6 Tips On How To Get Subscribers On YouTube

by Adrienne Smith on April 5, 2012

6 Tips On How To Get Subscribers On YouTubeAh YouTube, one of my favorite social media sites.  I haven’t met too many people who don’t enjoy watching some type of videos.  I personally love the “how to’s” or the tutorials that walk me through what it is I’m wanting to know.  What better way to learn how to do something right!

I definitely wouldn’t consider myself a pro yet but I’ve learned quite a bit since shooting my very first video over three years ago.  When Paul Wolfe shared those video statistics with me toward the end of last year I knew it was time to step up my game.   I even purchased a course (and yes it’s an affiliate link) on how to create better videos, how to do keyword research for my videos and some additional things I could improve upon.

I’m still learning which is what I wanted to share with you in this particular post.  

Why Do We Need Subscribers

So we love views on our videos right so you might want to know why we actually need subscribers. Well subscribers on YouTube are similar to loyal readers on our blog.  Our purpose is to build a following so they will consistently return to read our content, leave their thoughts and comments on our post and share our content with their friends and followers.

We want the same thing for our videos.  As YouTube continues to grow, and they are already up to 3 billion views a day on this social sharing site, this is going to help you get your videos more attention. As we want our blogging friends to share our content, we want our subscribers to share our videos.

First Things First

So we all want more subscribers but in order for these tips to work to our advantage you have to have a few things in place first. Want to know what those are?

  • Consistency
    We have to be just as consistent with our video posting as we do with our blog content.  Oh yeah, it’s so important.  Your viewers will anxiously await a new video from you if they now know they are coming on a regular basis.
  • Value
    This is pretty much a given but has to be mentioned.  Your videos have to add value, something people are anxiously waiting for you to share.  Maybe you do some “how to” videos or tutorials walking people through certain steps or fun and creative videos that are just too fun to miss.
  • Outstanding
    Your video needs to be delivered in a way that others find it entertaining, life changing, remarkable, just outstanding in some form.

If you can implement these into your videos then everything else will be quite easy.

Here are the 6 tips on how to get subscribers on YouTube.

Tip #1: Ask

Just like blog commenting, most people don’t even think to ask for a comment.  We all just assume it’s a given but that’s not always the case.  If you want people to subscribe to your channel you have to ask them to subscribe.

A successful call to action has three key ingredients.  They need to know what to do, how to do it and why they should subscribe.  You know you can say something like, “please be sure and subscribe to my channel by clicking the button right above so that you can have immediate access to my new videos that I’ll be posting over the next few weeks.”

You can have a call to action in your video but of course the easiest is to just have it at the end of your video.  People need to be told what to do so tell them what you would like for them to do.  Ask and you shall receive.

Tip #2:   Annotations

Just in case you aren’t aware of what annotations are in your video they are those boxes that will pop up during a video telling you certain things.  Some people take it to the extreme and I find them rather annoying but if you use them wisely, they can go a long long way.

You can include things like your subscribe button directly into your video and make it clickable so that people can subscribe by clicking that button while watching your video.  Now that’s what I call making it easy for your viewers.

Tip #3:  Your Blog

Now we know that a lot of people are using videos in their blog just like I’ve been doing recently.  That is great for more views too.  We want to make it easy for them to subscribe to your YouTube channel too and you can do this by installing YouTube’s subscribe widget in your sidebar.  I shared with you how to install that in my recent video post.

Tip #4:  Featured Channels

There is a feature on YouTube that now allows you to include featured channels of other people that you enjoy watching their videos.  You can include this on your homepage.  Why this would be important is so that you can start building relationships with other channel owners who have the same audience and who compliment each other with having similar businesses and you can feature each other on your channels.

It’s like cross promoting each other’s content.  When you have similar audiences, their subscribers will more then likely be interested in your content as well.

You can locate the features channel under the “Settings” tab.

Tip #5:  Consistent Interaction

Remember when I shared with you about being consistent with producing video content?  Well the same goes for interacting with other channel owners as well.  Just like in blogging where you are building relationships with other bloggers, you want to do the same thing here on YouTube accept you will comment on other channels as well as their videos.

Build up those relationships with other channel owners and they will start to see the value in what you share and well, you know how the story goes right!

Tip #6:  Payoff For Subscriber Limit

This can be kind of fun.

Let’s say you have 100 subscribers on your channel and you want to get to 200 subscribers.  Shoot a video and share it on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, all over the place and let your viewers know that you want to get to 200 subscribers and if they will subscribe, when it reaches the 200 mark you will do X Y Z.

Now you can determine what that X Y Z is so you can either do a giveaway, a contest or something fun or perhaps daring.  I don’t know, use your imagination.  Let your subscribers look forward to seeing you do that X Y Z.

Create a buzz and excitement around you on the way to accomplishing this and turn it into an event. Some people will go out of their way to even get their friends to subscribe just so they can see what you’re going to do if for instance you said you were going to do something crazy at the end.  Oh heck, just make it fun.

Ready To Implement

So what did you think?  Are you ready to implement these steps and take your YouTube channel to a whole new level?  Remember that video is really moving up on that popularity scale and we all want to get in on some of that action.

By using these methods consistently we can all be ahead of the rest of the people who are just casually creating videos every once in a while or sporadically for whatever they have going at that time.   Let’s kick this into high gear and start getting some massive results on YouTube.  I know I’m ready.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what I’ve shared.  Ready to get consistent with creating videos and building those relationships over on YouTube as well?  I know I am.

If you enjoyed this post then be sure to comment below and spread the love.  I appreciate you.





Business Developer
Skype:  missadriennesmith
Email:  Adrienne@AdrienneSmith.net


{ 84 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cat Alexandra
April 5, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Good morning, Adrienne!

I love these YouTube tips you’ve been putting out on your blog! This is some awesome material!

