How Can I Hack YouTube To Increase My Subscribers (5 Hacks)

Reaching 1,000 subscribers can be a real struggle, as shown from these comments from my subscribers when I asked them how long it took them to reach 1,000 subscribers.

“Been at it for almost three months and I’m at 433. I’m hopeful that I’ll reach 1,000 in three more months.” “Haven’t got there yet. Been posting once weekly and growing around 10 subs per week. At this rate, it would take a couple of years, so I hope the pace increases at some point.”

“Never. It’s been really hard to get subscribers when no one else but your friends watches your channel. I’m at 58 on my YouTube channel and it’s been like that for months now despite me uploading a video every single day since January 1st.”

As you can see, the struggle is. Therefore, how can I hack YouTube to increase my YouTube subscribers? In the video below, I’m going to share my 5 hacks so you can increase your YouTube subscribers.

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Channel page

This is like the front page of a website. When first-time viewers visit your channel homepage, you’re given 10 seconds to make a lasting impression. Your channel banner should have a clear value proposition of what your channel content is all about. Clearly illustrate on your channel banner what viewers can expect to receive from your channel if they subscribe to it.

Your channel trailer is what non-subscribers see when they first come across your YouTube channel homepage. When a viewer watches your channel trailer, an automatic subscribe button will pop up at the end. Summarize the content that viewers will expect to see if they subscribe to your channel.

Add your best playlist to the top of a YouTube channel homepage. Recently, I added a 2022 playlist at the top of my YouTube channel homepage and placed my best video at the beginning of the playlist. According to YouTube analytics, most traffic for this video comes from channel pages, which is traffic from the YouTube channel homepage. Therefore, add a playlist containing your prominent videos at the top of your YouTube channel homepage.

Add a custom subscribe link to your YouTube channel banner

If you click on the red subscribe link on my YouTube channel banner, a pop-up subscribe box will appear. It asks people to subscribe to Drost Video, so when they click on subscribe, they’ll be subscribed to my channel.

Click here to watch my video on how to create a custom subscribe link.

Add your custom subscribe link to all the places on the net where you can get new viewers to subscribe to your channel. This is can include your social media sites, your website, and even your email signature. On YouTube, you can add it to your description, pin it to the top of your comments, and add it to your about page.

Identify the top videos on your channel that are getting the most subscribers.

Click on the Overview tab in YouTube analytics, then click See More. Look at the current videos that are attracting the most subscribers to your channel, then make more of those types of videos. Study their titles, thumbnails, and the way that you’ve delivered the content. YouTube is telling you that this type of topic helps convert viewers into subscribers.

Subscriber experience

If you want to convert more viewers into subscribers, they’ve got to have a transformative experience so they become loyal subscribers to your channel.

A loyal subscriber is a person who keeps coming back to watch more of your content.

Here are 2 ways to improve subscriber experience.

  • Reply to viewers comments. When you engage with viewers in the comments, they’ll get to know, like, and trust you. If you have the community tab, you can share tips, tricks, add polls and ask questions. If you have a Facebook group, you can interact with your viewers on the Facebook group. If you have an email list, you can survey your list.
  • Increase audience retention on your videos. If you keep viewers engaged throughout your video, that means they like your content. If viewers keep returning to watch more of your content, it means that the content that you produce is resonating with them. When YouTube recognizes that viewers are loving your content, they’ll surface more of your content to a wider audience. This is where you get free promotion by YouTube and helps to speed up the growth of your YouTube channel.

Experiment with YouTube Shorts

YouTube Shorts is short form content of 60 seconds or less that allows you to reach mobile users on the YouTube Short shelf. This means you can attract a different audience that your regular videos don’t reach. Even though YouTube Shorts doesn’t generate much income for your YouTube channel, it helps grow your YouTube subscribers. Here’s an example of a YouTube Shorts video that’s attracted new subscribers to my channel.

If you want to know how to create a Shorts video using the Shorts camera on your phone, watch this video. If you want to know how to upload a Shorts video from your PC, watch this video.

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How Long Does It Take To Get 1000 YouTube Subscribers?

I asked my YouTube audience. How long did it take you to get 1,000 YouTube subscribers?

Here are some of their answers….

Mirus Family Multiple says just about three months.

Structural engineering with Abraham says three months. Now I have 2,600 looking for more effective ways.

In the video below I share more examples of how creators achieved 1,000 subscribers, and what they did to get there. I’ll also share how many videos you need to upload to achieve a certain number of subscribers.

Dynamic animal gain says it took me a year. It was a struggle at first but once I decided on my niche I grew really quick.

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Before you decide on a niche that you’re going to invest in, ask yourself these questions.

  • Do I feel passionate about this niche?
  • How competitive is this niche?
  • Is there a lot of demand and interest instead of trying to be all things to all people in this niche,
  • Is there a sub niche that I can focus on?
    The more clearly you can define your audience, the easier to be to create the right content for them.

Alan Heath says from July 2006 to February 2010.

Now he has over 75,000 subscribers because he made a long term commitment. You’ve probably heard the saying, YouTube is a marathon not a sprint. You have to be in it for a long term.

For example I started my challenge on 2006, and only now I’m close to 100,000 subscribers. If I hadn’t consistently uploaded new videos every week over the years I wouldn’t be close to 100,000 subscribers. YouTube is a long term commitment and sometimes you may feel like quitting but if you stick to it then you’ll have success.

The Diego Movies says it took me one year and a two months to reach 1,000 subs. Now I gain that every four days.

The lesson from this test me is that you do the work once and reap the benefits over and over weeks months and even years later. The beauty of YouTube is that it’s a search engine, so if you create evergreen content, those videos will be working for you weeks, months, or even years later.

Every new video that you upload contributes to the success of your channel. It creates a snowball effect. The more videos you upload, the faster your channel will grow.

Mo Beats and Raps says 4.5 years, but now it’s taken me about two months or so to get to 5,000. Don’t stop even though you’re not seeing the results you want. You might be video away from your whole channel changing. That’s what happened to me.

For example this video only gained 207 views in the first 24 hours, but lost one subscriber and the revenue is 26 cents. If I changed it to since uploaded it now has 284,494 views since it was uploaded, gained 1.5000 subscribers and made an estimated revenue of $1,000.

It’s one of the top videos on my channel driving the most traffic.

How many videos do you need to build an audience?

TubeBuddy examined 3.5 million YouTube channels and discovered you need an average of 152 uploads to achieve 1,000 to 10,000 subscribers.

You need an average of 418 uploads to achieve 10,000 to a 100,000 subscribers.

For 100,000 to 1 million subscribers you need to have an average of 1,171 uploads. If you want 1 million or more subscribers you need to average 3,873 uploads.

If you’ve only uploaded 20 to 30 videos to your channel so far, you’ve still got a long way to go to achieve 1,000 subscribers.

Instead of thinking about the big goal of achieving 1,000 subscribers, break it down into smaller goals. For example you can break it down to a monthly goal of like 100 subscribers per month. At the end of the year, you’ll have 1,000 subscribers. The key to achieving 1,000 subscribers is to upload on a consistent basis, and try to improve one thing for every new video that you upload. If something isn’t working then experiment with different ways to deliver your content.

Ultimately you’ve got to satisfy your audience. You’ve got to make videos that your audience wants to watch, and also improve the clicks rate and the watch time for every new video that you upload.

