May 11, 2023

Growth Hacks to Building a YouTube Empire

Growth Hacks to Building a YouTube Empire

Today Greg is joined Austin Lieberman, an investor and content creator. In this episode, Greg and Austin talk about how to optimize YouTube content for creators at every level and why you don't need a massive audience to get the most upside.

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Production Team:
Austin Lieberman:

0:00 - Intro
3:48 - Why you should care about YouTube growth
15:42 - Figure out what works (and double-down)
25:04 - Subscribers: Ask who not how many
32:35 - Your videos are your product


Greg: Austin Lieberman, everyone, welcome to the show.

Austin: Greg, how are you? Thanks for, um, not blocking me when I replied to your, your post with your new YouTube video.

Greg: Okay, let's, let's maybe start with that. So I've been working really hard on growing this YouTube channel as of the last few months, and I'm on Twitter and I'm sort of tweeting about it, and then bam, you come in. What happened? Tell the story.

Austin: Yeah. Um, so I've been a fan of yours for a long time and learned a lot from you and, I know you've done various different things that have been like super successful so, I saw you share, uh, this YouTube video and I go and check out your YouTube channel. And the first thing I see is, um, the title is Everything I Learned this Week.

I was like, okay. Um, so the thing about YouTube is like, I've been trying to learn it as well, and I think it's a huge change for people that have, very large Twitter accounts or like a very large account somewhere else. YouTube is, is so big and has so, so many people viewing it that.

99% of the people on that platform have never heard of you and never heard of me especially. And so I think, um, what a lot of people do who have huge followings on other platforms, is they kind of assume that, like the audience on YouTube is gonna know them and have the same, kinda like trust equity that you've built up with your followers on Twitter over so long, or in your email newsletter or whatever.

And so, I, I think a mistake that I've made and, and that I sort of like alluded to in my reply to your tweet was, it almost felt like you were assuming that people that watched that video know you and so I watched the first 30 seconds or minute of the video and I, I still had like no idea what the video was about and what value I was gonna get out of it.

And while. I know you and I know the value that you bring on a regular basis, so I was willing to watch that because I've, I've followed you on Twitter for a long time. 99% of people that watch that video and come across that video are not gonna do that. And so they're immediately gonna flip away. And so that was kind of what I called out like there's a few.

Best practices, if you will, that I've, I've learned, and, and the biggest one, and this is like a Mr. Beast thing, right? Where it's like within the first 20 to 30 seconds, you have to get people's attention and tell 'em what value they're gonna get out of watching the video. And so, yeah, I mean, that, that was the reply and, um,

Greg: Okay. On that, on that piece. We're recording on YouTube right now. What value are people gonna get by watching this video?

Austin: Yes. That's great. So this should be like what this video starts with, uh, by watching this video. I think people who are maybe working a job and wanting to be a creator or make like, monetize their brand online, uh, and learn how to transition from working a full-time job working on their. Like creator, passion part-time to actually turning that into a business.

Uh, that's kind of what my journey has been like. And I think they'll learn some actual. Tactics and the pro, I'm happy to share the process that I've used over time to not make millions of dollars from my own business right now. I think that's possible in the future, uh, but to make like a livable income and if, if nothing else, then you make a nice side income while you're working a full-time job.

That's, that's I think what, like the most value I can bring to your, to your viewers and your, your audience.

Greg: love that. And maybe let's start with YouTube. Um, if you are trying to build an audience on YouTube, how do you think about that?

Austin: Yeah. Uh, I, I think like in, in my opinion, YouTube is the best place for people to start building an audience outside of also having an email newsletter, um, or a way that they can capture people's emails and, and. Information and be able to contact them on a regular basis. Um, why do I think YouTube is the best place to do that?

Because they've got, uh, massive, a massive audience. Hundreds of millions of people, if not over a billion people, um, on YouTube over the course of a month. And there's, nothing stopping you from, from getting started. They have amazing analytics, so you can, you can see the results of what you're doing.

