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Growing Your Audience & Database with YouTube: Beyond Subscribers

content creation content creator Jul 03, 2024
growing your audience with youtube

When it comes to YouTube, creators often fixate on subscriber counts. While subscribers are important, this metric alone doesn't paint the full picture of a content creator's potential income.

In fact, the number of subscribers your channel has may have little to do with your actual earnings. So, how many subscribers do you need to make $5k, $10k, or even $100k a month? You might be surprised to learn that you don't need hundreds of thousands of subscribers to achieve these income goals.

👉 Why Only 4% of Creators Make Over $100k a Year

Shift Your Focus: Audience vs. Database

The real secret to success on YouTube isn't just about growing an audience—it's about growing a database. A database refers to a list of engaged viewers who are not only interested in your content but also willing to provide their contact information in exchange for valuable resources. This shift in focus can transform your channel from a hobby into a thriving business.

The Power of a Database

  1. Engagement Over Numbers: A smaller, highly engaged audience is more valuable than a large, passive one. By building a database, you're creating a community of loyal followers who are more likely to engage with your content, purchase your products, and support your endeavors.

  2. Direct Communication: A database allows for direct communication with your audience. Email marketing, for instance, can be incredibly effective in nurturing relationships and driving sales.

  3. Monetization Opportunities: With a well-maintained database, you can monetize in various ways—through product sales, courses, memberships, and more. The key is to offer value consistently, fostering trust and loyalty among your followers.

How to Build Your Database

In the latest installment of my 8-part "Become a Content Creator in 2024" series, I'll guide you through the process of building a highly engaged database, enabling you to earn six or even seven figures a year with a relatively small YouTube channel. Here's a sneak peek at what we'll cover:

1. Lead Magnets: The Key to Engagement

Each piece of content you create should aim to invite viewers to download a lead magnet—a valuable resource that addresses a specific pain point or interest of your target audience. This could be an e-book, checklist, template, or exclusive video. The goal is to offer something so compelling that viewers are willing to exchange their contact information for it.

2. Content Strategy: Selling vs. Providing Value

You might wonder whether you should sell something every time you produce content. The answer is no. Direct sales pitches can turn off viewers if overdone. Instead, focus on providing value in each video. You can subtly promote your lead magnet in every video, but direct sales pitches should be reserved for every third or fourth video release. This approach keeps your audience engaged without feeling overwhelmed by constant selling.

3. Finding Your Niche: The Narrower, the Better

When it comes to YouTube content, specificity is crucial. The more niche you go, the easier it is to attract and engage a targeted audience. Use tools like TubeBuddy to identify specific questions and topics that people are searching for. By addressing these niche topics, you position yourself as an authority in your field, attracting viewers who are genuinely interested in what you have to offer.

Final Thoughts

Growing a successful YouTube channel isn't just about amassing a large number of subscribers. It's about cultivating a dedicated and engaged database that you can communicate with directly. By offering valuable content and strategically inviting viewers to join your database, you can create a sustainable income stream that goes beyond ad revenue and subscriber counts.

Remember, the key to success lies in the value you provide and the relationships you build with your audience. Focus on growing your database, and you'll see the true potential of your YouTube channel unfold.