This is seriously one of the ‘most asked’ questions I have ever experiences – “Chyaz, how do you get views and subscribers on YouTube?!”. In all honesty, I don’t obsess about the numbers and figures – I appreciate every single one of my subscribers as an individual and their support as people mean more to me than a statistic. However, I do have some tips, and I will freely share them with you!
Getting More Subscribers:
- Remember that they are real people – I really hate arrogant YouTubers who don’t realise that those numbers represent actual people who genuinely use their time to watch you. Be friendly, chat and don’t talk down to anyone.
- Make your page look attractive – draft in the help of an artistic friend, if you’re not yourself, to get a good channel design up. If your page looks inviting, more might be willing to subscribe.
- Have a good featured video – it is the first thing people see when they go to your page, so make it good!
- Be yourself – it’s clear a mile away if you’re being fake. In my experience, viewers want to see someone’s personality shine through, so make sure that you’re comfortable with what you’re doing and your viewers will be too!
- Network yourself – these things don’t happen by magic. Get your name out there via other social networking sites and let word of mouth (or keyboard!) do some of the work.
Getting More Views:
- Name your videos well – and accurately! No one wants a misleading video title, so describe what you’re offering clearly and effectively
- Good tags – make sure that you include all the keywords you can think of when entering your video tags. People will search in different ways, so think of the possibilities.
- Be relevant to your audience – if people are watching you for a specific kind of video, don’t go too far off track as less people will be interested. This is not always the rule though – I personally like to post the odd video about a certain charity, scheme or thought-train. I’m talking posting a beauty video if you’re a film reviewer – you get the gist!
- Be dedicated – if you’re going to do something, do it properly! If you start a series, keep it up. For example, I do an ‘Ask Chyaz’ series on my vlog channel. I will be doing another soon, and it is important to keep your videos regular.
- Pitch your channel to the right people – if you’re a musician, try and network with fellow musicians and music enthusiasts online (there are thousands of platforms for this). It could help you get views and recognition!
I hope that these tips have been helpful! They are not solid rules but my personal observations – whatever you do on YouTube, just go for it!