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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!

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