And it's automatic monetization. So, um, once you reach the YouTube partner program, which is, I think it's a thousand, subscribers and 4,000 watch hours, which feels like a lot, you automatically start getting paid for your videos. You don't have to have any relationships with, um, getting your own. advertising or finding your own brands and sponsors, you can do that in addition to the automatic ad senses you get paid from YouTube.

and, and then in addition to that, every single video you can in, in the description and on your channel, you can link to, um, the digital product that you're selling, the course that you might sell your email newsletter, which is, which is what I do, and affiliate links in, in the description. So, Yeah, I think YouTube is an incredible place to, to start.

And this is what I did. I started in 2000. 22, I guess it was, I think it was March of 2022, started actually creating on YouTube. Um, and have gotten to a point like, um, between August and October of 2022. I'm happy to like screen share and we can go over the analytics.

Um, I got monetized on YouTube and, am now making anywhere between, $300 to $800 a month just from. ad sense on YouTube that they automatically place,

Greg: So I'll show, I'll show mine. If you show

yours. let's play that

Austin: Yeah, let's do

Greg: So I, so I, I have YouTube earn, Or Adden enabled. I recently did it. I'm making about a hundred dollars a month.

Austin: Yep.

Greg: and I actually, you can even see, like I, if I go to the earn tab over here, I literally haven't even put in my banking information. Um, that's how little I care about the a hundred dollars a

Austin: Yep.

Greg: Um, Because to me, , I don't care about the, the actual ad sense. Like to me the value is in, like, I, I have a bunch of businesses, um, that I run. and if I, sort of plug it in the YouTube video, like that's gonna be worth. A hundred times more, uh, than, you know, the a hundred bucks a month.

So the way I see it, and I think, you know, the reason I bring this up is a lot of creators actually are not gonna even care about the ad sensor or earn part of it, and the ad part of it. But, just really care about plugging their products within the YouTube videos.

Austin: Yeah. So a couple things though is like that absence is just a reflection. It's a reflection of a couple things, right? The amount of. viewers that you get on your videos, the amount of time that they're engaged with your videos. uh, it's also based on kind of like the quality of the viewer and it sounds horrible to say this.

I'm not labeling people here, I'm labeling people in terms of, how valuable advertisers view them. And so that comes down to what country are they viewing from, what's their age group. And so even though that hundred dollars for you isn't meaningful, I think it's still like whether we're talking about revenue or.

We're talking about views or view, duration or the, geography or demographics of the audience? I still think it's like a valuable metric because if that number's going up, it means that you are getting a wider reach and a higher quality audience that's gonna be, um, ideal for, you know, your brands or, or other people that you

partner with.

Greg: Oh, don't get me wrong, I wish that number was, you know, 50 x, you know, and, and that's why I brought you on the pod to, to try to under, you know, help me,

you know. I just wanna let people know though that like, it's a metric to keep an eye on, but it's for me, not my core metric.

Austin: do you mind going to, um, um, analytics and then go to audience. So here, like, this is where I think, and, and you may not even know this, cuz again, like your focus is on your businesses and not a hundred percent on like YouTube analytics, right. But

how I think about this is, is for you or any business owner, um, maybe it's a startup that has a YouTube channel and they're trying to use it for top funnel, demand generation or whatever.

The amazing thing about YouTube is, is they have like some of the highest quality analytics in the world.

And so for everybody who's not looking at this on their screen, uh, I have 6,400 subscribers. And, uh, I've never paid a dollar for any type of paid marketing or anything like that. I do all the editing myself. Um, this is entirely, you know, self, self-driven stuff. And then the, I think the, the most important point is if we go to analytics and we go to audience, you can see where people come from.

So I have 50,000. Followers on Twitter, and one of the things I did early on when I was starting the channel, which I'm still early, is I would link to every video on Twitter.

