How To Get More Views, Comments & Likes With This YouTube Hack


YouTube’s recent changes to combat spammers has opened up a whole new world of possibilitys to engage your audience & get more views, likes & comments for your videos with the YouTube hack I am about to teach you.

A lot of people have complained about the integration with Google+ but if you dig a little bit deeper you will see how we can use this to our advantage.

So if you have already read my YouTube marketing guide it is time to take it to the next level!

What You Will Learn

  • The YouTube hack to get more views, comments & likes
  • How to find & engage your top fans
  • How to take advantage of recent YouTube changes
  • How to add your fans to Google+ automatically

This is a guest post by YouTube pro Philip Zeplin who runs his own channel about Japan along with

Staying in touch with your followers on social media or through your website is becoming increasingly important.

You can find a ton of great articles on how to reach your fans (and how not to) and there’s a lot of great software like Buzzbundle to help you.

But these tend to focus on social media accounts like Twitter and Facebook.

But what about YouTube?

Why YouTube Must Not Be Ignored

You might be saying “I don’t care about YouTube”, and if you did you are leaving a lot of money on the table.

Based on pure numbers YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine behind Google. YouTube is the third most visited website in the world according to Alexa.

Philip DeFranco, owner of DeFranco Inc (running channels such as SxePhil, SourceFed, ForHumanPeoples, and more) pays himself $100k a year and now owns a company of around 50 people.

He is 28 and started out with a webcam ranting about the news 6 years ago.

Every minute over 60 hours of video is uploaded to the site and in march 2013 it reached 1 billion unique visitors in a single month.

With those numbers it is clear that you should not be ignoring YouTube.

Interacting with Fans

Once you’ve created your YouTube account (and your obligatory Google+ Profile, these days) and uploaded some videos you will slowly start getting subscribers and fans.

In my case, I rebooted my channel a little less than a year ago and currently sit neat with 2,000 subscribers.

Staying in touch with your fans on YouTube is very important.

Users interacting on your video such as liking, subscribing, favoriting, and commenting, among other things is a key metric that YouTube uses in ranking videos in its searches.

And as noted above, YouTube gets a lot of searches.

Interacting with your fans also makes them keep coming back for more. It makes sense, in the same way that a good blogger replies to the comments on his or her blog for instance.

Most people do this simply by replying to the comments on their videos but we can take advantage of recent YouTube changes to do much bigger things.

While (justifiably, perhaps) many dislike the new integration with Google+ it has brought a ton of great community features.

We are going to use these new features to our advantage.

Find Your Fans With My YouTube Hack

The first thing we want to do is to find a list of all of our fans on YouTube.

Just go to YouTube and click on your channel name in the top right. After that, click Video Manager.

On the next page on the left side of your screen you will see a tab called Community – click it, this is where the pot of gold is hiding.

youtube hack community for subscribers

This will show you a list of people who have interacted with your videos.

The key here is it is a list of people that have interacted with your videos, NOT just your Subscribers. It doesn’t list every single person, only the most influential, and is updated daily.

youtube subscribers hack

On this page you can set up various “rules” to filter who you want to see such as whether they are in a G+ circle, how long they have been subscribed and so forth.

The two things we’re interested in though is engagement and subscribers each for their own reasons.

Secret YouTube Subscribers Hack – Engaging The Engaged

First we’ll look at engagement. Click on the button called Sort by and select Engagement.

What you’ve got is a list of people that tend to interact with your videos a lot – essentially, great fans. The most engaged are at the top and the least on the bottom.

YouTube doesn’t give us the exact details about who these people are but as far as I can tell the list tends to vary a lot from time to time and it doesn’t show everyone.

My channel has close to 2000 subscribers and my list of Fans is only 100 people.

It’s also a little strange how these people are picked as my channel gets comments on a daily basis but only 6 people with recent comments are shown.

Nonetheless we know that these people are people that have recently been actively engaged with your channel.

Why Is This Awesome?

First off if you use any kind of YouTube bot you now have the usernames of your best fans.

YouTube’s subscription system is notorious for failing to show all your subscribers your new video uploads so now if you upload a new video, you can add in these usernames and ensure that your top fans get a personal message about the video.

Not only will that make them feel pretty d*** cool and part of the “awesome inner circle” but it will also ensure that you get your video out to people who are likely to interact with it.

And interacting means better rankings, which means more views. It is a great ‘seed’ to get things going.

If they have their Google+ profile connected (which the vast majority does now) YouTube has made it super easy to post a message to their profile.

