How many YouTube channels are there?

by Matthias Funk | | Category: YouTube Marketing

You already know how big YouTube is. But have you ever thought about how many YouTube channels there actually are? How Many YouTube Channels Are There? As of 2018, there are more than 23 million YouTube channels out there. This number is based on data provided by Social Blade. However, people all around the world are signing up for […]

You already know how big YouTube is. But have you ever thought about how many YouTube channels there actually are?

How Many YouTube Channels Are There?

As of 2018, there are more than 23 million YouTube channels out there. This number is based on data provided by Social Blade. However, people all around the world are signing up for YouTube accounts, developing a YouTube channel, and uploading their videos every second of every day. Therefore, the exact number can’t be tallied—it’s too fluid.

These 23 million differ a lot: some channels are tiny, some are massive. Some have a lot of videos, some only feature one. Some are from brands, some form creators, some are only private…

The way I look at it can be nicely illustrated in this way:

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Each animal stands for a certain number of YouTube subscribers

  • Dinosaurs – this is one that has more than 10 million subscribers and anyone at that level is considered a YouTube superstar.
  • Gorillas – this is one that has more than 1 million subscribers.
  • Deers – this is one that has more than 100,000 subscribers.
  • Foxes – this is one that has more than 10,000 subscribers.
  • Frogs – this is one that has more than 1,000 subscribers.
  • Bugs – this is one that has more than 100 subscribers.
  • Ants – this is one that has more than 10 subscribers.

Keep in mind that Social Blade requires a minimum of five subscribers to have a channel counted. However, generally, the channels that only have 5-10 are not always counted. And, most of those with 7-8 subscribers (which is over the required five) aren’t always counted either. That means the number of channels is probably much higher than the 23 million overall channel numbers presented.

How Many YouTube Channels Have 1M Subscribers?

As of 2016, there were more than 2,000 channels that had over one million subscribers. But according to Google, the number of channels that has over one million subscribers has since increased by 75%, which is an incredible percentage, especially in such a short amount of time