monetized after implementing key components to channel
What would you do if you’d been working on a YouTube channel for over seven years, had slowly grown it to 2,000 subscribers, but it still wasn’t monetized??
Would you throw in the towel and decide to quit wasting your time? Or would you double down and figure out how to FIX your channel and get it to start actually making you money?
Saloua was at this very crossroads before joining Creator Fast Track. She sat right around 2,000 subscribers but didn’t have much to show for it.
What did she decide to do? She resolved to make YouTube work for her.
Saloua Ibaline is a certified business coach who helps people start an online business so that they can travel and work from anywhere. She’s passionate about this because she is also a full-time digital nomad, traveling from country to country, working from her laptop! In the last three years she’s traveled to 3 continents and 28 countries, working wherever she wants.
Her YouTube channel, Saloua Ibaline TV started as an interview show where she hosted conversations with other women entrepreneurs, but after a full year of investing time and money into that idea, she quit because she wasn’t getting any traction.
A couple of years later, a friend encouraged her that she needed to start a channel about being a full-time digital nomad, but Saloua hesitated at first to see any possibilities with that:
“I said to myself, “People want to know that? Like, they don’t care…” Then I started doing more research, and I found out there’s a lot of videos like that. People are filming everything from what they eat to where they go, and I was like, do people really want to know this? I found out they actually do because they need to learn the behind the scenes.”
So she decided to take the plunge and jump back into YouTube, but this time creating a channel about being a digital nomad sharing lifestyle, entrepreneurship, and travel tips. Though she had nearly 2,000 subscribers before joining Creator Fast Track, she still didn’t have the necessary watch hours for monetization.
“I already had 2,000 subscribers when I joined Creator Fast Track, but I was not monetized yet. And that’s where I was really thinking about taking my channel to the next level, and I didn’t understand what I was not doing right with my channel… I figured that out in the course!”
She came into Creator Fast Track ready to learn. The investment didn’t matter much to her as long as she could find what she needed inside, and she did. Focusing on what it would take to get to the next level, she honed in on the keyword research and search volume lessons that Gillian teaches in depth, and it helped her see what her audience actually wanted to learn from her!
“If I have to look back on when I started my channel in 2013, I was making content that I thought would be interesting to people. I realized if I don’t do the research first to see what people are looking for, I’m just going to spend time, energy, and money doing things that are just going to sit there.”
Since Saloua learned the Fast Track keyword research strategy she’s been able to more than double her subscribers this past year! She’s finally been able to take her YouTube channel from a passion project to a profitable part of her business.