Did you know that five billion videos are watched on YouTube each day? That’s a whole lot of content!
If you’re a content creator, that fact is also more than a little horrifying. You’re making videos for others to enjoy, so what do you do when your videos keep getting buried?
Increasing your YouTube subscriptions won’t be easy, but there are some tried and true methods to help you through the process. Keep reading as we outline some of the best ways that you can grow your subscriber base.
Add an Intro Video to Your Channel
Your YouTube channel’s dashboard is a great place to familiarize people with your content.
When someone visits your channel, they’ll see a number of things:
- A header.
- A list of your most recent uploads.
- A video of your choosing (if you don’t manually choose a featured video, YouTube will default to your most recent video).
The go-to dashboard design is bland and boring, so give your dashboard a little extra flair by adding a header image and channel trailer.
Your intro video doesn’t need to be more than a minute or two long.
Use your video as an opportunity to introduce new viewers to who you are as a content creator and what your channel is about.
Sharing Is Caring
Once you have your first video under your belt, it’s time to get the word out about your channel. The more opportunities you have to plug your channel, the better.
Be sure to plug your videos on each of your social channels, as well as your YouTube channel’s dedicated social pages.
If you’re planning on selling merchandise of any kind, you’ll need a website, too, so look into hosting options through services like GoDaddy and Host.ie.
Sharing your videos to your site can do wonders for your SEO, so cross-promote as often as possible.
Optimize Your Video Descriptions
Speaking of SEO, properly optimizing your video description is an effective way to give your video a quick boost.
Think of it as an appetizer.
A compelling description should tease viewers and give them a quick glimpse into what the video is about without spoiling any of the details.
Include your keyword in the first sentence of the video description, and aim to use the keyword at least three times throughout the text.
When writing tags, keep it simple and search friendly. Most YouTube subscribers will stumble upon your video via search, anyway.
Give Shout-Outs to Subscribers
Everyone likes to feel recognized. And one of the coolest things about creating video content is feeling a connection to your audience.
You may not be able to communicate with your fans in real time, but you can still let fans know you hear them in some cool and interactive ways.
Check up on your comments every now and then, and pop in with a quick response.
Your comments section can be a great place to get ideas for new videos. Don’t forget to give proper credit if you use someone’s idea.
A quick shout-out is a fun way to build relationships and inspire repeat visits to your channel.
End Each Video with a Call-To-Action
Watch almost any YouTube video made within the last few years, and you’ll notice that they all end the same way: Like comment, and subscribe.
YouTubers end their videos that way because it’s a great CTA. It inspires your audience to take action and encourages engagement.
By all means, put your own spin on it. A signature CTA, like a clever way of telling viewers to hit the YouTube subscribe button, is a great idea, just make sure it’s in every video.
Get More YouTube Subscriptions with These Tips
Gaining YouTube subscriptions will take some time, but think of it as a marathon instead of a sprint. YouTube is only going to grow in popularity, so follow these tips to gain more subscribers.
Have any tips that have worked for you in the past? Be sure to let us know and check out our blog for more great content like this!
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