How LONG Did It Take to Get My First 10,000 Subscribers on YouTube?

There's a simple tactic that'll get you your first 10,000 YouTube subscribers. Today I'm going to break down how long did it take me to get my first 10,000 subscribers and how you can too with one winning tactic that got me there.


Tactic number one, paid YouTube ads. At first, I thought that paid ads were great. I was getting an average of 323,000 views per month. But the problem, that level engagement that I was is getting from those paid ads, it just wasn't ideal. People were going, they weren't engaging, dropping off. My retention rates were too low.

The worst part, when I stopped my YouTube ads my views tanked and I got almost zero traction from all the money I spent on ads in the aftermath. The bottom line is, that experiment helped me get a bulk of my views in that short period of time but it didn't create long term gains. I just spent a ton of money, and literally flushed it down the toilet. And when I say I spent a lot of money, I'm not talking about $1.000 I'm talking about tens and tens, and tens of thousands of dollars.

That's how I got to tactic number two, which was releasing one video per day. I know what you're thinking, "Neil, you're crazy. One video per day, that's hard to keep up with." And you're right. It wasn't easy to keep up with that production pace but the results of this second experiment were great. For the first time, I was getting a lot of new subscribers every day.

Though, my view count wasn't as impressive. I wanted to build up my channel subscriber base so that way I can maintain higher view counts in the future. Not only that. Pushing out new content every day, allowing me to understand what my audience really wanted to learn, and what they didn't want, which and then gave me the opportunity to double-down on the winning ideas, and get more traction.

So what I learned during that time is, and you could model after this is, produce videos each and every single day when you're starting. When you produce those videos, make sure you put in the right keywords in the title, in the description, and use Ubersuggests to show you what keywords are popular. It even shows you them for YouTube as well. It has all that data in there.

Now, within the first 30 seconds of your video, you need to tell people to subscribe. within the first 10 seconds of the video, you need to hook people so that they want keep watching the rest of your videos. And when you do this, you'll get more subscribers. You'll eventually rank and you'll do well.

The other strategy I have for you is when you release those videos, send out an email blast. A push notification. Promote the YouTube video on other social channels, and tell them to go to YouTube even though the other social channels hate it. It's a good start. And what I mean by that is, I'm not talking about a wall post. I'm talking about messaging other people on these social channels that you already have fans and fans, and that'll help you get more traction. If you do this, you'll figure out what works on YouTube.

And then after 30 day time window, what you can do is start creating less videos. I do three times a week, and you create the videos that create the most engagement the most subscribers 'cuz you have data from your first 30 days. If you don't have enough data from your first 30 days, create 60 days worth of content.

Go hard for two months, and then slow it down and then focus on quality. That's how you get your first 10,000 subscribers super fast.

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22 Responses to How LONG Did It Take to Get My First 10,000 Subscribers on YouTube?

  1. Ray Finkle March 5, 2022 at 3:12 pm #

    I didn’t realize how powerful Youtube could be. I started a channel 2 years ago, made 30 videos and then didn’t make any more videos. But now I have 100s of thousands of views over that time and 700 subs. I’m going to start it back up again so I can meet the 1000 sub threshhold for youtube ads! Almost there!

    • Lamborghini Centenario March 5, 2022 at 3:58 pm #

      Remember to use no copyrighted material and ideally youre in a non-entertainment niche, or you will not make much

    • Ray Finkle March 5, 2022 at 5:46 pm #

      @Shawn Mackin Awesome, Shawn. At first I when I started I thought, this sucks having 0 subs and 0 views. But I kept putting out content like Neil says in this video and it ended up doing pretty well. Use high volume keywords, that’s what I’d suggest.

    • Ray Finkle March 5, 2022 at 5:47 pm #

      @Lamborghini Centenario This too. I purchased music rights from a company, though I forgot the name of the company.

  2. Shawn Mackin March 5, 2022 at 3:52 pm #

    Daily YouTube videos…actually note that I’m posting daily on ig im having the same result. I’m down to try

  3. karrar hussain March 5, 2022 at 4:08 pm #


  4. Danny Deegan March 5, 2022 at 4:35 pm #

    Hey Neil !!! Great Stuff Brother! How do edit that White background…???? Thanks so much ….! What do you use for editing ?

  5. TTECH Solutions March 5, 2022 at 4:36 pm #

    Good tactic, thanks for sharing Neil

  6. WPBELIEF March 5, 2022 at 4:38 pm #

    I upload my video once in a week….
    Will my channel grow??

  7. Randomized Experiments March 5, 2022 at 4:44 pm #

    I completed my 10 000 Subscribers within a year and over 365k subscribers in 2 years ,Hey Neil ! What do you think about my channels growth is it good growth in 2 years 🙂

    • JM Tennis - Online Tennis Training Programs March 5, 2022 at 8:47 pm #

      Wow massive ! well done!!

    • Teach N Reach March 5, 2022 at 10:08 pm #

      Did you post daily to get to 10K subs?

  8. Soum Web March 5, 2022 at 4:57 pm #

    Still waiting for a Ubersuggest like tool but for YouTube

  9. Digital Gold LLC March 5, 2022 at 4:59 pm #

    Thank You Neil!! You are Digital Gold’s Guru!

  10. Calming Audio March 5, 2022 at 4:59 pm #

    Good tips here

  11. JM Tennis - Online Tennis Training Programs March 5, 2022 at 5:29 pm #

    Hey Neil – could you advice please? I post tennis video sessions and back in 2018-19 I had 15K+ views on my each videos but then in 2020 I could not post every week due to Covyd – courts were closed and now I post again once a week I dont seem to get any views compare to back then.. the break of
    not posting regularly to due to pandemic was like 4-5 months. Shall I open a new channel
    instead or keep posting once a week like now – cant post much more
    as tennis videos take lots of time to shoot + travel to courts etc.. If you could advice would be great! Feels like my channel is dead or
    not? cheers’ Jan. JM Tennis

    • JM Tennis - Online Tennis Training Programs March 5, 2022 at 8:46 pm #

      Hey Ari! Thanks and yes I do keep posting – its just – it feels weird having not many views and small follows compare to when I was posting in 2019 – but now I post every thursday same time so how long you think YouTube algo rhythms need to suggest my videos to more people again? I mean when posting regularly it should kick in in a 2 months or? Thanks – I will also the Neils tactic 30 days on a new channel as I have lots of material in advance so lets see what kicks in earlier 🙂 cheers again! Jan

  12. Stefan Hesse March 5, 2022 at 6:33 pm #

    Why do you get so little views with 1 million subs?

  13. Forex Billionaires' Academy March 5, 2022 at 7:21 pm #

    Thank you for this info Neil.

  14. Mike Maldonado March 5, 2022 at 7:33 pm #

    Thanks for the info Will try it out

  15. Janet Denison March 5, 2022 at 7:37 pm #

    Neil, what do you think about using this same strategy for a Facebook group? Also, once you had doubled down on your best messaging, did you run ads again and find them more successful?

  16. Al Sargent March 5, 2022 at 8:49 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your failed tactics as well as your successes. It’s encouraging to know that even someone with your skills, experience, and intuition still has to struggle through the learning curve. Respect.

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