My Tips For Reaching 200 Subscribers On A Gaming Channel

I passed 200 subscribers in September of last year, this is log overdue. One thing I learned is when you reach a milestone, wait awhile. Some people love to troll and unsubscribe when you pass a milestone. Sometimes YouTube does a purge of dead,spam accounts or accounts that break theirs rules. Rather than making a video saying, ‘ I reached 200 subscribers, yay me!,’ I decided to give some advice on what helped me pass 200 subscribers. It could help someone else.

  1. Change Up Your Content, gaming is a very saturated niche. It will be impossible to rank for a game that thousands of people played before you. However, if you add different things, you can stick out. Not only should you do let’s plays, maybe review the game, do a tutorial on how to pass a boss, maybe do game theories as you await another chapter for the game. Before I added different stuff, I was stuck in the 170s from maybe this time early last year until mid-July. When I added being a jerk in Telltale Games, reacting to game trailers, that helped me get noticed and was easy to rank for. I uploaded my reaction trailer videos within 24 hours of the trailer release.
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I got this ‘feedback’ from someone. I have zero clues as to what they meant because they didn’t provide extra details ( eg this is a gaming channel, why is there a video about making pasta here) If they mean me doing different stuff, I have to contradict them. You should add different things as long as it relates to your overall niche. It’s hard to stand out from the crowd, merely just adding different things can make you stand out. I will never grow just doing let’s plays, which is why my channel wasn’t growing for a good chunk of the year last year. They are not my target viewer if they have a problem with me adding different things. At least they could mention the video in their comment. I think they didn’t even watch the video all they cared about was my channel having different stuff

2. Change up your channel graphics, you should try to make your profile photo, banner, and thumbnails somewhat appealing to the viewer. I do not have good skills. I tried to make my graphics within my skill level. You can pay some people on Fiverr to make your graphics. They may have high prices, at least they will do a good job and they’re trustworthy.

3. Facebook Groups, you want to find Facebook groups that don’t allow spam, sub4sub etc. Groups that do sub4sub will not help you at all. You will only get subs that don’t care about your videos. Also, join groups that have threads, as the post can easily get buried when you post on the wall. Join groups where people interact with your content, leave feedback etc. That will help you, not groups where people link dump and spam.

4. Trending Topics, cover some things that are trending. For example, I would love to play games that are trending. However, I can’t because I do not have a good computer nor do I have the money for a computer good enough to game on. I explain here and here why I cannot get a job. Actually, take time to read the blogs I linked before you jump the gun and judge. The only money I get is from my Steemit blog. Unfortunately, I only make pennies. Unless I get lucky and a post brings in a lot of money, it could be 5 years or longer before I can save up the money for a good computer. There are also things I need outside of equipment for YouTube. I have a Patreon, no one has donated though. To get back on track, I decided to react to game trailers of games coming out. I am limited on equipment and decided to pick something within my capabilities. Find something that is trending to cover.

5. Proper Promotion, you want to properly promote your content. You can have all the SEO in the world, there will still be competition. Sign up for sites that allow YouTube promotion. Make social media accounts for your content. I pre-promote my videos by making a short teaser clip and posting it to my socials the night before a video goes up. That way the viewer will know what I am uploading. You cannot just promote on your social media accounts and expect views. It’s like opening a store and only telling your friends about it. Reddit can help you. People can be jerks on there, however. As long as you interact with people on the site, you should have no problem. Check the rules of the sub before you post!

Now let’s go over some things to avoid that could be the reason your channel isn’t growing. I made some of these mistakes. I am sure this is the main reason why my channel stopped growing. I wasn’t talking a lot in my videos. I didn’t know that gaming channels were about personality. I will talk more about this in a different blog. I felt if I didn’t have much to say at least I could have asked the viewers some questions. Another mistake is making long videos. I am for making your videos at least 20 minutes so you won’t be on the game as long, I mean making them 40+ minutes long. Your viewers may not have that much time if they work or have school. If your video is 20 minutes long, they can watch 10 minutes when they have a little time and the last half whenever. You also need to think about this. You should play a game that you like and not because it’s popular. People complain about me playing older games all the time. Little do they know I don’t have the equipment to run the latest games. I rather play a game that might be old, but I am interested in it than to play a game that is popular, and I have no interest in it. So you can complain about me playing ‘old’ games all you want. Unless you’re gonna buy me a gaming laptop or a console then, shut up! Do something because you like it and not because you think it will get you views and subscribers. Isn’t YouTube about making what you like? I do like some of the latest games I just don’t have the gear to run them.

Stay away from sub4sub, that will do nothing for your channel. You will have subscribers who don’t care about your channel or your videos. I also made a video as well. Check that out if you want to. Don’t cheat and buy subs and views. Do something because you want to. The viewer can tell if you’re just doing something for views rather than because you’re interested in it. Good luck to any new YouTube Gaming channel. Help me reach 230 subscribers, it would be nice to get to 1K this year. Here is my channel.

