How To Get 1000 Real YouTube Subscribers (Fast & Free)

Let's take a look at how you can get the first 1,000 real YouTube subscribers using legitimate growth strategies.

If you're starting a YouTube channel to make money, you need to get your YouTube channel monetized.

Among others, this requires having at least 1,000 YouTube subscribers.
On Youtube, your success is boiled down to 3 things: Subscribers, views and retention.

Let's take a look at how you can get the first 1,000 real YouTube subscribers using legitimate growth strategies.

Tip 1: Don't buy subscribers

We get it, buying YouTube subscribers can be tempting, but believe us when we say: 
It's a waste of time and money!

Top YouTube creators don't resort to shady growth schemes because they focus on creating great content.

"Free" subscriber services, which require you to subscribe to and like other channels in exchange for subscribers, are essentially hiring you as a clickfarm. These services hope you get bored and pay for subscribers instead, but the result is the same:

- Bot subscribers that don't engage
- They lack authenticity
- You risk violating YouTube's policy
- You will damage your channel long-term

Simply put, it's just not worth it.

Tip 2: Ask the viewer to subscribe

Reminding your audience to subscribe at the end of your video is a simple way to encourage viewers to keep up with your work.

Be careful not to do this too often or too soon.
Instead, ask for the subscription after you've provided value, whether it's new information or entertainment.

Make sure to demonstrate why your channel is worth subscribing to before asking for the subscription.
By doing so, you'll make it easier for your fans to stay engaged with your content.

Tip 3: Engage with your audience and create connections

Building relationships with your viewers is a key strategy to increase engagement and retain viewership.

One way to foster these relationships is by responding to the comments your viewers leave. It's allabout creating a community of peers who support and help each other.

Furthermore, once you establish these connections, your audience can provide you with valuable content ideas for your next video. Although you don't have to use all their suggestions, they can serve as inspiration for your future content.

So, don't underestimate the power of forming a community with your viewers; it can pay off in the long run.

⭐ Pro tip: We recommend using FeedHive’s social inbox for this.

It makes it incredibly easy to stay on top of all comments across all your YouTube videos.

Tip 4: Add a channel trailer

Customizing your YouTube channel can make a big difference in attracting and retaining subscribers. One of the most effective ways to do this is by using the featured video space at the top of your channel page.

With YouTube's customization settings, you can choose to display different videos to existing subscribers and non-subscribed viewers.

For non-subscribers, consider creating a channel trailer that highlights the unique value your channel offers and encourages them to subscribe.

A well-crafted trailer can give viewers a taste of what they can expect from your channel and pique their interest. So, take advantage of this feature and make the most of your channel's real estate to grow your subscriber base.

Tip 5: Using YouTube's end screen videos

On average, it takes a viewer 2-3 encounters with your videos before they turn into a YouTube subscriber.

An excellent way to shorten this trip, is to let your viewers binge-watch your videos.
Not only will they become a subscriber much faster, but it's also one of the strongest signals for YouTube itself, that your channel is worth recommending to new users.

Use YouTube's clickable end screen videos to lead the viewer on to the next video, once they have finished watching.

Spend a few seconds telling your viewer how the next video is related and why they should watch it next.

Tip 6: Brand your video thumbnails

Your video thumbnail is like a mini movie poster, a 1280 x 720px still image that serves as the face of your video.

It's your best chance to convince viewers to click on your video, aside from your video title. Although getting views is a different topic, it's important to address this because consistent and professional custom thumbnails are a crucial aspect of channel branding.

Your thumbnails can provide new viewers with insight into who you are as a video content creator.

So aim for consistency in your branding across all your thumbnails. Use the same font, color palette, or even frame composition, so viewers can recognize your videos easily.

This consistency helps build brand recognition and contributes to a strong visual identity for your channel. So, don't underestimate the power of your video thumbnail, and use it to your advantage to attract and retain viewers.

Tip 7: Spread the word on other social channels

To increase your YouTube channel's exposure and grow your subscriber base, cross-promotion is essential. You can do this on multiple platforms like LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, or any other platform where you have an existing community of fans.

Even simple actions like adding your YouTube channel link to your Instagram or Twitter bio can make a difference.

Another effective strategy is to post teasers of your latest videos on other social media platforms.

By regularly teasing upcoming videos, you can build anticipation and keep your viewers engaged. Once they start looking forward to your content, they are more likely to subscribe to your channel. So, take advantage of cross-promotion and use it to your advantage to grow your channel and engage your audience.

FeedHive can easily manage cross-posting between a number of social channels like LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and more.

You can fully automate this process by setting up a trigger for your YouTube RSS feed. In this way, FeedHive automatically publishes a post on all your channels every time you release a new YouTube video.


Growing your YouTube channel's subscriber base requires a combination of strategies, such as creating great content, building relationships with your viewers, customizing your channel, and cross-promoting on different social media platforms.

Although there is no secret formula for success on YouTube, following these tips can help you establish a strong visual identity for your channel, engage your audience, and ultimately grow your subscriber base.

Remember, building a successful YouTube channel takes time, effort, and consistency. By using these 8 strategies, you can increase your chances of success and achieve your goals as a professional YouTuber.

Syed Hassan Zaman

Lead Content Marketer

Content writer with a focus on SaaS products and services. Constantly staying up-to-date on the latest digital marketing trends.