Your idea about creating a buzz around our video by letting our friends and social media “listeners” know what we’re trying to do is such a simple idea that can be easily implemented! I’ve found that any time I’ve put out questions or something along those lines that people are willing to pitch in a bit, so this makes sense that it would be an effective way to help get subscriber counts up! I love that!

I still need to put my YouTube widget up on my own blog. I think that’s going on the to-do list for my weekend blog maintenance! lol

Well, it’s Thursday all ready! I can’t believe how quickly the week flys by while we’re in massive action on the 100 day challenge!

Hope you’re having an amazing morning!!

Cat 😉


2 Dan Sumner
April 5, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Hey Adrienne,

To be honest I am still green when it comes to creating You Tube video content. I am still learning and putting video content out there so onwards and upwards Adrienne.

Thanks for the great tips I’m sure you are going to kill it with your YouTube channel this year Adrienne.

Thanks for sharing and have a great Easter :-)



3 Dan Sumner
April 5, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Oooo first comment as well. That’s a first 😀


4 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Yey!!! You beat them all Dan. Woohoo!! :-)


5 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Hey Dan,

You green? Nah, you’re a pro and you know it. You’re so relaxed in your videos and I know you have your membership site so you probably do a lot of videos for that as well. Heck, I’m still learning too but I intend to be more consistent with putting video content out there now.

Hope these tips were helpful Dan and thanks for your comment.

It’s always appreciated and it’s always great to see you. Happy Easter! :-)


6 Lisa
April 5, 2012 at 8:15 AM

That sure is taking it to another level. I have been one of those sporadic users. It really is another social site, though many view it as just a video site. Will have to check out your channel.


7 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Hi Lisa,

I know that each social site is different in the way we share content and build relationships. YouTube is the place for videos and we do learn a lot from a good bit of them and entertain ourselves as well. But with the ever growing popularity of videos, you definitely want to start implementing the same strategies we use on our blog on our YouTube channel as well. That will definitely help you stand out from the rest.

Hope these tips helped and it’s always a pleasure to see you Lisa.

Enjoy your day okay!


8 Paul April 5, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Adrienne – As always you have provided great info that went along good with the morning cup of joe. By the way I hope the other part of your biz is going good and have a Blessed Easter weekend.
P.S. You really have a book in you and need to get it out there!


9 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Hey Paul,

Glad I could provide you with some good reading this morning as you enjoy your cup of Joe.. :-)

Business is going fabulously well, thank you. Hope all is well with you too my friend.

Have a blessed and beautiful day!



10 Ashley Porter April 5, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Those are great tips Adrienne … I have never tried #4 or #6 so maybe something to consider for my next video run.

I had the widget on my blog but not many subscribers from it :( might consider putting it back on there anyways.

Interestingly, I notice I get more subscribers from posting video content and networking within Youtube

Thanks for the great info!


11 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Thank you Ashley, glad you found these helpful.

I’ve been learning from someone who definitely is getting the business from YouTube viewers and subscribers so I’m hanging on his every word.

The widget will make it easier for your blog readers to never leave your page so maybe as you continue to include videos in your posts, they will be more interested in subscribing to your channel. Just like blog commenting, these things do take time.

I know, people enjoy interacting with each other so when you share the love, they are eager to return the favor. That’s what I love about social networks.

Thanks Ashley, I appreciate you sharing that. Great to see you again.


12 Barry Wells
April 5, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Love the tips and will make sure that I follow them all. This is actually very timely for me as I was wondering how Ileane added the subscribe button to her videos and was going to look into that after my blog hopping session today. Now I can go straight to it, thank you.

I’ll have to get my thinking cap on for #6

Loved them all Adrienne and think this is a great way to finish off the challenge…… and I know that people will take notes from this one when they get here 😉

Have a great Easter Adrienne and I’ll catch you up real soon 😀

R&R Barry


13 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Hi Barry,

It’s so crazy Barry all of the things we’re able to do with videos now. I thought that was a cool trick to and to have clickable links inside your video. I’ve learned some more tricks as well so I’m sure I’ll be sharing some of these in upcoming videos. Almost put this one in a video but thought against it.

I think #6 will get a few of us, what to do, what to do… I have no doubt you’ll easily come up with something.

I’m so happy with the way the challenge turned out Barry and I left a comment on your blog. OMG!!! I can celebrate over here now. I thought I was the first one leaving a comment only to click submit and find out I wasn’t so I didn’t want to ruin anything for your readers. But thank you so much Barry, I’m so excited and thrilled beyond words. I’m blown away on the traffic results too. Wow! That’s just awesome.

Thanks Barry and we will be speaking again soon. 😉


14 Barry Wells
April 5, 2012 at 10:08 AM

ha ha ha, I read your comment Adrienne and was a little baffled (it doesn’t take much you know lol) but now I’ve read your reply here it makes perfect sense :) Now I can go back and reply to you ha ha.

I’m thrilled that you won Adrienne and will email you shortly with the Licences. You sent more traffic my way than G+, YT, LinkedIn and were almost double the amount of the person that came in 2nd place…. Huge Thanks for everything Adrienne

Have a great Easter Adrienne, take care.


15 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Hey Barry, we both stay baffled at times. lol!!! 😉

I’m so excited Barry, you have no idea. I jumped out of my chair and was dancing around. With each person you counted down I didn’t want to see my name pop up until the very end. I’m just so excited and I’m beyond blown away that I was able to generate that much traffic for you Barry. Wow, I’m speechless over here and we both know that’s hard for me to do. I’m just so excited and I hope that those visitors continue to hang around your place. It’s worth the visit in my book. You do a fabulous job on your blog Barry so you make it easy for me.

Thank you SO much again and Happy Easter to you as well! Have a blessed day!


16 Paul Wolfe
April 5, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Hey Adrienne

Good to see you got infected with the video bug!

