Here’s my TubeBuddy review and the reasons I won’t use it, for those thinking about their service.
For those of you creating videos on You Tube, you may have heard of a service called TubeBuddy.
TubeBuddy is said to be the YouTube creator’s best friend. TubeBuddy is a software plug-in (software that attaches to your computer’s browser: Internet explorer, Safari for mac, Fire Fox) to work with YouTube.
TubeBuddy supposedly can help get more YouTube views and subscribers to your YouTube channel, for a monthly fee.
TubeBuddy is garbage for many reasons and I will tell you why. I tried TubeBuddy for 6 months. Not only did I waste money, but my browser became unstable (they admitted it would do this.)
In the 6 months of using their browser plug-in, I saw no increase in traffic or YouTube subscribers.
TubeBuddy does nothing for you
TubeBuddy says they make your YouTube channel shine, revolving around keywords and keyword phrases and SEO (Search Engine Optimization.)
Keywords are the words you type into a search engine (Google or Yahoo) to find info on a topic.
One popular YouTuber, Roberto Blake, constantly praises TubeBuddy. I’m sure he’s not being paid to say that.
TubeBuddy supposedly lets you know, based on other YouTube channels, what keywords to use so your YouTube channel and content can be found by people surfing for topics.
TubeBuddy allows you to see keywords other YouTube creators are using so you can copy them. This is pointless, since YouTube doesn’t rely on tags, but creative content and SEO.
Why I got rid of it
- TubeBuddy is a plug-in, an add-on to your browser. Browser add-ons and plug-ins slow down your web surfing experience. TubeBuddy is the ABSOLUTE WORST browser add-on I have experienced. I have NEVER, in my 25 years of tech support, seen a worse browser plug-in! When enabled, my browser slowed down to a crawl. When I say crawl, I don’t mean an extra few seconds…I mean literally locked up my browser for 20 seconds or more every time I clicked on anything. They admit this is a known issue.
- This TubeBuddy plugin is ALWAYS RUNNING. They don’t tell you this. Whether your web browser is open or not, Tube Buddy is ALWAYS RUNNING! This chokes your computer’s CPU and slows your pc or mac to a crawl.
- Music selection with Audio hero within Tube Buddy has copyright protection! So the music I’m paying for to use in my YouTube videos has copyrights! Copyrights on music mean you can’t use it to monetize your videos.
I sent an email to Audio Hero each time my YouTube videos including their music got flagged for copyrights, 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 Tube Buddy offers via Audio Hero probably sounds too close to another song out there with copyrights on it.” Really? It sounds too close?! In other words, they allowed music with copyrights by other artists to exist in your library!
Audio Hero and Tube Buddy are using music that isn’t royalty free and THAT’S A PROBLEM! Shouldn’t you get royalty free music with your Tube Buddy paid service?
You don’t need it
Tube Buddy free version is incredibly limited, so I upgraded. At the time, I was paying $19.95 a month and an additional $4.95 a month for each additional YouTube channel. $30 a month to find keywords? I can do that manually for free.
I have 25 years experience in the IT industry (computers) so I kind of know how things work, such as SEO and website building, and when I’m being taken for a ride. Most YouTubers praising TubeBuddy are paid to do so.
TubeBuddy has 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 and incredibly generic. You can create cool pro thumbnails at canva.com FOR FREE!
TubeBuddy offers an option to copy and paste the same text across all your videos in one click. Pretty cool and time saving but you don’t want YouTube video descriptions or tags the same ON ALL YOUR YOU TUBE VIDEOS!
I grew a couple YouTube channels WITHOUT TUBE BUDDY, and all the huge You Tubers did as well, and you can too.
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. WHY RISK IT.
You may love TubeBuddy and that’s awesome. Tech support was always fast and friendly. Find the tool that works for you and use it well. Good luck and thanks for reading.
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