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Mohammad313Ali

Starting a YouTube channel

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I plan on starting a YouTube channel in the future and my main goal is to reach a broad audience therefore I will try to discuss topics that everyone can relate to, but also would like to keep everything inadvertently under the Islamic narrative. 

However there are some issues that concern me such as the permissibility of things and what I should I be cautious and weary of, for example things that you dear brothers and sisters can advise me to avoid such as of course profane language, and what may otherwise be in negation to the teachings of our holy Prophet and Imams.

I am also perplexed about ads for if eventually I do choose to place ads on my videos there might be some ads which have a musical tune, or perhaps an unveiled lady, and maybe an advertisement for a higher corporation such as Apple, etc.

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5 hours ago, Guest_313 said:

what I should I be cautious and weary of,

Do not get too politically incorrect.

If you use something from lsIam, use a reputable cited source.

You'll need ads. Rather than commercials -unless necessary- use banners like was done with ball games (l do not know what they do now) or as props in the background.

Have a couple of consistent themes.

Develop your own 'stock phrases'.

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May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) reward your efforts. My recommendation would be to find different experts or specialists for each topic and to interview them for your channel. The interview format is more interesting for people to watch. Otherwise you're just another youtuber giving their views (there are already many others doing this). 

Wallahu a'lam 

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On 11/20/2019 at 7:55 PM, hasanhh said:

How? l am not familiar with these things.

To be successful on YouTube, you must be a widely known interesting personality or have high quality professionally made content. The old PowerPoint amateur stuff or cut/paste audio video material isn’t good enough anymore.

Algorithms change all the time, and if you’re not already successful, you won’t show up in search results or recommended videos easily. It’s hard to “break in” among the high competition.

For specific channel content catering to niche audiences (ie Shia Islam), the view count and subscriber count will be small, and getting mainstream attention is almost impossible.

Not to mention frequent demonetization of videos, discouraging people from making this a career for a living, so there’s little incentive to put in more effort.

A more valuable use of time and resources may be podcasting, since the production demands are less (audio only), and you have flexibility to make quality content. 
 

Of course, good decent English Shia centered content (beyond just reposting speeches) with widespread appeal has always been a dream of mine, and although some larger groups have tried, its not quite there yet.

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On 11/19/2019 at 5:28 PM, Guest_313 said:

I am also perplexed about ads for if eventually I do choose to place ads on my videos there might be some ads which have a musical tune, or perhaps an unveiled lady, and maybe an advertisement for a higher corporation such as Apple, etc.

That might not be problem since the criteria for monetization in the first place is quite tough and I think ads can sometimes be displayed on your videos even if you choose not to have them... Also YouTube is becoming more strict with certain types of content with religious content being one of them... 

I'm not trying to demotivate you brother... Just stating the facts so don't have problems later...

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The YouTube algorithm is pretty strange so you might not be able to get much views for a long time and have to be persistent and consistent in your videos. I recommend you start an original channel as it can get you more attraction as you won't be lost with the hundreds of videos with similar content. 

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If you want to gain a large following you need to add your own personality and be entertaining. You need to look at your competitors out there, ask yourself "why will Shias prefer your content over the countless amount of books and lectures out there." If you have a very formal approach to your videos, then people will want to see your qualifications. I'd rather watch an academic lecture by a Sheikh who's studied at hawza compared to a self-learned person. 

Putting yourself out there and having a personality is the key. People in this day and age would want to know your life story. Try to spice things up and stand out. Maybe get your ideas across through vlogging? 

But yeah it's just my own opinion. You need to create your own content and be very creative. You have to start somewhere, so don't get demotivated right now. Once you start  creating content, you'll get a feel for what works and what doesn't

 

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