11 YouTube Mistakes to Avoid: YouTube Stars Offer Tips for Success [Creator's Tip #50]

11 YouTube Mistakes to Avoid: YouTube Stars Offer Tips for Success [Creators Tip #50]

At this year's VidCon, Mark Robertson and I spent some time interviewing several popular and up-and-coming YouTube stars to ask them for their advice and top tips as to what they consider to be some of the more common mistakes others make when starting out with YouTube. So, for this week's Creator's tip video, we patched together several of these responses from the likes of Mystery Guitar Man, Mark MalKoff, The Fine Bros., Tara Bright, Streetlight, and others in order to help guide any new YouTubes as to how to avoid making newbie mistakes on YouTube.

11 YouTube Mistakes & Tips from Successful YouTube Stars

Just like there are a things you can do to increase the likelihood of success in YouTube (including YouTube SEO Tactics), But, there are also many mistakes which are commonly overlooked and avoiding these mistakes can help increase your chances for success within YouTube.

Terabrite on Vlogging (Personal Vlog Channels)

11 YouTube Mistakes to Avoid: YouTube Stars Offer Tips for Success [Creators Tip #50]If you’re a looking to create a vlog on YouTube, you may be thinking that it's you’re going to get famous vlogging.  That’s not how it works.  There are a few things that you can do to increase volume which will help you reach that goal.

1) Have a main channel where you do something like music, skits, comedy, or something.
2) Make your vlogging channel unique, so as to stand out from all the other bloggers.
3) Try humor or something else to keep your viewers interest.

The Fine Brothers (How to Annoy Established YouTubers)

11 YouTube Mistakes to Avoid: YouTube Stars Offer Tips for Success [Creators Tip #50]

4) Don’t steal or just copy other people’s tags, descriptions, or titles for your video.
Many new YouTubers will copy the metadata from a successful video verbatim in the hopes that they will rank similarly, as often times with the hope that the original YouTuber will take notice and be honored that you found their work to be well optimized.  In reality, you will end up annoying these people that you look up to, and they may never want to talk to you as a result.  Not a good approach for attempting to become connected to a YouTube influencer.

Mystery Guitar Man (Collaborate)

11 YouTube Mistakes to Avoid: YouTube Stars Offer Tips for Success [Creators Tip #50]

5) Don’t just keep putting up videos on your channel over and over when nothing’s happening.
You may have 100 views, 200 views, 300 views, or even 4,000 views, but what you really need to be doing is developing one skill.  Then collaborate with people who have more subscribers, but less skill.  For example if you’re a really good 3D artist and go to someone with 10,000 subscribers and say let them know it.  Tell them you can do something 3D for them.  Maybe they do composing.  You can suggest that if you do a 3D for them, they can mention you in their video.  Just doing an amazing video and putting it up on your channel will probably not bring you the success you want.  Collaborating with the community is a good way to start.

Street Light - Be Unique and Focus on Originality

11 YouTube Mistakes to Avoid: YouTube Stars Offer Tips for Success [Creators Tip #50]

6) Don’t try to be someone else.
Originality is important, but being yourself and don’t just follow a trend.  If you do, it just adds you to the crowd.  If you are the needle in a haystack, it’s difficult to stand out.  You should focus on originality and create something that will make you stand out.

E3M Music - Take advantage of CTA Features

11 YouTube Mistakes to Avoid: YouTube Stars Offer Tips for Success [Creators Tip #50]

7) In the description box, don’t forget to have hyperlinks.
Some people have their YouTube accounts set up, but they don’t have their Facebook or Twitter linked in the description box.  It is important to have a hyperlink, which is a link they can easily click, because people want to click it and go right to the page.  They really don’t have the time to just copy, paste and put it in the browsers.

Mark Malkoff

11 YouTube Mistakes to Avoid: YouTube Stars Offer Tips for Success [Creators Tip #50]

8) Don’t make everything long.
It is best to keep things short.

9) Don’t forget to have a Subscribe button at the end.
You want people to subscribe to you.

10) Don’t do something just because you think it might get views.
Do content that you care about.  Do something that really interests you, and make sure you find your voice.  Don’t be one of those people who just show up once in a while.  Have a long-term plan and don’t say, “If it doesn’t happen within a couple of months, I’m not going to do this.”  Show up consistently and work on your craft.  Think long-term and focus.

11) Don’t forget to watch other stuff.
Watch stuff that you love.  A lot of people on YouTube, when they’re starting out, don’t watch other stuff.  Watch your peers.  Watch the people that inspire you.  And I just think if you find your voice and you’re authentic and you keep stuff relatively short, you can do some good work and you hopefully will succeed.

Success on YouTube is not going to happen your first week and it's not going to happen without creating unique content that you're passionate about, and that is distributed in a strategic way.  It’s going to take some time, but these tips will hopefully help make success easier for you.

Thank you to all the great YouTubers that gave us the time for this interview.  Please show them your support, subscribe to their channels, and spend some time watching some of their well-received video content:

QUESTIONS:

  • What other common mistakes do you see new YouTube creators making?  
  • AND/OR, are there any mistakes that you think these more established YouTubers are making?

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View The Full Video Transcript:

On this week’s Creator’s Tip we talk with Mr. Guitar Man, the Fine Bros, Tara Bright and a bunch of other YouTubers giving you their advice for common mistakes they see you creators making on YouTube. That’s coming up.