In this message you can include links, videos, and photos. If you run a channel that is centred around affiliate marketing, this could be an absolute goldmine for you.

how to get subscribers on youtube hack

Targeting The Top Dogs

Remember I also talked about sorting by Subscribers? Let’s take a look at how to use that to our advantage quickly.

Same as before click on Sort by but now you choose Subscribers instead of “Engagement”.

Contrary to what you might think, this isn’t about your subscribers, but their subscribers!

sort by youtube subscribers

I highly suggest you pop back and check this often as the list tends to change a lot!

Currently my list holds a person with 1000 subscribers and 5 with over 100 subscribers. 2 weeks ago I spotted one with 7k subscribers so keep an eye out!

Why is this great information?

Because you now know people that are interested in your videos, and have a following of their own. If you’re looking to gain more subscribers this is a great list to have.

You can message them about video collaborations, shout outs and all the other good stuff! And you can do this knowing that they have already watched your videos!

It’s like writing an email to another blog owner that you know have followers and fans on their blog AND also read your blog.

With YouTube, you get that list of people free of charge in 2 clicks.

How To Use The List

On my old channel TokyoZeplin I used to do quite a lot of huge collaborations with other users (20+ in a single video).

This is an example of how I use these lists-

Come up with a great idea for a big collaboration. On my old channel this was “What do you find s*** about Japan?” (it was a Japan themed channel).

The ones who wish to collaborate, then send you a small clip saying what they find s***.

Once you get a few responses you can mix this together in a longer video, add some nice editing, some music and bamf, great video!

What do they get out of it? Well you will include their channel name in the video whenever they appear on-screen with a linked annotation along with a link in the description.

When contacting them make sure that you ask or set as a requirement that they make a short video linking to yours when it’s uploaded.

This is a win-win for everyone.

You get tons of links and viewers to your video from all the other channels.

As the video gets more popular the other channels also gain more publicity from everyone linking to it by seeing them on screen and following back to their own channels afterwards.

If you’re not very good at editing there’s a ton of great free tutorials on all editing programs on YouTube.

But if you don’t have the time to learn I would suggest hopping over to the YTtalk forums and making a thread about your project.

There’s a lot of semi-desperate YouTubers there that would love a chance to get a link/mention in the video in return for editing it together.

You can also contact users about creating a video for their channel much like you would contact a blogger about a guest post on their blog.

Creating a Google+ Circle

Last but not least you can also create a G+ Circle with your top fans in it automatically through the Community tab.

While in the tab, click on Insights. If it’s your first time doing it you’ll be prompted to create a G+ circle so just do that, and wait while it gathers information.

create a youtube circle

It seems to have limited advantages right now as it only adds your top 10 fans. I’m assuming that later on YouTube will expand it or make it easier to continually add more fans to the list.

Once the list is created however you’ll get information on what other channels your fans usually watch, what other videos they seem interested in and some demographic information.

Essentially a breakdown of your top fans and their interests. Since it’s only 10 its limited to what you can do but it’s a feature I would keep an eye on!

It is also worth noting that at the moment you can only access the fans tab if you have 1,000 subscribers or more.

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Wrapping It Up

YouTubes new changes are great for outreach and makes finding engaged fans easy. It makes for a great, easy to use YouTube hack to grow your channel.

You can use it to ensure your fans watch your latest videos, get comments/likes, connect easily with them on G+ and find great chances for collaboration with “YouTube guest posting” so to speak.

Lastly you can use it to gain insight into what other channels and videos your users tend to find interesting which is great information when choosing your next video topic!

So if you’re starting up your YouTube channel and career or just use YouTube as a supplement to your website/blog, I highly suggest you take advantage of the YouTube hack you have learned today.

If you liked this post you can learn more about Philip Zeplin on his blog or his YouTube channel.

I would love to hear what you think about my YouTube subscribers hack!

Matt Edit: Don’t forget to check out my awesome YouTube marketing series for more great tips!

38 Responses

  1. 8.8.2014

    Hey Matt, thanks for the heads up! I actually did not know this happened until I read your post.

    Timing is just right as I am starting to roll out my own videos to youtube hopefully to target a great number of traffic.

    On a side note, what are your thoughts of creating a Google+ Page instead of using your personal Google+ profile? Are there any differences?

  2. 8.8.2014

    Awesome Matthew!
    A great honor was bestowed upon my family name this day, appearing on this blog!
    Seriously though, awesome!

    • August 9th, 2014 at 3:19 am

      No worrys, sorry for the months and months of delay in getting it published for you!

  3. 8.8.2014

    This is fantastic information. I’ve really been feeling that my communication was lacking on YouTube past a perfunctory comment or channel response.

