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How to truly grow your YouTube channel?

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  1. pappy12

    pappy12 Newbie

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    Wondered if there was any way I can seriously improve my YouTube channel to grow it - My content is all unique and I have very high production value, but I am really struggling to get real subscribers and views.

    * Been working full time on this channel since October 2014 (9 months).
    * Currently 85 videos. All unique, all high quality, all consistent.
    * I think I am adopting use of good keywords in description, title and tags.
    * Am using annotations
    * Am using cards
    * Am using purchased likes in order to try and get good ranking (high retention, over 80% watch time, worldwide views)
    * niche market is toys

    I wish so much I could grow it, but I'm beginning to think its impossible! Any help from successful YouTubers, I am willing to pay big for help.
     
  2. Dr Byte

    Dr Byte Junior Member

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    This should be great motivation for you:



    At 5:00 comes the important part.
     
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  3. tunnmap113

    tunnmap113 Newbie

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    Thank you for the video, it very helpful but it is hard to grow a channel isnt it ?
     
  4. HoneyHelper

    HoneyHelper Supreme Member

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    You can try my sig. to rank your videos
     
  5. pappy12

    pappy12 Newbie

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    This is all well and good, but without sounding pompous, we know our content is better than others in the same niche, but it just doesn't get out there properly. That guy is American and YouTube will still have promoted his video before he became known and popular, to the millions of other Americans in his country. If, like me, you're uploading within the UK, even though it's English-speaking, your video doesn't get promoted the same way and reaches far less of a potential audience.

    Pewdiepie did well, not only because of decent content, but because he started uploading in Sweden, then he moved to Italy, then there was another move I think - So his videos were available and promoted to a much wider audience. Any famous Brit YouTubers you know? No, and there's a reason for that.
     
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    soulcollector Senior Member

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    The best way to start growing is dominating the suggested videos. You need people who will watch multiple of your videos when they click from suggested videos or directly from keyword search. This is how you rank, based on viewer session, likes, comments, shares, etc. To even get near pewdiepie (who took advantage of the exploits of early view session for promotion) you'd need to buy advertising on all major YouTube channels and wait.
     
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  7. pappy12

    pappy12 Newbie

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    That's useful information, thanks. Is there any tutorial anyone recommends for how to dominate suggested videos from keyword? I don't mind how much work it takes for me, but someone who is used to doing this in order to achieve dominance in the rankings would be useful.

    I seem to remember some information out there about how hard it is to rank over an old video with the same keywords, or hard to rank over an established youtuber (I mean, how can new people with excellent content achieve a good ranking if they were always being outranked by established youtubers?)
     
  8. andreaklarin

    andreaklarin Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    There are some ways which will lead to growth of your youtube channel.
    > Complete your profile.
    > Produce best videos.
    > Create good Content.
    > Optimize Video Metadata.
    > Promote and Cross-promote.
    > Embed Videos everywhere.
    > Create content regularly.
    > Foster a community.
    > Feature your channel and videos.
    > Annotate Videos.

    Good Luck!
     
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  9. hekke

    hekke Senior Member

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    The videos you produce are top-notch, this channel for sure got the potential to become huge.

    Although, I see that your monthly views has decreased since March - but went up in June. Do you know why? As in July you lost 50% of those 91k views you had in June. It seems like you made a lego building video that was well received and got more views than the other videos - make more of those videos!

    Also something to mention, even though you lost 50% of your monthly views in July, you got more 124 subscribers than in June - which is a really good sign!

    If we take a look at your "Most Popular Videos"-section I can spot a path in what gets a lot of views - it is reviews and lego building videos. I got an idea, let's have a look on the "What's New" on LEGO's website. I've found this Big Bang Theory lego set that was released recently that you can buy and make a building video out of. And there are many more here!

    If you can afford, buy a few lego sets and make a few building videos each month. Your current subscribers don't only want building videos so it is important to keep them happy by not only posting building videos - but a few per month cannot hurt. People are looking for reviews, unboxing and building videos of recent items so you could set an alert on Google Alert once new lego products are being launched (or is available to pre-order).

    As others have mentioned above, a great way of gaining subscribers is to do cross-promotion with channels in the same niche. I recently stumbled upon ChannelPages.com which is a platform for YouTubers where they can find people in the same niche to do collaborations with. It looks good, I haven't tried it myself yet though. You can also try to go through "Suggested videos" and contact channel owners of those videos - ask to mention each others channels in a video and feature each other in the featured channel-section.

    As for on-page, I've only checked a few videos though, I think you need to mention "*product* review" more times in the description than you currently do. They seem to be detailed descriptions but lack some keywords that can be important to mention in the description. Use Google's Keyword Planner to find more keywords to use for some extra keywords to include.

    You are for sure on your way to get a big channel. I think it is just a matter of time until you'll see some really big growth. Keep track of what videos that gets the most views so that you can post more of those videos!

    Best of luck,
    hekke
     
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  10. pappy12

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    Thanks Hekke, this is extremely useful information. And thank you for the positive vibes about the production quality. This is why I can't understand why we aren't doing better.
    Although I wouldn't pay too much attention to the views analysis at the moment as we are buying HR quality views to rank the videos and I'm not able to determine what's bought and what's not.
    At the moment, we're sort of faking it until we make it and using the purchased views to get ranked + trying to kick start organic traffic.

    LEGO is always a hit as it's the most popular toy. I would say most of our natural subs come for the LEGO vids, but I'm trying not to be a LEGO channel.
    Good point on the Google Alert - I didn't know about that feature.

    I will certainly have a look at ChannelPages.com, although tbh when we have tried cross-promotion to reach out to other YTers in our niche, we rarely get any response.
    We do get sent free sample sets to build, we rarely need to buy the toys, the brands like us - I'm just struggling to understand why we aren't taking off like others in our space.

    I will also update descriptions to mention "product" review more. Thank you.

    Thanks so much for your time and energy on this, muchly appreciated :)
     
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    Purchase a billboard. Not a joke.
     
  12. mrrobpeck

    mrrobpeck Newbie

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    Hello pappy, I have been doing youtube for about the same time. I am starting to get great results, Not quit my day job results just yet, but at the rate I am growing it could be possible within a year or two from now. If you want me to analyze your channel let me now. I am also trying to see how I can get to $100 day asap. Right now I am about $8 to $12 a day with 48 videos and I get 30 to 50 new subs a day. I am pretty happy, but it is still going to take some time to get where I want to be.
     
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    mrrobpeck Newbie

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    my god man that's a great channel, very high quality videos. What i would do is not do any view buys, like buy's etc.. i never have. Use youtube video ads, make sure they are targeted if you want to invest. And also high quality bookmarks and real social signals. Make sure the keywords have search engine traffic.

    Try to think outside the box with keywords, while still remaining true to your subscribers and niche. It might take a little while but with high quality videos like yours it's only a matter of time.
     
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  14. pappy12

    pappy12 Newbie

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    Just wanted to say that I appreciate your words. Although I'm not sure it's enough for me to carry on. The video quality may be high (been in the video production business for years), but I'm not sure if the content is good enough to hook people. I've been doing this for 9 or 10 months now, 88 videos - You would think I would get *some* comments from true fans (instead of my fake ones).

    Yes, it's true - I've faked a lot with views and comments to get a ranking and as a lure for real fans - But those real fans never seem to come. I would love so much to know why this is the case. Is the channel just not interesting enough (not accounting for the production value)?

    Will YouTube video ads really help?
     
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    Hope this video will help me.
     
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    Can you explain further what you exactly mean by "buy advertising on all major YouTube channels and wait"?