Don Crowther
Don Crowther

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How To Add Links To Your Website In YouTube Videos

Did you know that you can now put clickable links into your YouTube videos?

Nope, these aren’t the old link annotations that could only point to other YouTube videos.

These are real, clickable, powerful links that you can embed into your video to point at your site!

Exciting times.

In fact, I’d go even farther than that – revolutionary times. This is clearly changing video marketing!

Setting Up Clickable Links

Your first step is to make sure your YouTube channel is set up properly. Here’s what you do:

  1. Activate monetzation on your channel.
  2. Add your website.
  3. Make sure the external annotation feature has been activated.
  4. Go to the “Annotations Editor” add your annotation and let YouTube know where to send your traffic.

It’s a little bit complex, so I’ve created a 13-minute video that walks you through this process step-by-step (I recommend you click the box in the bottom right corner of the YouTube screen to blow it up to full screen):

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Watch this video on YouTube to see how the clickable links work: How to Create Clickable Links to Your Website in YouTube Videos

How This Changes The Game

There are several ways that this literally changes the process of online marketing, including:

  • Any video that doesn’t now contain a call to action with an external link is losing you money
  • It makes a top ranking for your video in Google (still fairly easy to obtain) even more valuable than it was before
  • You aren’t limited to only one link. so you can put in an optin link, a blog post link and potentially a buy link, all in the same video!

Take action today!

This is going to be huge for generating traffic to your website.

After you have completed the steps above, make sure you go through all your old videos and add the External Annotation for every video.
Be sure your traffic is going to the correct place–like an opt-in page.
Use call to action and External Annotation in all your future videos.

What do you think of this new technology? How do you plan to use it for your business? Let me know by adding a comment below. Plus, don’t forget to Share, Like, Pin and Tweet this post!

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  1. Hi Don,
    I was searching this trick, from past few days, and can’t find any informative post. But, your post clears my all doubt, about how to insert link in Video. Thank you so much for sharing!


  2. Hello Don, this was a really useful video and it was a good use of a Sunday Morning. If you don’t mind I will link some of your content from a specific page on my site back to your page. and hopefully more subscribers for you. One comment for Lisa regarding “invalid URL” and you touch on it later in the presentation. I tried to link to an external affiliate landing page and it came up with “invalid URL’, that’s because it was not an “associate website” ( Dohh!! am I dumb or wot?). Meaning part of my named associate website.
    The way around it of course is to link back to one of your own sub pages where you can have the link to the affiliate squeeze page.
    Don excellent site you have.

  3. Don, I am still having the bug you talked about – Not being able to see the associated website as one of the options in the list of annotation links. I have this problem from a few months. The status shows green for external annotations in the settings. Everything needed is green. I don’t know what to do.

    Any suggestions?


  4. My coder iss trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliksd thhe idea because of the expenses.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on various websites for about a year
    and am anxious about switching to another platform.
    I have heard fantastic things about Is there a way I can transfer all my
    wordpress coontent into it? Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

    1. Sorry, I can’t help you with blogengine. It’s not our area of expertise.

      The important thing – you need to have a blog going and it needs to have the key blogging features. WordPress does that well, so make sure whatever you choose has similar features.


  5. Don,

    I started to add external annotation links, and I’m getting a message pop up saying that I’m not allowed to other domains. Is this really safe to do? I don’t want to jeopardize my account.

    1. You can only add links to the domain that you’ve gotten approved, not to other sites. So, your base domain is the only site you can link to, not to, for example.


  6. Hi Don,

    The process for links works great !!! Yes, the screens seem to have changed a little with the new channel layout.

    FYI….on an iPad links do not seem to appear for me. Still checking it out though…



  7. Hi Don,
    I tried setting up the click able links and the bug you spoke of, where the associated website item in the add annotation/link/video/drop down menu is not showing up is not working and continues not to work regardless of what I do to reset the page.
    Any suggestions or feedback from others?
    Thanks so much,

  8. Don, Thanks for the video. I had actually already set up annotations but did not have them linked to my site. Every time I hit the link button near the final step, I can never get it to give me the “associated website” option. I went back like you said to my channel and began the process again as you suggested but I still can’t get anything but the option box naming a video, channel or subscription to link it to. Any other suggestions or…just keep trying?

    1. There’s a blue bar that comes up after you’ve got everything else done that allows you to confirm that you want to use associated website links. You have to click that!

      That was MY problem when I first went through the process.


  9. Hi Don: I heard you on the list building summit for the first time. Really enjoyed this video! I will just go do it! Thanks so much!

  10. Thanks for the insightful video Don. Love your clear explanations.

    One thing I thought would be worth mentioning which is important is to have the monetization part beneficial you would need to have an Adsense account setup…otherwise it’s just free money for Google, lol:)

    Would be interested in knowing the link you refer to in a comment, that shows how to add an admin to my YouTube channel.

    All the best


  11. Hi Don, Thanks for the video – I’m working my way through it but realised as I have a wordpress site, I have no idea where to upload the verification file to?!
    I’ve pulled up FileZilla and am at a loss.
    Could you help?

    1. I assume that you have a site, which makes lots of things more difficult.

      Google does offer other ways of verifying your site. If I remember right, there’s a link on the verification screen to do that. One of those ways is to put the verification codes into your meta tags, which is what you’ll probably need to do.

      But the real issue is having your site at I don’t recommend that because of the control issues you’ve already mentioned and because the SEO link love you get for your site goes to them, not you. You might as well be building quality links for your own site!

      I would strongly suggest that you buy a domain name and host (both can be done for a total of about $60/year) and move it to there. That sounds like a great blog post, doesn’t it!

      Let me know how it goes with your verification and your move!


  12. Hi Dan,
    I would like to comment on other people’s channel with a link. It is banned but recently I saw some comments that people put links. in the form of
    Do you have any tip on that?
    Team etna

  13. Hi Don: Thanks for this great tutorial. I followed your step by step instructions no problem, all the way to the point of entering my url pointing to the specific page I wanted to link to through the annotation. Unfortunately, no matter what page I put in (either my home page or a specific page) I keep getting this error message: Please enter a valid URL.

    Can you please recommend what I should do next? Not sure why this is happening as I am entering my own website URL. Any suggestions are welcome.


    1. I’ve found that frustration too.

      1. Make sure the URL is on the domain you’re approved for. Any other domain won’t work.

      2. Either put in or remove the www. That is usually the problem for me.

      3. Start over and try again. There’s a bug in this process that I hope YouTube will rapidly resolve. Frustrating, but hopefully it will go away soon!

      This is a frustrating situation, I know, but I’m confident it will get better soon.


  14. Thanks Don for this information. Personally I do not have any videos on U-Tube but that is not to say that I won’t in the future. Still learning lots about how to get more traffic to our web site, so everything is helpful.

    1. Well, that sounds like something you should solve this week! It’s not hard, it just takes some figuring out!

      Everyone who is serious about trying to build their business needs YouTube videos. Period.


  15. I would have them verify their account (tying it to their website) and have them make you an administrator on Youtube (it’s there in YouTube’s help screens, can be done on either Youtube or Google Webmaster tools.) Once that’s done, when you upload videos to their accounts, you should be able to create links to their site with no problem.

    That shouldn’t affect your ability to link from your YouTube account to your site.


  16. Don,

    This is a cool tip that you shared – thanks and I am going to quote you and share a linkback from my site as well. I really like the information you share so keep it coming 🙂

    Mark Edward Brown
    The Web Traffic Reporter

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