other matter and all of this “mumbo gumbo” sounds a bit complicated, you can always use Weebly.com to make a super easy website. They are more of an all-in-one package, allowing you get your own web domain, the hosting, and an easy-to-use website builder. I used them in the past for a few projects and was very happy with the results.
So you finally have got the right name, you have checked that you can reserve it across the important social media accounts and other major websites that will be useful to you, you can get the .com, your not going to infringe upon anyone else’s trademark or brand. It’s time to start making it happen!
It’s likely best to set up a new G-Mail account since Google owns YouTube and it will make everything work smoothly together to manage all your new activity online. It can equally be a challenge to get a new e-mail address that doesn’t have multiple numbers it and is easy to remember and sounds professional. Here is the link to sign up for a new FREE G-Mail account. https://accounts.google.com/signup
From your newly created g-mail account (if you needed one) you can set up a YouTube channel quite easily. Towards the top of the screen, on your web browser, you can select a square box that will take you to Youtube that corresponds with your g-mail account.
After you have clicked on the YouTube icon it will bring you to a general screen where you can click on the top left menu and click “My Channel” from there you will give your new channel a name. You should already have a good idea or be certain of your new channel’s name at this point. The name can be changed later, if need be, though.
This is a very quick and easy guide to starting your own YouTube right now! Of course, there is a lot more that goes into being a successful YouTuber long-term wise. You’ll have to learn all of the different navigational points of YouTube, how to properly write descriptions, create compelling thumbnails, and optimize your videos for maximum effectiveness.