    My only problem is that I can’t find that Sort button anywhere. When I click on Community, it takes me to a page of recent comments and interactions, but my page looks different from your screen cap. No engagement bar or number of subscribers.

    So I’m sure I’m missing a single simple click somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it. Would love some help on that. :)

    • August 9th, 2014 at 3:19 am

      Hopefully Phillip will chime in with an answer here :)

    • August 9th, 2014 at 3:57 pm


      I’ve heard the same from a few others as well, and frankly, I’m not entirely sure why!
      My first thought was that it was probably restricted to phone verified channels, but it’s happening to them too.
      My next thought was channel age, but one person has a 2 year old channel, and also can’t find it.

      How many subscribers do you have? Maybe it’s locked until, say, 1000 subs or something. I’m looking into it though!

  4. 8.8.2014

    There’s a lot of work to be done till I do YouTube marketing for my forum, still working at foundation, very little steps but moving forward. I’ll keep your tips in mind Matthew!

    • August 9th, 2014 at 3:18 am

      I would be interested to see how you use YouTube to promote a forum!

  5. Greg

    Matthew, once again a great way to look at things a little differently to capitalize on benefits. I appreciate how you consistently show the step by step process.

    My YT channels do not show a sort by or engagement tabs. Does a channel need to have a certain level or number of subs for these to be options?

    Thanks, Greg
    (and enjoy the Summit)

    • August 9th, 2014 at 3:17 am

      Hi Greg,

      This isn’t my post but I will approve your comment for an expert answer :)

    • August 9th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      A few people are having that issue, and I’m not entirely sure why yet! Looking into it though, and when I know, I’ll be sure to get back here!

    • August 15th, 2014 at 6:04 am

      It “unlocks” at a 1000 subs (which isn’t THAT much), so you should get it soon!

  6. 8.8.2014

    I’m launching my youtube video and all your advices are like gold, I’ve got to do list, and it’s all from your blog!


    • August 9th, 2014 at 3:15 am

      Sounds awesome! Let me know if you have any questions!

    • August 9th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Glad you liked it, and best of luck with your YouTube channel!

  7. Nikhil Waghdhare

    Hey Philip,

    Great post buddy. Youtube is worlds second largest search engine. This tactic is great to drive more attention from your fans readers.
    I like this tutorial. Thank you for sharing this with us buddy… :)

  8. Charles Floate

    Nice Tutorial Phil! :) I never knew about the community area, I guess I’m just lazy when it comes to exploring new interfaces XD

    Have you had a chance to check out YouTube Fan Finder, and if so, what’s your opinion on it? Seen much good come from using it, thus far? I was looking to make a video to use directly for it but haven’t had a chance to yet.

    • August 9th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you!

      Tried the Fan Finder ages ago, I believe it’s still “on”, got absolutely zero results :S That seems to be the general notion from others too.

      • Charles Floate
        August 13th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

        Yeh, seems either it’s only the “big guys” that can use it effectively or YouTube just wants to promote Ads and not actual content :P

  9. 8.9.2014

    I love the detail in your post. I especially like the collaboration part.

  10. 8.9.2014

    This was great! I’m very interested in what you were saying about collaborating with other YouTube channels to help increase each other’s reach.

    Do you have an example of a video we could watch to see what this looks like? Also, do you happen to talk in more depth on this topic anywhere?

    Again, great overview— thanks!

  11. 8.9.2014

    Hey matt i am your huge fan. its just awesome buddy!!!

  12. 8.9.2014

    Hi Philip and Matt.

    Thanks you for releasing this article at the right when i would like to start a youtube channel for my new blog.

    I really enjoyed reading the tutorial especially where you talked about how to add fans to Google+ automatically.

    This is awesome.

    Oloyede Jamiu

  13. 8.9.2014

    I have a problem, but in my country youtube not have these apparence, I’m Mexican.

    La apariencia de Youtube no es la misma como la de mi país, aún tiene la característica de tiempo atrás.

  14. 8.11.2014

    Muy buen aporte gracias (Y), Saludos

  15. 8.12.2014

    Thanks Matthew, I know that YouTube is something I have to spend some more time on so these tips are going to really be useful to me. I really like the idea of sending a personal message to those who engage most with my videos!

  16. 8.12.2014

    I try to promote my youtube chanel, and your tips is very helpfull.
    Thank you.

  17. 8.20.2014

    Thanks Matthew. I created some video and uploaded. I get more visitor from it. I try to promote my video on youtube. I really enjoyed reading your tutorial.

  18. 6.21.2016

    Great post buddy. Youtube is worlds second largest search engine. This tactic is great to drive more attention from your fans readers.
    I like this tutorial. Thank you for sharing this with us buddy…

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