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If you want to make money from your YouTube video, you’re going to need to find people who want to watch your videos. In this post, you’ll find a few tips on how to get subscribers for YouTube.
Thanks to the recently announced YouTube changes, small YouTubers will really need to focus on building their following. Not only do you need people to spend 4,000 hours a year viewing your content in order to be eligible to monetize your videos via the YouTube Partner Program, but you also need to have 1,000 subscribers.
Sounds intimidating, doesn’t?
It can definitely be overwhelming for a new YouTuber to think about reaching that many people. You’re obviously going to have to work at reaching more people, but it definitely isn’t impossible. Keep reading for a few tips on growing your following.
How to Get Subscribers for Youtube
Watch and Comment on Videos
How often do you watch YouTube? I actually watch videos while I’m working. I work from home and it’s nice to have YouTube on in the background. I’ll admit that I often watch on my TV though, which means I’m not commenting on videos as much as I should be. I do my best to go back and comment on videos sometimes, but I need to do even more commenting.
Take it from me: If you want to get subscribers for YouTube, you need to comment on videos. This is such an easy thing to do! When you interact with other YouTubers, they’re more likely to watch and comment on your videos and maybe even subscribe.
Reply to Comments on Your Videos
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to not take the time to reply to comments. When you have someone that liked your video enough to comment, you need to acknowledge them. This helps build a connection between you and your followers. The more committed you are to interacting with those who comment on your videos, the more likely people are to subscribe.
Subscribe to Other Channels
Find channels that have the same type of content as you and subscribe. Before you start subscribing, make sure your account is set up to show your subscriptions. Then, when you subscribe to someone’s channel, that YouTuber will get an email stating that you subscribed! YouTubers will often subscribe back, which can help build your following.
Also, take the time to subscribe to anyone that subscribes to your channel who has their own channel.
Be Active in the YouTube Community
There are forums, Facebook groups, conferences, and many other ways to be active in the YouTube community. Search Facebook for YouTube and then look under the “group” section to find groups to join. You can also search Google for forums, but one of the most popular is YTtalk. The more you show your face, the more people will notice you. Reach out and friend as many YouTubers as you can. If you can, attend a YouTube conference! Ultimately we all want to get subscribers for YouTube, and jumping headfirst into the community is an easy way to network and build your follower base.
Invest in Business Cards
If you are truly serious about your channel, invest in business cards. You can get them made rather inexpensively. Make your business cards fun and a reflection of your channel’s content.
Tip: It’s best to hold off until you have 100 subscribers so that you can create your custom URL, otherwise you’ll have a long string of numbers for your website.
Business cards are fantastic to hand out at conferences, but you won’t believe the chances you’ll get to hand them out to people who show interest in your videos! For example, I make Dollar Tree videos and am always running into people in the Dollar Tree that strike up a conversation with me. These people are the perfect people to hand my cards to because I know they’ll be interested in the content I share!
Spend Time on Your Thumbnails
It doesn’t matter how great your content is, if you don’t spend time on your video thumbnails, people aren’t going to watch your videos. Always take the time to create thumbnails for your videos. This can be done for free through a site like Canva. You do not have to invest a lot of money into a graphics program.
Incorporate SEO Techniques
Search Engine Optimization isn’t just for blogging. You have so many chances to use SEO in your YouTube videos. Search engine optimization techniques can be utilized when creating a title, writing your video description, and adding tags to your videos. The more you add to these sections, the better. Your keywords should always be in your title and tags, but the description of your video is also important and a great way to add your keywords yet again.
Do Tell: Do you have any other tips for how to get YouTube subscribers? If so, we’d love to hear them!
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