These days, everybody seems to want to be a YouTuber.
One study even found that more kids want to be YouTubers than astronauts!
If you can relate, it’s time to take action and get that channel off the ground. Learn how to get popular on YouTube with these 10 steps.
Present Yourself Professionally
Before you even upload your first video, you’re going to need to spruce up your channel.
That means coming up with a catchy and unique username, finding a relevant banner and profile image, and coming up with an enticing bio. Set up some channel-specific social media accounts and link them to your channel. Put some thought into it.
By presenting yourself in a professional way, you show that you’re serious about YouTube. Viewers will be more inclined to subscribe and stick around your channel.
Exploit the Latest Trends
There are tons of popular genres on YouTube, but they tend to ebb and flow. What’s popular one week might go completely out of style the next.
Spend time exploring the trending page, and find what people are interested in. If you’re uploading gaming videos, find out what other popular gaming YouTubers are doing. If you’re doing vlogs, study how other vloggers perform and edit together their footage.
You don’t want to copy these people completely, but there’s no shame in borrowing successful tactics. That’s how trends start, and it’s how a lot of YouTubers get going.
The hardest part of starting a YouTube career is getting noticed.
Even if your content is top-notch, sometimes it’s a struggle to get it noticed. This is especially true when you have a small subscriber base. Viewers won’t see you as an authority and might skip your video for a more popular one covering the same topic.
To take some of the difficulty away, you can buy YouTube subscribers. These may not be “authentic” viewers, but they’ll boost your numbers, thus boosting your credibility. It’ll be enough to launch you into more authentic subscribers and viewers.
This tip goes hand-in-hand with exploiting popular genres and styles.
If you’re starting a news channel, that might mean paying more attention to the latest news. Make videos about hot topics while people are still searching for them. If you’re doing a movie review or TV reviews, pay close attention to what people are interested in.
Go outside of YouTube to do this. See what’s hot on various Reddit pages, check Google News, and browse Twitter. The more relevant your topic, the more viewers you’ll get.
Come Up With a Good Title & Thumbnail
The title and thumbnail might be more important than the content of your video in some cases.
A good, exciting title and thumbnail will draw viewers in and get them interested in the video. For the thumbnail, you want something colorful, catchy, and bold. For the title, you want something that leaves the potential viewer wanting more.
Just remember, there are certain words that will decrease viewership, and get your video flagged as controversial. This will decrease its chances of being recommended and coming up in searches.
Develop High-Quality Content
If you want to get serious views, you’ll want to invest in some good equipment. Depending on your phone’s camera, you may be able to get away with using that for shooting. But you’ll probably want to invest in:
- A good audio recorder
- A good computer for editing
- Editing software
- Green screen (depending on your videos)
The equipment you’ll need to make high-quality videos depends on what type of videos you’re planning on making. A lot of vloggers just use their phones or small cameras to capture footage, but they’ll almost always have a good microphone. Every YouTuber needs editing software, and they need to learn how to edit before really locking in.
You don’t need to break the bank, but you’ll need to spend a little if you want to be taken seriously.
A great way to expand your subscriber base is by collaborating with other YouTubers.
The bigger the YouTuber the better, but you shouldn’t aim too high to start with. Find a YouTuber with a somewhat higher subscriber base than you whose style you like. Chances are, the majority of their subscribers don’t know you, and they’ll like what you have to offer.
Whether it’s 100 new viewers or 1,000 new viewers, it doesn’t matter. As long as you’re getting fresh eyes on your content, you’re increasing your chance for new subscribers.
Make an upload schedule and stick to it. You don’t need to upload every day, just let your viewers know when they can expect new content. Try not to miss any uploads.
The more you upload, the more new subscribers will have to catch up on. They’ll likely watch your newest video, then move on to the old ones for more. Plus, it gives subscribers something to look forward to.
Promote Yourself, Interact With Your Viewers
Share your video on relevant subreddits, forums, and Facebook pages.
You never know what might blow up given the right environment. Since Redditors tend to dislike self-promotion, you might want to do this from an unassociated account. Act like you’re sharing a video you just discovered.
It’s also important to keep in contact with your followers. Let them know if you’re going to miss an upload, or even what’s happening in your personal life. Viewers are likely following you in-part for your personality, so they want you to come across authentic.
Listen To Your Audience
Read your comments and acknowledge what the viewers want.
If they like a certain video series or style of yours, keep that going. If you’re noticing a regular criticism, try working on it in future videos. When something is working, keep riding that wave and you’ll be much more likely to retain viewership.
There’s No Secret on How to Get Popular on YouTube
If you’ve been wondering how to get popular on youtube, try following the ten steps above. YouTube popularity won’t come overnight, but a combination of these tactics will certainly speed up the process.
Just don’t give up hope whatever you do. Anything that’s worth doing takes time, YouTube included.
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