In YouTube some might get success in few month for some, it may take years. Just never give up.
You can break this guide up into 3 segments, 0-1,000 subscribers, 1,000-10,000, and 10,000+ subscribers a self sustainable stage.
One thing that should be noted, is that luck is a factor on Youtube, no matter what anyone says. For fast growth, you need good original content that is widely appealing, however for the fastest growth you also need luck.
0 – 1,000 Subscribers
YouTube algorithms tend to result in a snowball effect for most channels; as soon as they see your videos are getting some attention, they will show them more often in their search results and similar videos, resulting in even more views and so on. That being said, the first thousand subscribers are most likely not going to be organic and you will need to seek out people in a similar way to what you would do for any blog or website. Search videos that your target audience is watching, and comment on those videos but don’t spam.
In addition, seek out communities on sites such as Reddit and Facebook, and start participating. Once again don’t spam, aim at providing value. In addition to getting people to check out your content where you think it could provide extra value, you will learn more about your target audience. While doing all of this, make at least 1 video that you think is sure to trigger people once they find your channel. The reason for this is you need a convincing video as your featured video in order to trigger people to subscribe.
1,000 – 10,000 Subscribers
Now you’ve attained a solid base of subscribers and videos, it’s time to explore the options that become available because of it. The first interesting approach is to collaborate with other YouTubers. While having less than 1,000 subscribers might not give bigger YouTubers incentive to work with you, now that you have a decent audience people see the value in working together with you. Seek out YouTubers with a similar target audience and with a subscriber base of around 1k to 10k and connect with them, asking if they would want to collaborate sometime.
Now you might think the only way to reach the audience of your partner is by having a video on his or her channel, but having a video on your channel often results in them mentioning it and redirecting viewers, which results in more people checking out your channel. Another form of collaboration is featuring similar channels in the featured channel tab. This is nice as it will always pop up whenever someone views that particular channel, and it doesn’t require a big-time investment. Secondly, now you have more views coming in and more videos lined up,
it’s important to create a good environment for those who watch videos. That’s where playlists come into play as they will get your audience to watch more videos similar to the ones they are watching and help you maintain a structured channel that is easy to navigate. The earlier you start using playlists, the better.
Once you get to 10,000 subscribers you will maintain a steady subscriber growth on a daily basis as you continue to put out regular content like you’ve been doing. At this point, you have a pretty good idea about your target audience and the optimal process of your channel. There’s a lot of steps you can still take to stimulate the growth and quality even more, but here are some steps that are specific to channels that are in the 10,000 – 30,000 range (I’m assuming you don’t need help once you get to 30k+).
Apart from creating a community on social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter which I won’t go into for the sake of staying on track, it’s important to have a structured continuous improvement process. The good thing about having a significant amount of subscribers and views on a daily basis is that you will have a solid foundation for the extensive analytic platform which YouTube offers. What I usually do is go over statistics and optimize videos in whichever way possible. This can be improvements in terms of publishing days or times, choosing popular subjects, different annotations, playlists, and so on. The statistics YouTube provide are very detailed and useful for any sort of analysis.