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NOTABLE! How to Grow a YouTube Channel from Nothing

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    Nice Andy, thanks for adding in stats.

    So newest video is up...



    I feel a little funny doing the classic YouTube style title title and thumbnail but I want to see if there is a difference in views etc. I think if you want to work on on platform you got to see what is working best for others and go from there. At the moment it is still all about experimenting for me and seeing what works best for getting my message out. I am very confident in the value of the message but I need to work on delivering it.

    Cool to see a few of us all having the same goal!
     
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    New Video looks good. I like that is kind of low key.

    Out of curiosity, are you sharing your video on your other social media platforms, and are those large at all? I think it is pretty impressive how much you've already grown to 300 some subscribers (just subscribed myself), but wasn't sure how much of that was previous "fans".

    Thanks!
     
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    Only on my FB group. It has 5,500 people BUT Facebook doesn’t like to show YouTube links on the newsfeed. Most of my normal posts get a very decent response but I can tell the video posts are not getting shared that much.

    Still working on that one.

    Other than that no. Maybe I should look into places to post but I usually only use this forum and my fb group when I’m online. I had that one thread on Reddit before that did well but I haven’t been back in a while.
     
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    Yeah, Facebook basically doesn't show the YouTube videos to anyone. Kind of bummer. I read recently that you should just put the video on Facebook (upload it there) then put in the description to check out your YouTube page for more videos like it. I suppose that is about the only thing you can do. Not sure if even doing advertising on FB would help.
     
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    I heard it’s best to put links in the second post in a Facebook thread. I haven’t tested it, just heard it...

    ...

    This video might be of interest:

    View: https://youtu.be/cWoABzDr6lw
     
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    That's great video. Something I haven't even really thought about, but it makes sense. People on Facebook, regardless of intentions, are basically just swiping through their news feed, may watch some clickbaiting video, then move on. I think people do go to YouTube to actually watch videos, it is also not as easily to just swipe through it to the next video or post.

    Wow, never really thought about all that before. Thanks for sharing. It makes me feel good about sort of ditching a bit of my efforts on FB and moving towards growing on YouTube (for video) instead.
     
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    Hey Fox, I wasn't sure if I could. Can I??
    Took notes on your 2 new videos today.

    OMG SEBS<<<<< Can be found here
     
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    Stepping up that thumbnail game!

    I am really liking this new format and it is making it possible to put out a lot of great videos daily. I will keeping going with the daily content for now and see how long I can keep it consistent.
     
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    Something strange happened today...

    I upload this



    And right away I had a SEO score of 65+. It was showing me ranking for around 5 keywords really well.

    I then edited the video and added in the end screens, a playlist screen etc. After I saved the SEO dropped down to below 50 and the SEO tags were nearly all gone. Kinda confusing since YouTube wants you to add these in but when I did that the video dropped ranking. I messaged vidIQ to get some feedback. Maybe I should be editing them before I publish to the public?

    Edit...

    Seems to be back working now!!?

    Screen Shot 2018-02-09 at 09.50.22.png
     
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    Found this article today... I think it is very useful information. One particularly interesting tidbit was the fact that Tags basically don't seem to matter anymore, because YouTube can analyze the video for content on its own. (scary, haha).

    We Analyzed 1.3 Million YouTube Videos. Here's What We Learned About YouTube SEO

    It is interesting cause I was looking up some of the keywords I was using to find stuff similar to mine, and almost none of the highest ranking videos had more than 1 or 2 tags, if they had any. There titles seemed to matter much more, but more importantly the content was better. VidIQ even gave some videos with millions of views 20 points or whatever for SEO....hmm I think there is something off there potentially. It seems a worthwhile exploration to remove tags and see what happens to a video or two.
     
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    I like the new format! The face cam is adding a lot!

    A video a day is super ambitious. I really only see vlogs or gamers achieving that since those are pretty easy to make.

    Stepping up the thumbnail game is super important. Definitely play around with that. Look at other channels and see what they're doing. I've noticed some go really heavy with graphics, and others don't.

    Damn, already 428 subscribers. Keep it up! This will be fun to watch you grow.

    I'm doing the same thing; here's my channel.

    Unfortunately, I can't produce a video a day, but I might play with the format in order to pump out more content. Hence 2-3 of my videos are short comedy sketches.

    Interesting... I've noticed that too, actually. Some top ranked videos didn't have any tags, or they had 2-3. I don't know if that's because they already have a huge fanbase or what, but that is definitely something to explore and experiment with.
     
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    Yeah, I think my next post I'm going to limit to 3 tags. Just to see if it matters.
     
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    Great thread.

    I'm a fan of the channel and your experimental approach to getting this going.

    Watched a couple of your videos and will continue watching. Good luck @Fox.
     
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    I'm very hard to please but I think you nailed that stranded in Georgia video. From the music to the beautiful female. Great work!

    Just an fyi... the way to get a lot of views on Youtube is to have a beautiful girl in the video. Did you know us guys will watch a 1 hour video of a beautiful girl talking about the dirt she found under a couch cushion? And if she is in a bikini some will watch it twice! :)
     
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    @Fox

    Liking the videos so far, especially with the travel/drone footage. You've got some good camera skills. Come skiing/biking and we'll get some good action shots.

