How TubeBuddy Increased My YouTube Subscribers – Growing on YouTube can be frustrating, like digging the Grand Canyon with a teaspoon frustrating. I started my channel in 2015 as a way to host video summaries of blog posts for the blogs but didn’t give much thought to the platform by itself.
It was just too difficult and time-consuming to grow a channel.
I finally came over to the Dark Side in 2018 and decided to try growing my YouTube channel to be an asset instead of just a supporting player in my online business.
I started posting videos consistently December 25th, 2017…because us crazy entrepreneurs work Christmas, and the growth has been remarkable.
- Within six months, traffic from YouTube was in the top five sources for each of my four blogs.
- YouTube channel subscribers grew from 25 to 22,500 and I just had two consecutive days adding 600+ subs.
- I’ve collected over $4,200 in YouTube advertising and $4,600 in sponsorships in the last four months.
How to Grow on YouTube Fast
The fact is, I could not have done all this myself. It was a lot of hard work but there is one YouTube tool that has made all the difference – TubeBuddy.
What is TubeBuddy?
TubeBuddy is a research and planning tool for YouTube creators. The software connects directly to your YouTube account to give you real-time suggestions on videos, keywords, ranking and just about everything you need to grow.
Best TubeBuddy Features for YouTube
By analyzing your channel and all the others on YouTube, TubeBuddy is able to tell you what works and what you can rank for to get the views that lead to subscriber growth.
How Does TubeBuddy Help Grow a YouTube Channel?
Through its continuous data collection of the videos and channels on YouTube, the TubeBuddy app is able to guide your decisions on which video topics to target, how to get your videos seen by more people and how your channel compares against other related channels.
TubeBuddy does this by integrating seamlessly with your YouTube account. Features appear on relevant pages to add information and suggestions for improvement. For example, uploading a video, you’ll see suggestions for tags and a checklist of best practices important to the YouTube algorithm.
How to Use TubeBuddy on YouTube
I won’t lie, there is a learning curve to getting the most out of the app. There are so many features that it can seem overwhelming at first and I’ve yet to use all the features in the Star plan. You’ll start by using a core group of features like the keyword suggestion and checklist while slowly learning how to use the full power of the software.
My Favorite TubeBuddy Features
I’ve yet to try out every feature on TubeBuddy but have used most of the ones available in the Pro level and many of the extra features in the Star level. There are a few of the features I consider an absolute must-use and still more that can really help boost your YouTube channel.
Tag Lists, Tag Explorer and Suggested Tags are an excellent way to find keywords with solid traffic and, more importantly, for which a channel like yours can rank. The keyword research tool will automatically appear in the right sidebar when you search YouTube and offers an inside look into the search volume and competition for that tag.
Better though is that the keyword tools help suggest related tags you might use that have lower competition and higher traffic. The power in this isn’t just for tagging your videos but for creating a video focused on that one keyword that will go viral.
Thumbnail Generator is an easy way to turn images from your video into a compelling thumbnail with text and graphic overlays that boosts clicks. You can even create a template you use on all thumbnails with logos and other graphics.
Playlist Actions is a great way to get the most out of your playlists by ordering videos for video engagement and subscriber growth. Playlists are one of the best tools for YouTube growth but so underappreciated by creators. These are your best chance at keeping people watching your videos and subscribing.
TubeBuddy helps to make sure your best videos are seen first in playlists to hook viewers faster.
Canned Responses are a lifesaver when a video goes viral. This might not be a problem for many creators but when you’re spending an hour every day responding to comments, having a few pre-written responses will save you a lot of time and you won’t lose growth by ignoring comments.
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