Nov 05

Socialblade: Competitive Analysis of Your YouTube Competitors

How to Use Socialblade to Do Competitive Research on YouTube Competitors

Socialblade is a YouTube Partnership network. One of the trademarks of the socialblade website is a tool that allows you to quickly do in depth, competitive research on your YouTube channel and the channels of your competitors.

On January 17th 2013, I began my YouTube journey with one goal in mind, to get a gaming channel partnership. I spent enormous amounts of time learning every way I could grow my channel. I took a self directed crash course in video editing, hardware setup, social media, how to use YouTube, and much much more. Nearly a year on my goals have grown and changed significantly. I no longer want a gaming channel. I have learned both through observation and personal experience about how valuable a traffic source YouTube can be.

One of the awesome tools that I found along my journey is the Socialblade YouTube Statistics Tool. This article is a step by step tutorial that also includes a video breakdown of the tool. I have been planning to do a tutorial on this tool for some time. I checked the website a few weeks ago and they just recently updated the look and added some new features so this is the best time to release this tutorial.

 

Step Number 1:How to get your stats

You need to find the user name of the channel who’s stats you want to check. You can do this by navigating to the channel page of the channel you would like to check and copying the username from the url.

Find your YouTube username

How to find your YT username

 

Step Number Two: How to get your Stats

Paste the username into the box that says “Enter Your YouTube Username” in the top left corner of the Socialblade homepage and then hit the orange check stats button. This will take you to your stats overview page.

Socialblade YouTube tool

Enter your YouTube username into the Socialblade Tool

Step Number 3: Viewing you channel stats overview

Now that you are on the Channel Stats Overview page you can view your a number of different things:

  1. Total Grade-An overall grade of your channel. (Dont feel bad if you grade is low, there is high competition)
  2. Subscriber Rank- How many users have a higher number of subscribers than you.
  3. Video View Rank- How many channel have more views than you.
  4. Social Blade Rank- This is a rank that social blade has come up with that tries to determine a quality score for you channel above and beyond views and subscribers. This rank was created to combat the use of buying views and subscribers to really get a quality score.
Socialblade channel stats overview.

Socialblade channel stats overview.

Step Number 4: More Channel Stats.

If you scroll down a bit more you can quickly get data on:

  1. View count from the last 30 days.
  2. Subscriber increase from the last 30 days.
  3. Estimated monthly earnings
  4. Estimated yearly earnings.
  5. You can tell which network(If any) the channel is partnered with.
  6. You can check out all of the channels associated social media accounts that are listed on the channel header.

This is great information to have at a glance to judge how a channel is doing.

More Channel Stats

More Channel Stats

Step Number 5: Even more channel stats!

If you scroll down to the next section you can see user statistics for a date range of roughly the last month. Here you can see:

  1. The date the information was recorded(Socialblade doesn’t crawl every single day but they crawl quite a bit)
  2. The daily change in subscribers as well as the total for that day.
  3. The change in video views as well as the total for that day.
  4. The change in contacts as well as the total number of contacts.
  5. And lastly the estimated earnings for channel on those days.
Sociablade statistics Table

Channel Statistics Table

Step Number 6: More great features to check out on socialblade’s website

If you look over to the left side of the page you should see a box that is labeled “Categories”. In this box you will see links for the following:

  1. User Summary(That is the page the we just went over above)
  2. Subscriber Growth-Very similar to the subscriber growth part of the chart we went over above.
  3. Future Projections- This chart allows takes your current rate of growth and predicts when you will reach subscriber and view goals. This is an interesting tool to get an idea of where you are going. This can be very useful for those who want to get an idea of when they will reach partnership requirements.
  4. Monthly Statistics- A chart that tracks your daily changes in views, subscribers, contacts, and earnings for roughly the last 30 days. You can also share your statistics to facebook, twitter, google plus, stumbleupon, and via email.
  5. Featured Boxes- From here you can see who has featured your channel as well as who you feature. You can view the daily and monthly increase in subscribers and views of those channels as well. You could use this to find out who in your niche is featuring who and oureach to them to feature you as well.
  6. Similar Channels- This is a place for you to view channels that have a similar rank as yours. This isnt where you find channels that have similar content, just similar stats.
  7. Recent videos- You can check information about your recent videos like likes, views, comments, earnings, and more. You can sort by the “30 Latest”, “30 most viewed”, and “30 Highest Rated”.
More Statistics Categories

More Statistics Categories

Step Number 8: Watch this video for more information about these categories.

The time stamps for the different topics are in the description of the video. Skip to {Insert Time here} to skip the topics already covered in this post and get straight down to learning more about these categories.

