How To Optimize Your First YouTube Videos

Last Updated August 15th, 2019 by Nicolai Kamenzky


You just created a fresh YouTube channel and are working on your very first video. Of course, you want to give it the best possible start by applying YouTube SEO right away.

Good choice! Ranking your videos in YouTube Search is undoubtedly the way to grow a small channel.

There is one issue though.

Without any videos on your channel yet, your channel has no ranking power which it needs to make your video rank in YouTube’s search results.

We often hear that if the video title, video description, and video tags are well optimized, we can do well in YouTube Search. Actually, this is just one part of it. The most important part is aiming to rank your video for a search term that has low enough competition. Low enough considering the size of your own channel. But since your channel has no videos uploaded yet, the competition has to be close to zero. Only then your first video has a chance to rank.

If you are using Morningfame for your YouTube SEO then you see this issue coming up by getting F grades for almost all search terms. This way the tool tells you that the competition is too high for your fresh channel:

Competition grades for the search term calculated by Morningfame’s keyword research tool

Finding a search term with nearly zero competition sounds tough, right?

Well, I have good news for you!

By looking at countless new channels I observed that YouTube gives new channels a boost for their first 1-2 videos. And you can use that to your advantage.

Here is how you can make use of this boost when using Morningfame’s keyword research tool.

Enter a search term into the search bar in the #3 Search tab and then check the following conditions:

  1. Ensure that the search term gets a green check.
  2. Ensure that the search term gets an A grade for Relevance.
  3. Ignore the other three grades.
  4. Ensure that the Gateway video has less than 500 subscribers and less than 500 views.

Btw, you can easily see the Gateway video’s numbers in the graphs as marked with number 4:

Search term that fulfills all of the above conditions

Does your search term fulfill all of the above conditions?

If not then repeat what you just did with an alternative search term. In case you need tips to find alternative search terms then check out my techniques tutorial series.

But if yes, jackpot! You just found a search term that you can use to optimize your video. Proceed to the #4 Optimize tab to finalize title, description, tags, and thumbnail for your first video that you will upload to your new YouTube channel.

You are welcome to try out Morningfame’s keyword research tool yourself. It makes optimizing your YouTube videos simple and powerful.

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