Fancy Your Hand at YouTube Marketing?

Don't ever make this YouTube colossal mistake: You should never buy subs or watch hours. (And it’s not for the reason you think, either)

When you read the headline you probably thought, “Yeah, you’ll get caught and YouTube will shut down my channel.”

And yes, that is a possibility. But I want to share the story of someone who actually got away with purchasing subscribers and watch hours in order to monetize his channel and what happened next.

Mark’s idea (not his real name) was to build a ‘faceless’ channel filled with great content and monetize it as quickly as possible.

A faceless channel is simply one of those channels that offers content without attaching a certain host to it. Maybe it’s a top ten channel (The Top Ten Robert Redford Movie Romances) or a ‘how to’ channel (How to Bake Delicious Chocolate Bread).

The point is to let the content carry the day rather than the host.

When Mark started one of these channels in 2020 she wanted it to be monetized with advertising as fast as possible because he needed the money asap.

YouTube requires 1000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours within the last 12 months to secure monetization status.

A person could get to this level by posting great content and driving traffic to those videos or…

By purchasing subscribers and watch hours.

Mark chose the second option and less than three weeks later YouTube invited him to the YouTube partner program.

So far so good, right?

But here’s what happened next:

Mark continued to post great content but his videos never went viral. In fact, they never generated more than a few dozen views, and certainly didn’t generate any income.

Mark posted over 100 videos. Just imagine the time it took him to make those 100 plus videos which resulted in very few views and no income at all.

Here’s why: When you start out on YouTube, the channel doesn’t know anything about your content or who will want to watch your content. That’s why YouTube wants 1000 subscribers, so that it can figure out who your audience is.

And when you have 1000 real fans who actively engage with your content, YouTube will show your content to other people with similar interests as your original 1000 subscribers.

You post a video, your subscribers watch it and YouTube then sends you more views from similar viewers and your channel grows.

But when your 1000 subscribers are people who don’t care about your content, then they won’t watch it. And when they don’t watch it, YouTube doesn’t push your content any further.

Why would it? As far as the YouTube algorithm is concerned, even your own subscribers don’t like your content, so they certainly aren’t going to show it to anyone else.

After 100 plus videos created and the money he spent on buying subscribers and hours viewed, Mark learned this lesson the hard way.

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