How I got my first 4000 Subscribers on Youtube for GTV

I know that my chosen title “How I got my first 4000 subscribers on Youtube for GTV” sounds a bit clickbait-y, but I really wanted to write this article, not only for you, but for me. I wanted a way to document the things that I have done and the things that I am about to do.

Way back in 2015, I started creating YouTube videos. In that year, I actually had a team produce my videos. My best friend, April, helped me. The content that I wanted to share were videos that will inspire a lot of starting entrepreneurs and freelancers.

But that enthusiasm for creating videos was replaced by prioritizing the businesses that I was running and starting during that time. Don’t get me wrong. That’s not a bad thing. I just made my own decision on what things I needed to prioritize at that time. As you may know, 2015 was also the time that we thought of Taxumo, and I was also involved in creating two other startups that time. I didn’t have time to create videos for my YouTube channel, GTV.

Fast forward to 2017, the same thing happened again. This time, I wanted to create beauty vlogs. I love studying skin care products, that I created videos on different products. My subscriber base started going up again. But, again, I had to set vlogging aside as during 2018, we at Taxumo, had to prepare for the TRAIN law.

Looking back, I saw everything clearly. The things that I did and the decisions that I mad, and seeing my numbers now gave me clarity on what I could have done differently and what I can do moving forward.

So, I’m writing this blog today, to share with you what my thoughts are and also to remind myself later on what to do.

My Road to 4000 subscribers on Youtube

Tip #1: If you want to achieve something, it’s 100% possible. You just have to decide that you want it.

Looking back, I knew that I wanted to grow my channel. But, I wanted to grow my business more. And this was a decision that I made. I think there was no wrong decision (and I’m sure, as humans, we will justify our decisions regardless of how the decisions turn out… haha!).

Both of these things are important to me, but all of us have limited time, so we need to decide on what weighs more for you at a given point in time.

What I want to impart is that everything is 100% possible. All your dreams are 100% possible. You just need to decide to work on it if you want to turn it into reality.

Tip #2: Know where you are going, but celebrate small wins.

People don’t know the work that is done behind creating each video, no matter how short or long and no matter what the format is. For people like me, with no production team, I think of the content, I write down the script or questions (if it’s an interview), I think of the value the video might be able to bring, I look for the people to interview and invite them, I research about the products and I record the video.

After recording is done, I edit the video, fix the other elements and description on Youtube, check if it’s SEO friendly, monitor metrics, see if topic is engaging, promote the videos, and repeat the cycle.

I know that ultimately, at the end of the day, I want to help people learn something new everyday, especially when it comes to business, career and freelancing. Of course, I won’t let go of other things that I love talking about, too, like beauty, skin care, motherhood and cool, gaming, unique gadgets and purchases. I think that’s what the playlists are for really. Lol!

At the end of the day, what matters is if people get to learn from my videos. That’s what will make me smile. And to my point about celebrating small wins, I rejoice whenever I get to create a video. I celebrate that feeling, because this is what gets me motivated again to create other videos. I love the sense of accomplishment it brings (ako gumawa nyan!). Just take it one day at a time, and when you look back at your metrics (just like this one), you’ll be happy that you focused on creating value and moving the needle a little bit every day.

Views of GTV

Tip #3: Be consistent.

We all know this. When we do something consistently, from aloting one hour a day to develop a skill or one hour a day to workout, it’s impossible that you won’t see any positive change. We will definitely get to the goal that we have set for ourselves.

Things that stop us from being consistent are these things:

  1. You purposely chose to prioritize something else. (In this case, it’s fine. You probably realized that something “weighs” more in your life that you made that intentional decision.)
  2. You are demotivated to continue, because you are not achieving the numbers that you set for yourself. (In this case, revisit your numbers as you may have set the wrong ones. If these are big targets, you may want to break them down so you’re not overwhelmed by the end goal).
  3. You are doing this activity for the wrong reasons and give up easily because of this. (In this case, ask yourself why you are doing this. Is it for money, fame and popularity, selling another product or service, educating others, makes you happy, outlet for your emotions, to pass the time, revenge, etc. Be clear on why you are doing this.)

Tip #4: Look for things that you know you can do (skill) and will enjoy and provides value.

I have always admired people like Julie Nolke (she’s so funny!) because I always wanted to make people laugh. I just know that it’s not a skill that I have. Lol! But what I do have experience with and love talking about is business, entrepreneurship, creating and growing a startup, finance, productivity, marketing, and skin care.

