vidIQ Review: Don’t fight the YouTube algorithm, you’ll lose

In this vidIQ review article, I’m going to tell you why you should never try to fight the YouTube algorithm because you’ll lose every time.

Now, what do I mean by fighting the YouTube algorithm? Well, simply there are too many people trying to be too clever with the algorithm. They’re doing things they shouldn’t do, things that used to work in the old days – things like keyword stuffing, things that you shouldn’t do now because they will actually do you more harm than good.

Roll with it!

So, with that said, what should you do? Well, you should roll with the algorithm…

Let me give you some tips and tricks that are going to help you roll with the algorithm and save you having to fight it and making the mistakes that people are making trying to be too clever, and actually doing their videos more harm than good on YouTube.

By the way, if you want to try out some of the techniques we talk about for yourself, to see if they’re going to work for you and your YouTube channel, here’s a link where you can get a free trial if vidIQ:

https://vidiq.com/fyf101

And if you’d prefer to watch this on video, here’s my YouTube video that covers the topic:

Okay, without further ado let’s dive in guys.

Here we are inside the details of one of my videos on YouTube:

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I want to talk about a couple of things in this vidIQ review – we’re going to look at time stamps and I want to take you through tags as well.

Now, the first thing to say is don’t try to be too clever with your descriptions. People are trying to work out the YouTube algorithm and they’re doing all kinds of weird and wacky things in here. Don’t do that. YouTube has got a lot of artificial intelligence going on and it knows exactly what your videos are about.

Danger! Don’t do this.

Remember, YouTube puts captions onto your videos automatically, so there’s no need to do things that worked in the old days like keyword stuffing. in fact, whatever you do, don’t do keyword stuffing, write for humans and write in a way you like to read yourself.

Don’t keyword stuff, it’s going to do you more harm than good. If a keyword falls naturally in your description that’s fine, put the keyword in, but don’t be tempted to keyword stuff and write text that doesn’t scan properly.

vidIQ review – your description basics

The first thing to think about in your description is the first line. I do affiliate marketing so I recommend the products I use to other people, like you guys, and you’ll see that at the top of the description here I’ve put this little green tick (which I’ve shown you before) and I’ve put a link to try out vidIQ in my vidIQ review description.

Remember, when anyone looks at your description, they only see the first couple of lines without clicking on the “show more” button so it’s very important you utilize this space at the top the best way you can. I use it to give you guys a link to try out vidIQ for yourself, it’s something I use and I recommend it.

Write a few lines describing what the video is about to let your audience know what to expect when they watch through your video.

Timestamps are there for a reason – use them

Next, I want to talk about time stamps. A lot of people are ignoring timestamps and, in my opinion, that’s a big mistake. The reason I say that is, let’s say someone was searching on Google and they were searching for the search term “spying on the competition with vidIQ” well this entry right here in your timestamps could come up as the keyword they’re looking for. They could come to your video through that search. So, the point is to give Google and YouTube search as much information as you can to bring them to your video.

Timestamps are there and YouTube’s put them there for a reason. I strongly suggest you put in decent timestamps for your audience. They also help them find sections of your video that especially appeal to them.

Let’s go further down the page now and have a look at tags.

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There’s a lot of debate about tags and YouTube themselves say that tags play a minimal role in helping viewers to find your video. Well, that may be true, but the more things you can put into your video to get it found the better. Every little bit is going to help.

A lot of people are ignoring tags – do not ignore tags, put tags in.

The good news is that vidIQ is going to come in very useful when deciding on what tags to put in the tag box. So, let’s go back to my vidIQ review description and type in “how to use vidIQ” in the tags box; you’ll see that vidIQ throws up a whole list of potential tags to use in the tag box.

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Think of these tags as keywords. Now I’ve already got “how to use vidiq” in my tag box, so let’s go for “how to use vidiq on android” as an example. All you do is you click on it and vidIQ automatically puts it into the tag box for you.

But, not only that, vidIQ gives you a score – you see the term “how to use vidiq on android” has a score of 64.9. What that score represents is a combination of the search volume for the keyword, in other words, how many searches per month that keyword gets, and the competition score. The overall score for this tag (keyword) is 64.9/100 so that’s a good one to go after.

If I now click on the vidIQ icon next to the keyword, vidIQ throws up this box – the keyword inspector:

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You see our keyword “how to use vidiq on android” at the top with a search volume of 1,617 per month, the competition is “very low” which is fantastic, and the overall score is 65 out of 100. So again, this is a good one to go for!

All of these columns are indexable, which means if you click on the column title it’ll rearrange them so you can sort by the highest search volume and then click again to go from the lowest to the highest. You can also do the same with the competition, so you can look for competition that’s very low. This is a good search to do as it gives you the best chance to compete for a keyword (tag).

If a keyword gets an overall score of 0 out of 100, then obviously you wouldn’t go for it, but 80 out of 100 is a great score. Look for very low competition and very high volume with the overall score as high as possible.

Trending videos are your friend

What’s also handy is that vidIQ shows you trending videos over on the right, so you can get an idea of what’s going on with those as well.

Okay, so that’s tags guys. Don’t ignore tags, please put them in. As I say, every little bit helps with the YouTube algorithm.

Don’t try to cheat the algorithm, and don’t do keyword stuffing. Just write naturally and use the tools that vidIQ provides – you’ll get better rankings without fighting the algorithm. Don’t waste your time trying to outsmart the algorithm, there are too many parts to it and you’re never going to do it. Just roll with it and use the tips and tricks I’ve shown you.

Putting my vidIQ review into practice

If you enjoyed my vidIQ review, why not try out vidIQ for free? Here’s the link: https://vidiq.com/fyf101

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