How to add YouTube captions

Adding YouTube captions to your uploaded videos can increase your viewing numbers. Read our tutorial to see how to add captions to your uploads.

Every YouTube creator appreciates the value of reaching new viewers, so make sure you make full use of YouTube’s caption tool.

Whenever you’re uploading a video onto YouTube, you’ll be greeted with the Tags menu. It’s pretty basic stuff. Typing in some keywords and phrases will decide where your video is posted in the YouTube search list. Strong, relevant tags on a video will gain you some views, but there’s more to it than that.

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You’ll notice from the picture above that two caption options have been provided.

The first, automatic captions, is provided by YouTube shortly after you’ve posted your content. If you’ve ever actually taken a look at these YouTube captions, you’ll notice they’re rather unreliable. Often, you’ll be quoted as saying something you definitely didn’t say. ‘Hello and welcome to the TuckerCommentates channel’ was subtitled for me as ‘Hello everybody and welcome to a know the video on the time conversational’.

I tested the system by uploading captions to an old video I knew was struggling to gain views and noticed results in a couple of days.

Manually captioning your videos takes time, but each keyword you’re writing in the YouTube captions box is adding to your tags that you’ve already provided for your video. Essentially, this means that you’re increasing the number of ways in which users can find your video.

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I strongly recommend you give captioning a go and take a look at your analytics data to see if there was an impact.

I tested the system by uploading captions to an old video I knew was struggling to gain views and noticed results in a couple of days. Admittedly, the new wave of views I received came just below 200, but for a completely ‘dead’ video, that isn’t half bad.

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