Actionable YouTube Guide: How to Grow Your Channel




Welcome this complete YouTube guide on how to grow your channel like a pro. No matter where you live, you might have heard about popular YouTubers in your area earning a handsome amount of money.

And I assume the first thought that comes to your mind is, “Damn! I wish I could earn THAT MUCH fame and money through YouTube.”

I am here to help you follow a roadmap about how to get started on YouTube as a beginner, how to attract more views, and how to grow your channel within a short time.

But for that to happen, I will require only two things from your side, “Hard work and consistency.” If you think you could dedicate your time to growing substantially on YouTube, then I promise this guide will help you.

“But why should I trust you”, you may ask. Well, I have over 500K subscribers on YouTube with millions of views on the channel

Less talk, more action! Let’s get started right now.

I still remember starting my YouTube channel in the end of 2016 when no one in my country had enough knowledge about it.

People just took YouTube as a way to entertain themselves. However there were and are some YouTubers with digital marketing tutorials. It’s one of the toughest niches to break in. But, I did something different!

I started making YouTube tutorials based on personal experiences. They were not just based on random research but actual results. But before that, I researched the YouTube basics and learned different methods to create a channel, its logo, channel art, and upload a video on a channel.

I did everything to amp up my YouTube videos organically. But it didn’t happen from the start. I have learned a lot of things along the way. As of writing this guide, I have generated over 18,437,626 views on my YouTube channel, H-Educate

But ranking your videos on YouTube takes much effort and time.  With this guide to YouTube growth, I’ll help you take baby steps and lead you to the path of success and extra money via YouTube.

So, even if you know the YouTube basics, read them again and refresh your knowledge accordingly. Let’s get started! 

YouTube Guide: The Basics

YouTube is owned by Google and this video platform website was created on 14th February 2005. Up until now, this platform has gained billions of users, subscribers, and it consists of an ocean of video data.

With this little background, let us take a look at some surprising stats about YouTube you did not know before.

Now coming towards user statistics, YouTube gets almost 2 billion logged in accounts on a monthly basis. Besides, one other surprising yet actual fact about YouTube is that “People watch more than a billion hours of different videos on YouTube every single day.”

Not to mention, you can easily watch different videos on this platform even if you don’t have an account. If we add this scenario too, then the number of users could easily double the official stats if not triple.

So, if you think that, “Oh No! I cannot grow here with so much competition.”, then you are wrong. Even with such a diverse library of videos available on YouTube, you will easily get a chance to flourish here with one small condition,

“You have to be a stand-out in helping your audience.”

My mission is to help my audience grow in digital marketing. Think you could do that? If the answer is yes, then keep on reading. 

How to Create a YouTube Channel in 2022?

The most interesting part of the YouTube guide indeed!

In this section, you will not only learn the basics of creating a YouTube channel, but I will also guide you properly on how to create an attractive YouTube logo along with channel art.

Basically, after reading it you can create a channel on YouTube. Let’s get started now. 

Creating a YouTube Channel via Google Account

If you have already logged in to YouTube using your Google account, that does not mean that you have a YouTube channel.

Sure, you could comment on videos and subscribe to your favorite channels, but you cannot call THAT a separate channel.

Follow me to create a YouTube channel using a Google account in 2022.

1. Go to YouTube and click on Sign In:

The first step involves heading to youtube.com and clicking on the sign-in option available on the top right corner.

2. Log In Using Your Google Account

Right after that, you will be redirected to the page where Google will ask you to enter the account credentials.

Simply log in with the account you want your YouTube channel to be associated with as follows:

Enter the password of your Google account:

Click on Next and it will redirect you again to YouTube where we have to create a new channel now.

3. Click on Your Profile Icon to Create a Channel

After redirecting back to YouTube you will see your Google Profile Icon instead of the Sign In option on the top right corner.

Click on it and find the “Create Your Channel” option as demonstrated below:

Click it and a new window will appear where you will have to put the name of your channel and upload a profile picture on it if you want.

After choosing the name of your channel and uploading a profile picture, simply click on Create Channel.

YouTube will then show you a new window like that:

It means you have successfully created a channel and now you will have to customize it accordingly. Let us get started with that immediately.

4. Customize Your YouTube Channel

You simply cannot get away with leaving your channel as it is. It will make a bad impression on your audience and you will not be able to grow the channel properly.

