How to Use Youtube Video Tags

Maybe you are just starting a youtube channel, or maybe you have been uploading videos for a while, but you struggle to get any views. Whatever the case is, you should learn about Youtube video tags and how to use them.

Youtube video tags are one of the most important factors for getting views on Youtube. Putting relevant tags in your videos will help you rank higher in search, even if you are just a brand new channel. 

The guide below shows you how to find and use relevant tags for your youtube videos. We also have a helpful list with broad vlogging tags you can use for your channel. Enjoy!

If you want to get started with vlogging, make sure to also check out our Ultimate guide to starting a vlog in 2020.

Why Use Video Tags?

Tags are extremely important for youtube SEO. By putting relevant tags in your videos, you help Youtube know what it is about and will rank you higher for related search terms.

Tagging is, of course, not the only factor Youtube considers when ranking your video; the algorithm also takes into account the title, description, and user engagement. But getting the right tags for your videos can really make a big difference and make your channel more discoverable.

Types of Youtube Video Tags

There is no exact science to youtube video tags, but you could mainly order them into three main categories. These are SpecificCompound, and Generic Tags.

Specific – Specific tags are the keywords people are searching for to find your video. They should be an exact match and unambiguous.

Compound (Specific) – These tags are phrases or combined words. Compound Tags are also specific, as they are the exact phrase people are searching for to find your video. 

Generic – Generic tags are words that are connected to the topic of the video. They are generally broader types of keywords. 


Here is a quick example of how one might go about creating tags for a video about baking a cake without eggs.

Title of Video:How to Bake a Cake Without Eggs
Compound:How to Bake Cake Without Eggs
Generic:Baking, Cooking, Dessert

A List of the Best Broad Youtube Tags 

We have created a little list of tag ideas for more general types of videos for those who want to get started. These are some of the popular broad keywords. If they are relevant to your content, copy and paste them into your tag section when uploading a video on YouTube. 

(They are not in any order, so if you are going to use them, arrange them or combine them with your own tags)

New Channel

New Youtuber, New Channel, First Video, First Vlog, Get To Know Me, Your First Time Youtube, My First Video, First Video On Youtube

General Vlogging

Vlog, Vlogging, Daily Vlog, Vlogger, Vloggers, Video, Videos 

Travel Channel

Travel, Traveling, Traveler, Travel Vlog, Travel Vlogger, Vacation Travel Guide, Travel Tips, Budget Travel, Travel Show, Vacation, Vacation Vlog

Food/Cooking Channel

Food, Foodie, Street Food, Vs Food, Favorite Foods, Food Tour, Food Hack, Food Vlog, Food Vlogger, Food Videos, Food Channel, Food Review, Comfort Food 

Cooking, Cooking Tips, Cooking Vlog, Cooking Vlogs, Cooking Vlogger, Cooking Tips, Cooking Videos, Cooking Guide, Cooking Hacks, Cooking Recipe, Cooking At Home, Cooking Basics

Lifestyle Channel

Home, Home Video, Home Vlog, Home Tour, Home Tour Video House Tour, House Tour Video, House Video, House Vlog, Room Tour, Bedroom Tour

Day In The Life, A Day In The Life, Day In Life, Day In Life Vlog, Day In Life Of Youtuber, Day In Life Of Vlogger, Day In Our Life

Gym, Garage Gym, Gym Video, Gym Vlog, Gym Vlogger, Workout, Home Workout, Free Workout, Workout Video, Workout Vlog, Fitness, Fitness Video, Fitness Vlog, Fitness Vlogger, Fitness Motivation, Fitness Journey, My Fitness Journey, Fitness Challenge, Fitness Addict

Learning, Learning Vlog, Learning Video, Guide, Video Guide, DIY Guide, DIY Video, DIY Video Guide, Noobs Guide, Tutorial, Video Tutorial

How to Find Good Tags

For most videos, you are going to want to use more specific tags. There are three main ways to get potential keyword tag ideas for your video:

Youtube Search Suggestion

This is by far the most helpful method for coming up with tags for your videos. Start writing the search phrase you want to rank for and let YouTubes auto-suggestion fill out the rest. This will quickly give you the phrases and words people are actually searching for related to the video you are planning to make.

Youtube tag generator

You can also use a tag generator to come up with ideas. The one we recommend is Rapidtags:

To use it, you simply put in the tile of the video you are planning to upload, and it generates a set of keywords you can use. We found that it works surprisingly well.

Spy on Your Competitors

One of the best ways to come up with tags to put on your videos is by simply looking at your competition. While you should never straight up copy all of their tags, they might give you some helpful insights and ideas you can use for your own content. 

Follow this quick tutorial to see what tags a youtube video has:

  1. Go to the video page on Youtube using a Browser like Chrome
  2. Right-click and select View Page Source
  3. In the source code panel, press Ctrl + F and search for keywords
  4. Now you will see a list of the tags for the video.
In the source code, the tags should look something like this.

How to Arrange Your Tags

As a rule of thumb, always include your most relevant and important tags first, as Youtube always puts special attention on those. Therefore, your first tag should be the exact phrase or keyword you want to rank for.

The easiest way to organize your tags is simply to copy and paste all the tags you want to include in a word document and arrange them by relevance/importance.

In Conclusion

If you are releasing great content and optimizing your videos with relevant tags, SEO-optimized titles, and descriptions, people will discover your content. Learn as much as you can about youtube SEO to see how all the parts work together. We have a whole article on Youtube SEO: How to Master Youtube SEO in 2020.

Remember that this process takes time, and you might not be able to release a perfectly optimized video the first time. It takes experimenting and a deep understanding of your content and audience to become good. Keep up the work, practice, and you should start seeing results.