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External Links From Your YouTube Videos in Annotations

You can now link directly to your website using Annotations in your YouTube videos…  Woohoo!!

This is the day many of us have been waiting for, and now it's finally here.

So what does this mean..?

Well, it means a lot!

If you're using YouTube as your main source for video marketing, then you know that you've only been able to get people to your site by 1 of 2 ways. They either click the link in the description, or they type it in from the URL you put on your video. There are other ways from your channel, etc, but getting clicks from them is pretty low.

With external linking capabilities in ALL your YouTube videos, it's going to be a linking feast for those who take action.

It's not available right off the bat, and there are a few hoops you have to jump through in order to have the external links in your YouTube videos in Annotations.

So what do you do?

How do you set it up?

What are the steps needed..?

I've answered all these questions in this short video showing you step-by-step how you can have YouTube external links in annotations go to your website all day long!

It can be a bit fiddly to get it up, and your website may not work first time.  There are little things that you may miss when doing it that could cause some frustration and leave you without being able to set it up.

Below the video is a checklist of the steps to follow, once you've watched the video.



External Links in YouTube in Annotations Checklist:

  1. Make Sure Channel Is Verified (only need to do once)
  2. Add Monetize To Your Account (only need to do once)
  3. Add Your Domain To Associated Websites (only need to do once per site)
  4. Verify Associated Website (only need to do once per site)
  5. Add Annotation To Video

So there you go. This is how you have YouTube External Links in Annotations.

In my next video, I'm going to go over how you can send traffic to affiliate offers, other websites besides your own and little ninja tricks using Annotations and your video.  If there's anything you'd like to know, just ask in the comments below.

Feel free to let me know what you thought of the post in the comments, and pass on this post and share as much as you like 🙂

About David Walsh

David Walsh is a YouTube Specialist and a Membership Expert. David has been working online since 1996 - when the internet dinosaurs roamed the earth. David's passion is to help entrepreneurs and business owner generate valuable customers through the power of video and direct marketing into high value products and programs.


  1. Hi David.

    Great video, just what I was looking for.

    I’m now stuck on the ‘verify your website’ part. You didn’t show us how to do that.

    I have a WordPress site, any suggestions on where I can find out how to do it?

    Thanks for any help you can give.


  2. Hi Colin,

    Thanks for your kind words 🙂

    To answer your question, it’s very straight forward. All you have to do is go to Google Webmaster Tools:

    Make sure you’re logged into your YouTube Channel, or else log in with your YouTube logins.

    When in there, click on the red “ADD A SITE” button on the top right.

    A window will appear to add your website URL. Enter your URL in the form http://www.yoursitename.com and then click the blue “Continue” button.

    On the next page you’re given a number of options to verify your site.

    The easiest one is to download the HTML file that they give you and upload it to your site.

    To do so, all you need to do is to save the file they give you (Right Click and Save As) to your hard drive, and then FTP that file up to your site, to the root folder, ie not in any folders on your site.

    Once uploaded, it should look something like http://www.yoursitename.com/google9eb0c6c717729fft4.html with the file on your site being the file you uploaded.

    To FTP, there’s loads of free software out there to do it, so you can search for one and use that. Filezilla is a good one to use and is very stable.

    When the file is up, go to Google Webmaster tools and click the link to the file to make sure it works properly, and when it does, click on the “VERIFY” button.

    When Google recognises the file is on your site, you’re verified and you can now send links to this verified Associated Website from your YouTube videos.

    You can leave that HTML file on your site, just to make sure your site stays verified. It’s not going to do any harm, so you don’t need to worry about it.

    You may have to give Google a minute or 2 to catch up with your verified site on your Channel. If it does, refresh a few times after a few minutes and it should be good to go.

    Hope that helps. If you have any questions, let me know 🙂


  3. Brilliant David. Thanks for the quick response and comprehensive answer. Thanks!

  4. Hi David,
    Whenever I try to verify my account and I enter my phone number and submit, it takes me to a page and it says “oops, something went wrong”. Can you please help me with that?

    • Hey there,

      With this, there are times when it just won’t work for some reason. Sometimes it’s a bug on YouTube, sometimes it’s your phone number. There are just some numbers that it won’t send to.

      All I can say is to try a different phone number and see if that works. Try a few if you have to. The number isn’t important, just the verification.

      Hope that helps.

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