Hence, give this section a thorough read as I will show you how to customize a YouTube channel.

Click on ‘Customize Your Channel’

YouTube will redirect you to a new window where you can customize your channel.

Skip Layout and Branding tabs as we will get back to them later.

4.1. Customizing Basic Info:

Go to Basic Info where you can change the name of your channel, add its description along with social media or website links.

First, we will change the name to something unique and catchy:

I have changed it to Mike’s Diary, but you can think about the name that reflects your channel’s main theme in the best possible manner.

After that, you will have to add a description of your channel. You can add whatever you want, but keep it clear and concise enough.

YouTube offers 1000 description characters. So, you will have to keep a track of it while filling it out.

Next, you will see the “Add Language” option. Skip it! Along with that, you will also see your YouTube channel URL.

You can copy and save it on a notepad or somewhere safe. Do not worry if it looks ugly. As soon as you get 100 subscribers on your channel, YouTube will allow you to customize the URL as well. You can then change it to your channel’s name accordingly.

After that, you will see the “Add Links” option where you can add your social media handles or your website’s URL.

These links will show up in the top-bottom corner of your channel later.

YouTube will also ask you about the number of links you want to appear on your channel’s banner. You can make up to 5 links visible.

In the end, you will be asked for a legit email address. You will have to add an active email address, as this way you will not miss out on any important email from a sponsor or a subscriber.

Click Publish and YouTube will save your Basic Info details accordingly.

4.2. Customizing “Branding” Tab

In the “Branding” tab, YouTube will ask you to change the profile picture of your channel. In addition to that, you can also upload a banner image (channel art) followed by your channel’s watermark.

So, let us get started with the basics:

4.2.1. Changing Profile Picture

For a profile picture, choose any relevant image that manifests the main motto of your channel. YouTube recommends uploading a channel with 98×98 pixels and a size of less than 4MB. Similarly, it will not let you upload any animations, but you can still upload a GIF or PNG. 

4.2.2. Changing Channel Banner:

Now, coming towards the channel’s banner, you will have to follow the YouTube guidelines. For that purpose, YouTube allows uploading a 6MB banner with at least 2048×1152 pixels.

Here are some examples of the banners that I like a lot and they reflect the channel’s main theme as well:

PewDiePie:

Casey Neistat:

And here’s my H-Educate’s banner:

Tips to Create an Attractive Channel Banner Using Canva

The free version of Canva offers thousands of free channel art templates to help you make a unique banner for your channel. Here’s how you can do it.

  • Go to Canva
  • Sign up using your Google account
  • Search for “YouTube Channel Art”

And choose from hundreds of templates. It’s a brilliant designing tool for non-designers. You can get started for absolutely free on Canva, however, there’s also a premium version available. 

Click the template you want to edit and make the necessary changes to it. I will modify one of the templates I like according to the main topic of my channel as follows:

After you modify it, simply hover the “Download” button on the top right corner and save it according to your preferences.

Upload the banner you have saved on YouTube and see whether it perfectly aligns across different devices.

Click Done and ta-da!

You have now successfully uploaded an attractive banner for your YouTube channel.

4.2.3. Uploading Video Watermark:

The story does not end here!

You now have to upload a transparent watermark for your YouTube channel. I prefer adding a Subscribe button as a watermark as it can catch the attention of a viewer easily.

So, how will you get the subscribe button?

Quite an easy task!

Go to images.google.com and type “subscribe button png”, you will get hundreds of buttons to download for free. Download the one with a transparent background and upload it accordingly.

Or else you can create your own subscribe button using Canva. Make sure that you download the image in 150×150 pixels. If you cannot find one, use an online image resizing tool for that purpose.

After uploading the watermark, YouTube will ask you about its display time. Select “Entire Video” as demonstrated below:

Publish settings and we are now done with the branding of our channel.

4.3. Customizing “Layout” Section

You can customize the layout section later with an appropriate channel trailer.

Besides, you can also adjust a Featured Video, which will be the first video to show as soon as someone visits your YouTube channel.

Review all settings by clicking on the Profile Icon of your channel from the top left view. You can see the changes you have made on your channel:

That is all about YouTube channel creation from A to Z. Follow my guidelines properly and you can easily create plus customize your channel within a few moments.