And you would think that that would mean that most of my views would come from Twitter. But actually, so if we go to Lifetime, so we're gonna lifetime analytics, So the views coming from external, uh, Is 2.6%, even though like the vast majority of my following anywhere online is on Twitter. And I used to share a link to every video on Twitter. It, it just to me goes to show you how independent, you know, these platforms are And so, The reason YouTube is so beautiful is these two right here, browse, which is uh, anytime somebody's on the homepage of YouTube and you just are looking at what comes up on your dashboard, that's what those are. 51.6% of all of my views have come from browse. That's why YouTube is like such an important top of funnel, lead generation in my opinion.

And then YouTube search is at 30.6%. And so when you create videos, you sort of have to think about what are you prioritizing for? Are you prioritizing for browse the videos that people will see in their timeline and click on?

Or are you prioritizing for YouTube search? That you're gonna find what are the topics trending on YouTube? What are the topics trending on? Google Analytics, and you could just see it out there in the wild, right? Like right now, AI and anything AI related is getting a ton of search volume.

And so if I wanted to, Orient towards, search then. Right now one of the most popular search topics in the world is ai. And so I would start making videos about, about ai, but, but those are the two important things. And so then what decisions does that drive if you're going for browse or you're going for search?

Um, talked about search a little bit. It all comes down to kind of like keywords and you would want the title of your video in the things you're talking about in the video to be very SEO friendly. Topics. Right? And I'll talk about how I've worked on that in the past on YouTube. with browse by far the most important thing is the thumbnail and then the first like 60 characters in your title.

Those two things have to grab people's attention immediately and get them to click on it. If we go to, I'm gonna go to revenue here and, Get into why I think, for people who are like long form video creators, and by long form I mean anywhere from uh, eight to 12 minute videos is what I would consider long form.

I think shorts are actually a complete. Waste of time and, actually hurt your channel long term. And so right now we've got, um, my revenue chart up and, if we go to. lifetime. I've made $2,959 from YouTube. And again, starting basically August 8th, 2022, I made $3 and 62 cents. And the cool thing about YouTube is, every video you make, I heard Ali Abdal talk about this. Every video you make is like its own little business, right? And it can generate revenue for you forever. for however long YouTube stays relevant and people keep watching. Um, but one thing you notice is in August, I was making $4 a day I jumped to, $32 a day on October 14th, and I jumped to, $86 and 58 cents on October 23rd.

And then it's like slowly gone down, $54 November 2nd, um, November 9th, $22. And so what happened there? Um, I had one video. That was super popular. 134,000 views on one video. Um, there is a difference in. In the amount of revenue you get paid per thousand views. It all comes down to how valuable your viewers are to advertisers.

the way that you can see the kind of the value of your viewer comes down to rpm, which is revenue for every 1000 views. So I got paid $7 and 6 cents on this video for every thousand views.

Right 134,000 views. Um, so 134 times seven is how we get to that $900 that it made. And then, you know, YouTube right here in cpm, which is the playback cost for every thousand views, that tells you how much YouTube is charging advertisers to advertise on your video.

So that is $19 and 56 cents. For this video, I keep $7 and 6 cents, which in my opinion, Uh, is very fair for the creator.

Greg: the crazy thing is it's. growth, right? Like the growth in it. You, I mean, you've, you've been going from a hundred bucks, you have, you know, some months that were 900. But, you know, if you continue doing this, like it's not crazy that you 10 x the amount of revenue you get, you just have to like, stay the course and then, then all of a sudden you're making, you know, thousands of dollars a month.

And that's when you hear about like creators, you know, quitting their job and going full-time on YouTube.

Austin: Yep. And, and the other thing that comes with this too, and you have to like balance this is, I, I haven't done any brand deals where all, everything we're looking at right here on this chart, which if you're listening to this, I'm just showing the chart of revenue over time. It started 112 bucks in August, um, has slowly gone up.

And then I had a few breakout months, um, December, November, and October was 300, 740, and then 922. the average is still kind of trending up over time. Um, the thing about that is like, as that gets bigger and as you get more. Views, it attracts things like brands reaching out, wanting you to feature their product in their video as part of the video.

