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  • Hey how's it going? My bros and sisters my name is PewDiePie!

  • Today I'm going to make video on how to get started on YouTube. I've been asked to make this video.

  • I don't know how many times. I get this question all the time.

  • 'How.. can you give me some tips on how to get started?'

  • I think what I always just say is 'keep- keep working hard, and I'm sure you will succeed...'

  • But I thought not today. I w-wanted to actually give something more constructive and

  • some... some more help than just that

  • Um, I've been doing a lot of streams lately and everyone just keep asking me "how do I get started?"

  • "What kind of tips do you have?" and I thought okay fine, I'll make it okay

  • I thought about making this video before, many times, but I just feel like who am I to tell you how to--

  • It's not like I know all the answers.

  • And I really think everyone has a different answer to the question on how to grow on YouTube.

  • So just take this as.. from my own perspective

  • Also know that I don't know everything and just because I say something doesn't mean it's the rule of thumb.

  • You know tha-that is it that's not the case, couldn't be further from it and I started YouTube seven years ago.

  • So obviously things are different now. This video probably won't be relevant for most people watching.

  • But maybe it will be interesting. I don't know. (laughs)

  • Here we go! First of all I wanted to start on the equipment

  • Because I think it's- this is where most people fail right away, I see so many people get really angry

  • about this one because they bought all this expensive equipment and they- they come to me like 'Where are the subscribers??'

  • 'Where are all the views- I've got- I spent all this money on all this equipment...'

  • I always say don't spend money on equipment

  • It doesn't have to be expensive at all

  • And I think a lot of people wait with starting videos because they don't have all the equipment

  • I think it takes practice to make videos, and I think it doesn't hurt to get started with what you have.

  • I didn't have a webcam when I started. I had a fucking...

  • I legit use this microphone?

  • which I actually

  • accidentally broke. That's my first microphone on the Razer headphones, and it was fine-

  • (laughing) It really was. It definitely doesn't hurt to have nice quality.

  • Don't get me wrong, but it's not automatically going to make you get subscribers.

  • I'm going to link what I think is a good sort of budget start-up in case you're curious

  • of-of what ki-sort of equipment-

  • I would recommend. Uh...

  • If you want to start making my type of videos, and I will-I'll also link my equipment in case you're curious

  • what exactly it is I use.

  • Stand out. (laughs) Personally I'm very much drawn to-to different things that people do.

  • If I notice the channel doing something I haven't seen before, I'm automatically more drawn to that...thing.

  • And I think it was the same thing for me when I started making videos

  • I did what everyone else was doing. I-I did Call of Duty videos because that's what was- euhhh...

  • popular at the time, but that's what

  • made me want to start making YouTube videos cause I loved watching it on YouTube.

  • And it was really popular back then and I enjoyed making those type of videos.

  • But my channel didn't grow from it at all

  • I had like what a couple hundred people watching me, and I remember when other YouTubers refer themselves to as

  • 'Oh hey-yeah, I only had a couple hundred back then...' I'm like nibba a hundred

  • I'm so fucking proud of these hundred people that I have. (laughs)

  • Shut the fuck up. And I also remember

  • watching all these bigger YouTubers doing the same call of duty videos, and I'm like these guys are fucking terrible.

  • I'm way better than these guys. Why is my channel not growing more?

  • But that's the thing -- the big ones have already settled in. You know y-you're not going to- It's going to be hard as hell.

  • You have... you have an uphill battle and it wasn't until I started doing something

  • different, something that hadn't been done before, like the horror videos,

  • that's when I started to get an audience that really cared

  • about the content that I was making it and it was so clear, and I really see it myself

  • Uh, when- when I

  • discovered new YouTubers it's always something different. They have something different. What was it- what was it...

  • Dr. Dre said it's easy to make it to the top, but it's twice as hard to stay there

  • You see people on YouTube come and go all the time. I-I don't want to throw any names out there, but

  • You-you know what I mean, like there's a ton of YouTubers that everyone used to watch and every-

  • i-it got so many- so much attention, but they just didn't have what it takes

  • Uh... to keep their audience. A lot of people

  • sort of get boosted from the algorithm of YouTube.

  • Basically, YouTube recommend certain type of videos that fit what they want to... promote

  • Maybe it's really long videos

  • Maybe it's videos they get a lot of likes and a lot of 'this and that' and there's always people that abuse their algorithm.

  • It's been since I started on YouTube, an-and it's still going on. I-is- this isn't a thing that will-

  • I don't think will ever end. And it's really unfair because a lot of big- a lot- a lot of youtubers

  • get really big really fast because of it, but basically...

  • they go away equally fast. If you don't have

  • something to maintain your audience with, something more than your shtick eh-of making algorithm happy,

  • then you-your lifespan on YouTube is going to be short.

  • That's just how it is so I'm not really too bothered by- about any of it

  • I just don't want you, if you want to grow your channel,

  • to be obsessed about the algorithm because that shouldn't be the number one priority

  • Uh, I personally never try to abuse the algorithm, or some shit like that. Honestly I had no idea what I was doing.

  • Literally, I discovered that ten minute videos like a year ago- it's been (laughs)

  • Remember the reply girls, y'know? They were so fucking popular. They-they got so many views because they- the algorithm

  • promoted their videos in the sidebar all the time. But it's not like anyone is still watching them, like, 'oh

  • I wonder what this algor... what th- (laughs) what this boob girl is saying now about this...'

  • Y'know? What I'm getting with this is you needed personality. People- people will find your video.