Hey guys. My name is Tim Schmoyer and welcome to another week of Creator’s Tip, where every week we just help you guys who are making online video content know how to make that stuff just stand out and work the best on the web. And this week we have some amazing interviews for you. We talked with people like Mr. Guitar Man, Mark MalKoff, The Fine Bros, Tara Bright, Street Light and couple of other YouTubers. And we asked them what advice do you have for someone who is just starting out on YouTube as a content creator? What common mistakes do you see that they are making? And here is the advice they have for you:

Vloggers that start vlogging just out of nowhere, thinking that they’re going to get famous vlogging. That’s not how it works. You’ve got to have a main channel where you do something; you do music, skits, comedy, something on a main channel. And then people will be interested in what you’re doing behind the scenes and that’s where the volume comes in, and you’ll get famous.

Or your vlogs have to be very different from everyone else’s.

Yeah, if they’re very funny vlogs or something and you have a lot of things, for instance, Toby Turner. You could probably get far with that, but even him, he has a main channel.

If you want a surefire way to kind of upset people that you might look up to and want to maybe work with in the future, you can steal their tags and their description in your titles. And if you think that that’s going to make us see your video and that we’re going to be happy…No, it’s going to make us never want to talk to you.

Number 1 mistake I see new YouTubers doing I think is just putting up videos on their channel over and over again and nothing’s happening. You know they’ve got 100 views, 200 views, 300 views, 4,000 views, you know, but what they really have to be doing is developing one skill. Right? And then collaborating with people who have more subscribers with them, but less skill. So like if I’m a really good 3D artist and I go up to somebody with 10,000 subscribers and I say, “Listen, I can do an awesome 3D thing for you. I know that you do some compositing stuff. Let’s do 3D and put me in the video somehow or mention me or like do something like that. That’s the way to climb up on YouTube, you know. It’s not just by doing amazing video’s and then putting them up on your channel. It’s by collaborating with the community.

I think originality is something that’s really important with YouTube and finding your own audience. The best way to do that is to kind of be yourself and you’ll find a lot of YouTubers, a lot of new guys follow a trend, but I think it just adds you to the crowd. And if you are the needle in a haystack, you just have to stand out. So the best thing to do would be focus on originality.

In the description box, a lot of times you see a lot of kids who have their YouTube accounts set up, but they don’t have their Facebook or Twitter linked in the description box. Especially if they do have a link they don’t have a hyperlink, which is a link they can easily click, because people want to click it and go right to the page. They really don’t have the time to just copy, paste and put it in the browsers.

You want to keep things short. I think that that’s one thing. There’s a lot of people I see that still don’t have a Subscribe button at the end, which I don’t understand as well. So keep it short, subscribe…you want everything to be authentic. You want to be yourself. You want to do content that you care about. Don’t do something just because you think this might get you some views. Just do something that really, really interests you. And you know what? Your job is to find your voice. It’s not going to happen your first week; it’s going to take some time. Give yourself a long, long-term plan and just don’t say, “If it doesn’t happen within a couple of months, I’m not going to do this.” Show up consistently, work on your craft and just don’t be one of these people that just shows up once in a while. You’re not gonna get good that way. So just really think long-term. Focus. Watch stuff that you love. A lot of people on YouTube when they’re starting out, they don’t watch other stuff. Watch your peers. Watch the people that inspire you. And I just think if you find your voice and you’re authentic and you keep stuff relatively short, you can do some good work and you hopefully will succeed.

I hope that was helpful for you guys. I’d love to hear from you what advice and the suggestions you have for people who are new, just starting out on YouTube. What common mistakes do you see that they’re making? Comment below; we’d love to hear from you guys. Every single week I learn from you guys. You guys are awesome; you have so much great advice and things to share. So let’s talk about that below and if this is your first time hanging out with us, welcome; glad to have you. Make sure you click that Subscribe button above this video here on YouTube or you can click right there to do that as well. Every week make these Creator’s Tip videos. We do like news videos that just kind of summarize what’s happening in the online video world. We do those every Tuesday. We give you production tips and training on Wednesdays. And so much more to come. So make sure you subscribe. We’d love to have you join us. And I will see you guys on Tuesday for a look at the Reel Web and then again next Thursday for another Creator’s Tip video. Talk to you then. Bye.

He gets something out of it. You get something out of it. What could be to lose? I don’t know if that’s an actual saying, an actual phrase that should… It should be. What could be to lose? That’s awful grammar.

About the Author -
Tim Schmoyer is the host of ReelSEO's Creator's Tip and the author of "30 Days to a Better YouTube Channel". You can see some of his personal videos on his Family Vlog Channel. View All Posts By -

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  • Eduardo Manon III

    Awesome!!!

  • nalts

    Nice piece Tim!

    • timschmoyer

      nalts Thanks, Nalts!

  • timschmoyer

    @Americas News Now Great point. Solid content is important, but audience interaction and community building may be even more important than solid content. No one really talked about that, though, so many I'm wrong? I dunno. I think it's important anyway. :)

  • Shane Mathieu

    I'm a blogger, So open mouth, insert foot. I'm about to venture into the vlog community for many reasons if not just to document my life and things I like and have over come. I'll be me. Yes collaborate on projects, show the world what enthusiasm of the better things in life you have to offer.

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