That's additional revenue. But the other thing too is like startups reaching out that need consulting and they need, they're trying to grow there's a number of different things that you can do from YouTube. And so, I guess just what I wanna share with people is like, you could do this. I have zero video training. Everything I learned was through watching people do it on YouTube and just like learning from other channels, The place.

I got the idea for this video this is the crazy thing about YouTube is like, People have created the blueprint for you. Where I got this idea and made it my own was another channel called, uh, decade Investor.

And this is how I like come up with ideas for videos, right? Like, I'm not, I'm not saying I'm the most creative person in the, in the world and, um, all of these ideas are my own, but I find similar channels to me. So if you're creating a channel, what I think you should do, Is, find people that are not the biggest channels in the world.

So like I'm not looking at Ali Abdal right now and trying to make videos like his, because he's got 3 million subscribers on YouTube. And his videos will be popular if he literally just posts a video with him as the, uh, in the thumbnail. It doesn't matter what his video's about, he's gonna get a hundred thousand plus views.

That's not to take anything away from him, but he's got the subscriber base to do that. So if you're looking for ideas, start with channels that are like mildly more successful than you. And so I was looking at this channel, um, he's a friend of mine, actually, decade investor, 33,000 subscribers. I just went to most popular.

And he has a video that's called, I'm retiring off, just v o o, which is a, uh, an index fund. I saw it had 211,000 views. He made it a year ago. So it's still like relatively. new or, it, it hasn't been that long ago. And then I went and made a video that's called, I'm retiring off just S C H D, which is another et t f and like, here's the thing, here's a secret is like, is it a little clickbait?

Yes. But you have to make the connection in the video to where the thing in the title and the thing in the thumbnail. Is related to your video. It doesn't have to be like a hundred percent what the video is, uh, but it has to be like related and believable, um, for people to actually watch the video, right?

And so, like you don't have to come out and have all of your own ideas. You, you can look at, at what other people have done that has worked and, um, There's a tool, I don't know if you use this, Greg, but it's called TubeBuddy. um, it's like 50 bucks a year. I pay for it. You can go to launch keyword Explorer now.

And so, I, I make finance stuff, but let's, let's say we, we wanna make a video about, how to use chat. G p t. anyways, you could just put kind of like the title in here and use this tool to get an idea and, and again, like a business owner could use this to, to think about, um, marketing their products or whatever.

So it doesn't have to just be for, you know, YouTube nerds like me, um, What this tool does is this side of the tool tells you how your channel ranks compared to other people that are making these videos so we can see the search volume. On YouTube for chat. G P T is excellent.

That's good. But there's a ton of competition. So if I go right now and make a video about chat g p t after never talking about it on my channel before, I'm probably not gonna like, have that much success because you, you don't have that, following and that kind of like brand equity on YouTube to be popular.

Um, and then the optimization strength tells you. How well are the videos that are out there optimized? Are the people optimizing for keywords and titles? Do they have a good thumbnail? That's kind of what that score is. But what I do, and the way that I use this is I'll come up with the title and figure out what my video's gonna be about, and then here This tool gives you all of the keywords and the, the tags that people have used. And so kind of an immediate thing people can do to improve their, YouTube is to just start using a tool like this and start to improve the topics that you're doing and, and make sure there are topics that at least have, you know, somewhat of search volume and then use keywords which.

There's a back and forth about like whether or not you even need keywords, but if you're a small channel, I think you need to be doing everything you know, to put the odds in your favor. You just copy all of these, to the video tag limit. You can copy all of these but that's immediate thing. The other thing I do is I look at the results here. And I see what do these thumbnails look like? And it, and I just use this for me to get an idea of like, which one would I click on? Um, and, and then are they popular or not? And so the, the basics of thumbnails though is like you should never have again, unless you're like some massively popular creator already.

You should never have more than like five words on, on your thumbnail You should even try for under four because if you're browsing YouTube, you're just like scrolling across your screen, right? And so if it's more than four or five words, like people aren't gonna take the time to read that.

Um, and, and so that's what I'll do is I'll just look at some of the, the titles and see kind of what they look like. And then, I just make all of my titles in Canva I've got like a couple. templates in here that I use, and I see the ones that are, most popular. And when I say most popular, I mean I have the best, click through rate and

Greg: going back on those templates, are those templates that you created?

Austin: uh, yes, these are ones that I created and, I just kept it simple though. Like, and, and different things are gonna work for different channels, right? Um, for people listening, I've just got like a black background here. I make finance stuff. Um, so I've got the name of the company I'm talking about on the thumbnail, which in this case it's Amazon and then something big and shocking, right?

Uh, the title here has just bought $90,000, which, uh, is another thing. Like this is not investment advice. I don't recommend anybody go out and do that. Um, It was true. I did that and it's kind of a shocking thing, right? So that drove a decent amount of, views, but the way that you can, you can judge that is impression, click through rate.

And so the thing is, is like you can't see anybody else's click through rate. So that's the tough thing. Um, and then I always wonder like, well, how is my click through rate versus everybody's elses? And the truth is, I don't know. But, what I can see is that, that title that I just talked about, why the title of the video is why I just bought $90,000 of Amazon Stock.

the thumbnail has, two words on it and a company name, the click through rate is 14.4%, which is extremely high. Uh, In my own numbers and a little bit of research I've done, if you can get over 7%, over a 7% clickthrough rate, then that's great. And so that's what I'll do is I'll look at my videos that have performed the best, anything over a 10% clickthrough rate, then I'm gonna keep testing, you know, those style videos and those style, titles and topics.

so the other thing, Greg, that I'll share is like, When you find something that works, uh, double down on it. I started my channel off talking about kind of like my investment journey in individual stocks. Well, then I made this video about S C H D, which is uh, an an E T F exchange traded fund, and it got 134,000 views.

Well, then I tried to make more videos about, S C H D and ETFs, right? And like all of my most popular videos now are basically about S C H D and about ETFs. And so we're kind of getting off topic, Greg, from kind of like what your point was. You know, you use YouTube for your brands and stuff like that.

if you are using it for, a business for yourself and monetization yourself and to make an income yourself if you find something that works and you enjoy talking about it. double down on that because, that S C H D video that I made, the original one I made has 1 million impressions.

Um, most people who watch your videos are not your subscribers. Um, they are just random people on, on YouTube, And so if people subscribe to your channel, they need to kind of like get what they came for to, to stay subscribed, but don't.

limit yourself by thinking, um, if you, if you make this video, your subscribers aren't gonna like it or it's different or whatever. The vast majority of people out there, um, that are watching your videos and again on on YouTube have like, never heard of you and never seen you. And so, um, that's what I think about.

And I, and, and I'm just like, willing to test new things,

Greg: let me show you. Just showed me a hundred things and my, my jaws dropped, literally, like I'm trying to pick it up from the floor and, I'm gonna show you one thing. So go to, go to your dashboard.

YouTube studio dashboard.

Austin: Yeah.

Greg: So, you know, we run a bunch of agencies and sometimes I drop on YouTube, hey, like, we have this innovation agency, we have this design agency, we have this, you know, organic SEO agency that's AI enhanced.

so I'll like drop that. And if you scroll down, Yeah. Recent subscribers. This to me is like, so valuable that I, I think people don't talk about, so you can actually, uh, see who subscribed to your channel.

And also sort them by, you know, date, subscribe, but al, but also subscriber count. So I was noticing like I had like some pretty big people who started subscribing to the where it happens YouTube channel, and I just reached out to them, some of them. So for example, one of them was a senior leader at a Fortune 500 company.

I reached out to him and he was like stoked that I reached out. He was like, whoa, like I subscribed to your channel yesterday. You reach out. All of a sudden, like we're closing a six figure deal and one of like a really cool company doing like innovation work and design work and prototyping all from YouTube.

Austin: that's awesome and thank you for sharing that cuz I had literally never looked at that part. and I think that goes to show like why YouTube can be so valuable for so many different reasons depending on what you're using it for. Like, that is like the perfect use case I think for like you to be using.

