“How To Start a Gaming YouTube Channel to Make a Nice Career of a YouTuber?”
Gaming for a living! How nice! You can earn a decent amount of money by playing games and posting the gameplay videos on the YouTube. Becoming a successful YouTuber is one of the best possible ways to make a living. You will be entertaining people through your gameplay videos and become a popular internet star. There are hundreds of thousands of people around the world who earn tens of thousands of dollar per month in YouTube. There are even a few YouTuber who earn millions. You can easily become one of them too. In this article, I am going to tell you how to start a gaming YouTube channel and start earning money.
How to Start a Gaming YouTube Channel
Make up Your Mind
First, you have to decide what type of YouTube channel you want to create. Do you want to review games and make videos about cool features and facts about the games you play? Or Do you want to just record the gameplay footages and upload it as a let’s play series? If you are too good with games then you can also make guides, tutorials or tips-and-tricks videos.
Create a Channel
How to start a Gaming YouTube Channel? This step is simple- just create a YouTube account using your Gmail account. I recommend creating a new Gmail accounts for this purpose. If something bad happens then your Gmail account will get deleted too. That’s why never use your main Gmail ids. After creating the YouTube account, go to “My channel” option in the top left-hand tab bellow “Home” and explore everything in there. You should make a nice banner and logo relevant to your content, write an interesting channel description to impress your visitors and customize channel settings.
Give it a Most Catchy and Relevant Name
Now, it’s time to name your gaming channel. It’s easy, right? Nope! It’s not. It’s probably one of the hardest steps and requires careful planning and great vision. You should spend at least one week thinking about the best suitable name for your channel. Your channel name should be catchy and short to impress the viewers, content relevant, SEO friendly and unique. Always remember that you are not only creating a simple YouTube account but, you are starting a brand which has the potential to become one of the most popular and famous brands on the Internet in the future.
Gather the Important Equipment
Are you a PC gamer? If yes, then you are in luck. Your gaming PC is the all you need to record your gameplay videos, edit and do all the work for your channel. This is one of the many amazing advantages of PC Gaming. If your gaming platform is XBox or Playstation then you have to buy a capture device to record your gaming sessions from your console into your computer. After that, you’ll need a condenser microphone to record commentaries for your gameplay videos. Without the voice-over commentaries, your gaming videos are less likely to be entertaining, so it’s also less likely that your YouTube channel will grow faster. Don’t worry about spending too much money in the microphone, though. You don’t need a studio quality microphone in the very start and there are many cheap condenser microphones available in the market.
Set-up your gameplay recording and editing Softwares
Audacity is the best free sound recording and editing software out there to record your commentaries and reviews. For gameplay capturing, there are Fraps, Open Broadcaster Software or OBS, Nvidia shadowplay, Action! and many other good Softwares out there. You can check out my article about 5 best free gameplay recording software and try out to find which one suits you best. After setting up all the recording Softwares the next problem starts. You can’t just upload all the lengthy raw footages. You have to cut out the unwanted sections and keep only the entertaining parts of it. So for this purpose, you will need a video editing program too. Adobe Premiere Elements is the best and recommended video editing Software for professional YouTubers. Or you can always go for good old Windows Movie Maker for a simple, free and easy solution.
Record your gameplay or game reviews
Lights! Camera! Action! There is nothing more to say for this step. Just don’t forget to press the record button of your recording Software and camera. It’ll be an awful and very frustrating experience if you just discover later that you forgot to press the record button. Don’t laugh! It happens with the most experience and professional YouTubers too.
Edit and Upload the Video to your YouTube Channel
Nobody wants to see you failing in a game over and over. It’ll get very boring to watch if you include all of the 17 times you died in the fight against a crazy-hard Dark Souls boss. Cut out all the repetitive and boring parts and try to make it the most entertaining as possible. After you are fully satisfied with your video, you can upload it to your channel. And don’t forget to edit and upload a nice-and-catchy but click-bait free thumbnail for your video. Thumbnail is the preview picture of the video which viewer will see before clicking the video. Don’t rely on default thumbnails since those will be very dull and uninviting. The standard resolution of the thumbnail image is 1280 x 720. The size of the Thumbnail should be less than the 2mb limit and try to maintain 16:9 ratio while editing the thumbnail image.
Finally, last but not least, how about opening a bottle of champaign? You have done so many things to start a new and glamorous career or at least, you know everything about how to start a gaming YouTube channel so you deserve some rest and party time with your well-wishers and loved one. A friendly advice- don’t get to carried away, you have to work hard to establish yourself as a successful YouTuber.
How to Start Earning Money from Your YouTube Channel?
Now, since you know how to start a gaming YouTube channel, you might be wondering about how to earn money from youtube channel. How monetization actually works on the YouTube? Well, the most common way of earning money on YouTube is by publishing ads. Afer you have verified your Youtube account you can join YouTube partner program to allow to embed some pre-roll ads in your videos. To monetize your videos there are some criteria- your contents should be advertise-friendly and unique. You will get money every time a viewer see the ads in your video. You can sell your own products or publish affiliate links to earn money too. There is one feature which allows you to create paid video streams. You can earn money by high quality paid videos. Moreover, if you can build up a loyal and dedicated fanbase then they can become your patrons and donate money to you.
YouTube is the largest video hosting and viewing sites in the world containing some 1.3 billion users. The most amazing thing about Youtube is its free and everyone can become a future internet superstar using this amazing free platform which YouTube offers. With consistency, enough hard work, and creativity, you can build a bright career for yourself on YouTube.
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