5 Tips for Your First Gaming YouTube Video

So you’ve decided to start a YouTube channel for gaming video content. Being a gamer on YouTube can be a lot of fun, especially when you’re sharing your content with an interested audience. At the same time, as you look at all of the YouTube gaming channels out there, getting started may seem a little complex.

Honestly, the best thing you can do is to start working on your first video. Just jump right in and start creating, and you’ll find that the whole process gets easier and easier, the more you do it. To make the most of your first YouTube video, check out these five tips.

End Your YouTube Gaming Video With a CTA

First of all, when you make your gaming video, don’t just end it when you’re done with what you have to say. After you’re finished with your gaming content, engage your audience and give them a call to action. It can be as simple as saying, “Have you played this? Be sure to leave your favourite strategy in the comments below.”

You can ask specific questions about your gaming content, or you can encourage people to like your video, follow you on Instagram etc. Whatever you do, be sure to ask your audience to do something that engages your YouTube channel’s brand.

Brand Your YouTube Gaming Video

Next, be sure to include branding in your YouTube video, your description, and your gaming channel’s about page.

A branded intro tells people who you are and what to expect from you. A branded background gets your logo and your brand recognized. You could even include branded in-video graphics within your content. The more branding you can fit into your videos and on your channel (without going too overboard), the better off you’ll be.

This will really help if your gaming videos are being shared and viewed off of YouTube in articles, blog posts, or news stories for gamers.

Use a Good Title and Thumbnail

Now, you want people to watch your gaming video, right? When they search for content that is relevant to your YouTube channel, you want them to be interested in choosing your video. The best way to do that is to write a really compelling title and use an attractive thumbnail that represents the video well. YouTube will even let you add a custom thumbnail with wording and design(s) so that it acts as a promo for your video. Make your gaming videos stand out!

Use the First Three Lines of Your Description

When you create your YouTube video description, remember that people have to click the “Show More” link if they want to see anything beyond the first three lines. So make those count. Include important links and/or any other information you most want your audience to see in the first three lines of your video descriptions.

Share Your Gaming Channel Schedule

Finally, whether you do it in your gaming video, in your YouTube description, or both, be sure to let people know when they can expect more videos from you. Sharing your upload schedule is a great way to get people to come back and check for more videos from you every time you upload them. It will help increase your return viewership.

Keep these tips in mind as you film and create your first YouTube gaming video.