I got really excited when I received an email from YouTube informing me that my videos are eligible for monetization. In short, what that means is that, I can run AdSense on the watch page for each of my videos. Now the challenge is to get more visitors coming from search engines who are more likely to be interested in those ads. As a result, I’ve started to optimize the titles of my videos and grouped related tutorials into relevant YouTube playlists, hoping to gain an edge and give a boost to my YouTube marketing efforts.
Chrome Extensions for YouTube
It turns out that my efforts to get more eyes viewing those YouTube ads running alongside my vids might just be a waste of time. Many of the developers who make extensions for Google Chrome are focusing on YouTube and as a result they’ve come up with extensions that allow you to by-pass any ads or other distractions like comments and annotations, when we’re watching videos on YouTube anyway.
Lucky for you guys, my love for sharing awesome Chrome Extensions far exceeds my love for Google AdSense earning from my YouTube videos! Therefore, here’s a list of the top ten extensions available to customize your YouTube video watching experience.
10 Tools to Customize How You Watch YouTube on Chrome
MediaPlus - Parashuram Narasimhan is such a cool guy, that he stopped by and commented on The Best Chrome Extensions for New Twitter to share his terrific extension. This extension is not only for Chrome, but it works with Firefox and Opera as well. Click the image to watch the introduction video and learn how you can use MediaPlus to:
- Move and resize media content on web pages.
- Darken everything on the page except the media content.
- Block that annoyingly loud advertisement on the page.
- Popout the content out of the page.
- Download certain Media content.
YouTube Suite – you won’t find YouTubeSuite in the Chrome Web Store because it’s one of the many tools brought to you by Kynetx Apps. “Get download links to videos, set HD mode by default, remove video ads and view animated thumbs of videos.”
YouTube Refreshed – is another one of the Kynetx Apps. YTR “hides all the comments and related videos so you don’t have to be distracted by all the cruft that YouTube puts on its pages.”
Turn off the Lights – get turn off the lights and you’ll see the rest of the page go dim so you can watch the video as if you were in the theater.
Picture-In-Picture - “By pressing a newly added button [PIP] beside the [Share] button present on a YouTube page, This extension will launch a small video player which remains on top of all windows” Use Picture-In-Picture to watch a tutorial video as you perform the task you’re learning.
Popout for YouTube – takes the concept from Picture-In-Picture a step further. With Popout for YouTube you can resize the video and move it around to the desired location on your screen. I don’t know about you, but I need to enlarge the video as much as possible and I really love the flexibility of moving the window around.
YouTube Options – otherwise known as YTO gives you the power to “disable ads, annotations, and auto-play; change resolution, display size, optional flash pre-buffering, looping/replay, SSL, and full Cosmic Panda support.”
Stop Autoplay – does just what the names says and prevents videos from playing until you hit the play button. Stop Autoplay is crucial for slow networks.
Magic Actions For YouTube – has too many features for me to list them all in this post. One of my favorites is the mouse wheel control of the video volume! Magic Actions also works with Vimeo.
Embed YouTube in Google Reader - when you’re checking Google reader, this extension replace the video thumbnail with the embeded video. Now you can watch the video as you check Google reader for your feeds. How cool is that? Now you can subscribe to YouTube channels in Google reader and you don’t have to get email reminders from YouTube.
Create your own YouTube Video
With all this talk about YouTube, I hope it has inspired you to start creating some videos and uploading them to your own YouTube Channel. So I’ll leave you with a quick screencast that I created almost two years ago before I started this blog, (time really flys) but the video is still relevant today! Remember that using YouTube is a great way to generate traffic back to your blog. Screenr.com is a great site to introduce you to the art of screencasting. You can create 5 minute videos to demonstrate how to do something online, use software you have installed on your computer, or simply record yourself talking into your webcam (I use this Logitech HD Pro). When you’re done, you can upload directly from Screenr to YouTube.
Now you can install any of the tools I introduced in this top ten list and test them out while you’re watching my YouTube videos. Let me know if you have any of these or if you found some YouTube extensions that we need to check out.