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TubeBuddy Review - Worth?

Updated: 6 days ago



There are so many creators on YouTube and a fierce competition on almost any topic on this earth which makes ranking any video a formidable challenge.


That's why some companies out there have created tools to help us creators optimize our videos and help them rank higher up on the YouTube search results.


TubeBuddy is one of the most renowned tools for this task along with VidIq as well.


Both are great tools to help creators achieve their YouTube goals and both offer the possibility of a starter free account which is amazing if you're just starting out.


But in this article, I'll be talking more about TubeBuddy...


I wanted to share my experience using it since I remember when I was looking for a review I couldn't find one that was informative and helpful enough.


The best way to do this is by listing all of its features and giving you my opinion on them as well as which plan do they belong to.

(TubeBuddy has a free plan as well as 3 premium plans - Pro, Star, and Legend with Legend being the top plan with all the features).



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TubeBuddy's Productivity Tools:


Upload Checklist:

Free Plan - Available

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



Every time you upload a new video, TubeBuddy helps optimize your video to the fullest with an upload checklist so you don't forget anything.


You can also customize this checklist if you think some things are more important then others.


I think this video is very important and handy in your video optimization process.


Quick-Edit Toolbar:

Free Plan - Available

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This places a navigation toolbar when you go to edit your videos on YouTube.


This can be helpful in saving time.


Instead of clicking in and out of each video to edit it you can simply click on the navigation toolbar to go over to the next video you want to edit.




Quick Links Menu:

Free Plan - Available

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



The quick links menu is a menu with commonplaces users often want to get to on YouTube (for example, my videos, or analytics).


It makes it easier to get there and thus saves us time and frustration trying to navigate there with YouTube's regular navigation which is a true pain saver.



Notification Commenting:

Free Plan - Available

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Legend Plan - Available



This helps you reply to comments directly from YouTube notifications instead of leaving the current page and getting into the video.


This is helpful in saving time and effort in replying to comments, especially if there are a lot of comments from different videos.


Emoji Picker:

Free Plan - Available

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Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


This gives you the option of adding emojis to your titles, descriptions, and tags.


This is a cute little feature though I don't feel it's very important and I don't use it as much.


I also don't recommend you use emojis in your titles since it might look like your doing too much to get attention, and as for tags, I don't know why would someone put emojis in tags? 🤔



COPPA Center:

Free Plan - Available

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


Following the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) new law to separate videos on YouTube to 2 groups: made for kids and not made for kids.


Every creator is now obliged to mark their videos as belonging to one of those categories.


YouTube has also taken its own initiative to scan videos and mark them themselves which can have various effects on the video.


Following this change, TubeBuddy has released a new feature that lets you scan your videos to find out how YouTube has marked them.


I'm not sure how reliant this feature is since it's new and I would rely on that.


Make sure you read more on COPPA and ensure you mark your videos correctly.



Advanced Video Embed:

Free Plan - Available

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



Sometimes you may want to embed your YouTube videos to your website or blog.


YouTube only gives a few limited options to do it and you have to go to the video watch page in order to get the embed code.


TubeBuddy's feature allows for more diverse embed options (for example, auto-play video, no video controls, force closed captions, etc') and also gives you the option of obtaining the embed code straight from the "My Videos" page.



Video Topic Planner:

Free Plan - Limited

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



The video topics planner is basically a place where you can write down your video topic ideas and add notes to them if you like.


I personally don't use it and just write it down somewhere else but it's a nice little feature and your welcome to use it.


Thumbnail Generator:

Free Plan - Limited

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



The thumbnail generator is as its name suggests a thumbnail generator for your YouTube videos.


I advise you don't use this feature since it's very basic and can produce low-quality thumbnails, and believe me don't want to cheap out on your video thumbnails, they are very very important!


I recommend you use a free web app called Canva or just Photoshop.


Playlist Actions:

Free Plan - Limited

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This feature lets you order and filter your playlists according to different orders you choose.

For example, you've got the option of ordering your videos according to engagement or watch time.


