Just like the Video CDs replaced the Tapes (or Cassettes), DVD’s replaced Video CDs and USB Drive later caused DVDs to become obsolete in Cameroon…. Social media is also on the verge of replacing the Cameroonian TV channels and Radio stations in Cameroon.
Nowadays (i mean in this Android Era), many Cameroonians spend most of their time reading blog posts, streaming videos on Youtube and communicating on the social media platforms, unlike in the past when most Cameroonians spend their spare time watching TV and listening to radio programs.
Social media (Facebook, blogs & YouTube channels) have become more effective (as entertainment, communication and marketing tool) than the traditional radio and TV stations.
Gone are the days when you need to run Radio & TV adverts on your local TV stations to expose your business to your target customers. Nowadays, you can create a YouTube channel in Cameroon to market your own products and services and attract tons of potential customers & clients from all corners of Cameroon and the world at large.
Gone are the days when your music video needs to be played on the popular Radio and TV stations like Boom TV for your music to become a hit or for you to become superstar.
Nowadays you can become a world renowned music artist overnight by simply uploading your music videos on YouTube. There are so many Cameroonian music artist who got signed by record labels after their songs went viral on YouTube. ‘
Having a successful YouTube channel in addition to a Bachelor degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, can greatly boost your credibility and make you stand a high chance of gaining employment at a radio or TV station in Cameroon and abroad.
Certificates, diplomas etc are mere proof of our capabilities. So if you have a successful YouTube channel, that can also be used by an employee to evaluate your readiness for a particular job or task.
Imagine an employer searches you on Google (as they do these days) just to realize you’re already doing what you say you can do on YouTube. Most employers often recruit only people with working experience to be sure that they are recruiting professionals. In this case, your vlog can fulfill this requirement.
Through your Youtube channel, other business opportunities may also arise. For example various brands (internet entrepreneurs) may contact you to advertise their products and services to your YouTuber subscribers (audience).
For example if your YouTube channel is about Cameroonian food recipe, Cameroonian food brands may reach out to you to advertise their products to your audience (the foodies). You may also receive free products from food brands.
Above all, if you create a YouTube Channel in Cameroon, you will be able to make unlimited cash in the YouTube Partner Program via Google Adsense advertising.
Google Adsense advertising is a pay per click advertisement partnership program launched by Google in mid, 2003, to enable Youtubers to make money from their Apps, blogs and YouTube channel, by displaying Google Ads on their videos and they earn money each time the Google Ads on their videos are clicked by YouTube users.
If type the keyword “How to create a YouTube Channel & Make Money Online in Cameroon” on the YouTube search bar, you will find videos of Cameroonian YouTubers talking about how they are making money from their YouTube channels.
Full time Cameroonian YouTubers like Emmanuel Nsanyui are already making more than 300,000 frs every month from their YouTube channel via Google Adsense advertising.
I know after reading the 5 digit figure above, you may likely want to ask, HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE???
After you have gained more than 1000 YouTube subscribers and your YouTube videos have recorded 4000 hours of watch time collectively, you will be eligible to sign up to the YouTube partner program and Google will start displaying ads on your YouTube videos and you will earn money each time (the ADS displayed on your YouTube videos) are clicked by a viewer.
Summarily, the benefits of having a YouTube channel in Cameroon are enormous. YouTube is a platform full of unlimited money making opportunities. You just need to figure out how you can use this golden platform to actualize your dream.
In this article, i,m going to show you how to create a YouTube channel in Cameroon so that you can start exploiting the numerous opportunities available on YouTube.
OK! let’s get started !!!
First thing you need to do before creating your YouTube Channel in Cameroon.
****Choose the Niche of your YouTube Channel.
Before you create your YouTube channel, it is very essential that you choose the niche of your YouTube channel.
In the Vlogging context, the term “niche” refers to the topic or subject that a YouTuber has chosen to make videos on or specialize in. For example the niche of a YouTube channel can be “BREAKING NEWS IN CAMEROON”.
Most Cameroonians create YouTube channels based on topics or subjects that they are passionate about and also have sufficient knowledge about.
So choose your own Vlogging niche (topic) based on what you have knowledge about and you will still be able to make money online in Cameroon from YouTube.
For example if you think you have sufficient knowledge about Cocoa farming, you can create a YouTube channel on that topic, if you have sufficient knowledge about Cameroon food, you can start a Cameroon food vlog to share your recipe (cooking tips) with the world. It may surprise you to know that there are millions of people in Cameroon who don,t know how to cook. Those category of people will be visiting your YouTube channel to get the recipe for the various Cameroon meals.
