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TubeBuddy – menus and buttons

Naviget with TubeBuddy extension

When you install the extension, you’ll see many new buttons and menus on your screen, which might be confusing. In this video, we’ll explore how to navigate and discover all the useful tools provided by TubeBuddy. TubeBuddy is an extension for YouTube, offering over 70 tools to help you rank higher in searches, gain more views, and boost your productivity by saving time on repetitive tasks.

You can download the TubeBuddy extension for free from their website. If you’re interested in additional tools, there’s a subscription option available, but it’s important to note that you already get plenty of free tools. On my channel, you’ll find a playlist featuring tutorials on various tools, both free and paid, offered by TubeBuddy to help you make the most of the extension.

To start, click the link. It’ll take you to the TubeBuddy website. There, find the button to download the extension. Click it, then press “Get.” Now, sign up with your email. On your new dashboard (we’ll look at it later), you can add your channel. For the free account, add as many channels as you want.

Let’s go back to YouTube and see what the extension added to your screen

Let’s begin with the homepage. At the top, there’s a new button. When you click it, the entire screen turns white, and a big menu appears. On the left, there are four tabs.

The first one is a shortcut to some tools TubeBuddy recommends for you. The second tab shows updates from TubeBuddy, the third tab displays news from their blog, and the last one is for your channel, where you can download all the certificates. I have a detailed video explaining this; you can check it out for more information.

On the right side, there’s a black menu with a few sections. The first section provides shortcut links to things you often need when uploading or managing your channel, such as going to the content tab on YouTube Studio, playlists, comments, and analytics. It’s handy for quick access. The next section includes extension tools. These are SEO-based actions from TubeBuddy on YouTube itself, providing a shortcut to these tools for faster access. 

Following that, there’s a section with links to tools on your TubeBuddy website dashboard. We’ll explore those after going through all the YouTube tools. “My Account” contains links related to your account, like your dashboard and affiliate program dashboard. Then there’s a section for their community, and the last one is to get support from them. They respond quickly, just so you know. Their customer service is very good.

TubeBuddy’s Videolytics Tool

When you enter any YouTube video, you’ll find a bunch of analytics and tools. On the right side of the video, there’s “Videolytics” by TubeBuddy. It provides analytics for both the specific video and the channel as a whole. This information is valuable for deciding if a topic is suitable for a new video on your channel. You can also copy the tags using the button there. To close this box, click on the arrow on the right side. If you want to explore more tools like Advanced Embed, click on “Tools.” There’s also an option to compare this video to another video using its URL.

Under the video, you’ll find the tags cloud button, which is free from TubeBuddy. If you’ve created canned responses with TubeBuddy, you can use them for any comment. Please avoid spamming the comment section, as it’s not a good idea for your channel ranking on YouTube. As a free user, you can create one canned comment, and if you pay, you get unlimited.

TubeBuddy’s Channelitics Tool

When you go into the channel, on the main page, you’ll find “Channelitics” for the entire channel, allowing you to compare it to your channel. Another handy feature is the Channel ID, which you can copy for any necessary use. You can also close the Channelitics if you want to.

TubeBuddy menu on the YouTube Studio dashboard

Let’s use the shortcut to the YouTube Studio dashboard. Now, you’ll notice we still have the TubeBuddy menu button, but there’s a new button on the side. This side button will be present everywhere in the studio, and it changes when you enter a specific video editing window. Once again, you’ll find links to tools they want to highlight.

TubeBuddy menus on the content tab in YouTube studio

Now, let’s head to the Content tab, where you get more buttons and menus. You still have the top menu and the toolbox on the side, but now you have different options. At the top of the content, you’ll see a TubeBuddy logo with the title “Bulk and Misc Tools.” Clicking on it gives you various tools related to managing your videos with bulk tasks, saving a lot of time. Some tools here are part of the Pro and Legend plans, requiring payment, but there are more free tools in other parts of the studio.

Next, you’ll see a logo button on every video for specific tasks on each video individually. When opened, you find many tools across five tabs. The first tab offers quick links to tools, with some free options like Thumbnail Analyzer, Advanced Embed, and Pick a Winner, which I explain in videos. The next tab is the Launch Pad, a free tool to analyze a specific video and get a list of things to improve its ranking. The third tab provides quick links to analytics for this particular video, very useful. The fourth tab offers info about the video, allowing you to copy direct links and know the playlist it’s on – check out the tutorial video for details, and it’s free. The last tab is for notes.

Now, click on the Playlists tab. Here, you’ll find the TubeBuddy logo on each playlist, but with different options on the first tab, and these are free to use. I also have a video about this. The other tabs are similar to the ones on the videos list.

TubeBuddy in a specific video

Let’s dive into a specific video to explore more TubeBuddy buttons. Again, there’s the top menu, and on the side, the menu switches to specific tasks you can perform with this video. You’ll find a new quick menu on the side, allowing you to edit other videos without going back to the Content tab. Clicking on any video opens its edit window in this internet tab, so be sure to save changes before moving to another video.