I personally didn't use this feature but I think it can be helpful to put your best videos at the top of a playlist for example if it's applicable.


Just play around with it and use it to your own needs.

Default Upload Profiles:

Free Plan - Limited

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



Your upload profile is a default set of options that goes along with all of your video uploads.

So if you want to have certain settings in your videos you won't have to redo it for every upload.


It's also useful if you want to have the same links or disclaimers in your descriptions.


YouTube only gives you 1 upload profile to use for all of your videos.

But what if you want to change your upload default according to the kind of video you upload?


Well, TubeBuddy has thought of that and this feature allows you to have more than 1 upload default.


I think it's a nice feature to have especially if you upload different kinds of videos to your channel.


Comment Filters:

Free Plan - Limited

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



Comment filters are useful if you're trying to find certain kinds of comments on your channel.

You might have hundreds and even thousands of comments as your channel grows and finding the ones you're after can be a real pain without a filter to help you find them.


YouTube's comment filtering is a bit limited and TubeBuddy provides some extra options for you.


This tool is useful especially later on in your YouTube journey.


Canned Responses:

Free Plan - Limited

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This tool is useful if you're replying to the same answers over and over in your comments.


Instead of typing the same answer again and again just click a button and choose the right kind of comment you want


End Screen Templates:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


If your using the same end screen templates in many different videos then having some end screen templates can speed up the process of new uploads and save you the hustle of creating these same end screens over and over again.



Card Templates:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


Just like the end screen templates, if your creating the same set of cards for many different videos then having some templates can help you speed up the process and save you some trouble.

Sunset Videos

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This feature lets you schedule a video to become private or unlisted as well as be removed from playlists.


This can come in handy if your uploading time-sensitive videos that are up for a specific purpose and time (for example, you might be promoting an event or a webinar which will be at a certain time and it makes no sense to leave the video up after that).


Scheduled Video Update:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


This feature lets you schedule certain updates to your video in the future.

For example, you can schedule the title, descriptions, tags, and the thumbnail to be changed at a certain time for some reason.


You can change the video's privacy (private, unlisted, public) and so on.


Might come in handy if you've got a reason for it.


Scheduled Publish:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


This feature lets you schedule a video to become public in the future.

This is already available with regular YouTube functions so...


Publish To Facebook:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This feature lets you publish your video natively to your Facebook page straight from YouTube in a few clicks.


YouTube and Facebook have become rivals in the video world and publishing YouTube links to FB is not the best strategy anymore.


Today it's better to publish your video natively to FB so that Facebook promotes your video better.


A cool little feature that saves time.



Comment Spotlight:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - N/A

Legend Plan - Available



This feature lets you highlight comments from your Patreon supporters and recent subscribers so that you can more easily thank them for example.


This is a great way to connect with your most avid fans.


I really liked this one!


TubeBuddy's Bulk Processing Tools:


Demonetization Double-Check:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


This feature lets TubeBuddy scan for videos in your channel which have been demonetized or marked to be unfit to show ads and lets you submit your videos for review in bulk.


This can help you make more money from YouTube ads by finding those demonetized videos and by submitting them in bulk it saves you a lot of time and hustle.


Bulk Update Playlists:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This feature lets you change privacy settings, ordering and filtering across multiple or all of your playlists at once.


This can help you save time as well as change the order of the videos in a playlist according to your needs (for example you could order your videos from the most popular to the least so that these get the most views).


Bulk Update End-Screens & Cards:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


As the name says this feature lets you bulk update your end-screens & cards.

This can come in handy if you're making big changes to your channel, for example, changing an external link in your end-screens.


Again doing it in bulk saves you time and hustle.


Bulk Thumbnail Overlays:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


This feature lets you add an overlay to a lot of video thumbnails at once.

It can come in handy if you want to add your own logo or a sponsor's logo to the thumbnails in all of your videos or just in certain playlists.


Bulk Find, Replace, & Append:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


This feature lets you find certain words or links in your video titles and descriptions and replace/remove them.


This is useful if you want to change a link or certain words in all or some of your videos and don't have the time to do it manually.