That’s the good news – now for spanner in the works. Personally I think there’s a lot of mis-information from some of the so-called video ‘goo-roos.’ And the advice to ask for subscribers to your YouTube channel as the default call to action is one of those things that raises my blood pressure levels.

Here’s why: you can’t realistically direct viewers to take multiple actions as a result of watching your video. For most videos you get chance to make ONE call to action only. And for most of us using video in our marketing mix, using up that call to action to get subscribers on our YouTube channel is a waste of the hours of effort we put into creating the video in the first place.

Because YouTube subscribers for most of us is a meaningless metric. You can’t email YouTube subscribers (technically that’s not true, but you can only send messages one by one on YouTube) – you’re leaving it up to them to find your new content. And putting offers in front of them on YouTube has to be done extremely carefully – at the end of the day the ‘Toob isn’t a place where they host your videos for free, it’s a social media platform where people share their content with the site’s users. Very subtle difference.

IMO from a business perspective you’re much better off making a compelling call to action that gets people to YOUR website and hopefully gets them to sign up to your email list. That way when you have new content you can embed it on your blog or website and email out to people on your list and direct them to that new content ON YOUR BLOG. Where you control the viewing environment much more than if you just leave it to subscribers to find you on Youtube.

Here’s the other reason why asking people to subscribe is a waste of a call to action – if you produce good content then people will subscribe to you ANYWAY. I’ve never – not once – asked anyone to subscribe to my main youtube channel, but I have 7000 subscribers. But what I’m even happier about is the fact that my email list is larger – and I can email my list offers they might be interested in as often as I want. I’ve never been able to communicate directly with my subscribers.

Food for thought perhaps?

Have a great Easter…and there’s a post on my site linked via Comment Luv about Calls to Action. And there’s a Part 2 coming up later today….you might be interested in those.


17 Paul Wolfe
April 5, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Sorry – me again.

Someone is bound to ask – so there is one situation I can think of where you DO want people subscribing to your channel and you wanna use up your call to action to ask them to do it.

That’s when your monetization method IS YouTube. These are the handful of folk who make videos that get lots of views (we’re talking in the hundreds of thousands for each video) and who monetize by being in the YouTube Partner program.

For those guys and girls, getting more subscribers on YouTube is a viable goal for their business model. (Though I’m sorely tempted to suggest that they’d make far more money if they built a list and learned how to sell to their list…but hey, that’s the way I roll).



18 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Hey me again, always a pleasure.

Ah yes, those that are on YouTube to make their money through their partner program. You are right about that Paul and I haven’t been approved because I don’t have enough views on my videos. So for people who want to implement that into their paid strategies may want those big numbers.

Look at it this way Paul, whenever the time comes and they mess up and get their channel deleted, we can always come back and say I told you so. And putting all your eggs in just one basket always comes back to bite you. It’s the nature of the beast!



19 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Well hey there Paul.

Oh yeah, I’ve stepped it up this year thanks you to. I just finished Barry’s video challenge and did one a week for five weeks in a row. I’ve only missed a couple weeks now for this year of cranking those videos out. But a few weeks I did two so I think I’m still good.

I haven’t implemented that call to action yet to ask for subscribers but I can understand the logic of it because as we definitely know from our blogs, we have to ask people to comment. I never did in the past for several reasons and one of those was because they didn’t ask me to. I think a lot of people just don’t think about it in all honesty. I can see your point though with asking to subscribe. Don’t hate the messenger okay? :-)

As up and coming as YouTube is I have no doubt they’ll be implementing ways to mass mail your subscribers in the near future. But I think that by the interaction with other channel owners, that gets subscribers as well wouldn’t you agree?

I totally agree with you about wanting people on our list more than subscribing to our channel. I like to think that people who visit my blog, learn more about me and want to check out more of my videos will then take the time to subscribe. That is how I’ve found this to really work best in my favor. Like you Paul, I’ve never asked anyone to subscribe to my channel, not even in the comments I leave on their channels. I have no where near the number you have but I don’t think 1,300 is too shabby. You’re right though, I would prefer to have that many on my list.

I always appreciate your input Paul because you are the one having success on YouTube and you know just as much as some of these other video gurus out there what works and what doesn’t and why! I’ll be sure to check out your posts. Sorry I haven’t been by lately but it’s been crazy busy. Looks like for us both but I still love you Paul! You’re the man.

Happy Easter!



20 Paul Wolfe
April 5, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Hey Adrienne

I’m not totally sure that YouTube will implement ways for you to contact all your subscribers on your channel. Remember it’s not a marketing platform – it’s a social media hangout. You can post your business videos there and yOutube doesn’t mind a link back to your site….but I’m waiting for the day when that changes. They’re not crazy about you putting affiliate links in your description (or in your video) – I can forsee one possible scenario when they won’t be happy about links back to your website.

The bottom line though is that what call to action you put in your video should absolutely be aligned 100% with your business goal of the video. Which is something I’ve never heard anyone talk about.

Keep cranking them out!



21 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Hey Paul,

I keep thinking of things that they might have up their sleeve down the road but at the same time it’s things we all would like for them to implement. Not necessarily that they will lean that direction. How true…

I know they don’t like affiliate links but if it helps them with their advertising with people pointing them in a certain direction then I could see them not having a problem with that. The way they continue to move up the chain with views, uploads and the money they make I hope they don’t make any significant changes in the near future.

You are so right Paul, your video should align with your business goals. Something I intend to step up with myself.

Always a pleasure and I’ll do my best.


22 Ileane
April 7, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Hi Adrienne and Paul,

I just had to butt in here and ask Paul a question. I’m not sure why you think YouTube doesn’t want us add affiliate links to our video descriptions, where did you get that information from?
In the YouTube creators playbook they encourage us to add any “relevant” links in the video descriptions and all of the partner channels that I watch (especially those doing product reviews) are loaded with affiliate links in the descriptions. For example, check out SoldierKnowsBest.

