How To Get 50,000 Subscribers On YouTube – My Top 10 Tips To Help You Grow

Thank you for enabling me to get to 50,000 subscribers. It’s taken a while but through consistently publishing new videos every week for several years, I was able to achieve that goal.

In the video below, I share my top 10 tips on how to get 50,000 subscribers. I wish I knew these tips before I started my YouTube channel so it could have grown a lot faster.

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  1. Set a goal.
    Setting a goal is like having a destination on a map, once you arrive at your destination, you’re happy you got there. It’s the same for a YouTube channel. Say you started off with a new channel and your first goal was to get 100 subscribers.

    When you achieve that goal, it inspires you to make another goal. For example, when you’ve achieved 100 subscribers and verified your channel, you’ll be able to get a custom URL, upload a custom thumbnail and upload videos longer than 15 minutes.

    After you’ve achieved that goal, your next goal might be to achieve 4,000 public watch hours and 1,000 subscribers in the next 12 months so you can become a member of the YouTube Partner Program. Once you’ve achieved that goal you’ll be able to monetize your channel.

    You see each goal inspires you to achieve the next goal. This is a way you can rapidly grow your YouTube channel.
  2. Don’t compare the growth of your channel with other people’s channels.
    If you just started a YouTube channel it’s easy to compare your growth with the growth of someone who’s been at it for years. This will only get you depressed because you’re comparing the start of your journey with their journey where they may have been at it for two or three years.

    Don’t compare the number of views and subscribers you’re getting at the beginning of your journey with their journey where they’re getting much more views and subscribers. Just focus on being the best you can be and be your unique self instead of comparing yourself with others.

    If you do look at other channels on your niche look at the different ways they’re being successful. It could be their delivery, their channel art or the way they optimize their videos.
  3. Focus on three simple metrics: click-through rate,
    average view duration, and average percentage viewed.
    You can track the progress of each of these in YouTube Studio Analytics. Click-through rate is how many people have seen your thumbnail then clicked on it to watch your video. According to YouTube, most channel’s click-through rate is between 2-10%.

    If you increase the click-through rate of your YouTube videos then YouTube will service more of your videos to other people’s channels.

    Average view duration means the estimated average minutes watched per view for the selected content.

    Average percentage viewed means the every percentage of a video your audience watches per view.

    Your goal should be to get above 50% average view duration and average percentage viewed. The higher the better. If you track and improve these three metrics for every video you publish, your channel will definitely grow.
  4. Improve one thing at a time.
    In the previous point, I mentioned about improving your click-through rate, average view duration, and average percentage viewed.

    How do you improve those metrics?

    If you want to improve your click-through rate you’ve got to design better thumbnails. If you want to improve the average view duration and average percentage viewed of your videos, you’ve got to improve the engagement rate of your videos. This means you’ve got to try different tactics to keep the attention of your viewers all the way through the video.

    Some small tweaks you can make to your videos is improving the audio, improving the video quality, your backdrop, lighting, and delivery. Sometimes one small tweak can make a big difference.
  5. Get feedback from others.
    It’s easy to fall in love with your own style of making videos. You might think you’re doing a good job but when you get objective feedback from others, they can see things that you can’t see. Therefore, get feedback for your thumbnails, for your videos by asking your wife, your kids, and your friends.

    If you want to become a member of my Facebook group Tube Video Boot Camp, click here. You’ll be able to get feedback on your thumbnails, your videos and interact with like-minded members.
  6. Create content your audience wants to watch.
    One of the best ways to tap into the money your audience is to do keyword research. For example, if you enter a keyword phrase on the YouTube search engine, it gives you a bunch of suggestions based upon what people are searching for.

    If you use the TubeBuddy keyword research tool, you’ll save a lot of time by discovering keyword phrases that are easy to rank for. It shows you the search volume, the keyword score, related keyword phrases that you can rank for and even the ability to spy on your competitors. It also shows you the hot trends in your niche.

    Click here to get TubeBuddy

    After you’ve researched a bunch of keyword phrases you want to rank for, list them in a Google Excel spreadsheet so you know what videos you want to publish in the future.

    I highly recommend choosing a theme then creating a series of videos that you can put into a playlist. When you create the video you can link to other videos in that playlist using cards and end screens, so people will binge-watch your videos. YouTube loves this because your viewers are spending more time on their platform. This gives you more watch time which is a big ranking factor on YouTube.
  7. Trends.
    Look for hot trends in your niche that you can capitalize on. For example on my niche, a lot of people started creating videos when YouTube changed their Terms of Service. When the FTC fined YouTube $170 million, YouTube had to make some massive changes to their Terms of Service. When this happened, a lot of creators in my niche jumped on this trend to get a lot of views and subscribers to their channel.

    Click here if you want to learn more about these massive changes that affect all content creators. You can find current hot trends in your niche by going to Google Trends.
  8. Don’t just focus on search.
    Although you can get a lot of traffic from search, most traffic comes from suggested videos. These are the videos that appear on the right side of the watch page and the videos that appear after your video has stopped playing. They also show up below the video on a mobile app.

    Some of the best ways to get into suggestive videos, as I mentioned before, is to improve your click-through rate, average view duration, and average percentage viewed. Work on improving the design of your thumbnails and improving the engagement rate of your videos.

    Also, try to increase the watch time by suggesting other videos at the end of the video they’ve just watched. Make sure you link to related playlists in your cards and end screens. You can also put a playlist to top of your comments, so when people go to comment on your videos they’ll see that playlist.
  9. Re-purpose your content.
    After you’ve published a video, your work has just begun. Make sure you share your video on social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You can also embed it on your website or blog. This will help your video to get found in Google search, which is a number one search engine and YouTube is number two.

    For example, a top traffic source for my channel is Google search. This is because I’ve been posting a transcript of my video content and embedding a video on my blog for several years.

    You can monitor the top traffic sources for YouTube channel in YouTube analytics. Select the videos that are generating the most traffic to your channel, then create more of those types of videos because you know they have performed the best. As I mentioned before, create a video series and put them in a playlist.
  10. Be consistent.
    One of the biggest factors that contributed to the growth of my YouTube channel was uploading videos on a consistent basis. For the past few years, I uploaded new videos three times a week on my channel.

    When YouTube sees that you’re publishing videos on their platform on a regular basis they’re more likely to promote your videos. This is because they see constant activity on your channel.

    You also want to make sure that you generate a lot of interaction on your channel by replying to comments, getting likes and asking for subscribers. Keep in mind that YouTube is a social platform, so you want to interact with your viewers and subscribers.

    You can also increase interaction on your channel and your videos by using the community tab, asking questions and doing polls.

    BONUS TIP – Have fun!
    If you’re not having fun pursuing your passion or sharing your skills, it’ll be hard to keep going when the going gets tough.

    Please do me a favor…

    If there’s any way that I’ve helped grow your YouTube channel post your testimonial in the comments below. I’d love to read them and I’m sure others would too.

If you want a grow your YouTube Channel so you can attract more views and subscribers, pick up a copy of my 100+ page YouTube Marketing Guide

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