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6 Common Signs Of Autism

Autism can be easily misdiagnosed with ADHD, so I picked 6 signs that I believe are not

associated with ADHD, autism has a lot of signs, but I picked 6 so the video/blog won’t be too long. I was diagnosed with ADHD and my mom had a gut feeling I had more than ADHD, and a social worker I saw before she left confirmed this.

Remember that different individuals will have different signs, but I picked the ones that I feel are the most common.

5 common autism sings

1) Takes Things Literally
This is a huge one. An autistic individual will take certain phrases literally, take the phrase “kick the bucket” say you post on Facebook your grandpa kicked the bucket, a non-autistic will know you mean your grandpa passed away, but an autistic person will think your grandpa actually kicked a bucket. And this can cause problems, like with Facebook’s new like system, they may give your post a laugh re-act because they think kicking things is funny, but they will not know kick the bucket means someone died. So If possible, I would avoid phrases like that. I also have this problem. My mom said I saw a movie 100 times and I thought she did a head count each time I saw the movie, and she meant figuratively, I saw said movie 100 times. This can make seeking employment difficult, if the person makes it to the interview, they may take the questions too literally.

2) Stimming
This can vary. It can be tapping a pen. flapping your hands, playing with a toy, tapping your foot. Now an individual may stim if they’re anxious, and the stimming helps, like if taking a test makes them nervous, then stimming calms the nerves. This can annoy a non-autistic, making it hard for someone to do what eases their nerves. My mom gets annoyed when I stim and she has the same thing as me. She makes me feel bad about it like damn, sometimes I can control it, sometimes I can’t. I didn’t ask for this. I didn’t want this. You really think I want to be like this? I don’t need you making me feel worse. If someone has a disorder, and they have traits with said disorder, they cannot control it. That’s like trying to tell God where to make it rain. It doesn’t work like that and can’t happen because you command it.

3) Difficulty Processing Information
If you watched my video “My Struggles With Autism” in that video, I mentioned this and used explaining the weather as an example. You can explain someone to someone with autism, and they will get extremely confused by your explanation, they will have difficulty processing what you’re saying, difficulty understanding what’s going on around them. This can be dangerous because someone can use this to their advantage. They are hearing you and listening, but they’re having difficulty processing and understanding it. So you may have to explain it in a way they can get it. Do not insult them, its not their fault they have autism like no one asks for this stuff. Provide examples, show them a video or picture if you can. You just need to provide more context. Instead of just saying ‘get me some coffee,’ say ‘get me some coffee, I want a frappe’

4) Not Understanding Jokes/Sarcasm
It will be hard for someone with autism to know sarcasm from seriousness. Depending on how you put it. It will be hard for the person to know if you’re serious or joking. You can say ” I laughed so hard I pissed myself” a non- autistic will know you’re joking and that you didn’t really wet your pants, but an autistic person will think you pissed yourself. Another instance is my friend said no one wanted to hear his voice because they’d piss themselves. He probably meant figuratively, but I thought people actually pissed their pants when they heard his voice. There can be a lot of cases. There were times where I took people too literally and they replied they were being sarcastic. They can take autism jokes too seriously. No one likes seeing a disorder they struggle with turned into a meme. The person may not know it’s meant to be a joke.

5) Not Understanding social cues
This is a big one, someone with autism will have difficulty reading social cues, for instance, you can show that you don’t want to talk anymore. The person will NOT read that you’re done talking. I like to be social, my mom makes me feel bad about it so I don’t talk to anyone anymore. Sometimes being different is hard and I feel my life would be better if I was normal. If I were to get a job that required social skills, 9/10 I’d be fired since my disorder hinders my social abilities. You can talk to someone about a movie you saw, the person you’re talking to can show they have no interest in the movie. Because autism hinders your social ability, you will not pick up and not know to ask the person what movies they like.

6) Gets upset over changes
Autistic individuals will get upset over changes. And it will be hard for them to immediately adapt to it because we like sticking to a routine, and when something changes, it’s not gonna be pretty. This can make it hard for us to hold down jobs if something changes and the person flips out. When I was on high school, we had a class called seminar, where you get help with homework, after the announcements, we were able to move, then my sophomore year, they changed it and I went nuclear( I even inserted a nuclear bomb explosion in the video, assuming Cushie Tube, I mean YouTube, won’t flag the video). And I didn’t even have time to process the changes vs if I was told before school got out. So basically if somethings changing the person need to be told in advance. My mom used to understand this. Now she doesn’t and says ‘I have to adjust.’ How can you expect me to adjust if I have no time to process the changes?!

If you know any other signs that are common, tell me in the comments down below. Here is the video if you wanna take a look.

If you want a part 2, just tell me in the comments. I also wrote a book to showcase our struggles with getting and keeping jobs. It’s about time people learned that what’s easy for neurotypicals can be difficult for us. Get your copy here.