I’ve seen a lot of successful vloggers on YouTube. It’s not mandatory that you should show your face, but it does have its pros and cons.
It’s 100% possible to vlog without showing your face and become successful, and it’s also possible to not even talk.
But if you’re not showing your face, I highly recommend that you at least talk in your videos.
You have to bring out your personality in other ways since you won’t be showing your face.
However don’t worry, there are many ways to do this, namely your voice, humor, mannerisms, etc.
Without further ado, lets get right into these vlogging ideas.
1. Recording Events
The first YouTuber that comes to mind is Primecutpro.
This man has 890k subscribers at the time of writing this article, doesn’t show his face at all, and records popular events for people that can’t be there.
Most people think they need to be perfect and have the best b-roll footage, best edits, best camera, best personality, etc.
You don’t need Casey-Neistat-quality-videos, as you can see from the video above, Primecutpro simply records and puts the best footage in the finished video.
It’s as simple as that.
He talks sometimes but it’s not mandatory, although highly recommended.
2. Urban Exploring
Urban exploring does not require your face at all, but you can do it if you want to.
For those that don’t know, urban exploring is all about exploring abandoned buildings or things that you think other people will find interesting.
This can be old buildings, something unusual, a place you like to vibe at, anything really.
You also don’t need to show your face, but I highly recommend using your voice as you will be able to talk about what you’re seeing, what you like, things you think are scary, etc.
You might not become the next Exploring With Josh as he is the face of his brand, but you can still become incredibly successful.
3. Travel Vlogs
Travel vlogging became immensely popular some 6 years ago round 2015 – 2016.
Once people realized that they could travel and make a full-time income from sharing their experiences, the travel industry exploded.
Of course the lockdowns slowed this down a lot, but there are still incredibly successful travel vloggers out there, you just need to put your own spin on things.
In this case quality matters a lot, and will mean the difference between an outstanding video and a subpar one.
As a travel vlogger you do not need to show your face at all and instead showcase some of the best things in that location.
The possibilities from being a travel vlogger are endless.
After you gain some practice and recognition, businesses and organizations will start reaching out to you and PAY you to create a cinematic video for their business.
As a travel vlogger you can also get free hotel stays.
4. Tutorials and How-Tos
Everyone has a skill or that “thing” that they can do better than everyone else.
Everyone is unique and you have a lot more to offer than you think.
Maybe you’re a great bass guitar player or you can make a mean beat.
You can put the camera on your guitar as you give tutorials on how to play, or screen record the process you use to make music..
Whatever your skill is, you can bank on it by sharing your knowledge and teaching others how to do the same.
Here’s a tip:
- Write down 10 things you’re good at on a piece of paper (e.g playing basketball, playing piano, drawing, playing video games, etc)
- Eliminate 5 of your least favorite, or the ones you don’t think you will enjoy teaching
- Now eliminate the remaining 4 of your least favorite
- Your last one is your new niche that you will be creating tutorials on
5. Product Reviews
Another form of vlogging are product reviews.
There are YouTube channels out there with millions of subscribers, especially in the technology niche but I wouldn’t recommend this niche as it’s too saturated.
These YouTube channels only review a new product they buy, provide all the information that potential buyers want to know and give their own conclusion.
In the beginning you won’t be able to review many products because you haven’t bought any yet.
But once you start making money from your YouTube channel, you can start buying more products and pushing out more content.
A lot of these review pages don’t even show their face, they just show themselves unboxing the product, its features, usage and then give their final opinion and recommendation.
Pro tip: Choose a low-competition niche and invest in a good camera. Product review channels are incredibly popular, so you’ll grow faster if you do something less people are doing.
Another growing business are podcasts, but you don’t have to show your face as long as you use a still image.
You can do this in 2 ways, pre-recorded or live.
I recommend building up couple of thousand subscribers using pre-recorded podcasts, and then moving on to live podcasts when you have a little following.
The reason being is that most people like watching live videos rather than recorded, so you will stand out against your competitors.
You can also talk to your audience directly, answering questions, and receive donations, earning more money than just relying on Google Adsense alone.
Gameplay can be a lucrative niche if you love playing video games.
There are so many things you can do with this method, although it’s not vlogging exactly, it’s a form of vlogging so I just had to include it in this list.
A few years ago when I use to play video games, I use to be a hardcore Minecraft player.
I would watch this one YouTuber called Rendog and his survival play through.
Back then he only had about 20,000 subscribers, possibly less as I can’t remember exactly. Now he’s rocking 656,000 subscribers and another 181,000 on Twitch.
Anything’s possible if you jump into the gaming niche. You can create a series, make challenges for yourself, or even become a streamer.
Use Your Imagination (Conclusion)
On a final note I would like to emphasize that anything’s possible, you’re only limited by your imagination.
We are in a time where we can make money from the internet, and if we work hard enough, can make a full-time living.
But you have to be willing to put in the work.
The ideas listed in this article all work and all can make you successful, but you still have to put in the time and effort.
You can’t post a few videos and expect to be the new Logan Paul.
You have to stick it out for the long run.
So that concludes this article.
I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions. Please leave them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you asap!