YouTube Subscribers

7 Tips to Get More YouTube Subscribers

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Want to grow your YouTube subscriber numbers? These tips will help you organically increase the number of YouTube subscribers on your channel.

Use the YouTube Subscription Widget

Install the YouTube subscription widget on your blog, on your website, on your Facebook page — everywhere you can! It does more than point people to your YouTube channel — it automatically subscribes them.

Definitely, this is the easiest way to get new YouTube subscribers.

Make Your Videos Great

Ultimately, people will subscribe to your YouTube channel because they like the videos they see and want to see more. It also helps to include information on your channel about what kind of videos you produce, and how often you release them.

The rule of thumb, "content is king," is really the key here. Work hard at making your videos unique and compelling. There are so many other content creators out there it's so important to show the world what's different and wonderful about you.

Make Your Channel Beautiful

If you want people to subscribe to your YouTube channel, make sure it looks presentable. Clean up your profile, customize the background, and curate the videos displayed. Some people go so far as to hire a photographer to improve their channel imagery, though that's not entirely necessary. Work on devising a brand strategy to keep your channel not just clean and fresh, but consistent as well.

A well-cared-for YouTube channel is much more attractive and will help turn visitors into subscribers.

Add a Subscription Annotation to Your Videos

The YouTube annotation tool lets you add text links to your videos. In every video, you can add a "Please Subscribe" annotation (linking to your channel), and everyone who watches will get the nudge.

This is really helpful if your videos are embedded on blogs or shared on sites outside of YouTube, where people may not have considered subscribing.

Research on how to customize the appearance of your "Please Subscribe" link as well. There are some content creators who do an excellent and compelling job of attracting subscribers and there are some who don't. Take notes from the channels that you subscribe to. Chances are if you subscribed to them, they're doing something right.

Interact With Your Subscribers

Active channels get more YouTube subscribers. You can interact with subscribers by posting alerts on your YouTube channel, using the moderator tool to start discussions, and allowing comments and video responses on your channel and on your videos.

Keep in mind that for every positive comment you receive, you're just as likely to pick up a troll or two who wants to be negative, no matter how good your content is. Write off negativity and keep a happy, positive outlook. If you tire of the negative comments, turn off comments and invite discussion on a separate blog, where you can still embed individual videos.

Connect Your Channel to Social Networks

Your YouTube account manager lets you connect with Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. This is an easy way to share your YouTube activities and turn those other connections into YouTube subscribers.

Don't rely on the automatic posting YouTube is set up for, however. Take the time to do a great post about each new video you have added to your channel.

Subscribe to Channels That Subscribe to Yours

Sub-for-sub refers to the practice of subscribing to every YouTube channel that subscribes to you. It's not something that we particularly recommend, because you'll end up with a lot of subscribers who aren't at all interested in your videos or interacting on your channel. And you'll end up subscribing to a lot of channels that you don't care about, which will clutter up your YouTube homepage and invade your inbox.

That said, lots of people have successfully used sub-for-sub to get more YouTube subscribers.

The best practice is still to simply participate in the community that relates to your channel content. Subscribe to related blogs, participate in forums, Facebook groups, and engage other members of the community on Facebook and Twitter. Before you know it, your name will become part of the lexicon of the community you participate in.