Meet ItsRaphaBlueBerry, November’s YouTube Partner Success Story!
Monday, November 26, 2012
We have loads of partners across Europe that are taking advantage of the YouTube Partner Program, and becoming highly successful on YouTube. We've asked some of these partners to share their experience on YouTube and within the program, and shed light on how to best utilize the platform. This month featured partner is ItsRaphaBlueBerry, please read on for his story and best practices!
Please tell us a bit about yourself. What is your name, your channel name? Where are you from, your fanbase?
My name is Rafael, I live in London, England but I was born in a Portuguese family. My YouTube channel is
, I make cooking videos and comedic vlogs. The majority of my viewers are from the US and UK.
Please tell us how it all started. How and when did you start creating videos? When did you decide to be active on YouTube and become a partner? What was your first video on YouTube?
I started uploading videos on my channel in 2010 using a low quality webcam and a really basic editing program. I was very inspired by other YouTubers and their success stories and I really enjoyed video making.
My first uploads didn't have many views but I was having fun so I just kept doing it regularly. Eventually people started watching and I finally felt like I had an audience - that's when I applied for the Partnership Program.
Please explain your channel. What's the story behind your channel? How did you come up with your channel concept?
When I first started uploading on my channel I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do. I uploaded many vlogs just sharing my life and opinions with my viewers and eventually I started receiving suggestions and video requests about specific topics. My first viewers definitely helped me shape and build my channel. Two years have passed and I couldn't be more pleased with my cooking tutorials and my random comedic vlogs.
Please share your experience of being a YouTube partner. How has being a YouTube partner helped/changed your business and personal life? Were there any surprises? What are your plans for the future of your channel and YouTube partnership?
Becoming a YouTube partner had an enormous impact on my business and personal life. It helped realise that I could be part of the entertainment industry and build my own audience using this amazing platform. I used to be a dental school student but I've decided to follow my real passion and explore the world of media and communication. I'm excited to see what the future holds.
How do you define success? How did you become successful on YouTube? What were your goals for your channel, and how did you achieve them? What would you recommend to newbie partners to be successful on YouTube?
I think I felt successful on YouTube when I realised I had an audience, a group of loyal viewers who look forward for my next creations. It's great knowing that there's someone who enjoys watching your videos. I would recommend everyone to use all the tools properly and have fun while making their videos. Don't over think how many views you get, just keep doing it and surprise your subscribers with new content regularly.
Please tell us what inspires you. Do you have a particular creative aesthetic? Are there other YouTube channels you watch, creators you admire?
I usually get inspired when I get in touch with my viewers. Reading e-mails, comments and seeing their reactions to my uploads makes me want to create more often and surprise them with new content. I always carry a notepad with me and when I have an idea for a video, I write it down. There are many creators I admire such as FoodWishes, LauraVitalesKitchen or JoeyGraceffa.
Anything you want the YouTube audience to know about you, your channel, or being a YouTube Partner?
I genuinely have fun making my videos, that's why I started in first place. If you're interested in baking or you just want to watch one of my comedic vlogs feel free to visit my channel. My videos are happy and colourful and I hope you have a good time watching them.
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YouTube Space London opens its doors to Non-Profits
Friday, November 23, 2012
A few months ago,
YouTube Space London
opened its doors to creators. Since then, tons of creators have come to the space to learn from industry experts, share ideas with each other and create
We are now welcoming non-profit organizations as well. If your non-profit is part of the
ouTube Charities program
in the UK, you're welcome to use the YouTube Space with all its equipment and professional facilities, whether it’s the recording studio, the sound stage, or our editing equipment.
Whether you are looking for the equipment to edit your video report or you want to give an update on the status of a particular campaign to your supporters, the YouTube Space could be the place for you. To book a spot, please fill in
in advance. If you are not yet part of the YouTube Charities program, you can review the requirements and apply
We look forward to welcoming you to the YouTube Space London soon!
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Giving you more control and convenience for publishing videos
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Many of you have told us you want more control and convenience when publishing videos to your YouTube channel. You want features that will save you time and give you more flexibility as you build an audience on your channel. Starting today all creators around the world will have three new publishing features: public videos that don’t notify subscribers, adding custom thumbnails while the video uploads, and a new tags editor.
Public videos that don’t notify subscribers
Have you ever wanted to upload a “behind the scenes” video to your channel and don’t want this video to take up valuable real estate in subscribers’ feeds? Or uploaded a long video but also wanted to publish short clips? Maybe you want to publish a quick video without interrupting your publishing schedule?
