If you're new to YouTube, don't have much money to spend on equipment, or just straight up don't want to be seen on camera, here are a few video ideas to consider:
1. Social Media posts with commentary
One new type of YouTube video I've seen is where someone covers a topic on Reddit and shares the best posts or comments.
One of the best examples of this is a channel called “EmKay.”
They basically find the best posts in a subreddit and use that as the visual while reading the posts and adding funny commentary as the audio.
Here's an example:
2. Live commentary for an event
Another type of YouTube video that seems to be catching lately is live commentary during live events (like sports).
For instance, many people don't like the commentators the TV station picks to cover certain sporting events.
This is where you can come in and be the alternative while getting paid to do so.
As an example, you could do commentary with YouTube Live during the Super Bowl and people would just listen to you while watching the game.
A famous YouTuber you actually does this is Joe Rogan. When he's not commentating in person at a UFC or other martial arts event, he'll sometimes have a live “Fight Companion” show with some of his best friends on YouTube.
You just have it on while you're watching the event. Here's one of his past episodes:
3. Explaining or drawing on whiteboard
Another popular YouTube video style without being on camera can include explaining something on a whiteboard or using whiteboard animation.
This is a VERY effective way to create popular videos without having to show your face.
Look at this video by Fight Mediocrity, for instance:
You can use some whiteboard animation software like VideoScribe to create these kinds of videos yourself on whatever subject you're trying to outline.
I find that this format works especially well for educational channels.
Another alternative could be to draw on a virtual whiteboard as you explain something or just show off your artistic abilities.
You can use a free tool like Sketch.io to do this.
4. Game streaming/recorded gameplay
Believe it or not, you don't need to be on-camera to stream or record yourself playing video games.
Just look at TheRadBrad, for instance.
He has around 12 million subscribers on YouTube, as of me writing this, and you never see his face in his videos.
His videos consist of just gameplay footage and commentary. Here's an example:
Then, you just upload the videos to YouTube from there.
5. Podcast with static image
Another interesting way to make YouTube videos without being on camera is by using a podcast with just a static image as the visual.
This is one of the easiest ways to create YouTube videos because you don't have to deal with people, animation or any other type of moving visual.
A great example of this would be The Tim Ferriss Show podcast episodes like this one:
As long as you have a decent podcast that keeps people engaged, people will use YouTube to search for your episodes and just have them playing in the background.
6. Office or home tour
Another great video to do if you don't want to be on camera is an office or home tour.
You could even do a gaming setup video if you're a streamer.
What's nice about this video style is it can work for pretty much any channel type that you have.
Have a cooking channel? Do a kitchen tour.
Have a gaming channel? Do a gaming room tour.
Are you a vlogger? Do a house tour.
And no, you don't have to get a camera person and show yourself walking around. Just use your phone or camera and explain as you show the equipment and rooms for your visuals.
Here's an example of this (the YouTuber's face is only in the very beginning:
7. Screenshare reviews
If you have more of an educational channel, you might try doing screenshare reviews.
These can apply to any website, social media profile, app, software, etc. that you might review for people who are interested.
I know it's an old video that doesn't have the best quality, but here's an example of what this could look like:
8. Tutorials on screen, cooking, etc.
You can also do a lot of different kinds of tutorials without showing your face.
For instance, you can do just about anything on a screen (like coding tutorials) or even anything that just involves viewers seeing your hands (like drawing or cooking tutorials).
Here's an example of how you could do something like a website tutorial without being on-screen:
9. Compilation of clips, memes, etc.
I've been finding more and more YouTube channels that literally take memes and content from other social media sites like Reddit and commentate on them in the form of videos.
One example of this is how a channel called “EmKay” will use a popular subreddit and its top posts as the subject of videos while adding some funny commentary.
Here's a video from EmKay:
While this method of making videos may seem simple compared to many other top channels, I must remind you that they have over 2 million subscribers.
It seems to work.
10. Product unboxing or review
Another type of video you can do without being on-camera that can apply to any channel is product unboxings or reviews.
Have a makeup tutorials channel? Unbox and review makeup products.
Have a motivational channel? Review the top books in the industry.
You can apply this to anything and some channels are even built on this very concept.
Just look at all the popular toy unboxing channels out there!
Here's an example:
11. How much YouTube pays me
And of course, we have the “How much YouTube pays me” video.
Any YouTuber in any niche can do this because you're all on YouTube.
Plus, many people are curious about what it's like to make money creating videos all the time.
Now, can you do one of these videos every week?
But, it can be one of your most popular videos ever if you do it right and are transparent with people.
And all you have to do is screenshare your YouTube Analytics page and add a little commentary.
Here's an example:
Now, I know this YouTuber is in the video, but you don't have to be. Just focus on showing people the analytics.