How to Start a Product Review Channel and Make Money — 7 Tips

so how do you start a product review channel on YouTube in this video I share seven of my biggest tips for creating a product channel that doesn't just get views but also builds your income coming up hey what's up guys sean here with thick media TV helping you go further faster in media and on this channel we do tech gear reviews video gear reviews but also tips and strategy videos just like this one so if you're new here consider subscribing twitter question from DIY pins and they ask how do you get started with a product review channel thanks so much for the question here are my seven best tips tip number one is you need to just start one now I know that sounds kind of basic but that is the reality like you have to start a YouTube channel and I'll link to how to set up a YouTube channel but you set up your gmail email address start a brand new channel YouTube walks you through those steps maybe you already have a YouTube channel but you gotta just start one right that's the first step and I always encourage people to also start before you're ready like don't try to get everything perfect just start posting videos in fact you can check out this video from 2010 this is Sean with Fink EDM TV our video camera setup we've got the Canon Vixia shotgun mic this right here is a non-negotiable items thanks for checking out thank media TV helping you move further faster in media so I look at that video now and I'm like why was I sitting in front of a window without good lighting so I was backlit you know I didn't it went really long I was just rambling but I'm so glad I started right and that's the thing you got to just get your first video done and what's cool is that video still helps people ultimately what you're doing with the product review channel is you're sharing the pros the cons the comparisons you're helping people make a decision and define good products that they're looking for and so you got to start because there's people that want to see your product reviews tip number two is to post your first video and I recommend reviewing a product that you already have you know when I did that first video years ago I was doing video production I was a freelance videographer so I bought a Canon SIA in a fisheye lens and some other things and so I was like hey let me just review this stuff that I already have let me put that review on YouTube and so I recommend you know you probably have something around your house in your garage something you use all the time something that you love and you know a little bit about because you put some time into it just get your first video up don't overthink it get one video done and get it posted on YouTube tip number three is to mesh down bring focus to your channel you know you could just review random stuff that's unrelated but I think that that's makes a little bit harder to really get traction on YouTube and so what I recommend is treating your YouTube channel and product review channel kind of like a magazine for instance you know success magazine is one of the magazine's I love and you can try to go to a grocery store or a book store and maybe look at all the magazines my question to you is what magazine is most like your channel so if it was success it'd be personal development stuff right and so in this case a lot of books would be relevant it could be personal development books it could be books by different authors on success on leadership but then it also could be like audio programs affiliate promotions for other personal development gurus a lot of people in this space have programs that you can be an affiliate for so you could review their program but then a whole other way to go would be to have kind of like maybe an athletics focus channel or like a running channel and think about it like this is runners magazine you could review shoes you could review smartwatches you know GPS trackers running trackers you could review supplements you could review you could do videos about food about a service like blue apron which is subscription boxes for runners or athletics or like blue apron it's food and for staying healthy maybe meal prep right makes sense it all fits under the banner though of a theme like runners or even like you know men's health or women's health you know or something like that and so what is the cohesive theme once you get your first couple reviews up try to bring some structure and like a cohesion in like the overall branding of your channel so that way people subscribe they are interested in potentially everything okay what shoes should I get how about this you know fitness tracker and all these different things but it all stacks on the same brand and theme tip number four is to keep posting videos try to get 5 to 10 videos posted on your YouTube channel and maybe hold yourself to posting them once a week your goal here is to kind of treat your YouTube channel like a portfolio and you're building out almost like a resume because we're going to talk about monetization in a second and how to build your income but I think it's important that you get your videos posted first you get some experiments posted first you build your experience by posting a few videos you're kind of finding your voice so don't worry I think at first about even making money try to just get some reviews out you could still be reviewing things you already have and building up that library of videos for the next step and that brings us to tip number five which is now work on the branding of your channel and what I specifically mean is make sure that you've got a nice YouTube cover image we'll post some links to a template that you could use to set up your cover hook up all your social media accounts to your YouTube channel set up your home page this is a great place where you can put playlists where you can organize your content on the home page of your YouTube channel fill out your about page that talks about what your channel is all about maybe what types of products you're reviewing how often you're posting videos make sure to connect your business email because now we're getting into a little bit more of how you're going to monetize this and this will allow for brands and companies to reach out to you by using that business me mail on that page as well and just think about the overall impression of your channel at this point you know you have videos posted and now you kind of want to bring some organization and set up your channel so it's clean it's clear and it has solid branding now for tip number six monetize now I know this is where everybody wants to get you want to start building your income but I actually recommend that you hold off on monetizing and if you follow this framework you'd have ten videos posted every already you might have already had your channel up for ten we you're posting one a week I don't recommend turning on YouTube ads right away because you don't really have an audience yet we're necessarily even doing affiliate marketing yet which is where if you review a product that's on Amazon and then you include a link to that product because you're an affiliate and associate of Amazon if someone Brite buys the product you get credit but a challenge that a lot of people have is you have to get approved for the Amazon affiliate program and so if you follow these steps in order it's going to make it a lot easier to get approved for that program or any program because you've got videos posted so they can see a history because your channel branding is set up and cleaned and you want to treat a you know your application for an affiliate program kind of like a job interview like what is the impression of your channel is it professional is it clean is it clear you know maybe you have like a home and garden type of channel or like a real simple lifestyle and home products and you know on the magazine thing we're still talking about here that's reviewing all kinds of home decor and these types of things if they have that vibe they go okay this channel looks with it's got clear branding it's set up nice I see that they're consistent you have a much higher likelihood of getting approved and you've already built your audience a little bit so now begin to shift into monetizing your videos with YouTube ads as well as monetizing your videos with affiliate marketing and for more on that I'll link up a playlist to my biggest tips on how to set up affiliate marketing what it is on the youtube card as well as in the description below and then tip number seven is then stay consistent you know great things take time and little by little a little can become a lot and so try to hold yourself to that once a week schedule and you'll notice that your views will increase you know subscribers will increase and also your income will continue to build as you explore more monetization options and actually if you want to dive deeper into a kind of exclusive training video I have you can go to create awesome or there's a link in the description below or like it up on the YouTube card and it's a training video will actually share three more tips to really help you take product review videos to the next level and you can grab that free training video link it up in the description question of the day what are your tips for starting a product review channel let me know in the comment section below and remember that some of the best tips and feedback come from you to think media TV communities so definitely connect with everybody in the comment section so thanks so much for checking out this video hit the like button if you got value out of it and subscribe for more videos just like this and then if you want to check out that training at create awesome reviews you can just click here with the link in the description as well three of my biggest tips and a deeper dive training I'm really getting results getting views subscribers and building your income with product review 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