Want to start your own motovlog? Here’s how to get your first 2,000 motovlog subscribers on YouTube. I followed these 5 step and I’m making about $200/month ever since I got about 1,800 subscribers.
YouTube is a great platform. In a couple hours you can put together a video that will entertain people, teach them something new, help them make a decision, save hours of frustration, and maybe even save them hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
It’s also a great platform for building yourself as a brand, and building an audience, because the more content you put out, the more people will want to see more videos from you, and as momentum starts to grow, the platform starts to reward you with a monthly payday.
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How To Get Your First 2,000 Motovlog Subscribers
1) Make the kind of videos that you yourself would want to watch
I don’t make a lot of videos of myself riding because I wouldn’t just sit there and watch myself riding, when I could just go out for a ride instead. Ask yourself: “If I was a stranger, would I want to watch this video?” If the answer is no, don’t make the video.
Remember, people don’t know you, so they don’t have a reason to have interest in your story, or in your motorcycle ride. Imagine explaining your next video to a complete stranger, how would you spin it, and how would you answer if they looked you in the eye and asked you “Why should I care?” A ride around town might be boring, but a ride through mountains, or a canyon, or down along the coast, that could be interesting!
2) Make videos that provide value
Keeping in mind what we talked about in our first tip, one way you can make people interested in your content, even if you aren’t in the most scenic of places, is by finding ways to provide value for your viewers.
You can provide value on YouTube in a number of ways, but typically it comes down to what you can show people, or what you know and can share with people. Have you owned a motorcycle for a couple years? Put up a “10,000 mile review” video of your motorcycle. Do you do your own maintenance on your motorcycle? Put up a “How to adjust the chain” video on your motorcycle. Leverage your expertise to create something of value for riders who might not have the same experience as you.
3) Ask your viewers to subscribe
Throughout my videos you’ll find little pop-ups in the video directing people to Like the video and Subscribe to my channel. I’ll even mention to my viewers that doing so will help the channel grow so I can continue to create more content aimed at helping them.
Some people complained when I started adding these call-to-actions to my viewers, but I noticed that ever since I started doing this, my videos were getting more engagement, more likes, and more new subscribers. It might annoy some people, but they probably aren’t the people you want subscribing to your channel anyway.
4) Let your audience know what’s coming next
Whenever I tell my audience that I have more of the same type of content coming out, especially when I give specifics, I get more subscribers. For example, I did a multi-part series about restoring a 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 650, in every video I did a different part of the restoration, but I also let people know what I did in previous videos, as well as what they should expect in the future videos if they choose to subscribe.
Every time you let your audience know what’s coming next, you’ll see their excitement for your future videos expressed in the new subscribers that come in.
5) Make sure your content is as good as you can make it, and keep on making it
Your videos will never be perfect. The better you get, the higher your standards will be. For now, start with what you have, and make the best videos you can.
My early videos were plagued with audio issues. I think it took me 50 videos before I felt like I really had a grasp of good, clear audio. Make the best videos that you can, and don’t try to overlay music over your talking. People get really upset when they can’t hear you. Trust me. It won’t be perfect, but do the best you can.
That’s it! The $200/month I make from YouMotorcycle’s YouTube channel isn’t a lot, but every bit helps. I should probably mention that starting a motovlog on YouTube is also a creative way to have some fun with motorcycles that’s a little different than just riding them.
Most importantly though, every few days I have a comment from someone thanking me for posting a video and telling me that they learned something from it. It’s an awesome feeling to know that my videos are helping other motorcyclists out, and I invite you to try to do the same.
Next reading/viewing: If you’re interested in Motovlogging, you might also want to check out my 5 thoughts on YouTube after my best year motovlogging.
UPDATE: It’s been over a year, want to know how I’m doing? The channel has over 5,000 subscribers, and this is how much money my YouTube channel makes.