In this post, I’m gonna show you how to get more YouTube subscribers fast. In fact, thanks to the tips I’m about to share with you my channel now generates 5347 new subscribers every single month. I’m soup the founder of imsoup. Today I’m going to show you 9 proven strategies for getting subscribers on youtube and some advanced techniques I’ve never seen anyone else talk about to keep watching over the last year I’ve helped hundreds of YouTubers grow their channels.
One of my favorite examples of this is jeff rose from goodfinancialcents.com fortunately despite publishing lots of high quality videos his channel wouldn’t grow he was stuck at a few thousand subs for literally years that’s when Jeff decided to implement some of the strategies I’m about to share with you and these proven strategies dramatically boosted his YouTube subscribers Jeff literally went from ten thousand subscribers to forty nine thousand subscribers within weeks and now it’s time for me to reveal these strategies and show you exactly how to implement them so let’s kick things off with strategy number one turn your watermark into a subscribe button this strategy is like a cheat code for getting new subscribers up up down down left right left right B a start you probably already know that you can add a branded watermark to your YouTube videos a branded watermark is a little icon that sits on the bottom right hand corner of your video watermarks are cool because people can subscribe to your channel without stopping the video or leaving the page that’s the good news the bad news is most people use watermarks that don’t work for example the first watermark that I used on my videos look like this I mean you can barely see that thing needless to say that watermark didn’t convert anyone that’s when I decided to try something different instead of a watermark that blended in I used one that stood out specifically I made my watermark look like a subscribe button and that simple increase the number of subscribers that I got from my watermark by 69.2 percent and that’s why I recommend making your watermark look like a YouTube subscribe button after all that’s the goal of your watermark to turn viewers into subscribers so the more your watermark looks like a subscribe button the more subscribers you’ll get our second strategy is to use the top formula for your channel trailer it’s no secret that a channel trailer can turn random viewers into loyal subscribers the question is how do you create a trailer that actually works the top formula the top formula is a three-step process for making a channel trailer that gets results here’s exactly how it works first you want to address your target audience in the first 10 seconds of your trailer at this point the person watching your video isn’t sure if your channel is for them that’s why they’re watching your trailer so you want to start your trailer off by addressing who your channel is for does your channel how busy moms get in shape or maybe you show people how to become better public speakers now’s the time to address that group directly for example I start off my trailer by addressing my target audience marketers my target audience is made up of people that are serious about marketing their online business and right off the bat literally within 5 seconds that group knows they have found the channel for them next it’s time to tell your origin story here’s your chance to explain why you created your YouTube channel and make no mistake the origin story is very powerful that’s because your origin story helps your channel stand out from the thousands of other channels in your niche your origin story also helps your viewers relate to you as a person which makes them more likely to subscribe for example in my trailer I tell the story of how I went from a guy that struggled with SEO to a well-known expert finally cap your trailer off with a pitch to subscribe at this point the person watching a trailer is this close to subscribing they just need a little push so don’t be afraid to ask people to subscribe to your channel in fact YouTube recommends that you end your trailer with an explicit call to action for viewers to subscribe for example at the end of my I say so make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on all of the actionable SEO techniques I’m about to share with you as a pro tip don’t end your trailer right here instead out of 5 to 10 second end screen that displays a prominent subscribe button I’ve found that this helps convert even more viewers into subscribers and let’s move right along to strategy number 3 there no comment Left Behind strategy did you know that replying to comments can help you get more subscribers it’s true in fact YouTube states that when creators take the time to interact with their loyal community it can encourage audience participation and ultimately result in a larger fanbase and I’ve seen this play out firsthand time and time again remember Jeff Rose that guy I mentioned earlier well Jeff makes sure to reply to every single comment that comes in even if it’s a simple thank you or thumbs up emoji in fact Jeff believes in this approach so strongly that he even replies to haters yep Jeff haters gonna hate and this is one of the main reasons that jess channel is able to get so many YouTube subscribers every month personally I also try to reply to every comment that I get it doesn’t always happen but I try my best that said I always reply to comments that come in within the first 24 hours of publishing a video that way people that take the time to comment see that I read and care about their thoughts and now it’s time for our fourth strategy though winner-takes-all technique this is one of my favorite ways to get more subscribers on YouTube here’s the step by step process first log in to your YouTube analytics and click on subscribers then click on YouTube watch page and voila just like that you can see which videos generate the most subscribers for your channel I call these videos winners because they’re proven to generate an above-average amount of subscribers and if you can get your winners in front of more people you’ll get more subs here’s how your first