TubeBuddy Review: 11 Ways to Use TubeBuddy to Scale Your Channel - Miles Beckler
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TubeBuddy Review: 11 Ways to Use TubeBuddy to Scale Your Channel

What does Tubebuddy do? Can TubeBuddy help you to grow your reach, sort through the puzzle of publishing and optimizing YouTube SEO?

Does the free version help or should you choose a Tubebuddy paid plan?

YouTube is one of the best ways to build a brand and make money online, it is social media and search engine marketing smushed into one platform.

Making YouTube videos does take a lot more time, effort, and technical skill than say, writing an Instagram caption

Does Tubebuddy simplify this process?

After using Tubebuddy and other YouTube optimization tools, in this TubeBuddy review you will learn 11 ways to grow your YouTube channel fast.

YouTube Is a Puzzle

youtube is a puzzle

When getting started on YouTube, it can feel like a very challenging equation. We’ve all been there: uploading videos, getting virtually no views and wondering how to crack the magical code.

Well, the truth is, nothing about YouTube is magic. A lot of it is simple math.

You need to start with some basic skills: the ability to film and edit videos, a bit of graphic design, and public speaking skills.

Then you’ll need views.

But how can you get that last part figured out?

That’s where TubeBuddy comes in.

Welcome To TubeBuddy

Even if you are new to the world of YouTube (or especially if you are new to the world of YouTube), you have likely noticed that TubeBuddy is a program that is praised a lot.

But does it live up to the hype?

After trying the other tools, Tubebuddy is the one that came through and helped me to improve one of the most critical elements of climbing the ranks of YouTube SEO, click thru rate.

Here’s how I use it to improve my rankings.

Boom!

Try Tubebuddy now for free, or read the other 10 impressive things it can do.

Rethinking SEO

 

Hopefully, by now, you are already quite familiar with search engine optimization (SEO).

SEO is a valuable tool when it comes to marketing content published on your website or other search platforms.

Basically, we know that what we write, whether it be a blog post or a product description, matters when it comes to our ranking on Google.

Similarly, YouTube has an algorithm that ranks videos according to viewer habits and searches. If we want to make it on the platform, we need to adjust our strategy and take our video content as seriously as we do with our content writing.

A Comprehensive Management Tool

The best thing about TubeBuddy is that there are so many features.

Like, way too many features to review them all in-depth in a single review. That means the best way to learn about TubeBuddy is to start using it for yourself.

There from the Start

There was a time before YouTube was a platform for influencers to get wealthy, for everyday people to go viral, and for businesses to market themselves.

There was a time before YouTube was even owned by Google.

TubeBuddy has been there from the very beginning. They’ve been around for twelve years, meaning they emerged when YouTube was still a new platform and not the massive success it is today.

Basically, this means that TubeBuddy knows their stuff. They are even certified by YouTube, and no one knows what’s good for YouTube like… YouTube.

A User-Friendly Experience

user friendly experience

If you are new to YouTube and video marketing in general, simply getting this far into this review might have been a stressful ordeal.

Don’t worry − things will get easier the more you get used to it. You’ll learn the language; you’ll develop the skills.

There was a time when no one knew how to make a Facebook page or write an effective blog post. But we grew, we adjusted, and we learned how to thrive in a new, digital world.

Now, we just need to learn again, this time when it comes to making great, engaging video content.

I love TubeBuddy because it was easy to use, even for beginners.

Yes, they have a ton of features, and yes, it can be a lot to take in.

But every feature is easy to grasp, and simple language is used throughout. In fact, although I was already familiar with many aspects of video content marketing before reviewing TubeBuddy, the program did help me learn even more.

This is good news for newbies everywhere. Sometimes, programs are designed for people who are “serious” about succeeding online, and they define “serious” as those of us who have already found success.

TubeBuddy understands that many people are serious about making great content and promoting it, even if they have next to no views on their recent videos.

That’s the beauty of TubeBuddy: at every step of the way, they treat you like you are an influencer in the making, no matter what stage in that process you are currently in.

Learning the Ropes

learning the ropes

TubeBuddy does not come without at least a few weaknesses.

One of them is that there is a learning curve.

In many ways, it’s hard to fault the program itself. It is just trying to be as comprehensive as possible and provide every feature needed to create high-ranking YouTube videos.

But when starting it out, it can feel a little bit overwhelming. Some people might even feel discouraged if they do not immediately “get” it.