When I started embracing these topics, people naturally gravitated to my channel because they knew exactly what they were going to get. They knew exactly what to expect. So this helped me a lot.

Tip #5: Learn and try out new tools, and invest in tools that works for you.

It was only this year that I got to learn about TubeBuddy. TubeBuddy is a tool that helps you optimize your videos. Honestly, it has helped increase the chances of my videos being seen on Youtube.

You can sign up and test it out: TubeBuddy.

You can learn more about how to get started from this video:

This tool really helped me a lot since I’m the only one preparing, editing, posting and marketing my videos. Check out TubeBuddy; it’s super worth it!

Tip #6: Learn from the most recent video that you did.

During the latter part of reaching 4000 subscribers on Youtube, I watched my metrics because data tells me the story of my viewers. I get to see what they love viewing, and what topics are most engaging for them. With the things that I learn from the previous uploads, I iterate and adjust content, topics, editing, etc.

These are the 6 things that I wanted to share and I, personally, wanted to take note of.

I’ve created 260 uploads since the time that I started and have 336K views so far. I have 4000 subscribers on Youtube as of date. More than these numbers, I’m more excited by the thought that I’ll be sharing the stories of more business owners and enablers in the MSME ecosystem. Looking forward to a great 2021 for all content creators, business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs!

The WHYs of Mommy or Kid Vloggers in the Philippines: Creating YouTube Channels

Two years ago, I started a YouTube Channel ( will the sole purpose of helping spread the word about entrepreneurship. I wanted to interview different entrepreneurs and feature them in my channel. I stopped a bit, but this year, I decided to get back on track and create more videos. My 4 year old daughter, Zeeka, on the other hand, started her channel (ZEEKA EUREKA) and is aspiring to be one of the kid vloggers in the Philippines. She started her channel around around a year ago. he has been consistently creating videos.

I was then curious to know the motives of other mommy vloggers and other kid vloggers on why they created their own Youtube Channels. I came up with questions for them and see what they have to say. Zeeka and I created our own video to answer these questions, too!

Here are some of the mommies that I interviewed. I hope you can subscribe to their channels and support each one! 🙂

Mommy Nina Ricci Bunsoy, 26

What do you or child talk about in the channel?

It’s still a new channel but so far, I’ve been talking about my gimiks with my son and general reviews. It’s a lifestyle channel and I want to balance parenting topics and millenial lifestyle topics.

Why did you start the channel? What’s your goal?

I rebranded my blog this year, and with that, I created this channel. My goal is to be a source of information for food and travel spots, parenting stories, tutorials, and product reviews.

When did you start and what were the hindrances / challenges?

I started this channel just this year. A challenge would be finding time for everything – creating the concept, shooting, and editing. I’m a working mom so it’s hard to look for spare time. Creating content takes time so I try to always find time for it. Sometimes, I do it while commuting or while doing chores. Moms are good multitaskers, right? ????

I also struggled a bit about talking on cam. I want to be really genuine and shyness gets the better of me sometimes. What I did to overcome it is to pretending that I’m telling a story to a friend. It makes talking to a cam feel more natural for me, until I got used to it eventually.

What was the most valuable learning (can be a practical tip) that you learned that you can share?

In my first few tries, I just randomly take videos of spots or events I go to. During editing, I realized I lacked some establishing scenes that would’ve made it better. Since then, I try to make a template for the storyline of my videos. I identify the shots that I need early on so I don’t forget.

Also, don’t let recording take the fun out of the moment. When I feel like I’m spending too much time and energy creating or shooting content, I stop and try to live off cam for awhile. I want to have more time being in the moment vs shooting it.

Mommy Veni Anabo, 33 yo and Raix Anabo, 5 yo

What do you or child talk about in the channel?

In our channel, as it’s name goes – Raix at Play – we do toy unboxing, toy reviews and sharing his adventures!

Why did you start the channel? What’s your goal?

We started this channel because I was inspired by the other channels like Ryan Toy Review and Funnel Vision. I thought that since Raix has a lot of toys, so why not take a video of it! He gets more toys, gets to practice his socialization skills and also in time, even monetize our videos!

When did you start and what were the hindrances / challenges?

