TubeBuddy is a FREE browser extension that integrates directly into YouTube to help you run your channel with ease.
Downloading the Extension
Yes, it really is free and it does so much for you when it comes to uploading and optimizing videos on your YouTube Channel.
You can go here to sign up for a free account. Yes, they also have paid accounts and I will cover that below.
After you follow the download instructions you will notice there is a new “button” on you YouTube channel. Note: TubeBuddy can be accessed from their own site as well as directly through YouTube. Since signing up, I have only accessed TubeBuddy directly from my channel. (As seen below)
How to Optimize your YouTube Videos and Channel
Step 1: Upload a Video as You Normally Would
Click on the video icon with a + sign
Click “upload video”
You will be redirected to the YouTube video uploader (did I just make that term up?…)
It will look like this:
If you’ve uploaded a video before you will the new TubeBuddy features on your account.
Step 2: Follow the Checklist on the Right Side
This is your new best friend for YouTube. Now with the TubeBuddy extension installed it will literally walk you through not only uploading a video, but optimizing.
What does that mean?
See all of those tags? They were AUTOMATICALLY generated based off the keyword “Real Estate” that I typed as the title. Whatever title you write, TubeBuddy will automatically update the best tags for your video to be found.
Some other cool features of TubeBuddy:
You can run a “Health Report”
This is a fancy way of TubeBuddy telling you they can show you analytics for your channel like: Performance, Traffic Sources, Engagement and Audience.
You can set up A/B split testing
TubeBuddy can monitor their channels and tell YOU what is working for them… yes, free testing using your competitor’s channel
So many features to list
Wait, didn’t you say they have a paid feature as well?
The majority of features on TubeBuddy are free, however, if you get very advanced and try and do “everything” you may be prompted to sign up for a plan. For instance, if you have a caption automatically being generated under every video and you want to change out a URL for every video, the TubeBuddy paid plan can do this for you.
But that’s not where the paid features come in handy (at least for our team)
Below is a screenshot of all the additional “perks” TubeBuddy will give you as a paid member (based on the level you sign up with).
Premium royalty free music
High quality graphics
Mobile version of TubeBuddy
View all of the perks on their website and sign up for a free account here.
Pro tip: If you have been using YouTube without the TubeBuddy plugin, I would write down your current statistics. This way you will have a baseline to measure how good/bad the extension is working for you.
As always, use our Facebook group to share your wins, questions, etc.