Tube Buddy – I got rid of it and here’s why:
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. It makes it easier and faster to do certain things with your You Tube channel. Browser add-ons and plug-ins slow down your web surfing experience. Tube Buddy is the absolute worst I have experienced with browser slow downs. This is reason number one I finally got rid of it today. 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 takes 5-10 seconds for web pages to load in a jerky manner. This plugin is ALWAYS RUNNING. They don’t tell you this.
Tube Buddy focuses on helping with You Tube keywords or tags. What are those? You Tube tags are the words you type into google when searching. If you want to learn how to use Tube Buddy you would type “how to use tube buddy” or “should I cancel Tube Buddy service.” Now, when I create a video or a 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.) Again, I can do this on my own and have already grown 5 You Tube channels in doing so.
Tube Buddy is free but incredibly limited, so I upgraded. I was paying $19.95 a month with an additional $4.95 a month for each additional You Tube channels. $30 a month to find keywords of other You Tube channels for my 3 You Tube channels. 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. That’s one of my strengths. 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. They only offer 10 fonts? Half are really bad and hard to read.
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. It showed me people don’t put much thought into what they’re doing.
There are MANY options Tube Buddy offers with their paid subscriptions and most 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. www.canva.com
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. 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 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. Each 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 be monetized.” Twice, I was told by two different reps, that the music probably sounds too close to another song out there with copyrights on it. Really? It sounds too close?! I work in the music industry. Such BS! The algorithm for such things is incredibly complex. Google can catch the difference! They’re using music that isn’t royalty free. 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.
I’ve been reading that 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 You Tube allows. Not sure if this is true or not but I don’t like those statements.
You may love Tube Buddy and that’s awesome. Tech support was always fast and friendly with them. Find the tool that works for you and use it religiously. Good luck and thanks for reading.
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My You Tube channels:
German Shepherd Weekly: Weekly short videos of my german shepherd, Leia, from the day we got her.
LEGO SPEED GUY: Lego speed build videos and entertainment:
ROTTER TUBE REEF: saltwater aquarium care: