Here are some insanely useful YouTube tools for creating videos, SEO, marketing and more. Having access to the best blogging tools and resources will help save time, help you work more efficiently, and get more views to your channel.
Running a successful YouTube channel is hard. If you’re starting from scratch or have a low budget, some of the tools out there might seem out of reach. You want your channel to make money but some of the best tools need money. Don’t worry, this post contains some of the best blogging resources and freebies for helping you grow your YouTube Channel.
10 Must Have YouTube Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed To Grow Your Channel
Starting a new YouTube channel can feel incredibly overwhelming. You might feel like there are about a thousand different things to do and tools you must have in order to succeed. Below is a list of all of my favorite resources that every new YouTuber needs to help grow their YouTube channel from side hustle to full-time hustle.
1. A Freestanding Blog
Having a blog is always a great idea. This is where you can share additional content with your viewers and embed or link to your YouTube video to get more views! When embedded into a blog post, any views the video gets counts towards its overall views.
If you are looking to set up a blog, I highly suggest going the self-hosted route. Not only is it better for you in the long run but you also have much more customization ability and you actually OWN the content you are publishing. When I started blogging, I used Bluehost because it was only a few bucks a month! You can also check out Siteground as it is one of the most user-friendly hosting companies around.
If you want to go a step further and pair your blog with Pinterest, you can grow your channel exponentially!
Canva is a great free platform that allows you to create all kinds of graphics. They even have templates for YouTube Channel Art and Thumbnails.
You can save your channels colors in the brand section of the website and have those colors readily available so you can stay consistent with your content.
You can also create printables, swipe files, and templates with Canva files to help grow your subscriber base. Canva has free templates to use and they also offer some free images.
3. Email Subscription Service
An email subscription service will allow you to capture your audience’s emails to later send them more content, update them when new videos go live, share freebies with them, and eventually sell them products if you would like.
A great free service for YouTubers starting out is Mailchimp. They have a great drag and drop template software, tons of free help, and great customer support.
4. Social Media Schedulers
Social media schedulers will be helpful for you to plan out your content and almost do social media on autopilot.
For Instagram and Facebook, Later is a great free option that allows you to schedule up to 30 posts a month, with an auto-schedule feature to both platforms. They also have a lot of other awesome features like the ability to plan out your Instagram feed before posting and an ability to save hashtags for easy accessibility. This also works for Twitter.
For Pinterest, Tailwind is the best. Tailwind has extensive features that help you get the most out of your Pinterest and therefore get the most out of your YouTube channel.
5. Asana or Trello for Tasks and Planning
Asana/Trello are both free project management software programs that can be used to brainstorm, plan and script your YouTube videos. Asana does a few more things than Trello but they both basically do the same thing.
This is a great tool to have that can be accessed anywhere you can have your smartphone.
TubeBuddy is a premiere YouTube Channel Management tool that allows you to do things like video embedding, card templates for your videos, comment filters, scheduled publishing to YouTube so you can schedule content in advance, an upload checklist and so much more.
They are free to use but if you want more advanced features you’ll have to sign up for a paid account. In fact, if you sign up for TubeBuddy here at the beginning of your channel, they give you a 50% discount for any account under 1,000 subscribers and if you choose to pay yearly, they will give you an additional 20% off.
This is a great tool that will not only help you make your videos look more professional but it will also make uploading and sharing your videos easier!
7. Keyword Research Tools
As I am sure you know, keywords are extremely important on YouTube. You will most definitely need some sort of keyword research tool to ensure you are able to be found in search.
YouTube Autocomplete is a super simple way to search for keywords for free. Start typing what your video is about and see the drop-down box showing autocomplete searches. You are able to use these keywords to help you appear higher in YouTube search resulting in more views.
Keywords Everywhere is also a great browser tool to research keyword results right from your internet browser or on YouTube,
Keywordtool.io is another platform you can use to search for keywords. For free they only give you the first 5 keywords that are unique to your search phrase. It is a very expensive option if upgrading but has been proven to be extremely worth it.
Another free way to find keywords that work on YouTube is by looking at your competitor’s top videos. If you go to a YouTuber that you consider to be a competitor, find their most popular videos and look at the keywords in the video’s title and description. Write these down and use them to your advantage. This way only works if you find a YouTuber that has around the same subscriber number as you.
8. Calendar Tool
Having some sort of a calendar tool will help you stay organized, plan your content and stay on track. You can simply use the calendar app on your phone, or you can sign up for something like Airtable to add additional features. They have a free option that is easy to use and offers unlimited bases, a 2-week revision and snapshot history along with file attachments, is available on all devices and is perfect for real-time collaboration if working with an editor or another YouTuber.
Airtable also has different paid plans depending on what you need for your channel and business. You can sign up for a free trial of AirTable here.
Grammarly is a great tool to ensure you are catching all spelling and grammar mistakes. You can sign up for a free account, get a Google Chrome Extension add on and it will not only help you when writing YouTube descriptions and scripts but it will also help you with writing emails and blog posts too!
10. YouTube Audio Library
Don’t risk getting that dreaded copyright strike. Save yourself the headache by using licensed royalty free music from YouTube’s own audio library. There are sound effects, sound tracks, and different audio files to use at no-cost to you! You can browse by different themes or instruments.
You have to look at each individual audio file to see what the usage terms are. Some require attribution. Some don’t. Take your audio to the next level with some sound effects and songs.
I hope these tools prove helpful to you and you are able to grow your channel with them!
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