I Grew a YouTube Channel to 689,000 Subscribers… Here’s How

If you are reading this, you probably have some interest starting a YouTube channel.

But chances are, you feel a bit lost.

I’ve been there. Other YouTubers have been there. It’s ok. It’s normal.

I started exactly where you are right now.

But since then, I’ve spent the last 3 years:

  • Grinding out videos on YouTube
  • Studying what works (and what doesn’t)
  • Collecting massive amounts of data from HUNDREDS of videos
  • Building massive audiences
  • Growing to 600,000+ subscribers
  • Accumulating 110+ million video views

And I’m still not an expert. Far from it.

But I make a full-time income (and a bit extra).

I live a financially-free life with full control over my time.

And I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I feel extremely grateful to be in this position, so I’m ready to give back.

creatorbuff.com is my love letter to all the YouTubers who came before me and all who will come after.

I ready to dump all of the knowledge I’ve learned about YouTube into this little site.

So – LET’S BEGIN.

How I Made the Leap

Making the decision to quit your job and start a YouTube channel is a big one and it doesn’t happen overnight.

Here’s how we made the leap:

A few years ago, my wife and I lived the DEFINITION of a traditional life.

I worked as a Mechanical Engineer, she was an Occupational Therapist.

We both had our degree(s) and a salary job. By our parents standards, we were successful and set to live out the rest of lives.

You know the whole story – buy a house, have 2.5 children, retire at 65, etc.

It’s the classic version of the American Dream.

We should have been happy. But under the surface, I was miserable.

I went into an office everyday, worked my 9 hours a day, and went home.

I pretended to enjoy it and be a good worker. But I didn’t.

It felt like my life was wasting away.

And I didn’t want this life anymore.

One day, my wife noticed how unhappy I was, and being the awesome person she is, she said:

“Why don’t you just quit?”

And I thought about that for a long time.

I didn’t have a good answer.

We were always frugal – so we had money saved up. If we quit, started something new, and failed, I could always get another job or pick up contract work.

The absolute worst-case scenario was we would have to move back in with my parents.

And even that seemed better than going to my 9-5.

So we decided to go for broke and start this new era of our lives as entrepreneurs.

And eventually, we stumbled onto the idea of starting a YouTube channel and a blog.

But we had no idea how to get started.

The First Step – Choosing a Topic

Ah yes. The big question.

What is this glorious new YouTube Channel going to be about?

The conventional advice for new YouTubers is to make videos about what you’re interested in.

And while I think that’s good advice, we didn’t follow it…

We did the opposite.

We wanted to pick a topic that we could use to get this new channel off the ground FAST.

Anything that would allow us to quit our jobs.

So we searched for a niche that was growing fast with momentum behind it.

But we didn’t have any luck.

And then, in an unlikely scenario, we stumbled onto the idea.

My wife had just this new piece of tech and she was ecstatic about it.

She literally would NOT stop telling me about how awesome it was.

To my surprise, it was a keyboard. But not any kind of keyboard, it was a custom keyboard.

When I asked her how much she had spent on it, I was shocked.

“It was $200”

My wife said, trying to downplay it.

WHAT? You spent $200 on KEYBOARD? Something you type on?

It made absolutely no sense to me.

That is, until I tested it out.

I placed the keyboard on my desk and I was shocked at how beautiful it looked.

It had a solid metal case with an array of lights glowing through.

Then I pressed a key.

It made a satisfying clack noise.

I think I squealed a little bit.

I tried to contain my excitement because, after the first key press, I could see the future.

This custom keyboard thing was going to HUGE.

I convinced my wife we were going to start this new channel and make it all about keyboards.

And thus our topic was chosen.

Step #2: Making the First Videos

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