You have a great idea for a YouTube channel and you make your first video. But then what? A common question I come across is, “How do I come up with ideas for my YouTube channel?”
Don’t worry. We’ve all been there at some point. I’m going to share with you some of the ways I’ve come up with content and how to manage it.
Where Do I Find Ideas?
Sometimes when you are trying to come up with ideas, you’re trying too hard. The answers are usually right in front of us or are happening to us. They come from life experience. They come from what we know. Often times we try to force ideas or generate content from topics that are way too far out of our comfort zone. When we don’t know what we’re talking about, our audience can tell. Stick to what you know.
Never forget the number one rule for content: Be genuine. Be real.
Start With A Central Idea
Figure our what you want to talk about. Think of a very simple thing or concept. What is your channel about? Cars? Family? Organization? Your life?
Everything has a beginning, middle, end; A preparation phase, doing phase and completion phase. How do you prepare? How do you do what you do? What do you do once it’s done? You can pretty much apply this to every idea you come up with and you don’t have to fit all three into one video. Break it up into 3 videos if you have enough content.
It doesn’t hurt to do a little research. If you have an idea for a topic, do a Google Search. What comes up? Whatever you do, don’t rip off someone else’s content. What you’re looking for are common themes. Are there conflicting thoughts on your topic? Do you agree with one side more than another? Write your thoughts down. Your opinion is your own.
Let’s take a random topic and see what we can do with it? How about….
Pretty random, right? For the next couple of steps, you write down whatever ideas pop into your head. No judging them. Now is not the time. The point is to capture and write them all down. Some may be similar but others may be completely unique. Consider every idea a possibility. These are stepping stones to something else.
As we go through these next three sections, consider the beginning, middle and end; preparation, doing, completion. This will help you generate even more ideas and not get stuck on one point.
Now we start gathering ideas by asking ourselves some questions about Tacos. Let your mind wander. You never know what question is going to come out and if it can be a legit idea. I am going to type out some questions now, just to see what comes out. No stealing my ideas! I may want to make videos about tacos one day.
Who likes tacos?
Why do I like tacos?
Where did tacos come from?
How do you make tacos?
Hard shell vs soft shell?
What vegetables are best on a taco?
Are tacos good to feed kids?
How many tacos should someone eat in a day?
Why do some people not like tacos?
What happens when you freeze tacos?
Just keep asking questions and see how many ideas you can come up with.
Think Of Facts
Top five reasons why tacos are the best dinner food
Why it is acceptable to eat tacos with your hands
Tacos vs Spaghetti: Why tacos will always win
Why I ate nothing but tacos for a year
You should never put more than four toppings on a taco
How to get taco stains out of the carpet
Why babies shouldn’t eat pureed tacos
How to fuel your vehicle using nothing by tacos
Who would have thought we’d come up with all these idea just from a random word? You gotta admit, tacos are pretty awesome.
Write the word Taco. Now list out all the different words you associate with a Taco.
Shell (Hard, soft)
Meat (Beef, Chicken, Fish)
Sauce (Mild, Medium, Hot)
Salsa – Chunky
Get the point? These are the details. Additional points you can use to fill out your content.
There you have it. I hope this helps you generate content ideas for your channel.