Edit Because I Somehow Forgot: I’m @PlasticRice on Byte :^)
Edit 2 and so on: Some small grammar things here and there
Hey, guys! It’s me. Byte has been out for a little under two weeks now, and I’ve been on it for one week as of last Monday. If you’re anything like me, you can sometimes struggle with ways to improve traffic on your profile. Just a week ago, 0 everything – followers, likes, the whole shebang, and no connections. This is my personal advice on how to increase traction on smaller Byte users out there, to help out anyone who’s trying to get some more love.
- You can’t just post bytes and expect to blow up. Be Active on the Forums, Make Connections.
I can’t stress this enough. I posted my first Byte a week ago with a 3/10 at best punch line and expected immediately to blow up with no other effort on my part. Surprise, surprise, when all I got was a few likes from what appeared to be bots, and generic emoji comments. I immediately looked for a way to engage with the community – here we are, on the forums! There are plenty of threads for following people or other nice creators looking to make connections.
You can’t expect to just blow up organically without connecting with others, chances usually being quite slim from what I’ve seen. Leave a nice comment! Say hello! Talk to people. For the first few days, I spent at least a few hours just talking to people or posting and browsing the forums. Be formal and, if you’re pretty introverted like me, learn to talk to strangers, but also be nice, and connect with other users. We’re a loving community, all looking for their place in the world!
- Choose what matters to you: Quality or Quantity.
Here’s a big one. I’ve met my fair share of creators who like to pump out either one a day, or one every ten minutes. There’s two sides to this, both with their own pros and cons. I’ll label quantity with “Scenario A” and quality with “Scenario B.”
Scenario A: Quantity. You make a Byte every ten minutes, putting in mediocre to minimal effort into each byte. The punch line (if there is one) is mediocre. Or, maybe it could be good! We don’t know. Why? Because – if you consistently post Bytes on your profile, it does give you some sort of a spotlight in the Latest channel, but there are a lot of different kinds of people who scroll the latest channel. Eyeballing random statistics, I’d estimate over 80% of people on the Latest channel are people who are trying to promote themselves and randomly follow or like the latest videos so you’ll check out their profile. More often than not, these people only bait you into coming into their profile and may likely either unfollow you at a later time, or not engage with you at all. Quantity of Bytes can often lead to saturated profiles of mediocre-at-best content, and it discourages people from scrolling down to check your other Bytes if they’re not funny, and your follower base will become a follow for follow base, not an organic base that likes you for your content! I DO have a few friends I’ve seen trend on channels and become successful this way, but these are rare occasions. Some people may use this as a way to say “Once I DO have the follower count I need, THEN I can post my good stuff!” and if that ends up working for you, then more power to you. Just keep everything else in mind as well, because I used to also adopt that mindset.
Scenario B: Quality. You spend at least a few hours on each Byte, editing using outside sources, and adding pep and energy into your Bytes. This, in my personal experience and opinion, is a much more efficient way to keep the quality of your profile, follower base, and Byte as a platform in general much more clean and keen. It doesn’t saturate your profile with mediocrity, it encourages people to watch your other content if they can see there is effort in your content, and, above all else, it gives you an organic follower base who follow you for you! A golden rule of mine is: If you saw your Byte appear in a “Best of Vine” compilation, would you be 100% proud of it? I see some people on the Latest page saying good night and it’s just a dark camera with zero engagement. This is not content. Be PROUD of what you make! :^)
- Edit Using Outside Sources.
- This is a personal big one for me. To record each Byte, I record sideways with a Canon Vixia HF R400, import it via SD into Sony Vegas, then edit and add tracks accordingly. It seriously helps with getting things down to the small details, especially when you make things like skits, which is the case for me. Skits are probably some of the hardest content to get noticed on, but if you execute things correctly with quality in mind, you’re bound to hit Trending on a page or two. That being said, don’t record everything in-app – I mean, if every YouTuber edited their videos using YouTube’s software, I’m pretty sure the quality of YT Videos would be much lower. There’s a lot of people who use outside software, and there’s free mobile software as well. It’s imperative for quality.
- Engage NOT ONLY on the Forums, but on Byte – in a DIFFERENT way!
Networking. Networking is key. I mentioned before that there’s a lot of people in the Latest section that post generic “Hey! Follow me! Let’s grow together” comments, and I used to be one of them. That’s not engagement, as much as I tried to convince myself I was being nice. Say things relevant to their content, post tips on how to improve! Just be a nice person, everyone deserves a little compliment or encouragement nowadays. A small little comment comes a long way.
I initially made a vow that I’d follow and also like and comment on each person’s latest post who likes my videos – I spent from 12am to 7am this morning doing that, seven hours, and I’m definitely not doing that again. I even did it for about three to four hours the night prior. But that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for these past few days – show everyone some love, and build a friend circle! Support each other. Make group chats, or join existing ones! Show people they’re not alone in the Latest Page, or drop a funny comment on things in the Experimental or Singing channels. Anything! Above all else, make sure your comments are meaningful and heartfelt. No laughing emoji spam on every profile. Make it relevant, give them support. Just never, ever, post a Byte, put down your phone, and sit back and wait for your phone to blow up with likes. That’s not gonna work, 99 times out of 100. That ‘one’ being unless you’re @olliefrombyte, lmao.
- It’s Cliche, I know. But PATIENCE!! Patience and Organic Growth is the key.
Here’s something I read a few days ago somewhere on the forums that I’ve come to learn is 100% true. Even if you’re trending on a channel, expect to move only very slightly, or even nowhere. Likes do not equal follows. Just because you hit a page once with a few hundred likes doesn’t mean you instantly get a few hundred follows – by my calculations, I’d say you get about a 10% return rate on follows:likes for a Byte with a few hundred, tapering downward the more likes it gets. Most people scroll through sections without checking out profiles, which is why I stress that it’s important to engage with the people who like your stuff, no matter how small your audience! That’s how you grow.
I recall just a few days ago when I made my first two trash Byte skits (with the same punchline) and I convinced myself that those were all I needed, and that I should advertise myself everywhere now that I had two 6 second videos (@TomWho and @LittleDewDroplets were quick to put me in my place with some good advice, which I really appreciated). Put quality content on your profile so that once people inevitably DO check you out, it’s a profile you can be proud of, and others will show you love. It’s not about being a one-hit wonder and blowing up, that kind of pseudofame is best left on TikTok. This is Byte, and we’re here for organic growth, not pseudo vegetable products. :^)
And that’s basically what I’ve gathered in the past week on how to start trending and getting a larger audience on Byte. I have everyone to thank on both the Forum and Byte itself. For anyone who’s been looking to grow their profile on Byte, now is the time! We’re still in our early stages, and growing now rather than later is the key! You’ve all got this. :^) Much love from me! I hope everyone has a good day or night, wherever you are. :^)