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What Happens When You Get 1000 Subscribers On YouTube

Congratulations on achieving 1,000 YouTube subscribers.

If you also achieved 4,000 public watch hours in the past 12 months, you’ll be able to monetize your channel and start generating a passive income.

In the video below, I’ll show you all the features that will now be available to you so you can grow and make money from your channel.

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One of the first things that happens to you when you get 1,000 subscribers on YouTube is you get a congratulatory email from YouTube and you get an announcement on your YouTube dashboard.

Claim a custom URL for your YouTube channel.

Instead of having a bunch of numbers and letters in your YouTube URL, which makes it hard to remember and hard to spell, you can claim a custom URL. For example, the name of my channel is Drost Video. I claimed the custom URL youtube.com/drostvideo. You only need 100 subscribers to claim a custom URL, but if you haven’t done it, do it now.

Click here to watch my video on how to claim your custom URL.

Mobile live streaming.

You only need 50 subscribers to begin live streaming on YouTube from your mobile phone, but if you’re still under 1,000 subscribers, you’ll be restricted on the number of viewers that can appear on your mobile live stream. What happens after you get 1,000 subscribers?

After reaching 1,000 subscribers, it may take several weeks for YouTube to remove the audience limitation for mobile live streaming. If your subscriber count decreases during this time, it may take a little longer. Keep working on growing your channel. Keep in mind, you can also live stream from your computer or using a webcam.

If you live stream from your computer, you don’t need 1,000 subscribers. One of the biggest benefits of live streaming is you can make a deeper connection with your audience and also achieve 4,000 public watch hours quickly and easily. If you’ve achieved the goal of 1,000 subscribers, but you still need 4,000 public watch hours

I highly recommend doing live streaming once a week. Do a test live on private or unlisted before you go public.

Super Chat and Super Stickers.

Super Chat and Super Stickers are a great way to connect with fans during your live chat sessions. When they purchase a Super Chat, the message is highlighted and bumped to the top of the chat session so it’s easy to see amongst all the other chat messages.

Viewers can also purchase Super Stickers, which is a digital or animated image that pops up in the live chat session. The eligibility requirements for Super Chat and Super Stickers is that your YouTube channel must be monetized, which means you must have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours, and also be over the age of 18. It’s a great way to generate some extra income from your YouTube channel.

Channel memberships.

Channel memberships are a great way to generate a monthly income from your YouTube channel. Viewers can support your channel by making monthly payments and get members-only perks like badges, emojis, and other goods.

If you want to support my channel and become a channel member, click here. You’ll receive hot tips and tricks to grow your channel, live streams, emojis, and badges.

Community Tab.

The Community tab is a great way to interact with your subscribers on the days that you’re not uploading videos to your channel. Community posts can include polls, GIFs, text, images, and videos. They always appear on the Community tab, and they also appear on the home and subscriptions feed. Typically, I’ll use community posts to tap into the mind of my target audience by adding polls and asking questions. This helps me to decide what kind of content I should create in my future videos that my audience would be interested in.

The eligibility requirements for community posts used to be 1,000 subscribers, but now it’s only 500 subscribers. Make sure that you’re using this feature on a regular basis. It’s also a great way to share your latest videos with your YouTube community.

Ad revenue.

The beauty of monetizing YouTube channel and displaying AdSense ads on your YouTube videos is that you can generate a passive income every month. If you’ve achieved 1,000 subscribers but you still haven’t achieved 4,000 public watch hours in the past 12 months, then work towards accomplishing that goal as fast as possible. Even if you haven’t achieved those 4,000 watch hours yet, make sure you create an AdSense account and link it to your YouTube account.

After your channel has been reviewed and approved for monetization, make sure you enable monetization for all the videos on your channel so you can start generating revenue from it.

Keep in mind, videos that are over eight minutes can have multiple ad breaks throughout the video. This will enable you to earn more from longer videos, but also keep in mind, you don’t want to turn off your viewers by putting too many ads in your videos. YouTube tends to promote videos that keeps viewers watching for a longer period of time or watching multiple videos in a row.

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How To Get Your First 1000 Subscribers On YouTube (Grow Your Channel Fast)

Getting your first 1,000 subscribers on YouTube is like running a marathon. You start with a series of short runs first so you can build up the stamina to reach your goal.

In the video below, I’ll show you how to get your first 1,000 subscribers fast so you can join the YouTube Partner Program and generate a passive income from YouTube.

You’ll learn how to identify your ideal subscriber, the ways your viewers will discover your content, how to create quality content, how to create a custom subscribe link, ways to attract more subscribers, and mistakes to avoid.

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How To Define Your Ideal Subscriber

The more you know about your ideal subscriber, the easier it’ll be to create the right content for them.

  • Survey your audience. If you have an email list, survey your list. If you have a Facebook group, add a poll to your group. If you have the Community tab enabled on your channel, you can post a poll or ask a question.
  • Read the comments below your videos or below your competitors’ videos. Often times, there’ll be a recurring question that a viewer will ask.
  • YouTube Analytics. Click on the Audience tab in YouTube Analytics. You’ll be able to see the top geographies, age, and gender of your YouTube audience. You’ll be able to see the other channels that your audience watches and other videos that your audience has watched.

    You’ll also see the videos that are currently growing your audience on YouTube and the best time to upload your videos. You also want to study the videos on your channel that are currently attracting the most subscribers.
  • Study the titles, thumbnails, click-through rate, and watch times. This will help you to create the right type of video to attract more subscribers.
  • Know their psychographics. This refers to their burning questions, their goals, their likes, dislikes, et cetera. You can gather this information when you survey your audience.

Create Quality Content

If you want to convert viewers into subscribers, you’ve got to create content that your audience is interested in. One of the best ways to do this is to type your main keyword into the YouTube search bar and look at the suggestions. These are keyword phrases that people have typed into the search bar to find specific information. Open the Google Doc and make a list of these keyword phrases so you have content for your future videos.

Instead of thinking about a solo video, think about a series of videos based upon a common theme, so you can give your viewers a deeper dive into your content. This will motivate viewers to subscribe to your channel so they can get more of your content every week.

How do viewers discover your content on YouTube?

Keyword Research
When someone types a keyword phrase into the YouTube search engine and your video appears at the top of the page, it’s more likely that they’ll click and watch your video. Therefore, you want to research keywords that have a high search volume and a low competition.

My secret weapon for finding the right keywords for my YouTube videos is the keyword research tool TubeBuddy. If you enter your main keyword phrase in the Keyword Explorer tool, it’ll give you a search engine score of good, very good, or excellent. It’ll also give you rated keyword phrases that you can use for future videos. If you click on the Results tab, it’ll show you who your competitors are, the titles, thumbnails, and descriptions they use to optimize their videos.

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Video Optimization

YouTube says that if you get a high click-through rate and a high watch time, it’ll increase the probability of your videos being suggested by YouTube. YouTube recommends your videos when they appear on the YouTube home screen and its suggested videos which are the videos that appear on the right side of the watch page.

According to YouTube, 70% of traffic on YouTube comes from videos recommended by YouTube, so make sure you correctly optimize the title, thumbnail, and description of your videos.

