It seems like everyone has a newsletter, but there's good reason for it.
When you have an email list, you own those contacts. No algorithm or social media platform can stop you from reaching them. For YouTubers, reaching your audience is heavily reliant on the algorithm and your ability to continue producing high-quality videos.
What happens when the algorithm changes, or when you inevitably want to take a break from video creation?
That's where the value of a newsletter can come into play.
Regardless of the content you create on your channel, I believe there's a way to figure out how to create a newsletter around it. You get to pick the publishing consistency, the topics, the content, everything.
In a Twitter Spaces with Wolf Financial, Colin Rosenblum from the Colin & Samir Show talked about how they've built their Publish Press newsletter and gave a few tips on how other YouTubers can begin to convert their following into newsletter subscribers:
To convert viewers into email subscribers, you have to have a strong value prop. For example, below is the original tagline of The Publish Press - "creator economy news from the creator's perspective".
Since Colin & Samir create videos about the creator economy and they're creators themselves, they can provide a unique perspective around creator news. Also, because they can only create so many videos, the newsletter allows them to spotlight more stories and more creators, giving their audience quality content, but in a different light.
Treat your newsletter as your own product (because it is).
"Sponsor" your own videos with it.
Logan Paul does this with his Maverick clothing brand and Colin & Samir do it with their newsletter. For example, if they're making a video who's topic originally came from the newsletter, they'll say something like: “If you subscribed to the newsletter, you would’ve heard about this story 3 weeks ago. We break down creator economy news from the creator's perspective and feature stories that we don't always have a chance to cover on the channel”
Colin mentioned that the newsletter also serves as a content pipeline for their videos and shorts on the main channel.
Since they've established a twice-weekly publishing cadence, they're talking about more stories than they can create videos for. They can then pick the best topics and use analytics from the newsletter to create a video with a higher chance to succeed because they already know it resonated with subscribers.
A newsletter also allows you to go into more niche topics or things that don't necessarily belong on your main channel. If you feel limited by the kind of videos you can create, a newsletter (regular or not) could be a solution.