Fast Way To Get 4000 Watch Hours And 1K Subscribers On YouTube

How to get more YouTube subscribers (for free): 15 tips

If you’re just getting started, check out our guide to starting a YouTube channel. Before diving into the tips below, you should have the fundamentals of your channel in place.

Here are our best practises for converting viewers into subscribers, listed from easiest to most difficult. Don’t take on all of them at once. Try one of these suggestions for each new video you publish, or implement one or two per week.

1. Ask your viewers to subscribe

It doesn’t get any simpler than this.

Sometimes all your audience needs is a gentle reminder.

Do you think asking for a subscription is too pushy? If you ask too soon or too frequently, it may be. A quick reminder to subscribe at the end of your video, on the other hand, simply makes it easier for fans to keep up with the work you do.

Keep in mind to show why your channel is worth subscribing to. Make sure you only ask for the subscription after you’ve given viewers new and useful information or made them laugh.

2. End your video by teasing what you’re working on next

Subscribing to a YouTube channel is an act of anticipation. Viewers who have only seen what your brand is about are primed to want more if you’ve done your job correctly.

The most natural way to encourage people to subscribe is to hype your next video and make it clear why it should not be missed.

Of course, this necessitates having a firm grasp on your YouTube content schedule and being aware of what’s coming up. (More on that later.)

3. Verify your Google account

All YouTube users can upload videos up to 15 minutes long by default. If you want to create content that is longer than that, you must first verify your account.

This is an important step for anyone who wants to build a professional channel because longer videos give you more options for the types of content you can create.

Go to on your computer (not a mobile device) and follow the instructions to verify your account.

After you verify your account, you can upload videos up to 256GB in size and 12 hours in length.

4. Interact with your audience and make friends (a.k.a. build community)

If you build relationships with your viewers, they will be more likely to continue watching your work. React to the comments. Return to their channels.

Yes, having a famous YouTuber comment on your video is exciting, but who knows who will be famous next year? Form a peer group and help each other out. (Yes, I’m referring to shine theory.)

Furthermore, once you’re connected, your audience will provide you with a wide range of free content ideas for your next video. Don’t worry, you don’t have to take them all.

Hootsuite allows you to manage your YouTube presence by uploading and scheduling videos, as well as adding comment streams to your dashboard. This makes it simple to review, respond to, and/or moderate comments on all of your videos from a single location.

5. Create effective channel branding

Channel branding is an important way to let viewers know who you are and what they can expect from your channel.

Banner Art

Everyone who visits your YouTube channel is greeted by your banner. Maybe they just watched a video and want to see more. Perhaps they are a potential subscriber.

Make sure they understand where they are and why they should stay.

Channel icon

On YouTube, your channel icon is essentially your logo. It appears on your YouTube channel page as well as anywhere you leave a comment. Make sure it clearly represents you and your brand and is easy to identify even at a small size.

Channel description

This text appears on the About page of your YouTube channel. You have up to 1,000 characters to describe your channel and convince viewers to subscribe. To get you started, we’ve written a comprehensive blog post on how to write effective YouTube descriptions.

Add a custom channel trailer

The customization settings on YouTube enable you to make the most of the featured video space at the top of your channel page. You have the option of showing one video to existing subscribers and another to non-subscribed viewers.

Create a channel trailer for non-subscribers that explains what they can expect from your channel and why they should subscribe. Bhavna’s Kitchen & Living provides an excellent example

End screen

This is a static image at the end of your video where you can remind viewers to subscribe or insert another call to action before YouTube’s algorithm moves them on to the next video. As long as the video is longer than 25 seconds, you can add an end screen during the upload process.

You can also go back and add end screens to existing videos, which is a great way to start converting subscribers from your existing content right away.

To add an end screen to an existing video, go to Creator Studio’s left menu and select the video to which you want to add an end screen. Add a Subscribe element to your video by clicking the End screen box on the right side of the screen.