  • But th-they're not going to stay and like they care about you as a person

  • I think YouTube is all about personality at least that's how I see it. An-and anyone I watch on YouTube,

  • I watch because I care about their personality, I care about them more than just their content

  • but also who they are as a person, and uh, that's why I enjoy watching them and that's why I enjoy YouTube.

  • I enjoy it because it's different than television. You're not just watching this, uh...

  • product behind a bunch of producers and writers, you-you're watching just a person speak directly into a camera

  • And I think that's the beauty of it.

  • I also think that's why so many youtubers come and go -- they forget about this part. A-and that's fine.

  • Y'know, it's not like everything has to be super personal and everything has to be so,

  • 'Oh, I love you guys so much. You're my family.'

  • YouTube... is... a hobby and a job

  • at the same time, which can be really hard to balance.

  • I think a lot of people don't realize this, but, you get to set your own hours, you get to set your own pace.

  • But it basically means you'll be working 24/7 like it's really hard to turn off YouTube in your brain. I'm always checking videos

  • How are they doing? I'm always checking stats. I'm always checking comments

  • What are people saying? What are people thinking? And it's really hard to turn off

  • It's not like a nine-to-five job you go in you do your job, okay, now I'm done. Phew, I can relax.

  • I-I really struggle a lot with this, an-and just trying to shut my brain off and 'Okay now I'm doing this, now

  • I'm doing that.' And that's why I really enjoy having an office, because I-I can do my work here

  • And then once I'm back home, I can just relax.

  • Eh-I-It's... I-I guess my advice here is to try and separate it. I treat YouTube with a- with a lot of respect.

  • Because I feel so lucky to be in the situation that I am. I think a lot of YouTubers take- take uh...

  • YouTube very...

  • Casually. I'll just upload a video. I need some money. I'll upload a video

  • May-maybe I'm a little naive for saying that but, I-I always get the question

  • 'What happens if you miss a day, Felix? What's the big deal? Who's gonna care?'

  • Wh-who-It's okay. You don't have to upload all the time, but it's like I set the schedule for me.

  • I know I can do it, it is my job to do it still. I have to do it, okay? I-I see YouTube as a...

  • It's not going to last forever, but I might as well make the most of it...meanwhile.

  • Every YouTuber has-has a-has a life span.

  • Market yourself. Most YouTubers that you are watching got a helping hand to get where they are. Maybe they don't admit it.

  • Maybe I'm just wrong. Most YouTubers had some helping hand. Maybe th- maybe they uh...

  • Maybe their videos were posted on a website y'know? That prom- that thought okay, 'This is a cool video...'

  • Maybe you got trending on reddit, y'know? Maybe your family member was the YouTuber or maybe a friend of you-o-of

  • of that person was a YouTuber they helped them. Getting that helping hand on YouTube

  • is not essential.

  • But it's- it

  • makes YouTube easy mode pretty much. To already... the hardest part of YouTube is to establish your very first audience. If you can get

  • that for free from someone else, hell, yeah!

  • Hell yeah, that's the best! But a lot- I see a lot of

  • misunderstanding of this as well, because, for example, I did the shout out competition in the past and, uh...

  • For example Jack was one of them, Ken was one of them. And a lot of people look at them and be like, 'Oh

  • Oh, you got a shout out from Pewdiepie. Aww, aww that's so bullshit. If I had one, I would be big.' Fuck you.

  • No, i-that's not how it works. A shout out can only get you so far.

  • I-I-It gets you that-that base audience, maybe, but they're not going to stay unless you're worthwhile staying to - they're not going to care about

  • watching any more videos, unless you upload videos - unless you upload videos that people care about.

  • You don't need a shout out, and a shout out isn't necessarily going to help you,

  • Unless your content is interesting. That's just how it is.

  • You see people all the time in my comment section marketing their own YouTube channel. I find it...

  • very disrespectful to do that. It annoys the hell out of me. 'Cuz it's basically just ignoring what I worked on...

  • and basically just saying, 'Hey look at me!'

  • I do think you should market yourself somehow if you really care about growing your channel.

  • Now, I don't know what the best method is, but everyone has a secret

  • I'm sure of how they try to get their channel out there. Maybe something they're ashamed of that they wouldn't admit.

  • I-I think most YouTubers have it. I, for example, used to find commenters on-on videos similar to mine and uh...

  • I would write a private message to them being like, 'Hey! I see that you enjoyed this channel. Maybe you will enjoy mine!'

  • I know. Extremely embarrassing, extremely pathetic, but I used to do it.

  • At least it's not intrusive on someone else's work, okay? So, I-if y...

  • I recommend marketing yourself somehow, I just d-don't- a-and it's nothing shameful about doing it,

  • But don't be fucking obnoxious and disrespectful doing it,

  • That-tha-that's my point with that.

  • Next up is don't fucking trust anyone.

  • Growing my channel on YouTube

  • I've come across so many toxic people, people that just want your s-audience your subscribers

  • Uh...

  • They don't give a shit about you. They'll lie to you.

  • Uhm....

  • They'll try and manipulate you.

  • I think I'm- one of my best skills as a human being, is to cut out toxic people.

  • I have very little tolerance for people in general, and if I find them to be abusive or disrespectful,

  • I have no problem with cutting out these people in my life.

  • I know some people really struggle with this

  • And I think as a YouTuber you're just really gonna have to be cut and dry with people. It's just how it is.

  • Networks.

  • You may have heard of networks a lot

  • I'm- I'm technically signed up with the network still, but I'm not planning to stay with the network. YouTube wouldn't sign

  • with gaming channels. You could not monetize your videos if you were a gaming channel, back in the day