19 Best YouTube Tools to Get More Views

 

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Achieving success on YouTube demands that creators produce engaging, high-quality content to keep viewers entertained. That recipe has helped thousands of YouTubers earn six, seven, and eight-figure incomes annually. Although many creators earn ad revenue through the YouTube Partner Program, there are many ways to make money from YouTube by uploading videos. The number of channels earning $100,000+ proves that YouTube is a viable way to earn a living. Regarding earnings and subscribers, YouTube reports the following:

  • The number of channels earning five figures per year grew more than 50 percent year-over-year (y/y).
  • The number of channels earning six figures per year grew more than 40 percent y/y.
  • The number of channels with more than one million subscribers grew by more than 75 percent y/y.

Additionally, YouTube is the second most visited website and search engine globally. Over 2 billion logged-in users visit YouTube each month and each day people watch over a billion hours of video.

YouTube Tools

Video, audio, and editing tools are required to make videos. They enable creation and production processes. I use Camtasia, which is a video editor and screen recorder. Additionally, there are many free and premium video editing applications that are popular among YouTubers, for example, HitFilm Express, Filmora, Movavi, and Pinnacle Studio.

Video editing software and recording equipment are only half of the battle. To succeed on YouTube, you must also understand channel management, how to boost views and get subscribers, video SEO, analytics, marketing, branding, and monetization. There are various tools, apps, and products to help you in those areas. The tools in my list are targeted at YouTubers, creators, and marketers.

All-In-One Tools

TubeBuddy

TubeBuddy is a powerful browser extension (Chrome and Firefox), web, and a mobile app that provides features on top of YouTube’s website. It offers tools for channel optimization, video SEO, keyword research, tag management, analytics, productivity, bulk processing, marketing, and more. The YouTube certified app gives creators and YouTubers everything they need to develop and manage their channels.

  • Improve your video SEO strategy, search rankings, and reach
  • Get robust statistics and analytics to increase your competitive edge
  • Access a suite of tag management and keyword tools
  • Test titles, thumbnails, and descriptions to find what works best
  • Bulk update and edit numerous channel elements to save time
  • Translate video title, description, and tags into other languages
  • Copy and paste tags and keywords from one video to the next

VidIQ

VidIQ offers a suite of tools to help creators and marketers grow their channels and brand awareness. Its Chrome browser extension features video scoring, video SEO, keyword research, tag management, analytics, and more. VidIQ is a YouTube certified app.

  • Improve your video SEO strategy, search rankings, and reach
  • Get robust statistics and analytics to increase your competitive edge
  • Track character counts for your titles, descriptions, and tags
  • Access a suite of tag management and keyword tools
  • Copy and paste tags and keywords from one video to the next
  • Follow a video optimization checklist to get more views and subs
Analytics & Insights

YouTube Analytics

YouTube Analytics allows you to monitor the performance of your channels, videos, and content with real-time metrics and reports. There’s a ton of data available in different reports, e.g., views, traffic sources, and demographics.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a free web service that provides statistics for website management and performance. If you’re new to Google Analytics, I recommend taking Google’s official course for beginners. You can link your channel to Google Analytics to better understand your traffic sources and results.

There is some overlap between YouTube Analytics and Google Analytics (GA), but GA is designed to measure your offsite marketing activities and external traffic. The two platforms combined will give you a comprehensive view of your channel’s performance.

Social Blade

Social Blade compiles data from YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, and other top platforms. It provides comprehensive channel and video metrics on every YouTuber, including top lists, top videos, estimated earnings, and daily/monthly averages. It also offers statistical graphs and charts that track user progress and growth. Social Blade is an excellent competitor research tool. Its data is freely available to anyone using its website or smartphone apps.

Vidooly

Vidooly helps online video publishers, advertisers, media companies and agencies to succeed in digital video across all platforms through its best-in-class insights. It provides you effective and efficient solutions for video marketing.

Keywords, Tags, & SEO

To consistently rank high in search results requires an understanding of video and search engine optimization techniques. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of influencing the online visibility of a website or web page in a search engine’s unpaid results, which is also referred to as “natural,” “organic,” and “earned” results.

Many YouTubers understand the importance of appearing on the first page of search results. Page-one click-through rates (CTRs) are higher than any other page (many people don’t navigate past page-one for search results. Do you?). Naturally, being on the first page increases a video’s visibility and discoverability.

