So you’re looking to start your own YouTube channel and want to know about the best ways to build up your subscriber base fast.
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We have a few tips that’ll help you reach your first 10000 subscribers quickly. They’ll help you to create your own personal brands and make real money on your channel.
Model Your Work After Viral Videos
What does this mean exactly? It means you need to research and learn from the YouTube videos that are successful in your field. You need to look at viral videos that feature the same topics that you yourself plan on covering. Look at them and see why exactly they work. Is it the clickbait title? Is it the way the user presents the information?
You need to do research on your market — the audience that your videos will be aimed at. Take a look at what the comments section is saying about the video. What are the enjoying about it? Has the video given them the opportunity to converse about the topic at hand? Has the topic been informative to them for whatever reason?
You’ll also want make sure that whatever viral videos you’re looking at have some consistency to them. This means that your topic, whatever it is, should have longevity to it. It should be popular and relevant right now, and is something that you can possibly make multiple videos about. It shouldn’t be about a topic that’s fleeting — here one moment and gone the next.
When you’re looking for viral videos around YouTube (or Google with the YouTube filter added) there’s a free plug-in you can use called Vid-IQ that allows you to see the pace of the traffic coming in for each video. So say you see two videos: one from about a year ago and one only about a month or two old. You see the older video has a million views on it and the new video only about a 100k. Vid-IQ will let you see when each video spiked in views. Did the old video hit its million views right off the bat and then die? Or did it spike later on down the line? Pay attention to momentum of the views.
Once you’ve taken a look at other popular videos in your niche that are doing well, you can go ahead and use your new knowledge to make your own video, one that has your own flair and style to it, one that can separate you from the rest. You should, however, make sure that the video is at least ten minutes long. YouTube prefers to promote videos that are ten minutes or longer. This means you should feel free to go beyond the ten minute mark if you need to.
Abuse the YouTube Algorithm
The algorithm tends to confuse people but there’s a general idea behind it: YouTube wants to keep people on their platform. If you can pull this off, YouTube will love you, and put effort into ranking and promoting your videos.
The way to play to YouTube’s algorithm is to leverage the data that YouTube provides for you. You can see it by going to the backend of your YouTube studio and looking at “audience retention” for any video that’s at least two weeks old. You want to make sure that at least 75% of your audience is sticking around for the first minute or two of your videos, from there you need to maintain at least 50% of your audience until the videos end. If you pull that off consistently, you’re channel will blow up.
Pay attention to “audience retention” graph and take note of the times logged where there were severe drops in attention. Then review your video and see what you did during those times. Adjust accordingly. The same idea applies for the times where your video had steady attention. Take note of those times as something you’re doing right. If attention spikes at any point during the video, that means people rewound the video to that moment. Again, you’ve done something right.
One the failures early YouTubers suffer when trying to hold their audience’s attention lies in their intros and and outros. If you’re starting and ending your videos with same long, droning speeches and music clips, your audience is guaranteed to click away from video. You don’t want this. You want them to stay from beginning to end.
Instead of a routine intro, try using one that induces curiosity. Play a clip from later in the video that’s suspenseful. Drop an interesting fact that you’ll explain as the video progresses. What would make you want to stick around and watch the whole video? You’ve been a viewer before, think in that mindset. People are curious creatures. Use it to your advantage.
As for how to better your outros, look at the next step.
Aim to Land in “Suggested Videos”
The suggested video section appears on the right side of YouTube videos viewed on the desktop, and underneath videos viewed on mobile devices. This is a place where videos to go to become viral. How do you get there? Simple: your outros.
Instead of routine outros (ones thanking your viewers and asking them to subscribe and whatnot) point your viewers in the direction of your next video. YouTube allows you to set up links to your other videos at the end of the one currently being viewed. Use your outros to direct people to these videos. Make the transition seamless. Link videos related to the topic of the video being watched and call attention to those links. Direct people to go to them.
YouTube offers you twenty seconds of endcard (outro) time. Try using half of that to point out your links, and the other half to show previews of the links. If you pull this off successfully and get people clicking on your linked videos, you’ll force YouTube to consider all your videos related. As a result, it will promote your videos in the suggested feed.
Now to prepare for your appearance in the suggested feed, you want to make uniform thumbnails. This means you want your thumbnails to be unique and consistent, never random. Whether you’re using a logo or design or both on every thumbnail, people should know just by looking at your thumbnail that whatever video their about to click on is yours. Don’t rely on them to look at your name, it’s nowhere near as flashy as it can’t be customized.
You use these tips and you’ll benchmark 10000 subscribers in no time.