I just want to make sure I’m not violating any TOS that I don’t know about.



23 Paul Wolfe
April 7, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Hi Ileane

Good question.

The answer is a combination of things…firstly YouTube is owned by Google, so what goes for Google will eventually (IMO) come down the track and apply to YouTube. Google wants to encourage good returns in its search engine results – and is starting to penalize over optimized sites. (See the recent link networks that have been de-indexed).

Combine that with the ‘YouTube’ slaps that happened last year where people got their accounts banned. This was predominantly for people in the ‘Make Money Online’ kind of niche. (The most noticable casualty was Darren Rowse of Problogger). I think I’ve seen you over at Steve Scott’s website from time to time – drop him an email and ask about his experiences as I know he’s had YouTube channels banned.

And then add in the number of people who have had product review type videos and had either the videos banned, or their accounts suspended.

You always have to remember that YouTube is NOT a marketing channel, it’ s a social network. And whilst it does mention in the Playbook that you should post relevant links in your description – a slew of affiliate links are walking a fine line IMO. And a careful read through the playbook reveals a bunch of tips to grow your channel and your audience – it doesn’t once mention commercial activities. Anywhere.

And yep, there are people and channels who do post affiliate links.

But there’s always the possibility that those affiliate links may cause that person/channel to get banned. It’s never happened to me, but the appeal process is complex, takes a long time, and is frustrating due to the difficulties of actually speaking with a ‘real person.’

If it were me I would embed the video on my blog and post the affiliate links under the video there. Not on YouTube. And if I were doing a lot of this I’d do it using a Vimeo Pro account, not a YouTube account.

Does that make sense/give clarification? Feel free to ask anymore questions about this – it’s undoubtedly an important topic.



24 Adrienne Smith
April 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Hey Ileane,

Ah, Paul got you going on that one huh? He’s been successfully doing videos and studying it for quite some time so he’s very opinonated when it comes to this topic. Hopefully he’ll pop back over and respond to your question.

I agree with you Ileane because they do make a lot from ad placements which are taking people off YouTube to other sites. They do encourage relevant links in the video descriptions so I can’t see them actually changing that down the road. I mean they are already making a huge killing as it is.

Thanks for your comment and your thoughts on this.

Hey, Happy Easter young lady. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


25 Jupiter Jim April 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM


I love your blog! I love your blog so much I just added it to my list of Top 20 Blogs for Bloggers in 2012! Just click on the link below.

However, in this instance, I must agree with Paul Wolfe. At the end of every video I tell viewers to “click the like button on YouTube” and to visit my blog. People are busy. They are overwhelmed with everything to do and everything to sign up for. I mean, telling them to execute TWO Calls to Action (click “like” button AND visit my blog) is already a risky endeavor.

Once I get them to my blog, YouTube viewers can see there is so much more to my blog and my videos than what you see on YouTube (like the xhtml, CSS, PHP code that goes with some of the videos) If I can then get them to subscribe to my email list, I may have them for life! I have subscribed to so many channels that I like on YouTube and never watch their videos even when YouTube emails them to me. However, when I get an email from a blog I subscribed to, that can really get my attention.

Also, there are Legitimate people, with no scam and no hype, who have had their accounts Shut Down by YouTube. I have read their first hand accounts and seen their videos describing this horror more than once. The bottom line is that you don’t own the subscriber list on YouTube, so why build it up in the first place? Plus, as Paul said, there is just NOT too much you can do with that list anyway.

If you have someone on your blog subscriber list and you want them to see one of your latest videos, then you can send them an email with a link to the YouTube video with a lot of exciting text to get them to take action and CLICK ON IT! Something you just can’t do if they’re just on your YouTube subscriber list.

You still make a lot of excellent points about YouTube and creating quality videos in this post.

So thanks for sharing.

Can’t wait to dig into the rest of your blog here! I love it!

Take Care,

~ Jupiter Jim


26 Adrienne Smith
April 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Hey Jim,

Wow, thank you SO much. That really means a lot coming from you. I popped over there and was pleasantly surprised and flattered. You’ve got a great list going and I’m among some really great bloggers. I guess I’m moving up in the world. Yey!!!

I agree that you definitely need to have just one call to action and as Paul pointed out, it needs to relate to what you are here to accomplish. If you prefer having more subscribers on your YouTube channel then ask them to do just that or if you prefer them heading to your blog, have them do that. I wouldn’t suggest putting a bunch of calls to action in your video so I do agree with you guys on that point.

I would much prefer having people on my blog then on any other social media site but I also know that some people prefer other avenues. I’m mentioned many times throughout my posts that it’s great to get tons of likes on your Facebook Fan page or views on your YouTube videos but you don’t own that content and it can be deleted at any given time and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. I’m just so blessed that I haven’t lived through any of those horrors myself and can only sympathize with those who have.

Thank you for adding to the conversation Jim, I know you and Paul both are really great at creating videos and I do enjoy learning from the best. Your comments are always welcomed and I have no doubt you can share some valuable information with us all.

Thank you so much for visiting today and again for the mention on your list of bloggers. You just made the rest of my weekend.

Happy Easter Jim!



27 Zoe April 9, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Paul and Adrienne, I can’t help but agree with Paul’s comments on asking ppl to subscibe. For me it is the biggest turn off. I feel I’m being entrapped and although very new to this I have already had more than my fair share of spammers! May I ask you both for some advice. I recently launched my new maternity brand site and I want to make more improvements to engage with my audience? Any suggestions?


28 Adrienne Smith
April 9, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Hi Zoe,

I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and as Paul and I have discussed, it depends on what you want your viewers to do is what call to action you need to apply. Not everyone is a spammer Zoe so for that I’m thankful and we are all here for our own reasons. You either love us or hate us. But I do know that if you want your viewers to do a specific thing, you definitely have to just ask them.