Create a compelling title
Place your most important keyword phrase at the beginning of your title that add an emotional trigger to the end.

Create a clickable thumbnail
When creating your thumbnails, make sure they stand out from your competitors by using contrasting colors, bold text, and also include your face.

Create an engaging video
When creating your video, try to keep your viewers engaged by telling a story. Start off with a strong hook to initially grab the attention of your viewers, then follow through by delivering your content and end with a strong call to action.

Create a playlist
At the ending video, link to a related video or playlist, so your viewers will continue to watch more of your videos. The longer you keep viewers engaged watching your video or successive videos in a row, the higher probability your videos will be suggested and promoted by YouTube.

Create a custom YouTube subscribe link
When someone clicks on your custom subscribe link, a pop-up subscribe button will appear. When they click on that subscribe button, they’ll automatically be subscribed to your channel.

Here are some places where you can add your custom YouTube subscribe link….

  • Add it to your social media sites,
  • Add it to your video description,
  • Add it to your about page.
  • Pin the link to the top of your comments.
  • Add it to your blog.
  • Add it to your email signature.

Click here to watch my video on how to create a custom YouTube subscribe link.

Here are some other ways to attract more subscribers.

  • Ask viewers to subscribe in your video and tell them why they should subscribe.
  • Add a subscribe watermark across all the videos on your channel.

How to quickly and easily create a subscribe watermark.

  • Click on the Customization tab in YouTube Studio,
  • Select Branding on the Channel customization,
  • Under Video watermark, upload an image that is 150 by 150 pixels and is less than one megabyte.
  • You can display your subscribe watermark throughout the entire video,
  • Set a custom start time, or at the end of your video.

Add a subscribe link to your channel banner.

Add a channel trailer to your YouTube homepage that outlines the benefits of subscribing to your channel.

Add sections containing playlists to your YouTube channel homepage, so the first-time viewers can take a deeper dive into your content, and therefore be motivated to subscribe to your channel.

Increase your upload frequency. The more videos you upload to your channel, the more chances you have of your viewers becoming subscribers. You can increase the frequency of your uploads by hosting live streams or creating shorts on your YouTube channel.

Collaborate with other creators in your niche. This will expose your content to their subscribers and their content to your subscribers, so it’s a win-win situation.

Mistakes to avoid when trying to get your first 1,000 subscribers on YouTube.

  • Avoid sub for sub.
    This is where you ask people to subscribe to your channel because you subscribe to their channel. This is against YouTube’s terms of service and could result in the termination of your channel, so don’t do it. Ideally, you only want to get people to subscribe if they keep coming back to watch more of your content.

    Your subscribers are your biggest fans because they’ll be the first ones to receive notifications of a new video and start engaging with your video content. This will drive that initial view velocity of your video going live in the first 24 to 48 hours, and if you get a high view velocity, YouTube will recommend your video to more people.
  • Avoid adding a channel link in the comments of other people’s videos.
    Most creators have enabled automatic blocking of links in the comments. If you add a link in your comment, your comment will never be seen. Also, if you beg viewers to subscribe to your YouTube channel in the comments, that particular creator will block you from ever commenting on their channel again.
  • Avoid asking viewers to subscribe in your video without giving them some value first.
    Instead of asking your viewers to subscribe when your video first starts playing, give some value first. This will motivate them to subscribe because they want to receive more of your content.

Here’s a hot tip…
When you see a video doing well because it’s attracting a lot of views and subscribers, double down on that video topic. Create a similar video on a related topic using a different title, thumbnail, and description, then link to your related video in the card or end screen.

Even better, place all those related videos in a playlist, then link to that playlist in the end screen of each video. This will inspire viewers to keep watching your videos and convert more viewers into subscribers.

After you’ve achieved 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 public watch hours in the past 12 months, you’re ready to monetize your channel.

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How To Upload A Short Video To YouTube (Phone or PC)

I’m going to show you the fastest and easiest way to upload a short video to YouTube just using the Shorts camera on your phone so you don’t have to be sitting at your computer.

Later, I’ll show you how to upload short videos you created without using YouTube short video creation tools and share my favorite tips and tricks to get more views on your Shorts videos.

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Here’s how to upload a short video on your phone.

  • Tap the YouTube app,
  • Tap the plus sign at the bottom,
  • Tap “Create a Short”
  • If you don’t like your background, you can use the green screen feature, which means that you can choose a photo from your camera on the phone.
  • Tap the green screen feature.
  • Find a video on your camera roll.

Now, I’ve got a sunset as a green screen. If I want to make my short video longer than 15 seconds, I can tap 15 and make it 60 seconds. Later, I’ll show you how to trim a video down to 60 seconds that you’ve already created using the video editor on the YouTube app.

How To Add Sound

  • Tap Add Sound,
  • Browse the songs that are on the YouTube audio library.
  • Keep in mind, you can always add music later after you’ve finished recording your short.
  • I can tap the speed icon or slow it down or I can speed it up, so it’s fast and faster. 1x is normal.
  • If I tap the timer, then I can set a countdown like 3 seconds, 10 seconds, or 20 seconds.
  • I can also use the slide if I wish, so I set it to three seconds.
  • I can tap Start and then I can start recording.

Here’s a tip to grab viewers’ attention.

Use a strong hook in the first three seconds of your video. Don’t waste time saying, “Hi, guys,” or telling your whole life story. Get to the point right away and make the information relevant to the viewer.

If I tap the filters, I can select any of these filters at the bottom.

How To Record A Video Clip

  • To record a clip, I can just hold the button down and start recording.
  • If I want to undo what I’ve recorded, I’ll just tap the undo sign.
  • If I want to redo it, I just tap to redo.
  • I can also record several clips, so I just tap it.
  • I can start recording, then I tap again and you can see that that records that particular clip.
  • If I tap again and I start recording again then tap again, I’ve recorded another clip.
  • After you finished recording your shorts, tap the check icon.
  • If you didn’t add sound before, you can add sound now, so you can choose from the YouTube audio library.

Here’s an audio tip.
If you have background music playing while you’re speaking in the video, make sure the background music is not louder than your voice.

How To Add Text

  • You can add text and then I can move the slider to enlarge the text or reduce the text.
  • I can also align the text. I can do it in the middle, left, right, middle again,
  • Tap the A, then I can choose a color. I can choose white, orange, green. In this case, I’m going to choose white.
  • I can enlarge it. I can reduce the size.
  • I can also change the font by just tapping heavy, marker, brush, typewriter, et cetera.
  • After I’m happy with the text, I just tap Done.
  • I can now move the text anywhere in the video, down the bottom or to the top.
  • If I tap Timeline, then I can move the text where I want it. Then I can add some more text. Just tap the A, add some more text, tap Done, tap Timeline. Then I can move this to wherever I want on the timeline and tap Done.
  • I can still add sound if I want or I can add filters, so tap Filters and choose normal.
  • I kind of like this P1 filter, so I’ll use that one. Tap Done.

Keep in mind, the YouTube shorts will appear on the short shelf on the YouTube app when people are scrolling on their phones.

After you’re happy with your recording, tap Next. Now, you can add a caption for your short in the title. I can choose the visibility, so I’ve got private here, but I can choose public, unlisted, or private.