We started August 2016. We use my mobile phone to take videos and edit it using Windows Movie Maker. Having limited resources for taking videos and editing it are the most challenging parts for me. With my desktop, it really takes too much of my time just to finish editing a single video. Also, with WMM, editing is very limited.

What was the most valuable learning (can be a practical tip) that you learned that you can share?

Since we are still in our learning stage and familiarizing myself with the technicalities in YouTube, what I can share to the moms out there who are planning to start their own YouTube Channel is to start with what you have. Every successful YouTube Creator I know started from scratch. You can start by sharing a video of your kid’s everyday adventures, no need to buy new toys to unbox, you may do a review of their old toys. Most important part of it is to have FUN!

Ren Martinez, 9 years old

What do you or child talk about in the channel?

He makes videos about toys usually for boys. He also makes videos of the restaurants and fast foods we have visited and other new and interesting food we saw in the market. His dad helps in answering some of the messages and comments in this channel.

Why did you start the channel? What’s your goal?

He likes to watch toy reviews and he and his dad got interested in creating their own. His dad was the one in charge filming and editing his videos. Our goal is for him to practice speaking because at school they have this quarterly reporting in front of the whole class. Plus of course, we want him to have passive income in the future.

Also as some of you might know, he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and we would like to inspire others that they can do things just like the other kids do.

When did you start and what were the hindrances / challenges?
He started last September 2015. One of the challenges is that how to be original because there are a lot of kids doing it. We are always thinking on how he will be unique and stand out.

What was the most valuable learning (can be a practical tip) that you learned that you can share?
We believe in quality not quantity. We don’t just upload videos just for the sake of uploading we take time to edit it, review it then when all is good that’s the time we share it.

Mommy Jenelyn Ubongen, 32 and Marshall, 3

What do you or child talk about in the channel?

Aside from adventures, most of our videos are actually my son and I’s activities, predominantly the letter of the week activities.

Why did you start the channel? What’s your goal?

It started with my son’s open website,, where my husband and I wanted to have a reference of our stories as a family. It eventually crossed my mind the concept of making videos so we put up a Youtube channel. The aim is primarily to inspire parents as well as kids to do more hands on activities especially in this very techie world.

When did you start and what were the hindrances / challenges?

We started almost a year ago. First YT video was May 25, 2016. The biggest challenge for me and the one that is taking too much of the time is the video editing. Choosing the right background sounds plus adding dialogue box to make it more attractive.. I don’t want the videos to be plain and too lengthy. I want it to be fun and enjoyable and the viewers to have a smile on their faces after watching the video.

What was the most valuable learning (can be a practical tip) that you learned that you can share?

Just enjoy the moment and record everything. Anyway you can do all the editing later on. Don’t be pressured with all the likes and dislikes. For us, we just want our son to have the best memories of his childhood. After all, kids are gonna be kids and seeing them happy is the best feeling a parent can have.

Mommy Katrina Santiago, 35  and V, 6 years old and Z, 1 year old

What do you or child talk about in the channel?

We share on our channel our homeschool updates, lessons and activities, hacks, and field trips

Why did you start the channel? What’s your goal?

Homeschool channels from the US have been inspiring me in our homeschool journey. I found out that not too many homeschoolers here in the Philippines have dedicated their videos in sharing their journey. This has inspired me to create a channel dedicated to education at home. I am hoping that Filipinos could pick a thing or two from our own experiences and inspire them in educating their children at home.

When did you start and what were the hindrances / challenges?

We just started in August 2016. It’s hard to shoot while the kids are awake because they keep touching the camera and tripod. Also, I value their privacy so everytime I shoot, I am torn between showing them or not in the video.

Right now I am in my third trimester and would give birth soon. I have a few topics that I planned to film a few weeks ago but pregnancy symptoms has taken over the wheel so I guess I won’t be filming for the channel soon.

What was the most valuable learning (can be a practical tip) that you learned that you can share?

Have a good audio. People who watch videos on YouTube prefers better audio than video. Even if you have great filming and editing skills but if your viewers can’t understand you or could hardly hear you, they would surely switch channels.

I hope that you enjoyed reading and watching the videos! I hope you were inspired to create your own channel or inspired to encourage your child to be one of the kid vloggers in the Philippines. Be one of the numerous Youtube creators in the Philippines or to follow different channels in YouTube. Until next time!

PS. Oh, please comment on this post and leave a link to your Youtube channel! Please subscribe to my channel! Let’s exchange likes! haha!