Everything You Need to Know Before Starting a YouTube Channel in 2020

If you are in the business of blogging and/or influencing I’d definitely recommend starting a YouTube channel as soon as possible. The sooner you start the sooner you can grow your audience, increase all of your social media numbers and diversify your income streams. I’ve been on YouTube for years but finally got serious about it last year when I was looking for additional ways to bring in money as a full time content creator. The pluses of starting a channel far outweigh any negatives I can possibly speak on, and will in a few. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there but video is a wonderful way to let the world get to know the real you. The you that can’t be conveyed in written words in a blog post or in photos on Instagram. So as a pretty seasoned YouTuber who’s been consistent at posting for a full year, here’s everything you need to know before starting a YouTube Channel in 2020. 

IT’S NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS

Even a 5 minute video can take up to an hour to record and even more hours to edit. There’s so much work that goes into it that you won’t understand until you actually try it. You need a camera to film your video. That can be anything from an iPhone to what most vloggers use… the Canon Mark II G7x. You also need SD cards to store the video. Let’s not even get into the time it takes to do hair and makeup and set up your film area. And if you are doing a haul faggetabouit, it’s going to take at least 2 hours. Then you need to transfer those videos to your computer or an external hard drive. Then comes the fun editing part which can be super tedious. You have to overlay music and text and make sure your audience isn’t bored to tears. You then spend an incredible amount of time writing up a description box with links to everything. Oh don’t forget creating a thumbnail for each video. Then you need to research titles for optimum SEO, tag all of the appropriate things before finally publishing. After that you then need to promote that video across all your other social. It’s at least 14 hours of work for me to create 1 YouTube video. I don’t even edit my videos anymore and still find it to be incredibly stressful. If you’re not great at editing, outsourcing is a great route to take.

IT’S PRETTY AWESOME THOUGH

Even though it is a ton of work being a YouTuber is awesome. I feel that YouTuber subscribers are probably the most engaged and loyal of all my audiences. They are super supportive and I love the positive community we’ve created together. I also get to speak about things I’m passionate about in a way I can’t in an instagram caption or blog post. I’m able to go a lot more in depth with fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle in video form than I ever could in any other medium. I also feel like I’ve found a new audience who is eager to check out my other work. Many subscribers come over to Instagram to get to follow what I’m up to more often since I only publish videos twice a week. I’ve also noticed a huge uptick in my blog page views from YouTube traffic as well. YouTube subscribers are a lot more invested in seeing you win and supporting you. It’s amazing that these people I’ve never met relate to me so much. It’s just a nice feeling and motivates me to continue doing what I love.

YES YOU CAN MAKE MONEY

In addition to being able to diversify my portfolio and expand my content into video, I also love that I make a good amount of money with YouTube. From Adsense (ad’s google runs on my videos) I make anywhere from $1500-$2200 a month. Simply from doing what I would do anyway which is publishing 2 videos a week and making sure I have the monetize button on. But that’s not all. I always use affiliate links for my video description boxes so viewers can shop what ever I feature in the video and I get a small commission from those sales. In addition to adsense monies and affiliate link commissions, there’s also sponsored videos commissioned by brands. Between those 3 revenue streams all from YouTube I average about 5-8K a month. Yes, YouTube can be very lucrative if you are strategic about it. In addition to being fun and a creative outlet it can actually pay your bills. It just takes a lot of consistency and uploading regularly. Remember I don’t have a great deal of subscribers I had less than 20K subscribers when I was making $1000-1500 monthly from YouTube Adsense. It’s all about getting the views and being strategic about the content you create. Promotion is a the name of the game too.

