What are the best Crypto YouTube Channels in 2018?
*You should skip the article and just read the last line before proceeding.
This list of the best Crypto Youtube channels is obviously my personal opinion. I hope I can help find you some great content you may not have seen. That is the purpose of this series of articles.
There is also some blatant self-promotion, getting seen is not easy and generating income even harder, not a situation unique to myself in Crypto content creation. I do love this space and believe in it more each day. It is my goal to introduce as many people as possible to Bitcoin and good Blockchain projects. Garnering some support for what I and other people involved in hardforking.com are doing, spreading the word about Bitcoin and growing this community needs your involvement, get on board. Come join us!
A great place to start your Crypto YouTubing
I learned about the industry from Andreas Antonopoulos and the World Crypto Networks Channel, WCN. If you’re totally new to Crypto then I advise watching Andreas’s presentations on ‘The Stories We Tell About Money’ and his ‘Introduction to Bitcoin’, they will start you off in the correct direction. Here is a link to his channel.
Youtube and Monetization. Why are people making YouTube content when it doesn’t pay well.
As a budding crypto content creator, it was shocking to read that one of our biggest stars, Andreas Antonopoulos, was struggling to pay his bills late last year. Brilliantly the community rallied around him and 100 Bitcoins later he continues to create awesome content, but now without having to worry about the rent. Crypto youtube or more specifically Bitcoin YouTube has a lot of people who seem to be making content for the love of it, huge respect to these people. The cynics will say they are most likely super rich but I don’t think this is the case for many. Thomas Hunt, MadBitcoins belongs to the people who have been here for a while and he is, in my opinion, up there with Andreas Antonopoulos, as a hardworking content creator. He seems like he could do with some community support donation wise.
You need a whole heap of viewers, smashing the likes, a phrase you will hear a lot,. Without that, making money as YouTuber is literally impossible. The reality is, most crypto YouTubers are not making money from their channels. Doug Polk, a millionaire Poker champion and Crypto YouTuber recently revealed he has only made 5k from YouTube. He has 1000s of viewers and employs staff to work on his channel. He stated that for him it is about building his overall brand, and that makes total sense for someone like him. He doesn’t rely on YouTubing to pay his bills.
I am not a YouTuber yet but watch this space. Our team is growing fast and we will be bringing you lots of content in the coming weeks both Bitcoin and Crypto related and also content showing some of the projects the hardforking team are involved in.
I was lucky to have met Didi and his family, and took a huge amount of inspiration from why he is in the space. He is an inspirational guy and his family is a testament to the result of his beliefs. They are fantastic people. I recommend following his content at www.thebitcoinfamily.net. and here at Hardforking.com.
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Some of the better Crypto YouTubers offer courses in software development, trading and Blockchain. Good move, Blockchain has become one of the fastest growing skill sets requested on Job/Career websites including Upwork, the freelancer site, where it is number one. Others have graduated from YouTubing in bedrooms and basements to global speaking tours, others survive on donations. Many of the scammers have been weeded out, but you should always ask yourself why is this person creating this content. If their business model is not open or evident be careful. Hardforking’s business model is through its affiliate links so please use those to help support us in making more content.
Some of the best crypto YouTubers create content because they are passionate about the space and it is still a case of meeting up with friends and talking crypto online. This is something we have now begun. Some of the best information is found in these groups. They typically have less than a 1000 viewers, vlog regularly and while often pretty technical are content creators you should watch. It is tough watching some of the best people to learn from appearing to scrape by on small donations while some questionable people are generating large audiences and appear well funded. Life just isn’t fair eh.
My Crypto journey, where is it heading I’m not too sure, it is exciting though.
I jumped into Crypto to make some money, swept along a couple of years ago as things really started to pump. I really couldn’t get my head around it back then, when Z Rip or X Flash went up 25% overnight and friends appeared to get rich from it within weeks I had to know more. My cautious nature had me immersed in content trying to figure what was going on before diving in head first.
What started out as a quest to make some bucks from Crypto turned into so much more. An amazing journey into economics, Austrian primarily, subcultures, Voluntarism (look it up, your probably one) and most importantly a technology that offers us the chance to reshape the way we exchange value, to bank the unbanked and to get some great debate going about how we structure our societies, yes it really could be that big. I didn’t start out thinking about all this at all, it just happened and will happen to you, I hope.
Crypto YouTube Channels to the rescue, sort of.
What I found on YouTube was a bunch of guys talking to camera from basements, bedrooms and in Richard Hearts case, a castle somewhere on another planet.
Richard Heart, I rate this guy. Most of the time.
Many of the YouTubers spoke a language that was too technical for me and they certainly were not making content specifically targeted at someone like me. How dare they. They seemed to be getting together to chat among themselves as previously mentioned. This long form media has grown on me and I find myself watching lots of it. Joe Rogan is the master of this type of content and Andreas Antonopoulos has appeared on there more than once, a coup for us hardcore Bitcoiners. There is a real honestly too long form content and it’s very cheap to make, note to self. Will that be where my content goes, I will have to wait and see. Talking live for an hour on technical subjects is probably not where I am at just yet. Today’s top 5 coins you need to buy are………..just kidding you won’t see me do that, maybe a top 3.