YouTube Hacks & Tips to Promote Your Channel in 2022

Promoting a YouTube channel with the right techniques will land you more potential subscribers and views within a short time. I have seen many beginners make the mistake of doing nothing after they create and upload a video.

Come on! Creating content is one thing. Promoting it is another.

Even after getting 500K subscribers on YouTube, I share my videos as much as I can. I share them on Quora, Facebook, and Telegram channels. 

Because YouTube videos now get featured on search engines like Google. You should do some YouTube SEO as well.  Let me elaborate with an example:

Open Google Search and type, “how to mine dogecoin” in Google.

Scroll down a little bit more and you will see YouTube videos getting ranked for this search query.

You see, Google now knows the intent of users in a much better way and tries to satisfy it. Because I have created a detailed tutorial on mining Dogecoin, Google shows up my video. 

To promote your videos, you can follow the following YouTube hacks and optimization tips:

1. Write Engaging and Catchy Titles:

The first thing a user notices about your video is the way it is presented.

In order to make a perfect first impression and force a user to click your video, you will have to write catchy and engaging titles for your videos.

While doing so, make sure that you target your focus keyword in the title.

YouTube allows 100 characters for the Title area, so take some time and write a perfectly optimized and engaging title.

How to create catchy titles for your YouTube videos? For that, we have created a Subject Line Tester. It’s an awesome free tool to test your titles and choose only the right one for your videos. 

Demonstrating it with an example:

Let us say our primary keyword is “weight gaining tips.”

Now, will you click a video with a title that seems something like that;

“Weight Gaining Tips!”

No! You will simply ignore it. If the title, however, seems something like that;

“12 Proven Weight Gaining Tips to Increase Muscles in 2022”, you will take no time and click the video. Why? It has a promising title.

Play around with the keywords and analyze the titles of your competitors. And grind the titles into our tool. Our Subject Line Tester is built for email marketers. But it still lets you know about the video titles as well. 

Have a look at the titles of my popular YouTube videos:

As you can see, all these titles have some value for my audience. They should not be clickbait but click-worthy. So, play with words, craft a title that you are 100% sure your audience will click. And use it to get leverage above your YouTube competitors.

2. Optimize Your YouTube Videos for SEO

Already mentioned above, Google now features a special Videos section for search queries that tend to solve problems via videos.

That said, optimizing your YouTube video will not only help it get ranked on Google, but it will also offer a clear advantage over your competitors. Do the keyword research properly. And make valuable videos about the topics people are already searching for. 

Here’s how you do it for free:

  • Go to YouTube Keyword Tool
  • Enter a seed keyword or your main topic
  • Click on ‘Search’ and wait for second
  • Discover keywords related to your topic
  • Prioritize videos based on CPC, search volume and more

This way, you will never end up with ideas for YouTube videos. You’ll always have something in the loop. Then, incorporate those keywords into descriptions, titles, and tags. Let’s dive into it a bit more now. 

3. Optimize Titles and Descriptions of Your Videos

Use the main keyword in the title of your video. Adding a secondary keyword in the title will be super helpful. Find some other related keywords using YouTube Keyword Tool and include them in the description of your video naturally. Don’t stuff too many keywords!

Incorporate Keywords in Your Videos Naturally

Note down some significant keywords you want your video to rank for and use them in your videos. You can also speak those keywords to help Google understand what your video is actually focused on.

Make Categories

According to YouTube and Google algorithms, you could either categorize your content or make proper playlists to become an authentic channel.

Ask Your Audience to Like, Comment, and Share

Engage with your audience. And ask them to engage with you as well. YouTube algorithm ranks a video based on how ‘engaging’ it is. So if your video gets more likes, comments, and shares, it will automatically become YouTube’s favorite.

The best way to get engagements is to create awesome content. But the quickest way to do so is to ask your audience for likes, comments, and shares.

Use YouTube Tags

Find 10 to 15 relevant keywords related to your primary topic and use them as tags to increase the visibility of your video.

YouTube tags are words that provide context for the content on youtube. You can add them to any video to boost its visibility. It also helps your audience find you quickly. YouTube also suggests adding them for more views on your videos. 

Again, you can use YouTube Keyword Tool to find new tags related to your topic.

Practical Demonstration:

Let me become a YouTube expert here. (Pun Intended)

For example, our primary keyword to target is “full-body workout.”

