Intro: So I'm trying to get my YouTube channel going, but I can't seem to get any sort of momentum, I mean I'm not trying to get in the top 100 YouTube or make big bucks off it but I would love to get the ball rolling, get some views following in some subscribers now and then and some interaction so that there is at least a bit of hope or steady growth. At the moment I have about 10 videos, 10 subscribers and about 1-100 views (half which are my own views/clicks) on my videos. I have been on YouTube for a couple of months now, the content is my own so not at risk of copyright or anything. However the results are poor considering I have used most of the tools below and have risk my account by using them. Tube toolbox - This software has gone pretty weak in terms of results. PMing, Video sharing, or simply adding contacts doesn't seem to get noticed by others, it seems that YouTube has made changes that hides messages deep inside the inbox without any notifications. So decided to do Video commenting instead with a set of 15 different messages and after the 3rd or 4th comment all the other comments get hidden by youtube it seems like it detects maybe a couple of similar words from my messages and deciding to block it or something (and I can't come up with 15 messages that won't use a few similar words). Bot Views - I thought buying views was probably the surest way of gaining popularity or giving a video the boost for it to start gaining views on it's own, but first time I bought views (from a reputable seller here) my video got removed a few days later so that seems like a no go unless I want a perm suspension. Legit way - OK, so you make a good quality & content video, you give it a great specific title, you fill out the description box and tags like all the countless amounts of (legit) tutorials tell you, and then you spend the rest of your day working your butt off networking /posting on forums/reddit etc, and trying to get a few measly views on your video, then what?!? That video will sit there for the rest of it's lifeline collecting maybe 1-2 views a week because searching for your ****ing keywords you put in the title or description or tags doesn't bring up your video in the search engine and if it does it will be placed on the 20th page or something. Youtube makes no attempt to bring attention to your video because there's already many popular videos with those very specific keywords and phrases. Subscriber Train, view ly, etc - Not only these sites run a risk of account suspension but they are not even that powerful or bring any significant results, I mean 5 subscribers every 3 days (subscribers that won't even bother to watch your videos) is not even worth risk in itself. Conclusion: So has YouTube gone Ape s*** and basically put tons of restriction that basically tries it's best to block all types of growth for channels whether it's legit/non-legit. It certainly does seems like a bad time to start creating content on you tube as they seem to be happy with their already popular channels and basically telling everyone else to P-off. Are there any good methods out there that are working for people? It seems like all the s*** techniques are shared (especially in tutorials/advice videos) whilst all the good stuff that might work is kept secret, it would be great to know what all these popular channels did to get popular, did they just buy views at the right time? Did they just play youtube when it was possible? Or did they really some how miraculous start picking up views because people suddenly started to rush towards their low viewed videos because their content was THAT GOOD.