Creating YouTube videos can change your life. For me it started as a hobby but led to earning hundreds of thousands of dollars, quitting my job, and helping millions of people with my videos.
If you want to start or grow a YouTube channel there are several resources that can make it easier. I’ve personally used each and every item on this list as I grew my YouTube channel to earning $10K per month.
This list of YouTube resources can help you share your message and change lives… including your own.
SEO & Idea Research
One way to succeed on YouTube is to go after search traffic since YouTube is a huge search engine. These tools can help you research what people are typing and generate ideas for videos.
TubeBuddy – TubeBuddy is a FREE browser extension & mobile app that integrates directly into YouTube to help you run and grow your channel. They offer paid plans that allow you to use more powerful keyword research tools that can help you validate video ideas.
In addition it’s one of the few tools trusted by YouTube that allows you to do higher level activities like A/B testing thumbnails.
Thumbnails are a crucial element of getting people to watch your videos. Many of the biggest YouTube creators won’t even make a video until they have an amazing thumbnail idea. These programs can help you create thumbnails people want to click.
Adobe Creative Suite – Using the Adobe tools like PhotoShop can help you create thumbnails that stand out from the crowd. There are many tutorials online that show you how to use these powerful tools to make a thumbnail that pops.
Additionally if you are paying for the full Adobe Creative Suite you also have access to their professional video editing program Adobe Premiere Pro.
Canva – Canva is one of the best free editing programs out there for creating YouTube thumbnails. The paid version gives you even more tools for creating thumbnail designs that stand out. The paid version includes tools like background remover that make the unique process of YouTube thumbnails much faster.
Canva comes with some free template ideas you can use to start off or create unique designs from scratch. With the powerful photo editing and super easy graphic creation this should be a tool every YouTuber uses.
After creating videos you will want to market those videos and any other projects you start around your channel. You can do this in a number of ways but some of the most popular include social media and email marketing.
Convert Kit – Convert Kit is a leader in email marketing for creators. It’s a great email marketing platform for Etsy sellers to nurture an audience over time. This is the number one area most YouTubers ignore but it is a strong way to build a business behind the scenes. If YouTube stops showing your videos you can still reach your audience via email.
ConvertKit is one of the best options for email lists for YouTubers because they are an ideal fit for creators with a largely social presence. You can create landing pages, send emails, and even use ConvertKit to sell products directly to your audience!
Tailwind – This tool helps you manage and grow Instagram and Pinterest accounts to promote your videos.
Tailwind lets you schedule photos and videos on Instagram, gives hashtag suggestions and more. It also automatically pins at the best time for engagement and reach for major traffic growth.
Marketing on social media is necessary for most YouTube creators and Tailwind can help you find success while saving time.
YouTube Success Planner – It is easy to get overwhelmed by the number of ideas and many moving parts of being a YouTube creator. That’s why I created this planner to help other creators get organized and manage their content ideas.
The planner can be used digitally or printed out for on paper brainstorming. It’s especially useful for brainstorming video ideas and many people grab just that section to use over and over again.