Release videos on a consistent schedule

Many experts are confident in stating a rule of thumb for how frequently creators should post video to their channels. For example, start with one video per week and gradually increase to three to four videos per week as your channel grows.

According to the theory, more videos equals more viewer time. Prioritizing quantity over quality, on the other hand, has drawbacks.

If you want to convert viewers into subscribers, you must prioritise quality over consistency. (At that point, you can begin to worry about quantity.)

how to increase watch hours on youtube

Did you know that 4,000 hours of Watch Time are required for YouTube monetization? Many creators spend a year or more attempting to reach that milestone, but the effort is well worth it in the end. If you achieve this goal, you will be able to apply to the YouTube Partner Program and eventually monetize your content with ads. And what creator doesn’t want to profit from their work?

But first, what does Watch Time on YouTube actually mean? And how does YouTube calculate total Watch Time?

You must acquire 4,000 viewing hours in 12 consecutive months for your Watch Time to count toward monetization. The videos do not have to have been published within the last year, but they must have been viewed within the last 52 weeks.

Furthermore, only certain types of videos are eligible for Watch Time. You’ll want to make sure that the majority of your videos are set to public, as this is the main qualification

5 Ways to Reach 4000 Hours of Watch Hour

1-    Make Evergreen Content

It can be difficult to get noticed on YouTube. You can, however, make it easier by uploading videos that are:

Most likely to show up in YouTube search results.

All-year relevance.

This is referred to as evergreen content. These videos are popular among creators because they receive a lot of traffic and, as a result, a lot of Watch Time.

2.    Host Youtube Live Streams

We had 50-100 people watch our first few live streams. We now have hundreds of concurrent viewers, and with that increase in viewership comes a lot more Watch Time.

Let’s look at the figures. For example, 600 people watching a two-hour live stream equals 1,200 hours of Watch Time.

Give live streaming a shot after nine to twelve months on YouTube. You’ll most likely have a couple hundred subscribers, which will provide you with a nice chunk of Watch Time per stream.

3. Upload Video Consitently

Viral videos are brilliant; they boost your channel while attracting new viewers to your content.

However, you should not go into the video-making process with the intention of creating a viral video. Few creators succeed, and it’s easier to simply be consistent on YouTube. Maintain your posting schedule so that one day you’ll have enough videos to gain 4,000 hours across multiple uploads rather than just one.

Allow me to give you an example. When we first launched our vidIQ channel in Spanish, it grew slowly. But we were confident that we were consistently producing high-quality content. And, once YouTube had accumulated enough data and positive signals from our content, the channel began to explode. There will be no viral videos, only good, consistent content shared with the right audience.

4. Go for Quantity over Quality

Increasing your YouTube Watch Time is a numbers game. If you require 4,000 hours to be monetized and your videos earn one hour on average, you will require 4,000 videos in total.

But that’s just one example. Your channel can (and most likely will) outperform that. But the point I’m trying to make is that you need a large collection of videos to meet your Watch Time targets.

That means you shouldn’t be too concerned about:

Making the ideal video.

Editing your clips for inordinately long periods of time.

Too many hours were spent filming.

Find a way to create content quickly while maintaining the quality required to compete on YouTube. After that, upload your content and begin working on the next video. Rinse and re-rinse.

5. Listen to Your Youtube Audience

The YouTube Studio has a wealth of analytics to explore, but your subscribers will provide some of the best growth advice. They are, after all, your customers. Most of them know what they want to see and will tell you which videos they want to see. See what I mean in the comments section of your next video. Highly engaged viewers will share video ideas with you and practically beg you to film them.

Give some of these suggestions a shot. If the videos perform well, you will accumulate even more Watch Time.

How to get 4000 Youtube Watch Hours Fast


When we look at large numbers, it can be difficult to imagine what they really mean. So, let’s divide 4000 hours of YouTube viewing time into minutes.

The math is straightforward. Because one hour equals 60 minutes, we simply multiply both numbers.

