5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Content Creator

It has been over 10 years since I started creating content, starting with my YouTube channel and Instagram, and now this blog! I’ve definitely learned a thing or two about the industry but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t take years to figure out. This industry is SO new and when I started, there weren’t any resources on how to grow your following or how to make money like there are now. Heck, when I started YouTubing, Instagram had JUST launched and it was nothing like it is today!

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Content Creator

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a content creator (yes, influencers and bloggers fall into the category!), I wanted to share 5 things I wish I knew before becoming a content creator. Hopefully, it’ll help you get started so you don’t have to figure it out on your own.

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Content Creator

Monetize From The Start

When I started my YouTube and Instagram, there was no such thing as affiliate platforms. Since then, so many programs have launched that make monetizing your content EASY. My favorite? LTK! I’ve been a part of the LTK platform (formerly rewardStyle/LIKEtoKNOW.it) for many years now and it’s one of my favorite tools for making money on my blog, YouTube, and Instagram. If you’re not familiar with the platform, it simply monetizes links to retailers and products so when people click on them and make a purchase, you make a commission. The best part? It’s at no extra cost to the shopper!

LTK also has a bunch of really great resources! Whether you’ve been creating content for a while or are new to the industry, they’ll walk you through how to get everything set up. You can apply to the program here and download the LTK app to shop your favorite creators here!

Invest In Your Brand

Other than monetizing my content from the beginning, I wish I invested in my brand way sooner. It took me years to realize that investing in my brand, whether it was gear, branding, my website, or photographer, that it would only help me in the long run. Every time I log into Life with NitraaB, I fall in love with it more and more!

For gear, a good computer (I use a MacBook Pro) is a must, especially when it comes to editing video content! This brings me to my vlogging camera. I promise you, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on a camera to create high-quality content. I’ve been using this Canon camera for years and it’s under $700. This mini tripod, phone tripod, and laptop stand have also been a game-changer.

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Create Helpful Content

It’s easy to create content just to create content but to create influence, you have to be creating content that is helpful. From your voice and goals to making sure blog posts are optimized, having content that is helpful and can be found will allow you to drive more traffic to your site, grow your following, and work with more brands.

Get Organized

No matter how you organize your content calendar and any admin tasks you need to complete, make sure it gets done! For years, I was just writing down ideas and tasks that needed to be completed on random pieces of paper and it really hurt my productivity. Now, there are programs like Asana, ClickUp, and Trello, along with traditional paper planners and notebooks, that will help you stay organized.

Get Comfortable Pitching Brands

Yes, you can earn money with affiliate links, but one of the best parts of creating content is working with brands. I hear from so many influencers and bloggers that they’re nervous to pitch brands, mostly because they don’t know what to say, and that was me at one point! Over time, I’ve learned that you just have to do it and the more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll be. Plus, when you make these connections, you’ll be able to build more relationships and generate more revenue.

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  1. Regina Bailey says:

    Great steps Nitraa

  2. janae says:

    thank you so much for sharing this!

  3. Angelanne Gavina says:

    You are really amazing momma!! 😍😍

  4. Shalynthia says:

    Thanks you are always so helpful and nice

  5. Dora Judge says:

    Nitraa you just make my day much brighter when I see your vlogs you are one of the best at what your doing. Keep up the awesome job and GOD Bless.🥰

  6. Anitra says:

    I love that there are so many awesome influencers like you that share free helpful information. Thank you💗

    • I have been following you for years and I can definitely attest that you are an excellent content creator. I’d take advice from you anyday. Thank you! 😍

  7. Shante says:

    This is extremely helpful and has given me a clearer perspective. Step 1 , here we go! I’ve been making content for a little over a year and appreciate your wisdom. Get to it Shanté! Lol! Again, thank you Love!

  8. Lavenya Williams says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this information with us. I love your content❤

  9. Diasha linn says:

    I really appreciate your tips as for someone who trying to get started this information is extremely helpful thanks Nitraa !!

  10. Ava says:

    Love this Nitra! You’re a blessing

  11. Alexis says:

    Thank you for sharing this!

  12. Shanice Mcduffie says:

    You go girl! I just love 💕 what you are doing for so many people who still need that extra motivation and resources.

  13. Shelby Cruger says:

    Thank you once again for being awesome! I love the new blog and I love that you do not mind sharing!

  14. Marcy says:

    Great advice with specific information. Thank you!

  15. Sonia Nelson says:

    I love this and thank you for being so open to sharing your knowledge with the newbies and the oldies. I admire and look up to you. You’re such a positive person and these 5 tips are I hope to incorporate for my channel. You’ve been a mentor in my head for years!!

  16. Stephanie W. says:

    These are great recommendations and tips for everyone! Thank You for sharing your knowledge!!

  17. Kevia says:

    Thank you for this info Nitra. I really needed this. I started my channel in 2017 and didn’t stick with it. Now I’m back and trying to be more consistent. I’ve been watching you for years and love your channel. So happy for you.

  18. Thank you so much for sharing. I really needed to hear this. I’m still figuring out YouTube and occasionally post on Instagram. So this info was definitely needed and much appreciated. I’ve been watching you for years on YouTube and love your channel/content so that definitely helps me to take your advice as I’ve seen your amazing growth and work you put into your channel/business.

  19. Quiara says:

    Such helpful info!

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