This year, I decided I was going to start a YouTube channel. I’ve found some great resources for vloggers, and I thought I’d round them up in case you were feeling similarly inclined.

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Resources for Vloggers

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There’s a good mix of resources on this list, and I can say from experience that the paid stuff is just as good as the free stuff. So if you’re worried that you need to spend a lot of money in order to get the sort of vlogging education that enables you to deliver quality video content, you definitely don’t! Also, I want to make a little point here. If you have a smart phone and an internet connection, you’ve got all you need to start a YouTube channel. So, don’t overthink it. Yes, these resources are great, but you should do what you want to do. I’m a big fan of jumping in.

And on that note, here’s a look at the sorts of things that I’ve been using to slowly but surely grow my YouTube following. I’m definitely not viral, but I’ve grown quite a bit this year, and I’m super proud of that.

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Resources for Vloggers On YouTube

Sunny Lenarduzzi

Sunny’s channel is a veritable one-stop shop for YouTube best practices, SEO knowledge, and building your subscriber base. I love her positive attitude, and how actionable her advice is. (It’s 2018. Stop listening to gurus who don’t give actionable advice. They are a waste of everyone’s time.) You can literally watch her channel and take notes on all the things you should be doing. I will say that the one drawback to her channel is that you can easily get sucked in, and watch like 10 videos before you know it.

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Amy Schmittauer

I love Amy. She seems really cool, and she makes being super busy and building your online media empire look chill. Her video on time blocking in Google Calendar has me rethinking my whole planning system, and I love when someone can do that. Amy basically wrote the book on vlogging. No, seriously. She wrote Vlog Like a Boss. I’ve been slowly making my way through this book, an I’m loving it.

(Pssst! Vlogging not your thing? Want some blogging Skillshare classes or maybe some Skillshare classes on writing instead?)

Resources for Vloggers On Skillshare

Exponentially Increase Your YouTube Subscribers with Auto-Subscribe Link with Diego Davila

This is a very simple, 12-minute class, and I love how controversial the suggestion has been to a certain group of people. Basically, he shows you how to create a link that will not only take someone to your YouTube channel, but will give them an automatic popup with the subscribe button. This is something that I’ve put on my blog here, so any time you click on the YouTube icons around the header and sidebar, you’ll get that popup if you’re not already subscribed. To some, this may seem spammy. But if you’re here already, then you know what I’m about, and I’d love to have you following me on YouTube.

How to Dominate the “Suggested Videos” on YouTube and Skyrocket Your Traffic with Diego Davila

If you’ve ever fallen down a YouTube rabbit hole, then you know how easy it is to get sucked into those suggested videos. But as a YouTuber, you want to get people interested in falling down the rabbit hole of your content, and the best way to do that is to dominate the suggested videos. After implementing the advice in this video, the watch time on my channel shot way, way up. Like, we’re talking tens of thousands of minutes up. And I don’t have a ton of content, either. Now, if I could just get all the non-subscribed people who watch my videos (they make up like 70% of my audience) to subscribe, I’d be set.

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What Resources for Vloggers Do You Recommend?

Tell me the tips and tricks that have helped you create great video content or helped you grow your YouTube channel. There are so many little things that YouTubers can do, it’s always fun to see what’s working for everyone else!

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Oh, and you know, if you haven’t subscribed to my channel yet, I’d love it if you did! I post new videos on Wednesdays and Saturdays, though, since my summer teaching stuff ends at the beginning of July, I can definitely see myself adding a few more posting days for the end of the summer.

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