We’ve heard many creators want to upload public videos that don’t notify their subscribers in their homepage feed, via email (for opted in subscribers), and in
. Your default will remain that your subscribers are notified about your public uploads, but now you can choose to uncheck this option to “Notify subscribers” in the
section during the upload process. If you use our batch upload features in CMS, we also have
an equivalent XML tag available
. Public videos that you choose not to notify subscribers about will still be discoverable through search, suggested videos, and on your channel.
Upload a custom thumbnail right after the upload begins
In April, we launched one of the most requested features by creators, the
ability to set the custom thumbnail directly in the upload interface
, while the video is uploading. We received a lot of positive feedback about this change, but many of you pointed out that this would be even more convenient if you could upload the custom thumbnail earlier during the upload process, rather than towards the end. Beginning today, you can pick your preferred thumbnail right away, shortly after the video upload starts.
New tags editor
We now have a simpler interface to input and manage your tags. Just type in the text for each tag, and either add a comma or hit enter. This will store the text as a distinct tag. Once the tag has been entered, the text will be surrounded by a blue box which indicates that the word or phrase you entered has been entered as a tag.
Keep the feedback coming
We’re constantly working to make the upload process more efficient and effective for creators. Your feedback is always helpful and appreciated, so let us know at
how we can continue to improve our publishing tools.
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Lights, Camera, YouTube! Learn to Capture Your Passion with NitsanPictures, November’s Partner on the Rise!
Monday, November 19, 2012
Since YouTube announced we we were giving more creators the opportunity to become partners, we have seen a flurry of creativity from our new partners. We’ve asked some of you to share your experiences
of using our platform, and the resources you use to grow your audience, increase views and take your channel to new heights.
This month we are looking at Nitsan Simantov, a 23 year old Israeli living near London and working full time as a filmmaker and photographer. Nitsan’s channel,
, is about his professional video work as well as tutorials for creative photography and video production.
“I use my channel to communicate the things I'm passionate about.I get a lot of my inspiration from all the creative people on YouTube”
Shortly after filming his first video, a review of a Fancier brand tripod, Nitsan found that he loved talking to the camera. The positive reaction he got for his video from the filmmaking community on YouTube gave him the push to continue making more and more videos.
His channel is based upon videos of the things Nitsan finds most interesting. It is almost entirely made up of filmmaking and photography reviews, DIY builds, tutorials, and of course his rather impressive filmmaking portfolio!
Nitsan gets a lot of support from companies around the world that send him products for review, which, he says, is really helpful for someone working on a small budget. “Of course I never receive money for my product reviews. That would just make the video an advert rather than an honest review”, he adds.
The filmmaking community on YouTube lies at the core of Nitsan’s support and inspiration. Nitsan says he is truly inspired by all the creative people on YouTube, Polcan99, Dombowerphoto, DigitalRev and Philipbloom to name but a few. He also enjoys other types of content on YouTube and highly recommends a daily dose of comedy from the likes of Toby Turner.
Nitsan looks forward to continue building up his viewership in the future. He makes sure he optimises each of his videos, and plans to regularly upload great quality videos for his growing audience, which is already taking his channel to new heights.
To become a YouTube Partner now, visit:
, and get ready to take your channel to the next step! For more information on optimising, visit:
The YouTube Team
Monday, November 12, 2012
A few months ago we launched a new program called CreatorXCreator (CXC) to encourage collaboration across YouTube and drive subscribers.
is an 8 week collaboration during which 9 YouTube Partners cross-promote their content and create videos together. There is a program mentor leading the project and the creators meet via Google Hangouts to share their ideas and plan their collaboration.
was rolled out for the first time in Germany this past July.
was the mentor leading the program for 8 Mentees (list available below). Here's one of their collaboration videos including 8 different YouTubers:
“Unknown Mercenary: Geschichten eines tödlichen Freaks”
The second German edition of CreatorXCreator started in November with 2 separate programs.
are the Mentors leading these projects (they were Mentees of the previous program). You can view updates about their
work on their channels.
We would like to expand our collaboration programmes in other countries in Europe. If you are a YouTube Partner based in Europe and would like to participate in this program, please
fill out this form
8 Mentees list:
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NextUp Europe: meet the next generation of YouTube stars
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Over the last couple of months some of Europe’s most exciting creative talents have sent us their entries for
, a contest that aims to unearth some of the YouTube stars of tomorrow.
We’ve been busy watching all the entries and we’ve selected a list of 25 winners from across the continent. Each winning creator will receive an all-expenses-paid to trip to London, where they’ll attend a week of hands-on training and mentorship in our brand new creator space. In addition, winners will get a €4,000 video equipment package and €3,000 in cash to help boost the quality of their content.
We’re delighted that we received so many high-quality entries that highlight the passion and talent of the YouTube community. Check out some of the above entries and click ‘Subscribe’ to get regular updates from their channels.
Kinzie Kramer, YouTube Partner Marketing
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