Find out how to Construct a Profitable YouTube Channel and High Tricks to Go Viral Hit

How to make it big on YouTube (Image: GETTY)

Becoming a YouTube superstar is a more popular destination for kids today than getting strapped into a spaceship and becoming an astronaut. The video platform is booming with over 500 hours of video content uploaded every minute of every day. Those who make it big have tremendous rewards as top creators rake in millions of pounds annually. In fact, 9-year-old Ryan Kaji, who is now the world’s greatest YouTuber, made over $ 24 million (£ 20 million) last year from his popular toy test videos. But with so much competition, how do you become a YouTube sensation and what do you need to get started?

Express.co.uk has virtually caught up with SuperSaf who has become one of the UK’s biggest tech YouTubers. His channel now has over 1.6 million subscribers, with his videos being viewed and counting over 310 million times.

SuperSaf has been creating and uploading content for over 10 years after discovering his passion after repeatedly asking for advice on the latest technology from family and friends. “When my relatives wanted technical advice, they always came to me. So I took a camera, taught myself how to use it, and started making short films that could help online. That’s how my YouTube channel began,” SuperSaf said.

“If you have a passion for something and you create content about it that is useful, people will be watching.”

Before you even think about quitting your job, however, the dream of becoming an online superstar comes with a word of caution. “I remember when I started uploading 100 hours of video it is now 500 hours,” said SuperSaf.

“Starting a YouTube channel is a lot harder today than it was a few years ago. It’s very competitive and people need to know that before they start.”

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SuperSaf now has over 1.5 million YouTube subscribers (Image: SUPERSAF)

Fortunately, it’s not all bad news as the smartphone revolution now means anyone can try this new career without spending a lot of money.

“It’s never been easier to create content,” said SuperSaf. “If you have the latest iPhone or Samsung phone, it will likely have a very good camera, and that will be more than enough to get you started.”

So if you feel like giving it a try and become the next YouTube sensation, here is our complete guide on how to start a YouTube channel, the technology you need, and ways not to post videos.

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Most smartphones now have cameras that are good enough to create content (Image: APPLE)

CAMERA

It won’t be shocking to learn that you need a camera to create those viral sensations. Thankfully, if you recently bought yourself a new smartphone, it should be more than enough to get you up and running.

Most modern devices from Apple and Samsung have impressive video cameras with the new iPhone 12 Pro, which can record in breathtaking 4K quality at up to 60 frames per second. There is also built-in image stabilization for shake-free footage and there are options for high dynamic range recording for crystal clear content.

If you want to go a step further, the new Galaxy S21 Ultra can record video in gorgeous 8K, which is four times the resolution of 4K.

SuperSaf says that even simple phones should be good enough to get you started. Check it out and get things going before investing in a more professional video camera.

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Invest in a good microphone (Image: GETTY)

MICROPHONE

A cracking camera is vital when creating your first video, as is a high-end microphone.

In fact, SuperSaf says this should be next on your shopping list if you’re looking to start a YouTube channel.

Your viewers will want to hear what you tell them loud and clear. So when you upgrade some good studio-style microphones, things will sound as good as they look.

Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a microphone.

If you’re presenting in front of the camera, try a Lav Mic smartphone, as this can be connected directly to your iPhone or Android device and can only cost 40 euros.

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A good tripod is important to keep your camera steady (Image: PH)

LIGHTING

Watching your video showcase your video in a dimly lit bedroom chances are you’re not going to become an internet sensation. Investing in some lights will add a touch of Hollywood glamor to your face and make things look a lot more professional.

Ring lights are the most common use of YouTubers because they glow more flatteringly and can also help brighten eyes and remove shadows. Their small size also makes them easy to put in a drawer on the street or in hiding. Expect around 30 to 40 pounds.

TRIPOD

Avoid jarring and getting yourself a decent tripod before you start shooting. There are many on the market, including full-size models and those that will fit nicely on your desk. Stands like the JOBY GorillaPod are good options as they can safely hold most phones, no matter how big or small they are.

When you mount your phone on a tripod, things stay calm and you also have your hands free to present.

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All MacBooks have iMovie installed to make video editing easier (Image: APPLE)

TO EDIT

You have now filmed the action, now it is time to make sure the world is not bored to death. Editing of your creation is crucial, but this can be one of the longest processes if you want a chic looking movie.

There is plenty of free editing software out there with Apple’s iMovie, one of the best in the business. If you’ve given yourself a Mac, this program comes pre-installed on all new computers and allows you to add subtitles, music, and fun transitions between recordings. Fundamental changes can even be made right on your iPhone and iPad, so you don’t even have to invest in an expensive laptop.

For a more professional feel, you might want to invest in Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro, though these can cost over $ 250. So make sure your channel is getting traction before you inject the money.

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SuperSaf has traveled the world meeting tech heroes like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Image: SUPERSAF)

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SuperSaf says give it a try, but keep your expectations realistic (Image: SUPERSAF)

Here are some tips and tricks if you are thinking of joining the YouTube revolution

DO – GIVE IT A GO: SuperSaf says that anyone who has a passion for a topic should get involved and help create it. If you have a smartphone with a camera, it won’t cost you a dime to try and you’ll find yourself starting a whole new career with it.

DO NOT – GIVE UP YOUR DAY JOB: YouTube is a competitive place, and getting millions of subscribers takes time, patience, and a bit of luck. Millions of videos are uploaded to the platform every day and it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. Give it a try, but be prepared for a few disappointments.

Be patient and do it right: According to SuperSaf, creating a well-produced video can take more than three days, so it will take you time to create it properly. Also, keep in mind that once the clip is live on YouTube, you will no longer be able to edit it. So make sure everything is up to date before hitting the publish button.

DO NOT SPEND TOO MUCH MONEY: It’s a bad idea to spend a lot of money on equipment when you’re just starting out. It is not easy to become a YouTube star and make money from video content. Try out the gear you may already have, then invest in additional tech if your channel is loved and you enjoy the experience.

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How to make it big on YouTube (Image: YOUTUBE)

IF YOU DO IT: If you hit the jackpot, you can make some serious money on YouTube with some stars making millions of pounds a year through their channels. However, it’s not just about the money SuperSaf uses to tell us he traveled the world and met some amazing people along the way.

Trips to Hawaii and a selfie with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak are some of his highlights. Remember, you have to work hard to experience this glamorous life as creating great YouTube videos often means endless hours developing ideas and staring at a computer screen late into the night.

BIGGEST MERIT YOUTUBE STARS IN 2020

1. Ryan Kaji: $ 29.5 million (£ 20 million)

2. MrBeast: $ 24M (£ 17M)

3. Dude Perfect: $ 23 million ($ 16 million)

4. Rhett and Link: $ 20 million (£ 14 million)

5. Markiplier: $ 19.5 million (£ 13.8 million)

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