Bulk Delete End Screens & Cards:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


This feature lets you delete all or certain end screens & cards from your videos.

I can see it come in handy if you're looking to delete a certain link end screen or video promotion element that is no longer relevant.


Bulk Copy End Screen & Cards:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


This feature lets you copy end screens and cards in bulk.

This can come in handy if you want to place the same end screen and cards across all of your videos.


To be honest I don't know how this can benefit you.


TubeBuddy's Video SEO Tools:


View & Copy Video Tags:

Free Plan - Available

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This feature lets you see a video's tags and copy them (not just your videos).

This can come in handy if you want to see what's working for your competitors and maybe taking some of those tags for your own videos.


I like this!


Tag Sorter:

Free Plan - Available

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Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This lets you sort your tags from the most important one to the least important one.

This can help YouTube understand what your video is about.


According to YouTube, tags don't have or have very little influence over a video's SEO.

With that said if it does have any weight on SEO, I think we should do everything under our control to help it rank.


Tag Lists:

Free Plan - Limited

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


This feature lets save lists of tags for later use.

I find this feature not necessary since each video needs specific tags.


Suggested Tags:

Free Plan - Limited

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This feature gives you a list of suggested tags for your specific video as well as related to tags to your channel.

It does so by analyzing your titles too look for the most relevant and popular tags to your video and it looks at your channel tags to give you some related ones.


Search/Keyword Explorer:

Free Plan - Limited

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This is TubeBuddy's keyword research tool.

In my opinion, it's not too accurate and I wouldn't recommend relying too heavily on it.


Insta-Suggest:

Free Plan - Limited

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


When typing out tags manually, this feature automatically offers suggestions as auto-completes to what your typing.


It's a nice feature that offers tags you might not have thought about.


Search Ranking:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This is a nice way to track where your video is ranking according to each of your tags.


SEO Studio:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This is a new feature that TubeBuddy has released and it helps you optimize your video's SEO (search engine optimization) by asking you to input your main keyword that you're trying to rank for that video and checking your title, description, and tags to see if you've included that keyword and where.


It will give you an SEO score and some suggestions to help you best optimize your video metadata for search engine optimization.


Best Practice Audit:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This tool scans your videos and checks to see that your following YouTube recommendations as well as check for any broken links in the description.


It's an excellent feature to have in my opinion to better optimize and make sure your videos are on point.


Opportunity Finder:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


This feature gives you suggestions to help grow your channel according to video performance and analytics.


Video A/B Tests:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - N/A

Legend Plan - Limited



This is a pretty remarkable feature that is only available at the Legend plan and it basically allows you to increase the amount of view your videos get by doing split testing.


With split testing, you can clearly see if, for example, which thumbnail is better then the other which will consequently increase the number of clicks your video gets.


Doing split testing is one of the absolute best ways to grow.


Tag Translator:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - N/A

Legend Plan - Available



This lets you translate your tags to other languages to gain a bigger viewership.

People who speak other languages and are searching in their own language will be able to find your videos more easily.


Search Rank Tracking:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - Limited

Legend Plan - Limited


This feature lets you track certain keywords to see if and how your videos are ranking for those keywords on YouTube as well as Google.


It also lets you track how your competitors are ranking for those keywords.



Auto Translator:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - N/A

Legend Plan - Limited



This feature lets you translate your titles and descriptions to other languages.

This is more crucial than translating tags since the title and description have a higher SEO impact on your video.


This will help you tap into a global community instead of just those who speak your language natively.


TubeBuddy's Promotion Tools:


Vid2Vid Promotion:

Free Plan - Available

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


This feature allows you to promote your most recent upload in all of your older video descriptions.


This can help you drive traffic from those videos to your most recent one.


It can also come in handy if you're running a competition or a giveaway video and want people to know about it.


Subscriber Outreach:

Free Plan - Available

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

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This lets you connect with your subscribers on other platforms aside from YouTube.

It can help you build a following on other social platforms, shout out your subscribers outside of YouTube, help you get to know who your subscribers are a lot better, and even collaborate with them.