My best advice is to be patient with the system − and trust me when I say, it is already being patient with you.

Take a couple of days to learn a little bit about the system, and when in doubt, Google is your friend.

An Easy Browser Extension

When you install TubeBuddy, you will install it as a browser extension.

This is nice for a lot of reasons. It means no complicated start-up process that drags on and wastes your time.

It also means that the program is very lightweight. It immediately becomes part of your everyday experience on the Internet, making it hard to forget about or lose interest in.

The Tools

Before getting into pricing details, let’s take a look at some of the tools offered by TubeBuddy. Take note, however: not every tool will be available on every plan.

TubeBuddy offers different packages (one of which is free!), and each one has different features and perks. However, many of the tools we’ll discuss today are the backbone of Tubebuddy’s success and will be available on any plan.

Keyword and Search Explorer

keyword and search explorer

Although similar in nature, these are two different tools.

However, they work in a similar fashion: TubeBuddy will essentially give you a score showing you how you ranked in comparison to popular keywords and searches.

You’ll also get highly organized and easy-to-understand data that can help you choose keywords that will improve your rankings and get more attention.

Search Rankings

This feature allows you to review where you rank compared to relevant search terms. This saves you a ton of time doing this research by yourself and allows you to view increases and decreases in real time.

Suggested Tags and Instasuggest

Not only will TubeBuddy give you a list of tags to use to promote your video, but each tag will be given a score so you can see how effective they might be.

Best Practice Audit

Failing to comply with YouTube guidelines could leave you in a lot of hot water, even if it was just an honest mistake.

This audit essentially acts as a checklist, making sure your videos live up to YouTube’s standards.

Video A/B Testing

video A/B testing

Yes, A/B testing is always a great analytical tool, even when it comes to video content.

You can create variations based on whatever your strengths and weaknesses are, comparing different tags, titles, thumbnails, and more.

Translation Services

TubeBuddy is truly a one-stop shop for all things related to YouTube. Automatic translation services are available for your video titles, tags, captions, and more.

Captioning

captioning

Captioning can be one of the most exhausting aspects of making a video. Many channels have started using automated apps but have noticed a big problem: computers are not always right.

Captioning can be expensive, and even more often, it can be inaccurate. That being said, more people than ever before are looking for captioned content.

YouTube has become a part of our everyday social media experience, which means we watch videos on public transit, at work, and in public settings. Many people like captioned videos for the fact that they can watch them on silent and treat them as articles or written social media posts.

With Tube Buddy, you can get professional-grade captioning services. Not only can this legitimize your channel and increase traffic from those who prefer captioned videos, but it also makes it accessible for Deaf and disabled viewers, making it a win-win for all involved.

Tag Sorter

This straightforward feature lets you organize your tags and rank them based on your own preferences.

As you make and release videos, you can easily find and add tags, with your top choices ranking the highest.

Bulk Processing

Only available on certain paid plans, this feature is great for channels focused on uploading multiple videos per week (or even per day) and saving time on editing thumbnails, end screens, and more.

Thumbnail Generator

Selecting a thumbnail can be a huge time waster, and the most frustrating thing is realizing after the fact that your thumbnail looks awkward, blurry, or unattractive in some way.

Tube Buddy’s thumbnail generator will make sure that the first glimpse of your video that people will see looks every bit as interesting and engaging as the video itself.

What TubeBuddy Is Not

what tubebuddy is not

TubeBuddy is a number of very helpful tools and features that can improve your rankings on YouTube.

They can help more people find your videos, and in turn get more people to buy your products, visit your website, or subscribe to channel.

However, TubeBuddy cannot erase every barrier standing between you and lucrative internet fame.

Ultimately, if you want to succeed in video marketing, you must take it upon yourself to learn a number of valuable skills, as well as invest in high-quality equipment.

TubeBuddy cannot make a poorly filmed video look great. It cannot correct audio that is low-quality or glitchy.

If you do not have content that is original and engaging, TubeBuddy cannot erase all of this and make you go viral.

You will need to put the work in yourself if you want to see the great results you know that you deserve.

If you want to succeed, you must first have the following tools and skills on your side:

Public Speaking Skills

public speaking skills

Great videos mean great speaking skills. Even though you have the ability to do “takes” and re-shoot when things start to sound awkward or off-script, you need to have a clear, confident speaking tone for great videos.

