While many of our tools and features are essential for larger YouTube channels, there are also many ways they can help new or smaller channels too. Let’s take a look at five of them.
Just install TubeBuddy and connect us to your YouTube channel – it couldn’t be easier. We have a range of pricing options available, but the following features are available with our free Starter license or our Pro license.
Once installed, you’ll find our drop-down menu when you sign into YouTube (it’ll be right next to the upload button). From here, you’ll find links to a range of features and quick links to your videos, comments, analytics, and more. TubeBuddy aims to make you much more productive as a creator by saving you time and precious resources. Let’s start with five stand-out tools that will make a real difference to you as a creator:
#1 Find the Best Keywords with Keyword Explorer
As a new YouTube creator, you want to give your potential viewers (and YouTube) every chance to find your content. Eventually, you’ll build up a solid subscriber base to help build viewing momentum, but until then, you have to find the right keywords and phrases that best describe your videos. You’re helping YouTube determine whether it can serve up a video of yours when a viewer searches for content using specific words and phrases. It’s that simple.
Use our Keyword Explorer to find keywords with very little competition, which means you have a better chance of ranking your videos. If you’re a small channel, you’re not going to rank for ‘chocolate cake recipe’ right off the bat. Hundreds of thousands of creators are trying to rank for the same term. However, if you niche down and create a ‘vegan low-carb chocolate birthday cake’ video, you boost your chances of search visibility.
You can find more tips and tricks about keyword research using TubeBuddy here:
#2 Generate the Most Engaging Custom Thumbnails
Have you ever clicked on a video by a creator you aren’t subscribed to just because the thumbnail caught your eye?
For several reasons, it’s vitally important to have clear, consistent custom thumbnails on your channel. It will help distinguish your content from others, help improve your YouTube click-through rate and give a cohesive look to your channel.
Use our Thumbnail Generator to build custom thumbnails that pop!
#3 Manage Your YouTube Comments Like a Pro
As your views and subscribers grow, so will the comments you receive on your videos. While comment moderation may be manageable at first, the process can soon feel overwhelming if you have hundreds of comments coming in a day.
Our Comment Formatting tool lets you quickly filter your comments to find any questions you’ve missed or reply to encouraging messages.
TubeBuddy can also help filter out profanity or hateful comments for a better moderating experience.
#4 Create a Solid Content Calendar with Topic Planner
Planning out possible content over the next few weeks or months will save you a massive headache as a creator. No longer will you be scrambling for ideas or filming content out of sequence.
If you have a TubeBuddy account, you can use our Topic Planner to capture your notes and ideas and keep them all in one handy place. Find out more about Topic Planner, and never forget an idea again!
#5 Create and Edit Video Chapters the Easy Way
We’re excited to announce a brand new feature for Pro users and above! Chapter Editor makes creating and editing YouTube video chapters a breeze.
Chapters help your viewers find specific content without making them skip through the entire video. Our tool now allows you to add chapters to your video without switching between the video and description box. You can easily edit existing chapters too.
Even if you are a small channel, or even a brand new one, investing in a tool like TubeBuddy will help in many ways. It will take the leg work out of your most tedious tasks, allowing you to focus on what you do best.
Carla Marshall is the Content Marketing Manager at TubeBuddy. She has 10+ years of experience in video marketing, social media management, content marketing, DRM, & SEO