Let’s face it – vlogging is hard work, and it is tempting to take a short cut and buy YouTube subscribers and views to give your channel a kick start.
But is it worth it?
Getting real YouTube subscribers is a tough pill to swallow. In an era full of thousands of video channels and content, it is hard to stand out and get your fair share of subscribers. You can’t just turn on your YouTube camera, and expect anyone to notice.
That is why services were invented to buy YouTube subscribers – to help channels build what LOOKS like a solid base of followers, and speed up the process of building a real army of fans.
The subject of buying subscribers on YouTube is often discussed. While for some it is completely unethical, for others it’s a good practice to boost up the views and kick-start the earning process.
What most people don’t realize, is that buying subscribers, views, likes, and comments on YouTube and other major sites is a common online service today.
Often, the purchased YouTube subscriptions are instantly rolled in, meaning that you have the number you paid for available on your YouTube channel in a matter of minutes – or hours.
Sounds pretty good right?
Keep reading, because it isn’t as simple as it seems.
In some cases you can buy legitimate promotion that will get your content in front of real people.
In most of the cases, views, likes and subscriptions available for purchase are offered by websites that work with ‘bots’ or automatic subscriptions from multiple IP addresses that they manage and organize.
While bots can do a lot of amazing things, you need to be careful when they are involved with subscriptions that you bought on YouTube.
The Pros Of Buying YouTube Subscriptions
YouTube has grown a TON over the past decade.
It has become world’s second largest search engine. It is not just a video platform – but one of the fastest growing social networks that leverage video content to engage and connect with user.
Rising to the top has never been more lucrative, with the highest earning YouTubers making millions of dollars every year.
Beyond the money, many people create videos out of passion, and have earned the praise and respect of millions of others like them. A remarkable number of those people could now be considered ‘internet famous’ with an exciting work-for yourself-lifestyle that most of us only dream about.
This is why so many people look for short cuts – the rewards are awesome.
So why buy subscribers? Well, (in theory) because it can get you to these rewards faster.
The main benefit of buying subscribers is the social proof. Simply put, people are more likely to do something if they know that other people are doing it cool. For example, if you see a YouTube channel with 100k subscribers, you are more likely to subscribe to it too.
If that many people are following, it must be good right?
This is why we often see YouTubers hit a tipping point where their page looks legitimate enough to warrant a subscription, and then things take off.
Getting subscribers, leads to more subscribers, which leads to faster growth to the channel overall. Buying YouTube subscriptions increases the natural subscribers quicker because of this domino effect.
This can be a game changer – you can gain real fans through social proof, grow your audience, and monetize your channel quickly through endorsements and ads.
In a nutshell, buying YouTube subscriptions is a strategy to strengthen your social credibility, and speed up your organic channel growth. You will look more reputable to people and it is more likely to get more subscribers by doing so.
If you are promoting a business, your online sales and conversions may increase too, and the subscriber count on your channel will let people know that it is actually worth watching and subscribing to.
But there is another important side to consider…
The Cons Of Buying YouTube Subscriptions
Just like almost every questionable practice in the digital world, buying YouTube subscriptions comes with risks. We will show you some specific scams to avoid later in the post.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from people who are about to buy YouTube subscribers.
Are they real subscribers?
In most cases when you buy YouTube subscribers, you are not buying real subscribers at all – only a number that boosts your social proof.
In other words, this practice often gets you a fictional number of YouTube subscribers that won’t help to bring people power to anything important that you are discussing. It won’t mean traffic for your website, money for your cause etc.
What they will do is create the appearance of popularity which will help you more organic YouTube subscribers.
Another disadvantage is the fact that you won’t have any interaction with your paid YouTube subscribers. This means that even if you have 100k YouTube subscribers on your channel, your content won’t receive any comments. You could also have 100k subs and 3,000 views per video. This might look fishy to real viewers.
Can I get banned?
The short answer is yes.
YouTube does technically allow people to pay for services that help to promote videos through legitimate channels to get new viewers – in fact they expect it. We discuss some of these options later.
Where they draw the line is when they detect manipulative practices, or automated views generated by bots.
Let’s take a look at what they say about buying views in the Google support portal.
