Has it ever occurred to you that every channel you see today with 100k+ subscribers actually started with zero subscribers?
If they could do it, then what’s stopping you?
The first challenge, however, is getting that first 1,000 people to hit the subscribe button.
Once you get over that hurdle, getting the next 1k, and the next, and the next won’t be much of a problem.
So, let’s see what you can do to get your first 1k YouTube subscribers.
- Break your video into parts
Before creating your first video, I recommend you think of how you can break it into a two or three-part series video. That is, into something that has episodes 1, 2, 3, etc.
Don’t worry; I’ll tell you why this is important soon.
YouTubers have a habit of watching videos and then zapping out without bothering to ever look back. To turn regular viewers into subscribers, you need to change this habit on your channel. And that’s where your two-or-three-part series video comes into play.
In the ending of part-one, insert a cliffhanger.
Note: A cliffhanger is when a story or plotline ends suddenly, or a large plot twist occurs and is left unresolved. It is a device that is used to cause suspense, but most importantly, it leaves unanswered questions that make the reader or viewer want to come back to learn what will happen.
This cliffhanger is what will bring them back. But before they go, encourage viewers to hit the subscribe button so that they can get notified once the next part drops.
Tips for converting your videos into parts
- Ensure you cover what the title of each part says
- Ensure you don’t use an information or a knowledge readily available elsewhere as your cliffhanger
- Oftentimes, you can use the promise of a freebie or gift as the cliffhanger.
- Make sure each part is intriguing enough to spark an interest in viewers so that they will come back for the next part.
- Buy YouTube views and subscribers
It’s important at this stage to give your video all the necessary boost it can get. And that’s where buying views and subscribers come into the picture.
From the algorithm’s perspective, bought views portray your content as a highly engaging video worthy of being ranked.
From the angle of humans, bought views give your content some social proof, which encourages people to click on your video wherever they see it.
- Share your videos on social media
Now that you have your first video – Part 1 – and you’ve bought some important views to boost it, the next thing is to post it on all major social media channels.
Go to Twitter and find hashtags relevant to your videos, and tag your post accordingly with a short link to your video.
Once done, use the remaining character space to write captions that captivate people into clicking your link.
Tumblr, like Twitter, is mostly tag-based. However, the tags you can use on Tumblr are nigh unlimited- feel free to go crazy with all the tags you’d like your video to appear in.
With Facebook tagging, you’re best off using the single most relevant tag that pertains to your video.
Use all hashtags relevant to your video on Instagram. But don’t forget to direct viewers to the embedded link.
Find questions relating to that video you’ve created and answer them. While answering, write meaningful answers, and input your Channel URL into the post. Don’t worry; it’s the cliffhanger in the video that will force them into hitting the subscribe button.
After a while of posting your videos on these channels, some viewers would pop into your channel, and because you’ve adopted the cliffhanger and series-type video format, many of them will hit the subscribe button.
- Set your video up for Google SEO
I don’t know how much you know about making YouTube videos appear in Google searches, but you’re going to need all of that knowledge here.
Basically, this is a rundown of all the strategies involved:
- Choose a perfect high-ranking keyword that aligns with your video. Tools like Ahrefs and Ubersuggest can help you do keyword research and come up with a good keyword for your video.
- Optimize the title and description boxes with this keyword. Try and write at least 200 words of content. Use synonyms and one-off keywords. For example, if your main keyword is How to Rank YouTube Videos, some off-keywords would be How to rank YouTube videos in Google, how to get videos to show up in search engines, YouTube Marketing, etc.
- Add tags related to your video’s keywords and synonym keywords.
- Name the file based on your main keyword and secondary keywords (ex: How to Rank YouTube Videos – Ranking Videos in Google).
- Add some comments about what the video is about.
- Select thumbnails that will attract attention
- Gather likes, shares, and subscribers. You can easily get all these by buying YouTube likes or buying YouTube subscribers from providers like Stormlikes.
Once your video is live on Google, you can expect a bunch of viewers to hit the subscribe button because of the cliffhanger and series-type video format you’ve adopted.
Don’t worry, subscribers gotten until now (from tip #2, #3, and #4) are the ones that will bring the next batch of subscribers. Keep reading to find out how.
- Encourage subscribers to refer you and get a bonus
Commonly, some guides might tell you to give viewers free money (giveaway) to encourage them to subscribe to your channel. But history has shown us that many a time, these types of subscribers are not actually true subscribers but gold-diggers who are just in your channel for the money.
If you truly want to use a giveaway campaign to get subscribers, follow this tactic:
- Ask existing subscribers to refer their friends or others that they think might be interested in the type of video you create.
- To encourage them, incentivize them with a giveaway. For example, you can tell them there’s a giveaway to be won if you get a certain number of hits on the “subscribe button” by your next video episode.
What makes this tactic different from the traditional ones of encouraging random viewers to subscribe and then get a giveaway is that it’s your existing subscribers that are getting giveaway (people who voluntarily subscribed thanks to the execution of tip #2, #3, and #4 above).
And as for the new subscribers referred, chances are they, too, are truly interested in your type of content. Because if they were not, it would have been hard for any existing subscriber to convince them to subscribe.
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