A while ago, I decided to take on the challenge of setting up my very own YouTube automation channel. The process may sound daunting at first, but once you understand the basics, it becomes a lot easier. Today, I'm going to take you on my personal journey, sharing the ins and outs of this exciting venture.
1. Understanding the Basics
Creating videos for a YouTube automation channel is relatively straightforward. Essentially, you need three primary components:
Script: This is the backbone of your video content.
Voiceover: Your script's audible rendition.
Video Graphics: The visuals complementing your voiceover that viewers will watch.
Once you have these three, you can seamlessly combine them into an engaging video to upload to your channel.
2. Crafting a Compelling Script
There are multiple approaches to script creation. You can write your own, bringing a personal touch to your content. If writing isn't your forte or you're pressed for time, hiring someone is an option. There are platforms like Fiverr, Upwork, and onlinejobs.ph where you can find skilled scriptwriters for relatively cheap.
3. Voiceover: Your Video's Soundtrack
The voiceover gives life to your script.
You can either:
DIY: Record the script yourself.
Hire: Get professionals to do it for you (again fiverr, upwork, etc).
Tech-Savvy Route: Use a text-to-speech software for an automated voice (might not be as quality sounding and might turn off some viewers).
Each method has its pros and cons (cost vs. time spent vs. quality).
4. Vibrant Video Graphics
For the visual aspect, there are several routes to consider:
Creative Commons Videos: Platforms like YouTube offer Creative Commons licensed videos that you can incorporate into your content. But, always make sure to cross-check the licensing terms (simply scroll down in the description of the video and make sure the license is indeed creative commons – reuse allowed). You can find these videos easily by using youtube’s search filter for creative commons videos when searching for specific topics and keywords. Remember though, you can't just re-upload someone else's entire video; the key is in the editing, changing it up enough, and ensuring it complements your script to retain viewers.
Royalty Free Videos and Image Slideshows: To avoid any potential copyright hiccups, you might prefer using royalty-free sites. They offer a plethora of high-quality images suitable for video content, as well as video clips too. Some examples of great sites you can sign up for are: pexels, pixabay, storyblocks, shutterstock, or invideo. If you opt for this, remember to keep the pace fast and don’t rely solely on the entire length of each clip or your viewer retention might suffer.
Pictory: This was a game-changer for me. Pictory is software that transforms your script into a captivating video, using relevant images and videos. It saved me immense time, as it automates the graphics editing process, making my content creation journey so much smoother. If you’re looking for a tutorial on how to use this easily, just search youtube for “Bryan Guerra How to Monetize a YouTube Automation Channel Quickly.”
I initially began this journey thinking I'd have to hire a team or invest huge sums into video creation. However, as I delved deeper, I realized that with the right tools and a little bit of determination, anyone can run a YouTube automation channel efficiently. Whether you decide to go solo or get external help, the process is highly rewarding if done correctly.