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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MahDryBread

Hitbox.tv Live Streaming Channel: http://www.Hitbox.tv/Mah-Dry-Bread

Reddit Page: http://www.reddit.com/r/MahDryBread/

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Fundraising for a Friend

Hey everyone, Mah-Dry-Bread here. A close friend of mine SecretFiri recently has come into a bit of a financial issue, where her very old laptop is finally dying and she doesn’t have the money for a new one. You may remember SecretFiri from a lot of older videos I’ve done.

Seeing as she is a student who travels abroad often, she needs a laptop to continue to do what she does while being on the move. On top of that, her laptop is her main way of communicating with a lot of people very important to her. I’d appreciate it if you sent any money you can spare her way to help her out. Thanks.

http://www.supportthestream.com/u/secretfiri

Markdown and Hitbox

Last night I spent about four hours working on a complete overhaul of my Hitbox.tv channel description.  I decided that it was a bit wordy and needed to be changed.  During this process I’ve learned two things.  That the way the Offline Cover scales to monitor sizes was programmed by a wizard as it has no rhyme or reason, and that sometimes things happen for seemingly no reason.

http://www.Hitbox.tv/Mah-Dry-Bread

Go to that link.  Scroll to the top of the description.  As long as your monitor is big enough or your chat is small enough, you should see “Support me”, “Subscribe”, and “Share” side by side, right?  Notice how there is a small gap between the first two, but no gap between the second and third?

In markdown, they are all written the exact same way.  Each of those picture’s widths are exactly 300 pixels.  They are identical in shape.  In fact if you scroll to the bottom of the page you’ll find that every box down there is identical and is spaced out properly.

So why is that one box near the top not spaced properly?  We may never know.

1st Video Review of Payday 2: The BBQ Pack DLC Online!

I’m pretty proud of this one, it truly is the first actual review of the content.  I’ll be doing more in depth reviewing of it in the future too.  Enjoy!

A Request for Ideas

I need some feedback on something. I’ve been thinking for a long time about how I want a better name to refer to the viewers by other than “The Viewers”, “The Chat”, and stuff like that. It just feels like I’m referring to a function or a statistic rather than people. I know the community have referred to themselves as the “Flock” in small amounts off and on over the years and I do kind of like that one, but I want an actual name for when I want to address viewers of the show in general.

You know, like how Day[9] calls his viewers the “Day Knights”. That’s awesome. It sounds cool, it rhymes, and I feel pretty badass knowing I’m a Day Knight, because Day[9] is awesome. When I need something to watch on the side while I work, it’s always either Video Games Awesome or Day[9]’s Mostly Walking. I want something like that.

Does anyone have any ideas?

What would you like to see here?

Hey everyone, Mah-Dry-Bread here.  I want to start by saying that I’m quite happy I started this website.  Although there is not much on it and not many people visit it regularly, it gives me a platform to message the more hardcore of viewers as only they are the ones who really check up on this.  I can ask questions here and get responses that I likely wouldn’t get in a video.  With a video, I have to bank on people being free to watch it, interested in watching it, and to know the video exists.  On a busy Youtube day they could miss it.  With a post here, it’s pretty hard to miss.  It’s on the top of the page for days.

It’s also quite useful as it allows google to archive everyone on my website and slightly help my search results.  It’s very minor, but it’s still something.  Plus having an area to have a “Team” list to introduce new people to long time guests on my channel helps.

What would you like to see on this website?  That’s the point I’m getting to.  I want to hear everyone’s ideas.  Let’s brainstorm this thing together.

New Live Chatroom!

Thanks to Dyphnus we now have a live chatroom where the community can all talk!  There is a link to it at the top of http://MahDryBread.com.  I’m pretty new to these IRC things myself so if you need any help with stuff, asking Dyphnus in the chat room would probably help you out most.  Enjoy!

https://kiwiirc.com/client/irc.freenode.net/mahdrybread

RimWorld Streaming Update

Hey all 15ish of you who go on my website every day!  Honestly I should just say “Hey Sweden” with how like, 75% of the people here are from Sweden.

