How to Start a YouTube Channel

Given that’s just turned New Year with resolutions rifle and promises of ‘must do X this year’ in mind, Lily Pebbles and I hatched a plan. A ‘Guide to Blogging and Vlogging’ series, tailored to those of you with plans to start a Blog or YouTube channel in 2014 with some more advanced tips thrown in there that may come in handy for those who’ve already begun. Here’s the deal. Six videos in total, three on each of our channels covering three topics: how to start, equipment and general tips and tricks and a video focusing on blogging and vlogging for each. Simples. So today we’re kicking things off on VDM with the basics of YouTube. We discuss topics to ponder before you start, how to set-up your channel and the wonderfully hilarious phenomenon of YouTube-picked thumbnails. For the same deats on blogging check out our video on Lily’s channel. Let the ‘Guide to Blogging and Vlogging’ commence – next stop tech-tips, cameras and our filming set-ups that used to include cereal boxes. Coming Sunday.


  • Chloe Walker

    This is so perfect, I’ve recently started a blog its probably about 2 weeks old now.
    And Im desperate to start a youtube channel also as I think they compliment eachother so well.
    But I am waiting to see if I get any following on my blog before investing in a camera for youtube videos!
    Its fantastic to see established bloggers/vloggers going that extra mile for people just starting out.

  • Christiana

    This is fantastic! Been blogging for a while but have recently changed focus (from personal to lifestyle related) and was also considering trying out vlogging (which, whowever, terrifies me to no end :P). Tips and tricks from seasoned blo(vlo)ggers would be highly appreciated!

  • Sheryll Renata

    This is perfect and has such great timing! I’ve been blogging for 3 years now, but I’ve been thinking of getting into doing videos to supplement the blog at least once a week. I’ve got my notebook ready and I can’t wait to see the rest!

  • I love this little series that you’re doing! The blog tips are so useful for me as I started my blog in September so I’m still fairly new to it all. I wish I had the courage to start a YouTube channel though.. I’ve been wanting to do it since last Summer and I just can’t bring myself to make one. It’s a scary decision for someone like me who isn’t the most confident haha. Hopefully some day I will make videos though & these tips will come in very handy. Thanks for doing it ladies!

    – xoxo

  • Sana-AGirlsFancies

    This is something amazing! Thank you for taking the time out 🙂

  • Guest

    You girls are LIFE SAVORS! Thank you so much for doing this. I’ve had my blog for about 5 months now and a few videos on YouTube, but I’ve been struggle with keeping up with posts, and afraid to publish my videos. This is an instant boost! Thank you for taking your time! Can’t wait to see the rest 🙂

  • You girls are LIFE SAVORS! Thank you so much for doing this. I’ve had my blog for about 5 months now and a few videos on YouTube, but I’ve been struggling with keeping up with my own blogposts, and afraid to publish my videos. This is an instant boost! Thank you for taking your time! Can’t wait to see the rest 🙂

  • Nathali

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. Who else better to give me some tips for blogging than my favourite of them all! Thanks for this series Anna xx

  • Anna and Lily, you are awesome!!!!

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  • Lauren Hamster

    I’m really enjoying this series, it’s great to get genuine great tips from the both of you. Thank you 🙂

  • Carina Stewart

    Really love this series! I started my YouTube Channel in the middle of last year after blogging for a while. One of the best decisions I made, it’s so much fun being able to interact with others 🙂 My YouTube Channel is
    Carina | CARSTINA

  • Jessica Feng

    thank you so much for creating this series with lily!! I want to start creating more youtube videos and start a fashion blog!

  • Emily Knott

    Thank you for sharing! This will help so many! Thank you!

  • blushingbiddies

    Lovin’ this series, it’s kickin my bum into gear about working my blog page, along with gathering the guts to get a real video up! Word of wisdom for WordPress bloggers: .org can use Disqus, .COM CANNOT. *sigh*

  • Bows and Nails

    You two are so much fun to watch! I will continue to follow along!

  • So nice of you both to share your tips and tricks xx

    Heels Forever

  • Carly Susanne

    Thank you so much for making these videos. My blog is 7 months old and I really appreciate this your advice. : ) xxxx

    Carly’s Beauty World

  • Thank you so so much for choosing to do the Guide to Blogging & Vlogging! I think that is such a creative idea…and it’s so helpful to all of us!

  • mageeski

    Great idea for a series of videos! Should be great in the new year when everyones upping their blogging game!


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  • MyLushBox Barbz

    Yay finally!! so nice to hear about what you guys do behind the scenes, looking forward to your next vids!



  • Satin and Shadow

    Hi ladies! This is such a great series. My friend and I recently started a blog ( and I just feel like there is so much to learn! But these kind of videos make that learning process a lot easier and faster, so thank you for that 🙂 I can’t wait to see the rest of them. Have a great Friday and weekend! xo

  • Chelsea Leigh

    always love your videos but this series is epic! thanks!!

  • Rebecca Aynsley

    This is a really great series! I started a blog and a Youtube channel a few months ago and would be so flattered if you’d take a peak.

    Thanks! Looking forward to watching the rest of these videos!

  • Jas Poole

    Thankyou <3

    Jasmine xo |

  • Vikki Capon

    Very useful! Thanks! I do find it hard showing my friends that I am starting a youtube though.. a tad embarassing when you only get 15 views! 🙂

  • Maddy Cane

    Love the idea for this series, you two give such useful tips! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Kelly Louise

    This is going to be really useful for me because I’m knew to blogging and really wanting to start a channel soon! Good timing 😉

  • @welljess (twitter)

    i hope the blog part is like how to start a professional blog- like with a domain and all. not just or maybe a tutorial or easy steps on how to use word press and what blog engine you use Anna? you’re host is different from lily’s. x

  • That was soooo good. I need a new camera so I’m hoping you’ll cover that in detail!

  • Kathy

    Great tips lovelies!
    I’m still a ‘beginner blogger’ and when writing becomes impossible to share what I truly mean, I look to Youtube for some help explaining it in more detail… Hopefully that made sense haha

    I’m glad I stumbled onto your page 🙂

  • Zoe Dubs

    This is a great series! Thank you so much for doing this video, it’s really helped me fulfill my new years resolution to GET ON YOUTUBE!

    Love Zoe x

  • Lauren Anthony

    So nice to hear all your advice – I’ve watched both of your videos for a really long time and found the tips super helpful. I’ve just redesigned my blog and have been working really hard on my YouTube channel – would love to hear your thoughts:

    Thanks again girls x

  • Ella

    One of my new year’s resolutions was to start youtube at some point… I’m a little scared and would like to grow my blog a bit first! This is super useful x

  • Faidah Mimbantas

    this is great! but I’m afraid of some negative comments! like saying bad words, and saying “feeler” I know no one’s perfect but when time comes where people tease you. you can’t really hold it on.

  • Sebastian (YouTuber)

    Here’s my Tips and Tricks for starting your own channel! All these Tips are coming from a YouTuber!

    • luke

      Great post! very helpful for newbies!

  • Isabella B

    I’m started a YouTube channel ages ago, but I only posted one video. One of my goals for 2016 is to make more YouTube videos.