I suggest you read my post “How To Become An Engagement Superstar“. I share with you how and what you should be doing to interact with other bloggers. Hope you find it helpful.

Thank you for your comment and have a wonderful week.


29 Sylviane Nuccio
April 5, 2012 at 10:02 AM

That’s a great post, Adrienne.

I didn’t know about “annotations”. I have to look into it. I know I have to start looking for followers on YouTube as well, more than I’ve been doing so far. Barry Wells challenge really encouraged me to get into the habit of making one video a week, which is really something any marketer should be doing nowadays.

Thanks for those great tips, Adrienne and have a fantastic day!


30 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Thank you Sylviane, glad you enjoyed it.

I haven’t really implemented any through YouTube since I put them in my videos when I edit them but my blurbs aren’t clickable. To learn more about those and how to include them, here is a link that you might find helpful:


They do recommend to do your best to include one a week but if some people can only do one a month that is still 12 in a year’s time. Either way it’s a great start. I almost did this in video form but decided mot to at the lat minute. So now I just need to keep up the momentum too.

Thanks Sylviane and you have a fabulous day as well. Always a pleasure to see you!


31 Ilka Flood
April 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Hi Adrienne,

These are fantastic tips! Since I’m slacking way behind in the ‘video arena’ I’ll be passing these on to Randy. I’m sure he’ll be very thankful.

Thanks so much for always sharing great stuff!



32 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Hi Ilka,

Maybe Randy can help you get your video career off the ground. I KNOW you’d do fabulously…

Be sure and pass them along, hopefully something here may be able to help him. :-)


33 Nicky
April 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Great tips there Adrienne and would love to know how you add your subscriber button in to your youtube video and make it clickable? Is that a paid service?

I did a blog post about using a free service called LinkedTube.com which allows you to add a link, but I would love to know how you do this and I look forward to your next video tips!

Great job on winning the competition! Congrats – I am really not surprised!


34 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Hi Nicky,

I shared a link with Sylviane in my reply to her comment that will explain more about annotations. It’s not a paid service, it is free. Really cool too.

You can actually add a link for free by signed up with their ad service. The trick is putting in bids for keywords that have nothing to do with your niche so that the costs are like a cent a click. Of course your free service is free so that’s probably better.

I’ll have to shoot a video on that, you are so right. Thanks Nicky and always appreciate seeing and hearing from you.



35 Jeremy Ruggles April 5, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Hey Adrienne,

Youtube videos are a great resource for any blogger or online business person, i must agree. Followers are often ignored by people I’ve noticed. I myself am guilty of this. We set up our videos, place our link below with a brief description and/or call to action and hope for the best.

You mention a number of features available on youtube that are important to utilize. Thanks for reminding me of all the features. I am new to video creation as I started just a month ago in Barry’s video challenge. I am loving it and all the great things that come along with it!

Video sharing is just as fun as blogging, but on a whole new level.

Thanks for the advice, Adrienne!

Take care,



36 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Hey Jeremy,

I love videos and you are right, they are a great resource for bloggers. I think a lot of people just throw up a video without having a definitely plan and just hope for the best. Good luck with that right!

You have done such a great job and I would have never know you just started in Barry’s challenge. It’s not so darn bad is it? I think videos are just so helpful and it feels so good when someone lets you know that you really helped them learn something by walking them through how to do it.

Glad you are having fun with it Jeremy so keep up the great work.

Thanks so much for your comment and you enjoy your weekend okay!

Happy Easter!



37 Chante Epps April 5, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Having subscribers is EXTREMELY important. It allows you to CONSTANTLY stay connected to your audience and they will receive an update every time you upload a video.

Well done Adrienne on a fantastic post!

All the best,


38 Adrienne Smith
April 5, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Staying notified of what you’ve uploaded is always great Chante… I check my channel daily to see who has uploaded what. I subscribe to those I want to see what they share so I’ve found it to be extremely useful.

Thanks for sharing your view on that. I appreciate it and welcome to my place.

Hope you’ve had a wonderful week and are looking forward to Easter!


39 Sunil Prajapat
April 6, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Hi Adrienne!! Amazing tips, the future is Vlogging. and i really liked your tip stating ” Consistent Interaction”. i guess it is one of the key factors in getting subscribers to one’s YouTube channel.


40 Adrienne Smith
April 6, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Hey Sunil,

Consistent interaction will bring visitors to any of your sites. I know that a lot of people want instant gratification but everything great takes time.

I appreciate your comment Sunil and I have no doubt you’re having success in this area. :-)

Enjoy your weekend okay!


41 Annie Andre
April 6, 2012 at 2:21 AM

I’m really loving this video series and youtube advice you are putting out there. It’s perfect for the not so new to blogging and online entrepreneurs but new to video. And it’s fascinating to learn from your successes and failures as it is happening so thank you for being so transparent..

Out of all your tips i think the one that really surprised me was the fact that you also comment on other channels just like you do for blogging. It seems so obvious now but honestly it never occurred to me.. OY VAY, i need a personal assistant.. Would you suggest commenting on a couple of bigger channels interested in your niche or a bunch of smaller channels. Or both? I say this because commenting and watching videos is time consuming and if i want to get the most bang for my comment i would love to know your opinion..


42 Adrienne Smith
April 6, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Hey Miss Annie,

My pleasure young lady, I do love to share what I have learned. Yey, if it’s helped me then you KNOW it can help my readers and followers. And you know how much I love to help…

Look at it this was Annie. When you watch a video on someone’s blog post, head right over to YouTube and place a comment there as well. That’s a start since you just got through watching it right! Now if you are searching for videos on how to do something in particular and you run across a few, leave your comment. When someone friends you on YouTube or subscribes to your channel, head over there and thank them. Check out their latest video and leave a comment.

