How to become a YouTube star: seven tips from Luzu

Luzu used to work at a TV production company, but in 2011 he launched his YouTube channel called LuzuVlogs. Four years on, the Spanish-language vlogging channel has nearly 1.6 million subscribers, with Luzu now running two others.

“I have a bigger audience in my channel than the TV company I used to work for,” he said in an appearance at the MIPTV conference in Cannes, in a session that aimed to provide practical advice to any creator trying to build their audience on YouTube.

“The greatest thing about this is we are defining a lot of things. The way people consume content is changing, and this way of doing content responds to the needs that they have rather than telling them how they should do it,” he said. Here are the highlights of his advice.

Make your YouTube channel

If you have a YouTube channel, you have a place where you can promote yourself. This can turn you into a star, and you will gain a steady fan base here. Make sure that the tags that you write will help the YouTube searchers to view your channels. Making your channel appealing is wise. You also must update your channel as often as you can so that your fans will be visiting your channel often since they will be given updates in their respective emails.

Improve the optimization of your YouTube channel

You should know a bit of search engine optimization for this one. In the case of your YouTube videos, they must be visible in the YouTube search engines for them to be viewed by any person who is surfing YouTube. A simple way to optimize your video is to choose the right words in writing your tags and descriptions that will match what your fans search. This will garner more viewership.

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Get to know other YouTube stars

You need to become friends with the other YouTubers who are already popular since they can give you tips on how to be a YouTube sensation yourself. You need to befriend them and make nice comments in their videos. When you have a good relationship with them, they will readily offer their advice to you.

Adhere to YouTube rules

Nobody is above the law. This may be cliché, but ones you fail to follow the rules that YouTube has set, you will then end up as the loser. You might end up being suspended and banned from uploading any videos. Your account will be taken down by YouTube. The biggest issue in YouTube is about the copyright violations. So play it clean for you to be treated fairly.

Creating Viral Videos And Building Your Network

Many people create viral videos unintentionally, but there are some who badly want to become famous on YouTube. It is recommended for you just to make the videos that you are good at. Then, it is quite important for you to build your network. You should make a conscious effort into making your presence felt in YouTube. You will need to go to the videos that are related to yours, watch and comment those videos and ask the people there to watch your videos. You can make some YouTube friends who will return the favor to you.

Don’t just follow trends

A lot of budding YouTubers look at what’s popular on the online video service and copy it. Luzu suggested that there might be a much better starting point based on what they’re not watching.

“For me, from the beginning, it was ‘What am I missing? What would I like to see?’,” he said. “A lot of people were concentrating on ‘What do people watch? What is the most important and cool thing right now? Maybe that’s not the way to go because there is someone excellent doing it already.”

Be patient in the early days

Almost no one uploads their first video to YouTube and becomes a massive success straight away – and when they do, that doesn’t mean they can repeat it. Luzu encouraged creators to be patient and keep plugging away.

“You have to keep in mind that it takes a long time. I spent a lot of time having 30 people watching my videos!” he said. “And then there is one moment where everybody shares it, and they go back to your old videos. So there isn’t a moment wasted along the way.”

He was being interviewed at MIPTV by YouTube’s David Ripert, who had similar advice. “We think it’s best to start consistently with a show, and be patient and start building the audience from zero,” said Ripert.

It’s worth investing in equipment

With a background in TV production, Luzu started with an advantage over the average bedroom vlogger. Even so, he noted that nowadays, people could get up and running at zero cost if they have a decent smartphone already in their pocket.

“Flip it, and you can do video. You are spending zero dollars, and you can monetize those videos and when you grow you get money,” he said. However, once that money comes in, it may be worth investing in a proper camera, which may be more affordable than you think.

“Nowadays it’s not expensive to have equipment that will make your content look good,” he said. “My vlogs looked a little bit better because they had the depth of field and a little bit more texture.”

You don’t necessarily need a large crew

Luzu runs his channel with one other person, his girlfriend. As he has grown, he has resisted the temptation to start hiring a large crew.

“We don’t need crews,” he said. “You just need one or two people. I could do some of these formats by myself, but it still reaches hundreds of thousands of people, and that’s because it’s based on personality and what you’re saying.”

He added that he relishes the ability to write, present but also market and even handle the accounting. “We get to wear all these hats that in a production company different people on the team would wear,” he said earlier in the day, during a separate session.

Invest time in social media

A common theme for YouTubers is that they don’t just interact with their fans on YouTube: most spend a lot of time on Twitter, Facebook and other social platforms and apps – it’s as important a part of the job as making the videos in the first place

“I spend a lot of time on social media. There is a constant dialogue with the audience,” said Luzu. “Here people are looking at someone in the eye when they are watching a vlogger, they are feeling connected, and they want to talk to that person.”

Earlier, he’d expressed similar sentiments. “It’s something that comes with YouTube: people feel extremely connected with content creators. Creators are connected with people who watch their videos, and you want them to feel like that,” he said.

“It’s very different to traditional media: you keep a constant conversation. Social media is a great way to engage with the audiences when you’re not uploading videos, to help them feel part of what you’re doing.”

Collaborate, but bring something original to the table

One of the proven ways for YouTubers to build their audiences is by collaborating with one another, with emerging channels able to quickly pick up subscribers through a canny collab with a bigger star. Luzu said one key to finding collaborators is to look for people at your level who are also on their way up.

He also suggested that it’s not enough just to want to collaborate: YouTubers need to think what they have that’s original to bring to a new video with someone else, rather than sitting in on whatever they do already. For example animation or musical skills, or access to an interesting location.

Luzu also suggested that email may not be the best way to contact a popular YouTuber about collaboration: “I have about 200,000 unread emails!” he said, before noting that when he was growing, he’d found Twitter useful for connecting with other creators.

Consider multiple channels as you grow

All YouTube creators start with a single channel, but Luzu said that as he had got more popular, he felt the need to launch the others to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach to his videos.

“Depending on the target that you’re trying to get to there might be a different language to get to them. Kids like certain things, and teenagers other things, and adults different things,” he said.

That’s why Luzu has one channel focused on gaming, which reaches a younger audience, and another with more of a question-and-answer format, which appeals more to teenagers. “And then adults want more content and more meat. That’s why I have three channels,” he said.