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How Long Does It Take to Get 100 Subscribers on YouTube?
A question we receive from creators all the time is, "how long does it take to get 100 subscribers on YouTube?" Well, we won’t keep you in suspense. Our answer is roughly two months or approximately 61 days.
How did we get this number? By asking you, of course.
On the community tab of vidIQ’s YouTube channel, we asked creators how long it took them to gain 100 subscribers on YouTube. More than 13K people responded to our poll, and here are the anecdotal results:
As you can see, 58% of respondents haven’t reached 100 subscribers yet. That left 5.5K creators we could get some kind of data from.
If we only include those respondents, here are the new percentages of how long it took some creators to reach 100 subscribers:
- Less than 10 days: 19%
- Less than 50 days: 26%
- Less than 100 days: 24%
- Less than 365 days: 31%
Before we go any further, we need to add a quick disclaimer. The poll results above are purely anecdotal. They aren’t scientific by any means and don’t represent official vidIQ data.
Nonetheless, we did some extra math to see if our results seemed believable. With basic addition, we know that 45% of respondents reached 100 subscribers in less than 50 days. And 55% of respondents accomplished the same goal in less than 365 days. With extra calculating and extrapolations (all speculative, really), we found that it takes 61 days on average to reach 100 YouTube subscribers.
We’re not mathematicians, so that number could be wrong. It just feels right and aligns with what we’ve noticed on YouTube. To see how we arrived at that number, watch the video below:
Also, if you’re way better at math, tweet us your answer at @vidIQ.
What Else Can We Calculate?
We’re answering the 100 subscriber question anecdotally, so here’s a fun theory. If we pretend 61 days is the proper answer, that means you’d need to gain 1.6 subscribers each day to reach 100 subscribers in two months.
We could go a step further and assume that you plan to post two YouTube videos each week. Over the course of 61 days, you would need to post just under nine videos to reach 100 subscribers, which seems very low. But it would also mean that each video needs to generate about 11.5 subscribers.
MrBeast is a popular creator we like to mention now and then, so let’s use his 50M subscribers to benchmark some more theories. If you divide MrBeast's 8.5B views by his 50M subscribers, you get a nice round number of 170 views per subscriber.
When we pump all of this back into our anecdotal numbers game, it actually takes more than 61 days to reach 100 subscribers. Plus, you’d need 17K views total (or 278 views per day) to get there. If you wanted to do it in 61 days exactly, you’d need to make 8.7 videos that each generate 1,954 views.
Gaining YouTube Subscribers Is About More Than the Numbers
The data above is what many creators want to see. They want to know how long it takes to get a certain amount of views or subscribers on YouTube.
The only problem with trying to come with a solid answer is that the math doesn’t make sense. It’s hard to calculate on-camera likeability, the quality of your keywords, or how attractive your thumbnails look. But somehow, you need to measure those things because they can help your YouTube channel grow.
This is where vidIQ can help. When you install our browser extension, you'll get access to:
- Keyword research for dominating YouTube search results
- A tool that compares your thumbnails to your competitor’s
- A channel audit tool that shows which videos attract the most subscribers
What You Should Actually Focus on As a New Creator
When you start your YouTube journey, it won’t be easy or feasible to follow one specific plan. Most likely, you won’t post two videos each week and earn exactly 100 subscribers in 61 days. You’ll probably try new things to see what works best, which could mean posting five videos one week and three videos the next.
Also, the distribution of views and subscribers doesn’t adhere to a strict formula. Some videos will get less than 10 views and earn you no subscribers; Next week, a video may get hundreds of views and attract 25 subscribers.
When you’re just starting out on YouTube, take care of the basics. Give your channel a distinct niche, create eye-catching thumbnails for your videos, and double down on what works. That will earn you more subscribers than any YouTube posting formula.