I’ve watched some YouTubers experiment with long form and then go to short sharp punchy content. I think it is a case of knowing who your audience is and sticking with that. Without knowing who is reading this I will just have to tell you who I watch and why and hope you find something you like.
There is something for everyone on YouTube
If your new to crypto I would be guessing you just want to know what the price is going to be tomorrow or what the inside track, the whispers, the rumours are around the next coin that is going to go 1000X You will be spoiled for choice as there are lots of people out there who will tell you. LOTS.
YouTubers in the main are not financial advisers, I am certainly not. Offering opinion is one thing, producing sponsored content, different still, but being an out and out scammer is still present but fortunately on the decline. The YouTubers that pumped Bitcoinconnect, a blatant scam, had huge followings and the result was a blanket ban from Facebook and Google on advertising Crypto. Many legit YouTubers rushed to find other platforms as uncertainty on the ability to even use the platform to Vlog enveloped the small but growing space. Crypto YouTube looked doomed. Fortunately, that did not eventuate.
There are numerous Blockchain projects underway that will be censorship resistant and help content creators monetize their efforts and we will champion the good projects in this area. The industry is doing a pretty good job to self-regulating the scammers BTW.
I want to mention it once more but you really will benefit greatly from an understanding of what Bitcoin is and how it could reshape and improve finance and therefore society. If you manage to make a vast amount of money from it, that’s pretty nice too.
My aspirations of doing some Crypto videos are in part driven by my limited writing skills but also a love of documentary making. The idea of communicating ideas in under an hour without rewrites is hugely appealing as well. I also feel that after consuming so much crypto youtube I have a pretty good idea of what someone new to the space will benefit from.
So enough of the preamble here is the start of my list. This list is made up of a mixture of people who inform, entertain, and in some cases are a reliable crutch, there every day, good enough, and often what I fall asleep to, sad, yes. I have gone full Crypto.
- Coming in at number one is The Bitcoin morning brief. It is not in the morning where I am in Asia and I usually watch it late at night. I don’t fall asleep to it as it is usually good viewing. This channel is mainly Bitcoin Maximalism and while that rhetoric can get monotonous for an everyday viewer like myself ( I get it, you really hate everything except Bitcoin and Ethereum people are going to be punished, burn in hell if Tone Vays gets his way, but enough already) That criticism aside this channel offers intelligent commentary as they go through what the press is reporting and give their take on it. Some technical analysis is also included at the end of the show and unfortunately, that analysis is proving pretty accurate at the moment. The regulars are Tone Vays, one of the hardest working content creators in the space, Jimmy Song an equally prolific content creator and often a more balanced voice on many topics. Jimmy has recently proposed a BIP, Bitcoin Improvement Protocol to call a 10000th of a Bitcoin a Bit. He obviously sees Bitcoin being worth a lot in the future to have put this forward, go Jimmy go. Selecting and presenting topics is Leah Wald. Leah is a really good member of this team. I am not as familiar with Leah as she appeared in crypto Youtube fairly recently, at least I only came across her recently. A regular on this show is Giacomo Zucco, a full-on Bitcoin Maximalist. You would not want to sit next to him at a dinner party if you just invested in an ICO or any coin other than Bitcoin, you would go home crying or tip Spaghetti over his head. That is not casual racism BTW, I’m part Italian, we are allowed to make spaghetti references about each other.
There are offshoots of this channel or shows within the channel more specifically, with Tone Vays having a technical analysis show, legal show, scam show and coming this fall a show where he will hunt anyone that has ever been involved in Ethereum, hunger games style. Jimmy Song has his own channel also and it is a good one for the more technical people out there.
Little media companies are growing within this industry and no doubt the people involved in this one will do well, and they should as they have put in the work and are very respected people in the Bitcoin community.
On that note, this channel is effectively an offshoot from the World Crypto Network. Tone and Jimmy were regulars with a group of guys on a channel I followed last year and continue to follow. We will have a look at that channel in the next article, it is a very good one.
In summary, I have to have this channel as my first pick as I watch it the most. It gets better by the day and the people involved are people I trust have done their homework. I respect this lot, and in Tone and Jimmy have familiar faces that have been producing content for a good while. I highly recommend this content.
Note on this type of content.
The Bitcoin Maximalist Youtubers do a good job of explaining protocol layers. Many Crypto Youtubers skip this and are telling you about tokens and projects that sit on top of protocol layers or what can also be called an infrastructure layer. The reality is when you see some of them hyping a project that sits on this layer there is a good chance they are shilling coins, not always but be careful when choosing who you learn from. There is a good chance they are also just giving people what they want to hear, big price moves on exciting sounding projects. Smart money, in my opinion, is pouring into infrastructure or protocol level projects and it’s a smart idea to understand why. Smart contracts will make more sense.
Please note I’m not a financial adviser just someone who sees a huge future in Bitcoin and good Blockchain projects. Anything in my written or Video content should not be taken as financial advice, it is my opinion. You should consult a financial adviser for any financial decision.
* Tone has just informed us Bitcoin is going to 1300, he’s selling, we are all fucked, look for different jobs. Thanks, Tone.
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