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Why You Should Transcribe YouTube Videos into Text

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We recently published a post entitled 7 Ways to Get More YouTube Views. One of the tips I mentioned in the post was about transcribing YouTube videos into text. I thought it might be helpful to dedicate an entire post on this topic.

As I mentioned previously, you need to be on YouTube as a blogger – bottom line. YouTube ranks #2 on the most used search engines online. More and more people are searching on YouTube to find answers for their questions.

One downside of video is that the words and phrases you say in the video are not keyword searchable. The only way to keyword-optimize what you say is by transcribing your YouTube audio into text.

How Do I Transcribe Audio on YouTube?

In the video below, I show you why transcribing your audio on YouTube can get you more views. The words you say can now be searched, which in turn can lead to more views. As far as transcribing your videos into text, I use SpeechPad.com. The turn around is a week for the basic service. It costs $1 per 1 minute of video. If you have a 5 minute video you want to transcribe, it will cost you $5. You can pay more to get the transcription sooner if you would like.

Take a moment and watch the video as I explain the whole process from beginning to end.

Have you transcribed your YouTube videos in the past? What results did you get from it?

7 thoughts on “Why You Should Transcribe YouTube Videos into Text”

  1. Are you placing the text anywhere else besides the caption area? Was wondering what other places would be useful? posts, pdf?

  2. Words on screen in video are a real distraction for me. But i do like making the video more accessible – so this is a toss-up for me. The one thing I do like about transcription, which i always do on my own, is that your blog post almost becomes written for you. That way, you can create a video, which is very natural, and then more quickly edit your post that promotes that video with the transcription rather than typing all that stuff from scratch.

    The other thing I like about transcripts is they can be attached to posts as documents for download. This can be made to look really cool with custom meta in wordpress and can be styled in a great way for your site.

    This is something I think more people will do in the future as YouTube just continues to gobble up search market share. As always Jonathan, you are on the cutting edge of cool new apps out there.

    1. I do agree with you about words on a screen. I still love SpeechPad as a transcription service. They always do a quality job for me at a good price. Hope you are doing well! Thanks for the additional tips…

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