I hope this post has really sparked some ideas as to how you can use the Socialblade YouTube tool creatively both to gather information about your own channel and to do a bit of spy work on your competitors. That being said this tool is by no means a replacement for the YouTube Analytics in in the video manager section of YouTube. It is meant to be more of a compliment that can help you make better decisions about who to interact with, how to grow your channel, and when your channel will reach certain landmarks.

Follow me on twitter @amatureithelp to keep up to date on all of my latest  tips and tutorials.

 

 

 

 

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Oct 23

Embed Test 1

Embed Test 1

 

 

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Oct 18

Tweetables and Embedables

Have you ever embedded a post from facebook, twitter, instagram, or Google+ on your blog?

Recently I stumbled across the ability to do this. Needless to say I was pretty excited that day. Then a few days later I though to myself “If facebook posts are embeddable, what other social sites have embeddable posts?” Low and behold darn near all of the big ones.

This is just a natural evolution of social media. Before the option to embed a post your post would die off after a week, maybe two tops. But with this new feature you have the ability to generate activity from old posts for an indefinite amount of time(Assuming your blog has enough traffic).

In this post I am going to Embed a post from each of the major social networks as well as break down how to do this. One of the things that had me stumped for some time on different sites(Mainly Facebook) was the privacy setting that you have to either enable or disable in order to embed a post.

First we will begin with facebook

 

Next we will move on to Instagram

Go to instagram.com/yourprofilename

Click on a photo and down at the bottom you will see a square with three horizontal dots.

Click on that and you will see the option to embed the post.

Keep in mind that this also works for video as well!

How to embed a Google+ Post

  Google+ is by far the easiest post type to embed. You simply go to the post you would like to embed. Find the small down arrow on the top, left hand side of the post and click it. Scroll down until you find embed post. Copy that code into your blog and you are golden.

Pintrest Now Allows Embedding!!

Last but not least we have twitter.

 

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Oct 13

Sharing Social Made Easy. Buffer vs Hootsuite vs IFTTT

Three Time-Saving Applications To Help You To Manage Your Social Networking Activities

It had to happen – the exponential growth of social networking websites and their rapidly growing adoption by business and personal users alike, has led to yet another daily task that needs to be completed.

If you use Facebook, Twitter and other similar sites purely for leisure and pleasure then it’s probably no big deal to update it. In fact, it’s all part of the fun.

For commercial organisations however, it’s a different story. As the marketing model encompasses more and more social networking sites the workload for the staff in that department grows pro-rata. Posts have to be updated, collated, submitted and then monitored, reported upon and amended or updated as required.

It all adds up to a significant task list for someone and that someone may need a little help.

Which brings me to the subject of this review. What is the availability of time-saving applications to assist with these tasks. How can busy marketing staff get help with the ever-increasing workload involved with running an up-to-date social networking function for the business?

Today, we are going to look at the offerings of three web-based solutions to that very problem:

Hootsuite – https://hootsuite.com

Bufferapp – https://bufferapp.com

IFTTT – https://ifttt.com

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is perhaps the most developed and feature-rich of the three sites mentioned and offers a range of useful facilities including:

  1. The ability to manage all social networks from a single dashboard.
  2. Social analytics – a management dashboard for bringing together analytics data from the social sites that you work with such as Facebook Insights, Google Analytics and Twitter Profile Stats.
  3. Hootsuite Teams – enables you to map individuals within your organisation to their specific responsibilities in managing a particular aspect of the social networking portfolio.
  4. Apps – Hootsuite provide Android, iPhone and iPad apps for their users

Bufferapp

Bufferapp works on the principle that you and your team can maintain a buffer of activities throughout the day and release those activities at pre-ordained times. Facilities include:

Single dashboard access – to all nominated accounts

Detailed analytics – pull together statistics and other analytics data from all connected sites

Custom scheduling – to release content as and when desired

Apps – There are various apps available including those for iPhone and Android.

IFTTT

This is by far the most technical of the three services reviewed and you get a flavour of that as soon as you discover what the acronym IFTTT actually means. IF This Then That is a concept that allows the user to automate the process of interacting with social networking sites and responding to “triggers” such as being tagged on Facebook.

The site was created and launched in 2010 by Linden Tibbets. Instead of adopting a dashboard management style, IFTTT uses a system of actions and recipes. So for example you could set it up so that IF you were mentioned in a Facebook posts (This) I want an email to be sent to me (Then).

The combination of these processes is referred to as a “recipe”.

IFTTT is a powerful beast and would require dedication and effort to set up but the payoff would be significant in terms of time-saved and the high level of automation achieved.