To optimize the title, I will write something like:

The Best Full Body Workout to Increase Muscle Strength and Stamina 2022

As for optimizing description, I will write:

Greetings!

Today we will get on with a full-body workout to increase muscle strength and stamina. For that purpose, we will get started with;

  • 10 Pull-Ups
  • 15 Push-Ups
  • Two Sets of Chest Press (15 reps)
  • Two Sets of Wings (15 reps)
  • Two Bicep Hammer Drills (10 reps)
  • Two Triceps Exercises (15 reps)
  • Two Shoulder Exercises (10 reps)
  • 20 Sit-Ups
  • 2 minutes of skipping.

Follow us and build your muscular strength with us accordingly.

Subscribe to (Your Channel’s Name) for fresh content daily.

As for the tags, I will go something like that:

Full-body workout, full-body workout 2022, Extreme full-body workout, full-body workout for beginners, and full-body workout for stretching muscles and body workout to increase stamina.

That is all about optimizing the YouTube video from an SEO perspective.

Figure Out the Preferences of Your Audience:

Another important YouTube hack is to make content that resonates with your audience. I always look forward to my audience for topic suggestions. Also, I run polls for topics as well. The ones getting the most traction become the topics for my videos. 

Sure, you can go for out-of-the-box content ideas sometimes, but it is better to stay relevant to the main theme of your channel.

For that purpose, you will need to see what videos have caught the attention of your audience.

For example, create YouTube videos on email marketing if your audience deals with emails in their lives. If you have a channel based on body workouts, figure out whether your audience wants to gain or lose muscles. 

It will help you create better content and keep your subscribers engaged at the same time. 

Here’s another tip – take help from the YouTube Analytics menu to see which video gets a good response from viewers. Then, act aptly on these stats and create your content accordingly.  

4. Engage with Your Audience:

Consider your audience as your family and keep yourself engaged with them as much as you can. I consider my audience as my friends.

Do not forget them once you become popular on YouTube. Interacting with them will make you humble, plus it will maintain the trust between you and your audience.

You can keep yourself engaged with your audience by conducting free giveaways, replying to their comments, or simply liking them. I believe in giving back, and I always run giveaways on my YouTube channel

5. Cross-Promote Your Own YouTube Videos

Last but not least, you could find ways to cross-promote your old content using new YouTube videos.

How is it possible?

For starters, you can add the links to previous videos in the description of the new video.

Similarly, you can take help from Cards and End-Screen Annotations to share your old videos there.

This way, along with your new content, you will also start promoting older videos to get better engagement and reach from your audience.

Now that you have started taking traction on YouTube let’s know how to grow your channel fast organically. 

Complete Guide on How to Grow Your YouTube Channel

I’ve been sharing tutorials and my experiences in digital marketing for years. And I have garnered over 18,502,540 views on my YouTube videos as of writing this guide. So I know how things work here on YouTube. 

No, there’s no rocket science! It’s just common sense. But these tips are insanely valuable to boost your YouTube growth. 

1. Find Untapped Keywords:

Video keyword research has become necessary for content creators due to increase in competition and availability of too many videos on a single topic.

Hence, you have to act a little more cleverly here and find keywords with low competition. But they should have substantial monthly search volume. The entire process of finding untapped keywords goes as under.

  • Think about the topics
  • Input them into YouTube Keyword Research Tool
  • Get a list of related keywords
  • Make videos on untapped topics

Unable to find untapped topics? Choose the untapped angle for the same topics and see the results. Everything covered? Then look for long-tail keywords. 

2. Find Long-tail Keywords:

Enter the seed keywords either in the YouTube search box or YouTube Keyword Tool. And find different long-tail keywords that you could work on.

Here are the results from the YouTube search box:

Analyze the Competition of Keywords:

After finding a bunch of long-tail keywords, analyze their competition using tools like;

TubeBuddy and Vidiq. Both tools are available for free. However, you will have to pay their subscription fees to get access to the premium features.

3. Create Long Videos to Boost Your Watch Time

Increased watch time Meeting the 4,000 hours watch time criteria from YouTube would seem a little daunting as a beginner. However, you can follow some tips to meet the watch time requirement within a short time.

Make Long Videos:

Right at the beginning of your YouTube career, you should focus on making videos longer than 5 minutes if you want to meet the watch time criteria easily.