Google Ads Keyword Planner

Keyword Planner is available through Google Ads, an online advertising service. While it was created to support ad campaign planning and research, many people use it to find keywords for their online marketing activities. Use Keyword Planner to find keywords for your videos.

Google Trends

Google Trends is a website by Google that analyzes the popularity of top search queries in Google Search across various regions and languages. The website uses graphs to compare the search volume of different queries over time. I visit Google Trends daily for content ideas.

YouTube Autocomplete

As you type into YouTube’s search field, you will see suggested search terms and queries. Those suggestions indicate that users are looking for videos and information on those topics.

YouTube autocomplete, like Google autocomplete, was created to make the user experience better and more efficient. It helps users to find videos faster by recommending appropriate keywords as they start typing in their search queries. I use this method frequently to brainstorm ideas for videos and blogs.

Keywords Everywhere

Keywords Everywhere is a browser extension for Google Chrome and Firefox that appends useful search metrics to popular tools like Ubersuggest, Soovle, Answer the Public, Keyword Shitter, Google Search, Google Analytics, Search Console, Majestic Anchor text, and Moz open site explorer.

Keyword Tool

Keyword Tool uses YouTube’s autocomplete feature to generate highly relevant long-tail keywords about a particular topic. To make keyword suggestions more relevant, Keyword Tool allows you to localize results to all countries and languages supported by YouTube.

SEMrush

SEMrush is a comprehensive marketing toolkit for online marketers. Find the best keywords for video SEO, gather phrase matches and related keywords, and get long-tail keywords alongside search statistics.

Marketing & Social Media

Agorapulse, Hootsuite, and Sendible offer YouTube channel management capabilities. Also, they support social media marketing activities, for example, simultaneously posting to multiple profiles in one click. Common features include scheduling, publishing, sharing, analytics, monitoring, comment and team management, and cross-platform marketing.

Thumbnail & Channel Art

Thumbnails are crucial to capturing the attention of viewers and increasing click-through rates. You can create thumbnails yourself with free design tools and hire freelance graphic designers on sites like Fiverr. TubeBuddy and VidIQ also enable quick thumbnail creation.

Canva

Canva enables you to create banners, presentations, social media graphics, and more with thousands of beautiful layouts. Enrich your chosen snapshot with text and design elements or create a clean-cut thumbnail design for your video.

Fiverr

There are hundreds of freelancers on Fiverr to help you with your graphic design and other YouTube needs. Fiverr is the world’s largest marketplace for digital services starting at just five dollars. Check out its top YouTube gigs.

Pixlr

Pixlr is a fantastic photo editor for all your editing needs. You gain full control over your images including layers and effects. Its web apps are powerful and provide an array of photo editing options to make your photos beautiful. Pixlr is an excellent alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

Remove.bg

Remove.bg is a free service to remove the background of any photo. Just upload any image and the site will automatically identify any people in it, cut around the foreground, and let you download a PNG of your subject with a transparent background.

Video Transcription

3Play Media

3Play Media provides high-quality closed captioning, transcription, audio description, and translation at a cost-efficient price. It has thousands of transcriptionists who are capable of processing large volumes of content very quickly.

Trint

Trint uses the world’s best automated speech-to-text algorithms to generate accurate transcripts. It makes it easy to convert your audio and video files into text.

Other YouTube Tools

YouTube Chrome & Browser Extensions

TubeBuddy, VidIQ, and Socialblade extensions are available in the Chrome Web Store. Those extensions are excellent and much better than single-purpose tools like Tags for YouTubers.

Mobile Apps

Channel development apps are few and hard to find on Google Play and Apple app stores. What you’ll mostly see are video creation and editing apps. Your best bet for channel management is YouTube’s YouTube Studio app. It makes it fast and easy to manage your channel and videos on the go.

Facebook Apps

If you have a Facebook page, there are a couple of apps to help you promote your YouTube channel and videos. YouTube Tab app and Woobox are fantastic options.

URL Shorteners

Many YouTubers shorten links to keep their descriptions tidy. Hootsuite (ow.ly) and Bitly (bit.ly) are two free and popular URL shorteners.

 

Chad Tennant

Chad is an online marketer, consultant, and publisher. He helps businesses and individuals achieve growth and financial success. Learn more at digitalfodder.com/about

 
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