I don’t necessarily go looking for the big guys. But just the interaction with others over time will build up your presence and they will want to take interest in what you’re doing. Once they subscribe to your channel, all your latest videos will show up on their wall and that’s how I’m able to go check out more videos. I even place a few on my Fan Page wall because I think it’s great information I’d like my fans to learn too. Just share the love girl…

Hope that helped… Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter! I have no doubt that you will.


43 Annie Andre
April 8, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Thanks Adrienne,
that’s very helpful.

OH and C-O-N-G-R-A-D-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S

YOU WON THE VIDEO CHALLENGE. Woo Hooo happy dance, woot woot, happy dance. YEAH
uh huh, uh huh, do the dance. uh huh.

So happy for you. I knew you would win..


44 Adrienne Smith
April 8, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Hey Annie,

Ah, happy to hear that you video making queen you… 😉

Oh yeah, you know it! Jumped out of my chair and was dancing all around. Was SO excited. Woot woot woot is right! Glad you had faith in me, I sure was hoping I would but you just never know until the end.

Hope you’ve had a great weekend…


45 Ryan Biddulph April 6, 2012 at 3:46 AM

Clear and super actionable tips here Adrienne. Asking for comments and engaging readers seem to work well independent of the social network. Sometimes we stop applying rules to videos that we apply to blogs. Different medium, but the whole content creation thingee works similar: provide immense value, engage, become valuable, become popular, more subscribers.

Keyword optimizing titles and the info box/resource box works well too. Target all forms of content to find hungry subscribers who wish to digest the content. Keep your intention and target market in mind at all times. Thanks for sharing Adrienne.


46 Adrienne Smith
April 6, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Hi Ryan,

You are right Ryan, we sometimes forget to carry over what we are already doing on our blogs and having success to other mediums. At the same time we need to pick an area we want to have the most success with and put more time and effort into that. But videos are huge and will only increase their popularity over time so why not just take the time to thank someone for subscribing to your channel or comment on a video you just got through watching. People appreciate that as you very well know.

Great tips Ryan and you are so right. Apply all those strategies and you’ll start building a great following on YouTube also.

Thank you for sharing that and have a very Happy Easter! :-)


47 Harleena Singh
April 6, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Always love your tips Adrienne!

I always tend to bookmark most of your YouTube write-ups and posts for my future whenever I do start off with YouTube, as I feel I would have a large resource ready with me by that time. :)

But these are surely some wonderful ways to get subscribers, and yes I did read about how you can add the YouTube widgets to your blog, which was another interesting post. I guess asking for things or what you don’t really understand, or asking people to subscribe in you own way works well and you really don’t lose anything by asking – isn’t it?

Thanks so much for sharing about something that I know very little of as yet, but these sure are great lessons worth learning. :)


48 Adrienne Smith
April 6, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I’m so happy to hear that Harleena!

I hope things won’t change too much by the time you get started. But we aren’t talking years are we?

I remember when I first started blogging and reading other people’s posts, I never left a comment. Some of the blogs I visited had a good bit of comments while others didn’t have any at all. But the one key factor is that no one asked me to comment. When you’re just starting out and you don’t have the right training or direction, we definitely need that call to action. So although it may sound silly to some people, just ask. If you want something, tell your audience what you want them to do.

I appreciate you taking the time to comment on these types of posts Harleena. I know you aren’t doing videos right now so a good bit of what I share won’t help you at this time but I still appreciate your interest. Ah heck, I just appreciate you period! :-)

Thank you so much and Happy Easter!


49 kristel April 6, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Hi Ms. Adrienne! Very insightful post. Thank you for these tips though im not a huge fan of youtube. It’s just that it gives me additional knowledge while learning SEO.


50 Adrienne Smith
April 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Well hey there Kristel! So why aren’t you a big fan of YouTube? Have you read some of the stats lately? They are predicting within the next few years, 90% of the content viewed online will be through videos. So love it or hate it, it’s the wave of the future. Hope you’ll jump on that band wagon soon.


51 Cathy
April 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for sharing your tips about YouTube. Videos and images seem to be what people are looking for these days, and with 3 billion viewer a day on YouTube, it is definitely a way to get exposure and your message across in a different format. Appreciate your insights!


52 Adrienne Smith
April 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Hi Cathy,

There are a lot of people growing a significant business just from their videos on YouTube. They just got in, started doing what was necessary and have been having success. There is plenty of time for everyone else to jump in as well. We might as well start taking advantage of it now so I hope my tips are helpful.

Thanks Cathy, I appreciate your comment.

Happy Easter!



53 Dr. Bob Clarke
April 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

What a timely blog post for me, Adrienne… since I am starting to ramp up my videos big time.

I can use all of these tips right now. I didn’t know about the YT subscriber widget – will have to install it. Also didn’t know about the ability to feature other’s channels. Nice touch.

Finally, I agree with you that telling people that you are setting a goal and asking for help in meeting it works well in my experience. People really do love to help!

Thanks… bookmarked and shared!


54 Adrienne Smith
April 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Hey Bob,

Oh good, you’ll be ramping up your video creation. I love that and your videos have been so informative. Happy to hear that and glad these tips will be helpful.

Can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us down the road.

Thanks Bob and Happy Easter!


55 Jamella Biegel
April 6, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Hi Adrienne,

As you know, I’ve been slow to jump on the video making band wagon. It’s going to happen sooner or later though. And when it does, I will have these useful tips to refer to. Thanks for sharing. As always, this was good stuff. :)


56 Adrienne Smith
April 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Hi Jamella,

You know Jamella, you can turn your blog posts into videos using a service. You don’t even have to do them yourself if you don’t want to. Or you can sum up your blog post or create slides for them and edit them using Windows free movie maker. You don’t have to be in front of the camera to get going. Just get your content out there in front of everyone using other methods. It’s a great way to at least start!

Hope these tips will help you when you’re ready to dive in head first. :-)

Thanks for commenting and you have a beautiful Easter weekend.