Pricing

Hootsuite Bufferapp IFTTT
Free – Up to 5 profiles Free – Single connect Currently free to use, no fees apply.
Pro – $9.99/month up to 100 profiles Awesome – 12 connects, $10/month
Enterprise – unlimited profiles, POA. Small Business – $50/month 50 connects. Larger plans also available

 

So with Hootsuite being the arguably the easiest to use and with a lower entry point than Bufferapp those of us who find IFTTT a little too technical would probably go for that. My inner technical subconscious Jiminy Cricket, however, keeps telling me that IFTTT would be worth persevering with. Try them all for free and see which suits your business best.

 

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Oct 05

Sneak Peak at upcoming products

This site is bland right now. But dont let that fool you. I am building a couple of different products at the moment.

The first project has been a goal of mine for about 9 months and it is finally moving closer to fruition. The comprehensive empire avenue strategy guide for newbies. This guide is going to contain all of the information that I have personally learned as well as a HUGE amount of techniques that I have picked up from different Empire Avenue Users.

This is a sneak peekof the presentation. I am also testing out the embed code for google docs.

 

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Sep 27

New Additions to The YouTube Video Manager. Creator Tools and Community tabs.

New Creator Tools and Community Tabs.

If you have checked your video manger recently on your YouTube channel then you have probably seen some new tabs pop up. I logged in today and low and behold I had two new tabs on my channel. A Community tab as well as a Creators Tools Tab.

The odd thing is that one of my channels had both the community tab and the creator tools tab and one channel only had the creator tools tab.  The community tab has a message that clearly states that it is still in beta so that could have something to do with why some channels have both and some do not.

Here is a video that details all of the new changes.

 

Vide Creator Academy!!

In other awesome YouTube news Video Creator Academy is going to run its First ever Free and public channel certification program. The program is called maximize your channel and it is free to the general public. This is extremely exciting especially for us lower level youtube partners (mere adsense collectors) .

Programs like this have until know only been available to paying customers and Full Network Partners. Thsi is extremely exciting for me and I am sure many thousands of YouTubers out there. The program begins on September 30th and runs until October 18th. Once you have completed the program you will receive certification from Youtube.

 

This oppourtunity for me personally could not have come at a better time. I am in the process of starting up a local seo and video marketing business in my home town and having a legitimate YouTube Certificate for FREE can’t do anything but help my credibility with future client.

The link to the sign up form for Maximize My Channel is on this page  http://youtubecreator.blogspot.com/

To sign up for the Maximixe My Channel Program as well as to learn more about the new features in your dash board click this link http://youtubecreator.blogspot.com/

 

Thank you for reading. Take care and have a wonderful day.

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Sep 18

My Plans For Amature IT Help Station

What Amatureithelpstation.com is all about

Hello Visitor,

I began with a small goal in mind, to create a YouTube channel that was focused around tech tutorials, unboxings, and game plays. Along my journey my goal has grown much bigger than that and it has changed. Shortly after beginning my trek down the path to a partnered YouTube channel I realized I would also need a website.  Then I realized I would need an extensive social media presence. As I got deeper into the internet world I realized that as I was learning all of these different things I could create video tutorials on them as well.

My First Blogging Experience

Blogger, Worpdress, Which is better

Blogger vs WordPress

I had my first blogging experience using blogger,  wordpress.com and then empower network. With these experiences I decided that I would like to build a monetized website instead of just a simply educational website. That was the turning point when I really began to become interested in driving traffic.

How I learned to drive traffic

Any one who has done research about how to drive traffic online has without question come across the idea that video is an integral part of web traffic. That is indisputable. What is more than that YouTube, is the worlds second largest search engine as well as a video platform. In my search for information I have found a number of YouTube channels such as James Wedmore, ReelSEO, and Video Creators that have helped me learn strategies that can help convert traffic on YouTube to web traffic, increase engagement on YouTube, and general best practices.

Where I Intend to go from here

I have created this website and am going to be doing website tutorials on how I am building it from start to finish.  I am going to show you how to do virtually every aspect of the WordPress dashboard, how to configure a number of plugins, how to change themes, how to organize your site, and much , much more. All of this is in conjunction with a YouTube channel, social media, communication best practices such as how to run an email newsletter, analytics both for YouTube and websites, an much more. I also intend to do tutorials on things like affiliate marketing, list building, capture pages, and other complex traffic strategies and tips.

I hope that you choose to join me on this journey as I improve my skills first and then teach you how to improve your skills as well. The main purpose of this post is to give a quick description of where this site is headed and what topics I am going to cover in the relatively near future. I wish you the best of luck and I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Phillip

 

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Twitter

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http://www.youtube.com/user/AmatureITHelp

 

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