How to Help Grow the Fanbase!
Too long didn’t read: Sharing my content helps a metric butt-load. This article explains how, gives examples, and let’s you know some ways you could do it if you want to. Thanks!
I get asked a lot about how my fan base can be so small compared to other YouTuber’s when the content I put out is good, as well as how they can help a lot. I want to start by saying that first statement is very flattering, and follow by saying that the YouTube promotion system is a weird one that I’ll explain in short here.
YouTube promotes videos that a lot of people watch, especially if they watch the whole thing and it’s long. People tend to instantly latch onto videos that are instantly interesting or funny. This is why you see so many videos that are e edited to be extremely fast and snappy, like montage videos, getting popular. They are easy to share because people will get the appeal right away, there is a large audience for it, and people will watch the whole thing.
A lot of people love my channel and say it’s great, but it doesn’t grow much. It’s largely because not many people share my content with people they know, and when they do, not many people are interested. If you’re watching me, you gave me a chance. You spent a decent amount of time to watch my stuff and found you like it, but most people don’t want to dedicate time like that. It’s that shareability that my content doesn’t really have, and that’s why it’s very important that those who watch, share. People will be less inclined to do it on their own and the shares are even more important as they are less likely to help on each individual one, so you need it to be shared a lot.
Sharing has helped massively the few times I’ve asked people to do it. You know how I got a partnership on Hitbox.tv, making my streams much better quality? That was you guys sharing the streaming link on twitter, Facebook, and steam. You doubled my view count nearly every single time. Sometimes more than doubled. You guys do as good of a job, if not an even better job, than I do at bringing in new viewers. When you see my stream boom in popularity, that was your doing, not mine. I just make the content, you’re the one who makes it popular.
If you want another example, look at my Steam page. It has way more people in it than when you joined, doesn’t it? That’s because I had a good idea one day about it, asked you guys to take action, and it worked WAY better than I thought it would. As you may know, I like to send out a link whenever I stream on the Steam Group. It’s a great way to get the link to everyone who is already at their computer, and it seems to bring in the most viewers. Well, I came to a realisation. Most people don’t have many Twitter followers, but they do have a good amount of friends on Steam. Also many people on Steam join any group they get invited to, so why not go on my Steam Group page, hit “Invite Friends”, and invite them all? If they’re friends with you, they probably like games you like, and if you like my show you probably like games I play. I stream games I like, so if they join my group and see that some guy is streaming a game they like, they may join and end up having fun at the streams. That is a GREAT way to grow the fan base! It’s low effort, natural, word of mouth, and effective.
So I asked a stream of about 20 people to do that once when I got the idea. Pretty sure only a few people actually did it, but regardless we got almost 100 new people in the group. Less than 10 people did this, and almost 100 joined. For less than one minute’s work per person, that was INSANELY effective. Once I talked about it a bit in a Vlog and some people most have done it, because it raised by another 130 overnight. So if you want to help out, invite your friends to the stream group. I’ll provide a link at the bottom of the page.
Another way you can help is to tweet out some of my videos that you like, or that I’m streaming when I stream. Including @MahDryBread in the tweet will let me see your tweet as well as let people interested in your tweet check out who I am. This is great because people can share tweets around easily with “re-tweet” so it always has the chance of getting big. Say I make a new Payday 2 101 video you really like, that’s actually an easily sharable video. New people who don’t know me can still understand what’s going on easily and maybe find it interesting enough to give my stuff a chance.
Another great way is to do the same linking of my stuff, but on Facebook. Most people seem to have a lot of Facebook friends, and chances are you have common interests with most of them, so a great deal of them probably would be interested. Plus, stream are more fun with friends, so inviting friends through Facebook to my streams means you go in already knowing people in the chat.
The fastest spreading video I’ve literally ever done is “How YouTubers Get Paid” and that was largely thanks to a fan posting that video on a subreddit where it got popular. Sites like Reddit are great for spreading my content to people who otherwise wouldn’t know it exists.
The last way that comes to mind at the moment is just to talk to your friends about my channel. Straight word of mouth. I know I do this a lot with my friends and it’s great. When we have channels in common that we like, it becomes a really fun discussion. I know this one seems really obvious, but it’s half the fun of a good YouTube channel, getting to enjoy it with your friends.
Thanks for reading my insanely long, rambling article. I genuinely appreciate that you’ve decided to read this whole thing, as it shows to me that you really do care about me and my channel and that you’d like to make it grow. I love making content for you guys and it means a lot to me that so many people enjoy it as much as you do. If you want to give back, all I ask is that you thumbs up the videos that you enjoy, leave a comment if you have anything at all that you’d like to say, and most importantly of all, share stuff that you enjoy with people who you know, as well as anywhere else on the internet that you’d like. Want to make a place to talk about my stuff with like-minded people on some other forum? Want to make a fan base guild in World of Warcraft? Want to talk about my stuff on some random vaguely related Reddit page? Want to tattoo my YouTube URL to your forehead? Want to carve “Proofread, Send to Friends” into the walls of every room of your house? At least a few of those things are probably a good idea that wouldn’t creep me out!
Jokes aside though, You are what makes this job awesome, and You are what makes the channel special. If I didn’t have such awesome viewers, I wouldn’t be motivated to keep doing this thing and to keep striving to get better. Thank you very much. The links to related things are at the bottom of this page and until next time, have a nice day!
YouTube Channel: http://www.YouTube.com/medraut567
Steam Group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/MahDrysFlock
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/MahDryBread
Hitbox.tv Live Streaming Channel: http://www.Hitbox.tv/Mah-Dry-Bread
Reddit Page: http://www.reddit.com/r/MahDryBread/