If you are already a YouTube vlogger or thinking of starting a YouTube channel, you will want to pay attention to this post.
I am going to talk about a powerful tool that will help you manage, optimize and grow your YouTube channel.
It’s called TubeBuddy and it’s packed with countless powerful features that will let you get more out of YouTube. And one of the best parts is that all of these features are available within your normal YouTube interface.
TubeBuddy works as an extension for your browser, so there is no need to switch from one external tool to another.
In addition to the feature-packed premium plans, TubeBuddy offers a free version of the tool that still has plenty of useful features. That means you can get started for absolutely free!
Let’s take a look at all the ways TubeBuddy can help you grow your YouTube channel.
TubeBuddy Features – What does TubeBuddy do?
- Works within YouTube – TubeBuddy adds a menu within your YouTube account for easy access.
- Tag Explorer – Find the best and most popular tags for your videos.
- Post to Facebook: Automatically post your videos as native Facebook videos.
- Tests A / B: titles, descriptions, tags and thumbnails of test A / B.
- Best Time to Post – Automatically find the best time to post videos for your specific audience.
- GIF Generator: Automatically create a GIF for a specific part of your video.
- Brand Alerts : Get notified every time someone mentions your channel.
- Competitor Dashboard – Keep an eye on your competition.
- Description Promotion: Promote one of your videos in the descriptions of all your other videos.
- Much more… – TubeBuddy seriously has too many features to list. See the full list of features here.
Starting with Tubebuddy:
Here I will show you how to install the TubeBuddy extension from Google Chrome . They also have a Firefox extension. The process should be pretty similar for both browsers.
First, you need to go to the TubeBuddy website.
Click the button “INSTALL FREE ON CHROME” :
That will take you to the Google Chrome extension site.
On this page, click “ADD TO CHROME”:
You should now see a new TubeBuddy icon at the top right of the screen:
Now, you must go to YouTube. If your YouTube channel is not linked correctly, you may see this warning:
If you do, TubeBuddy will guide you through the process of linking your account.
Once your channel is successfully linked, you should see a new TubeBuddy dropdown when you go to YouTube:
This panel adds many powerful new features to YouTube. I’ll review some of the most popular features …
Tag Explorer – Make Your YouTube Videos Higher Rated
You probably know how important the Google Keyword Planner tool is to traditional SEO. Well, Tag Explorer brings the same power to YouTube. It allows you to do your research to find the best tags to add to your videos.
YouTube tags are an important part of ranking your YouTube videos, so being able to quickly find the best tags is a huge plus and will lead directly to more views.
To access Tag Explorer, all you need to do is click on the TubeBuddy icon. Then select “Tag Explorer”:
Enter one of your top keywords and TubeBuddy will do all the work to provide you with the best related tags:
Post to Facebook: Take Advantage of Native Facebook Videos
This gives you all the benefits of native Facebook videos, especially autoplay.
It is also incredibly easy to post a video on Facebook. All you need to do is click the “Bulk” button and select “Bulk Publish To Facebook”:
A/B testing – find the best title, etc.
Another powerful optimization tool included in TubeBuddy is A/B testing. You can use the same A/B testing principles that you implement on your website to maximize your YouTube views as well:
You can try A / B video titles, tags, descriptions, and thumbnails to find the most effective options for your videos. That means more views and ad revenue for your channel.
Best time to post: maximize your views
When you post a new video, you should always try to schedule it for the time when most of your viewers are online. With TubeBuddy, you don’t have to try to guess what time it is.
TubeBuddy will tell you the exact days and times when you should post your videos:
By posting your videos at the right time, you will maximize the number of views you get on a new video.
Brand Alerts: Find Out When You Are Mentioned On YouTube
You can easily set alerts about yourself or your competitors to stay on top of all mentions. By setting up alerts, you can take advantage of times when people mention your channel, or you can get ahead of your competition.
Tracking YouTube mentions is just as important as tracking any other mentions on social media.
TubeBuddy Pricing – Is It Worth It?
TubeBuddy offers four different price tiers. They have a free version with some limited features, as well as three different premium plans. Tubebuddy is definitely worth the investment and depending on your level of vlogging, you should choose the plan that is right for you.
The free plan is missing out on some key features like Facebook posting and bulk processing. Its version of Tag Explorer is also limited, making it less effective for YouTube SEO.
Still, it is a good option if you are just starting your YouTube channel.
If you already have a popular channel, you will definitely get more value from one of the premium plans. These plans will give you a better tag browser, bulk processing tools to quickly manage all your videos, and much more, depending on the specific plan you choose.
My final thoughts: TubeBuddy review
TubeBuddy is one of the most popular YouTube tools for good reason. It’s packed with powerful features to help you manage and grow your YouTube account. It is also incredibly easy to use because everything is integrated within your existing YouTube dashboard.
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