Today is day seventeen of the video blogging challenge, and we’re in the fourth week of a six-week challenge.
I created a video to show you how to create a “clickable subscribe link” for your videos by using the annotations feature inside of YouTube video manager.
If you don’t care to watch the video, I include the text too.
Watch the Video:
Start by going to your video manager, inside the Creator Studio. To do this, go up to your avatar, click on it and choose Creator Studio.
Once you get to Creator Studio, click on the Video Manager link to make your videos list on the screen. Choose the video you want to add a link to.
I created a video specifically for this exercise, so I’m going to click the “Edit” button for that video. Once you get to the next screen, click on “Annotations” and you’re ready to get started.
Next, click the +Add Annotations button and choose which type you want. All the selections add a link to your video except the “Title” one. Click the “Note” selection for now.
After you have clicked the “Note” selection, a blank box appears on your video screen and the timeline. Type your text into the note box to see the text added to the annotations box.
I typed in the word, SUBSCRIBE. You can keep the font normal or bold, white or black, and you have the option to change the background color or keep it transparent.
You can’t left or right justify or center align your text. Nor are you able to change the font style. YouTube offers minimal choices.
Additionally, you should see a box on the timeline that has a red marker on the front and the back of the box. The front red designates the starting time of the annotations and the back marker designates the end time for the annotations.
You can move it around with your mouse and stretch the box along the timeline to set start and end times for your “Subscribe” link. Play with it to get a feel for how it works.
How to Add Your Subscribe Link
Click the radio box that says, “Link” to open more options. Under the Video pull-down menu, choose “Subscribe” as a type of link you want to create.
Type the name of your YouTube channel into the box under the Link radio box, and click the “Preview Link” to ensure that it hops over to your video channel.
If the preview link takes you back to your YouTube channel, the link is working, and you can click the blue “Publish” button to save your annotations.
Go Back to the Dashboard
Return to your YouTube video dashboard and click on the “Video Manager” link. Find the video you republished and play it to the annotations you added.
Click the “Subscribe” link and verify that the newly added annotation link is working correctly.
Do you add clickable links to your videos? Leave a comment below and let me know!
Thanks for reading,
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