YouTube is an excellent source of traffic. While most marketers focus on trying to create killer videos that will go viral, that’s not all there is to it. In addition to producing videos that are helpful, interesting and entertaining, there are some other things you need to do to increase your subscribers.
Network and Socialize
Many people don’t realize YouTube is actually a social media site, just like MySpace, Facebook or Twitter. It’s not just a place to watch videos. As a result, many people think all they have to do is slap up a few videos and wait for people to find them through searches. What you have to do is network a little.
Networking on YouTube is incredibly easy. Just find a channel that you like, preferably related to your niche, and become a subscriber. Sometimes that’s enough to make them check out your channel to see what you’ve got.
Sometimes they’ll subscribe automatically when they receive your subscription.
Just like all social media sites, your YouTube networking will work best if you’re real about it. That’s why I recommend choosing channels that are related to your niche and/or actually interesting to you. It’s not so important that the niche is the same, but I wouldn’t just randomly subscribe to anybody’s channel.
Network with the goal of making friends. Comment on other folks’ videos or send them messages telling them you enjoyed them. You don’t have to push it, saying something like, ‘I like your video… check out mine!’ If they’re using YouTube for networking, they’ll naturally check yours out to see what you’re offering. If you want to tell them about your videos, be subtle about it.
Keep Pumping out Videos
Another way to get subscribers is to continue making high-quality videos. The whole point of subscribing is to see the new videos being posted. If you’re not producing any, there’s no point.
Get into a regular schedule of creating and publishing videos. For example, make one a week. Decide how much time you’d like to spend on it and stick to that schedule. Most folks, once they get over the initial awkwardness of talking to their computer, find making videos is fun. But if it’s a total drag or it takes you too long, you can also outsource it.
Whenever you post a new video, be sure to promote it. Update your Facebook fans, Twitter followers and LinkedIn connections and embed it on your site. You might also want to put your videos on video directory sites where even more people can see them.
Give the People What They Want
Put yourself in your subscribers’ shoes. What would they like to see? Read the comments and any messages you get carefully. If you pay attention, they’ll tell you exactly what they want. Identify their problems, pain and questions, and make videos solving them. If you do this, you’ll never have to think up your own ideas.
By staying consistent, offering helpful information, and making some friends on YouTube, you’ll see your number of subscribers booming. And once it starts, it has a kind of snowball effect because your subscribers tell their friends about your channel.
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