YouTube for. And so then, then it comes down to different things, right? It's like, what is your, purpose for using YouTube or whatever platform? And you, you do kind of have to optimize for that, right? so back to like this whole conversation. So for you, like, yeah, it totally makes sense, I think to optimize for your most valuable viewer, uh, optimized for that, which means yes, you, you may give up views because you're not gonna have the most viral titles in the world cuz that's not gonna attract the person that like is the most valuable to you in your business and, and your life.

But I still think like, There's definitely opportunities to increase that, pool as much as possible. making sure in the first 30 seconds of your video the, uh, people know what you're talking about. Basic thumbnail stuff like, you know, things, things like that I think like, can still be super valuable.

But that's a great point where, and that, that's kind of why I think like YouTube shorts. For most people, at least right now, is a total waste of time. Because like, if you think about the audience for shorts and, and I'll just talk about me specifically. my goal with YouTube is like a couple things.

the primary way I make money online right now is through people subscribing to my paid email newsletter. Um, and so, Everything else I do, Twitter, YouTube, whatever is all, in my opinion, top of funnel, to try to funnel more people into my email newsletter eventually. Um, I try to provide like a lot of free value on these different channels.

I think that's like how you grow an audience. But what that means is that, it's tempting on Twitter or on YouTube even to try to make shorts or on Twitter to do like these memes that go viral and get millions of views and stuff like that. But if you do that and you have some meme that goes viral on Twitter, like how valuable is that really to me, getting somebody to trust me?

Enough to then sign up for my newsletter and do it and start a paid subscription. I don't think that's really valuable. And every time I think I do that and I go down that route, I think I'm like losing a little bit of, brand equity, if you will, with the people who are most valuable. so with shorts, I, I shared my long form videos get about seven a $7 rpm, $7 per thousand views, shorts for me right now. And I've looked, and this is kind of, um, what other people are getting as well. 6 cents per thousand views is what I get from shorts. That is 100 times less. Than what I get for my long form videos.

And so what that means is, like we talked about how, your growth can kind of be like exponential over time, right? And so if I'm at, um, a $7 r p m, $7 per thousand views, well if I get. A million views on YouTube, that would be $7,000 a month that I'm getting paid just from YouTube. everybody's different, but I'll just just share my own stuff.

I do finance related stuff. I don't have a lot of editing. I literally just like film it, make some cuts where I sound like an idiot, and then I still sound like an idiot a lot, but I, I sound less like an idiot. And then post it, right? And so I can realistically do, 90 videos a month.

I'm bad at math, so we'll just call it a hundred videos a month, right? And so a hundred videos a month to get to, a million views would be 10,000 views per video? I've seen it in my numbers that I can have a video that pops to 130,000.

on average right now, I'm getting over time, like five to 6,000 views per video. It is a very realistic goal for me to get to that number over time if I keep working at it. in my opinion, what is not realistic for me. Is to get enough views on shorts, to make that 6 cents per short, actually work out economically for me.

But then beyond that, what happens is you may grow your subscriber base from doing shorts, but are those people who subscribe to your channel to watch a, a less than one minute video? A are they the type of person who. If you're on it to market something that that would be valuable for you to market to.

And then B, are they the type of person that's also gonna watch your seven or eight or nine minute video? And if they're not, and if you now all of a sudden have. 500,000 subscribers on YouTube, but none of them care about your long form videos. YouTube's algorithm starts to think like, well, this person's subscribers are seeing these videos and not even clicking on them.

They must not be very good. or if they click on them and watch and click off, quick. And so your view time is low. you start to get penalized from YouTube's algorithm. And so, um, I guess that's just like a, a word of caution. Like I've been very tempted and I've actually started working with an agency and paying them to like, work on some short form videos and I just decided that like, When I really thought about it and after seeing kind of this RPM stuff and then think, thinking through it that it's really not worth my time or the money to, to pay somebody to edit them.