4000 hours divided by 60 minutes equals 240,000 minutes.

You must generate 240,000 minutes of YouTube watch time to reach 4000 hours of YouTube watch time.


How many days of continuous watching is required to accumulate 4000 hours of watch time?

Let’s take a look…

There are 24 hours in a day. That means we can simply divide 4000 hours of watch time by 24 to arrive at our answer.

4000 hours divided by 24 hours equals 166 days and 16 hours.

To get 100% of your YouTube watch time from a single person, they would have to play your videos nonstop for 166 days and 16 hours.

Of course, if you have more subscribers, that number will be much lower.

How many days of continuous watching is required to accumulate 4000 hours of watch time?

Let’s take a look…

There are 24 hours in a day. That means we can simply divide 4000 hours of watch time by 24 to arrive at our answer.

4000 hours divided by 24 hours equals 166 days and 16 hours.

To get 100% of your YouTube watch time from a single person, they would have to play your videos nonstop for 166 days and 16 hours.

Of course, if you have more subscribers, that number will be much lower.


What is the basic minimum number of videos you should create? How many views should your YouTube videos receive? What is the optimal length for your videos?

To answer these questions, we must first perform some basic math.


Assume you’ve just launched a new YouTube channel.

Day one. You currently have 0 subscribers and 0 videos.

What if you only made one 1-minute video? How many times would people have to watch this video in order to gain 4,000 hours of viewing time?

The answer is straightforward.

All we have to do now is convert 4,000 hours into minutes. 4,000 hours divided by 60 minutes equals 240,000 minutes.

A one-minute video would have to be viewed 240,000 times.

That’s a large number!

It becomes even more significant if we assume that not everyone will watch your video all the way through.

The first person may watch for one minute, the second for thirty seconds, and the third may click away immediately.

What is the average length of time spent watching? (60 seconds + 30 seconds + 0 seconds) / 3 = 90 seconds / 3 = 30 seconds / person

In other words, half of the total video length.

In reality, 50% would be a good result for any video less than 10 minutes long.

For longer videos, a percentage of 30% or higher is more realistic.

With our 1-minute video, a 50% increase in average watch time would double the number of views required.

240,000 1-minute views divided by 50% equals 480,000 views!

That’s something we’re not going to do.

We require something far more attainable!


In other words, half of the total video length.

So, instead of making one 1-minute video every day, how about we make one 1-minute video every day?

How many points of view would we require?

Take our previous figure of 480,000 views and divide it by 365 days.

And, yes, I’m oversimplifying here: The first video you post on day one has 365 days to gain views. While the last video you upload on day 364 has only one day left to gain more views and thus should receive far fewer views. In my examples, we simply pretend that all videos are identical.

What is the end result?

480,000 views divided by 365 videos equals 1,315 views per video.

That seems a lot more doable, don’t you think?

1,315 people watching a video vs. 480,000 people watching a video…

But we can go even further.


What if we simply created longer videos?

10-minute videos as opposed to 1-minute videos?

In this case, we can simply divide everything by ten.

1,315 views per video divided by ten equals 132 views per video.

Let’s double-check the number to see if we’re correct.

365 video x 10 minutes x 132 views per video x 50% average watch length = 240,900 minutes = 4,015 hours


Now all of these numbers make sense on paper, but they might not work in practice.

For once, coming up with good video ideas takes time and requires mental energy to be creative.

If you want to make 365 unique videos that are all equally good, you might burn out pretty quickly.

And not just because you drain your creativity daily (unless you live stream video games on Twitch), but also because of the time spent on production, editing, and promotion, which can easily take up a few hours per video if you want to do a good job.

What’s a more realistic option that would work for most people?

Here is what I recommend:

  • Create 1, 2 or 3 videos per week. Each 10 to 15 minutes long.
  • Create either a weekly or monthly livestream of 60 minutes.
  • Focus on content quality and promotion.

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