Last time I’ve discussed how YouTube’s search algorithm works and why new Youtuber’s videos struggle to appear on a first page in search results, as well as gave some tips concerning topics you should avoid. All tips I shared with you by now are definitely enough for you to get past the first 100 subscribers. At this point, the most important thing is to improve upon your channel as much as possible. For some individuals getting to 100 is a horror but after that it’s like a cakewalk. The other group realizes that after first 100 subscribers it becomes even harder to draw more viewers to your channel. There is a reason for that. I will explain why people give up on YouTube so quickly as well as provide few more tips that you can use to make your channel grow even faster.
Expectations and predictions
Most of the content creators have their own particular expectations when it comes to YouTube. The basic thought someone might have when creating a YouTube channel is that his/her content can only be spiralling upwards in views. While for very few individuals this might happen (due to luck factor or good budget), most will encounter uncertainty period where amount of views and subscribers stop rising. At this point many Youtuber’s are stuck on 100-1000 subscribers for more than a year. Continuous trend leads to drop in confidence or even depression. Eventually, this might lead to quitting YouTube entirely. Whenever you reach the point where you want to quit, think about others who most probably have gone through the same thing. Perhaps you may contact them personally via e-mail, ask them to share their experience when they were struggling to grow their channels, or ask them to give you some additional tips that worked for them. Just make sure to pick the right people, because the most popular Youtubers might not even notice your message. The goal of this is to build up your confidence once again, reevaluating your channel and finding your purpose of ‘what am I here for in a first place’ Whether it’s to earn money or become popular or simply entertain other people, it doesn’t matter. What matters is how much confidence you have in yourself to follow that goal. If you are interested in hearing more about ways to handle with this phenomenon, check this video by Tim Schmoyer
Crank up that quality
Whether you are recording live events such as sports or record your PC screen or games, really do keep in mind that quality is extremely important. While quality itself might not bring you new subscribers, it will most certainly not push away potential viewers of your content. This is especially visible with game recording. Most of the low subscription channels tend to have inferior quality videos which results in slow subscription gain rate. If you really do want to compete with other YouTube gamers, this is something absolutely crucial for your success. Be wary, that YouTube decreases the quality of every uploaded video. That is why make sure when you’re recording to increase the bitrates above the level that satisfies you. However, keep in mind that if you set up too high bitrate, it might hurt your gameplay. Every time you render your video in editing software, you lose portion of the quality, and yet again as I’ve mentioned, you lose quality when uploading to YouTube. It might be tricky at first, but it is manageable.
Video settings for Action! users
If you are using our screen recording software you do not risk as much as when you would use OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) when increasing the video quality settings due to low CPU usage when recording. Here are the options for quality that might interest you the most:
Share your subscribers with other aspiring Youtubers
Above I’ve mentioned that you should contact other Youtubers in order to find out, how they managed to get all their subscribers. There is also another reason to e-mail them directly. If you have a Minecraft channel with 600 subscribers, try to find another Youtuber with around 100 to 1500 subscribers. Make a gaming session together and post the videos on both channels. This way you can share your viewers and increase your channel traffic. Don’t confuse it with poaching, because if both channels maintain (or improve upon) their content quality, the viewers will remain on both channels. This method can be repeated over and over again on various channels.
While this method might not come for free (unless you find a sponsor), it is only recommendable to make a giveaway on your channel. For most gamers it should probably be the game that is featured on the channel, but other forms work just as well. If you feature Destiny 2 on your channel but you lack viewers, get that additional digital key and simply organize a giveaway, post info on reddit and people will flock to your channel. Some will leave after giveaway, that’s only natural, but if you really do have a quality content, the likelihood of them staying is very high. Consider this a YouTube marketing strategy.
Believing in yourself is definitely the most important aspect to take into account when starting YouTube. I’ve already mentioned that becoming a successful Youtuber requires much work and is comparable to becoming a world famous singer. That’s why you need to set your goals right and not aim for 1 million subscribers at start. Many Youtubers tend to feature their subscribers milestones on their channel starting from 10 subs. I think that’s a good idea to set your own goals to pursue when it comes to Youtube career.
Author: Mirillis Team