YouTube channel growth Ep 5 – 6 growth tips from a small YouTuber

Transcript

Hey guys, welcome back to my YouTube channel growth series. We are now on episode five. Last time around on episode four, I got to 200 subscribers. That was maybe about 11 or 12 weeks ago when I got to 200, made a video about what works and what got me there in the first place to 200. Now, 11 or 12 weeks later, I am here now at 500 subscribers which still isn’t a huge amount obviously, still a small YouTuber, most definitely a small YouTuber, but it’s progress nonetheless.

I keep growing my channel which is all I want to do essentially, help more people and empower more people to do marketing. How did I get here? Normally, in this channel growth series, I kind of break down what I do or what I’ve done to get to the point I’ve got to. Quite recently, I posted something on YT talk which is a YouTube forum that I highly, highly recommend. I put the link below in the description so you guys can check it out in your own time, but I posted the six things I learned from doing YouTube for six months.

All of those things combined have really helped me grow my channel to this point today. I’m going to highlight those things, mostly of what’s helped me grow my channel, so let’s jump into it. Number one, don’t be afraid to start small. I started off using my smartphone to film all of my videos. I couldn’t talk for crap in front of the camera. I was terrible. I’m getting better. I’ve still got a lot of room to improve, but I’ve got better at doing that, so start small. Start with your smartphone. Just start recording videos.

Get used to being in front the camera and eventually, you’ll get better and better at producing videos. Number two, don’t care so much about the numbers. Now, that might sound funny coming from a video where I am essentially talking about the growth of subscribers I’ve got. Now, the reason I say that is because I’ve got two 500 subscribers which isn’t that many subscribers in the grand scheme of things on YouTube, but that’s because I don’t genuinely care about the subscriber number necessarily.

I just like to tell my story in terms of how I got to the point I’m at. I’m not going crazy with the million subscribers in a year or whatever it might be that a lot of channels actually do. All I’m telling is my story and how I’ve got the growth I’ve had. It’s just a record, I guess, for me and to help on anyone else who’s trying to grow a small YouTube channel as well. Don’t care about the numbers. Do it because you love it because right now, I’m loving what I’m doing and I love being in front of the camera.

Number three, get involved in YouTube. Get involved in commenting on other people’s videos. Provide value with your comments. Don’t comment any crap like, “sub4sub,” or anything like that. Just comment on people’s videos with value that you genuinely have an interest in. I’ve commented on videos in the past that have led to me getting 5 or 10 subscribers just because I’ve offered my insight and ideas into the producer’s video and that content creator’s video and I’ve just decided that it’s resonated with me.

Posting a valuable comment will really help get your channel out there as well in the very early stages where 10 subs is a lot, to me, anyway. I’m sure it might be for a lot of you as well. That definitely helps get you there as well. Number four is to pay attention to the technical gurus, the likes of Tim Schmoyer, Derral Eves, Roberto Blake, Sean and Benji. All those kind of guys and tons, tons more will really help grow your channel.

You think about things like branding, the way you come across, getting the charisma on camera, all of these things become really, really important. It really helps you grow your channel. Again, I’m a small YouTuber and I’m having a very small growth, but at the same time, these channels have really helped me become better on camera and create better quality content as well. Number five, don’t get disheartened. It’s very hard to not get disheartened on YouTube because you put your heart and soul into a piece of content, you create it, you sit there, you edit it, you do all the little transitions and all those kind of things. You publish it on YouTube with your tags, your titles, your descriptions, your comments, everything like that’s done, you hit upload and all of a sudden, you get maybe one or two views. That is okay because the reason it’s okay is you should be a creating content for you and for people who should resonate with you as well.

Don’t think, “I’m not reaching a million people. There’s no point in this.” If you do feel like that, then maybe YouTube’s not right for you. If it affects you and it hurts you to know that you’re uploading and people aren’t necessarily paying as much attention, then it might not be right for you, for your mental health to do that because ultimately people will get to know your channel eventually and you’ve got to do it because you love doing it. That’s the main reason you should do it.

Onto number six, which is a bit more of practical advice for a small YouTuber and that is upload times don’t really matter that much unless you’re building a regular vlog where you vlog every single day at a certain time where people can expect your videos. Ultimately, if you’re a small YouTuber, it doesn’t really matter that much. People aren’t necessarily queuing up to watch your channel like they would for big YouTubers like PewDiePie or anything like that.

Just accept the fact that people will discover your content as and when they need it or as when they want to check to see if you’ve uploaded anything new. Don’t worry about all of that. Just upload your videos and enjoy yourself, and that’s the main thing. Finally, I’ve got one more bonus tip number seven for you guys and that is to keep showing up. It doesn’t matter how disheartened you get, if you’re having fun and enjoying yourself, keep doing it, keep uploading videos because your channel will eventually slowly start to grow. I’m starting to see that now. I’ve been uploading on YouTube now for the best part of seven months. I’ve got 500 subscribers plus which is good. I thought to myself I wouldn’t even get this far when I first started knowing how difficult this platform is to get any traction on. I’m quite happy with where I am and you guys should be happy with where you are as well.

Thank you, guys so much for watching. If you like this video, please leave a like. Let me know in the comments below how you’re getting on with growing your YouTube channel, how are you getting on, you’re finding it difficult, because I know it’s very difficult. More important than that, don’t forget to subscribe and check out the other videos on my channel, and I’ll see you guys on my next video.

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