Hidden Gems on YouTube – Have You Discovered Them?
The YouTube / Google Plus integration sparked a lot of conversation in the past few months.
Some people love the change, but many hate it.
As a result, I feel the criticism of the integration has overshadowed some of the newer options and settings that you may not be aware of.
Here’s a brief stroll through the dashboard and I’ll showcase some of the more underutilized YouTube features.
Banned Users Settings
I have been openly critical of the YouTube / Google Plus comment integration, but I must admit that it did cut down on a lot of the comment trolling.
Having said that, no channel is immune to the occasional menace, right? Also, since Google now allows links in the comments, sometimes link spam gets through the filters.
A quick solution is to head over to Community >> Comment Settings and add/remove block users.
Of course you can ban users by clicking the arrow next to the individual comment, but a lot of people are unaware of this actual “banned” section on YouTube.
This feature really got past a lot of Creators when it launched in November.
Did you miss it?
Fan Finder lets you gain more fans/subscribers for free. All you do is create a short promo video that describes your channel, and it will play as a skippable TrueView ad on other videos.
To access it go here.
Don’t forget to check out the tips on how to create a more engaging and effective video.
Finding royalty-free music for your videos isn’t too terribly difficult these days. For example, there’s Incompetech — a popular spot for video makers to grab a quick jingle.
Or if you’re an Apple user, your Mac is already equipped with Garageband loops you can use.
The problem with Garageband is other artists use these loops in their original songs that get uploaded to iTunes.
As a result, YouTube’s auto scan sometimes tags these loops and you’ll get a “Content ID” match notification.
It’s pretty easy to appeal these right on the spot (provided you actually have rights to use the music), but it’s quite annoying given the fact the loops ARE indeed royalty free. So they shouldn’t be triggering this notification.
That’s why I was more than thrilled when YouTube launched the Audio Library. I don’t mind throwing together my own jingle from time to time, but it’s nice to have more options at my disposal if I’m not feeling extra creative that day.
Just go to the Video Manager and then select Creation Tools >> Audio Library.
You can easily scan the songs by popularity, genre, mood, instrument and more. And downloading is a breeze. Just click the arrow on the right and the song is quickly downloaded to your computer. Now it’s ready to be used with your editing software.
I’m not usually a fan of using the same music as everyone else, but they do have a lot of jingles to choose from to prevent so much redundancy. And there’s something for everyone’s taste!
By now you’re probably familiar with the notifications that appear at the top/right of YouTube and Google Plus that help you keep track of your comments. But did you know there is also a YouTube comments page?
From the Video Manager go to Community >> Comments.
The main benefit is you can now view all your comments in one place and approve/deny your pending notifications in one fell swoop. This can be really handy for very popular channels that get a lot of comments.
Hope you discovered some YouTube gems today!