Last Updated on by Michael Brockbank
If you pay attention to my YouTube channel, I recently hit 500 subscribers. And although this is only half-way to YouTube’s monetization threshold, it’s still an awesome milestone to hit. This is why I am launching my first ever subscriber giveaway!
I know there’ll be hiccups here and there to get this off without a hitch. But, I am pretty excited to give it a try, as I hope you are for supporting me.
Why Launch a Subscriber Giveaway?
In reality, I had no idea that I would have any subscribers, let alone 500. I only built the YouTube channel to accentuate the blog posts so people could either read or watch the content.
Ever since I started, the YouTube channel has turned into a beast of its own. And although both the blog and the channel contribute to each other’s success, they are very much different.
It’s exciting, and I am looking forward to the subscriber giveaway as much as anyone is excited to win.
As a Way to Say Thank You
First and foremost, the giveaway is a method in which I can say, “Thank you” to all who support both the blog and the YouTube channel. The fact of the matter is the blog generates more money than the channel.
Still, I appreciate my audience whether they’re reading a blog post or commenting on a video. And even though the last few weeks have been exceptionally rocky for me, I would love to thank those who are still in my corner.
For me, it’s all about the audience. When I say I really don’t care if YouTube ever monetizes my channel, I’m not just saying that to make myself look good.
I genuinely don’t care. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to make a living off of writing blogs and making videos. But I would much rather have someone say, “this is exactly what I need, thank you” than make tons of money.
I Love to Give
As you might have guessed, I am a big fan of giving. In fact, I use a lot of the income from the gaming blog to help a variety of charities. It’s in my nature to do something special for a subscriber giveaway.
I only wish I could give more, to be honest. I never feel like it’s enough. Everyone has given me hope and inspire me to be better than I think I am. And for that, I could never really give enough away.
It’s one of the main reasons why I don’t make nearly three times what I should. It’s not from a lack of effort. But I find it more gratifying to spend my time helping others learn to do what I do.
Life isn’t always about making as much as you can as quickly as possible. For me, it’s more about what I can do today to improve someone’s life or offer a solution to a problem.
To Drive Interest in the Channel?
There are a lot of people who use subscriber giveaways as a method to generate traffic to video content or blogs. And although it might work for some, it’s not really something I can get behind.
For one thing, you wind up getting people who are only interested in freebies. I want someone to watch or read because I have something to share or they find value in my content.
Not because of what I can give them.
This is why I won’t advertise that I have a giveaway. I didn’t mention the 500 subscriber giveaway until I was within 10. Because I want an engaged audience who appreciates what I do.
What Do You Have to Do to Enter?
OK, so the giveaway is kind of small, and I wish I had the money to do more. But right now, I still don’t know where I’ll be living at the end of the month. Still, I wanted to say thank you to my audience.
This time around, I am giving away a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble. I was trying to find something that anyone can use as many of my subscribers are in the UK or Europe.
Barnes and Noble ships world-wide.
To enter, just go to the Giveaway form on this website and submit the information. You can find the form above in the nav bar under the “About” area.
This will continue until April 30th, 11:59 pm GMT (Denver). At which point, I will randomly select a winner and then share it on May 1st when I do the Friday Writer Vlog…even if I have to do it from a hotel.
Don’t worry, your information is not saved on this website and I will delete everything once the giveaway is concluded.
Why Not Use a Plugin for the Giveaway?
I want to experiment with Rafflepress at some point. However, I want to get the subscriber giveaway going as soon as I can. So for now, I’ll use the form I just mentioned.
Once I play around with a really good plugin, I’ll probably switch.
Keep in mind, this is my first official giveaway. I’m still trying to work out all of the logistics and planning. And given what’s going on right now, this is by far the easiest on me.
What Kind of Subscriber Giveaway Will I Do Next?
It’s kind of difficult to decide what I’ll give away the next time around. After all, I don’t know where I’ll live in the next couple of weeks. Still, I would like to do something fun.
As the subscriber base grows and the traffic to this blog increases, though, it’s getting easier to afford some of the fun stuff.
Who knows, I might even give away a typewriter!
But seriously, it’ll greatly depend on what’s going on in my life at the moment. I live in uncertain times, which means I can’t really put together any real plans just yet.
Here’s to Another 500!
I am really excited about having the 500 subscriber giveaway. I know it’s not much, but hopefully it can brighten someone’s day. So if you’re interested in a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble, be sure to fill out the form.
It took just over a year and a half to hit 500. Let’s see how long it takes to hit 1000.
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