Tube Buddy – I got rid of it and here’s why

Tube Buddy – I got rid of it and here’s why:

is tube buddy worth it
Is tube buddy for you tube worth it? Not for me.

For those of you creating videos on You Tube, you may have heard of a service called Tube Buddy. Tube Buddy is said to be the You Tube creator’s best friend. The company designed a plug-in (software that attaches to your computer’s browser: Internet explorer, Safari for mac, Fire Fox) to work alongside You Tube. TubeBuddy supposedly makes it easier and faster to do certain things with your You Tube, revolving around keywords and keyword phrases and SEO. Keywords are the words you would type into a search engine to find info on a topic. TubeBuddy supposedly let you know, based on other YouTube channels, what keywords to use so your channel and content can be found by people surfing for topics.

First off, keywords do not play a large part in what people are surfing for. TubeBuddy also allows you to see the keywords other YouTube channels are using. While this is cool, it doesn’t help you much in ranking your channel.


  1. Tube Buddy is a plug-in, an add-on to your browser. Browser add-ons and plug-ins slow down your web surfing experience. Tube Buddy is the ABSOLUTE WORST add-on I have experienced. When enabled, my browser slowed down to a crawl.
  2. At the time of this writing, TubeBuddy is not compatible with Safari (on MAC) so I installed Firefox. Firefox was painfully slow and I couldn’t work or surf the web at all when TubeBuddy was enabled. This is reason number one I finally got rid of it today.
  3. I pay for high-speed internet (600MB download and 40MB upload. Yes you read that right.) I’m not going to have some browser plug-in cripple me to the point I can’t type. It took 5-10 seconds for web pages to load in a jerky manner. This plugin is ALWAYS RUNNING. They don’t tell you this.
  4. When I create a YouTube video or web page, I will try to think of what potential visitors will search for on the web to find me. That’s where Tube Buddy comes in. They take the guess-work out of what words you should use. Their product helps to generate keywords or tag words (known as SEO…search engine optimization.) I can do this on my own and have already grown 5 You Tube channels WITHOUT them.


Tube Buddy is free but incredibly limited, so I upgraded. I was paying $19.95 a month and an additional $4.95 a month for each additional You Tube channel. $30 a month to find keywords? I can do that manually for free. Turns out, I discovered keywords / tag words don’t really help your videos anyway so who cares.

I have done A LOT of research on this. I would never tell you anything that wasn’t true.

Tube Buddy also focuses on the You Tube creator who doesn’t want to create their own icons in Photoshop for their videos. There is a very generic thumbnail photo tool where you can type text on top of an image from your video. Although cool and fast, they only offer 10 fonts? Half are really bad and hard to read, not to mention your thumbnails look lame.

Tube Buddy also offers an option to copy and paste the same text across all your videos in one click. Pretty cool and time saving but I don’t want my You Tube video descriptions or tags the same. They also allow you to see keywords / tags everyone else is using on You Tube, whether they use Tube Buddy or not. This is cool, but, out of the 50 tags / keywords, someone may use, only about two or three were good ones. You can tell if they’re good tags because Tube Buddy puts a number next to each tag (if good) to let you know how it ranks. I saw a lot of junk words in the tags section of videos so this feature wasn’t helpful at all. All this feature did was show me that people don’t put much thought into what they’re doing.

There are MANY options Tube Buddy offers with their paid subscriptions, most of which I WILL NEVER USE. I’m creative and love creating custom thumbnails on my own. A thumbnail is the little image used to show what You Tube videos are about. Here is a free website where you can create killer thumbnails not only for You Tube but other platforms in social media as well.

tube buddy not worth it
It’s no secret big You Tubers get paid to promote products. What do you think You Tube is?

You will read about people raving about Tube Buddy. Most of these people are huge You Tubers probably getting paid to say it. Maybe I’m wrong but it doesn’t matter. In the end, the product isn’t for me. I’m not bashing it, I just can’t justify spending $20 a month for one You Tube channel when it did nothing for me at all. I grew a couple of my YouTube channels WITHOUT TUBEBUDDY, all the huge YouTubers did as well, and you can too. I also couldn’t stand paying for high-speed internet when my browser dragged ass due to that plug-in.

Here’s one huge thing that pissed me off (pardon my Italian.) Tube Buddy offers free music from a site called Audio Hero. The tracks sound GREAT and very pro. I downloaded music to use in 5 separate You Tube videos. Those You Tube video was flagged for copyright infringement so I couldn’t monetize those videos (make money from my videos.) I sent an email to Audio Hero each time and each time their story was the same. “We can’t be responsible for what music can or cannot be monetized.”

Twice, I was told by two different reps, that the music TubeBuddy offers via Audio Hero probably sounds too close to another song out there with copyrights on it. Really? It sounds too close?! I work in the music industry and that’s BS! The algorithm for such things is incredibly complex. Google can catch the difference!

They’re using music that isn’t royalty free and THAT’S THE PROBLEM! Audio Hero is a paid service but you get it “free” with your paid service of Tube Buddy. Shouldn’t you get royalty free music with your paid service? I got tired of spending hours filming and editing my work just to have it flagged because of one stupid song used.

By the way, You Tube has a library of music that is awesome, available to their video creators. I never had an issue with it.

You Tube creators, some of them huge names, had their You Tube channels shut down by using Tube Buddy. Apparently using such a tool goes against what YouTube allows. Not sure if this is true or not but WHY RISK IT.

You may love Tube Buddy and that’s awesome. Tech support was always fast and friendly. Find the tool that works for you and use well. Good luck and thanks for reading.

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