IT’S A GIFT AND A CURSE

When you put your authentic self out there flaws and all some people feel that you’re free game for judgement and criticism. Unlike Instagram YouTube can be completely anonymous and people are more brazen with the idiotic things they say. If you are a Black woman, it’s even worse. Be prepared for rude critiques of your hair, skin, body, speech, personality and more. Even if you like to play with your hair or do certain mannerisms people will feel it’s their right to tell you to change those things. If you are not strong willed it’s enough to make you want to quit. It’s actually why I think there aren’t many Black women on YouTube for very long. We don’t even get a chance to blossom before we are ripped to shreds by other Black women. Yes…99.9% of the hate watch, rude comments about what I should be doing with my money, my body and my space come from Black women. A lot of it is projection so don’t take any of that to heart. You can not reason with people who don’t have common sense and don’t waste your time trying to educate them either. Block them swiftly and never think of them again. Speaking of which also make use of the Blocked Words feature for comments. Go ahead and put anything that will trigger you in that box and those comments featuring those words will automatically be deleted. You will never see them. The same with blocking people, they can never be able to comment on your videos again. Don’t be afraid of a thumbs down either. Real ones know, even a thumbs down is positive engagement for your channel! If a hater is watching just to hate LET THEM. They are secretly fans because they are supporting you by watching. They are putting more money in your pocket. And always remember the only opinion of you that matters is yours.

PLANNING MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER

Type A people thrive at YouTube because they are well organized. Write down all of your video ideas and actually execute them! If you have the means film the video the same week you think up that idea. While it’s still fresh and exciting in your mind, use that energy to fuel that video. I like writing down all my YouTube ideas mid-month for the next month. I publish a new video every Sunday and Wednesday so I go through and assign a video to every Sunday and Wednesday of the month and try to record them all within the first two weeks of the month so I can sit back and relax and allow other time and creativity for Instagram and this blog. It becomes harder when you try and scramble last minute to think up a topic and film it and edit it for a next day publish. That’s too much stress that you can avoid by just doing a little planning ahead. Set filming days for yourself, editing days and publishing days and stick to that schedule. Get your audience familiar with your posting days so they can expect and lookout for your content. Trust me YouTube viewers appreciate consistency more than anything else…even quality!

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If you’re looking for in depth details on exactly how to start a YouTube channel and monetize it check out this blog post for the tea. And if YouTube isn’t your jam but you are thinking of starting a blog or website then this post will let you know how to do just that. If you are looking to get into the influencer space or make more money in that aspect head over to my Etsy Shop where I’ve written over 15 eBooks to show you how to Pitch to Brands, Make Money with Affiliate Links, what apps I use for Instagram and more.

Don’t think too much about the process or having everything together. Just start!

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xx

Monroe

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27 Comments

  1. July 6, 2020 / 9:51 am

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my new blog, it’s that, this things are not as easy as they seem .
    I’ve been planning to start a YouTube channel next year and this was very helpful. Thank you!

    • monroesteele
      Author
      July 6, 2020 / 1:49 pm

      Yes, its definitely a lot of work but its so rewarding! Do it!

      • July 6, 2020 / 6:05 pm

        owner, great information. I will get started and thanks for the boost.
        I love seeing you style and words of encouragement
        rep up the great work
        Karen holmes

        • monroesteele
          Author
          July 7, 2020 / 10:35 am

          Thank you Karen!

      • July 7, 2020 / 11:53 am

        Now, I have even more respect for your videos!

        • monroesteele
          Author
          July 9, 2020 / 10:02 pm

          Wow thanks so much! It’s definitely a lot of work.

  2. Kawana Coy
    July 6, 2020 / 10:18 am

    Very informative.
    You are most definitely the MOST honest and, genuine influencer that I follow. I very much appreciate that you share information and resources as openly as you do. You are truly someone who “gives back” It is most definitely appreciated.

    If you decided to move forward with the Workshops you proposed …… I would definitely pay to learn more from you

    Mrs. Coy Style,

    • monroesteele
      Author
      July 6, 2020 / 1:49 pm

      Thank you Kawana! I can only be open and honest people need the real tea lol. Thank you for your support xo

  3. Wendi
    July 6, 2020 / 1:32 pm

    Thanks for this! I am about to start my own blog and channel and I’ll slightly nervous and super excited about it! Definitely planning on purchasing some of your “how to” tools from your Etsy shop as well. Thanks for the inspiration and information!!! Take care!

