How to grow a YouTube channel from scratch to 10,000 subscribers

This video is both a celebration to mark achieving the milestone of 10,000 subscribers to my YouTube channel, and also 5 pieces of free advice I’m offering to those trying to build a channel of their own.

If you’re one of my 10,000 subscribers, thank you very much for showing your endorsement and support. It’s greatly appreciated and I don’t take it for granted.

If you’ve started your own channel or you’re thinking of doing so, stay tuned while I describe the lessons I’ve learned getting to this point.

These five tips are for those just starting out and who want to get their first 10,000 subscribers and 1,000,000 views.

1. Choose something that will hold your attention.

You’ve heard it said plenty of times; do something you love. Choose a niche subject for your channel that will retain your interest over the years ahead.

You don’t have to be an expert on the subject. I’m by no means an expert on any of the aviation themes I cover. My videos are a mixture of my experiences and opinions, and information I curate from other sources.

But I visit airfields and airports, I go to air shows, I talk to others in aviation, I read, and if I’m really lucky, just occasionally I go flying.

You need to be involved with your subject, and that takes up some of your time, which brings me to my next point.

2. Manage your time effectively.

Activities related to the subject of your channel, making the videos themselves, optimising them, and promoting them – all these tasks eat into your time each week.

And the one thing that makes us all equal is that everyone of us has only 24 hours in each day.

So you’re going to have to make sure you have the time each week to do what you need to do.

A lot of our time is taken up by distractions, and social media is one of the worst distractions ever invented.

Does this sound contradictory? Of course, you need social media and YouTube is your medium of choice but get busy creating and feeding your channel. Use other accounts to promote what you create.

Don’t waste precious hours endlessly scrolling through other people’s output. Hours will be lost each week which could have been spent focused on your own goals.

I know this is hard and we all succumb to the temptations of distractions but constant vigilance is needed to keep yourself from drifting off track and putting you back on course.

3. Upload Consistently.

It’s taken just under 2 years and 10 months to reach the 10,000 subscriber milestone. In that time I’ve created and uploaded 275 videos, so that’s an average of over 8 per month, or just under 2 per week.

You’ll see it mentioned elsewhere and take it from me, it’s true – you have to keep making videos and feeding the channel each week.

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So in conclusion then; choose a subject that will hold your interest, manage your time effectively, keep feeding your channel, optimise your videos, and don’t get obsessed about the money, as that will come later.

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