Whether you are looking to do voiceovers or be present on screen, a voice that is easy to understand, not too quiet or too loud, and speaks pleasantly and articulately is everything in the world of YouTube.

If you are not confident in your public speaking skills, consider programs like Toastmasters, or simply spending time each week rehearsing your video scripts and getting feedback from co-workers and loved ones.

Watching popular YouTube videos, especially from those in the same industry as you can also help you figure out what works well, and what misses the mark.

Video Editing

You should have a basic understanding of how to edit your own videos, and which software programs to use for the best results.

Audio Equipment

audio equipment

Poor audio is one of the most common YouTube problems out there.

Simply using your webcam mic will not be enough if you want high-quality videos. Here's budget and fancy audio options I use to make videos.

Speak to them about what kind of videos you like to make, and what your needs are. Hopefully, they will be able to help you find equipment that is affordable, easy to use, and effective in getting fantastic audio with every video.

Storage Space

Every YouTube creator can recall a time where running out of storage meant they lost previous content, and they often did not realize their mistake until it was too late.

Do not make this rookie mistake. Always make sure you have more than enough storage for the video you want to make and take breaks while filming to make sure everything is going okay from a technical standpoint.

A Clean Appearance

clean appearance

This is a must!

Even if the tone you are going for is casual and easygoing, you should look clean and presentable whenever you are on camera.

If you bring guests onto your channel, they should understand the standards you expect of yourself and your channel. Far too often, people lose interest in channels because the videos simply look unprofessional.

Make your mark by looking great, being smiley and laidback, and speaking to your audience as though they were customers you were working with inside of a brick and mortar store environment.

A Positive Attitude

positive attitude

No one on YouTube can honestly say that they made it overnight.

Even if they credit the bulk of their success to one or two specific videos that went viral, chances are they made tons of videos before that moment.

Even with the help of programs like Tube Buddy, results will not happen in a day, a week, or even a month.

They will happen over time, as you produce better videos and get used to the ranking system. For that reason, staying positive and sticking with frequent video publishing is important, even if you feel discouraged.

The recipe to a successful YouTube career is the recipe for any successful career: work hard and stay positive.

Every minor victory in the world of video marketing is a win. Take every view and subscriber in stride, and just keep working towards becoming the best content creator you possibly can be.

Pricing

pricing

TubeBuddy offers three paid packages and one free plan.

The plans vary slightly in terms of the features offered and range from nine dollars a month to fifty.

Essentially, as your needs as a content marketer increase, so will your investment. As a beginner, the Pro package (the cheapest paid option) or the free plan should work fine.

However, as you notice an increase in traction on your channel, you will want the Bulk Processing Tools offered by the $19 Star plan, which is Tube Buddy’s most popular option.

The Free Plan

If you are just starting out your YouTube career, you might be interested in their free plan.

Their free plan is great for a few reasons, the biggest one being that, well, it’s free.

It allows newcomers to try out their features and really learn about how their system works. However, many features are restricted, and the free plan is less likely to help you accomplish your goals.

My best advice would be to try out the free plan but be prepared to at least invest in the cheapest paid plan if you want to save time and access the features you need the most.

Discounts

discounts

TubeBuddy is truly committed to ensuring every channel has the opportunity to thrive. For this reason, there are discounts available for certain channels.

You can get a discount if you are an emerging channel with less than 1000 subscribers (although you should anticipate this number growing, and therefore, your costs growing as well).

Non-profit organizations can also get discounts, and there are savings options for yearly members and those with multiple channels as well.

Video Marketing as the Future

video marketing

The reality is, we cannot afford not to care about video marketing. It is simply too lucrative.

A lot of people have their own strengths when it comes to marketing their business. Some of us create great visuals that wow audiences. Others are total wordsmiths.

But video marketing blows almost every other form of content out of the water, sadly. It is one of the best ways to get attention online, hands down.

When done right, you can turn this attention into actual sales and actual income.

It’s just the doing it right part is a little tricky from time to time.

Conclusion

We wish we could tell you about some of Tube Buddy’s competitors, but the truth is, TubeBuddy truly stands out against the rest.

It has been around for almost as long as YouTube itself, and it has helped thousands of accounts unlock their potential.

If you are serious about video marketing (and if you like making money, you should be), TubeBuddy is something I would highly recommend. With flexible plans and a free option to help you get started, there is literally nothing to lose.

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