How to Schedule A Short Video

  • I can publish it now or I can publish it at a later time.
  • I’m going to leave it on Private.
  • You can choose if your audience is made for kids or not made for kids. I’ve got, “No, it’s not made for kids,” or if you have an age restriction.
  • Keep in mind that your title has to be a maximum of 100 characters.
  • After you’ve filled out all the details, tap Upload Short. It says, “Uploading to Your Videos,” “See Video.”

Now, you can see that the short has been added to my video library. People watching with Shorts video can like it, dislike it, add a comment, and you can also share.

Here’s how to upload a short video from your phone without using YouTube’s short-video creation tools. Perhaps you created a short vertical video while you were out and about and saved it to your camera roll.

Keep in mind, your video has to be a square aspect ratio or a vertical aspect ratio. If you filmed a short video just using your phone in the vertical position, you’re good to go.

Here’s how to upload it to YouTube using the YouTube app.

  • To upload your video,
  • tap the plus sign on the YouTube app.
  • Tap Upload a Video.
  • Select a video that’s 60 seconds or less,
  • If you select a video that’s over 60 seconds, you can trim it using the video editor.
  • Down the bottom, you have the video editor.
  • You can just tap the bar on the left and slide it to trim your video.
  • You can do the same on the right-hand side by tapping the bar, then moving it to the left.
  • Everything that’s contained in the box will be in your video.
  • Everything you’ve trimmed that’s outside the box will not be in your video.
  • If you’ve got a video that’s over 60 seconds, you can just trim it using the video editor.
  • Tap Next.
  • Now, you can add sound, text, adjust the timeline, and add filters just like I showed you previously. When you add sound from YouTube’s audio library, you can only add a 15-second clip.
  • Tap Next,
  • tap on the title to add your title,
  • tap Visibility to select your visibility.
  • I’m going to leave it on Private and you can also schedule it.
  • Select your audience, made for kids, not made for kids.
  • I’m going to select, “No, it’s not made for kids.”
  • After you’ve added all your video details, tap Upload Short.
  • I’m going to tap Videos. It says, “Upload to Your Videos,” “See Videos.”
  • I’m going to tap See Video. Here’s my biking video,
  • I’m going to tap on the biking video.
  • Here is my Shorts video already completed. .

Did you know that Shorts videos on YouTube get 6.5 billion views per day?
It’s a great way to expose your content to a different audience that normally watches your regular videos

Here’s how to upload a short video from your computer.

  • Just keep in mind, it has to be a vertical aspect ratio of 1920 pixels long and 1080 pixels wide.
  • It can also be a square aspect ratio.
  • It also has to be 60 seconds or less.
  • Log to YouTube channel,
  • Click on the profile icon.
  • Click YouTube Studio,
  • click the Create icon,
  • click Upload Videos,
  • click Select Files.
  • Select a short video that you wish to upload.
  • Click Open.
  • Give it a title, add a description.
  • I highly recommend adding the #shorts in the title or description to increase the probability of your shorts video appearing on the short shelf. You don’t have to select the thumbnail because it doesn’t show up on the short shelf.
  • Scroll down, select your audience, “It’s not made for kids.”
  • It’s not necessary to add tags.
  • Click Next, monetization off.
  • Click Done, click Next.
  • I don’t want to add subtitles or cards.
  • Click Next. Copyright, no issues found, ad suitability.
  • Monetization is turned off.
  • Click Next.
  • Visibility, unlisted, or you can schedule it, so I’m going to schedule this for the 30th of November and click Schedule.
  • It says, “Your video will be set to public on November 30th, 2021,” and here’s the video link.
  • Now, I can check the video. Here’s how the vertical video looks on my computer with the bars on the left and the right. This is how it looks on my phone.

I highly recommend watching my video on how to upload YouTube shorts from PC that currently has 214,000 views.

Here’s how to add a short section to your YouTube channel homepage.

  • Click on Customization on YouTube Studio,
  • click Add Section,
  • click Short videos.
  • Your short section will appear on the YouTube channel homepage.

How To Track YouTube Shorts

  • Click on the Reach tab in video analytics.
  • Under traffic source types, you’ll see the percentage of traffic that comes from the Shorts feed.

What If Your YouTube Shorts are not showing?
Watch this video on the screen right now on how to fix YouTube Shorts not showing. You’ll discover five places where viewers can find your short videos and the best ways to optimize them.

Don’t Start YouTube Before Watching This (YouTube Channel Checklist)

Do you check the weather before going outside in case you need a jacket?

Don’t start a YouTube channel until you’ve watched the video below all the way through so you’ll know what mistakes to avoid. Here’s one of my first videos that I uploaded to my channel that was started in 2006 when I had zero subscribers and zero views. Here’s one of my current videos published 15 years later on my channel that now has 93.5 million views and 93,000 subscribers.

As you can see, it’s been a long journey. So I want to share with you my biggest takeaways before you start your own journey.

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Purpose

Think about the purpose of why you want to start a YouTube channel. Is it to make money? Is it to impact others or is it just a hobby? When I started my YouTube channel, I was a professional web designer so I shared design tutorials with my audience.

Later on, I discovered that videos were easier to rank and the search engines than websites. I started doing tutorials about YouTube videos. I discovered I had more passion creating videos than websites so I decided to focus my attention on creating video tutorials for YouTube.

Passion

Make sure you’re passionate about the niche that you choose for YouTube channel, because YouTube is a long-term commitment.

There’s going to be times when you don’t feel motivated to upload a new video, but you do it anyway because you’ve made a commitment.

There’s also going to be times when you’re too tired or even too busy because there’s something else that you wish to do instead. You got to keep a regular upload schedule every week otherwise you’ll fall behind.

For example, set a schedule of uploading at least one new video every week for the next 50 to 100 weeks. Keep in mind that the quality of your first video is probably going to suck compared to a video that you create three years later, as I showed you in the example at the beginning of this video.

Comparison

Avoid comparing your journey with someone else’s journey because if you’re just starting, the quality of your videos is going to be very different to a person that’s been creating videos for several years.

Instead, try to improve one new thing for every new video you upload and you’ll see the quality of your videos improve over time.

Another thing to absolutely avoid when starting a YouTube channel is to ask sub -or-sub. This is where you ask someone to subscribe to your channel because you subscribe to their channel. Instead, ask viewers that are watching your own videos to subscribe to your channel and give them a strong reason why they should do it.

Patience

Don’t expect your video to go viral, but work on improving the click-through rate and watch time for every new video you upload and you’ll get more views and subscribers.

Your first 50 to 100 videos are probably going to get little or no views so don’t get discouraged. The YouTube algorithm follows the audience so only make videos that your audience is interested in.

Know How The YouTube Algorithm Works

The YouTube algorithm looks at what each viewer has watched in the past, how much time they spent watching the video, and also what they don’t watch.

Your goal is to help viewers find the videos that they wish to watch and keep viewers watching more of what they like.

Know Your Audience

The more that you know about your audience, the easy it’ll be to create the right content for them.

One of the easiest ways to tap into the mind of your target audience is to type your main keyword into the YouTube search box. You’ll immediately see the phrases that people are typing into the search box to find out the information that they seek.

When first starting YouTube channel, you should focus on YouTube search because it’s one of the easiest ways to rank your videos at the top of the YouTube search engine. If your video ranks on the first page of the YouTube search engine, it’s more likely that people will click and watch your video compared to a video that’s on the second or third page.