    Also, just a heads-up. I've heard that Facebook has started penalizing groups where too many links are posted that direct people outside of FB... Not 100% sure about this but it would make sense that they want people to stay within their platform.
     
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    Thanks for the offer. I have been in Boulder once before and loved it. When I am back I will hit you up!

    Ya good point with the links (especially FB ones!), I will try cut back.
     
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    Thanks a million!

    I will try get some more travel content up soon. I got a fun surf edit I am working on.

    Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 19.55.17.png

    The stats aren't bad for the last few days.

    I need to keep being consistent and also more organised with video ideas and production.

    Todays video had some issues with background noise (construction) so I had to hold off for a few hours.
    I ended up with something decent but not as good as it could have been.



    Aiming for 1,000 subs by the end of this month but maybe its way too ambitious.
     
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    Do you give any attention to Google+?
    Are you sharing your uploads to web design subreddits?
    Have you tried to make comments on other popular videos to attract some traffic?

    Great job man I definitely want to see how this progresses.

    Edit: Any thoughts about livestreams? The combination of Twitch+Discord is becoming very powerful (and popular).

    Edit 2: I forgot about the new Youtube rules, so the question "are you monetizing your videos" is now "are you going to monetize your videos?"

    I want to know your thoughts about this because it is said that if you don't monetize your videos they won't get as much exposure from the algorithm.
     
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    Youtube recently changed their rules. You now need 1K subscribers and 4K hours of annual watch time to monetize.
     
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    I would only monazite if it improves my rankings. Which I think it will.

    Even with 100s of thousands of views a month it isn't that much. The better play is having a back end product or some other way of making money. Sponsorship, branding etc.

    I haven't been using reddit cause I don't want to be seem to be spamming. I would like to share on the web dev reddits but I know it isn't how they wan t things over there and I respect that. I am hoping that the content gets good enough that people would naturally start to share it.

    I don't use twitch or discord. I want to just focus on one channel and optimize that first. Maybe I will start a twitter but then that will be it. I got the main FB, inside FB, and YouTube so its a lot to keep an eye on.
     
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    Darnit. I'm watching this thread but didn't get any notifications.

    Good work @Fox. Love the thread itself, even though I've not watched all the videos. It's everything a progress thread should have ... breadcrumbs for others to follow, an insight into what you're doing and why rather than just how-to steps. It's great to follow-along.

    For anyone else reading, take note that @Fox is not proclaiming to be an expert at YouTube. He's confident enough to show himself making it up as he goes along. Also note how others are happy to help because he's adding value first, AND because he's listening and responding positively to feedback. There's some big lessons in there folks.

    There's a lot of wisdom in the phrase: "People listen to experts, they follow leaders." (Dan Gallipoo aka Doberman Dan)


    I'm not a YouTube expert, but went through a couple of Udemy courses a year or so ago.
    Here's what I remember, but either didn't get round to doing, or didn't test:
    1. Create your own tag and use it for all your videos so that hopefully YouTube will show one of your own videos after your own. E.g. foxtag12345

    2. Paying for views can help with organic views. YouTube gets to see if people watch them all the way through, giving them a clue whether the video is relevant to the keyword it was found for. Those views could be super cheap from some country with very low cost-per-view ... and it will still help. (I've no idea if this is all true, but it makes sense).

    3. Those closed captions really help, not just for @jpanarra, but for SEO. (Which reminds me I need to add them to the latest video I dropped in here... and @jpanarra linked to some documentation on doing that.)

    4. Other stuff that I can't remember ... I'll dig out my notes.

    Someone who's prolific on YouTube is Jerry Banfield (Will You Join Me, Jerry Banfield, at JerryBanfield.com?).
    • He's a kinda earnest guy but interesting and churns out the content.
    • He's big into Steemit at the moment, but had plenty of Facebook courses and probably has YouTube videos as well, oh and lots of gaming and self-development videos too. He seems to have incorporated daily video recording into his life. Totally different style to yours @Fox... but maybe someone worth just checking out to see what he does, why and how.
    • He also had about 2,000 videos up on Udemy too before they banned him and he switched to Slideshare (Udemy Course Coupons + Promo Codes by Jerry Banfield << scroll down a bit for his wee announcement)


    EDIT: Found this note from a course Jerry part created:
    The COMPLETE Digital Marketing and Sales Funnel Blueprint!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for the mention, I mean its a massive help for people out there like myself (Deaf or other challenges) that feel like our access to information from people like you who really want to help.

    Also, you guys really have the nice feature of the auto-transcribe, (i dont because my language is visual) so if you plan on doing you tube, please take advantage of this feature so It'll help people out and not only that, it'll help you index your videos like Andy said. Its a WIN-WIN scenario!

    For anyone who reads this. If you don't know how to turn it on or want to write the subtitles, just send me a pm and I'll be more than happy to help you out!
     
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    @jpanarra you just go to subtitles and hit English eh?

    I think I have done it for all but let me know if I leave any out.
     
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    That's the gist of it, but not many people are as smart as you @Fox :playful:
     
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    I’m clearly not as smart as I still haven’t got round to doing it.
     
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