An amazing tool to do YouTube keyword research quickly and cheaply (tutorial).

    Learn how to do keyword research for YouTube, come up with video ideas based on user searches and parse keyword phrases with tools similar to Ubersuggest for YouTube.

    Only a few years ago the majority of marketers laughed when I told them that there's a thing called SEO for YouTube. Some of them are still laughing actually, while others had jumped on the bandwagon and joined the YouTube SEO party which is getting more traction every day. You can always tell whether things are going mainstream by the amount of tools on the market that deal with a particular problem. Three-four years ago there were only few custom written scripts that parsed YouTube's search results, nowadays, however, we have quite a few professional toolsets that help us getting relevant keywords for our channels and vids, and I'll name some of them so you can give them a quick scan later: KeywordKeg, Kparser, and, of course, caught my attention in particular.

    Given the exclusiveness of these tools, they are being priced accordingly. But if you've read any of my blog posts before you know that I'm no fan of recurring payments. That makes sense, because if you're producing one video per month or even less, why would you want to spend $50 monthly for everyday access to a tool which you won't even use that often? This is, again, the core philosophy behind my pay-as-you-go toolkits. Power to the people!

    So as you probably understood by now, I couldn't resist the hype and wrote a simple bot to help people occasionally do their YouTube keyword researches for tiny fees. Let me tell you more about it.

    Getting YouTube search suggestions

    YouTube search suggestionsWhen we talk about marketing your videos on YouTube, the main source of keywords would be their search suggestions, and getting our hands on those hints would be our main goal. This is exactly what my algorithm does, and this is why it is called "YouTube search suggestions algorithm". Basically, this is an Ubersuggest for YouTube. Only with more options. Let's dive into the process.

    Fill in the basic info

    First, we need to fill in the name of our Job Request and assign it to a project. You can create a new project, or leave the field blank:

    Name your SEO job

    Configure the options

    There are a few options you can select additionally:
    Parsing depth - the bigger number you pick, the more suggestions you will get.

    Our choice - "2".

    Region - if you are targeting your videos to particular countries or languages, it is a good idea to select an appropriate region to get the most relevant search suggestions.

    Our choice - "Region independent".

    Generators - search suggestions are created by automatically inserting signs after each seed keyword and copying the results. By default, the algorithm simply copies the suggestions that pop up after inserting a blank space after each of your seed keyword. Generators are additional levels of complexity to the process - the algorithm will insert numbers or letters, depending on your choice, vastly increasing the amount of results you will get.

    Our choice - "a-z letters".

    Seed keywords

    Finally, you'll need to come up with some initial keywords to get the suggestions. Let's say you own a digital marketing company and are looking for YouTube video ideas. Your seed keywords could be something like:
        • Marketing your website
        • Marketing strategies
        • Site promotion
    And so on.

    For the sake of this tutorial I will only use one seed keyword ("Marketing strategies").

    When you're done, our set up should like this:

    Keyword research window configuration final


    I will leave the notifications on to get an email the moment my Job request is completed. I encourage you to do the same.

    We are ready to go!

    We can now launch our job request by pressing the "Start algorithm" button (see screenshot above).

    If everything went OK, we should see our Algorithm hard at work:

    YouTube keywords getting collectedAfter a few minutes the job will be completed, and you will be able to download the results (JSON, Excel or CSV) or view them online:

    Download YouTube keyword resultsAs you can see, we now have quite a few keywords to work with (233):

    View keyword resultsIn fact, this should be more than enough to cover us with content for the next year 😂.

    And the best part? The total cost of our research is $0.45. Fourty five. Cents. Would you rather spend ~$50 per month on a powerful tool that you won't use or a dollar for an occasional keyword investigation? Your choice, but in my marketing I'm sticking with the second option.

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