Cause that's a whole nother thing. And I would be much better off just focusing on long form content and, and kind of like sticking to what has worked already, right? So it's like really tempting to, to go with shorts and it's exciting that there's monetization there, but like 6 cents per thousand views to me is just not like, worth it and not livable.

Greg: okay. I, I had a few. game-changing insights that you said. So one is the Ali of Dell. Each YouTube video is a business, and I think the framework for thinking about that is just really smart because it. All the insights that we have to building startups and businesses.

I e build them minimal viable product tests, optimize like all the, basically all the learnings that you, you have from building startups, you can apply that to YouTube. So I think that that was a huge light bulb for me. My only edit to that quote is, not that each YouTube video is a business. It's each, each YouTube video is a product

Austin: Yeah.

Greg: and you optimize the product.

the other thing I learned here is I've actually been spending a lot of time thinking about shorts, but not enough time thinking about longform, which makes no sense because I was like, oh, if I need to grow my subscriber base, I need to, you know, go to shorts, spending a lot of time and money on these shorts when I should be really thinking about what is the process for coming up with titles, thumbnails, um, optimizing that flow using tools like TubeBuddy or Vid iq.

to basically help me there. Even though, to be honest, I kind of hate that. And I hate it because I love art, not science. And to me this feels like more of a science. I'm just gonna be straight with you. I am not going to do everything to optimize my YouTube.

I'm going to do the minimum amount. I wanna optimize me having fun with this channel too. Like as soon as I do that sort of stuff and I'm optimizing, optimizing, I lose that fun bit. So I think it's important for folks to don't over-optimize is, is sort of another insight I have.

Um, what else? What else do you wanna leave people with before we wrap?

Austin: Yeah. Yeah, exactly. So that's a really good point, Greg is like, I talked a lot about optimization. Don't be intimidated by, thinking everything has to be optimized and, and then like, not start, right, like the most important thing that anybody can do if they're thinking about starting is just get started and.

your thumbnails are gonna be bad. Your videos are gonna be bad. You're gonna ramble, your editing's gonna be bad. Your, um, have a good mic cuz like your audio matters far more than video quality. But aside from that, and by good mic. 60 bucks, you can get a good mic. Aside from that, if you're thinking about doing this, get started and then just, it's like so common.

Like improve 1% every, every time or whatever. Um, just get started and then work on one thing at a time that you want to kind of like fix and improve and improve it. And so I felt the exact same thing as you, Greg, not just about like YouTube, but about. Social media in general, right? Like I started on social media when I was active duty in the military, and like literally, especially in my career field, everybody made fun of me for like, being on social media.

then I was like, oh, okay. Social media's dumb. I'm not gonna do that. Well now social media has turned out to be like the most important and most valuable thing I've ever done for my personal income and personal life. It allowed me to get a job after leaving the, like, so many things.

And I would say the same thing about like optimizing at least a little bit and, and not even optimizing, but just don't, Create barriers to your stuff being found that you could easily avoid is, I guess, the, the way I'll put it. And, and then the reason for that is like, yes, it needs to be fun for you, keep doing it.

So it certainly don't over-optimize, but if we think what we're doing is valuable, we have an obligation to help as many people find that as possible while not being tacky.

And so I just try to at least do some things to like not get in my own way and, you know, some simple things to, to help, more people find it. So that's, yes, don't optimize to where you don't make it fun, but you have important stuff to say.

That's valuable to a lot of people, so just like help more people find it basically.

Greg: Appreciate you for coming on Austin. Where, uh, where could folks find you on YouTube?

Austin: If you search Austin Lieberman, you'll find me on YouTube, on Twitter. I'm Lieberman Austin, and then my sub is com. Um, thanks for having me, and I've been a huge fan of yours for a long time, so this is, this is really cool.

Greg: I love it and, um, I appreciate you. I, I know you don't give financial advice, but I definitely watch your SPH video and I definitely bought some PhD after that, so

Austin: Cool. All right, well, cool man. This is fun.

Greg: later.