I am not saying that you should add unnecessary things in your video. Keep it relevant to your primary target and make it longer than 5 minutes.

The ideal video length time for beginners is at least 10 minutes. It will also help your videos get a boost from YouTube’s algorithm.

Make Your Intro Short and Concise:

Remove any unnecessary fluff from the intro of your video.

Always remember, the first 10 to 20 seconds are extremely crucial for your channel. If a user does not like your content in those 10 to 20 seconds, he/she will not proceed to watch it further.

So, work on the intro of your videos and make them concise, catchy, and engaging at the same time.

You could follow Linus Tech Tips to learn the art of making concise and to-the-point video intros.

Script Every Line If Possible:

Use a script to create content for your YouTube channel. If you are not too good at formulating a script for your video, then hire a scriptwriter and give the requirements of your videos.

Do not compromise on this factor as it will impact your audience big time. Without a proper script, you will easily lose your audience right in the middle of the video, and it will make a negative impression on your YouTube channel.

4. Customize Thumbnails

As already talked about above, you need to optimize your videos in the best possible way. One of the ways is to add a customized thumbnail for your videos. Don’t let YouTube generate a random thumbnail.

Work on the thumbnail of your video and make them as attractive as possible. Your thumbnail should be powerful enough to force a user into clicking the video.

Use the opportunity to make click-worthy thumbnails. An example of what a click-worthy thumbnail looks like is as follows:

Work on optimizing your video in every possible way before you publish them.

5. Promote Your Videos on Social Media Handles

Work on building social media handles for your YouTube channel, including a Facebook Page, an Instagram profile, and a Twitter profile.

After you build an audience on these social media handles, start promoting your YouTube videos there.

I have seen many YouTubers using Facebook to show only half the content and then asking their audience to watch the full videos on YouTube.

You could also try it and direct your social media audience towards your YouTube channel.

6. Convert Your Viewers into Subscribers

Finally, work on converting your viewers into subscribers to maintain the authenticity of your channel.

You can ask your viewers to subscribe to your channel in the first 30 seconds of your video.

Take help from the video watermark and add a subscribe button there to ensure that your viewers can see and take action on it.

Last but not least, make your content engaging to the extent that a viewer will directly convert into a subscriber.

How to Make Money on YouTube in 2022

YouTube is almost half the internet. Getting at least 1.9 billion users a month, this platform could offer you multiple ways of earning.

Although YouTube offers its own “Partner Program,” you can adopt several other ways to earn money from your channel.

However, it will depend upon the niche you are working on and what kind of income streams you could attract.

Let us get started from joining YouTube Partner Program to exploring some other common ways to earn money from video creation:

1. Join YouTube Partner Program:

Back when YouTube was not so famous, it offered to generate money via Google AdSense only.

That is, using Google ads within the video.

But, YouTube has come a long way in improving its Partner program.

Now, its partners will have access to other income streams, including Super Chat and premium memberships.

Here is how you can get started with the YouTube Partner program.

1.1. Create a YouTube Channel

To join the partner program, it is a must for you to create a YouTube channel.

As already mentioned above, with proper demonstration, you can create a channel and customize it properly.

Follow the guidelines and create your YouTube channel as soon as possible.

1.2. Start Uploading Videos

Before you start uploading videos on YouTube, you should read its community guidelines.

There is no restriction on how many videos you can upload in a day. However, if you are starting as a beginner, I would suggest uploading a video every day for a month followed by two videos per week for next month.

Lastly, when your channel starts getting views, work on improving the overall quality of your content and upload only one video per week.

1.3. Meet the Partner Program Criteria

To be eligible for the YouTube Partner Program, you should get at least 1,000 subscribers with 4,000 hours of watch time in the previous 12 months.

Do not worry about these criteria. As soon as your channel gets some popularity, you will see a spike in your subscribers’ count. Not only that, but you can easily fulfill the 4,000 hours watch time condition within a few months.

1.4. Setting Up AdSense Account:

Setting up a Google AdSense account is easy. After fulfilling the demands from the Partner program, you can sign up for Google AdSense and connect your channel to it accordingly.

