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How to make the first video for your blog

Learn how to make the first video for your blog to give it some life and personality.

The most important thing to do on your blog is to establish a unique voice. How to Share Your Unique Voice to Write Popular BlogThat’s what makes you stand out from all the other bloggers.

The problem is, when you blog about the same things other people blog about, how can you do it in a unique voice.

Video is the answer.

There can be a million blogs about how to play golf, for instance.

But only you can use your own voice to blog about playing golf.

It’s just so hard to do that in writing.

Yet, it’s easy as can be when you do it with video.

What’s so important about making the first video for your blog?

Many bloggers never put videos on their blogs.

So why do I make such a big deal about it?

Well, there’s a few reasons.

Building your blogging skills

When you learn how to make the first video, you’ll be developing an invaluable blogging skill.

Not many bloggers get to the point of being comfortable with video.

Even fewer bloggers post videos on a regular basis.

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They are really missing out on a powerful blogging tool.

Develop the skill now, and your blog will benefit every day from it.

People see what YOU are about

The biggest reason to make the first video for your blog is to introduce yourself to your readers.

When you get new visitors to your blog, the first thing they want to know is who you are, and how you are different than all the other bloggers in your niche.

For that reason, I suggest that the first video you make should be for your About Me page

My About Me page video

See my About Me page video

Now, I’ve had my About Me page video posted for several years, now.

I’ve thought of cleaning it up and making it more professional.

But I don’t.

You know why?

Because almost every day I hear from somebody who tells me how refreshing it is to see somebody doing a “real person” video.

They always see those polished, star-quality videos.

But what most people want from a blogger is someone real.

Someone they can relate to.

Don’t be afraid that your video is not “professional.”

It’s better if it’s not.

It starts the momentum

Once you make your first video and post it to your blog, you’ll start putting things in motion.

The hard part is making that first video.

Then you’ll build a momentum.

You can do another one next week.

Maybe you’ll decide you want to put a video up once a week on YouTube.

Or you might want to start doing live video every day on Facebook.

Wherever you let your momentum lead you, here’s the thing…

With video, you can easily start branding yourself as an authority in your niche, and as an interesting, worthwhile person to follow.

How To Easily Use Video With Your BlogIt makes you a real person, not just some boring blogger who spouts out a bunch of information without putting their heart and soul into it.

How do you make the first video for your blog?

A lot of things can go into making a video.

There are lots of programs and services to get this done.

But I don’t want to focus on overly technical programs or expensive services.

Let’s keep this simple and stick to the basics.

That’s how you actually make things happen instead of getting all caught up on how difficult it is to do.

Get over the fear

The first thing you need to do is to get over the fear of making your first video.

It’s not hard, you only think it is.

Don’t be afraid of what you sound like or look like.

My first videos were truly atrocious.

So what.

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I just kept doing them until they got better.

And they did.

Do something besides a face to camera video

If you’re afraid to be on camera, then don’t be.

“Face to camera” videos are the most personal and engaging.

That’s because you just let yourself be who you are.

There’s an endearing honesty to that kind of video.

Your readers and followers will love to see it.

But it’s not necessary.

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There are lots of types of videos you can use to build your brand and reputation as a blogger.

“Face to camera” is only one option, even if it is the best one.

Screen capture

Screen capture video is just what it sounds like.

Do something on your computer, and record it as you do.

So, maybe for your About Me page, instead of going “face to camera,” you try something like this.

Open your blog up on your browser.

Scroll around and talk to people about different features of your blog.

Show them how to find different categories of blog posts that you’ve published, or how to find your “Contact Me” page.

Talk about why you blog, how often you post or whatever you think is important for them to know.

As you do this, have your screen capture software open.

It will record everything you show on your screen, as well as your audio narrative.

When you are done, you’ll have a video on your desktop.

Easy, right?

Now, just do a little Google search for screen capture software and pick one that works for you and for your computer.

I work on MAC and use ScreenFlow.

I love it.

But there are other options, so look around.

Pick one.

Get started.

Just do it.

Home-made whiteboard

Whiteboard videos can be really easy to do for your first video.

Now, I’m not talking about the high-tech animated type of whiteboard videos.

I’m talking about a simple, home-made version that anyone can do.

Here’s how.

Open a blank document in whatever program you use for that. 

It might be Microsoft Word, or even, like I use… Notepad.

Now turn on your screen capture software.

