8 YouTube Keyword Tool Alternatives in Review

Since Google has shunted its own official YouTube keyword tool in 2014 there’s a lot of guessing about finding the best tags for YouTube videos.

This comparison of YouTube keyword tool alternatives gives you an executive summary on:

  • What tools are now in the market?
  • Which features do they offer?
  • What’s included in the free version?

Learn All About the Top 6 YouTube Keyword Tool Alternatives

The right keywords are crucial to get more views. The best tags for your YouTube video make your video found better and suggested more often after similar videos. But how can you find them? There’s a bunch of tools out there  and – yes – we are also developing one 🙂 

Make yourself an opinion with this market overview and feel free to send us a wishlist in the comments!

SeoChat is a collection of free SEO tools. For YouTube it provides keyword suggestions based on YouTube Autocomplete.

Upon entering a search term you receive related keywords. Search volumes are only available when you go for the Pro Plan. The user can export (.csv) or copy/paste these keywords to YouTube. The free version includes:

  • keywords (limited number)
  • TXT export

This is the tool we ourselves are launching! tubics‘ YouTube keyword tool let’s you sync your YouTube channel’s metadata and gives you keyword suggestions based on data provided by YouTube, Google and Bing. 

The free version will include: 

  • unlimited keywords
  • search volumes
  • intelligent keyword analysis and optimization advice
  • keyword ranking
  • keyword editing (via drag and drop)
  • YouTube sync
If you are interested to I’ll send you an invite to our beta! Just drop me a short message (LinkedIn, email). Give it a try 🙂

The swiss knife for keyword suggestions. Keywordtool.io offers keyword suggestions for Google, YouTube, Amazon, Bing and App Store. 

With regard to YouTube suggestions Keywordtool.io refers to  YouTube Auto-Complete data only. 

The free version includes:

    • keywords (limited number)
    • Filter by language and country
    • questions that include the keyword

Keywordtool.io’s questions feature is a good way to get long-tail keywords.

However, the Google search volume of a specific keyword and the keyword competition is only visible with a paid subscription. If you want to include the keywords in your video you can export them as a CSV or XLS file and afterwards copy-paste them to YouTube.


TubeBuddy is a very powerful  YouTube channel management suite. One of its use cases is keyword research. TubeBuddy calls it Tag Explorer and Suggested Tags.

TubeBuddy works as a browser plugin. The free version includes:

  • 3 most popular YouTube keywords of top ranking videos
  • 5 keywords suggestions to get better found on the Internet
  • 5 keywords suggestions to get more suggestions
  • red-green color scale for search volume and level of competition
  • direct adding of keywords

TubeBuddy’s keyword suggestions for are based on (1.) the views received from a specific search term in YouTube, (2.) tags used by similar top ranking videos and (3.) Words used in this video’s title and description (first 200 characters).

TubeBuddy’s YouTube keyword suggestions for ‘Recommended Videos’ are based on (1.) the views received from this search term in YouTube, (2.) the tags used by videos related to this one and (3.) the words used in your channel’s title.

VidIQ’s browser plugin provides a helpful SEO checklist directly in the YouTube interface. Apart from this checklist VidIQ enriches the video title, description and tag interface.

By the time this review was made the quality of keywords appeared to be rather weak. They terms are very generic. The data source might be Google AdWords. Besides VidIQ recommends keywords of related videos – I assume if many people follow these suggestions YouTube wouldn’t really appreciate this.

Other languages apart from English aren’t really supported: when language is set to German the tags suggested are in English.

Another YouTube Keyword alternative that’s sometimes mentioned is the “Keyword Tool Dominator”.  The software offers a free version for finding long tail YouTube keywords.

The service is limited to 3 search requests per day. When you reach the quota of 3 you either have to wait for 24 hours or sign up to Dominator’s premium service. 

Keyword Tool Dominator’s free version includes:

  • 3 search requests per day
  • unlimited results
  • CSV export
The data is solely based on YouTube Autocomplete.

YouTube Keyword Tool Alternatives without a Free version

Apart from these tools there are also some tools in the market that only offer paid versions e.g.

Your Feedback Wanted

Tell me which YouTube keyword tool alternatives I have missed! I’ll give it a review and add the tool to this list. 

I’ll also love to hear your thoughts on the tools: What you love! And what you are missing!