Survey Your Audience

Other ways to get to know your audience is to survey them. If you have an email list, survey your list. If you have a Facebook group, ask questions in the group.

Reach Comments

Another way to study your target audience is to read the comments under the videos of your competitors. Viewers will often ask questions in the videos, which you can answer in your own video.

Study Community Guidelines

Before you even start creating one piece of content, become familiar with the community guidelines from YouTube. It’s very easy to get a community guideline strike on your video because you violated a community guideline.

For example, I talked to many content creators who got community line strikes on their channel because they talked about politics, COVID, or something that violated community guidelines.

If you get three community guidelines strikes, your channel will be terminated and you’ll no longer be able to post content on YouTube. Also, make sure that every new video you upload contains unique content. Otherwise, you’d also get flagged for reused content.

Click here to download my video upload checklist. You’ll learn how to optimize your video correctly before you publish it.

Branding

When you first start a YouTube channel, you’ll have a choice to create a brand account or a personal account. I highly recommend creating a brand account so you have more flexibility.

Take time to customize YouTube channel homepage because it’s the first thing people see when they visit your channel. Upload a profile picture of yourself or a logo because this will appear beneath your channel banner and also in the comments when you comment on other videos.

Upload a channel banner that clearly summarizes what your channel’s all about. You should also upload a channel trailer that summarize your content and motivates people do so subscribe to your channel.

The rest of your channel homepage should have sections containing playlists. If someone scrolls down your channel homepage, they’ll see all the thumbnails from your videos.

Click here to lean the steps to customize your YouTube channel homepage

Use your about page to also share what your channel’s about and add your social media links to it. The social media links will show up on your channel banner.

Tech Gear

Start with what you’ve got and upgrade over time. For example, when I first started on my YouTube channel, I just used my phone and the daylight coming in from the window.

These days, the new phones can shoot in 4k video so just use your phone if you’re just starting out.

Audio

The quality of your audio is even more important than the quality of the video. I highly recommend using an external mic when recording videos. If you’re using your phone for recording your videos, just use the headphones that come with your phone.

If you want to use an external mic that doesn’t have any wires and you can be 15 to 20 feet from your phone, I highly recommend getting the Smartmike+.

Click here to watch my review of the SmartMike+ microphone.

Video Editing

Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for video editing software, to edit your videos, start with free software like iMovie for the Mac or DaVinci Resolve. If you want to edit videos on your phone, you can download the iMovie app or the KineMaster app.

For creating thumbnails, just use the free online graphics software, Canva. They include a bunch of templates that you can customize to your liking.

Track Video Performance

YouTube gives you very specific analytics in YouTube Studio to track the performance of your YouTube videos.

In your overview tab, you’re able to see the views, watch time, subscribers, and revenue for your channel. You’ll also be able to see which 10 videos are performing the best on your channel.

If you click on the reach tab, you’ll be able to see the exact sources of where your traffic is coming from.

If you click on the engagement tab, you’ll be able to see how long it kept viewers engaged on your video.

If you click on the audience tab, you’re able to see when your viewers are on YouTube, other channels your audience watches, watch time from subscribers, and age and gender of your audience.

The revenue tab will show you how much revenue you’ve generated from your channel or videos as long as you monetize your channel.

Get Feedback From Others

Creating and maintaining a YouTube channel takes a lot of work and most of the time you’re working by yourself in your office or your studio. This can result in burnout or loneliness so you want to interact with like-minded people in your niche.

I invite you to join my Facebook group Tube Video Bootcamp

You’ll be able to interact with over a thousand like-minded creators. You can ask questions, get feedback and so you won’t be alone trying to figure things out yourself.

Have Fun

If you’re not having fun, filming, editing, and publishing videos on YouTube, it’s probably not worth doing and you’re probably doing it wrong. Try to stand up for your competitors by including something unique about yourself.

For example, I’ll often include video clips on my hobbies, such as trail riding, hiking, surfing, and skiing. This makes my videos more interesting to watch and increases engagement.

If you want to generate a passive income from YouTube, watch this video on the screen right now on how to monetize your YouTube channel in 2022

How To Monetize Your YouTube Channel

Imagine making money from YouTube while you’re sleeping, on vacation at the beach or biking local trails.

Wouldn’t that be sweet?

For example, my channel makes thousands of dollars each year just by enabling AdSense ads on my videos. For example, this video has made $3,500 since it was published. This video has made almost $800 this year just from AdSense alone.

In the video below you’ll learn 5 ways to monetize your YouTube channel in 2022 and beyond so you can generate a passive income from your videos. Every time you upload a new video to YouTube, it increases your income. You do the work once and you get paid 24/7.

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  1. Video Advertising

Did you know that YouTube will display ads on your YouTube videos even if you’re not a member of the YouTube Partner Program. This means YouTube will receive 100% of the ad revenue generated from your channel as long as you’re not part of the YouTube Partner Program.

Here are the criteria to become a YouTube partner.

– You need 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 public watch hours in the past 12 months.

– You need to turn on 2-step verification.

Watch this video to learn how to turn on 2-step verification for your channel.

– You must have zero active community guideline strikes.

YouTube says they’ll send you an email when you’re eligible to apply for the YouTube Partner Program. If you meet all these criteria, your channel will be reviewed. If you fail to meet any of these criteria, you can reapply in one month. YouTube says they’ll send you an email when you’re eligible to apply for the YouTube Partner Program. YouTube receives 45% of the ad revenue and you get 55%.

– You also must link your YouTube channel to an AdSense account.
You can link multiple YouTube channels to one AdSense account. If you click on the monetization tab on your YouTube channel, you’ll see how far you’ve got to go to meet the requirements of the YouTube Partner Program. –

– After you’ve passed the review process, you can enable monetization for your YouTube videos and start earning money from them.

Just keep in mind if your channel has been inactive for six months because you haven’t been uploading new videos to your channel, YouTube has a right to remove you from the YouTube Partner Program.

If you have a small channel, I highly recommend joining YouTube Partner Program as soon as possible so you can generate revenue from your channel and get direct support from YouTube.

2. Channel Memberships

Channel memberships allow viewers to join your channel through monthly payments in exchange for members-only badges, emojis, members-only live streams, and tips and tricks.

You have the ability to offer multiple membership levels at different prices.

To enable channel memberships, you must be a member of the YouTube Partner Program and have over 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours and be over 18 years old.

For example, if you join my channel membership for $9.99 a month, you’re not only be able to support my channel, but you’ll receive loyalty badges next to your name in the comments and live chat, get custom emojis to use in the comments and live chat, participate in exclusive members-only live streams every month so you can get your channel reviewed to help you identify ways to improve your channel.

Click here to become a paid member of my YouTube Channel

You’ll get a pop-up box like this where you can choose your method of payment via credit card or PayPal. Then just click buy. If you want to learn how to set up and turn on channel memberships, click the link in description below this video.

3. Merchandise

This is where fans can browse and buy official branded merchandise that’s showcased on your watch pages. If you want to see all the monetization options that are available for your channel, click on the monetization tab in YouTube Studio. As you can see, I’ve got ads, merchandise, memberships, supers, giving.