Begin your “talk” by explaining something.

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Let’s say you are going to show your readers how to write a sales letter.

So you begin your narration, and then just start typing notes on your word document.

Imagine that you’re a teacher at a blackboard.

As you talk, jot things down on your word document like you would if it were a chalk board.

So for instance, you might be explaining how it’s important to include a list of benefits in your sales page.

You could type on the document…

List of Benefits.

  • What problems does your product solve?
  • What is the #1 problem it solves?
  • #2 benefit?
  • #3 benefit?
  • etc.

So you’re just giving people an outline to follow as you narrate your “video.”

By typing things on a word document as you speak, your audience gets visual confirmation of what they are hearing.

And they get a working outline to help them follow along, and refer to later.

These are all the same reasons that teachers write things on a chalk board, instead of simply giving a lecture.

And it’s an easy-as-pie way to create your first video, isn’t it?

Smart phone videos

Now, if you just want to do really casual videos, you can simply open your smart phone and shoot your video.

Of course, you can be face to camera, which is the most common use of smart phone video.

But you don’t have to be.

You can also focus your camera lens on a garden, a lake, a street scene… anything that shows people where you are.

Then you talk.

Your camera will capture whatever you’re pointing the lens at, while it records your voice.

Walk with me

Smart phone videos are great because they give people the sense of simply being with you.

Shoot a video while you’re at a restaurant, walking in the park… anything at all.

You’re telling your audience “Hey, walk with me while I explain something to you.”

Use your imagination.

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Your video can be about anything that will help get your blog visitors to engage with you.

They’ll feel like they’re right with you as you talk to them conversationally about your topic.

Story time

You can also use smart phone videos to tell stories.

So, for instance, let’s say your blog is about personal development.

You might tell the story about how somebody you know overcame some big challenge in their life.

Maybe they lost a lot of weight, or won a race, or earned an award.

You could then interview that person with your smart phone camera to illustrate various personal development principles.

Facebook Live

My favorite use of video is Facebook Live.

You can teach people something, or do an open Q&A session or anything else you can think of.

Do it live, with your phone camera, right on Facebook Live.

This really builds relationships with people because they are with you “live” as you do your presentation or talk.

They can ask questions, live.

You can respond, live.

After your session is over, just grab the Facebook Live link and you have your video.

That’s right.

Just like that.

You just made the first video for your blog.

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When you go through the effort of learning how to make the first video for your blog, you will see that’s it’s really easy.

And fun.

Meanwhile, it will help you build a more engaged audience for your blog.

And it will even help you get top prospects, customers and clients.

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And, once you’ve done the first video for your blog, you’ll be anxious to do the next one… and the next.

Develop a schedule for making your videos.

Make sure your readers are regularly treated to seeing and hearing you on your videos.

They’ll start feeling like they know you.

And they’ll become long-time loyal readers and customers.

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Have you published any videos on your blog, yet?

If so, then keep going.

You’re on the right path to building your own great audience.

If not, then I hope I’ve made it easy for you to get started.

And I hope I’ve inspired you to do it sooner rather than later.

So now, have I given you some ideas for different kinds of videos you can do without a lot of hassle?

If this is all new for you… have you learned how to make the first video for your blog?

Leave me a comment below, and please, share this article on your social sites.

Thanks so much 🙂

-Donna

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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30 Responses to How to make the first video for your blog

  1. Mariam Praise July 6, 2019 at 9:38 am #

    You are right! The right videos actually work for blogs, however, most people do not know how to get started. This can serve as a guide for anyone. I love this article!

  2. josh
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    July 5, 2019 at 10:03 am #

    you always have a way of appealing to me wow this a nice post. I am certainly trying it out when am ready to make my first video post. keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

  3. Rahul Ahlawat July 4, 2019 at 2:26 am #

    Well, I was about to start a video platform for my blog and guess what I found your helpful article which was of great need to me. Thanks for your guidance, I’ll keep them in mind while making a video.

  4. Devin Jones July 2, 2019 at 5:16 am #

    Yes People easily understand using screen capturing and video watching . People have no time to read big articles. But when we put screenshot and video, they Easily understand about topics.

  5. Gaurav Kumar
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    June 28, 2019 at 12:09 am #

    Video marketing is the best way to connect with target audience and directly deliver the message. Social media networks are also allowing videos on their platform to boost the engagement. It is wise to take the first step and create your very first video following these tips.

