I’ve been doing YouTube off and on since 2013. It’s my only real dream. I started up again and decided to really give it a proper go this time. I bought expensive equipment and software, and have spent the past 6 months barely sleeping putting in a massive effort. I’ve bought views/likes/comments and it hasn’t helped. I’ve done every single “proper” marketing strategy I could think of, even buying real ads and spending hours commenting/liking other people ls stuff on YouTube as well as Instagram and sometimes Twitter. Here’s my problem. A channel very similar to mine, started a year ago (so just 6 months older than mine) has nearly a million subscribers. I have 2,000. After all the effort, time, and money I’ve put in, I have 2,000, and recently, my sub count has completely stopped increasing altogether. I’m not ungrateful, just feeling like I’m missing some sort of secret trick. This individual only has about 40k Twitter followers and 70k Instagram followers. There’s nothing massively different between the two of us. If anything my channel is better quality with a lot more research put in and other media to keep the viewer entertained. I get nearly all positive reviews from viewers with very high engagement. What are these people who get to a million subscribers in a year doing that I’m not? Is there a secret strategy? Please help, I’m drowning in Youtube haha. I grately appreciate anyone who takes the time to answer. Edit: thank you for your responses! I don’t feel comfortable posting my channel, but my viewer retention sits around 50-55% typically, which I thought was ok considering I think the average is around 30%. Length is typically 6 minutes. The niche we’re competing in is exactly the same.