Do you have many thoughts and opinions about life that you think the world can benefit from, then start a YouTube channel and share it with the world. Do you know if some people can get just a glimpse of your life, they would laugh, be inspired and keep their head up??
Please take note that it isn’t compulsory that the topic of your YouTube channel should be related to Cameroon. If you think you will be able to help people to keep abreast with the latest celebrity gossip news in US, you can create a US celebrity gossip news channel. For instance, there’s a friend of mine who making videos about US politics and majority of her subscribers are Americans but she’s a Cameroonian (living in Molyko, Buea).
The virtual world has no boundary. There is No racism, No tribalism, No discrimination in the virtual world.
So what do you have sufficient knowledge about? Is it cooking, fashion, the bible, football, gossip news, relationship advice, entrepreneurship, parenting beauty tips, hairstyles etc that should be the niche (main topic) of your own YouTube channel.
Still confused/don’t know what niche to choose for your YouTube channel???
Below is a list of broad Vlogging topics (niches); which you can choose from:
- Food Recipes
- Global warming
- Beginner’s guides to anything!
- Overcoming adversity or illness
- Life experiences
- Products or service reviews
- Skin Care
- Travel experiences
- Bible lessons
- Personal Stories
- Jokes and Humor
Most Cameroonians are familiar with news, lifestyle, music or celebrity gossip news channels, but (as you have seen in this guide) you can start a YouTube channel on just about any topic imaginable.
Some Cameroonians have even started a YouTube channel; where they are sharing contents about the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon.
So if you have a particular knowledge which you think many people can benefit from, you can create a YouTube channel to share that knowledge with the world and stand a chance of making huge amount of money on YouTube.
Why its very essential that you choose a Niche before starting a YouTube channel.
One of the reasons why many Cameroonian YouTubers fail to gain tons of subscribers or don’t achieve their goals as YouTubers, is because they are running a multi-niche YouTube channel. In other words, their YouTube channel is not focus on a specific topic. Today they are making videos on Cameroon food recipe, the next day, they are making videos on Football or a totally different topic. This explains why a YouTube Channel can have more than 4000 subscribers but the views on the videos of the channel are very low (or doesn’t reflect the number of subscribers). This is because the videos are not tailored for a specific audience.
YouTube users have varied needs and so they will only watch videos that is of interest to them.
Because people have subscribed to your Youtube channel, that doesn’t give you the audacity to upload any type of videos for them to watch.
Most people often subscribe to a YouTube channel after watching a particular video of the Youtube channel, with a hope of watching more videos related to the one which compelled them to subscribe to the YouTube channel and not any kind of video.
Keep in mind that if you keep throwing irrelevant/random videos to your subscribers, many will unsubscribe to your YouTube channel. This explains why most Cameroon YouTubers experience slow growth on Youtube.
Create a YouTube channel to suit the needs of a specific audience and your YouTube videos will always have a high number of views.
A specific niche will attract quality and loyal subscribers while a multi-purpose Youtube Channel will only attract huge number of passive subscribers.
It is very common to hear a Cameroonian YouTuber complain that the number of subscribers on his/her channel are increasing but the number of views doesn’t reflect his or her number of subscribers??? This is the consequence of running a YouTube channel without a niche.
In a multipurpose YouTube channel, subscribers have varied reasons for subscribing and as such, you won’t be able to create contents that will suit their varied needs except you are a superhuman. So it is better to choose a specific niche and focus on the needs of the specific audience.
Another good reason why it’s essential that you choose a specific niche for your YouTube channel is because, Niche focus Youtube channels are more likely to attract advertisers and brand sponsorship than a YouTube channel with varied audience.
Niches which Every Would-be Cameroonian Youtuber shouldn’t Choose if their motive of creating a YouTube Channel is to make money via the YouTube partnership program.
According to YouTube policies, all the main topics (listed below) are not advertiser-friendly. Simply put, YouTube doesn’t want YouTubers to create contents related on the topic below.
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- Adult content
- Shocking content
- Harmful or dangerous acts
- Hateful content
- Incendiary and demeaning
- Recreational drugs and drug-related content
- Tobacco-related content
- Firearms-related content
- Controversial issues and sensitive events
- Adult themes in family content
YouTube don’t don’t also permit videos with inappropriate language. It is also important to note that
All content uploaded to YouTube must comply with YouTube Community Guidelines. If your content violates YouTube Community Guidelines, it may be removed from YouTube. So if you choose a niche which is not inline with YouTube policies, your YouTube channel will be ineligible for monetization even if you have 1 million subscribers and YouTube will keep deleting your videos to keep their platform save.
