How to Track YouTube Videos

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Youtube is the huge collection of both professional and amateur videos updated each minute. With online video growing popularity it is getting more important to keep track of new videos to:

  • track your reputation: learn when someone mentions your brand name in the video or reviews your product;
  • stay up-to-date with your industry news;
  • monitor your competitor’s online video marketing tactics;
  • keep track of your favorite publisher for new videos uploaded by him, etc.

Here are 3 free service that let you track online video:

1. Video alerts – the newest site allowing to monitor YouTube videos. You can track a keyword mentions or videos by username:

  • Track up to 10 keywords at one session;
  • Max number of videos in each alert is 100;
  • Set the alert frequency: once a day, once per two days or once per week;
  • Track all categories or set the preferred one.

video alerts

2. Yotify (already reviewed on SEJ) includes Youtube as one of the default sources for tracking. Login to your account (or register), click Youtube icon on the dashboard and customize the alert settings:

  • choose a channel (Most Recent, Featured, Top Favorites, Most Viewed, Top Rated videos);
  • choose a category (available only for most recent videos);
  • add keywords and / or username;
  • set the report options (email frequency and report lifetime).

Then instantly preview the report and watch videos without even leaving the tracker site:

yotify youtube

3. Feedky is another video tracking alternative. Despite some evident usability issues, the site has advanced functionality allowing to track multiple video platforms including Youtube, Daily Motion, MetaCafe, Vpod, Google, Viddler and others.

You can track videos by RSS or even embed the keyword-based string of videos to your web page.


Ann Smarty

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  • Michael Martinez

    People should bookmark this article.

  • Agent SEO

    This is a nice article that will surely help SEO’s in their video optimization efforts…

    Thanks for the info!

  • Clare Swindlehurst

    Thanks for this info – I’ve been tracking text using google alerts but didn’t know you coulddo similar with videos.

    • mike

      You said your tracking text? How do you do that say with a Blog and be able to tell how much they read?

  • Master of Diaster, the Chief of the East

    I bookmarked it — but just because I do everything Michael says.

  • Anthony of Plastic Printers

    This will come in very handy for my youtube vids… Yay! Win.

  • Nick Stamoulis

    With all the power of social media marketing and networking it really is important to make sure you know what people are saying about you.

  • vidiSEO

    Awesome collection of tools !

    However, I was hoping to find more true tracking tools (like TubeMogul or YouTube insights) to keep track of views, discovery paths, or possibly even clicks from URLs in a video’s description .

    These tools are more for monitoring a topic or user (which is still useful for reputation management and content creation ideas) but not necessarily for tracking purposes.

    As an interesting fun fact, I’ve found that if your video is monitored by someone through, video-alerts is temporarily listed as linking back to your video on YouTube (under the Statistics & Data tab).

  • Nan Ross

    You are an answer to my prays. I have been wondering how to track my YouTube video views. Thanks for the information.