Tips To Write Effective Descriptions & Tags

By | November 21, 2019

Descriptions, like titles, are a valuable piece of information. They help viewers decide if they want to watch your video but they also let YouTube’s algorithms
know what your videos all about. So what exactly should you include in your description? First and foremost, you should briefly
explain what your video is all about. They are called descriptions after all.
You can see here that in search results, the first few lines of your video description will show, so use this space to tell viewers
what they will get when they click. On the video page, they’ll see one
to two more lines of information. Since you’ve already gotten viewers to check out this video, it’s a good opportunity to start encouraging them to subscribe, to check out other videos or follow
you off platform if that’s important. Pro Tip: use short linkers like this to track
what description links viewers are clicking on most. After these first few lines though, there are
nearly infinite ways that you can use the description to improve the viewers experience
and add extra information. In the “below the fold” section of your description, or that that appears after you click the Show More button,
you can add all sorts of information, such as collaborators, channel descriptions,
you can make a table of contents for your video or you can list products that you
used in a DIY for example. Any information that adds extra
value to the viewer is fair game. And it allows YouTube algorithms to
better understand what your video is about. However, you don’t want to abuse the description space. Adding a laundry list of relevant
and irrelevant tags, like this, is not only a bad experience for your viewers, it’s also against the YouTube community
guidelines and the Terms of Service. And it can have a negative effect
on your YouTube account. Instead of adding tags in the description,
add them to the tags field when you upload a video. And while there are lots and lots of
theories around tags and how to use them, they’re actually quite simple. Just add the keywords and phrases that
are most descriptive of your video. You don’t need to worry about punctuation,
number of words, misspellings and so forth, just use the words that make the most sense
for your video and YouTube’s algorithms will use these, alongside your description and title and other information, to determine when to show your video to viewers.

100 thoughts on “Tips To Write Effective Descriptions & Tags

  1. Ghettoartiz Post author

    Thank you for the support appreciate this course video. I did not respect the description and keep it description, filled with hashtags which violates you tube guidelines. I did know this or even have an idea and still did to wonder why the channel was struggling. Thanks to these videos and giving the basic idea on how implement my content strategically for you tube has helped me progress. If I can be of support to anyone with insight look me I am pro in graphics and art work for film and animation lets get rich together. Stay blessed

  2. Jasper Arslan Post author

    Whoever’s reading.. god loves you and is going to bless you😇😍

  3. tbonegamer 33 Post author

    So for a video game royal rumble what are decent tags? WWE 2k19

  4. soufiane on tv Post author

  5. THE FUN WALAAZ Post author

    Please help me that. What if i use tag aftet uploading the video by edit it..

    Please reply.. If any one can help. Me

  6. Yan Channel قناة يان Post author

    Can I add diffarent languages key words in Description Tags in Youtube ?

  7. CIENCIA Post author

    could you tell me a video tutorial to see how to use the URL shorteners

  8. The Pika Player Post author

    Thanks, but if putting tags in videos is against YouTube's guidelines, why do videos WITH TAGS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE DESCRIPTION get recommended more than those without? Shouldn't people that do that have something happen to them? Because from my experience seeing videos, the biggest videos have tags in the description of the video and I'm wondering if YouTube is doing anything to those people.

  9. Rk Rawani official Post author

    May upload Bhojpuri video to your YouTube channel, please tell me what I write in the description and tags.

  10. EVERY MY Post author

    I tried. But I get no view except I viewed my own videos. Sad

  11. Farhan Raza Post author

    Learn more here :

  12. MR. KNOWledge Post author

    ıf you are here watchıng thıs your channel wıll never grow because they are agaınst growth for new youtubers

  13. Simon Cénet Post author

  14. Kênh Sức Khỏe Online Post author

    How about Tag like #something? How many tag are better for my video?

  15. Kitchen Gardening & Entertainment Post author

    Does suggested tags feature works in 2019

  16. Battlefront Tezzlar Post author

    Do we have to spam the tags, or not?

  17. Wst o tecladinho de ouro Post author

    A velocidade 0,5x me ajuda bastante nessas horas😅📝🇧🇷

  18. დღის ყველა სიახლე ყველაზე სკანდალური ფაქტები Post author

    I need your help .Please subscribe to the channel <3 <3 <3

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  20. ThecomicalO7 Post author

    So ooo helpful thanks I pray it works for me

  21. pedro felipe lopes de almeida Post author

    sou um brasileiro sempre assisto os videos do canal criadores da academia

  22. Kilay Dora Post author

    thanks for information .. 🙂 new youtuber here and small youtuber .. 🙂

  23. Chris Alpha Post author

    superb, you are welcome to visit all small channels 🙂 Best wishes Chris

  24. Sophea kitchen Post author

    This a value video for me as a very new starter

  25. ChocoSaging Post author

    learning this just now the tag thing, not too late i think ^_^

  26. KHUNSOMCHAI ออนไลน์ Post author

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  27. Kavitha Samayal கவிதா சமையல் Post author

    on tags should can I write like this…. For e..g #Eggrecipe

  28. Fredakis Vlogs Post author

    Thank you ❤️❤️❤️
    +1 For the new YouTubers out there!

  29. That Boy Ash Post author

    I came here because I was reading an excessive tags description on google support. There is a hastag limit of 15 but what is the actual TAG limit?

  30. poopy MIC Post author

    whoever reading this,
    you'll be succesful someday!
    just keep on pushing

  31. Tanya O Post author

    0:49 Sadly Google shut-down their url shortner — so this video needs to be updated.

  32. MudRFunR Post author

    At 1:27 someone needs to tell Scotty Kilmer that this is not allowed.

  33. Любовь Бабенко Post author

    Отличные подсказки. Буду теперь делать так! Спасибо!

  34. Наталия Лапшина Post author

    Очень много полезной информации, спасибо. супер, буду учиться

  35. Белые Ветры Post author

    0:45 but google canceled their url shortener

  36. philosoFreedom Gaming Post author

    Instructions unclear, been explaining and warning everyone about danger of cutting avocados, in a gaming channel….

  37. Fish and tips Post author

    Do you need to put space between two words in a tag or do you just write them all together (Top fishing vs Topfishing), thanks!

  38. Готовим дома с бабой Таней Post author

    We will study and try, thank you very much!

  39. GLITS SLIME Post author

    Thank you.❤
    I put tags on my videos using my phone and with YouTube studio app, but for reason there not showing.

  40. Австралийский Калейдоскоп Post author

    Thank you very much! Great information.

  41. 日本酒エンジョイチャンネル Post author

    urlshortnerは廃止されませんでしたか?日本だからでしょうか?? Was urlshortner obsolete? Is it because of Japan? ?


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