Vlogging has become a fairly saturated niche on YouTube and it can be quite difficult these days to stand out from the crowd and build a loyal audience as a YouTube Vlogger. Whether you are thinking about starting a vlog on YouTube or already have, there are several common mistakes that vloggers tend to make. For this week's Creator's Tip video, Andre from Black Nerd Comedy shares with us 5 common mistakes that he sees and offers tips and advice as to how to succeed with your vlog.
Mistake Number 1 - Video that is too dark or unclear. Show your face. You don't need fancy lighting but be sure there is enough light showing on your face so viewers can clearly see you.
Mistake Number 2 - Low or poor audio quality. Make sure that you can be heard well on the videos. You don't have to have a separate microphone but be sure you are close enough to the camera that you can be heard. Also be sure you can be understood, many first time vloggers speak too rapidly for their viewers to understand what they are saying.
Mistake Number 3 - Copying other vloggers. While emulating successful vloggers is a good idea, be sure that you are being original. Don't watch someone else's video and do basically the same thing. You may want to include tips and tricks another vloggers has used but be sure the content and the way you present it is unique and reflects your personality and style.
Mistake Number 4 - Be stiff and formal on camera. For some people this may take some work but you want to portray confidence in your videos. Let your viewers see who you really are and be learn to be comfortable with that.
Mistake Number 5 - Get wrapped up in the process. Everyone wants to have a lot of viewers for the content they post online, but don't let that drive you. You have to enjoy what you do and what you are putting up. Having a large number of subscribers or viewers shouldn't be your first goal when creating video. It is something that will happen over time and as your channel gets more exposure.
QUESTION: What advice and tips do you have for someone who wants to be a vlogger on YouTube?
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Hey, guys! For this week’s Creator’s Tip we’re gonna talk with Andre from Black Nerd Comedy about common mistakes that vloggers make. That’s coming up. Hey, guys! My name is Tim Schmoyer, and welcome to another week of Creator’s Tip, where every week we help you guys who are making content on the web just know how to make that stuff stand out and do the best on the web. This is Andre from Black Nerd Comedy. Hello.
Hello. How’s it going?
Great. Why don’t you tell us real quick just about your channel, and then tell us what you think some of those mistakes are that vloggers are making.
Absolutely. Well, my channel is Black Nerd Comedy. I do rants, vlogs, and sketches all about 80s and 90s nostalgia and my life as a black nerd.
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Common mistakes vloggers make, which are actually some mistakes I probably made a time or two getting into the process. This is post production, so we want to see your face. I’m not saying you gotta go crazy and buy some thousand dollar light kit, but just check your camera. Make sure there’s a light on your face and stuff. Make sure we can see you. Make sure we can hear you, so you’ve got a good microphone. If you don’t have a plug in mic on your camera, a lot of newer cameras do have good microphones, but just make sure you’re close to it, which is good anyways because they want to see your face. But definitely get some good lights. Have a true point of view. The thing that’s great about vloggers is we want to see originality. We want to see your take. So don’t, like, watch someone else’s video and then basically say, well, I’m just gonna say what they said. And I’m watching it, and it’s like I feel like I’ve seen this video. Alright? So give them your own take. There may be some similar views, but we want to see you. We want to see a unique, original thing.
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Don’t just be a carbon copy of a YouTuber you’ve seen.
What about personality, cause there’s a lot of people who are like, they feel super uncomfortable on camera. Or, like, they wanna vlog, but then they get in front of the camera and they just, like, this is probably gonna be stupid. They’re probably not gonna watch it, but here’s what I’m thinking. And I’m like, dude, don’t start with that. You know? How do you help your person feel comfortable on camera and just kind of have your personality come through?
Yeah, be confident with whatever you are. That was something I had to work with, and this has actually helped me. Vlogging has helped me be a lot more comfortable with the weird, quirky, odd ways that I am because what happens is there’s a vast world out there. And there’s someone who has the same mind frame or thoughts or same interests as you. And if they see you on camera being proud, like that’s one of the biggest compliments I get is like, oh my God, you like the same stuff I like. I thought I was weird. Now I’m seeing you talk about it. I don’t feel weird. Now we’re all weird. Which is good. We’re good. So you’ve gotta be confident about it. So don’t come on with the yeah, you guys don’t want to watch this. I’m like alright, fine.
What about YouTubers, like, a mistake that they make as far as trying to build an audience? Because you know, vlogging is such a saturated niche on YouTube.
What are some of those mistakes you see new vloggers are making as they start out and they’re trying to build an audience?
I think, maybe, some of the mistakes is I think they get so wrapped up on the result versus the process. So you get people who start vlogging, and they just wanna be like, I wanna be the next Phil DeFranco. I wanna be the next D’Agostino, and have not even thought about what they want to talk about, what their interests are, what their niche is, any of that kind of stuff. So, you know, you definitely wanna get out there and do it and start making videos, but have some kind of thought because you don’t know what video someone’s gonna see. I mean, people will find my channel from a video that I made two years ago, but my voice is consistent, so it still makes sense. So you wanna make sure that you’re giving at least a consistent tone, a consistent voice. And just worry first and foremost about what you wanna put out there. Don’t worry about subscribers. Don’t worry about views. Don’t worry about networks. Don’t worry about other. Just figure out what you want to do first because that’s what’s going to help you build all those other things. You know?
Yeah, and you can do that most consistently long term as well.
Absolutely. And you’ll be surprised, by getting that down pat that, like, everything else just kind of falls into place a lot of times. And then you can start working on, okay, now that I’ve got my voice, how do I work on building an audience? How do I work on getting subscribers? But you can’t think about the end result first without getting the other stuff going.
Cool. Well, where can they find you? On YouTube?
You can find me on YouTube. YouTube channel is Black Nerd Comedy, or you can follow me on Twitter @BlackNerd or on Facebook Black Nerd Comedy.
Awesome. Guys, go check him out or look him up below as well, and if you are a vlogger and you have some common mistakes you see people are making on YouTube, comment below and let us know. We’ll both be checking them out. It’ll be a lot of fun just to learn from some of you guys as well. And if this is your first time here, welcome. We’d love to have you join us for these videos. We do it for you every week just for you creators. Make sure you click subscribe up there somewhere above our heads. We’d love to have you join us, and we will see you again next week for another Creator’s Tip video. Bye.
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