How to Create a Successful YouTube Travel Vlog
When you’ve watched your favorite YouTube content creators, you will no doubt have pondered the idea of creating your very own channel. After all, there is plenty of money to be made with a successful YouTube channel, and it means you can also work on a subject matter that revolves around one of your passions. If one of your passions is travel – and based on the title of this article, that is already assumed – you’re in luck: it is a great topic for a YouTube channel/vlog.
However, there are many things to take into account before you quit your job in search of YouTube fame and financial glory. So take a look at the following points, which will assist you in creating a successful YouTube travel vlog.
Focus on fresh and original content
YouTube has become saturated with an abundance of creators in all topic fields, so producing fresh and original content is arguably the most difficult part of the process. It is also the only way that you can stand out from the crowd.
To do this, you have to first try and focus on original subjects. For example, everyone knows about the Eiffel Tower, and there are countless videos about that landmark as a result. Instead, try and look for lesser known locales or ‘hidden gems’ that you can cover. There will be less competition, and you can bring something relatively new to the table.
As an alternative to going all-out on creating original videos, consider adding a different spin on common topics. For example, this could be a controversial opinion about popular subjects (why you should avoid visiting the Eiffel Tower for instance), or spotlighting lesser known facts about such subjects.
Oh, and don’t forget to have a regular upload schedule!
Make your logo, banner and thumbnails more professional
Professionalism is a key step to ensuring that potential subscribers know that you’re serious about your YouTube venture. One way of doing this is by adding artistic flair to graphical aspects of your channel – such as the logo, banner and video thumbnails.
Firstly, the logo is the visual cornerstone of your entire YouTube channel. So even though it takes up little space when people are searching for videos, it is still imperative that you create a logo that accurately represents your channel/brand. YouTube banners can often be overlooked, but they are a great way of adding extra details about your channel – especially due to the large space they encompass. As for video thumbnails, these are the best way to represent your content during searches. A quality thumbnail can be the difference between users choosing your video over the competition.
On the topic of adding those finishing touches, ensure video titles and descriptions are engaging, accurate and grammatically correct.
Don’t just rely on ad revenue
You shouldn’t just rely on ad revenue when it comes to earning a living from YouTube.
Thankfully, there are various other ways of generating money on the platform. Think of things like producing sponsored content, promoting affiliate links and selling merchandise. Remember that ad revenue rates are known to fluctuate, so it is vital you have more than one revenue stream.