How to be Successful on YouTube


I just wanted to give an update since I uploaded my first YouTube video. I am really enjoying making videos but there is a lot to learn. I have been studying on how to be successful on YouTube, and Grow a YouTube channel.

Like I posted before there are struggles with creating YouTube videos more than creating content on your website. It’s easier to correct things or make them better before publishing than with a YouTube video.

Making sure the AVLS (Audio, Video, Lighting and Stabilization). Make sure your Audio is top-notch. Even if your video isn’t the greatest, if your audio is great and understandable with great content, people will still watch or listen to your video. Video can be done with your SmartPhone. Have good Lighting, you don’t need expensive lighting, open the curtains, turn on some lights. Stabilization, make sure your videos are not moving to fast or jittery. You don’t want to make your viewers feel sea sick watching your videos.

YouTube Beginners Top 5 Mistakes

1. Being to broad – narrow your niche, just like we do here at WA Don’t video about everything. You will lose subscribers. Stay true to your statement on your channel.

2. Making Repetitive videos. – Some people think if you did well on a certain video they keep doing the same video 10 different ways. Don’t do that.

3. Not planning the video before filming. Make a plan, what do you want to begin with, what the video is about, before letting your viewer know you’re ending the video, do a CTA (Call to Action) to a different video.

4. Not Monetizing – I am hearing differences on this but the latest teaching is to monetize early. This is a business and if you want to do this full time, you need to monetize. To start monetizing you need 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 subscribers for this to happen.

5. Not building a relationship with your subscribers. This is important to keep people watching your channel and stick to the description you put in your YouTube Channel. Don’t be all over the place. Comment with detailed information on other channels or Facebook groups and on your channel.

My Analytics Since 1st Day of Upload

How to be successful on YouTube

I think this is pretty good for my first month. I have a total of 11 video all under 16 minutes and mostly under 5 minutes. I am trying to keep my videos short and to the point which helps me get out more videos. I am experimenting with YouTube Shorts, that is fairly new as well. They are videos under 60 seconds. If you make the short using the YouTube Shorts creator they are 15 seconds and that is it.

I read YouTube #Shorts can help small YouTubers get noticed sooner and it’s also easier to get more videos out.

Being consistent with your videos. Do at least one a week to keep your subscribers interested, this is how to become a successful YouTuber.

My Stats in the last 7 days

Plan for Success

Asking the following questions can help plan for success with YouTube.

1. Channel – Who is your audience?, What problem will it solve, how is my channel different from your competition and why should someone subscribe to your channel.

2. Video – What is the goal of the video? Who is the video for? What problem will it solve? Am I answering a specific question?

3. Money – How will your channel make money? How will your video make money? Find out the best ways to make money with your niche. I will be using affiliate marketing and AdSense once able to monetize.

4 Tips for starting a YouTube Channel

1. Start before you’re ready. Everyone’s first videos will not be the greatest but try to make each video 1% better each time.

2. Commit to the Journey – if your heart isn’t in it then it probably won’t be successful unless you are just doing a channel for Hobby reasons.

3. Start with an end in Mind. What problems will my channel solve

4. Start with Why. What is your motivation for starting a channel. To be financially independent, retirement income, or a hobby.

This is what I have been learning for the past month. I found a group call Think Media and I am doing their YouTube 5 Day challenge this week. This is to help people start or grow their YouTube channel. I found Think Media to be similar to the Wealthy Affiliate community but they specialize with YouTube.

The biggest thing I keep hearing in the teachings for creating videos is “Answer a Specific Question“.

Get YouTube Subscribers!

You need a Hook in the first 10 seconds of your video. Most important, how are you going to grab your audience attention? Be clear in your statement about the video problem/solution to get people to watch your videos and get YouTube subscribers.

Do your research on the subject you will be doing a video on.  A great YouTube keyword tool is using the YouTube Search bar, this will give you ideas on what videos people are searching for.  Having awesome, catchy titles and thumbnails to catch the eye of the audience scrolling through videos.

Script an outline of the points you want to hit in the video. Make videos as long as it needs to be but short as possible. If the video needs to be long, then make sure it is with informative content and remove the fluff.

Before you let your audience know that you are wrapping up the video, do a call to action – CTA. Point them to another video or playlist.

My Final Thoughts

If you are considering starting a YouTube channel but are fearful, actions overcome fear.  Practice talking on camera, get comfortable how you look and sound on camera. You don’t need expensive equipment, most people starting out use their smartphones and have become successful using them and eventually upgraded to different equipment.