If I click on merchandise, it says showcase your merchandise. Make it easier for fans to find your official merchandise. I click get started, then I can select spreadshop or spring, and then just follow the prompts to set up your store. The merch shop will appear below the videos on your channel. To offer this, you need to belong to the YouTube Partner Program and have over 10,000 subscribers on your channel.

4. Super Chat and Super Stickers

This is where your fans pay to get their messages highlighted on the chat stream so they stand out from the rest while your live stream is going on. Super chat and super stickers can also be used during premieres as long as your live chat is enabled. Different colors stand for different amounts. If you offer a larger amount, your particular chat message will be pinned to the top and it’ll be there for a longer period of time than other colors.

What are the eligibility requirements?
Your channel must be monetized and you must be over 18 years old. This means you must be a member of the YouTube Partner Program and have 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 subscribers in the past 12 months. Keep in mind that super chat and super stickers are not available on age restricted, unlisted, private videos, or if live chat is not enabled. You also must live in a country where super chat and super stickers are available.

How much do you get paid from super chat and super stickers?
Creators receive 70% after local sales tax has been deducted. If you want to generate extra revenue from your YouTube channel, offer super chat and super stickers during your live streams. Just make sure that you thank the people that make those donations so you can build your audience quicker. If you’re using super chat during premieres, make sure you reply to the comments and questions in live chat directly.

5. YouTube Giving

YouTube giving allows creators to support causes they care about. Eligible channels can fundraise for nonprofits by adding a donate button to their videos or live streams. Viewers can then donate directly from the channel watch page or during live chat. For your channel to be eligible for YouTube giving, it must be located in the United States, Canada or United Kingdom and you must have at least 10,000 subscribers. Your channel must also be part of the YouTube Partner Program and not designated as made for kids.

You’ll be able to see the total amount of donations that you’ve raised by going to the giving tab in YouTube monetization.

Receive Donations Via PayPal

If you want to accept donations from your channel but you’re not a YouTube partner or don’t meet the requirements to have channel memberships or YouTube giving, then you can add a PayPal button to your channel. Watch this video to learn how to add a PayPal donate link to your YouTube channel.

What if your channel doesn’t meet any of the requirements of the YouTube Partner Program or any of the other monetization options?

Watch this video for 5 ways to generate a passive income from YouTube without having 1,000 subscribers.

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How To Change Descriptions Or Titles Across All Videos On Your YouTube Channel (IN SECONDS)

Imagine trying to update the description across all the videos on your YouTube channel. It would take days or even weeks, especially if you have over a 1000 videos like my channel.

In the video below, you’ll learn how to change the descriptions or titles across all the videos on your YouTube channel within a few seconds using TubeBuddy.

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The image below shows before and after the changes have been made. I’ll also show you how to save time for future uploads by setting default upload settings and how to create multiple upload default profiles using TubeBuddy.

My goal is to update the social media links in the descriptions of all the videos on my channel.

Here’s how to use the search and replace feature of TubeBuddy.

  • Click on the content tab in YouTube Studio.
  • At the top, if you’ve got TubeBuddy installed,
  • click bulk and miscellaneous tools.
  • Click find and replace.
  • In the action tab, you have a choice to find and replace a text, insert after the text, insert before the text, remove and delete text, add text to end of description, insert text at beginning of description, and replace the entire description.
  • Check the box for descriptions.
  • If you’re replacing a title, then check the title box and leave out the one for descriptions.

Here’s a hot tip when creating your video description, give an overview of your video content using natural language and include keywords at the beginning of your description.

Also check case sensitive or include partial word matches.

Here’s an example of what you can do to find and replace social media links across all videos

You can find the text like a link, then replace it with a different link. Here’s before and here’s after. In find text, I want to replace these three lines in my video description across all the videos on my channel. I want to replace it with these three lines, which are the updated links for my social media sites.

I only want to change descriptions, so I’m just going to check descriptions, click continue.
– It says which videos would you like to search for the text?
I want to search a full list of all my videos
– or I can check the box that says only load my most recent 50 videos, which would be faster.
A list of video IDs that I specify or all videos within one of my playlists
Search a list of videos that match my search phrase below.

I’m going to leave it checked.

I want to search a full list of all my videos.
Click continue. It says rendering videos on screen, this can take a few seconds.

Here’s all the videos on my channel where I can change the description. I can filter to show all videos, only public videos, unlisted, private, public and unlisted videos, private and unlisted videos. I’m going to select only public videos. Click all.

I have 302 videos selected where I can change the description in a few seconds.

Here’s a summary of the changes. Please confirm that you want to find the text connect with me on social media in video descriptions and replace it with a text connect with me on social media and then these updated links. Check the box. It says yes, do it. Click start.

Now it’s updating the descriptions of all 302 videos on my YouTube channel. It says processing complete. Videos completed successfully, 302. Here’s the original text for the description of this video. Here’s the updated video description when viewed on my phone.

All the descriptions of 302 videos were updated in a few seconds using TubeBuddy.

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Now you know how to update links, add hashtags or change the entire description of all the videos on your channel.

Here’s how to change the title of a single video, but you also have
the option of editing the titles of all videos on your channel.

For example, I want to replace a date on this video from 2021 to 2022.

Here’s a hot tip when creating your video titles.
Create a catchy title that hooks your viewers and supports your video thumbnail. Include keywords your audience is likely to use when looking for videos like yours.

For a single video…
– Grab the video ID (grab the last part of your video URL)
– Go to your channel content in YouTube Studio,
– Click on bulk and misc tools,
– Click find and replace,
– Select the action that you wish to take. I’m going to select find and replace text,
– Find the text that contains 2021 and replace it with 2022.
– I’m just going to select titles,
– Click continue.

Which videos would you like to search for the text?

  • I’m going to check a list of video IDs that I specify.
  • Enter my video ID in here.
  • Click continue.
  • Now it’s found the video that I want to replace the title for,
  • Select all to grab the title for this one, or if you want to replace the titles of multiple videos on your channel, then select all and it’ll select all those ones.
  • Use the filter to choose show all videos, only public videos, unlisted private, public unlisted, private unlisted.
  • I’m going to select only public videos.
  • Click continue,
  • Please confirm that you want to find the text 2021 in the video titles and replace it with the text 2022 in the video that you selected.
  • Click start,
  • Check yes, do it.
  • Click start.
  • Processing complete. Videos completed successfully.
  • Click done.
  • Now I’m going to check the video.
  • Reload the page
  • Now the titles has been changed from best time to upload YouTube videos 2021 to best time to upload YouTube videos 2022.

As you can see, it only takes a few seconds to search and replace the descriptions and titles across all the videos on your YouTube channel.

Set Upload Default Settings

Upload defaults are settings that are applied to all of your video uploads. This will save you a ton of time because you can create a default description that will be applied to all your future uploads. This means you won’t have to create a new description every time you upload a new video. You can choose defaults for your video privacy setting, category, title, tags, language, and more.

Keep in mind that these upload default settings only affect videos that are uploaded through the browser on your computer. If you upload videos using a mobile app or the YouTube video editor, it won’t respect your default settings.

  • Click on settings on YouTube Studio,
  • Click on upload defaults.
  • On the basic info, you can set a default title, which I don’t recommend.
  • Under description, you can set a default description, which will be the same for every single video you upload, but you can also edit it for an individual video.
  • You can also set a default visibility such as unlisted and also set default tags.
  • Under advanced settings, you can also set defaults for all of these.
  • Under monetization, you can also set the default type of ads that you want displayed on your videos.

