How to Bulk Update YouTube Titles, Description, Tags and Other Metadata.
Looking for a way to bulk update YouTube videos?
Did you know that YouTube has built-in ability to bulk update titles, descriptions, tags, and other metadata! Although this bulk editing feature was launched a long time ago, many YouTube publishers are still unaware of it as this feature is hidden in the settings.
What can you do?
You can make bulk changes in:
- Change ad format
- Enable / disable age restriction
- Update subtitle certification
- Change video category
- Add, remove and rename keywords in the description.
- Change privacy settings
- Change license
- Change video location
- Enable or disable monetization.
- Change the recording date.
- Add or Remove Tags
- Add keywords to the end or rename the entire title.
- Change the privacy of the video statistics.
What can’t you do?
You don’t have much control over what and where you can edit.
For example: if you add text to the description in bulk, it will be added after the last character in the description. You cannot add text to the beginning or middle of the description. Likewise, you will not get additional options like find and replace text, etc.
Also, every change you make is final. You cannot go back. So yeah, before you make a big update for dozens of videos, test it out on one or two videos first.
Consider an example of bulk refreshing a YouTube video title.
Follow these steps:
# 1 Go to YouTube video manager.
# 2 Select the videos you want to bulk update by clicking on the check marks next to them. Or click the global checkmark at the top, this will select all videos on the page.
# 3 Then click the Action button More Actions Headers.
# 4 You will see a small text box at the top of the page. Select Add from the drop-down menu and then enter your channel name (or whatever).
# 5 Submit and confirm the changes. And new text will appear after the title.
This is a lesser known but useful feature for quickly adding social links to your video description or channel name after the end of the title. But this is not very efficient, as you can specify where you can add text or use search and replace keywords.
However, if you want advanced features, try the TubeBuddy Chrome extension. It gives you more control over bulk edits such as cards, annotations, sketches, and more. But this extension comes at a price too.
Overall, if you’re a budding YouTube publisher, stay with YouTube’s built-in update feature, but if you’re promoting YouTube with thousands of subscribers, then it makes sense to pay for TubeBuddy.
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