Hello! I'm looking to build my first PC and I want to edit videos, do some casual gaming and stream now and again for ~£500. I stumbled upon this video (https://youtu.be/A36hRAHRCVA
) and was wondering whether it would be a viable option.
The games I would like to play: Fortnite, Overwatch and some others
My editing software: PowerDirector 15
Thanks! Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Hey guys -
I started a channel a few weeks ago after spending nearly a year preparing for launch - including all the below which I'm sure most of you have included on your checklist as well:
- Researched and purchased top of the line desktop PC with high-end graphics card (1070) that was capable of running new games
- Bought Logitech C920 and have watched countless videos on optimizing webcam settings for PiP videos
- Made the switch from Xsplit to OBS Studio - did a TON of research for optimizing video output settings to limit loss of quality
- Bought professional microphone (Blue Yeti) - researched ways to heighten audio quality (reducing gain on mic as much as possible without muting, etc)
- Learned how to edit videos with CyberLink powerdirector - including effects like zooming, reversing, slo-mo, etc.
- Subscribed to VidIQ ($50/mo.) to get optimal suggestions for Youtube keyword tagging, which I've utilized on over ten videos but haven't seen any uptick in organic views
- Took a crash course on Photoshop so that I could optimize my Youtube thumbnail images
- Bought an LED clamp light for video recording to improve the quality of the webcam video
- Tested countless videos over the last several months to make sure everything was working smoothly from start (recording) to finish (publishing to Youtube)
I've poured a lot of money and time into this dream, but I'm not seeing any sort of payoff yet.
If you watch any "how I grew my channel" videos from the big Youtubers (PewDiePie, Jacksepticeye, Markiplier, etc), they'll pretty much recommend becoming an expert in all the things I mentioned above. I've done all that, so why isn't my channel growing?
I feel like there's something that nobody talks about - which is how they begin growing their channel from scratch
. What are the strategies? Is it "going door-to-door" trying to promote your channel one Youtuber at a time? Or are subscribers being purchased by the thousands? Or are there other ways?
I'm sure when these guys reach 10K subscribers, it's sort of a domino effect from that point to grow to an outrageous subscriber base (in the millions). It seems like having a subscriber base of even 10K gives them a HUGE advantage in the search results, pushing out the smaller channels almost entirely whenever new videos are uploaded.
So I guess my question is, how can a brand new channel (like mine) get that initial surge of subscribers? How to you guys separate yourselves from the clutter but actually SEE results?
I'd love to hear any thoughts, apologies if this isn't the best place for this post.
EDIT: Wow, you guys have given me some unbelievable feedback. I have a long list of bullet points that I'm going to put into action today!!
EDIT 2: I just want to clarify something. Despite how it seemed, I'm really not trying to "get rich quick" doing this. I'm not expecting my channel to blow up overnight either. I realize that I'd be lucky to make any money doing this after a year of working at it every day. To be honest, I've always wanted a nice gaming rig so I'm not looking at this as any sort of sunken cost. That being said, I really am passionate about this and I'm going to keep going at it full steam. I think it was just me being naive to the process. I know a lot of you have been doing this for years and I'm still very much a newbie. But I'm trying to learn the ropes and needed to seek help, which is why I made this post. And the feedback has helped me immensely, so thank you all.
EDIT 3: Whew! Thank you guys for all of your amazing feedback!! I think I finally finished responding to each person. Every comment I read offered something uniquely helpful to me, and is something that I'm going to put into practice starting today. I really didn't think I'd get this many responses, but I underestimated the kickass /letsplay
community! Hopefully other folks running new, small channels will get use from all of this amazing advice, and I'll be sure to pay it forward!