YouTube only allows you to create one set of upload defaults,
but with TubeBuddy, you can create multiple upload default profiles.

For example, if you create videos about the new iPhone, then you can set upload default profiles for that specific video, you can also apply these profiles to existing videos.

Here’s how to create multiple upload default profiles.

  • Next to upload defaults, click new,
  • Please enter a name for the new profiles so I’m going to call it slideshow tips
  • Click okay.
  • You can enter a title, which I wouldn’t recommend, add a description, slideshow tips for creating video slideshow on YouTube.
  • Visibility, check unlisted, add your tags here,
  • Click save.
  • It says your profile was successfully created.
  • Click okay.
  • I can delete this profile or I can create a new one.
  • Here it shows up in the profiles under upload defaults. This means I can select this profile for any new videos that I upload.

Here’s how to apply a new upload default setting for a specific video that you’re uploading.

  • Click on the TubeBuddy icon, it says reuse details.
  • Under upload defaults, check slideshow tips,
  • Click apply. It says applying metadata and upload settings from slideshow tips.

Now you can see that the description has slideshow tips for making video slideshow on YouTube, and in tags, I’ve also got slideshow tips.

This is helpful for creating a different description or set of tags based upon the type of video that you’re uploading to YouTube.

Let me ask you a question…
Are you getting little or no views on your YouTube videos?
If that’s a yes, watch this video on why my YouTube video is not getting views and how to fix it.

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Why Is My YouTube Video Not Getting Views (HOW TO FIX)

Do you get depressed when you see little or no views on your YouTube video, especially after you’ve spent countless hours filming, editing and optimizing it?

For example, why did this video only get 249 views and zero subscribers since it was published in August, and this video got over 5,500 views and 8 subscribers since it was published in August.

Watch the video below to learn why your YouTube video is not getting views and how to fix it.

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Here are the 10 reasons your YouTube video is not getting any views.

  1. Topic
    If you choose a topic that your audience is not interested in, they’re not going to watch your video. Enter your main key word in the YouTube search bar to get a bunch of suggestions on what people are searching on YouTube. Add an underscore before or after the keyword to expand your search. You can also include letters. If you include a letter before or after your keyword, it’ll expand that keyword phrase.

    My secret weapon for finding the right keywords is TubeBuddy. I simply enter my main keyword phrase in the keyword explorer tool from TubeBuddy to see if I get an excellent or very good keyword score. It’ll also show me related keyword phrases that I can use in my videos, as well as showing me the competition that’s currently ranking for that particular keyword phrase.

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    The YouTube algorithm follows the audience.
    YouTube tries to match each viewer to the videos they’re most likely to watch and enjoy.

    Another way to choose a topic that your viewers will enjoy is to look at the top 10 videos in the last 28 or 90 days on your channel. Just click on the overview tab in YouTube analytics and look at the top 10 videos in this period. Make a similar video or a series of videos based upon the same topic, but approach it at a different angle.
  2. Title
    The purpose of your title and thumbnail is to capture your viewers attention so they’ll watch a video. If nobody clicks on your video after seeing the title and thumbnail, you’ll have wasted all that time creating your video for nothing. You can place your main keyword phrase at the beginning or end of your title as long as you include it. Add something before or after your main keyword phrase in the title to motivate your viewers to click and watch the video.

    For example, the main keyword phrase for this video is YouTube video not getting views, which I placed at the end, and then added Why is my at the beginning to motivate my viewers to click on the video.

    Keep your video title short so it doesn’t get cut off when viewed on a mobile phone. Try to weave your title into the first three lines of your video description so when viewers are watching a video, they can read a summary below the video.
  3. Thumbnail
    Human beings are visual creatures so the thumbnail is the first thing that captures their eye when they’re scrolling through the search engines. The goal for your thumbnail, should you decide to accept it, is to get a click-through rate of 10% or higher.

    According to YouTube, the average click-through rate for YouTube videos is between 2% and 10% so always try to get higher than 10%.

    Here are some tips for creating a clickable thumbnail.
    – Use contrasting colors,
    – Use bold text,
    – Show your face containing an expression related to your content,
    – Create a design that stimulates curiosity so the viewer will be motivated to click and watch a video.
  4. Relevance
    Creators often ask what kind of videos does the algorithm like the most? YouTube says that the algorithm follows the audience and pays particular attention to what they watch, what they don’t watch, how much time they spend watching your video, likes and dislikes, and not interested feedback.

    Instead of worrying about what the algorithm likes, it’s better to focus on what your audience likes. Therefore, make sure your topic, title, thumbnail, description and video content all relate to each other. If you optimize your video correctly, it has a higher probability of being discovered in the search engines.
  5. Engagement
    Here’s a video performance card that YouTube shows when your video takes off. Wow, this video is taking off. Views are 40% higher than usual as people choose your video more often when we recommend it and they watch longer.

    YouTube says…you can increase the chance of YouTube suggesting your content by increasing your click-through rate and your video watch time.

    If your viewers watch your video all the way through, you’ll get a high watch time or a high average view duration.

    Here’s a graph (see below) from YouTube asking the question, what’s a good video retention rate or percentage watched. The top 10% of videos on YouTube get a retention rate between 49% and 82%, so you want to aim for a high video retention rate if you want to get your videos recommended by YouTube.

Here are some tips to get a high engagement rate on YouTube.

Use a strong hook at the beginning of your video, you could ask a question, make a bold statement or tease about what’s coming up next in the video.

Avoid long introductions. Don’t place your introduction at the beginning of your video because people want to get into the meat of your content right away. Keep your introduction down to a few seconds and add some value first before introducing yourself.

Make sure your video content is relevant to your title and thumbnail. If your content is very different to what was promised in the title and thumbnail, your viewers will leave right away.

Reset the attention of your viewers throughout your video by adding B-roll, graphics, transitions, text, et cetera.
– End your video with a strong call to action such as linking to a video or playlist in the end card.

Monitor your audience retention graph in YouTube analytics to see where viewers are dropping off, then try to improve your audience retention in your next video.

Develop a series of videos that are organically connected and put them in a playlist. When you link to your playlist and the cards and screens or description then people will binge watch more of your videos. When viewers watch more of your videos in one setting, they’ll stay longer on the YouTube platform and there’s a higher probability that your videos will be suggested and promoted by YouTube. If you do this, you might see a video performance card on your channel that says great job, views are up 37% primarily due to lots of subscriber interest.

Subscribers

When someone subscribes to your channel as a result of watching one of your videos, it means they want to return to your channel to watch more of the same content. Under what’s going on, it says this video seems to be really appealing to your subscribers because more of them chose to watch this video after seeing it in their subscriptions feed than usual.

Knowing what your subscribers like to watch can help you build a more committed fan base. When you get subscribers and viewers returning to your channel to watch more of your content, it sends a clear signal to the YouTube algorithm that they should be promoting it to more people. This results to a free promotion from YouTube because they’ll surface your content to a wider audience.

YouTube says that if you keep viewers engaged for longer and encourage them to come back for more, whether it’s for a long video or several short ones, the longer you keep people watching, the more content may get surfaced.

