The craziest thing I’ve experienced with my channel was seeing how many people can care about you and your content.
I honestly thought that there were only assholes on the internet until I started growing my channel.
Then, I noticed that people can be incredibly caring. I don’t know many people that have shown they care about me as much as some of my YouTube Channel’s fans. It feels like a family.
They can do a lot for you, without you telling them to do so:
- They turn the notifications on and instantly click on your videos, no matter what
- They give your videos a like before watching the content
- They watch the video entirely (even if it’s 45 mins+)
- They fight each other to leave the first comment on your video
- They would kill to receive a heart or like from you in the comments section
And they leave you amazingly caring comments, like this one from one of my favorite channels:
Do you want to achieve this for your channel?
Show people that you care. It is the main way of creating die-hard fans.
But how do you do that on YouTube? The key is in your comments section.
Keep reading to find out.
Why It’s Important To Get People To Talk About Your Videos
It Makes People Come Back to Your Channel
Having people comment on your videos means you’re making an impact in their lives. It shows they care about your content.
But this doesn’t mean that you need to wait for them to start commenting. If you encourage people to get involved, it will help them feel part of your community.
Humans are social animals, so they feel safe when they’re in a group. That’s why creating a community with your YouTube channel is important to make them come back again and again.
And the best way to create a community online is by interacting with them.
It Builds Confidence in You and Your Brand
If you’re trying to build a business, there’s nothing better for building trust than interacting with your prospects.
Answering their concerns, addressing their fears, and letting them know that you want them to have success will make it easier for people to trust you.
If you have good intentions and want to build a business—or a YouTube channel—in an ethical way, make your audience your first priority.
If they’re your first priority, you will not mind answering their comments and helping them get more involved with you.
It Makes the YouTube Algorithm Share Your Videos More
Likes, and especially comments, are huge signals that tell YouTube that your video is worth sharing.
So every time you get the chance to tell them to engage with your videos, do it.
There’s no worse thing for you than having a bunch of viewers that never interact with you. It’s as if your videos aren’t being watched at all. Are they real people or just a number on a screen?
Thankfully, there are some psychological tricks to get them to talk.
Some of the best YouTubers know these tricks very well. It’s incredible how some of them know so much about human nature.
Now it’s time for you to start doing it too:
5 Ways to Get People to Comment on Your videos
1) Ask Them Questions
This is the most straightforward way to get them to talk.
Every time you’re preparing to record a video, include a question to ask to your audience in your script.
This way you won’t miss it. It’s very easy to forget, but it makes a huge difference if you’re asking the question in your video.
It simply needs to be something related to the subject. Some examples:
- “What do you guys think about this?”
- “Which one of these is your favorite? I really want to know what you guys think”
- “What do you think I should do for my next video? Let me know in the comments below. I read every message”
Additionally, you can use a pinned comment to help you get more interaction.
After publishing your video, just go to your comments section and leave a comment asking your audience a question.
Pin it to the top. This will make it nearly impossible for people to miss it.
It’s more likely you’ll get comments this way.
2) Tell A Compelling Story
Do you have a crazy or interesting story to tell to your viewers? If it’s good enough people will comment on it.
Do not start inventing stories just for the sake of getting people to talk. Your story will not add up and your viewers will see right through you.
But even without taking engagement into account, telling a story can help you with your audience retention.
As social animals, stories are basically a survival mechanism.
Think about it. How many times have you been able to walk away in the middle of a story, especially when it’s short and you know the end is near?
I mean, I’m physically incapable of skipping a song.
Unless it’s Reggaeton, of course. That’s when my survival instinct activates and I instantly pull out my entire hearing mechanism from my ears—figuratively.
3) Give Your Opinion On Something That Might Be Controversial
This point is not about becoming a drama queen, it’s more about being transparent with your audience.
If you open yourself to others, and your opinion isn’t something too taboo, people will respect you even if they disagree.
As long, of course, as you are also respectful to them.
Giving your opinion on important things for your audience will get them to talk either If they agree or disagree.
Be careful with what you talk about. A lot of times your videos could be demonetized if you talk about stuff related to politics, war, and more.
You want to avoid any of the above if you don’t want your videos demonetized. Also, people don’t really like to go to YouTube for this.
Always be respectful of others’ points of view and ask them genuinely their opinion because you want to know.
4) Answer Every F****** Comment
As long as you’re able to do so.
If you’re a small YouTuber, you have no excuse. You should have time to answer every comment. Yet, I see this as a common problem between people that ask for my help.
You don’t become and INFLUENCER by just uploading a video to the internet and hoping that people will fall in love with you.
People need to know that you care about them before they putting any trust in you.
And the best way to care about them is by reading and answering every comment they write.
They’re spending their precious, limited time on your content. You should thank them. That’s the least you can do if you don’t have anything good to answer. Just thank them!
You can do it in your downtime while your commuting and whenever you got free time and you have your smartphone laying around.
Just download the YouTube creator studio app and you’ll easily access all of your comments.
Reply to them, even if it’s just to say thank you. But also make a bit of effort to give more meaningful, personalized comments to most people.
If you can’t come up with a personalized reply, just say “Thank you, [name]” instead of just spamming “thanks” to every comment. That will let them know that you actually read them.
There are several advantages to doing this:
- People will know that you will answer them, so they are more willing to comment on every video.
- They feel important when you answer their comments. Boost this feeling by giving them a heart. People seem to get a huge dopamine hit when they see one of their comments get a heart.
- They will LOVE YOU. It will create a community that is connected to you so much that they’ll instantly like all of your videos before watching them. This is something I noticed with my YouTube channel. They will become die-hard fans with this method.
5) Challenge Them To Do Something And Tell You How It Went.
If you’re teaching how to do something, ask them to do it right away and tell you how it went.
For example, if you’re teaching people how to write an email for a job interview, challenge them to do it right after watching the video.
If you’re teaching how to put on makeup, ask people at the end of your tutorial to try it next time they go out and to come back and tell you about it. Ask them to tag you on Instagram so you can see it.
This won’t only get people more engaged with your channel, but it will also give you more confidence when they do what you taught them and you end up finding out that they loved it!
Creating die-hard fans is not easy.
It doesn’t happen from one day to another either, although it can be faster thank you think if you’re constantly interacting with the same people.
You’ll start noticing the same people commenting on your videos with kind words.
That’s when you know you’re creating true fans.
Just imagine that, in the course of one month, you do all of this to the same person:
- You ask them a question, they reply, and you reply back.
- Next video, you thank them for commenting.
- You’re constantly opening yourself to them with your true beliefs.
- You entertain them with fun stories.
- You challenge them to take action to change their life, and they follow through.
It’s inevitable that they will end up liking you a lot.
They will share your videos with others and will help you with anything they can.
They might even end up buying anything from you.
That’s how you truly become an influencer, not by showing off an expensive fake lifestyle that you can’t even afford.
Show people that you care, and they will naturally give it back to you.
Will has been a full-time content creator since 2014. He’s an audio, video, and tech hobbyist dedicated to reviewing products and giving you the best tips he knows to grow your audience.