Here is a good reference link called Sean Cannell Courses with the Think Media team.  They have a platform similar to Wealthy Affiliate but for YouTube.  I just joined the Video Ranking Academy.  Their goal is to help 10,000 people make YouTube their full time job.  If you really want to learn the best way to grow your YouTube channel, check out a couple of their videos.

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I hope this helps anyone who is on the fence about starting a YouTube channel.  Social media especially YouTube has grown world wide, more and more people are using it.

The YouTube craze is here to stay and not slowing down anytime soon.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Are you considering starting a YouTube Channel?

Why or Why not?

I would love to hear from your!



Me and My Husband

8 thoughts on “How to be Successful on YouTube”

  1. Hi Chris, thank you for sharing your YouTube activities and the analytics with us. I recently started a channel and a lot of these tips would have helped me both with the setting up and with the video production itself. Knowing what i now know, I think planning with the end in mind is the number one tip for me. Visitors have short attention spans and if your content is not doing something new and exciting, off to the next video they go. My results are not as good as yours but they are improving. Thank you

    • Thank you for your comments, check out this link…If you want to learn more about YouTube.  Sean Cannell and the Think Media team are helping 10,000 people do YouTube full time.  I find this group to be like Wealthy Affiliate as far as having a great helpful community and excellent training.  Good luck with your channel!

  2. One of the most important things I have been told concerning opening a YouTube channel is that one must have a strong personality. Something that stands out. But from your post, I have learned that that’s not all. We need to have a plan in place. Concerning our content, how we’ll monetize our videos and not repeat video. Thank you very much for this advice.

    • I think having a strong personality helps but researching and planning the video before pressing record is key.  My problem is I forget what I want to say, so I am struggling but I will keep at it and practice.  Thank you for your comments.

  3. This is an extremely helpful article on how to start a YouTube channel and how to be successful on YouTube. I have been contemplating starting on YouTube, but I know fear is holding me back. Fear that my videos will not look good, ot that my voice is not good enough. So I love that you say action overcomes fear. 

    Thanks for sharing this very motivational post. I have bookmarked it to come back and take action.

    • Hi,

      I still have those same fears but like I said actions overcomes fear. I just wanted to start.  I found a community like Wealthy Affiliate but for YouTube.  It’s called Think Media called Video Ranking Academy.  I just did their 5 day YouTube Challenge.  I found them by searching on how to start a YouTube channel. Check it out!  Sean Cannell is great, he is the founder.  Thank you for your comments!

  4. Thanks for your excellent article entitled “How To Be Successful on YouTube.”  Your article contains really good ideas to help people become financially independent.   God knows, we could all use good ideas to help us become financially independent!  I know a lot of people, especially people who are approaching retirement age, who are looking for such good ideas, myself included!

    I agree with you that there is a lot to learn.  Like you, I also have been studying how to be successful on YouTube, as well as  how to Grow a YouTube channel.

    Making sure that your Audio, Video, lighting and stabilization (your video is not moving too fast or jittery), are just right.  That’s also great advice; I have had to redo my YouTube videos quite a few times because they had such problems.

    You say that Video can be done with your SmartPhone.  I .have yet to figure how to accomplish this.

    I found your paragraph on “YouTube Beginners Top 5 Mistakes” to be particularly helpful.  Possibly the top mistake that I made was not planning the video before filming.   As you said, make a plan, figure out how you want to begin, what the video is about.

    By the way, I didn’t know how to run the Channel Analytics.  However, I found it doing a Google search.

    Your advice about being consistent with your videos (doing at least one a week to keep your subscribers interested) – that is certainly good advice and I’m going to do it.  I want to become a successful YouTuber, and be successful growing a YouTube channel.  I might also try to experiment with YouTube Shorts.

    Thanks also for the tip on using YouTube Search bar to get ideas on what videos people are searching for.

    I also appreciated getting your recommendations in your paragraph “My Final Thoughts”.  I appreciated getting the reference link to the Sean Cannell Courses with the Think Media team, and the link to the Video Ranking Academy.

    All in all, a most interesting article!

    • Hi Monique,

      Thank you for your comments.  It has been a very educational couple weeks for me.  I did the 5 day YouTube Challenge with the Think Media Team.  I have been planning 2 videos to film this weekend.  I have an outline, and my video descriptions and affiliate links on a word document to transfer after video upload.  My deal is I have a hard time remembering what I want to say.  I need to practice like performing in a play.  I was a bit overwhelmed last week with everything.  I just needed to take a couple days off and reorganize my thoughts and plan my research so my website and YouTube go hand and hand.


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