The takeaway here is to make sure that anyone you hire for views is doing it through Marketing best practices (such as legitimate social promotion and blog networks) that result in real humans choosing to watch your video. If your content is good, then those views will lead to more social shares, and more subscriptions.
If a service is buying fake users to automatically follow your channel, then you need to be very careful. It is not uncommon for channels to be removed for trying to game view and subscriber counts.
If you are working with any service, make sure that they do not break the rules detailed above. Losing your channel is not worth it!
Could I get scammed?
Again, the answer here is yes.
There are many services out there, and unfortunately most of them have almost entirely negative reviews. The most common complaints are a lack of customer service, no refund policy, and subscribers that appear one day and then disappear the next.
Possible Scams to Avoid
We have looked at many vendors who sell likes, views and subscribers on YouTube. Here are a few that are untrustworthy and should be avoided:
- QQTube – Views don’t always stick, and slow customer service
- BoostLikes – Deemed untrustworthy by many users
- PurchaseYouTubeLikes – Many users claim this is a complete scam
- Rush Views – Significant risk your video will be removed by YouTube
There many services that work and have helped channels to ramp up their subscriber counts. Here are some of the many popular YouTube subscription services where you can buy subscribers from include
If you buy YouTube subscribers…
As we have said, buying YouTube Subscriptions and views is a risky process, and will never replace hard work, promotion, and and great content. That is the difficult, but satisfying route that we recommend.
If you do have budget to spend on promotion, then you can look at services that help you Market to large networks of viewers, and trust that your content is good enough for those real viewers to hit the subscribe button.
We discuss two of those later.
However, if your mind is made up and you want to jump start your channel with a large batch of subscribers, then keep these things in mind:
Understand where the subscribers come from:
As we mentioned, there are legitimate promo partners out there who will get your videos in front of real people. If the content is good, those people will subscribe.
Don’t add a huge number all at once
If your account is spammed with a high number of new subscribers then it will be a red flag to YouTube that there is something fishy going on.
Test out the vendor’s customer service
One of the biggest complaints that customers have with many services we have looked at is the terrible customer service. If you can get a real person responding to your email or returning your calls then there is a much better chance that it will be money well spent.
By the way you should – NEVER give away your login details for your YouTube account. If they ask, just ignore it.
Look for their refund policy
Ideally you will not need to ask for a refund, but be sure you know what happens if you will. The most trustworthy vendors will use PayPal.
Most Reputable Vendors to Buy YouTube Subscribers
Of all the vendors we have researched who sell YouTube subscribers, Devumi has the strongest reputation and appears to be the most consistent. Though not perfect, there are many positive reviews around the internet that vouch for its credibility.
Themarketingheaven is another service with a relatively strong reputation. They remind visitors to their website that earning subscribers through views is the best approach, but do offer a paid service for new subscribers.
Both of these services stand-out among the dozens who claim to sell YouTube subscribers. They use PayPal for payments, have an https secured domain name and an up to date website.
Please be note that we can’t guarantee results for either of these services.
If you have a larger budget and some more patience, then Promolta and Taboola are your strongest options to pay to get in front of viewers that can convert into subscribers.
Taboola is an established (2007) internet discovery platform. It works with a large network of sites on the web who advertise content on Taboola’s behalf. Their pricing starts at $10 per day, and can get your video in front of users on sites like USA TODAY, Business Insider, and The Weather Channel. They claim to have over 1 Billion unique visitors view their ads each MONTH, so it is safe to say that you will get some eye balls on your video if you are willing to pay up.
Promolta is relatively new (2013) and claims to have a large network of sites around the internet where they can post your video. According to their website, your video will be promoted on ‘targeted blogs, sites, games, apps and social networks.’ This means that in theory they will have a link to your video appearing as an ad on websites where your ideal viewer is likely to be. If your video catches their eye, the user will watch, and some will subscribe for more.
A Final Word
There are many ways to grow your subscribers, and any short cuts will come with risk. If you have some money to spend then there are some decent options out there, but you should always be careful with your channel.
Are you thinking about buying YouTube subscribers? Have you tried buying subscribers or views in the past? Let us know in the comments who we should add to our list of trusted vendors, and who belongs in the ‘scam’ bin!