This summer, I began my journey to grow my YouTube channel. I’ll save you all of the information on why I started, but here are links so you can go through my entire experience:
Part 1: The Start of My YouTube Project
Part 2: Exploring the Most Successful YouTube Videos
Part 3: YouTube Video Titles
Part 4: YouTube Hacks and Buying Views
Part 5: Optimizing Your YouTube Content
Part 6: YouTube Video Ideas for Musicians
Part 7: Tips to Improve Your YouTube Content
Part 8: Making a YouTube Thumbnail
Part 9: Things to Do Before Releasing Your Video
Part 10: Free and Paid Marketing Ideas for Videos
Part 11: How to Get More Views by Partnering with Brands
And this is Part 12, my finale and recap! We’ll review the experience as a whole and compare my stats to the beginning of the project.
Making YouTube Work for You
Please keep in mind that your results may vary. I had a messy schedule this summer, my grandma died, and I’ve been moving around the country so I haven’t had a lot of time. I did as much as I could, and I think my results reflect that. If you put in the work, I’m sure you’ll see great results!
My YouTube Growth
I chose three metrics to follow: my subscribers, my overall view time, and my number of videos. I wanted to keep track of how many videos I made for this project and whether or not those helped my other metrics.
Here are my beginning stats:
Here are my new stats as of today:
Not bad! I gained 44 subscribers, 14,244 views and added 13 new videos during the course of this project. You may be thinking, “that’s it?!” and it may not seem like a lot, but I’m looking for steady growth of dedicated followers. I’m not trying to be the next Jake Paul. I think if I continue to use these tips, I can have steady growth through the rest of the year at least.
The YouTube Class
Here is a link to the class I used. I am not an affiliate of this class, I just want to show you what I used specifically. I’ll give you the good parts first:
The Good: The class is very action-based, meaning you get specific steps to take every step of the way. If you’re goal-oriented like me, you’ll appreciate this. It’s very fast-paced, so you’ll have to take the time to do each assignment before moving on to the next one. There are printables and class outlines included, but they can get confusing if you don’t follow along with each class. It’s very thorough and covers all of the techy, back-end parts of YouTube that have always intimidated me.
The Bad: This is not really the class’s fault, but a lot of the parts were not applicable to musicians. The instructor has a YouTube channel about Photoshop, which is based on instructional videos. Most musicians are trying to promote their music videos and/or vlogs, so some of the tasks wouldn’t work for us. However, if you have any how-to videos or if you have a different channel for a business, this would still be helpful!
The Experience Overall
I would definitely recommend the class if you’re trying to grow your YouTube channel. It’s inexpensive, actionable, and will get you results if you put in the time and effort. I would suggest setting aside dedicated time to going through the class and working through all of the assignments. That way you’ll maximize the class time and really get familiar with the tips. The more you use the tools given, the better things will work for you!
Here is my final video about the class, including my hopes for the future of my channel:
So, what do you think? Will you try the class? Do you have any other hacks you’ve used to grow your channel? Let us know in the comments!