Here is how it can be done quickly:

Go to your Channel’s Dashboard and find the “Monetization” option available on the left menu layout:

Click it, and you will see another window with a caption, “Grow with YouTube.” Here, you will have access to see how many subscribers you have got along with the watch time meter.

Click on ‘Notify Me When I’m Eligible,’ and YouTube will send you an email as soon as you become eligible for its partner program.

You could then sign up for a Google AdSense account using your Google email address from the same Monetization dashboard.

Sign Up for it, and you can analyze ad revenue in Google AdSense’s dashboard accordingly.

1.5. Explore Ways to Increase AdSense Revenue

After getting approved for the Partner program, you have to look for different ways to boost your earned money.

Here are some of the ways I can suggest:

Use Skippable In-Stream Ads:

You can enable skippable in-stream ads, and YouTube will automatically place them throughout your video.

It will help boost your earnings in the longer run.

Non-Skippable Ads:

Non-skippable ads either come before the video starts streaming or after it ends. These ads could also increase your revenue.

Bumper Ads:

Short and non-skippable, bumper ads could also boost your YouTube money.

YouTube Premium Revenue:

In case a YouTube premium member watches videos on your channel, you will get a portion of the premium subscription free as a bonus. A perfect opportunity to increase your revenue!

Enable Channel Memberships:

Channel memberships work best for gaming YouTubers who could enable this feature and offer extra perks to premium members.

You can easily set different membership packages and enjoy building a premium subscription stream for your channel.

To enable membership, you must be at least 18 years old with at least 30,000 subscribers, according to YouTube policies.

Earn Money off Merchandise Shelf:

After gaining at least 10,000 subscribers on YouTube, you will be eligible to sell merchandise related to your channel on YouTube’s official merchandise shelf.

Popular YouTubers such as Mr. Beast, PewDiePie, and Ninja have enabled this feature to increase their revenue stream.

Super Chat Payments:

Back in 2019, YouTube also offered a Super Chat option to its partners. This means a user can tip you some money for a shoutout or for promotion purposes.

Super Chat, however, is limited to some countries, and you cannot use this feature in a region where YouTube does not support it.

2. Follow Community Guidelines:

Following community guidelines are extremely necessary if you want to earn money from YouTube in the longer run.

Make sure that you do not use any copyrighted content in your videos. In case you do, YouTube will warn you with 2 strikes and the last strike will disable your channel.

Similarly, YouTube gives 3 community guidelines strikes to channels that do not abide by the community guidelines policies of YouTube. If you get 3 active strikes, YouTube will remove your channel no matter how many subscribers you have.

The only way to keep your channel away from these scenarios is to use unique videos and to grow your channel organically.

3. Sell Your Own Merch

In cIfr YouTube channel has become a brand, you can cash this opportunity into another income stream, i.e. to , sellr own merch.

I will give an example of Linus Tech Tips here. This channel has its own merchandise store, and it is earning money from YouTube Partner Program at the same time.

However, it has more than 13 million subscribers per se. So, you will have to remain consistent and grow your channel to be able to sell your own merchandise on it.

If you do not have any idea on how to create a merchandise store, then this YouTube tutorial will help you to sort out this matter:


4. Create Sponsored Content

One of the benefits to create sponsored content on YouTube is that you will not have to give a single penny to YouTube for that.

If your channel is getting many views and subscribers, you can easily find different sponsors, make a deal with them, and then create content while advertising their products.

I have seen many YouTubers earn this way. The popular ones I remember are ShroudScoutChocoTaco, and Ninja.

You can explore their YouTube channels and see how they create sponsored content to enjoy an extra stream of money.

5. Consider Different Affiliate Programs for Your Channel

Another way to increase your income via YouTube channel is to consider different affiliate programs and promote their products.

The benefits?

Well, you will not have to worry about packaging or shipping different products. In fact, these programs will pay you a good commission on each sale made.

Programs like Amazon Associates, Walmart, and ShareAsale offer attractive commissions on a variety of products.

But, before you dive into signing up for these programs, you should know what your audience likes and what it hates.

For instance, a channel made for weight gaining tips should focus on promoting weight gaining supplements, paid diet program subscriptions, and different workout subscriptions, etc.

If you start promoting weight loss products on such a channel, it will have no impact on your earnings.

In fact, you will even start losing your subscribers in doing so.

Hence, keep the “Relevancy” thing in mind before you become an affiliate partner for a certain program.