If the audience retention for one of your video is very short, make a shorter video and then link it to another video so you can get a longer watch time. A series of short videos that are linked to each other may get a higher watch time than creating one long video.

YouTube says keep doing what works. When you create something that’s working for your audience, keep at it. We surface more of what your viewers like.

7. Video quality.
If you have poor sound, low definition video and bad delivery, it’ll affect the quality of your video. Make sure you use a high quality microphone, shoot high definition video, and practice smooth delivery of your content. The number one reason for not getting views on your YouTube videos is that your content is not interesting to your viewers. Therefore make sure you choose a topic that is of interest to your viewers and try to keep them engaged throughout the video.

8. Editing style
One of the reasons you may not be getting a high audience retention on your videos is the way you edit your videos. Research the editing style of the top competitors in your niche. Instead of copying them, try to use some of the best elements in your own videos. When you’re satisfied with the editing style in your own videos because you’re getting a high audience retention, stick with that particular style.

9. Upload Frequency

The more often you upload videos to your channel, the more views you receive. If you’re only uploading once a week, try uploading twice a week. Your second video could be a live stream or short video so there’s not much editing to do. Download my three video upload checklist by clicking the link in the description below this video. You’ll learn how to optimize your video before it goes live so it can be found in YouTube and Google search.

10. Competition

You may not be getting a lot of views on your video because that particular keyword phrase that you’re targeted is too competitive. If there’s many people that are targeting the same keyword phrase that you chose for your video, it’ll be hard to get top rankings for that particular keyword phrase.

Here’s what to do instead, choose keyword phrases that have a high search volume and low competition so it’ll be easier to rank for.

If you choose a topic that your audience is interested in, get a high click-through rate because you’ve created a great thumbnail and title and increased the watch time from your viewers, you’ll increase the probability of YouTube suggesting your content to a wider audience.

Let me ask you a question…
Do you want to get even more views by your videos appearing in Google and YouTube search?
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Do You Need 1000 Subscribers On YouTube To Get Paid (QUIT YOUR JOB)

21 years ago, I started a professional web design business where I traded time for money, and often was unable to take a few weeks off to go hiking to New Zealand or spend time at the beach with my family.

Today, I have the flexibility to go on vacation, go hiking, trail riding, or attend a video conference, because I generate enough passive income from my YouTube channel.

In this video, you’ll learn the 5 ways to get paid by generating a passive income from your YouTube videos that doesn’t require 1,000 subscribers or becoming a YouTube partner.

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Promote Affiliate Products
Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to get paid without having a 1,000 subscribers on YouTube, or being a member of the YouTube Partner Program. The beauty of promoting affiliate products is that you don’t have to do the work, such as coming up with a product and creating the marketing materials. All you have to do is talk about the product in your video, then add an affiliate link in the description below your video.

For example, this video talks about the top 4 TubeBuddy tools I use to grow and manage my YouTube channel.

I highly recommend promoting a product that you already use in your business. For example, I use the TubeBuddy keyword research tool multiple times a week to optimize my videos. I often place a link to TubeBuddy in the description below my video. If someone purchases TubeBuddy through my link, I get a 50% commission. As a result, I make thousands of dollars per year recommending TubeBuddy to my viewers.

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One of the easiest ways to promote affiliate products is to join the Amazon Associates Program. Amazon pretty much sells anything. After you’ve signed up for the Amazon Associates Program, go to the Product Linking page, and enter your product in the keyword box. I’ve entered GoPro 10, click Go. I’ve got the GoPro 10 Black at $449, and then just click the link. Click Text Only. Click Short Link. Here’s my Amazon affiliate link to promote the GoPro 10.

If a person continues to buy Amazon products within a 24-hour period, I also get a commission for those products.

Here’s a big tip for you when adding affiliate links in the description below your video.
Include a disclaimer at the bottom of your description. It can say something like, “Some of the links above may be affiliate links from which I earn a small commission when you purchase from them.”

Brand Deals and Sponsorships
A brand deal or sponsored video was when a company approaches you or you approach the company about making a video that exposes their product to your audience. They pay you to make the video, and you can often include an affiliate link in the description, so you get ongoing commissions as long as the video remains on your channel.

Here’s an email I received from a company to do a paid collaboration or brand deal.

“Hey Herman, the reason I’m writing to you today is that I closely follow your channel and believe that there’s a golden opportunity for us to work together. Hence, we would love to sponsor a video or a series of videos on your channel.”

I usually get paid $500 to $1,000 to make a 5 to 10 minute sponsored video. You can get paid for several brand deals per month and make thousands of dollars.

Here’s a sponsored video I created for how to edit videos on YouTube for beginners.

Another benefit of brand deals is that a company may send you a product for free in exchange for promoting their product on YouTube channel. For example, I recently made this video for the best wireless microphone for camera, laptop, or phone. They sent me 2 wireless mics in exchange for making the video. Now I use this mic almost every day when I’m out and about, because it’s so easy to use and it just clips onto my shirt.

Promote Your Own Online Course or Products
If you want to make a 100% commission, I highly recommend promoting your own courses and products. One of the easiest and fastest ways to make your own product is to create an e-book related to the content that you upload to YouTube. You can also use the e-book to generate leads by offering it as a free download in exchange for contact information.

For example, I have a YouTube traffic course called Tube Video Boot Camp that pays me 100% commissions every month as long as someone remains a member.

How To Make $100,00 / year
If you have 225 members paying $37 per month, you’ll have $100,000 income per year. It all starts with one new member per day.

If you’re an expert in your niche, I highly recommend offering coaching services. For example, I offer a one-hour personal coaching session for video creators that are stuck and want to grow their channels. It’s insanity to keep doing the same things on your channel and expect different results, so it’s better to get a YouTube expert to look at your channel and suggest different ways to grow your channel.

Click this link if you want to book a personal coaching session with me

If you don’t want to offer coaching, you can offer other services that you’re good at, such as video editing or graphic design. All of these services that you offer enable you to get paid without having 1,000 subscribers or becoming a member of the YouTube Partner Program.

Here’s a bonus tip….

Build an email list so you can recommend your products and services. Unlike the YouTube platform, which you’re renting from YouTube, your email list is something that you own, so if your YouTube channel gets terminated, you still have your email list.

To build your email list, offer a free download, such as a free cheat sheet, e-book, e-course in exchange for contact information. Place a link to your free download in the description below your video, and invite people in your video to click on the link. The beauty of having an email list is that you can promote your products and services any time outside of YouTube. The bigger your list gets, the more money you’ll make.

Here’s a hot tip for getting paid for making YouTube videos without 1,000 subscribers.
Bundle multiple streams of income together so you don’t rely on one income source. For example, you can promote affiliate programs, do brand deals, recommend your products and services while building an email list.

Let’s look at the numbers to build 100K per year business online.
If you build an email list of 2,500 email subscribers, and 10% of those paid subscribers spend $400 per year, you’ll have 100K per year business. Of course, those numbers are going to be fluid depending on your offer.

After your channel reaches a threshold of 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the past 12 months, you can become a YouTube partner. This means you can enable monetization for your channel and generate a passive income from displaying AdSense ads on your videos.

Watch this video to discover how to increase YouTube ad revenue and 6 ways to make more money.
View this video to learn how to get leads for free on YouTube

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