option is to make a winner video your channel trailer this option makes the most sense if you don’t have a trailer set up yet because remember your trailer is the first thing people that aren’t subscribed to your channel see when they visit your I’ll page so it makes sense to show them a video that converts these people into subscribers you can also include your winning video as the first video in a playlist that way whenever someone watches one of your playlists they see your winning video right off the bat for example this video on my channel does a great job of turning random viewers into subscribers so I made that video the first video in this playlist that way whenever someone watches that playlist they see my winning video right away then I prominently displayed that playlist on my channel page simple and once you’ve done that it’s time for our next strategy strategy number five strong channel positioning and branding this is one thing that skyrocketed my subscriber base when I first started the backlinko youtube channel I didn’t spend one second thinking about my channels positioning I thought to myself as long as you publish great videos you don’t need to brand or position your channel any sort away and it turns out I was wrong because when I position my channel more strategically my views and subscribers increased significantly here’s exactly how to do it first write a one sentence description that describes what makes your channel unique or different for example my channel’s positioning is higher rankings and more traffic that way when someone that wants high rankings and more traffic finds my channel they say jackpot and they smash the subscribe button bow that’s the power of channel positioning how about another example Marie Forleo is a blogger that helps people start and grow their small business but unlike most other business channels Marie doesn’t talk much about Facebook ads or email autoresponders instead she focuses on helping the person behind the business so she created a single sentence that helps her channel stand out from the thousand and one other marketing focused channels on YouTube create a business and life you love once you have your sentence ready plaster on your channel page and in your videos for example I include my channels positioning in my channel are my About section my animated logo and more I even say the words higher rankings and more traffic in my videos next up we have strategy number six use a next video in your endscreen here’s the deal if someone watches one of your videos you have one chance to turn that person into a subscriber but imagine that you can get the same person to watch one two or even five videos from your channel they’d be much more likely to subscribe right right so how do you do that promote a next video in your end screen you see when someone’s done watching one of your videos they’re thinking what’s next okay now what and when you feature a video as the next video you give them a clear answer to that question and another opportunity to watch your content and subscribe here’s how to set this up first include 10 to 20 seconds of time at the end of your video for an end screen obviously you want to add a big old subscribe button to your end screen as you can see here I make sure to add a prominent subscribe button to all of my end screens that said a good chunk of your viewers aren’t ready to subscribe yet they need to see more of your content first and that’s where your next video comes into play to set up a next video simply include the text next video to your end screen now I like to use the phrase next video but you can word this however you want for example you can use terms like watch next check out this video or any other phrase that works for you and then link to one of your videos above that text using YouTube’s built-in end screen feature here’s an example of how the next video in your end screen should look and in general you want to use a video that’s closely related to the one they’re watching for example here’s a video on my channel about keyword research what someone that just found a bunch of keywords I’m gonna need next help using those keywords in their content so I made the next video a video about on-page SEO now if you’re not sure what video to use as the next video no worries just use a winning video that you found using strategy number 4 that video is proven to generate subscribers so you really can’t go wrong by using it as a next video plus as a quick pro tip the next video strategy increases your viewers total watch session and cornets YouTube channels and videos with higher watch times are likely to show up higher in search results and recommendations they go on to say watch time benefits don’t evaporate when viewers stop watching your content if a video on your brand’s channel drives them to watch more videos the channel earns some watch time credits for the cumulative minutes accrued in other words when someone watches one of your next videos it’ll help your videos rank higher in YouTube which will result in higher rankings and more views with that let’s get into our next strategy which is a controversial one don’t worry about publishing consistently when I was getting ready to launch my youtube channel I read every article out there written by so-called YouTube experts and I could sum up their advice like this the secrets of growing your YouTube channel is to publish videos on a consistent basis if you don’t publish at least one video per week you won’t get any subscribers as it turns out this advice is well-meaning but misguided you see most so-called YouTube SEO experts started their channels back in the day back then you could actually grow a channel by just publishing lots and lots of videos today not so much in fact YouTube reports that 300 hours of video is now uploaded to YouTube every minute that’s insane so to stand out today you can’t just publish a bunch of videos and hope for the best instead you need to focus a hundred percent on producing amazing videos in fact Jeff rose rapidly grew his views and subscribers by focusing on this quality over quantity approach you see Jeff used to put all his time and