TubeBuddy: A Must Have Growth Hacking Tool for Every YouTuber
If you’re a YouTube publisher, or thinking of starting a YouTube channel, you’re going to want to pay attention to this post. I’m going to talk about a powerhouse 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 enable you to get more out of YouTube. And one of the best parts is that all of these features are available inside your normal YouTube interface.
TubeBuddy works as an extension for your browser, so there’s no need to switch back and forth to an external tool. In addition to the feature-packed premium plans, TubeBuddy offers a free version of the tool that still has plenty of helpful features. That means you can get started totally for free! Let’s take a look at all the ways this YouTube tool can grow your channel and make you more money from YouTube…
TubeBuddy Features – Incredible Number of Tools
- Works Inside YouTube – TubeBuddy adds a menu inside of your YouTube account for easy access.
- Tag Explorer – Find the best & most popular tags for your videos.
- Publish to Facebook – Automatically publish your videos as native Facebook videos.
- A/B Testing – A/B test titles, descriptions, tags, and thumbnails.
- Best Time to Publish – Automatically find the best time to publish videos for your specific audience.
- GIF Generator – Automatically create a GIF for a specific portion of your video.
- Brand Alerts – Get notified whenever someone mentions your channel.
- Competitor Scorecard – Keep an eye on your competition.
- Description Promotion – Promote one of your videos in the descriptions of all your other videos.
- Lots more… – TubeBuddy seriously has too many features to list.
Getting started with Tubebuddy:
Here I’ll show you how to install the TubeBuddy Google Chrome extension. They also have a Firefox extension. The process should be fairly similar for both browsers. First, you need to go to the TubeBuddy website.
Click on the “INSTALL FREE ON CHROME” button:
That will take you to the Google Chrome extension site.
On this page, click on “ADD TO CHROME”:
You should now see a new TubeBuddy icon in the top right of your screen:
Now, you need to go to YouTube. If your YouTube channel isn’t linked properly, you might see this warning:
If you do, TubeBuddy will guide you through the process of linking your account.
Once your channel is properly linked, you should see a new TubeBuddy drop-down panel when you go to YouTube:
This panel adds lots of new powerful features to YouTube. I’ll go through some of the most popular features…
Tag Explorer – Make your YouTube videos Rank higher
You probably know how important the Google Keyword Planner tool is for traditional SEO. Well, Tag Explorer brings that same power to YouTube. It lets you research to find the absolute 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 advantage and will directly lead to more views.
To access Tag Explorer, all you need to do is click on your TubeBuddy icon. Then select “Tag Explorer”:
Enter one of your main keywords and TubeBuddy will do all the work to give you the best-related tags:
Publish to Facebook – Take Advantage of Native Facebook Videos
TubeBuddy makes it simple to publish your video to Facebook. But the best part of this feature is that TubeBuddy shares your video as a native Facebook video, not a YouTube video.
This gives you all the benefits of native Facebook videos, most notably auto playing.
It’s also incredibly easy to publish a video to Facebook. All you need to do is click on 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 you implement on your website to also maximize your YouTube views:
You can A/B test 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 Publish – Maximize Your Views
When you publish 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 that is.
TubeBuddy will tell you the exact days and hours when you should publish your videos: By publishing your videos at the right time, you’ll maximize the number of views you get on a new video.
Brand Alerts – Find Out When You Get Mentioned on YouTube
You can easily set up alerts about you or your competitors so you can stay on top of all the mentions going on. By setting up alerts, you can take advantage of the 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 social media mention.
TubeBuddy Pricing – Free and Affordable Paid Plans
TubeBuddy offers four different pricing tiers. They have a free version with some limited features, as well as three different premium plans:
The free plan is missing out on some key features like Facebook publishing and bulk processing. Its version of the Tag Explorer is also limited, which makes it less effective for YouTube SEO. Still, it’s a good option if you’re just starting your YouTube channel. If you already have a popular channel, you’ll definitely get more value from one of the premium plans. These plans will give you a better Tag Explorer, bulk processing tools to quickly manage all of your videos, and lots more depending on the specific plan that you choose.
My Final Thoughts
TubeBuddy is one of the most popular YouTube tools for good reason. It’s packed with powerful features that will help you manage and grow your YouTube account. It’s also incredibly easy to use because everything is integrated inside of your existing YouTube dashboard. Combined with using something like YouTube Fan Finder, TubeBuddy will make your YouTube channel even more successful. What do you think of TubeBuddy? Let me know your experiences in the comments below!
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