Because there are so many facets of creating and growing a YouTube channel it’s important that you arm yourself, and get used to using, a handful of extremely powerful tools. This list is a compilation of recommended browser plugins, websites and phone apps to help give you a leg up on the competition.
(Note: All links are listed below)
Channel Management, Research, and SEO:
1. Tube Buddy
This browser plugin is used by some of the world’s biggest YouTubers. It lets you test your thumbnails to see which get more clicks and generate the most watch time. It also helps you plan your video topics, research competitor videos and gives tagging suggestions. I can’t speak highly enough about Tube Buddy and the contributions it’s made to the growth of my channel.
2. Morning Fame
This website takes all of your most important YouTube statistical data and organizes it in an easy to understand way. They also keep track of the speed of incoming views to your videos and let you know how your recent content is comparing against past content. Morning Fame also, at a glance, shows you which videos generate the most views and subscribers overall so you can be sure to make more videos that produce results.
3. Tubular Labs
Tubular Labs is a website that gives you another set of insights that the previous two do not. For example, they show audience overlap between you and other channels, they highlight your most engaged fans and more. You can even set Tubular Labs to send you an email when bigger YouTube channels comment on your videos or subscribe so you can make sure to reach out for possible collaborations.
Similar to Tube Buddy, VidIQ helps you with your keyword research and overall search data. They don’t have as many features as TubeBuddy but overall it is also a very powerful plugin for helping you gain better rankings on YouTube.
Video Editing Software:
1. Adobe Premiere
If you want to be limitless in your editing and content creating abilities the Adobe Creative Suite of products is something I highly recommend. To put it simply, Premiere is a video editing powerhouse used by some of the biggest creatives in the world.
2. Vegas Pro
This is what I use to edit my videos and for the type of editing I do it’s amazing. It’s easy and fast and most importantly it gets the job done.
3. DaVinci Resolve
A lot of people call this the best free editing software available. Of course, there are limitations but if you’re doing basic editing this may be all you need.
1. Tuber Tools…you’re on it…duh!
If this is your first time visiting Tuber Tools, make sure to check out our store, our membership area and if you’re really wanting to make things professional, our custom branding packages.
2. Video Hive
Great for After Effects templates and other premade video assets.
3. Video Blocks
Awesome source of BRoll footage you can use in your videos without the worry of copyright headaches.
Royalty Free Music:
4. Audio Jungle
The artists at Audio Jungle are amazing. It’s a premium service but the quality is amazing. The only downsides of Audio Jungle are the limited uses of each track. Another thing is, some of their artists are registered with the YouTube content ID system so you can occasionally get a copyright notice but when you do it’s easily resolved with submitting the license info you download with the track.
That’s right, YouTube has its own built-in audio library of music you can use in your videos. Some require attribution, others don’t so make sure to give attribution (credit) when necessary.
Another great source of royalty free music. These tracks all require attribution so make sure you put the required information in your video descriptions when using tracks from this website.
Live Streaming Software:
OBS is what I currently use for my live streams. It’s free and it’s very capable. Make sure you download the right version for your operating system so you can take advantage of the features that apply to your system. As an example, you need to use the 64-bit install if you are using the 64-bit version of VLC media player so that you can play local videos in your streams if you want.
I’ve dabbled with XSplit but I personally prefer OBS. The reason I put it on this list is that it was effective and easy to use but in addition to that, I wanted to give you an additional free option for live streaming.
This is the Rolls Royce of live streaming software. It comes with a big price tag but if you really want to level up, Wirecast will help you do it.
Live Stream Add-ons:
1. Tweet Alerts
One of my most asked questions is, “how do you get the tweets to show up on your live streams?” Tweet Alerts is the answer to that question.
2. Stream Labs
Another question I get a lot is how I get the subscribe notifications popping up on my streams. For this, I use a free service called Stream Labs. In addition to the subscriber notifications, they also have an entire host of very useful features depending on the information you want to make available in your streams.
Evernote is great for organizing ideas and creating plans for the content you’re going to release. Overall it’s a great organizational tool.
Trello is my go-to resource for my content schedule and working with editors, designers and other people who are a part of my workflow.
It’s important to remember that focusing on creating great content that adds some kind of value to your viewers is what will yield the best results for you. However, this list of YouTube tools will help with your workflow, creation, and management of your YouTube channel.