energy into uploading pretty good videos on a consistent basis in fact by the time I started helping him Jeff’s channel already had over a hundred videos on it unfortunately because Jeff’s videos were only pretty good they got lost in the noise that’s when Jeff decided to switch things up instead of publishing lots of videos Jeff focused a hundred percent on producing amazing video content and it worked the first video that Jeff published using this approach outperformed all 100 of the video that he already had on his channel I’ve used the same approach to grow my channel in record time at the time of recording this video my channel only has 21 total videos and those 21 videos generate over a hundred thousand views and five thousand new subscribers every single month moving right along to strategy number 8 boost audience retention I probably don’t need to tell you that audience retention is a massively important YouTube ranking factor as a reminder audience retention is the percentage of your video that people watch for example if you publish a two-minute video and people tend to watch 1 minute of that video your audience retention is 50% and when it comes to audience retention YouTube states that your goal is to keep audience retention as close to a hundred percent as you can because this means viewers are watching all the way through your videos and videos with consistently high audience retention and watch time have the potential to show up more frequently in search and suggestive locations on YouTube in other words the better your audience retention the more views you’ll get and in general more views equals more subscribers and I found that my videos with high audience retention also tend to do a great job of converting viewers into channel subscribers and there’s a simple reason for this when you can get someone to watch your video all the way to the end they’re much more likely to hit the subscribe button compared to someone that only watches half of your video the question is how can you improve your audience retention pattern interrupts pattern interrupts are elements that you add to your video that changed things up and according to research studies when someone sees a pattern interrupt it resets their attention which makes them more likely to keep watching your video this can be something simple like changing the camera angle or adding text to the screen or a pattern interrupt can be something more drastic like changing what you’re wearing as you can see you don’t need anything fancy or complicated just toss something into your video that’s different than the rest of your video and you’re set for example in this video about YouTube SEO I mentioned that it did a bunch of video SEO Berryman’s so I decided to wear a lab coat in goggles Cornie yes effective definitely and now it’s time for our last tip to help you get more subscribers on YouTube optimize your About tab most people sleep on their channels about tab and the thing is your channel’s About section is where a lot of people go to learn more about you so if you write a compelling description here you can turn those people into subscribers here’s exactly how to do it you want the first sentence of your About tab to be your channels positioning as you might remember from earlier in this video your positioning is a single sentence description of what makes your channel unique for example the first sentence of my description includes my positioning higher rankings and more traffic now this sentence is important because it tells potential subscribers why your channel matters right off the bat but it’s also important because this sentence shows up when people search for your channel in YouTube so people will see it here too next expand on your positioning specifically you want to answer questions like what makes your channel different or better than the others out there what topics do you cover most describe that here for example you can see that it emphasized that the content of my videos are insanely actionable I also go on to list out a few of the topics that my videos tend to cover like link building and SEO as a pro tip sprinkle in a few keywords that you want to rank for here a well optimized About section can as you can see here help your channel rank and youtube search finally and your About section with a call-to-action to subscribe for example and my About section with a strong call-to-action that asks people to subscribe to my youtube channel now before we end this video let me show you a quick bonus strategy turn hearts into subs a while back YouTube rolled out a feature called creator hearts that let you acknowledge awesome comments that people leave on your videos and when you heart a comment it shows a little icon next to the comment with your face that way everyone can see that you really liked that particular comment the question is how can you use hearts to get more subscribers well when you heart a comment that per then gets a notification and according to YouTube’s internal data we found that viewers who I received a heart on their comment are three times more likely to click on the notification than with other types of notifications potentially leading more viewers back to your channel so if someone leaves a great comment on your video make sure to reply and heart the comment that way when that person sees that you hearted their comment and replied they’ll be primed to subscribe ok so I hope this video helped you learn how to get more YouTube subscribers using some cool new strategies and if you learn something new from today’s video make sure to subscribe to the baculum co youtube channel right now just click on the subscribe button below this video also if you want exclusive SEO techniques that I only share with subscribers header or tobacco comm and hop on the newsletter it’s free now it’s your turn which technique from today’s video are you gonna try first are you gonna reply to more comments or try optimizing your About section let me know by leaving a comment below right now I don’t have anything in my teeth right why not do something so it’s come to this who do can reply and heart the comment mmm okay new better yeah