57 Ileane
April 7, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Adrienne, or I’ll just call you Video Challenge Queen for the rest of the weekend! You provided some awesome tips for getting more subscribers. I’d like to add what I did recently to increase my numbers. I started enhancing the videos I embed on my blog with Viewbix, which helps by providing interactive calls-to-action right on top of the video. Since I started doing that, I’m seeing my numbers grow rather quickly. Let me know if you want to learn more about Viewbix, because I know that you will love it. I’ll leave a link in CommentLuv.

Have a wonderful holiday Adrienne aka Video Challenge Queen and I hope you get a chance spend it with your loved ones.


58 Adrienne Smith
April 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

lol… Oh yeah, can you believe that! I’m SO excited Ileane!!! Video Challenge Queen, love that title.

I am shooting a video today for my post on Monday and I was going to include my call to action via what Paul suggested over at his place on his last post. I’ll have to check that out for sure so thank you SO much for sharing that Ileane. I love learning new and helpful information. You’re a doll.

Thank you so much and you do too. I am most definitely spending it with my loved ones. Headed to Mom’s tonight as a matter of fact. Hope you are as well.

Happy Easter! Thanks again!


59 Jens P. Berget
April 7, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Hi Adrienne,

That’s some very interesting tips. And to me, it looks like video marketing is a lot like how we should market our blog posts. I’m having some issues with creating a lot of videos, it’s a lot more time consuming than writing blog posts. But I guess it’s related to how few videos I have created :)

I’ll be creating some new ones during next week. Keep the YouTube tips coming :)


60 Adrienne Smith
April 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Hi Jens,

I think it’s just like writing content Jens, the more you do it the easier it becomes. I believe that because people aren’t making videos on a regular basis then it does take them a little longer but videos are just more time consuming to create. Like content though, they will continue to work for you from this day forward so you have to look at the end results you’re going after. Trust me, they are SO worth it since YouTube is the second largest search engine.

I have no doubt once you get into the swing of things that you’ll become a pro in no time at all and then you’ll be teaching us how to do this. Looking forward to that.

I’ve got another tip coming on Monday so stay tuned.


61 Donna Merrill
April 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Oh Boy! I a guilty as charged! Thank you Adrienne for this because it has inspired me to use my Youtube. I am not consistent, I don’t interact, and I know it is time for me to pay more attention to it. I love social media, but when it comes to Youtube, I guess I’m a little hesitant, no…I know I am hesitant and I know why. It is the whole idea of the correct setting, the hair, make up, etc. After reading this, I’m over it. I see so many wonderful Youtube channels and people are outside, they carry their flip camera wherever they go and may shoot off the hip a wonderful message.
Now here comes the best part! I am making myself accountable to do just that. Get over being perfect! If I have a great message to give, why the heck not just give it? I could wear a hat and sunglasses lol. But the important part is that I often do have so much to say and forget about it.
Thanks Adrienne for being such an inspiration.
Donna Merrill


62 Adrienne Smith
April 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Hey Donna,

I totally get what you’re saying Donna and trust me, I have SO many bad hair days it’s not even funny. I live in Houston where it’s hot and humid.. I would probably get in front of the camera more if it weren’t for that which is why I do a lot of video tutorials. I think they like them just as much but as long as you are adding value you don’t always have to be in front of the camera.

The other side of that is not always being perfect, shooting those videos off the cuff because you do have a lot to share. So that’s showing people that you don’t have to be perfect. I have enjoyed all the videos I’ve watched of yours with you sharing your message. You always have something interesting to say so I say go for it. Let’s see more of Donna sharing her wisdom and expertise. Oh yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.

Now come on, you are the social media queen so I find it hard to believe that you don’t treat YouTube like you do the other social media sites. So I guess this is a lesson learned. Just comment on the videos you watch by popping over there and sharing your thoughts. YouTube loves the interaction and will start paying more attention to those sites that have a lot of comments just like on the blogs.

Oh goodie, glad I could be an inspiration to you. That makes me so happy.

Thank you Donna and enjoy your weekend with your family. Happy Easter!


63 Colleen Kelly
April 7, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Hey Adrienne!,

I did put up a YouTube button on my blog. I did because you taught me how with your video ! :) I use it for music and educational and motivational stuff I think can help others. Music for me is one of THE best motivators for me. I intend to put up all my best fight songs I have had on my IPOD through loosing the weight. I have wanted to get off the elliptical, step off the treadmill and go home I’m so exausted at times. Then I hear one of those songs and you would have to force me to go home! So I am excited about YouTube. I have thoughts of getting into the video stuff like you but I think it will be a little down the road. But you are doing So well with yours I’m proud of you for leaping into it!. Thank you!. I’m going to check out that YouTube feature!! Good one!


64 Adrienne Smith
April 8, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Hey Colleen,

Well at least you have a channel now and if including songs that motivate you is what you share then there are plenty of people who would enjoy those as well. I have no doubt about that.

You’ll get around to making your own when you’re ready but I also know you are here more for enjoyment then anything and helping to motivate people through your story. I love what you’re doing on your blog so I have a feeling you’ll do the same through your channel as well.

Thank you for the kind words, they are always appreciated.

Happy Easter Colleen!



65 Dia April 8, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Hi Adrienne,

These are excellent tips that help to get more subscribers in youtube. I’m sure it will help many people who are excellent at producing videos like yourself. 😉 Thanks for sharing my friend


66 Adrienne Smith
April 8, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Hi Dia,

Thank you Dia, I appreciate that and hope these tips will be helpful. So, planning on doing any videos in the near future? Would love to see that my friend.

Happy Easter!


67 Janet Callaway
April 8, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Adrienne, aloha. Let me begin by saying CONGRATULATIONS on winning the video challenge. That’s terrific. Of course, all of us already knew you are a winner. Seriously, big hat to you.

