I am very happy with YouTube. It’s a great service that not only hosts my videos, but pays me monthly for them! Further, if you really work the channels, you can easily get people to come back and consume more. I spend 5-10 hours a month simply communicating and it always pays off. I find there are a few places where YouTube feels a little bit antiquated. One area is Annotations and Cards – I really wanted a way to copy the basic cards and annotations across the 1,100 videos I’ve already created. That is how I started my search and found a great plug-in called “Tube Buddy”. This is an awesome extension that really gets into the fabric of YouTube and allows you to copy those cards to the next video, or set up different default information from video to video. The program has easily reduced my post-production time by at least 30 minutes per video. When you make several videos a day or week, that savings adds up. Does it increase viewers? Does it bring new subscribers? The simple answer is: If you work the YouTube plan, yes. This just helps you work the YouTube Plan.
So What Does Tube Buddy Do?
Tube Buddy has many great functions. I mentioned the copying of Annotations and Cards. The Tag Explorer allows you to find the right tags for your video. The Thumbnail creator allows you to make an image for your video right inside YouTube. Share Tracker allows for quick links to your favorite social networks. Canned responses lets you communicate with your community quickly. One of my favorite options is the Vid2Vid. You can easily place “Check out the latest video” on all of your old videos. ALL OF THEM!
Tube Buddy Tutorial Series
I am working on tutorials on all the features of this great software! Check back for more tutorials – especially when they add more content!
Tutorial #1: Bulk Copy Annotations, Cards
In this first video, I go through the interface and what you will get with Tube Buddy. I then walk you through the main reason why I got this program – to bulk copy annotations and cards. This simple function will save you hours and allow you to delete old, outdated annotations and links. These two features simply pay for the system! Like what you see? You can get 20% off Tube Buddy right now!
Tutorial #2: Share Tracker, Advanced Embed
Share Tracker allows you share your video with more social networks than YouTube offers. Is your network not there? Simply ask and you might see it in the future. I also am really happy about this addition, because it’s one I suggested. In order to get the embed code, you had to go into the video and make 3 clicks before you could get an embed code. Advanced embed has all this at your fingertips. Auto start, remove the links, make a simple player and other options allow you to make the embed you need for your blog, website, or other post.
Tutorial3: Thumbnail Generator
Another item I suggested was the thumbnail generator. Most of you have the ability to create a thumbnail for your video. It increases engagement, but you might not use it because it takes too much time to do or you don’t have a program like Photoshop. The Thumbnail Generator allows you to put something together quick. I can put a thumbnail together within 2 minutes. Use a screenshot or image color, add your logos, text and more! Well worth the price, especially if you’re working on making extra $$. Click here and I can get you 20% off Tube Buddy
Tutorial #4: Tag Explorer
What a fantastic tool! Another item that is worth Tube Buddy if it was on it’s own. Not only can you add tags to your videos, you can research tags and their impact from around the world. Increase engagement by simply adding tags that will gain engagement. I’ve been going through my older videos and adding tags I never thought of adding. That evergreen content has been getting new life because of it!
Tutorial #5: Create Canned Responses
The more you engage your audience – even if they troll you – the more they will re-engage your videos. I can’t tell you how many times my videos will spike simply because I take a little time to reply to comments and thank new subscribers. That is where canned responses comes in. I can create a few different types of “Thank you” messages, then reply to anyone that subscribes to my content. I find that adding a question to your response brings even more engagement. Others start to see the videos you create, and they subscribe. That starts the cycle all over again.
Tutorial #6: Default Profiles
YouTube has an option to allow for a profile to be set with common item such as links, a common title, if you always want monitization on or off, copyright and more. But if you create videos that require a different set of parameters, you would have to just save that in a notepad file, then copy and paste. TubeBuddy adds more functionality to this with default profiles. Simply set the profile the way you want and save with a new name. For instance, every now and then I review cars. I can set up a default profile to link to car videos over tech videos. When I upload a new car video, I can use the profile to populate the board.
Tutorial #7: Run a Contest, Pick a Winner on YouTube
Check it out: If you want to run a YouTube contest, simply have people comment on your video. When you are ready, pick from the comments using the option in the drop-down list. You can then contact them directly from their page, then pick another winner!
More Tutorials Soon!
Oh, I haven’t touched half the features that Tube Buddy has. Keep this page bookmarked for added content, or just subscribe to my YouTube channel and get the playlist. Also, don’t forget to get Tube Buddy at 20% off with this link!