6. Consider Getting Paid by Your Fans Directly

YouTube now allows its partners to get support from their fans directly to get a boost in their earnings.

There are multiple ways your fans could pay you directly to help grow your channel.

The first one is “Super Chat” during a live stream. YouTube introduced this feature back in 2017 to allow creators to use this option during live streams.

If you follow gamers like Doctor Disrespect, Shroud, or ChocoTaco, you will see that while they live stream, some of the comments will get highlighted.

These highlighted comments are purchased by the fans and the money goes directly to the YouTubers.

Here is an example of a Super Chat from Dr. Disrespect’s stream:

The 2nd way you can benefit from your subscribers is to get them to join your channel as members.

Yet again, this feature is not available in some countries. However, if you see a special “Join” button just beside “Subscribe” it means you can utilize this feature to become a member of a certain channel.

As a YouTube creator, you could offer different perks to the members and you can categorize those memberships into different packages.

For instance, Gaming YouTubers mostly conduct “Member Only” streams where they will play with random members of their channel.

Here is how it looks like when someone joins a channel as a member:

The last way to get your fans to pay you back is to urge them to subscribe to YouTube premium. This way, whenever a premium subscriber watches your video, you will get paid a commission from their subscription fee.

7. Utilize Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is not a direct way to increase your revenue off YouTube. I have not tried it myself. However, you could use this to sponsor a specific project or to work with something that interests you.

I have seen many YouTubers take help from their subscribers to fund their projects. For that to happen, you must first make an account on a YouTube approved crowdfunding program.

Some of the popular crowdfunds I know include GoFundMe, Kickstarter, and Patreon.

After setting up an account on any of the above-mentioned websites, make a separate campaign to run across YouTube.

You could also take help from social media handles to make your content go viral. Facebook and Instagram could help you bring a lot more than other social media handles though.

Get funds from your fans and utilize them in your upcoming projects. Make sure that you keep your audience aware of your spending to maintain a trustworthy relationship with them.

8. LicenseYour Content to Media:

In case a video from your channel goes viral, every news outlet would want to cover it. And to do so, they need your permission and pay you some bucks as well.

As a rule, everything you post on YouTube is yours. However, you can choose to go for a CreativeCommons license as well. But it’s wise to keep your content away from stealing is to get it licensed as soon as your channel starts growing.

For that, try Jukin Media at first and then move on to other platforms with better opportunities. Make sure that you have updated all your contact details in the About section of your channel too. It will allow a company or individual to contact you easily.

You can also add a business contact number in the description of your channel for better opportunities. Share your social media profiles. Add as many contact details as you can. 

Now you wonder how much money you can make on YouTube after this much effort. 

YouTube Guide: How Much Money Can You Make on YouTube?

Many factors impact the amount of money you make from YouTube.

The most important factor is demographics. For instance, if you receive more audience from countries like the United States, Canada, or United Kingdom, you can easily make $3 to $5 per 1000 views.

On the contrary, this rate drops if your traffic comes from countries like Sri Lanka, India, or Pakistan.

It does not mean you should stop working on your audience. In fact, you have a better chance of getting more views on YouTube if you target a local audience.

Bhuvan Bam’s BB Ki Vines from India earns between $16.2K – $259K per month according to SocialBlade. 

You can make big chunks of money irrespective of your country. But I would recommend adding new income streams to your YouTube channel.

Don’t rely on a single income stream, i.e., Google AdSense only. YouTubers make way more money with affiliate programs and sponsors than with AdSense ads. 

YouTube Guide on How to Grow Your YouTube Channel: Summary

YouTube being the second most visited website after Google means it offers opportunities to creators who want to work hard and with consistency.

To earn money from YouTube, you will have to make a channel first and create engaging content for it. And then you need to upload awesome videos based on keywords generated by YouTube Keyword Tool

After getting at least 1000 subscribers with 4,000 hours of watch time, your channel will get approved to show ads on the videos via YouTube Partner Program.

Writing engaging titles, optimizing your videos from SEO perspective, and promoting them through social media handles will ensure your success in the long run.

That said, you should focus on remaining consistent enough and giving at least 6 months to your YouTube channel with full vigor, zest, and zeal.

I am damn sure that even with less talent yet more passion, you will excel in becoming one of the most popular YouTubers in 2022.