My hard work is finally paying off. I recently got my first 100 YouTube subscribers, marking an incredible YouTube milestone. This may not seem like a big deal, but trust me, it is.
I started my channel in December 2017, the same time I started this blog. The difference is, I did nothing with it. Absolutely nothing. I had the account, but wasn’t populating it with content. But, I felt something urging me to do something.
It wasn’t until I attended Summit 21 in Atlanta, GA that I even posted a video, and it was one of US Congresswoman, Maxine Waters dancing to Beyonce’s Before I Let Go song. Months later, I posted what I now consider to be my official first video, a Halloween tutorial.
Many people who watch my channel often ask me one question: what did you do to get your first 100 YouTube subscribers?
Here’s What I Did To Get My First 100 YouTube Subscribers
There are YouTubers who have overnight success. They post a video that resonates with people and those viewers immediately become subscribers. That wasn’t my journey.
I created content that I enjoyed – content that made me happy, and on a weekly basis, I would send those videos out to family, friends and colleagues. Many of them enjoyed my content so much that they subscribed on their own. For those who only watched, but didn’t subscribe, I asked them to subscribe.
We have a saying in The Bahamas, “closed mouth don’t get fed.” Translation: if you want something, you have to ask for it. And ask I did. A lot. I explained that I was trying to meet a milestone on my channel. People were happy to help me along in my journey.
While doing that, I also started to look at topics that were trending. Coming up in YouTube’s suggested videos is tough. There’s a lot of competition. But, if you can quickly create a video on a trending topic and offer a unique point of view, chances are people who are similarly minded will come looking for content like yours.
My YouTube Channel Grew Because I Was Consistent
Another reason I grew was because I was very consistent with my channel. I decided that I would publish videos every Wednesday at 1pm (EST) and I stuck with it. It didn’t matter what I was going through or how stressed out I was, I made sure that my videos were published on time every time.
One day, I will consider sharing some uploading horror stories with you. Being a content creator is not easy. It takes a lot of dedication and discipline. It also requires a lot of planning.
What Happens When You Get 100 YouTube Subscribers?
There are a few perks that come along with getting 100 YouTube subscribers. One would think only the YouTube superstars get benefits, but that’s not so.
One of the first benefits is that you will get your very own custom URL. Mine is YouTube.com/ThisBahamianGyal. Back in the day, you had to have a minimum of 500 subscribers to get it. Thank God things have changed. I can’t begin to explain the excitement I felt when YouTube sent me an email congratulating me on reaching that milestone.
Of course, I had to create a video thanking my subscribers. Visit my channel to see it.
Having your own email goes a long way in brand identity and it just makes it easier for people to find you on the platform.
Having 100 YouTube Subscribers Is Validating
There’s a great deal of validation you will feel having reached the 100-mark. There are many YouTube channels that don’t even have 10 subscribers. So, this is a huge accomplishment.
I can’t wait to reach 1,000 subscribers. When I do, I can monetise the channel and make money.
For those of you who aren’t subscribed just yet, please do so. Just hit the subscribe button and then turn on the notification bell so that you know when I release a new video.
For now, my channel focuses on beauty, hair care, lifestyle and of course, humour. I have to have my funny videos. I promise you, you’re going to enjoy it.
This Bahamian Gyal