How to Get Subscribers on YouTube
Search Engine Optimization

How to Get Subscribers on YouTube

09/20/2023 12:00 AM by SEO Admin in Youtube

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The best way to increase your organic reach on the second-largest website in the world is by getting more YouTube subscribers.

Reaching subscriber milestones is critical if you want to make money on YouTube. For example, in order to become a YouTube Partner and begin earning ad revenue, you must have at least 1,000 subscribers. And the more subscribers you have, the higher you rise on YouTube's "benefit level" ladder (think: awards, managers, and production aid starting at 100,000 subscribers).

What if you intend to use YouTube for branding and video marketing rather than making money? You're still in need of subscribers. They increase your play count, watch time, and engagement, all of which are important signals to the YouTube Algorithm

But we are going to let you know: it ain’t gonna work. The truth is that the video creators behind the world’s best YouTube channels aren’t spending their time or money on shady growth schemes. They’re too busy making awesome videos. First, let’s look at how “free” YouTube subscriber services work. (While keeping in mind that nothing is really free. As the saying goes, if you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.)

You earn your “free” subscribers by subscribing to and liking other channels, as instructed by the service. Most ask you to subscribe to 20 channels and like a certain number of YouTube videos. In return, 10 channels will subscribe to yours.

The service hopes that you get bored of all this endless clicking after a few days and would like to pay for YouTube subscribers instead. Either way, the service wins: they either get your time or your money. Whether you get them through a free scheme or you pay for them, what do you get?

Bot subscribers that don’t engage

A bad look for your real audience, who are probably quite keen on authenticity

The risk of running afoul of YouTube’s fake engagement policy (tl;dr: you could get banned)

Potential stink-eye from any brands that might eventually want to partner with you

There are a lot of clickbait videos out there that claim to show you how to get 1,000 YouTube subscribers for free. Or even a million! Of course, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

It doesn’t get much easier than this.

Ask your viewers to subscribe

Sometimes your audience just needs to be reminded. Does asking for the subscribe seem too salesy to you? It can be, if you ask too soon or too often. But a quick reminder to subscribe at the end of your video is just making it easier for fans to keep up with the work you do.

Remember to show why your channel is worthwhile subscribing to. Make sure you only ask for the subscription after you've given viewers new and useful information or made them laugh. 

 End your video by teasing what you’re working on next

Subscribing to a channel on YouTube is an act of anticipation. Viewers who’ve just seen what your brand is about are primed to want more if you’ve done your job right.

The most natural way to encourage people to subscribe is to hype your next video and make it clear why it should not be missed.

Verify your Google account

Since longer videos give you more options for the kinds of content you can create, this is an important step for anyone who wants to build a professional channel. To verify your account, go to to verify on your computer (not a mobile device), and follow the instructions. Once you verify your account, you can upload videos up to 256GB or 12 hours long.

Interact with your audience

If you form relationships with your viewers, they’re more likely to want to keep watching your work. Respond to comments. and most importantly Follow their channels back.

Yes, its very exciting if a famous YouTuber comments on your video, but who knows who’ll be famous next year. Form a community of peers and promote each other.

Create effective channel branding

Channel branding is an important way to let viewers know who you are and what they can expect from your channel.

YouTube Banner Art

Your YouTube banner welcomes everyone who clicks into your channel. Maybe they just watched a video and are looking for more. Maybe they’re a potential subscriber.  Your banner needs to be clean, on-brand, compelling, and—this is the fussy part—optimized for all devices. You don’t want important details covered up by your social media buttons, for instance. 

Channel icon

Your channel icon is essentially your logo on YouTube. It appears on your channel page and anywhere you comment on YouTube. Make sure it clearly represents you and your brand, and that it’s easy to recognize even at a small size.

Channel description

This text appears on the About page of your channel on YouTube. You have up to 1,000 characters to describe your channel and let viewers know why they should subscribe.

Custom URL

Fortunately, you can change the default channel URL and start using a custom URL. In YouTube Studio, choose Customization in the left menu, then click Basic Info and scroll down to Channel URL. The catch is you need to get at least 100 subscribers before you can claim a custom URL. If you’re not there yet, put this on the top of your to-do list for when you hit that first subscriber milestone.

Add a custom channel trailer

YouTube’s customization settings allow you to make the most of the featured video space at the top of your channel page. You can choose to show one video to existing subscribers and something else to non-subscribed viewers.

Source: YouTube Studio 

Brand your video thumbnails

A thumbnail is a 1280 x 720px still image that acts as a cover for your video. Think of it as a mini movie poster. It’s your first, best chance to persuade someone to click on your video. (Aside from your video titles, that is, but more on that later.)

Aim for consistent branding in all your thumbnails. Use the same font, the same color palette, or even the same frame composition so people know (at least subconsciously) that they’re looking at a video from your channel.

Use YouTube’s clickable subscription tools in your videos

YouTube offers a few built-in clickable tools to help you convert video watchers to channel subscribers.

End screen

This is a still image at the end of your video where you can remind people to subscribe, or insert another call to action, before YouTube’s algorithm moves them on to the next video. .End screens can be added to the last 5–20 seconds of a video. You can use them to promote other videos, encourage viewers to subscribe, and more. You can also go back and add end screens to existing videos, which can be a great way to start converting subscribers right away from your existing content.

Think about a playlist

Playlists are a great way to increase your YouTube channel’s watch time. Like a Netflix series, a YouTube playlist autoplays a set of videos in a set order. The viewer doesn’t have to actively click the next video—they just sit back and let the content keep coming.

Release videos on a consistent schedule

Many experts confidently cite a rule of thumb as to how often creators should post video to their channels. For instance: one video a week to start, increasing to 3-4 week as your channel grows.

The theory is that more videos = more watch time from viewers. But prioritizing quantity over quality has drawbacks.

If your goal is to convert viewers to subscribers, you need to focus on quality first, and consistency next. (Then you can start worrying about quantity.)

Do your keyword research for titles, descriptions, and hashtags

Understanding YouTube SEO and knowing which keywords related to your subject matter people are looking up on YouTube will help you title your new videos and choose the right hashtags. But it might also lend inspiration for your next video topic.

SEO (search engine optimization) tools like Google Keyword Planner can help you identify the words and phrases people are using to find the information you’re providing. Your goal is to find topics in a sweet spot: lower competition scores, but higher search volume.

This lets you avoid making videos that no one is searching for. Or videos with titles no one can find.

Also, it’ll help you avoid creating content on a topic that’s already highly competitive before you’re ready.

What's Next

YouTube Studio and SanSEOTools' YouTube backlink generator, both are helpful tools for growing your YouTube channel. You need to use both of them in order to get the most out of your YouTube channel.