If you are thinking about becoming a YouTube gamer, you should know that the entire world of video games is extremely diverse. There are a lot of things that you can choose to feature in your videos from playing vintage franchises to battling other individuals in massive multiplayer arenas.
However, if you are just starting out, you might be wondering – what are the steps that I need to take when starting out as a YouTube gamer? Fortunately for you, this article will give you the answer you are searching for. Let’s take a look at the 7 tips you should remember when starting your career on YouTube:
1. Know Exactly What You Want to Do
The very first thing that you need to think about is what your end goal is. Do you want to tell a compelling story about yourself or do you want to build an online community? Is there a franchise that is underrated, but deserves more attention? Are you doing it for fun or as a potential full-time job?
All of these things are important and they need to be consider by anyone who is looking to be a YouTube gamer. Hence, before you go through all the steps mentioned in this article, consider what your objective is, as well as what are the things you want to gain from choosing such a career.
2. Choose Your Audience Wisely
Once you are done with determining what your goal is, your next step is to determine your niche/audience. This means that you’ll need to determine what kind of content you’ll create and for whom you’ll be creating it. Working with less popular franchises that have a smaller following might be wiser, especially since it is beneficial when it comes to growing your channel, as well as collaborating with other people.
3. Your Profile Needs to Be Unique And Branded
When you are getting ready for a job interview, you’ll probably put on your best suit, right? Of course, you do, and this is one of the reasons why you need to present yourself properly, even online. Hence, you’ll want to build your profile properly, which means that you’ll entirely fill in the ‘about’ section, as well as write a compelling story about who you are.
Additionally, branding your YouTube channel is wise, especially since people will connect your logo and/or motto with you. What does this mean for you? Well, it means that you must come up with a logo, a profile picture, as well as a banner that are easy to remember. Do not forget to use the same pictures and logos on your other online platforms as well.
4. Get The Right Equipment
You cannot be a YouTube gamer with a computer that is over a decade old. This means that you might need to invest some money and purchase the right equipment that will allow you to play and record your videos without any difficulties such as lags, bugs, or even worse, the game crashing.
Now, choosing the right equipment such as a PC or a laptop is never easy, especially since there are thousands of options that you can choose from. Luckily, websites such as VlogTribe.com dedicated their time for creating review lists of some of the best gadgets that you can buy, hence, you might want to take a look.
5. You’ll Need to Post Frequently
If you are like me, you enjoy watching gameplay videos on YouTube, as well as watching videos about some vintage consoles or games that you can enjoy playing. And if so, you probably know that these YouTubers have a schedule for when and what they will be posting to their channel.
Hence, you’ll need to determine when you’ll post new content, and once you decide, you should be consistent with your schedule. People love and appreciate consistency, especially since they’ll know when they can tune in and watch new videos that you have posted.
6. Do Not Forget to Create Playlists
Now, if you are not planning on creating content that revolves around one, same game, you’ll need to create playlists. What does this mean? Well, for instance, if you are planning on creating a few gameplay videos where you’ll show people how to make armor in ‘Skyrim’, and then another one on how to beat a difficult boss in ‘God of War’, ensure that you separate the two video in different playlists.
Why should you do this? By doing this, your followers will easily find a specific video that they are looking for, and additionally, by grouping the content on a specific game, you’ll be encouraging them to binge-watch – which will most likely increase your views and followers as well.
7. Calls to Action Will Be Your Most Powerful Tool
When you are done with recording a video, you should not forget to interact with your audience. How can you do this? Well, it is relatively simple, you should implement calls to action. So, for instance, you can ask them to leave their opinion in the comments, but more importantly, you should ask them to ‘subscribe’ to your channel.
Interacting with your audience will not only help you gain new followers but, it will also make them feel valued – which is extremely important if you want to have a large pool of followers. Additionally, do not forget to remind them about when you are posting new content or if you are, for example, going on vacation and won’t post for a few days.
As you can see, there are numerous things that you’ll need to do and consider before becoming a YouTube gamer. However, by following all of the tips mentioned above, you’ll make the entire process easier, less time-consuming, and more importantly, it will be less stressful for you.
So, now that you are aware of the things you’ll need to do, you should not waste any more of your time. Instead, you should go back to the beginning of the article and start with the first tip we mentioned which is determining what your overall objective is, as well as the audience you want to target.