Why Do Youtubers Have It Rough?

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Did you ever think “I think I’m gonna start up my YouTube channel” before? Well I’d love to say it’s easy peasy, but reality smacks you when you’re not looking, so I’m gonna say some things to make sure you don’t go in blind. Unless you have the willpower, stop reading right now, find a job, return to work, or do your school work; it’s all much more feasible then this ideal.

“Why are you being oh so harsh about being a Youtuber?” you might be wondering. Well, for starters, I want to be one. I’ve had the ideal ever since I thought about doing videos everyday. Whether it be Let’s Plays, Vlogs (even though they are not as popular anymore), videos for fun, and recently videos promoting other projects I want to get going. I want to get into it, but it’s precisely why I don’t get into it… right away I mean.

A Dream is Just That, Until You Act

As everyone is aware of I’m sure, you can’t daydream your perfect world into reality, you have to take steps in order to make it come to fruition. With being a Youtuber, in the old days it took just uploading regularly, getting views and making good, enjoyable content… it’s still a necessary thing to do, but it will take WAY TOO long to make a living like that. Now, having a product or service to build off of changes that. This Blog has all the steps you’d need to take to make a good YouTube channel. If you don’t have a product or service, the goal becomes far harder to achieve. Without initial drive to watch your videos, without fans either, or without using key words in your titles, you’ll earn maybe one or two subs… over a year’s time.

So, now that you understand why it’s hard to start up a channel, let’s move on to why it’s even hard to maintain a channel as well.

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Social Media With YouTube

As with any social media outlet, content creators have to watch what they say or do at ALL times. One slip up in most cases can be covered with video editing before you post videos, that’s the same with most social media networks, but YouTube live streams change that comfort. Unfortunately, live streams are popular among fans, I understand sort of, maybe you do too, even if you don’t it’s an easy fact to see. Live streams are a great way to interact with fans right away, but at the large cost of making you an easy target for watchful viewers. If you say one sexist or racist thing, it’ll blow up in your face if people can make it happen (reason I say “if”, is that I’ve seen plenty of Youtubers say offensive things then immediately apologize, usually being forgiven afterwards).

Are the fans safe on YouTube? You’d think so. Even if they have worked on the issue since the last update, it doesn’t excuse the fact that people were being banned just by using emoticons as instructed on a live stream! The creator, Markiplier, had to explain to the fans and get after YouTube after the incident. This impacted him though, losing a ton of subscribers, who even were paying every month to his channel as well. If he had 23 million less subscribers, he’d have hell to pay for his channel.

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How’d That Happen?!

It’s something that people who make sites put in place, so the overwhelming number of people who use their site don’t use it to advertise unwelcoming information. Algorithms. Algorithms are used in many ways, for social media, it follows coding that determines whether or not a post contains “bad” content. Of course, it’s not without it’s flaws. Given texting is often short formed (text = txt), this adds more variability, making it even more complex for a program to notice anything wrong. Also, it won’t be aware of what’s going on with the page. So, to answer how that Markiplier incident occurred, it was all due to a function to ban people who spam (send a lot of posts/comments consistently in a short span of time). Was it the correct choice of programming? Personally, I think not. People who spam are annoying and can make life hard for social media users. But to ban their Google account without warning? That’s too harsh in my opinion.

Another issue with YouTube content is, there’s TOO much of it. If you post something, people might lose interest in finding it because of the many trolls or pranksters that post videos as well. This issue I found written in fuller detail on this blog.

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All In All

There’s many benefits to using YouTube, but the start up is the hardest process. Once a Youtuber gets a million or so subs, they can start to relax… a little. If however you use it to advertise, you already have a job, and/or you do it as a hobby, then go for it. If there’s one takeaway though; don’t rush into it and be prepared for a hard battle to get the views.

Is there any Youtuber you support? Let me know down below why or why not you support them! I personally enjoy Markiplier’s content and love how he does charity as well as bring entertainment to the world. Thanks for reading!

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12 thoughts on “Why Do Youtubers Have It Rough?

  1. I love Markiplier. He cracks me up.

    It ain’t easy being a YouTuber. I did see Markiplier’s video and his concern for people getting banned from YouTube because of the use of the emoticon. It was a harsh thing for YouTube to do, but I think it was getting resolved.

    Personally, one of my favourite YouTuber is Matt D’Avella. I love his style and his content usually resonates with me.

