Being a YouTuber is hard work. Between finding ideas for your videos, writing scripts, and actually filming and uploading, YouTubers need a full suite of skills and a lot of time on their hands. That’s why some of the most successful content creators use software tools to make their lives easier. There are actually a ton of Chrome extensions for YouTube out there, covering everything from SEO to strategy and uploading.
Let’s dive into some of the best ones.
Bet you didn’t know you could manage your YouTube channel from a browser extension? With TubeBuddy, you get video optimization tools, SEO tips, a data platform, and a whole lot more. It’s a great way to improve on the analytics you get from YouTube for free.
Social Blade might just be the best way to get data on YouTube channels and other social platforms. You can track the growth of subscribers and views over time, see which tags a video uses, and even get a grade for your channel based on its performance. It’s also an excellent tool for analyzing the competition.
YouTubers and content creators need all the help they can get to beat the YouTube algorithm. With vidIQ, you’ll get data you can use to make sure your next video is a great one. Get info on competing channels, optimize your videos for SEO, research your audience, and more all with one extension.
Sometimes you just want a live count of your subscribers, say because you’re launching a big video or a new campaign and you want to know how effective it is. That’s what Streamities does; it adds a live subscriber count to your YouTube Creator Studio.
Have you ever noticed that YouTubers seem to change their thumbnails and titles every so often? It’s a deliberate strategy; they’re testing to see which thumbnail version gets the most views. With CreatorML, you can see the kind of impact these changes have on a video’s performance — and steal some tricks for your own strategy.
One of the big elements affecting the success of your video? The tags you use. Tags are one way you can tell the YouTube search engine what your video is about, making it easier to bump up your viewer count. With the YouTube Tags extension, you can see the tags similar channels use and add them to your own videos.
YouTube Upload Timer
Some extensions just do a very specific thing better than the platform for which they’re built. The YouTube Upload Timer extension is one of them. All it does is give you a way to schedule your YouTube uploads, whether it’s because you want to try uploading at specific times or you just don’t want your upload impacting your internet speeds.
SEO — search engine optimization — is just as important for YouTube creators as it is for marketers. Because YouTube has a search engine, there are things you can do to make your videos rank higher in search results. Ahrefs is a Chrome extension for YouTube that gives you the data you need to optimize your videos for SEO.
If you’ve been on YouTube for a while, you know that bad-faith copyright strikes are a big problem. YouTube Orange is an extension that gives creators a way to fight back against this. By uploading your videos to Vimeo, you can feed a new link for a video that gets taken down to a YouTube page, meaning your subscribers will never know it even happened.
There are a ton of great YouTube Chrome extensions out there for viewers. Whether it’s blocking ads, optimizing their viewing experience, or even custom translation options, viewers are spoiled for choice. But creators? Not so much.
So what if you could build your own?
PixieBrix is a low-code platform you can use to enhance your experience as a YouTube creator, all without a ton of technical knowledge. And because it’s a Chrome extension, it slots right into your browser.
But you don’t have to build everything yourself. The PixieBrix Marketplace is full of pre-built mods you can add to your browser in just a few clicks. Mods like:
- A YouTube Upload Checklist: Every time you upload a video, a sidebar will pop up to remind you to get those last few steps down just before you send it out into the world.
- A YouTube Search Menu: Imagine being able to search YouTube from any website? With PixieBrix, you can do just that.
- YouTube Chapters: You know those links in a YouTube description that let you jump to a specific time in a video? This PixieBrix mod gives you a quick and easy way to add them.
These are just a few of the things you can do with PixieBrix. The best part? You can start optimizing your YouTube experience right now, absolutely free.
Want to see what else you can do with PixieBrix? Come join us in the PixieBrix Slack Community. It’s a place for people like you — looking for ways to get more out of their websites — to share ideas and help each other out. Hope to see you there!