Share Tracker:

Free Plan - Available

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This lets you share your videos on different social networks and mark them so you remember where you shared your videos.


It also lets you do it straight from the "My Videos" page instead of going into the watch page to do it.


Pick A Winner:

Free Plan - Available

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This feature lets you randomly pick a winner from your comments or choose from those who have included certain words in their comments.


This is an amazing tool that can help you run contests and giveaways much easier.


You could use a hashtags word and choose only those who use it to increase brand awareness.


Social Monitor:

Free Plan - Available

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This feature lets you monitor and see where your video is shared by other people and by who.


This will let you know that your video is gaining popularity and you'll also be able to shout out the people who share it.


Language Analysis:

Free Plan - Available

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Legend Plan - Available



This feature lets you see the language of your viewers which can help you decide to what language do you want to translate your tags, titles, descriptions, or even create closed captions in different languages which can increase your overall reach.


Demonetization Audit:

Free Plan - Available

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This feature checks your video and scans for any words that might potentially cause it to be demonetized or unfit to show ads on.


It's a great tool that can help you make sure you get the most amount of money possible from ads.



Comment Word Cloud:

Free Plan - Available

Pro Plan - Available

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This gives a visual representation of what people speak about in the comments of a video.

It helps you easily see what people feel about the video and might even spark some new video ideas.


Instead of going through the comments this tool lets you see the most used words.


Channelytics:

Free Plan - Available

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



Channelytics lets you see all your channel's stats in a glance as well as compare your channel to other channels.


Channel Valuation:

Free Plan - Available

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available



This feature lets you see a valuation of your channel and give you an indication of how much could you charge brands for a dedicated video or a shout out.


It's good if you plan on becoming an influencer, getting brand deals, or even sell your channel someday.


Your channel is an asset after all.


This service is provided by Social Bluebook.


Health Report:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - Available

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


This feature gives you an overall look at your channel's health and performance.

To be honest you can get that information from your YouTube analytics so I don't see the big need for it.



Channel Backup:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - Limited

Star Plan - Available

Legend Plan - Available


This lets you back up the metadata of your videos like tags, descriptions, titles, etc' and on the Star and Legend plan, it lets you export it as a CSV file.


I can't think of a reason to do it but maybe you can?


Brand Alerts:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - Limited

Legend Plan - Available


This feature alerts you every time someone uploads a video about you or your competitors.

It's great if you want to monitor it and know what people think about you or your competitors.


Retention Optimizer:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - N/A

Legend Plan - Available


This helps you figure out what content on your channel keeps viewers engaged and which one drives them away.


It's a great way to improve your intros, end screens, and general content.



Export Comments:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - N/A

Legend Plan - Available


This gives you the option of exporting your comments to a CSV file and analyze them on a spreadsheet for various reasons and purposes.


Competitor Upload Alert:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - N/A

Legend Plan - Limited


This lets you track when a competitor uploads a video.

I mean... Just subscribe to their channel...


Competitor Scorecard:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - N/A

Legend Plan - Limited



This gives you different stats and compares your channel vs those of your competitors.

This can give you an indication of how you're doing relatively in the market and where you can improve.


Channel Access:

Free Plan - N/A

Pro Plan - N/A

Star Plan - N/A

Legend Plan - Available


With this feature, you can grant access to your TubeBuddy account to different people.

It's great if you want someone else to manage your channel, or if you're managing a channel for a client or if you want to share your TubeBuddy license with other people.


Other features aside from all of these are integrations with different platforms like Social Bluebooks, Magic Links, Patreon, etc', as well as different member perks you get as a TubeBuddy user like access to channel graphics and sound effects.


To Summarize:

TubeBuddy is a great help to your channel's productivity and optimization.

Some of its features are better than others, but for the price you pay you get a ton of functionalities.


I personally enjoy using TubeBuddy and it has helped me a lot!

So I highly recommend you give it a try as well.


If you decide to upgrade, then use the coupon code OenBuddy at the checkout to get a special 20% off.



Have any questions or want to share your thoughts?

Leave a comment below I'd love to hear what you have to say!


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