In this blog post, we’re going to break down the features of both tools ( VidIQ vs Tubebuddy) and help you decide which one is right for you. So, which is it: vidIQ and tubebuddy? read on to find out!
What is Vidiq?
VidIQ is a web platform which shows you how well your YouTube videos are optimized for search, discoverability, engagement, social sharing and conversions.
They also offer call tracking feature which tracks where the leads come from. Their plan starts at $19/mo or $199/yr. You can have multiple users with separate login credentials paying for each account, but only one free trial account.
The features include: a competitive analysis , keyword discovery , YouTube analytic insights , YouTube tagging (similar to KeywordTagging for Google AdWords), and YouTube audience demographics.
What is TubeBuddy?
TubeBuddy is an auto transcription service, video SEO tool, bulk editor, bulk uploader and monetization platform with filtering options. It offers subscription plans starting at $49/mo or $480/yr.
They also offer a 14 day free trial which includes all features of the full package except that it only allows 5 videos to be edited instead of unlimited number of videos as in the full package.
The features available are: auto transcription , SEO scrape , analytics reports (similar to VidIQ’s analytic insights), bulk editing (of title, description & tags), pivot table pivot (sort data by views, likes, dislikes, comments or subscribers), monetization platform , bulk uploader (of videos only), email alerts & notifications and filters.
That means if someone else has uploaded a video with the same title as yours recently then Tubebuddy will show you that in your result but VidIQ won’t. Also, if someone has an extremely high view count for this particular keyword then it might not even up in either VidIQ’s or Tubebuddy’s results.
One of the main purposes of using either tool (vidIQ vs tubebuddy) is to help with keyword discovery for your videos. Both tools have a great amount of features when it comes to finding keywords. VidIQ offers a “keyword explorer” which is very in-depth and helpful for those who want to find new keywords as well as related keywords.
TubeBuddy offers a “keyword research” tab which gives you options for where to get your keyword data from (Google, YouTube, Bing) as well as other filters that can be used . The only downside is that it doesn’t show you how competitive the keyword is which can be found in VidIQ “competitive analysis” tab.
YouTube analytic insights
Both tools ( VidIQ vs Tubebuddy) offer YouTube analytic insights but in different ways. Tubebuddy’s tool shows you how your videos are performing right now while VidIQ offers historical data on the same part of the platform.
The main difference between the two is that TubeBuddy has a graph with views, likes, dislikes and comments all at different percentages where as VidIQ has these stats shown separately instead of together.
This can be helpful for some while others might find it easier to just see everything in one graph. Also, VidIQ only shows averages instead of totals which makes it more accurate when comparing channels/videos whereas Tubebuddy has an option to show total or averaged numbers .
YouTube tagging (similar to Keyword Tagging for Google AdWords)
Both tools ( VidIQ vs Tubebuddy) offer similar features in YouTube tagging. This is helpful especially for those who are not good with keywords and still want to make sure they use relevant keywords without overloading their video titles, descriptions or tags with unnecessary words.
TubeBuddy offers the ability to tag any word that appears in your video which can then be filtered through Tubebuddy’s “keyword research” option where you can see the amount of times the word is tagged throughout your uploaded videos as well as other data about it including how competitive it is .
VidIQ goes even further by offering a 10 step process for keyword optimization which includes adding up to 20 tags per step depending on how much time you have to go through each part of this process. The downside is that it can be a little overwhelming for those who are not used to using keywords.
It also offers an “uploader” which is helpful if you want to bulk upload videos instead of doing it one by one.
TubeBuddy’s channel management is located in the “tools” tab and includes an option for creating thumbnails, cards and end screens (which VidIQ doesn’t have) as well as other helpful features like the ability to rename your channel and change your profile picture.
Monetization and sponsorship
Both tools ( VidIQ vs Tubebuddy) have an option for monetization and sponsorship. VidIQ has a “monetize” tab which gives you data on your estimated earnings, the channels that are partnered with you and more.
TubeBuddy’s “monetize” tab is simpler in comparison and only shows you how much money you’ve made from ads on your videos as well as offering sponsorships.
The solo plan includes all of the capabilities of Tubebuddy plus the ability to generate coupons and track affiliate sites. The enterprise plan includes all of the capabilities of Tubebuddy plus white-labeling, custom coupons, and analytics/reporting for up to 10,000 users.
Tubebuddy offers a free plan for all of its features except coupons. The solo plan includes the ability to create coupons, track affiliate sites, and receive access to analytics/reporting. The enterprise plan includes the ability to generate custom coupons for up to 10,000 users, white-labeling for a business’ brand, and analytics/reporting.
VidIQ is a YouTube channel management tool that integrates SEO data, makes it possible to create customized keyword lists and YouTube channel watchlists.
Additionally, VidIQ offers a Chrome extension and a Pro plan. The table below outlines the pricing for each of these options:
The main difference between the two is that VidIQ offers more tools for video research, management and optimization which can be overwhelming for those who aren’t familiar with this type of stuff.
TubeBuddy’s tool is user-friendly, offers great features like tags (which VidIQ doesn’t offer) as well as other great things like end screens and thumbnails which are helpful if you want to create cards or custom thumbnails .
You can get started with TubeBuddy or Vidiq today. If you want to make the most out of your YouTube channel, don’t wait any longer.
Start by using VidIQ‘s competitive analysis tool and keyword discovery functionality to figure out what keywords are driving traffic for your competitors in order to optimize your videos accordingly. Next, check out our blog post on how much money you could be making off of monetization and sponsorship opportunities!
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