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1000 subs on YouTube – how long does it really take?

When starting a YouTube channel, the big goal is to hit 1000 subscribers.


Once you hit 1000 subscribers, you then qualify for monetization. There are other factors but hitting 1000 subs is the milestone every YouTuber wants to hit. Although 1000 subscribers may not seem like a lot, it can be extremely difficult to build your channel.

I recently hit 1000 subs on my YouTube channel, yay and I want to share my experience along with some statistics that are out there about growing your channel.

Stick around to the end of the post to get exclusive tips on how I reached 1000 subscribers and how you can too.

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Some stats

When researching for this post, I came across a number of different statistics for how long it would take to reach 1000 subscribers, according to YouTube professionals.

Tube Buddy

If you’re still new to YouTube and haven’t downloaded Tube Buddy, that is the first thing to do.

What is Tube Buddy?

Tube Buddy is an extension that you can add to Chrome that will display YouTube analytics and also provide tag suggestions. For the free plan, you only receive three free tags per video.

They also have a blog that provides YouTube tips and wrote a post in November 2020 stating that their partnership manager was able to hit 1000 subscribers after 18 months of creating videos.

Sadly it didn’t say how many videos he had created but that was the time scale.



VidIQ is an alternative to Tube Buddy but offers similar features. They also released a video on building 1000 subscribers and how long it actually takes to build 1000 subscribers.

They created a poll that had around sixteen thousand votes on how long it took people to reach 1000 subscribers.

79% of voters said they had not yet reached 1000 subscribers, which shows that it is really difficult to reach that milestone.

In the poll, they came to a conclusion that it takes around 9 months to reach 1000 subs but then compared that to the general statistic of it taking 22 months and found an average of 15.5 months to hit 1000 subscribers.

Related: How to increase your watch time duration.

My personal experience

I recently reached 1000 subscribers on my channel – Travels of an Anxious Gal, and I wanted to share how long it took my channel to grow and what my statistics were.

I posted my first YouTube video on the 4th of March which is currently sitting at 633 views.

I hit 1k subs last week, therefore it took me 7 months to reach 1000 subscribers on my YouTube Channel.

Although this is slightly quicker than the average, I really saw my channel grow over the last few months when I started to increase my posting schedule.

A screenshot of my recent analytics to show that I reached 1000 subs within 7 months.

As you can see from the above chart, I really started to see growth in my subscribers in July once I started posting 2 to 3 times per week. In one week, I posted 4 videos and saw a spike shortly after.

Related: How to grow on YouTube – how I got 25k views in my first 3 months.


Although hitting 1000 is the big goal, hitting 1000 subscribers doesn’t mean that you can apply for monetization on YouTube.

The requirements that you need to hit in order to make money from YouTube is:

  • 1000 subscribers
  • 2-factor authentication
  • 0 strikes
  • 4000 watch hours

The hardest metric to hit is the 4000 watch hours.


You could hit 2k views on a video but users could be watching for only 20 seconds. Therefore, it’s about the watch duration and not views.

Related: How to get your first 100 subs on YouTube.


Is there a quicker way?

Simple answer, no. There is no quick way of gaining your first 1000 subscribers. The easiest way to grow on YouTube is by being consistent and posting useful/enjoyable content for your viewers.

Things you can do to improve your YouTube account:

  • Invest in your equipment. Everyone has to start somewhere so, whatever you have will work but invest in your equipment as it makes a huge difference to the quality of your videos. I currently use the Sony ZV-1 to film all my videos.
  • Check what is working for other YouTubers. Trends are important, although a lot of my videos don’t follow trends, I do research what other travel YouTubers are doing and what worked within my niche previously.
  • Use all 500 characters of tags. There are 500 characters there to use. Use them. You can use the website we mentioned above – Tube Buddy – for tag suggestions, they provide 3 free per video, or you can do some good old fashioned research. Ensure that you use all tags to fully optimize your videos. This helps YouTube with SEO.
  • Use other social media to promote your channel. Make use of all your social media channels. Promote your videos across all platforms. My main platform for marketing my videos is Twitter.
  • Set goals for your YouTube growth. Use SMART goals to stay motivated. Using realistic goals will help with motivation along with your channel growth.
  • Don’t give up. The best advice we can give a new channel starting out is, don’t give up. Although there are slow days, even weeks. Don’t let slow days get you down. Keep making content as consistency is key.

Related: How to achieve blogging goals.

How to achieve 1000 subs on YouTube

Building your YouTube account isn’t easy but it’s a process that’s worth it.

There is no right or wrong time scale when building your first 1000 subs on YouTube but with hard work, consistency and passion, your account will be sky-rocketing in no time.

Remember to:

  • Use your analytics to see when your audience is most active.
  • Take the time to promote your videos throughout your social media.
  • Use all the features available (tags, keywords etc)

What tips have helped you grow on YouTube?

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Lauren

    I would love to set up a YouTube for my planning spreads and show different planner and organisation videos. But I definitely do not have the confidence to do it.

    I can imagine that getting to a 1,000 takes work but what an awesome achievement when you make that first 1,000. Thank you for sharing this helpful post for people who are thinking about starting or trying to grow their channel.

    Lauren –

  2. Monique

    I doubt I’ll ever have my own youtube channel but it’s inspiring to read this! It’s just like growing a blog. Takes time, consistent posting, and quality content to get loyal readers. Congrats, girl!! You’re hardworking and deserve every bit of it.

  3. Seriah Sargenton

    I want to set up a YouTube, but I feel like it would be a lot of work. Thanks for the information.

  4. congrats on 1,000 subs on your channel! checked out your channel today – and i’m loving them!
    this post was very insightful & it’s so nice you shared the inside scoop of increasing your follower count on youtube.

  5. Lauren

    Congrats on hitting 1k subs!! It’s taking me forever to get to 500 so props to you!

  6. Jaya Avendel

    Congratulations on reaching this milestone! It is interesting to me, as someone who has only used Youtube to watch content, that it is the watch hours, not the total view counts, that are more important. I hope you hit the 4k requirement on the head soon, if you have not already.

    Tube Buddy sounds extremely helpful to anyone looking to see how others in the same niche are tagging their videos. I will check it out, as I am always looking to expand my knowledge of different sharing platforms. 🙂

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