On the left side, you’ll see the video thumbnail and another TubeBuddy logo, which is the same menu as in the full list of videos.

Now, let’s see what we have in the main video editing section. At the top, there’s a shortcut for testing different elements of the video, like another thumbnail or title. This feature works only with the Legend subscription.

Below the title, there’s a Title Generator, which I find helpful for making titles tighter with small suggestions.

Most tools here are for paid members.

Next is the Chapter Editor, a time-saver that I believe helps improve video ranking. You can find a video tutorial.

The Thumbnail Analyzer is free, and there’s a video about it.

The Thumbnail Generator is free but limited, and I find it easier to create thumbnails on Canva.

TubeBuddy Tags tools

When you scroll down to the tags box, double-tap on any tag, and it opens a window with the SEO Studio to decide what to do with the tags. This works for free users but is limited to 3 results. I rarely use it because tags are not as important anymore, but I do use the other tag tools they have. Scroll a bit more, and you’ll find a list of ideas for tags. Click on one, and it inserts it into the tag box, making the process faster. Don’t need to pay much attention to tags; just throw in tags you get from the suggestions. There are also tag tools to copy and translate tags, which are free.

TubeBuddy templets

If you go into the End Screen and Card Editor, you’ll find the TubeBuddy button that gives you the option to add a template for cards and end screens. This is a great idea to include both and can help you get more views on your channel. The shortcut makes it faster to add the card and end screen, ensuring you won’t forget them.

On the right side of the main video editing section, you’ll find more tools. The Upload Default is handy to save time on copying and pasting the same information. There are limited options for free users, and I have a video about it too.

You can create a profile in the settings for the entire channel and apply it to videos with the same description and tags. You can select from the list of profiles and choose what you want to change in the video metadata. The best practice is to assist with additional elements you can add to the video to help it rank higher and get more views. This is a paid tool.

Now, let’s explore some more buttons in the YouTube Studio.

If you’re in a specific video, you can navigate to the analytics for that video. There, you’ll find a small button offering suggested shorts. You can try this feature for free with 5 suggestions, and after that, it becomes a paid option. The suggestions are based on the analytics of the video, so having some data beforehand is necessary for accurate recommendations.

In the YouTube editor, there’s a button for template cards and end screens, which is a time-saver if you want to enhance engagement with your content.

TubeBuddy’s Comments tools

In the comment tab, you’ll find additional features for responding to comments. You can use editing options like bold and emojis to make your comments stand out. There’s also the TubeBuddy logo, providing canned responses you created earlier, allowing you to answer questions without repeating the same text each time.

If you’re in the subtitles tab of the video, TubeBuddy provides suggestions for additional languages that you can use to translate the subtitles.

TubeBuddy analytics tools

Back on the main dashboard

In the main analytics tab, there’s a box with suggestions on when to publish your video.

Clicking on the settings tab, you’ll notice next to the default upload, there’s a TubeBuddy logo. This is for additional default uploads that you can utilize while uploading a video or when editing the video afterward. As a free user, you get one more default upload setting, while paid users can have as many as they want. I’ve also created a very detailed video about this tool.

TubeBuddy’s main dashboard on their website

Great! It seems like we’ve covered every button and menu of the TubeBuddy extension on YouTube. Now, let’s head to the TubeBuddy dashboard on their site, where you’ll find even more tools. Yes, more tools, This extension has a lot of cool features. 

Click on the top menu in TubeBuddy and find “My Dashboard.” You’ll land on the TubeBuddy website dashboard. If not, just sign in with Google and click on “My Account.” On the main dashboard, you’ll see all the channels connected to TubeBuddy. From here, you can upgrade your account, but be careful with the right channel choice because you can’t change it after upgrading.

On the left side, there’s a general menu for various tasks. Check out the affiliate program; they are generous, and you don’t need a paid membership to promote them. Looking at the main dashboard, you can see I have one channel on the Legend plan and others on the free plans. On the free plans, you’ll notice things you can click on are in bolder colors, while what you can’t do is grayed out.

From here, you can manage the actions you’ve taken, such as canned comments and A/B testing. When you enter one of the tools, you’ll find the specific channel menu, and you can access each tool from the left sidebar. You can also switch channels from the top menu. If you want to return to the main dashboard, click on “Back to Home.”

If you want to learn how to use each of these tools, whether they are free or paid, If you are serious about YouTube, whether you use the free or paid version, this tool is a must to help your channel grow faster.


TubeBuddy is a user-friendly YouTube management browser extension that enhances content creators’ workflow. With features like tag optimization, analytics, and thumbnail generation, TubeBuddy empowers creators to optimize their videos, grow their audience, and streamline their YouTube experience.

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