Getting Your First 1000 Subscribers on YouTube

Hitting that 1000 subscriber mark on YouTube is pretty freaking important. It's like a big thumbs-up from your audience, showing they're into what you're doing. When you see those numbers climbing, it encourages you to keep making awesome videos. Plus, at 1000 subs, you unlock new things like livestreaming and making some cash from ads and memberships! But how do you actually start working towards getting your first 1000 subscribers on YouTube?

getting your first 1000 subscribers on YouTube

As a YouTuber and Video Content Strategist, Diane Gladney has seen it all, and she's here to guide you through the steps to getting those first 1000 subscribers.

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Getting Your First 1000 Subscribers on YouTube with Diana Gladney

In this guide, Diana will break down the process of getting your first 1000 subscribers into three main steps: planning, production, and posting. Diana will provide tips and strategies to help you refine your content and attract your ideal target audience. Let's dive in!


Before you start recording your content, it's important to do some pre-work. Many people make the mistake of not planning ahead and end up with videos that lack focus or fail to resonate with their audience. Here are some key points to consider during the planning phase:

  1. Identify your niche or ideal target audience: Understand who you are helping and how you can best serve them. This will help you create videos that are tailored to their needs and interests.
  2. Determine your ideal target audience: If you're unsure who your ideal target audience is, think about who you are helping and what specific problem you are solving for them. This concept can evolve and be refined as your channel grows.
  3. Generate video topic ideas: Take 90 seconds to write down commonly asked questions or frequently asked questions related to your niche. These questions will serve as a starting point for creating valuable content.
  4. Refine your video topics: Choose three to four topics that align with your ideal target audience's interests and needs. Focus on creating content that they would be excited to watch and find valuable.


When it comes to recording your videos, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Keep it short and simple: Aim for videos that are five minutes or less. Focus on one main point and deliver it concisely.
  2. Use the “Higgins” framework: Structure your videos using the hook, intro, core content, and call to action (HICC). The hook captures attention, the intro sets expectations, the core content delivers value, and the call to action prompts viewers to take the next step.
  3. Craft an engaging intro: Use the intro to let viewers know they are in the right place and highlight what you will cover in the video. Address their pain points and show them how you can help.


After publishing your videos, pay attention to these factors:

  1. Optimize your thumbnails: Create visually appealing thumbnails that capture attention and entice viewers to click. Use contrasting colors, readable text, and emotionally resonant images.
  2. Stay consistent with your niche: Avoid changing subjects or topics too frequently. Focus on serving your ideal target audience consistently to build a loyal following.
  3. Analyze your analytics: Once you have multiple videos published, review your analytics to understand how viewers are engaging with your content. Pay attention to metrics like click-through rate, audience retention, and comments to refine your approach.

Remember, growing your channel takes time and effort. Stay focused, learn from your analytics, and continue to provide value to your audience. You can do this!

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