Hey Sweden!  Apparently you like my stuff because you come here every day.  Did you know I’m streaming RimWorld live on February 12th?  Probably, but I’m going to put it here anyway.  It’s gonna be at 4pm EST.  Sweden is 6 hours ahead of EST, right?  So for you it’s starting at 10pm, although I think you might use a 24 hour clock.  So 22 I think?  Something like that.

Anyway I hope to see you in the chat!  Praise be to King Carl XVI Gustaf and Lord IKEA.  Meatballs for all.  Swedish things!

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRZAnd9zhNM

Live Stream: http://www.Hitbox.tv/Mah-Dry-Bread

New “The Team” Page!

I just published a new page on the site that you can find on the top menu called “The Team”.  It gives a quick rundown of who everyone on my show is to help make it a bit more friendly to new viewers.  I’d like to get pictures on it one day, however I’ll have to try and find a way to do that without killing the formatting of the page.  I’m still new to this whole “building a website” thing.

Let me know what you think of the new page!

Baby’s First Website.

Hey everyone, Mah-Dry-Bread here.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time the last two days working on this site and I think I have it at a point where I can use it.  What for?  I have no idea, but it looks decent, right?

So I’m going to have to figure out exactly what I want to do with this.  Part of me wants to just link all of my videos here so it’s like a Youtube video feed of just my videos so people can easily watch my stuff without relying on Youtube’s own feed.  It tends to filter stuff out all the time that you want to see.  I have to manually go on Day[9] and Extra Credit’s channels every week because their stuff just doesn’t show up on my feed most of the time despite me being subscribed to them.  I want to avoid that happening with my channel.

My only worry about doing that with my website is that I do upload a lot of videos a day.  Maybe it would be useful?  I don’t know, but I’d appreciate your feedback on it.  I could also do blog posts here, but that’s kinda also what I do on Facebook and more people use Facebook, although this is a good alternative for people who don’t use Facebook.  I could cross-post blog stuff to both my website and Facebook, although it may end up being pointless.

You’ll notice there is a “Categories” section on the right side of the screen there.  I’d love to have my backlog put there, but that would mean I have to go through and post every single video I’ve ever done here.  That would be difficult.  On the plus side, really I’d just have to post the playlist of finished things for playthroughs.  For stuff like Payday 2 101 though, I don’t know how I’d do that since I really should post individual videos.

You’ll notice that at the top of the page, there is a “Forum” menu that takes you to the forum.   I’ve been thinking of upgrading the forum so that we have our own web domain for it, however the full upgrade would be $50 a year and that’s a bit much for me at the moment.

In non-site related news, January just passed and on Youtube you always get paid the previous month’s pay Cheque on a one month delay.  That means I get paid December pay on the 10th of this month, and January pay next month.  Although that’s great right now because December pay is always pretty good, January pay is BY FAR the worst on Youtube.  I can already see how much I generated that month and I’m not looking forward to it.  I can’t give the exact number, but I made less than $300 for an entire month’s work.  That’s half the price of rent in a cheap apartment for where I live.  December pay is nearly double that of January pay.  It’s mostly because advertisers will pay Youtube a lot of money in December to get people to buy their stuff in time for Christmas, but they will hardly pay Youtube anything in January since a lot of people don’t have much money around then.  Because they won’t pay much, cheap ads get run and Youtubers don’t make much money.  It sucks.  That being said, Patreon is still going well so that helps.

Anyway, you should be able to comment on this post.  I think you may need to sign up for the site, not sure.  You should see some useful buttons on the right side of my site if you scroll a bit.  You’ll find my twitter feed if you want to follow that, an option to follow my website by email so you get email updates on posts, you can follow my site on wordpress if you want, as well as a like button for my Facebook Fanpage.  At the very top right of the site you’ll find links to my Facebook Fanpage, Twitter, Youtube Channel, and RSS Feed.

 

Have any thoughts on what I should use this site for or any feedback on what you think of it so far?  Let me know in the comments on this post.  Thank you everybody for reading and until next time, have a nice day!

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