YouTube Thumbnail Analyzer Feature

Thumbnail Analyzer

#1 YouTube Thumbnail Analyzer

Boost your click-through rate with attention-grabbing thumbnails. See heatmaps and run YouTube thumbnail A/B tests to find the best YouTube thumbnail.

get more views with data-driven thumbnail tweaks

Don't let an underperforming thumbnail slow your channel's success. Use Thumbnail Analyzer to pit your current design against new ones and find the visual edge your videos deserve.

Upload up to 10 thumbnails for a video and determine which one will grab the most attention and drive the most views. See an AI-generated score for each thumbnail and actionable suggestions to improve your thumbnail performance.

Compare your thumbnail against the top-performing YouTube thumbnails in your niche to get an edge over the competition.

see where viewers' eyes land with AI-generated heatmaps

Stop guessing what draws the viewer’s eye on your thumbnails. TubeBuddy’s AI heatmaps visualize where the YouTube viewer’s eye will be drawn, and tells you how likely they are to stop scrolling and click through.

Design your thumbnails with confidence and watch your view count rise.

harness the power of A/B testing for creating irresistible thumbnails

Take the guesswork out of your thumbnail game. Set up A/B tests and let clicks reveal the winner.

With Thumbnail Analyzer, you'll end up with a thumbnail that doesn’t just look great, it’s statistically proven to grab viewer attention and drive views.

optimize your thumbnails with Thumbnail Analyzer

here's how Thumbnail Analyzer works

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5 thumbnails on Free, 10 Thumbnails per Video on Pro, 20 Thumbnails per video on Legend

how to analyze your thumbnails

  • Step 1: Open your YouTube Studio dashboard and find a video thumbnail you want to optimize.
  • Step 2: Select the video and elements you want to copy or update the end screen from.
  • Step 3: Import alternative Thumbnails to receive a predictive score compared to your current Thumbnail.

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frequently asked questions

What is TubeBuddy Thumbnail Analyzer?

TubeBuddy's Thumbnail Analyzer is a tool that helps YouTube creators optimize their video thumbnails for higher click-through rates. It uses AI algorithms to analyze and score your thumbnail based on and where it draws the viewer’s eye considering factors like clarity, contrast, and text readability.

How does Thumbnail Analyzer work?

To use the Thumbnail Analyzer, simply upload your video thumbnail or enter your YouTube video URL, and the tool will automatically generate a score and provide suggestions on improving your thumbnail.

You can also compare your thumbnail to top-performing videos in your niche to see how you stack up. The more data it analyzes, the better the predictions become. In other words, use it often and it’ll train on your viewer behavior.

Why is the Thumbnail Analyzer important for my YouTube channel?

Ultimately, better thumbnails will get you more views, likes, comments, and subscribes.

Your video thumbnail is often the first impression viewers have of your video, and it can greatly impact whether or not they choose to click and watch.

With Thumbnail Analyzer, you see how viewers will react to your thumbnails so you can optimize YouTube thumbnails for more views.

In other words, better results, even if the number of impressions remains the same.

Can the Thumbnail Analyzer tool be used for existing videos?

Yes, you can use Thumbnail Analyzer for both new and existing videos. Simply enter the URL of the video you want to analyze, and the tool will generate a score and provide suggestions for improving the thumbnail.

Does the Thumbnail Analyzer tool cost anything?

Thumbnail Analyzer is available as part of TubeBuddy Pro and TubeBuddy Legend. You can try Thumbnail Analyzer (and a bunch of other helpful tools made by creators, for creators) for free with a 30-day free trial of TubeBuddy Pro.

Can I optimize YouTube thumbnails for mobile?

Yes. But like YouTube Studio itself, using Thumbnail Analyzer requires you to be on a desktop or laptop computer.

How many thumbnails can Thumbnail Analyzer compare and analyze?

Thumbnail Analyzer can compare up to 10 thumbnails at a time.

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