Ever wondered how you can increase YouTube views and grow your channel? We’ve got the tips on how you can do this completely for free!
Whether you’re looking to earn money through YouTube or you’re just after bragging rights, increasing your views is a big deal. In order to monetise your channel and join the YouTube Partner Programme, you need at least 4,000 hours of watch time in the last 12 months. That’s quite a chunk of time for just a few loyal friends to rack up over the year. So, you’re going to want to boost the number of views your videos get and ideally reach more people. Many of the following tips can be applied to increasing YouTube subscribers as well, so it’s a win-win. It’s a very good idea to avoid buying views, as this can be expensive and isn’t always guaranteed to work. Check out the principles of growing a following organically on Instagram, as they pretty much translate to all social platforms.
Back to Basics
This first tip is so important but involves things that can sometimes go overlooked. Before you draw lots of people into your channel, you’re going to want to make sure that it looks professional and pristine. Although this might not exactly increase YouTube views itself, it’s going to make you look much better when people do have a snoop. Be sure that things like your visual branding is consistent across your channel and is up to date. Your about section is what gives viewers a closer look at you, so ensure that it’s informative and engaging. Don’t forget to keep your contact details up to date too. You never know who might see your stuff and want to team up!
You may or may not be familiar with marketing strategies and optimizing content. Regardless, this next concept is pretty simple to understand and will make a big difference to your views. It might seem like in order to draw in as many people and views as possible, you should be as generic as possible. Wrong. Chances are you already have some sort of following, and they want to see a specific type of video. After all, they’re there because they share your passion and want to watch someone else talk about it. So, dig into the wonderful obscure minutia of your area of expertise or interests. If you create really specific content, sure, fewer people might be searching for it, but the few who are looking are more likely to stumble across you.
Keywords are… Key
Utilising your competition or channels successfully doing stuff similar to yours is certainly no crime. It’s actually pretty shrewd market research that will benefit you big time. Take a look at your competitor’s most popular videos and pay attention to the titles. I’m sure you’ve noticed that YouTube’s top goal is to keep you on the platform for as long as possible. Well, you should share that goal too as it’s going to get your view count up. A way to do this is to use descriptive and eye-catching words in your titles – keywords. Not only will they entice viewers to stick with your channel, but they will help the algorithm sort your videos into relevant piles. Thus giving your video a better chance of being recommended at the end of a relevant one, even if it’s someone else’s channel.
Pull with Playlists
Playlists are great on YouTube for racking up the views. Videos automatically play after one ends, making them super bingeable and keeping people on your channel. How many times have you sat down to watch one episode on Netflix and suddenly you’ve lost an entire evening? The playlist feature is perfect for series, so you may want to let the platform dictate your content in this respect. Because of this, you should give some thought to how you organise your playlists, so they are presented in the most attractive and appealing way in order to pull in viewers.
Engaging with your community and showing your face will get you noticed and, as a result, more views. Responding to comments or following other channels back is a super easy but effective way to make friends and get involved. Also, promoting the channels you love or are influenced by is a sure fire way to create healthy connections and show your enthusiasm. Once you’ve established some relationships with fellow YouTubers and your audience, you can bet that your YouTube views will start to increase.