    • monroesteele
      Author
      July 6, 2020 / 1:49 pm

      Thanks you for reading Wendi. I hope it was helpful. Definitely check out the templates! They will all be on sale tomorrow for Black Out Tuesday!

    • monroesteele
      Author
      July 7, 2020 / 10:35 am

      Thank you!

  4. Teresa
    July 6, 2020 / 7:45 pm

    Thanks girl, this is very informative. I’ve been dreading the video part, but I will have to start from somewhere.

    • monroesteele
      Author
      July 7, 2020 / 10:35 am

      Thanks so much Teresa! Glad it was helpful xx

  5. Torvia Young
    July 6, 2020 / 9:35 pm

    Love this blog post! This is truly helping me to step out there and just do it! Thank you!

    • monroesteele
      Author
      July 7, 2020 / 10:34 am

      Yes just do it!

  6. Shalonda
    July 7, 2020 / 4:38 am

    I always look forward to watching your videos. I love how you’re always willing to share your experiences. Keep thriving!

    • monroesteele
      Author
      July 7, 2020 / 10:34 am

      Thanks so much for your support!

      xx
      Monroe

  7. July 7, 2020 / 1:37 pm

    Great post! Very helpful tips to keep in mind for starting my yt channel. Thanks for sharing!

    • monroesteele
      Author
      July 9, 2020 / 10:02 pm

      Yay! I’m glad it was helpful!

  8. July 8, 2020 / 1:11 pm

    I actually found you thru your youtube channel, I love your personality and your content.
    I used to upload on youtube but my consistency was terrible. Hoping to hop back on it soon.
    http://www.NancyUgo.com

    • monroesteele
      Author
      July 9, 2020 / 10:01 pm

      Yes get back on it Nancy! Thank you for watching and coming over to the blog too.

  9. Kim Beyouthfullyyou
    July 9, 2020 / 8:45 am

    This is why you’re my go too you tubers. Transparent, focused and knowledgeable and willing to share. You’re energy is just infectious. Bubbly, witty and as you say “hella cute. Truly you’ve helped me to see that they who hide on the shadows are more afraid that we as Youtubers could ever be, because we’re willing to step out there into the light… so why don’t they? Honey hate is still am ugly color. We’re team #Monroe

    • monroesteele
      Author
      July 9, 2020 / 10:01 pm

      Haha thank you so much Kim. I appreciate the support!

  10. Yamzy _Style
    July 12, 2020 / 8:23 pm

    Thanks very much for blog post. As a new Youtuber it’s very challenging when you’re putting all the work and your subscribers are not growing. But, like you said “consistency is key “ and it will pay off in the end.

    Thank you and please keep doing you! Love your content and I’ve been and OG supporter from day one. Lots of love

  11. July 27, 2020 / 7:44 pm

    Just getting to read this post, as I’ve been contemplating using my voice more, my true desire is to connect with my women who need that extra boost when it comes to love and life happenings. All from my experience, I was leaning more to doing podcasts, but after reading this post it’s allowed me to think in a different direction.
    Thanks for all your open info, esp on how to handle the negative aspects of this business. Much appreciated

  12. August 2, 2020 / 4:15 pm

    I have been thinking of doing a you tube channel for years now ! More along the lines of motivational videos/conversations . I do love fashion but for some reason I’m drawn to teaching and motivating . Maybe fashion will come in the end but I’m not drawn to it now . Plus , those try on hauls look like they take hella time and editing ! And the way my tech skills are set up … ummmm… let’s just say nah I have had a channel for more than 10 years now with no videos . I know that I’m called to have a channel because I know that I have value to offer.

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