Ever wonder what you need to get started on making money with YouTube? Well here’s what I currently use and recommend! I would never recommend anything I haven’t used before. Yes, some of these will contain affiliate links. This means that I’ll receive a small commission if a purchase is made but it doesn’t affect you at all!
This camera is the best investment I’ve ever made and is the first recommendation I make whenever anyone asks “what do I need to start making money on YouTube”! It record in HD, has a flip up screen, I use it for most of my recording!
This camera is used mainly for my sit-down videos as it has incredible quality, but is less grab-and-go than the G7x. That being said, if you’re also a photographer or also have a blog (which I recommend!) this camera can take AMAZING photos and amazing video.
This tripod is awesome for so many reasons, and it’s actually the one I’m using now! It’s lightweight, very adjustable (height & angle), and won’t break the bank! It also collapses so you can take it on the go pretty easily.
I use the Rode Video Mic Pro when I record my sit-down videos. It sits on my hotshoe and has a few different options for recording sound in different environments. One thing to note, it doesn’t work with the G7x Mkii. I pair it with the Canon 6D for the ultimate recording setup.
This is really all you need (if you’re a Mac user!) to get started making money on YouTube. iMovie may be beginner oriented but many professional YouTubers STILL use iMovie. It’s free and is still capable of something of professional quality. Don’t let the cost of an expensive video editor stop you, get this!
If you have a PC (or just don’t like iMovie) don’t worry, there’s a professional grade, free video editor for you too! Da Vinci Resolve is Doug’s #1 video editor recommendation. It has everything you need to create professional videos and then some! It’s also really easy to use!
When you’re editing your videos you and you need some type of music, Epidemic Sound is my go to! You can’t just use any music if you plan on monetizing your videos, and Epidemic Sound has 30,000 songs you can use as much as you want.
If you’re serious about YouTube, you need to get TubeBuddy. This free browser extension & software can help you analyze tags, keywords, create templates for cards, and even keep track of analytics. It also has different premium level to help you be even more efficient with your YouTube channel.
Keywords Everywhere is a browser add on for Chrome and Firefox that displays search volume and other metrics when you type in the YouTube search bar. It helps streamline your process of picking a target keyword and potentially discover new ones.
Your thumbnails need to stand out, but Photoshop isn’t always a viable option. Canva is a great alternative that can help you edit your thumbnails. They even have thumbnail templates to start with, but it doesn’t stop there. You can use Canva to create just about everything, from media kits to channel banners.
While my main focus is to help you with YouTube, an essential piece of ANY business is a website. You own the website, the content, and best of all, you can keep your subscriber base if anything were to happen to YouTube. HIGHLY recommend you get your own website if you haven’t, and I personally use SiteGround and love it.
Collecting emails helps you stay in touch with your subscribers no matter what happens and it’s a great way to really get to know them! I recommend ConvertKit, it’s super easy to use, the forms look really good, and I use it on my own site!