If you’re thinking about making a YouTube gaming channel, there’s a few things you need to understand. When you first get started, you’ll likely be excited about creating gaming videos and sharing them with the world. It might not occur to you that it takes time to build an audience and to get more views, likes, and comments.
Honestly, most of the successful YouTube gamers you see who have millions of subscribers didn’t get where they are overnight. They worked to build their followings, just like you will if you stick to it. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to discuss six important things that you should realize as you start a YouTube gaming channel.
Paying for Fake Views Isn’t Something to Consider
Many people that create a YouTube channel and don’t see much viewership on their new content can fall into the trap of considering to pay for fake views. Don’t do it!
If you’ve just started a YouTube gaming channel and you suddenly have thousands of views on your videos without much engagement, people are going to wonder why you thought it was necessary to buy fake views. And, if they wonder that, they’ll be a lot less likely to stick around to see if your gaming videos are worth watching.
Fake views don’t represent any kind of real engagement, and they don’t bring your YouTube channel any benefits. So, be sure to avoid them.
As a YouTuber, You Want Your Viewers to Be Talking
Speaking of engagement, that should be your real goal as you make gaming videos and upload them on YouTube. To do this, you need to not only create quality content, but you also need to interact with your viewers as much as possible. Ask them questions in your videos and comments. Respond to their questions and feedback. Create a presence on the social media platforms where your audience hangs out and engage with them there. The more you do this, the stronger your gaming channel’s community will be.
Growth for Your Gaming Channel Will Take Time
As we mentioned earlier, almost no one is actually an overnight success on YouTube. Even if you have a gaming video that goes viral, that won’t guarantee that people will keep coming back for more after they see it pop up on their Facebook or Twitter feeds a few times. The key is to be patient and work consistently to build your audience.
You can make this easier for yourself by setting short- and long-term goals for how many subscribers, video uploads, likes, and comments your channel should have. Doing this will also help you get a better perspective on how far you’ve already come so that future goals don’t seem so daunting.
Consistently Working on Your Gaming Channel is Key
Consistency is definitely one of the most important factors when starting a gaming channel on YouTube. That’s because it’s absolutely essential if you want to build and maintain momentum for the growth of your channel.
If you consistently upload quality videos, stay active on social media, and otherwise work on your YouTube channel, you’ll see consistent growth and good momentum. Stopping and starting won’t get you very far, but putting in a little bit of work every day could take you farther than you ever thought possible.
You Don’t Really Have to Compete With Other Gamers
Yes, there are most likely other YouTubers out there making similar gaming videos, and it’s easy to think of them as your competition. However, when you stop thinking of other YouTube gamers as competition and start thinking of them as members of a community, you can open a lot of doors for yourself.
Collaboration with other YouTubers is really one of the very best ways to grow your gaming channel, as you can both increase your exposure and reach larger audiences. So, instead of thinking how you can out-do the competition, start reaching out to other creators and participating in the greater gaming community.
In Order to Stand Out, You Must Take a Unique Approach
While you shouldn’t see other YouTubers as competition, you do need to think of a way to make your gaming videos stand out! Whether it’s something about your personality, a unique angle that you take to your gameplay, or something else entirely, you need to do something that’s really unique to you.
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