    Thanks!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      June 29, 2019 at 2:19 pm #

      Hi Gaurav,

      I do believe that video marketing is the best way to connect with our target audience. And on social media channels we make more connections when we are doing our videos because people get to see us and what we are all about.

      -Donna
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  6. K. Homer June 27, 2019 at 11:56 pm #

    Yes! In blogging effort, video is really a good content to get attraction people all over the world quickly. Yes video but the quality video and attractive voice can dominate others blog on internet. So it’s important to have a good related video with any blog article. Thanks for your nice tips.

  7. Own-ur-Rehman June 27, 2019 at 7:47 am #

    I have been working for digital marketing agencies and gained a lot of experience and skills along the way. Recently, I made up my mind to finally start my own site and I launched own SEO agency thinking that I might be able to bring change.

    The biggest challenge I face during the startup phase (now) is how I face people, how I’ll be representing myself. Creating videos, case studies, how am I better than the competition and similar activities.

    It is sometimes really challenging, also when you have skills and everything else that is required but to properly represent it to your reachable customers.

    I think I might finally create my own first video and lets see how things work out for me. Good work there Donna Merill

    • Donna Merrill
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      June 29, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

      Hi Own-ur-Rehman,

      Startups are always a bit scary. It is uncharted waters and it is a fact that we all get a little gun-shy. However, once we embrace our business, we will do anything to nurture it. It it means going face to face on video, we do it for the sake of our business. Go ahead and create that first video and after that, it will get easier…I promise!

      -Donna
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  8. Moss Clement
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    June 25, 2019 at 1:41 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Video content marketing is taking over the digital marketing landscape; that is if it hasn’t already. From my research, i discovered that consumers want to see more videos than text materials.whic is why they are spending additional time (88%) more, precisely watching videos. It doesn’t have to be expensive. With your smartphone one can create interesting videos that connect. That’s why I love the tips you have here.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

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    • Donna Merrill
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      June 29, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi Moss,

      So true, people rather have videos than text.

      It doesn’t take much more than a smartphone in order to create videos. It’s great to connect with others on a more personal level.

      -Donna
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  9. Cristofer Odqvist June 25, 2019 at 5:50 am #

    Hi, Donna! Great topic. It can surely be scary to start making videos for others to see.
    I’ve yet to shoot videos with me talking to the camera, but I started out making screencasts using
    ScreenFlow as you do. I think it’s even more daunting for us that aren’t native english speakers but it’s worth getting
    over that fear because the connection to your audience will deepen.
    Like you said, they’ll start feeling like they know you.
    All the best,
    Cristofer
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    • Donna Merrill
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      June 29, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

      Hi Cristofer,

      It all depends who your audience is. If it is in English, just speak slowly. I’ve listened to so many people where English wasn’t their first language and I can understand as long as the person isn’t rushing and speaking slowly. Try it!

      -Donna
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  10. Aadarsh Roy
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    June 24, 2019 at 1:44 am #

    Hey Donna,

    Great post with helpful tips to make the first video for blog. As this post is seems to be very informative and lots of things to consider.

    Its absolutely true that video build our blogging skills. I totally agreed that making a video blog is a great source to introduce with other readers, whereas a great quality video attracts many readers and viewers.

    Get over the fear is really a good idea, whereas it will help to overcome and shine.

    Smart-phone really works well for making video blogs.

    I also like an idea of story telling and people always want to listen long story, whereas a long form story always attracts and engages many audience, readers and viewers.

    Videos give us a great platform to connect with audiences and readers in a deep level. Screen capture is also a good idea to connect with your audiences and readers.

    All your mentioned tips are effective for making a video blog, especially the idea of screen capture and storytelling.

    Really helpful tips that will help many people to build their video blog.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    • Donna Merrill
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      June 29, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

      Hi Aadarsh,

      Video can do so many things for our blogs and our brand. All that you have listed in your comment are solid points. I thank you for that!

      I do know that since I have done videos (yes I had to overcome that fear) my business does so much better than before.

      -Donna
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  11. Emenike Emmanuel
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    June 20, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

    Thanks Donna for this amazing guide.

    I managed adding video to some of my blog posts a couple of time but I couldn’t keep at it for a long time.

    What I did then was to do a summary of each blog post in video format and attach it to the article.

    At the time I did it, it helped to increase my ranking and search engine traffic because I always embed it from YouTube.

