Introduction: Hello everyone on YT. My name is CJ and I go by Cloud CJay. Today I wanted to share some cold hard facts on growing a YouTube Channel. First, I'd like to get this out there before it's said or "discovered" to try to discredit the advice that I'm about to share. Clicking on my channel's url doesn't take away from the quality and knowledge of what I'm about to share. I'm currently on a new channel that will be my one and only channel until I start growing again. I've been on YouTube since 2007, first started making videos back in 2011-2013/14 but walked away from YouTube due to life responsibilities. I use to go by ApolloTheMarvel. I made comedy skits and music video parodies. Total views were over 1million views and about 1.6million total combined views for all of the channels that I was running at that time. Total combined subscribers were 11k+. I was able to accomplish 1million views and that amount of subscribers in about 1yr. May have been 1yr and a couple of months. I worked for a company named Touchstorm in 2014-2015 where I was a YouTube Audience Developer (YTAD) also in which I was YouTube certified for audience growth. Now that that's out of the way. On to the advice. How to kill your Channel Early: YouTube success is about planning and timing. You might ask, well how much time? It can be as quick as 3months to 6months or a little close to a year. What hurts me is when I see channels that have been making content for 4-5rs+ and haven't broken 1k subscribers yet. That's usually due to inconsistency, content not being searchable or not being unique enough with their niche to catch a buzz. What you never want to do is sub4sub. Yes, subbing to a channel you're going to actually watch and support doesn't fall under sub4sub. Sub4Sub is defined as subbing to a channel with intentions of having another channel sub back to you and you both don't plan to support and watch each other's content. If you're going to sub4sub at least do it with people who have the same drive and ambition to succeed on youtube as yourself. Usually it's good to sub to channels that make similar content and have similar channel sizes. So in the future if you decide to do a collaboration, it would make more sense for a gaming channel to collab with another gaming channel with similar content rather than a beauty channel. Sub4Sub will leave you with a good amount of subscribers that won't watch your videos when you upload them and your views to subscriber ratio will be really bad. Trying to trick people into thinking because you have a lot of subscribers, you're going to get more subscribers. It doesn't work that way unless you went viral or got a huge collaboration or shout out from someone else much larger than yourself. Timing, Planning, and Just doing You: A lot of people on YouTube want fast growth. I'm one of those people. However, because I've been on the platform for so long, I understand that it's not going to happen for most of us and if it does, it will happen when it suppose 2 happen or you can influence the odds of making it happen?? Oooo. How do you do that. By planning and timing your content. Basically knowing what type of content you want to upload, how and when you want to upload it. There are a lot of people on YouTube who also want to simply upload whatever they feel like uploading. The thing about that, that only works for certain people and won't work for most. Most of us on YouTube will have to find a niche and stick with that niche until we build a loyal subscriber base that will support whatever type of videos that we want to do. I Post all the Time but Still No Growth!: The problem with this is usually very simple. The quality and the relevancy of your content. If your content is already hard to find and you're not doing any type of promotion for it on top of it having bad quality, you kind of have to expect this to happen. But there are a lot of people on YouTube who have bad content and still get a lot of views? That is usually due 2 them going viral at some point or being relevant at some point and having loyal subscribers who will stick with them no matter what. Well, how do I get noticed and seen? Easier said than done. Start by researching other successful channels in your niche. Take a trip through their YouTube Journey/Career by going to videos on their channel and sorting by oldest. Watch to see when the views start shifting from small numbers to big numbers and also pay attention to how long they have been making content before big number jumps. A lot of the time, a channel with a plan focuses a set niche but will go after trending content in their niche when it comes out because a lot of people are searching for it on YouTube. By being one of the first people to cover something that everyone is looking for and talking about, will put you in front of that audience. If viewers like the content of what they have found, then they will subscribe. A more simpler answer to getting noticed please?! Depending on your niche. Research what the big talk is at the moment around your niche and/or research things that will be coming out in regards to your niche. Watch what's trending, and stay up to date to what everyone else is talking about and looking for and then take action. For my Young YouTubers ares 7-teenage: There are a lot of you guys on YouTube that want to grow but what's usually lacking is quality and presentation. Bad quality due to recording with a phone and presentation would be due to bad charisma and lack of confidence and knowledge. I don't say any of these things to pick on you guys, I speak from experience. I use to be a young person as well, some will be gifted with the ability of public speaking and having that confidence in their voice when they make videos and most wont, but that's ok, that changes with time. So be patient. TL;DR There are no shortcuts to success, and everything can be achieved through planning. If you didn't plan on reading the whole thing, then you basically want to fail. Just keeping it real. Questions? I'm always willing to help, so if you want to ask me a question about your YouTube channel, I don't mind taking a look at it, but keep it mind, please be open to constructive criticism, I will tell you exactly why people more than likely aren't finding your channel or if they are, they aren't subscribing. Conclusion: I hope that this really starts turning on the light bulb for a lot of you guys when it comes to your approach to YouTube. Thank you for having me. - Your Favorite Cloud Ninja CJay.