    • It still, among other things, leaves scars on YouTube’s reputation. But as things are, it’s still going to remain the top video hosting site for a long time, it’s ties with google and billions of minutes worth of content proves that. I’ll be sure to check Matt D’Avella out at some point, as for other YouTubers though… I also like Call Me Kevin quite a bit too, his sarcastic humor is top notch. Thanks for your comment! πŸ™‚

  2. Hi!
    I agree with you 100% about youtube “livestreams”. In a world where the SMALLEST thing can be misinterpreted, I don’t understand why companies or influencers live stream anything. I get that it builds trust with your viewers and allows you to show your most authentic self, but one slip up can ruin you. My company has been thinking about using Youtube, but this platform is much more difficult to navigate I find.

    • If you stick to short videos and how to videos, like some sites mentioned, I think it’d be safe to use as a video hosting site. Livestreams however, are best to avoid you’re right. But if it becomes requested, it’ll become a negative in itself to refuse. Definitely a conundrum of the highest caliber. Thanks for your comment ^^

  3. I find that a big issue with YouTube and social media influencers today is the fact that it’s getting hard to tell between what’s real vs. fake. It seems like they are just putting on a show to get more followers/fame. I tend to stay away from YouTubers such as the ACE Family that seem to have the wrong intentions. I feel like anyone who puts on a show to this extent will just end up getting exposed for all of their lies and that’s 100% on them.

    • There are people who are hungry for fame and will do anything to get it, but the fast track wouldn’t be through YouTube from what I’ve heard. I think there are more genuine people on the site, that do what they love and share it. Of course if the channel is around for entertainment, then acting just for that sake is okay I believe. There’s no difference between an actor in a show or movie to a person acting in a video, if it’s not to garner people’s pity or cause any harm. If it is to cause such trouble, then I agree they have the wrong reasons, besides that though, that leaves plenty of them in the clear. Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

  4. I thought about creating a channel once. I was going to have a vlog about recovering from drug addiction. I realized quite quickly how much time it was going to consume and I didn’t follow through with it. My favorite to watch is Joe Rogan. He actually has a podcast but its all filmed and they can be watched on his youtube channel. Did you see the famous Elon Musk weed incident ? That was from his video. He’s got lot of really interesting people interviewed.

    • I haven’t seen that channel yet :0 I’ll be sure to check it out when I can, I think it might be something like JonTron but possibly less silly. If you haven’t seen JonTron, I suggest looking at his stuff, it gets me laughing pretty good at some of the ridiculous things that go on in the world ^^ Thanks for your comment!

  5. I use a line with my team and students often: “If it was easy, we’d call it hockey”. I think I might update it and change it to Youtube (vs. hockey).

    I’m always amazed to hear folks think that making content is easy. With a platform like Youtube, with its wide breadth of contributors, it’s really-really easy to stand out for all the wrong reason (low-to-no production value, uninspired content, just… m’eh).

    New Tubers (can I use that as a noun? I’m gonna use it as a noun.) are increasingly at a disadvantage; everyone else as already done it better, or done it first, or done it for a bigger audience… You say that once they reach a million subscribers they can start to relax, but getting that first million is a daunting task. New Tubers could almost use a boot camp… “How to Tube: A New Tubers Guide to a Million Youtubes”.

    • Oh I get that truly. I started a channel with something not many people were doing (or into for that matter) and I got maybe 5 subs? I know the task is super difficult, and the video I made ended up cringy anyways (after long hours of working on it too ;-;). Making content is no easy feat, it’s just like acting or singing, it comes down to being in the right place, at the right time (or in this case, being looked at and shared by enough people). I like the noun New Tubers, it’s got a nice ring to it! ^^ Thanks for your comment!

  6. Its very hard to become a YouTuber because you need to be on top of every trending topic of your specific niche. You can’t really say nonsense, just need to see what others say about this and what will you say. It builds an awareness to the people around you and people might subscribe and might not but it all depends on your effort and hard work.

    • Agreed. In our discussion post we had to talk about some of what you said, it’s no different to starting up your brand, it’s really the same thing actually. You need followers and a good knowledge of what’s going on with EVERYTHING. If the content ever gets boring, you lose people fast. Initial ideas are nothing, it’s ideas that last with filler ideas to fill in the gaps that make a great channel I believe. Thanks for your comment! πŸ™‚

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