Every day, people just like you upload their gaming videos to YouTube. They sit back and wait for those YouTube video views to start pouring in. But what happens when they don’t?
YouTube has become a paradise for gamers. And there are plenty of gamers trying to take advantage of this. Every day, CNET reports, more than 200 million people watch gaming videos on YouTube. And millions more upload videos that practically no one ever watches.
There are ways to pay to boost your video views, but if you’re like most gamers, you’re wondering how to get more free views on YouTube. Our gamer-specific tips will help:
- Work on your banner and description. Ensure everyone knows you’re a gamer.
- Optimize each video for repeat viewing. Customize your thumbnails, ask for subscriptions, and more.
- Connect with your viewers. Gamers want to talk to you. Make sure you’re listening.
- Promote via social media. Reddit could be the secret weapon you’ve been looking for.
- Ask others for help. Shoot for the moon, and ask top YouTubers to help.
We explain all of these steps in detail further down, so keep reading for more tips on getting more views on your YouTube gaming videos.
Work on Your Banner
YouTube views come with optimization. Every successful channel, including those run by gamers, has been set up to tell viewers exactly what to expect. That starts with your banner.
Your YouTube banner sits at the top of your page, and it works like a billboard. Yours should include:
- An image. Use your face (bonus if you’re wearing a gaming headset), an image of the game you most often play, or both.
- Text. Include the name of your channel or your gamertag.
- A keyword. Put the word “gamer” or the name of the game you most often play right in the banner.
Your description box contains a bit of text about who you are and what you do on the channel. Yours should include your name, the names of the games you play the most, and a few reasons why people should watch your video. Don’t be afraid to brag! Tell people what makes you a little different than the other gamers on YouTube.
Optimize Each Video for Repeat Viewing
Wondering how to increase views to your YouTube gaming channel in a hurry? Make sure every piece you upload is ready for fame. There’s no room for sloppiness here. You must prove that watching your vid isn’t a waste of time and that you always have something great waiting around the corner.
Every time you upload a video, it should have:
- A thumbnail. The thumbnail image is the first thing most people will see when they’re scrolling for good gaming videos to watch. YouTube auto-generates a few random thumbnails from the video you uploaded. But if you have some basic skills, it’s way better to make your own thumbnail. (Programs like Snappa make this really easy, if graphic design isn’t your strong suit.)
- An ask. Many gamers do a lot of talking in your YouTube video. Why not put your words to good use? Boost YouTube views by asking your viewers to subscribe to your channel. It takes just seconds to remind your viewers to do that, and when they’re subscribers, they’ll come back for more videos.
- An end screen. All good things, including your videos, must come to an end. Why not put the last image in your video to good use? A custom end screen could point viewers to your next video, or it could remind people to subscribe. (Snappa has some handy templates you might like.)
Connect With Your Viewers
Looking for a quick way to boost YouTube views? Talk with your fans and followers. They may come to your channel to watch videos and marvel at your skills. But they’ll come back if they feel like they’ve made a real connection.
Google says 56 percent of YouTube gamers connect with their “gaming community” via YouTube. And in interviews given to Google, YouTube gaming fans talk about loving the “sense of community” they feel when they read comments and conversations between gamers and fans.
Ask your viewers to drop a note in the comments about future videos they want to see, games they’re currently playing, or feedback on your performance. Respond to each and every one of those notes. You’ll have dedicated fans in no time.
Promote via Social Media
Make a great gaming video, and YouTube’s algorithm will recommend it to gaming viewers. That’s the YouTube hack that most experts push. But it’s not the only way to achieve fame.
You can also encourage people to watch your video as soon as it goes live. That makes your video seem viral, and it can help push you closer to the top of the recommended list.
You can promote your video on any social media channel you have available. But YouTube says Reddit is especially powerful for gamers. Some have found viewers by posting links to their own videos, and others saw a leap when mega-fans posted about them. Target subreddits that are closely related to your channel for the best chance of success.
Ask Others for Help
Some people get tons of views on their YouTube gaming videos automatically. They’re YouTube stars who have already worked to grow their channels, and they have thousands of people following them already. Inspire those influencers to help you, and you could grow your audience really quickly.
CEOWorld Magazine says the YouTube gaming channels with the most subscribers include:
Know that popular gamers probably get asked to help newbies hundreds of times every week. So be sensitive. Don’t just drop a link to your new video in the comments. Take the time to build a relationship with the gamer and their community. Try to build content that relates to the gamer. As you do this the gamer and others will check out your profile and your content.
That’s exactly what YouTuber Shivaxi did when he created a video based on the Shroud skin in PUBG. He managed to get the attention of Shroud, one of Twitch’s biggest streamers by buying the Shroud skin and making a really funny video. It got Shroud’s attention and Shroud watched it on his own stream, getting Shivaxi thousands of subscribers and helping launch his channel.
And if you don’t get traction with the big players, don’t worry! Look for gamers with smaller channels, or even people just starting out (like you!), and ask them to share your videos. They might be willing to help, as long as you return the favor.
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