Target your community
YouTube has a video for everyone. Find your niche so you can rally a diehard community of fans.
Find your niche
When creators first start out, many assume it’s best to make their videos appeal to the broadest audience possible. However, time and time again we’ve seen creators find success by tapping into a small yet passionate niche community. These niches vary in size from huge communities, like those who play the game Minecraft, to smaller communities like antique doll collectors. Groups like these are seldom served by traditional media, so they’re extra enthusiastic when they find a show tailored to their interests -- and this enthusiasm can lead to more views, watch time, and engagement. Viewers feel like they’ve finally found a show made specifically for them.
See it in action
Scientific nichesThis video and associated channel target the niche community of those interested in natural history. (Video in English)
Australian and American junk food loversThis video clearly targets two different populations: Australia and the United States. (Video in English)
Hobbies and collector’s itemsThis channel trailer makes it clear that RaceGrooves was created for enthusiasts of toy cars. (Video in English)
Language-specific audiencesThis channel attempts to connect with Sri Lankans, and those who know Sri Lankans, with humor and a language-specific topic. (Video in English)
Dive into your own passions
When considering reaching out to a niche audience, it’s vitally important that you feel connected to that niche and share the audience’s passion. This will ensure that your videos come off as genuine and authentic.
Take plenty of time to think about the subjects you love. Perhaps it’s acrylic painting? Working out? Baseball? Being a mom? Do some soul-searching and decide which topics you would enjoy making videos around.
Explore related communities, on and off YouTube
After narrowing down your niche interests, consider researching relevant communities. Look up blogs on the topic, social media conversations and, of course, YouTube channels. Determine if your interest has found an audience already, and what type of videos are being created for the community.
Targeting a passionate niche audience can often be more effective than going after the masses.
How clearly and with how much detail can you describe your audience?
Who are they, how old are they, and what are their passion points? It might be a good idea to check out YouTube.com/trends to see if your niche is represented.