We've seen text to blogs using ChatGPT, but what about YouTube to blogs?
As a content creator myself I've always wanted to optimize my life.
Making content takes a lot of time, so I've always been interested in scaling it efficiently across multiple platforms.
If you make a YouTube video but want to cross-post it on your blog (and then split that further across facebook, twitter, linkedin, etc), how do you do so efficiently?
The team over at Content at Scale just released an awesome update literally allowing you to do this. I've never seen a tool use AI to this extent.
I mean, fully-written blog posts after entering a YouTube URL? It was something unheard of only until a couple of weeks ago. I've tested this out with my very own content and am extremely pleased at what came out of it. Here's how it works:
Exploring Content at Scale's YouTube to Blog Post Generator
Beyond the realm of video to text, Content at Scale also allows you to enter keywords, existing URLs, podcasts, and custom audio files to turn them into complete blog posts. You could check out our full review here.
But video is a different story.
It works by taking your URL, transcribing the audio, understanding the actual video context, and rewriting your transcript as an SEO-optimized blog talking about the most important features you've spoken about.
What's really impressive is the timeframe it does this in. It took 10 minutes from entering a URL to having a written blog post about my video topic. That's actually insane. I've paid writers before (to get the video transcribed, section off fluff, and rewrite into a blog post that can accompany a video) and it costs hundreds of dollars and still requires manual editing and direction on my part.
I'm not going to claim the AI blog requires no editing, because that's also not true, but the value of time in producing content is so important.
In the time it takes me to transcribe and bloggify a post manually is sped up 5-6x when using AI and then going in and tweaking the changes I need done.
To start, I created a new piece of content with Content at Scale and selected "YouTube Video"
Went to make some lunch and came back 10 minutes later to see the post was ready for optimization. This is the tools way of saying "We did our job, it's your turn now."
The video topic I choice was creating an iPhone app using ChatGPT. I made the tutorial myself with no prior knowledge on how to actually build this. I knew some Swift and Xcode, but I had ChatGPT walk me through the entire process.
I literally gave ChatGPT a brief and said help me to do this. The video is about 20 minutes long and goes from nothing to a fully-created app that you can customize to your liking. Here's how it did with C@S.
You can see we have an 1800 word article with a single media file (which is an embed of our actual YouTube video) and a title which matches exactly what we did (I'm an SEO nerd so I'll obviously edit this more, but it works good as it is if you didn't want to change anything 😉)
Let's get into the actual post content:
When we open the document, we'll see an introduction, table of contents, and mass of content. On the right you'll see some SEO options to optimize the article even more.
Taking a look at the description I'd say this works. Again, I'd change things to match the syntactical brand quirks I personally have, but the content is generally very good. It explained the entire concept of what was created in the video: A quiz game created in Xcode, going over functions and design.
There's a bit of robotic fluff in there like "Application that stands out among competitors" but that can be removed after a simple content review.
Table of Contents
We can see our table of contents generally describes most of the content in the video. I don't like the FAQ section (at least for the purpose of this tutorial) as I'm not focused on the field of iOS apps, rather AI and ChatGPT. If it had FAQ's about that I would be a lot more inclined to keep them.
I love the brief where it goes from starting the app, setting things up, before creating a sublist of every step in the tutorial. I'm not sure if the tool uses the timestamps I added in my video, but I'm going to assume it didn't (as no headings are named specifically).
Main Article Content
The main content of the article starts by giving a description of what we did in the video, followed up by some context around the tools we're using. At the time of creating the video only GPT-3 was out, so the copy is factually accurate.
It used Gold Penguin as the project name, which is quite funny, but the project setup heading is fairly accurate as well.
The first area I've noticed it goes wrong is the "Generating questions using ChatGPT" section. I don't mention these things in the video, you don't need an API key, and it kind of sways off topic from using ChatGPT to build the app from scratch.
Here I would probably rename the section to describe the prompting of ChatGPT to get the questions and functions started. ChatGPT doesn't require all this headache to setup!
The game mechanics section is very accurate. I spoke about these exact functions which were automatically highlighted and expanded upon. I'm super super impressed here.
The next section also does a good job at talking about the design of the app. We make use of these labels and buttons as well as connecting them to our ViewController. Super awesome stuff here.
As mentioned earlier, I don't really like this part of the generation. This concern may very well be specific to this type of article, but I just wanted to add my thoughts.
I don't really like adding fluff to articles (and that's exactly what this seems like).
If I were to be transforming YouTube videos from a cooking channel or explanatory subject, I would love a section like this. Otherwise it just seems unneccesary.
I'm personally not trying to hit a target word count (nor does Google want you to have one). I just want content explained in the best way possible. For this case, I'd delete this.
The conclusion in an article shouldn't fully sum up what was spoken about. It should parallel into other topics and extend the possibilities further. Nobody is reading a conclusion paragraph for a summary, that's why they read the article!
The second paragraph is a bit more in tune with connecting your audience to a greater topic. In this case, it assumes I talk about mobile app tutorials (which I don't). If I did, this would be wonderful. But I can't really blame the tool for assuming this.
This would take 3 minutes of editing to get back to topic and then you'd be pretty set.
SEO Settings & Tweaking
Besides all of the actual writing, you'll see SEO settings on the right of your screen. You could even rerun the post if you think it could be done better (although you can't change anything, you literally just press rereun and hope the next version is better)
The tool includes an on-page checklist based on some good SEO guidelines. This is pretty cool to see, but take it with a grain of salt. Remember, you need good content (you don't need to hyper-fixate on checking boxes off)
Humans are supposed to be reading this, not machines!!!
But yeah, that's pretty much everything! You can use their plugin to export directly to WordPress and have your new article posted with the changes you've made, or you could copy and post it manually.
Again, if I did this manually it would take HOURS. Transcribing a video using software would take at least 10 minutes, and we did the entire article in that time.
I think we're very much in the direction of streamlining the boring parts of content. Why would you want to work 3x as hard just to get your content posted across multiple media types?
I won't claim the Content at Scale YouTube to Blog feature is perfect, we just saw some places it could improve. It would be awesome if you could "talk" to the generation too, giving more context into the article you're writing about to tweak certain parts of how it creates your article.
But there you have it. The first tool that can legitimately take a YouTube video and turn it into a fully-optimized SEO blog post that you could have edited within the hour. It's very impressive & I'd like to give a shoutout to the team at C@S for creating it.
If you're looking to edit your YouTube video as clips instead of turning them into a complete blog, you could check out Adobe's Free Online YouTube Clip Editor. If not, C@S is probably your best choice.
You'll also get 20% more credits across any plan you purchase forever (at least for now). They promise a credit-back guarantee if you aren't happy (and that's after a free re-run).
If you still aren't happy, contact the team and they'll make it right. I've had some issues with credits at the start and the team happily fixed everything I needed done 🙂
Your credits also roll over for up to 6 months, so you don't need to worry about scaling your content overnight. Don't stress.
Combining all of this together and you have a research-backed, AI creation tool that can help scale your video content into the writing world, and it does all of this in only a few minutes.
If I had tons of video content, there's no way I wouldn't be using this for everything. I don't even like using AI to write/manipulate my content because I still don't think the tools are that powerful yet, but C@S is very different.
Have you used Content at Scale's Video to Blog tool before? What are your thoughts? Drop us a comment below to talk more!