Product Name: Tube List Pro
Product Owner: Jay Venka
Advertised Price: $17
What is it?
Tube List Pro is a WordPress plugin that was created to help you curate YouTube videos and collect email subscribers.
Here’s How it Works
Once you download and install Tube List Pro on your website, you enter a few keywords and the plugin searches YouTube for videos related to those keywords. Once it’s done, the videos will be automatically embedded on your website.
The idea is, people searching for related terms will find your website and watch the video there, instead of YouTube. But there’s a catch. The videos on your site have a popup that won’t allow them to watch until they enter a name and email address.
Tube List Pro says, “By putting embedding YouTube videos on your blog, then adding a couple of lines of text you can enjoy fast, free traffic from Google…”
So, now that you know how it’s supposed to work, but I highly doubt that it delivers.
Tube List Pro is an unnecessary tool. It’s supposed to help you curate videos and increase traffic to your website. But it cannot do either of those things well. It's also just a tiny part of an online business, and I think newbies buying it as a quick way to traffic or profits will be sorely disappointed.
Before You Buy
Once you buy Tube List pro you’re asked to purchase another product.
List Slider Pro
This is another plugin that’s designed for WordPress, just like Tube List Pro. But this one is used for creating sliders instead of videos.
The idea is that you will put eye-catching images into a slider on your website. Those images are of course blocked by a popup that will ask the user to enter an email address and name before continuing on to the content they want to see.
List slider Pro will cost you an additional $27. As you can tell, I’m not a big fan of popups, so I decided to pass on this offer.
What I Liked
It Can Help Gain More Subscribers
I like the idea of requiring viewers to subscribe before allowing them to view your video. I don’t think it’s good for all videos, but for certain ones, I could see how that would be useful. Surely it would increase the amount of email subscribers you can get.
With that said, I don’t think a YouTube video, especially one you don’t own, is a good place to do that. But, the theory is good.
Personally, if a website asks for my information to continue reading, I leave immediately. Honestly, I think to myself, screw them! I can find something better on a different website.
What I Didn't Like
There are a lot of things I don’t like about this product. You can read about the most important things below.
Can’t Curate Specific Videos
To use Tube List Pro, you have to enter certain keywords. The tool then takes those keywords and scours YouTube for related videos.
The problem is, you have no say so over what videos it shows you. It doesn’t give you a list to choose from or anything like that. If you want different videos you have to enter in a new keyword to search. That isn’t ideal at all. That leaves you no control over your own website.
They repeatedly call Tube List Pro a “tool for video curation” but it’s not. Curation involves carefully choosing specific content that is highly relevant to your audience. Tube List Pro does not do that.
Additional Costs, No Marketing Plan
Along with the cost to buy this tool you will also need to buy an autoresponder. An autoresponder is simply an emailing service like Aweber or Mailchimp.
To be fair, you might want to use an autoresponder no matter what type of online business you have. The problem is, Tube List Pro makes no mention of this anywhere on their salespage. You will have no idea that you need it until you pay and gain access to the plugin and its tutorial guide.
An autoresponder will cost you about $20 to get started. But it depends on which one you buy. No matter which one you choose though, all services charge more as you gain more subscribers. For example, Aweber’s standard fee is $19 per month. But that only allows you to have 500 subscribers. Here’s the rest of their rates….
As you can see, this service is not cheap. The more successful you are, the more you will be charged. But that’s normal. I just wish Tube List Pro had made a mention of this somewhere besides after the purchase is made. After all, it is a critical part of the tool. You cannot use it without this service.
Once you have an autoresponder, what next? You still need an entire business plan on what to make your website about, what to say to the people that join your list, and how to get traffic (I don't think video curation is the answer for traffic)
I Don’t Agree With What They Say About SEO
Simply embedding YouTube videos on your blog will not give you instant Google rankings. Although, Tube List Pro says it’s so, that’s just not how it works.
Google strives to provide the most relevant quality information for its users. By taking content they are giving to their users and slapping an optin popup box that forces them to join a newsletter before viewing you are going against what Google is trying to do.
Why would they reward you for making their user’s experience worse? It doesn’t make sense. If anything, Google will penalize you, and move your website further down in the search results.
They rationalize this by showing what’s supposed to look like a testimonial from Neil Patel, a well-known SEO (search engine optimization) marketer. But if he agrees with Tube List Pro’s effectiveness (which I highly doubt) then why doesn’t he use it on his own blog?
The fact is – without original content to supplement the video, a 1-video page will not rank, and you'll be dependent on paid traffic methods or Social Media.
If you read the quote from Neil, you will see that he is advocating content curation, not Tube List Pro.
Does Google actually reward you for curating YouTube videos? Google does not reveal their metrics, but I’m sure curating YouTube videos can help. But curating them, then blocking viewers from watching them until they complete an unnecessary step is a totally different thing. You're going to get a lot of bounces and short time on pages, which is going to negatively impact your SEO.