Monetizing Your Scuba Diving Hobby: How to Start a YouTube Channel?

Getting started on YouTube in 2021 isn’t as big of a deal — it’s just as habitual as creating a profile on Instagram. But it’s precisely because it’s so easy to register on the platform and start posting videos that there’s huge competition in every niche. To stand out, you need to know your craft well or at least be willing to experiment until you find a way to have fun while also making money from it. 

YouTube has already become a preferred alternative to TV with people watching over 1 billion hours of videos on the platform daily. It’s safe to assume that this number will only continue to grow. So, if you want to jump on the bandwagon and monetize your scuba diving hobby, there’s no better time to start your own YouTube channel than now. 

Follow the steps below to turn your YouTube channel into a side hustle.

1. Set up your account and verify it 

This one is self-explanatory — you have to sign up on YouTube before you can start posting videos. To do so, create a channel, perfect your ‘about’ section, and verify it. Without verification, you won’t have access to some of the advanced features like customizing video thumbnails. 

To verify, go to settings and click on ‘Channel status and features’ where you’ll be redirected to the page with a clickable ‘Verify’ button.    

2. Design a banner and make a content schedule

As a scuba diver, you’re likely to have a stunning collection of underwater photos you can recycle over and over again. Use them to create a collage in Canva, PicMonkey, or Adobe Photoshop that would reflect the nature of your YouTube channel. Once you’re done with setting up your account, you can move on to brainstorming a content schedule to stick to.

Note that regular uploads will help you gain a loyal following faster than professionally edited videos ever will.   

3. Choose reliable filming equipment and figure out editing software 

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a fancy DSLR camera to start filming videos for your YouTube channel. All you need is a working smartphone, a head full of ideas, and scuba diving-related stories you’re excited to share with the world. Feel free to play around with angles, work out whether you’d prefer to do voice overs or talk directly to the camera, and make sure the lighting is good. 

The same applies to editing software. Final Cut Pro is always a good idea, but Apple iMovie and Windows Movie Maker are just as great if not better for rookies. These two programs don’t require you to invest a lot of time or money to start learning how to edit.

4. Come up with SEO-friendly video titles

YouTube has long evolved past a simple entertainment platform — it’s now a search engine tool too. This means that you have to approach choosing titles for your videos strategically. Do your research on what scuba diving keywords you can use and incorporate them into your video title and description organically. 

You can turn to Moz, WordStream, or Ahrefs for finding the most relevant keywords. When you do, make sure to use both short-tail and long-tail keywords to reach a wider audience. 

5. Decide what monetization strategies to use 

As much fun as having a YouTube channel is, you should aim to monetize it if you plan on filming and posting videos on the platform long-term. Learn more about AdSense for getting your advertising revenue and join the YouTube Partner Program. It’s also lucrative to start working with companies doing blogger outreach that allow content creators to leverage their following for income. 

On top of that, you can also create a profile on Patreon, post behind-the-scenes content, and advertise it in the description of your videos. As soon as you have a good following, there’s an opportunity to sell scuba-diving merchandise too.

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