Everyone from the newest YouTube user, to the top subscribed YouTube star (shoutout to PewDiePie), wants free YouTube subscribers. They’re the very core of your regular viewership. Every time they log in to YouTube they’ll be able to see if you have new videos for them to watch, and will slowly start to learn your upload pattern.
This article is going to help you get YouTube subscribers in a way that will only cost you time. Some you will have to use repeatedly, some will be one-time efforts. Let’s get your YouTube subscriber base growing!
Get free YouTube subscribers with these 5 tips!
Build relationships: YouTube is social media
Everyone needs to stop thinking of YouTube marketing as being little more than video marketing, or just thinking that YouTube is a video hosting site. You neglect the most important aspect of YouTube when you do this: Your fans.
Your fans on YouTube are the people who are going to become your subscribers. They’re also the people who are going to share your videos and grow your audience further. It all starts with being ready to interact with them both in your videos, and in the comment section.
When things go well, they go like this:
People interacting and sharing experiences. PewDiePie is no longer a simple YouTube channel. His channel is now an online gathering place for fans. To get things going, you need to go down into the comments and respond, or ask questions. You can try giving rewards for ‘best comments.’ And everyone loves getting a shoutout in the video they’re watching.
If you’re really struggling to get things going, there’s our YouTube Likes service. You can use this service to increase your number of Likes, and hopefully steer the conversation towards something more positive. Before you know it, you’ll have a happy, interesting, and thriving audience!
Calls to action within your video
Your calls to action are the cues that tell people what you want them to do. Nearly all successful YouTubers have a similar call to action to get free YouTube subscribers: They ask people to hit the subscribe button.
Here’s a typical example from Smosh:
They have a strong auditory call to action asking for subscribers. At the same time a big yellow button pops up that says “SUBSCRIBE.” Having an audio and visual call to action at the same time is important. You can’t just stick a button up there, and you can just say it. Both being used together will get you the most YouTube subscribers for free.
This tactic will work even better if you already have the social proof of lots of YouTube subscribers. If you’re brand new to YouTube, or having a difficult time building your channel, nothing is harder than those first few subscribers. Buy a YouTube subscriber package from us to get your channel growing much quicker. It will make all the effort you’re putting into this payoff even sooner.
YouTube Annotations are your best friend
There are three main things you need to use YouTube Annotations for to get free YouTube subscribers:
- Linking to your homepage: Your subscriber button is on that page. Be sure to mention this in the Annotation. This can also be a good time to push viewers to watch more of your videos.
- Social profile links: The name of the game is getting more YouTube subscribers, but getting a new Twitter follower is like having them subscribe to your channel through Twitter. It’s the same for any social media platform as you’ll share your videos, and they’ll see the new content and watch it.
- In-video links: Most YouTubers will wisely wait until the end to ask for subscribers. Putting them in mid-video, to get people primed to subscribe at the end, is a good push to have. You also have to remember that any video could be someone’s second, third, fourth, etc video of yours in a row. That push at the beginning on their third video could be what captures them for you.
Watch my boys in Epic Meal Time show you how it’s done in this video where they do each of the above:
If you missed the Annotations:
- 0.00 – 0.08 Minutes: Subscribe button, upper left hand corner
- 0.30 – 0.39 Minutes: Suggested video, bottom left hand corner
- 1.17 – 1.28 Minutes: Like/Fave and Share, upper left hand corner
- 2.05 – 2.15 Minutes: @usernames for Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, upper left hand corner
- 2.05 – 2.15 Minutes: Facebook URL, upper right hand corner
They then end the video with a call to subscribe, with a button that’s a YouTube Annotation, and more suggested videos. Watch any of their videos and you’ll see a similar pattern. This is the every day online hustle that you have to put in if you want to get more free YouTube subscribers too!
Subscriber tactics for the web
YouTube works best when you are spreading it across as wide a section of the web as possible. All of the big YouTube stars have their own website where they push their videos even further. While they’re at it, they also have merchandise (a great way to make money from YouTube), blogs, and other behind the scenes type of content.
Once you have your website built, be sure to include:
- A YouTube subscriber widget that will push people who are surfing the web to become subscribers.
- A footer or header which pushes people to visit your channel Make it a big image that’s a clickable link, and use the right calls to action.
- Links to it from your channel’s ‘About’ section, and from the description of individual videos. If someone wants to find your website, give them the chance as often as you can. If you make it hard, they’ll just find something else to entertain them.
- A blog where you briefly talk about the newest video, and embed it for people to watch. Don’t forget a call ot action in each blog psot asking for subscribers.
Take a look at the website for Jenna Marbles. It’s busy, it’s a little crazy, but it gives her fans a million things to click on and keep engaged with her. The more they engage, the more they care. The more they care, the more likely they are to subscribe or push someone else to subscribe.
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