How to Put Annotation Links On Youtube Videos – Step by Step

Today, I’m going to show you how to put annotation links on Youtube videos. This is a great feature from Youtube, and it can really help you boost up the clicks to your site from your videos.

I recently came across this cool feature from Youtube. I’m not sure how long this feature has been around for, but it is definitely a new powerful feature for my videos. πŸ™‚

Having an external annotation link ON your video, can really make a difference.

How to Put Annotation Links On Youtube Videos - Step by Step

The ability to put an external annotation link on your video, is a feature you must Enable on your Youtube Account.

Login to your Youtube Account >> Go to ‘Creator Studio’ >> ‘Channel’ – and check if you have the ‘External Annotations’ Feature Enabled. If you do not, click on ‘Learn more’ and find out how you can enable this feature.

External Annotations Feature | How to Put Annotation Links On Youtube Videos


Note: Youtube only allows you to have ONE Associated Website per account. AND you must own the website, they will ask you to Verify it.

Once you have this Youtube Feature enabled, you are ready to set up your external annotation links on all of your videos!

How to Put Annotation Links On Youtube Videos – Step by Step

1 – Go to ‘Channel’ >> ‘Advanced’ | scroll down to see ‘Associated Website’

Channel >> Advanced >> Associated Website


2 – Paste your Website URL >> Click on ‘Add’ >> Click on ‘Verify’

Paste Website URL >> Add >> Verify

3 – Follow the Verification Instructions | for this example I will choose the Recommended ‘HTML file upload’ – you can also use the Alternate Methods

Verify Your Website with the Recommended Method

Verify Your Website with the Alternate Method

4 – For the Recommended ‘HTML File Upload’ Method, go to your Hosting Provider’s cPanel. I’m using the Hostgator cPanel for this example. Go to the ‘File Manager’

Login to your Hosting cPanel >> File Manager

5 – Open the ‘public_html’ Folder >> Open your Domain Name’s Folder

Open 'public_html' Folder >> Domain Name Folder

6 – Once you are on your Domain Name’s Folder >> Click on ‘Upload’ >> Upload the Google Verification File you downloaded (step 3)

Click on Upload >> Upload Google Verification File

7 – Go back to ‘Channel’ >> ‘Advanced’ >> ‘Associated Website’ >> Click on ‘Refresh’

Channel >> Advanced >> Associated Website >> Refresh

And you are ready to play around with the Annotations!! πŸ˜€ … yaaaaay!! lol

Let me show you how to place cool annotations on your videos.

1 – Go to the ‘Edit’ section for a video >> Click on ‘Annotations’ >> On Drop-down Menu Choose ‘Spotlight’

Edit Video >> Annotations >> Spotlight Option

2 – Select what you want to make “Clickable” on your video, and for how long. Click on ‘Link’ >> On Drop-down Menu Choose ‘Associated Website’

Select Area for Annotation >> Click on Link >> Associated Website

3 – Paste your associated website, and Save/Apply the changes! πŸ™‚

Paste Associated Website >> Save Changes

You are done!!

People can click somewhere on your video and go to your website now! …what a great feature, right!

If you would rather watch a video tutorial on this, check out the one I made for my awesome Facebook followers, below. (watch it in HD)

How to Put Annotation Links On Youtube Videos – Tutorial


β–Ί HOW TO HAVE EXTERNAL LINKS ON YOUTUBE VIDEOSThis is a very cool and powerful feature you can use on your Youtube Videos. Learn how to use it, and use it! πŸ˜‰ … please spread this knowledge – > Like | Comment | Share πŸ˜€

Posted by Freddy Junior Gandarilla on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

This is a powerful Youtube Feature that you must use. If you want to get the most out of your videos online, that is. πŸ˜‰

This is how to put annotation links on Youtube videos – very simple stuff. Now is time you get to work!

What do you think??

Have you been using this feature on your Youtube videos? … if so, is it helping you get more clicks to your website from your videos online? .. please leave your comments and thoughts below!

If you are looking to learn more about Youtube Marketing – check out this blog post: Youtube Marketing Tips You Must Learn

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2017-11-05T18:52:15+00:00 Internet Marketing|6 Comments

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  1. Rosy Sofiya May 4, 2015 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Excellent video marketing tip Rich. Your explanation was not too techie so most SMB’s should be able to design and deploy this routine rather effortlessly.

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera May 5, 2015 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Rosy!

      I’m glad you find a lot of value here! πŸ™‚

      Thank you for passing by and leaving your comment!

      Have a great week!

      See you around!

      Cheers! πŸ˜€

  2. metz May 4, 2015 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Adding links, or annotations, to your YouTube video will drive traffic to your website. Yes, it is a powerful marketing tool that can be used to increase engagement, viewer, and subscribers.

    Good standing is important in order to add an associated website. You can confirm these details in the Channel Settings > Features.

    It’s a useful and easy to follow step-by-step guide for everyone. Additionally, test the links to ensure you’re directing users to relevant pages on your site.

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera May 5, 2015 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      Hey Metz!!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! πŸ™‚

      You always gotta make sure your links work, for sure! … I’m glad this is a valuable post for the newbies online πŸ™‚

      Thanks Metz!

      Have a fantastic week!

      See you around!

      Cheers! πŸ˜€

  3. Sunday August 13, 2015 at 4:42 am - Reply

    Hi Freddy,
    This is straight forward and practicable tutorial. Newbie and Expert alike can truly take steps to put annotation links on their videos. I guess this will help boost traffic and revenue for video marketers!

    I left the above comment in as well.

    • Freddy G. Cabrera
      Freddy G. Cabrera August 13, 2015 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Hey Sunday!!

      This is a very powerful feature for Youtubers! πŸ˜‰

      I believe it is a new feature that was released this year. And it will definitely help marketers get more clicks out of their Youtube videos.

      I had to share a tutorial. I see so many people who do not know how to do this and are missing out on many clicks from their youtube videos!

      Thanks for your comment, Sunday!

      Have a great rest of the week! πŸ˜€