3 Must Have YouTube equipments for every Cameroonian YouTuber
Just like in every business/job/activity, having the right tools (YouTube equipments), will greatly facilitate the process of achieving success. So if you want to start a YouTube Channel in Cameroon to gain tons of subscribers, attract sponsorship from brands and make huge amount of money from your YouTube Channel via Google Adsense & affiliate marketing, then you need to buy essential tools that will make it easy for you to achieve your goal.
Nowadays, the competition on YouTube is extremely high i.e. there are tons of top notch quality videos on YouTube on almost every subject/topic and because of this, to stand out (get noticed) on YouTube, you don’t only need to possess a good knowledge of your niche… but also need to produce top-notch quality videos in order to stand a chance of attracting tons of subscribers, get sponsorship from brands and make money from your YouTube channel in Cameroon.
Internet data is still very expensive in Cameroon (as of August,2020) and as such, many Cameroonians won’t afford to watch a poor quality video on YouTube with their precious internet data (not when there are tons of better alternatives available on YouTube & many more are being uploaded on a daily basis). So it’s very essential that you produce top notch quality YouTube videos.
The good news is, nowadays the essential equipment needed to make cinematic quality YouTube videos, are very very cheap.
Yes! you read that right, VERY CHEAP!
A lot of would-be Cameroonian YouTubers think that they need loads of expensive equipment to be able make top notch quality YouTube videos like the American YouTubers and that’s just not true.
It may surprise you to know that it won’t cost you more than 70,000frs to buy all the essential YouTube equipment needed to film top notch quality YouTube videos like the American YouTubers… and you can buy the 3 essential YouTube equipment on Amazon from Cameroon. Read the article titled 3 Essential Equipment Every Cameroonian YouTuber Must Buy, to know the essential YouTube equipments and why they are highly essential.
What you will need in order to create a YouTube channel in Cameroon.
It may surprise you to know that despite the numerous opportunities that YouTube presents, it won’t cost you a franc to create a YouTube channel.
The only thing you will need in order to create your Youtube channel is a Gmail account.
Nowadays almost every Cameroonian has a Gmail account (@gmail.com email). If you have ever downloaded an app from the Google play store, then you already have a Gmail account.
If you don’t have a Gmail account, follow the simple step by step procedures below to create a Gmail account for free.
Below are 7 simple procedures you need to follow in order to create a Gmail account in Cameroon for free…
1. Click on this link, to go to the Google Account creation page.
2. Enter your name.
3. In the “Username” field, enter the username you want for your Account.
4. Enter and confirm your password.
5. Click Next.
6. Verify your mobile phone number with the code sent via text.
7. Click Verify.
Take a look at the screenshots below to copy my example. Once you have entered the necessary info and verified your phone number, your Gmail account will be created. As easy as ABC.
In the next phase enter your phone number and date of birth.
Leave the recovery email option empty (Don’t enter anything there)
Ok now that you have chosen your niche and created your Gmail account. We can now start creating your YouTube channel; which will take you just 6 minutes.
How to Create a YouTube channel in Cameroon (Step by Step Procedures with Screenshots).
- After you have created your Gmail account, click here to go to Youtube.com.
- After the YouTube website has loaded on your browser, click on the icon found at the top right hand corner of the Youtube website as seen in the screenshot below…
3. After you have clicked on that icon, you will see a list of menu items as seen in the screenshot below. Click on the Create a channel link.
After you have clicked on the Create a channel link, an info box will pop up on your screen, which contains brief information about what Vlogging is all about.
The message reads as follows…
Pursuing your creative passions, connecting with your audience and sharing your stories begin with creating your channel.
After reading the brief info, if you wish to proceed to the next phase to create your Youtube channel, click on the blue GET STARTED button or click on NO THANKS! if won’t like to Create a channel anymore (after reading the info).
4) Choose a name for your Youtube channel.
After you clicked on the Get started button, you will be asked to choose a name for your Youtube channel.
Two options have been provided by Youtube as seen in the screenshot below.
Option 1: You can either choose to create your YouTube channel using the name associated to your Gmail account OR….
Option 2: You can choose to give your YouTube channel the name of your brand or any custom name of your choice. Many Cameroonian Youtubers often choose option 2; which gives them the privileged to use any name of their choice.
To choose option 2, click on the select button.
5) Create your Channel name!
At this phase, you just need to enter the name of your YouTube channel. After you have entered the name of your channel, tick the agreement box below and then click on the CREATE button.
After you have clicked on the Create button, your Youtube channel will be created and ready for you to start uploading videos for Youtube users to watch.
Take note that you can still change the name of your YouTube channel after your Youtube channel has been created. So if you still haven’t figured out a good name to use for your channel, you can enter a temporal name and after your channel has been created, you can change it.
Ok we have come to the end of the first phase of this tutorial. If you have any question, please feel free to ask via the comment box below.