This is an outstanding post on youtube, Adrienne; a definite keeper to live on my computer. In addition to what you shared with us, I appreciated gathering even more information from your exchange with Mr. Video himself. He always makes so darn much sense.

Hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend with your family.

Best wishes for a terrific week ahead. Aloha. Janet


68 Adrienne Smith
April 8, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Hi Janet,

Ah thank you Janet, I really appreciate that and was so thrilled to win that. I was among some very awesome people who were promoting this challenge as well. Just happy to be among them all.

Glad you found these tips helpful, I am learning from the best. Now to pick up the pace and jump in even further.

Thank you Janet, I most certainly have enjoyed the weekend. It’s been a wonderful day visiting with family and friends.

Best wishes for a terrific week as well young lady. May it be one of your best ever.



69 Brankica U. April 8, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Love the ideas, especially number 6. Now all I have to do is figure out what to offer as XYZ. Since I made the new channel I haven’t been working on it and it is the time to do it. Thanks for the ideas :)


70 Adrienne Smith
April 9, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Thanks Brankica, they are all pretty good so like you I also have to come up with a good offer. Have no clue what that will be so I guess we all have to get to work.

I like the new channel by the way. Great job! :-)

Hope you have a great week.


71 Leo April 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Jeremy Ruggles mentioned your blog and I’m finding so much good information here. I’m just starting out with SEO and websites. Have posted one YouTube video and will try some of your advice. Do you have a post on how to make YouTube videos quickly, professionally and easily so making videos consistently become a habit?


72 Adrienne Smith
April 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Hi Leo,

Welcome to my blog and I’ll have to thank Jeremy for recommending you stop by. Sure hope you find some of my content helpful.

I don’t have a post on how to create YouTube videos but I do show you how on my free training site. I show you if you want to use just photos with the free Windows Movie Maker program or screen shots with Camtasia or some of the other free resources that are available. Just look at the top of my blog for my tab on free training site. You’ll find the videos under the social media marketing section.

Enjoy Leo!


73 Leo April 9, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Thanks Adrienne. Your quick response sets a fine example for us newbie bloggers to follow. I’ll check out the “Free Training” tab.


74 Adrienne Smith
April 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Hi Leo,

I have lots of tips for newbie bloggers on blogging Leo. Whenever you need to learn something in particular, send me an email and I’ll point you in the right direction. I have no doubt you’re really going to enjoy this experience.

Thanks again and have a wonderful week.


75 Carol Lynn Rivera
April 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Funny your first tip was “ask”. You are so right that most times we don’t even think to do something so simple! And yet it works like a charm. It was something I only recently started thinking about because I think some of us are kind of ingrained from birth to do things on our own, and asking for something is so foreign. But it does work, and people are mostly happy to oblige. They just need that tiny little prod.

And of course consistency, which is so important no matter what type of marketing you’re doing. That’s something you definitely do not have a problem with, what with all your awesome video tutorials! Great tips, and I’m totally going to get into video…


76 Adrienne Smith
April 10, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I know what you mean Carol. When I would visit a blog post I never commented because no one asked me to. Heck, how was I suppose to know so the same goes for videos too. It’s really that simple, ask and you shall receive.

I definitely learned that consistency is the key to continuing to get great content out there and more attention to what I share.

I look forward to those videos Carol, seriously! I know you’ll do great.


77 Leo April 11, 2012 at 11:35 AM

I have a question only peripherally related to this topic, Adrienne. It’s interesting that in this topic about YouTube, you don’t have a YouTube video, though in many others, you do have the video.

Do you find that visitors to your postings with videos go up/down/remain the same compared to postings without video? Any changes in commenting as well?


78 Adrienne Smith
April 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Hi Leo,

I thought about doing this post as a video but in all honesty, I just ran out of time.

People seem to enjoy my content whether I’m sharing a video or not. With my tutorial videos, they seem to go over really well because I love to teach a lot of things through this method and others are eager to learn. My video tutorials have become rather popular so I would have to say that they go up when those types are included.

There are no changes in commenting, I continue to encourage that everyone just share their thoughts on what I’ve shared.

Hope that answer helped you in some small way.


79 Danijela April 11, 2012 at 1:48 PM

I really like all these posts about YouTube. I still don’t have my YouTube channel, but I think I will create one soon, I have some interesting plans for my blog. So, I will surely use these tips. Thanks Adrienne. Have a great day. :)


80 Adrienne Smith
April 11, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Hi Danijela,

So glad you believe these posts will come in handy for when you are ready to start shooting videos. Brankica finally dove in so you just need to follow her now. I think it will really help get your site in the eyes of your target audience. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Thanks for your comment… Hope you’re enjoying your week.


81 Mandy
April 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Excellent, Adrienne. And now I have to go and read another of your posts, about how to add a YouTube widget to my sidebar! Just love the way you are linking your posts together. It paints a whole picture but it’s up to us to put the pieces together!

Enjoy the journey.



82 Adrienne Smith
April 16, 2012 at 1:09 PM

So glad you are finding this information useful at least Mandy. Hey, it does help when you make it easier for your viewers to subscribe to your channel. Cut down some time for everyone. Oh yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.

Thanks Mandy and enjoy your week.



83 Dr.Spencer Jones
June 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Nice tips for growing the youtube subscriber base. A special thanks for sharing the youtube subscribers widget. I’ve been looking for it. I never tried commenting on related videos. Does the video comments work the way like blog comments in bringing traffic and comments to videos ? Thanks…

Dr.Spencer Jones


84 Adrienne
June 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Hey Spencer,

My pleasure, I had been searching for that for awhile myself.

When YouTube sees a video comment it all of a sudden views that particular video as more important. That in turn will help your video get noticed more as well. It’s great if you can shoot a video response comment to their video instead of just linking one you already have. They will definitely get approved more.

Hope that helps Spencer and enjoy your weekend.



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