Picking a Topic and Finding Relevant Quotes
Your first step when it comes to creating a quotes video is to find its topic, the “X” in “Quotes About X”. Fortunately, doing so is not that hard as any topic is suitable for a quotes video, as far as it somewhat resonates on an emotional level. For example, “Quotes About Having a New Baby Girl” would make for an excellent quotes video, while “Quotes About Choosing a Shower Curtain” would not.
Of course, your choice of topic may sometimes be influenced by other factors. If you plan to reach a specific audience to your video – for example, if you plan on promoting a specific affiliate offer – you may want to select a topic that is likely to attract the people you’re looking for, for example by choosing “Quotes About Love Over the Age of 60” to promote an offer for a senior citizen dating site. Make Money on YouTube
Very broad topics are all probably saturated by now, so you may want to aim for something slightly more specific. For example, while “Quotes About Depression” is too broad, “Quotes About Teenage Depression” hits the sweet spot between being specific enough to avoid getting buried under hundreds of similar videos and still finding a sizeable audience.
There are several tools that can help you get ideas for new topics. First off, there is of course YouTube itself. Look at other quotes videos and see how you could slightly tweak their titles to create a new topic. Then there is the good old Google Keyword Tool, which can provide you with a bunch of fresh ideas. Finally – and this is my favorite one – you can just sit down with a piece of paper and a pen and try to list any issue, feeling or situation you or your loved ones have experienced in the past. Once you are down listing them, discard the ones that are unsuitable for a quotes video and use the remaining ideas to come up with topics.
Note: If you feel so inclined, religious quotes (quotes from religious books such as the Bible or the Quran, or quotes from famous religious figures such as Abraham or Buddha, for example) are also extremely video-worthy. While such videos may attract a slightly less-targeted audience than regular videos, they can still provide you with a sizeable amount of traffic.
Once you have found a suitable topic, go to BrainyQuote, QuoteGarden or even just Google and use those sites’ search engines to look for quotes related to the topic you selected. Make a list in Notepad of 15-20 quotes.
Make Money on YouTube – Finding Images
While you can technically place your quotes on a black background, I personally find it more eye-pleasing to have quotes placed against an inspiring or beautiful picture.
To avoid having to find new images for each video you make, I suggest you only download pictures of landscapes or natural locations, such as a beach, a meadow, etc… The reason behind choosing those types of pictures is that a landscape picture, for example, can be used for any type of quotes video, regardless of its topic. On the other hand, a picture of a man holding a woman’s hand is only suitable for topics that are somewhat related to romance.
Of course, you can’t just grab any picture off the Internet, as most images are copyrighted. Fortunately, Google Images comes with a handy feature that lets you find pictures you can legally modify and use in your own projects.
Go to Google Images and enter a search term in the box. For example, “sunset.”
Click the Search Tools link.
Open the Usage Rights menu and select Labeled for Reuse With Modification.
All of the pictures displayed in the search results are now pictures you can legally use in your project.
Download about 20 photos featuring varied landscapes, celestial elements or locations and save them in a new folder on your hard drive.
- For optimum results, download photos that are, at the very least, 1024 pixels
Flickr, a Yahoo website, also contains a vast collection of rights-free images.
Make Money on YouTube – Finding Music
YouTube is an audiovisual platform. Viewers typically expect videos to come with some sort of an audio track, and quotes videos are no exception.
You can find rights-free music by using YouTube’s new music library. This library contains hundreds of music tracks that you can freely use in your projects.
One thing you should keep in mind before downloading a track is that the length of the music track you download is critical as it is going to determine the time each of your quotes is going to stay on screen. For example, if you have a video with 20 quotes and a 2-minute audio track, each quote is going to stay on screen for 6 seconds (120 seconds divided by 20). Optimally, to allow viewers to properly read the quotes displayed in your video, each quote should stay on screen for at least 8 to 10 seconds. For a video containing 20 quotes, it means that your audio track should ideally be between 2 minutes and 40 seconds (160 seconds, or 8 seconds * 20) and 3 minutes and 20 seconds (200 seconds or 10 * 20).
Now, let’s start downloading some songs.
First, head on over to YouTube’s Audio Library and make sure Free Music is selected at the top.
Enter a keyword in the search box. In this example, I chose “Romantic.” Make Money on YouTube
Click the arrow icon to preview a track and, once you have found that suits your video, click the downward-pointing arrow icon to download it in the MP3 format.
If an icon is displayed in the Attribution column next to the track is selected, it means you must credit the author of the song in your video’s description. Copy the attribution text and paste it in Notepad. Don’t forget to add that text to the description when uploading your video.
Creating the Quote Pictures
Launch your favorite graphics editor, open the images you previously saved and type or paste the quotes onto them, one image per quote.
- Do not use Paint for this step, as it is dreadful. If you have a Creative Suite subscription, use Photoshop. Otherwise, download either Paint.net or GIMP, two free graphics editors.
- Play around with the font, font color and the Drop Shadow effect to ensure viewers can properly read the quote.
Once you have placed all of your quotes onto background images, proceed to the next step where we will create the video.
Make Money on YouTube – Creating the Video
To create the video, we are going to use Windows Movie Maker, a program from Microsoft that is part of the Windows Live Essentials suite. If you haven’t done so already, download Live Essentials from Microsoft’s website and install the program.
- Windows Movie Maker is only available for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. If you are
still running Windows XP, consider upgrading your operating system or using a commercial video editing application such as Camtasia.
- Mac owners can create slideshow videos by using iMovie.
Let’s get started.
Launch Windows Movie Maker and click the Add Videos and Photos icon in the Home toolbar.
Select all of the quote images you previously created to import them into your project.
Next, click the music note icon above Add Music and use the file browser to select the MP3 music file you downloaded earlier.
Open the Project toolbar and click the Fit to Music icon to sync the slideshow with the music.
Preview your video by clicking the Space key on your keyboard and, if you are happy with the results, export the movie by opening the File menu, clicking on Save Movie and selecting For Computer or For High-Resolution Display. Name the file and click Save.
The For Computer setting generates a file that is roughly 40MB per minute of screen time, while the For High-Resolution Display generates a file that is over 300MB per minute. While the HD option may offer better quality, I personally stay away from it as the prospect of uploading a 600MB file to YouTube is not particularly appealing.
Make Money on YouTube – Uploading the Video to YouTube
To upload your movie file to YouTube, go to the Upload page on the YouTube website, click the Select Files to Upload icon and select the movie file Windows Movie Maker just created.
While your file is uploading, enter your video’s title – which should contain the word “Quotes” – and a description containing, if needed a link to your affiliate offer. If you prefer to enable AdSense, open the Monetization tab and tick the check box next to Monetize With Ads instead.
Congratulations, you just finished creating and uploading your first quotes video!
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