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.
- 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.
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.