How should I solicit more YouTube followers?

@TheHorse (89677)
Walnut Creek, California
August 13, 2019 9:45pm CST
As many of you know, I like to perfom music, and I like to post music videos to YouTube. But I've hit a wall of about 80 "followers" on YouTube, and I don't know to break through that wall. I'm just a solid "local musician," but I think I have something to say. What would you suggest as my "next step"? Should I write an "odd" original tune? Should I cover another "famous" tune, like Townes Van Zandt's "Pancho and Lefty"? Should I do a pretty "guitar only" piece? I'll attach my first tune, posted by Vanny of YouTube fame, and hope that you listen to it, like it, and become a subscriber. It's an original, and I like it. But I never perform it. I was working on some cool songs while I was in Montana. But I still feel like I need a "new drug."
"Moth Song" by Colin H. Sacks Colin H. Sacks - vocals, guitars, bass, mandolin Recorded by - Michael Stenberg A song about falling friendship........ Like an...
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@kareng (16154)
• United States
14 Aug
You need to get people to your YouTube account. Do you have a Facebook account? Twitter? What other social media forums do you use?
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Aug
I have Facebook, but I don't like asking my "friends" to check out my stuff.
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@kareng (16154)
• United States
14 Aug
@TheHorse Send me a private message on here with your You Tube link please. I'd love to take a listen :)
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@arunima25 (23893)
• Bangalore, India
14 Aug
@TheHorse That's the case with me too. But it seems that people use these platforms to market themselves.
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@arunima25 (23893)
• Bangalore, India
14 Aug
The best thing would be to keep a variety so that it reaches to different people. Social media is the best to promote yourself.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Aug
Which social media? Social media generally makes me nauseous.
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@arunima25 (23893)
• Bangalore, India
14 Aug
@TheHorse I have seen people using Facebook and Instagram for their promotion. I am not active on either of the two. Maybe Pinterest can also be used. You have to explore it. I too am not so comfortable with social media.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Aug
@arunima25 I do you Facebook, but only now and then these days.
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@yanzalong (15131)
• Indonesia
14 Aug
Create a song or you can just sing someone else's song with your characteristic voice that may attract more people.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Aug
I think I may have done that "Pancho and Lefty" is a well-known song, and I have many views. Willie Nelson has more, of course. Many people don't know that Townes Van Zandt wrote that song.
@birjudanak (8016)
• India
14 Aug
people mostly attract from social sites so if you using it then you can share there. I have some friends who post stuff on YouTube but they keep asking people to follow me follow me and like that they reach 1000 lol. As you share many places more chances for followers.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Aug
I don't want to be like that. If people like my stuff, so be it. If It's "OK" to them, so be it.
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@Janet357 (22554)
14 Aug
for how.long have you been posting videos on youtube?
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Aug
Two years. Have you seen them all? Heh.
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@Janet357 (22554)
14 Aug
@TheHorse i have seen one. pls send me a link so that i can.subscribe.thanks
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Aug
@Janet357 This one has the most views. But it's not necessarily my favorite.
"Pancho and Lefty" by Townes Van Zandt Colin H. Sacks - vocals, guitars and bass Recorded by - Michael Stenberg Like and Subscribe for more songs and videos :)
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@porwest (17347)
• United States
15 Aug
I still like this song. Ever since they went to the 1000 subscriber thing to make money I stopped posting, but I have a TON of stuff I could share, both covers and originals. I don't know how you increase the subscriber base. I wish I knew. I am stuck as well. Do a cover of my Pink Flamingoes song. I'd love to see what you might do to it.
This song was recorded in October of 2002 and is the title song of my new LP "Pink Flamingoes," misspelled on purpose. Since introducing this song to Jango Radio it has been my number one song. Though
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Aug
I will listen to it. I am off to rock and roll practice right now. Will I be paid for our last gig? Inquiring minds want to know.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Aug
My #1 song is Pancho and Lefty. But is it my best? Or only the most well-known?
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@porwest (17347)
• United States
16 Aug
@TheHorse Whenever I have put out a song, usually the ones that catch on are not the ones I thought would catch on. The ones I DO think might catch on...don't. I can figure it out. lol
@simplfred (10276)
• Philippines
14 Aug
On some microjob sites or earning sites, you can avail their offer to have more followers on YT but of course one will need to pay... You can also ask your friends to follow you and help you spread your YT page... It is really hard to gain followers nowadays because almost everyone wanted their page to be popular...
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Aug
I would not "pay" to promote my stuff. Too vulgar.
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@simplfred (10276)
• Philippines
14 Aug
@TheHorse I agree... I won't either better to have 20 honest followers than 20,000 being paid.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Aug
@simplfred Yeppers. I think I already have my friends on my side. Many of the comments I see are from people I know. I am glad that some are from strangers, though.
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@infatuatedbby (103022)
• United States
14 Aug
Best to promote on your Facebook with your friends (Word of mouth) & Instagram
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Aug
I don't use Instagram. And I'm shy to promote my stuff on Facebook. I feel that friends would feel "obligated" to check stuff out.
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@thelme55 (19998)
• Germany
14 Aug
Are you the one who is singing this song? It is lovely. Nice voice. I subscribed thellys travel.....
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Aug
Yes, I'm the one singing.
@thelme55 (19998)
• Germany
14 Aug
Well, you have more followers than I do. How I wish I know the solution.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Aug
I'll just keep on keeping on. I think my friend is tired of recording "my" music. But I'll try to get him to do another.
@FourWalls (20530)
• United States
14 Aug
Solicitation is illegal in many states..... Post the videos on Facebook?
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Aug
I was illegally solicited at Circus Circus while playing video poker several years ago. I said, "No, I don't want a bl*w job, but I'll buy you dinner." She went back to her soliciting. (true story)
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@BarBaraPrz (23858)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 Aug
How? Hell if I know...
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Aug
Heh. Same here.
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@JudyEv (166624)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Aug
I just checked and I wasn't subscribed but I am now. I don't really have any idea about promoting songs.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Aug
I think I'll stick mostly with word of mouth.
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• United States
14 Aug
there's places on line you can hire people to spread the word. i've known bands to use it.
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@TheHorse (89677)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Aug
Yeah, I don't think I'd spend money to promote my YouTube videos, as I don't make money from them. I just like having some of my own stuff out there.
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@MNRFOLEY (404)
• Australia
16 Aug
You have nothing to get shy about. You have a wonderful voice. Good Luck!
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