If there's one thing Ricky Dillon knows all about, it's YouTube. He's got 2,920,955 subscribers ffs, and that means he's kind of a big deal on the internet. SUCH a big deal in fact, that he's gone and written an actual book all about his crazy journey to becoming one of the biggest online stars in the world.
Follow Me tells the ins and outs of Ricky's story for the very first time, from way back in the day as part of Our Second Life with Connor Franta, right up to his own channel that you're obsessed with these days. It's also sprinkled with challenges, which is pretty nifty, and is a totally inspiring page-turner that'll leave you itching to start your own channel.
Look, here is being all adorable and stuff on the cover.
So seeing as it's pretty much his expert subject, we figured that it'd be the perfect opportunity to quiz Ricky on EXACTLY what it takes to become a worldwide YouTube phenomenon. Been thinking about having a go at the whole vlogging thing? Well, now you've really got no excuse.
To celebrate him becoming a snazzy published author, here's Ricky Dillon's Top 10 tips on starting your very own YouTube channel - and making sure that it's successful. Follow these, and you're good to go.
By Ricky Dillon...
1. You have to have a creative direction. You can't just jump into YouTube not knowing what you want to do!
2. Always be yourself! If you're fake and trying to be someone you're not, your viewers will see right through it.
3. Have fun with YouTube. I've seen a lot of YouTubers do it for the wrong reasons - whether it's for money or to become famous - and they ended up regretting it. Do it if you truly love it!
4. It's important to make good friends on YouTube. It's such an amazing community, and it's good to have a positive surrounding and to be involved!
5. Be consistent. To me, a set schedule is important to grow and be active. It also helps motivate you to create content, whether it is weekly or daily.
6. Keep a list of ideas! Sometimes it's hard to come up with an idea on the spot, so I have mine listed in the note app on my phone. I can jot down an idea wherever I am - I have about 50 ideas listed right now!
7. Don't cause drama or make enemies. It's important to spread positivity! If you spread negativity, karma will always find its way back to you.
8. Have a variety of videos. While it's great to do what you know, you need to change it up - otherwise you'll end up with the same videos, and that can get monotonous!
9. Be active everywhere else outside of YouTube. You need to interact with your audience across your other social networks - on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. It fits naturally!
10. Always remember at the end of the day, YOU are in control. Never let others pressure you to create content that you don't want to post.
Ricky's book, Follow Me, is out RIGHT NOW, so make sure you go and grab yourself a copy to add to your YouTuber author collection.