    The screen sharing video you talked about will work really well for people that are camera shy.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      June 29, 2019 at 1:51 pm #

      Hi Emenike,

      Once our video goes on Youtube and we embed it in our blog post, wow it ranks pretty high on Google.

      And yes, screen sharing works so well when people are camera shy.

      -Donna
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  12. Janice Wald
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    June 20, 2019 at 1:57 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    I have a love/hate relationship with videos.
    I also have not found a screen capture that I love. I tried using Ezvid. If I needed screen capture, I’d go back to it. I signed up for another but haven’t used it yet. Jing, I think.
    I agree the smartphone takes great videos. That’s what I use to record myself.
    I then take the video and put it in a template provided by the free Spark Video app. The music is cool.
    I then can share the video across social media channels.
    Janice

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    • Donna Merrill
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      June 29, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

      Hi Janice,

      Once you find a screen capture you love, you will be saving all those great videos you put together.

      I too use a smartphone for most of my videos otherwise I use my laptop. Both work so great!
      So cool that you are sharing your videos across the social media channels.

      -Donna
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  13. Shaheer Farooq June 20, 2019 at 10:08 am #

    Hi,

    Very well instructed. I’m looking forward to making my own blog video. I’m a developer and It always seems to be a hard job for me to make the video about my business. I think now is the time to get out of my comfort zone and do something different to engaging the customers online. Your blog post will definitely help me out.

    • Donna Merrill
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      June 29, 2019 at 1:38 pm #

      Hi Shaheer,

      Now is the time to get out of your comfort zone and start doing videos. When put on a blog or website, it will rank it higher. Also sharing on social media will get you so many more engaging followers if it is done consistently.

      So happy this helped you out,

      -Donna
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  14. James McAllister
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    June 20, 2019 at 8:26 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Love this! I am betting big on video in these coming years, and the people willing to hop on it and develop a solid video strategy will be the ones that do best moving forward.

    Video gives us a platform to connect with our audience on a deeper level, and helps them to really get to know us. It can’t be skimmed as easily which helps us to deliver our full message, and really helps us to become more memorable in the minds of our audience.

    People overcomplicate things and feel like they need the perfect script, expensive equipment or something completely unique but you show us here that we can all get something valuable out with what we already have. When the content is engaging enough, delivery doesn’t really matter quite as much. People will be happy to watch even if it’s not HD, or there’s noise in the background. We can’t use these things as excuses.

    Thanks Donna!
    – James McAllister
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    • Donna Merrill
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      June 29, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

      Hi James,

      Absolutely….video does give us a great platform to connect with our audience in such a deeper level than anything else.

      Just get on there and share some knowledge! If people overcomplicate it, the video will never be done. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but informative and engaging.

      -Donna
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  15. Ryan Biddulph
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    June 19, 2019 at 10:43 am #

    Build momentum guys. Do 1 video then another and success momentum takes over in an awesome way. Excellent advice.

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  16. Jane
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    June 19, 2019 at 10:00 am #

    Hey Donna,

    The very first step to practically do this is, as you have pointed out, getting over the fear! It took me a long while to let go of the fear, and get out of my comfort zone.

    It was not easy in the beginning, but now it is just a piece of cake 🙂

    Also it takes enough prep to stay consistent and produce good quality videos.

    Cheers,
    Jane.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      June 20, 2019 at 10:11 am #

      Hi Jane,

      Oh that fear thing. It takes us a while to get over that one! But once we do it is a piece of cake as you put it. The more we do, the better we get at it.

      -Donna
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      • Zaib Baloch June 27, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

        over that one! But once we do it is a piece of cake as you put it. The more we do, the better we get at it.

  17. Vishwajeet Kumar
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    June 17, 2019 at 10:06 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Great and very informative Post. I am also thinking of creating my own video but I am not able to create it because of my other blogging job. Screen capture is a good idea to connect with your audience before coming to face to face interaction. I am also following your other blogger’s videos and wanted to grasp as much as knowledge on how to make helpful and interactive videos. Thanks for sharing this helpful post.

    Regards,
    Vishwajeet
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    • Donna Merrill
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      June 20, 2019 at 10:09 am #

      Hi Vishwajeet,

      Screen capturing works great on a blog post. You can share your knowledge there if you cannot create your own video. There are many times where I don’t do a face to face video and it works just as well my friend.

      -Donna
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