A Step-by-Step Guide to Grow Your YouTube Channel in 2019
So you want to get more YouTube views, but you don’t know where to start? You’ve got the perfect title, tags and description, your video is hilarious and you’ve been promoting like crazy on your Facebook and Twitter page, but your video is still not getting the recognition you think it deserves? We’ve got you covered with a few little known tips that could help skyrocket your YouTube video views.
Before we get started, it’s important to note that Rome wasn’t built in a day and there is no foolproof method for turning your video into an overnight viral success. It may take time for your videos to start taking off, but these seven tips will definitely get you headed in the right direction and get you more views that you’re getting today.
#1: Use Descriptive and Keyword Rich Titles.
This is where your keyword research will come into play. A descriptive and interesting title will do two things: provide keywords for the algorithm to sort for relevancy purposes and attract users and inform them about what the video is about. To conduct keyword research, you can use typical SEO methods like using keyword planner or other keyword research tools.
To check keyword popularity on YouTube, go to keyword planner and select YouTube search on the far right. Optimizing your video content for the right keywords will help gain organic views by informing users and the search engine just what your video is about.
#2: Use Relevant Hashtags.
Hashtags have begun to make appearances all across social media. Use this trending tag tool to promote your YouTube channel on Google+. When you share a new YouTube vlog, make sure to include relevant hashtags that Google+ users may search for. Now, hashtags are not as widely used on Google+ yet as they are on Twitter, so don’t flood your description with hashtags just because your description doesn’t have a short limit. Use hashtags in moderation and be selective.
If you aren’t sure what hashtags are best on Google+, you can explore any hashtags you may frequently use on Twitter by inputting them in the search bar on Google+.
This will return content shared by Google+ users as well as the option to “Explore a hashtag” with relevant hashtag suggestions also listed. This is a great tool to get an idea of what hashtags are popular on Google+. Write a few down that you can use frequently for your Google+ posts.
While you are exploring hashtags as suggested above, don’t just look for hashtags that you can use later, but also look at who is using these hashtags. Often, you will find other users who create videos or post content in the same niche or share a general interest with you. Take the time to view their shares and re-share them or +1 the content if you would recommend it to your followers.
#3: Share Your Videos Everywhere!
Once you’ve uploaded a video, don’t leave it on your channel to get dusty. Share it everywhere you possibly can. Don’t just do this once – share it as often as you can get away with. Get your friends sharing it too. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, your website or in an email to your Nan. Your friends, family, and followers should all know about your latest vid!
When sharing on Twitter and Instagram, remember to use relevant hashtags to get as much exposure as you can.
#4: Make Awesome Videos.
No matter which way you look at it, having an awesome video is the most important step to getting Youtube views. Irrelevant of how great your tunes are, the music video will help or hinder your popularity.
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#5: Calls to Action in Every Video.
There’s a reason why the majority of top YouTubers remind people in EVERY video to like, comment, share and subscribe – it’s because these engagement factors play a key role in the success not only of the video you’re watching but of the channel itself and all its content. Simply asking people to do these things is often more effective than you might think.
#6: Engage Your Audience as Much as Possible.
One of the mistakes many video creators make is to ask questions at the end of a video. By that time you've lost a significant portion of your audience — just take a look at your audience retention to see for yourself.
Asking your visitors a question at the beginning, the middle and the end of a video — maybe even including a voting poll as well — really will help keep your audience engaged along with the content.
#7: Focus On Quality.
A high-quality video will get far more views than one of low or poor quality. That’s just common sense. But what makes a video poor? Avoid the following qualities:
- Inconsistent focus
- Motion shake
- Low lighting with harsh shadows
- Incorrect color balance
- Inaudible or incomprehensible dialogue
- Distracting Backgrounds
You don’t need thousands of dollars worth of equipment to make great videos. In fact, you can create great videos using something as simple as your smartphone.
Focus instead on your environment. Consider standing or sitting against a blank wall. You can also use a larger aperture to blur your background and focus the viewer on you. Invest in a microphone that will improve quality and use an LED panel light to soften shadows and improve coloring.
#8: Use Cards.
These YouTube optimization features enable you to promote your other content within your video. You can create cards that can be used to:
- Promote other video content
- Get more channel subscribers
- Donate to a non-profit
- Send traffic to your website
- Encourage users to participate in a poll
In regard to increasing your video views, you should use these cards to encourage users to visit your lesser watched content and subscribe to your channel. Use your behavioral analytics to see at which points users stop watching your video and implement the card beforehand to ensure it gets seen by more viewers.
YouTube behavioral analytics provide you with a lot of actionable insights and metrics to inform every decision you make to increase your video views.