I need professional YT advice - is my channel worth keeping or is it a lost cause?

ThatguyCT

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Hi guys, as it says in the title of this thread, I urgently need advice from the YouTube Gurus of BHW. This is my issue: I bought a channel at the beginning of the year with 4k subs and more than enough watch time so that I could start monetizing in an instant after taking over and rebranding the channel. Little did I know, the watch hours no longer counted since the original owner deleted all of the videos, and, in addition, it seems that all 4k subs are inactive. Now, I've been actively posting for 8 months, at least twice a week, investing countless hours of my time and money for promotions, but the channel simply isn't going anywhere. I have two videos that are currently gaining organic traffic through YouTube search, one being at 25k views (gets around 300 views daily), the other at 10k (100 views daily), all my other videos are basically at 30 views if I don't have a promotion scheduled, which seemingly doesn't do anything since the videos die after the promotion is over. (I don't even reach 1k impressions on most vids)

Personally, I believe that my channel is not going anywhere cause I have 4k subs just sitting there being inactive, which, from what I understand, messes with he algorithm, no?

What are my options? I would hate to see the channel go since I've put so much time, effort, AND money into it, all of which I will never get back.

I really appreciate anybody that has advice and can help me out! Thanks, guys.
 

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I'm not 100% sure, but I never felt like inactive subscribers had any negative impact (except for looking bad in analytics).
On my channels, there didn't seem to be a difference between 10k dead subs + 1k active and just 1k active.

I would never count on the engagement of bought channels. Even if they are real , you don't know how they were generated, and even if they are high quality organic subs, they can lose interest super quickly if your content is just slightly different from what the previous owner uploaded.

I'd say keep the channel, but focus on organic traffic and treat it as if you were starting without audience.
 

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I'm not 100% sure, but I never felt like inactive subscribers had any negative impact (except for looking bad in analytics).
On my channels, there didn't seem to be a difference between 10k dead subs + 1k active and just 1k active.

I would never count on the engagement of bought channels. Even if they are real , you don't know how they were generated, and even if they are high quality organic subs, they can lose interest super quickly if your content is just slightly different from what the previous owner uploaded.

I'd say keep the channel, but focus on organic traffic and treat it as if you were starting without audience.
Is this really the case? If so then i could buy some subs so I can meet the monetization threshold
 
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I would say, start a new channel with the same content. But still keep the old one and continue posting content.

Then see which one works best. But chances are you are going to need to cut your losses. No point pissing against the wind.

There is always the option of trying to find a sucker to buy it from you. Then you can get some of your money back and move on.
 

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I'm not 100% sure, but I never felt like inactive subscribers had any negative impact (except for looking bad in analytics).
On my channels, there didn't seem to be a difference between 10k dead subs + 1k active and just 1k active.

I would never count on the engagement of bought channels. Even if they are real , you don't know how they were generated, and even if they are high quality organic subs, they can lose interest super quickly if your content is just slightly different from what the previous owner uploaded.

I'd say keep the channel, but focus on organic traffic and treat it as if you were starting without audience.
Thanks, an issue I am currently having as well, though, is that I only get around 100 Impression per opposed to the 5k-10k I used to get when I first bought the channel. Would you know anything about that?
 

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Is this really the case? If so then i could buy some subs so I can meet the monetization threshold
Also I've read that YouTube helps you out once you are able to monetize. (by helping out, I mean the algorithm pushes your content and favors it more. Is this true?)
 

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I would say, start a new channel with the same content. But still keep the old one and continue posting content.

Then see which one works best. But chances are you are going to need to cut your losses. No point pissing against the wind.

There is always the option of trying to find a sucker to buy it from you. Then you can get some of your money back and move on.
Wouldn't YT notice that the content is the same if I post my stuff on the new channel but keep em on the old as well?
 
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Wouldn't YT notice that the content is the same if I post my stuff on the new channel but keep em on the old as well?
Sorry, I typed what I meant poorly.....

I'm not saying post the exact same duplicate content, but make the second channel in the same niche. Then just create the same sort of content you are already making. But instead post half to new channel and half to old channel. Then see if how it goes, kind of a "A/B" test.
 

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Sorry, I typed what I meant poorly.....

I'm not saying post the exact same duplicate content, but make the second channel in the same niche. Then just create the same sort of content you are already making. But instead post half to new channel and half to old channel. Then see if how it goes, kind of a "A/B" test.
Gotchu. Unfortunately, I don't think I have the time to manage and produce content for two channels so I guess that's off the table. :/
 

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Gotchu. Unfortunately, I don't think I have the time to manage and produce content for two channels so I guess that's off the table. :/

he meant that you should split the 2 videos that you're making each week between the 2 channels, not create more content. You said that you're posting twice a week anyway, so upload 1 video to 1 channel, and the other video to the other channel.
 

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there are no shortcuts on youtube, if you started with some "aged" channel that you know nothing about the method they used to generate views & subs, you take a risk.
from what you described above, youtube already decided about your channel... so you better cut your losses.

i suggest to start fresh, create a NEW fresh channel, spin ALL your old videos (with a Video Spin Blaster or manually by edit & re-render) and upload them 1 per day, promote ONLY with 100% real views.
and let us know how that works for you.

Good luck!
 

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Sounds like your not split testing the thumbnail a/b for views.
 

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he meant that you should split the 2 videos that you're making each week between the 2 channels, not create more content. You said that you're posting twice a week anyway, so upload 1 video to 1 channel, and the other video to the other channel.
That doesn't sound like a bad idea, I might even do that. Thank you for all the helpful words btw, really appreciate it guys! Will keep you posted on how things turn out ;)

there are no shortcuts on youtube, if you started with some "aged" channel that you know nothing about the method they used to generate views & subs, you take a risk.
from what you described above, youtube already decided about your channel... so you better cut your losses.

i suggest to start fresh, create a NEW fresh channel, spin ALL your old videos (with a Video Spin Blaster or manually by edit & re-render) and upload them 1 per day, promote ONLY with 100% real views.
and let us know how that works for you.

Good luck!

Also something I would consider. I'm going to let this run through my head, do some more research and post about my progress, once there is any :D
 
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