UPDATE: Since I did this video the location for External Annotations has change. Go to Creator Studio > Channel > Advanced.

A big addition has been added to You Tube - if you are familiar with Annotations you know you can create links with these - however these links are only internal links to other videos on you tube and such.


Well now you can create external annotations which means you can create links within in your you tube video that go directly to your website.

This is a HUGE addition to you tube. This is going to create a LOT of traffic to your site. There are steps for setting this up - so I created a video showing you just how to do that.

Enjoy

I believe in you
Leo

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Dinh Premium
great video; nice and clear.
I have followed the steps and the monetization is already greee but the external annotations is not enabled and I don't know why. what other factors will stop the external annotations from being green ?
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MINDwell Premium
not trying hard enough
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Dinh Premium
@Mindwell, LOL. I am going to try it again tomorrow and see if I can get to the bottom of this!
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AlexSol Premium
Posted a link on your question :)
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Beards Premium
Hi Leo, would help me understand Monitization better please? I see that you also have to have an ad-sense account and I am afraid of all that paid ad stuff right now. If we don't want to earn from the video itself but want to just have a clickable link we can't do that?
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leoemery Premium
Once you set up your annotations your links can go to any page on your associated website.
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TheManicotti Premium
I've done everything. Verified, I have associated website success, monetization, all of it. But when I try to "add a new user" under associates in webmaster tools all I get is chrome web store and no YouTube option. What am I missing??
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TheManicotti Premium
Oh is it because I haven't connected Adsense yet?
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TheManicotti Premium
Oh dang, thanks. So there's no way to leave external annotations now? Correct?
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leoemery Premium
What do you mean "Leave" external annotations? The associate function in webmaster tools made it so your YouTube channel would be displayed as the "official channel" for your website.

Associates could not view site data or take any site actions in Webmaster Tools. But they could have acted on behalf of your site in other Google products.

This has nothing to do with having links in your videos (external annotations) to your associated website.

You can still have external annotations within your YouTube videos. And all the analytics for your videos are in your YouTube dashboard.

Have I misunderstood what you wanted to do?
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TheManicotti Premium
Nope! I was confused and misunderstood what I was doing. It all makes sense now, thank you!
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leoemery Premium
Ok cool - glad you got things sorted
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latonab32 Premium
this is beautiful-just what I was looking for! And you made it short, sweet and to the point. Thank you!
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BigDubbayew Premium
Extremely helpful brother as you well know. Thanks a million man!
RDub

Yep it did change Video manager I found it right In the main video manager window just had to click on edit and annotations.

Uh Oh I don't have associated website bro... Do I need to associate a website with my YT account? or my channel?

Got it bro... I had to associate my site with my account.
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BenTrident Premium
Well done Leo, thanks for sharing and taking the time to make this.
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dmjack92 Premium
Actually it has changed. Associated website is now under Video Manger -> Channel Settings -> Advanced.
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leoemery Premium
Yep since I did this video they have moved things - thanks for the update - I will add it above.

Leo
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DomW Premium
You just saved me going crazy. Cheers!
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Labman Premium
I had some issues with this, it seems that YouTube thought I was a resident of Afghanistan and wouldn't allow me to do this.
Once I found the correct setting and adjusted it to the states, I was almost instantly approved.
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nathaniell Premium
Funny. I thought you were a resident of Afghanistan too :)
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Labman Premium
No, I never had the privileged of even visiting there, much less residing there. I consider myself lucky in that regard.
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Orca Premium
Thanks a lot. I found the video very helpful. May the traffic increase now :))
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leoemery Premium
Stay consistent with your video marketing and it will grow and grow.

I did a post where I include a graphic of how my traffic is increasing each month just with video marketing: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/leoemery/blog/don-t-think-video-marketing-works

If you ever need a hand don't hesitate giving me a buzz
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SquidooSlfMstr Premium
Hi Leo:

Thanks for this video. I see it helping clickthroughs.

However, one little problem. I did the "monetization" step and status is green.

I added an associated site and verified it. Status is green.

Now, when I add an annotation, I do NOT get that blue bar at the top to enable "External Annotations" But, I noticed my "External Annotations" status is gray.

Therefore, I do not have the option to choose "Associated Website" when creating an external link.

Do you have any idea on why I can't create an external link?

Thanks for your suggestions!

Charlie
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leoemery Premium
Sometimes it can be a browser issue - if you are using Firefox it can be goofy sometimes - switch to Chrome and see if that works.
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SquidooSlfMstr Premium
Hi Leo:

Thanks for your reply!

I was investigating my account while waiting for your response and noticed something. The "External Annotations" button was gray, NOT green.

I also noticed I still had a "Verify" button in my features area. So, I guessed that could be the problem and verified it.

Here's a little reference for others that still need to verify their partner status:

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Channel Settings>Features>Account Status

STEP 1: Click the "Verify" button and give them a phone number so they can send you a voice or SMS verify code.

STEP 2: After you send YouTube your phone number, the next screen will have a box t enter your code. Keep that page open until they call/Text you. Enter the code. After verification it will say "Partner Verified" in the Features section.

Now, under the features "External Annotations" the status should turn green.
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Now, proceed to enter an External Annotation Link (see Leo's video). In the Annotations section, check if you have the blue bar at the top. Make sure you click the "Enable" to use the External Annotations feature.

Anyway, I entered my associated website in the Annotations > Link section by typing "http://" and it still said "Please enter a valid URL." I kept typing my URL and "Preview Link" finally popped up.

NOTE: Do not link to other domains as the terms of service warns if you link accross domains, you will lose this privilege.

Happy External Linking!!

THANKS LEO for an awesome heads up!

Charlie
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leoemery Premium
I'm glad to hear you got things sorted
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PCRoger Premium
This is a great video, Leo, thanks for doing it. Even though I have associated websites 3 or 4 times in the past I keep forgetting how to do it and have to come back here to watch again.

On another note, has anyone had problems adding a YouTube channel to an Adsense account that already has a YouTube channel associated with it?

They do allow that, right?

thanks.
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PCRoger Premium
Leo,

Trying my first annotation, and it says "Please enter a valid URL" - The URL is valid - http://onlinebackupspot.com/sos-online-backup-review/

(Yes, I chose "associated website" in the dropdown)

Any ideas??

Thanks,
Roger
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nathaniell Premium
Hey, I had the same problem. You might want to try some of the suggestions from below. Perhaps you already have, but it sounds like the same problem I had.
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leoemery Premium
Simply close your browser and open it again, and it should work fine.
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PCRoger Premium
I should have mentioned that I did try those ideas too. Sorry. I was in a VM, maybe I should try it outside of that.
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PCRoger Premium
OK, I got it now. I should have been suspicious of Firefox in the first place because I had issues getting the YouTube settings dashboard to display consistently when turning on monetization - aside from the fact that YouTube/Google help links seem to take you in circles ;)
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leoemery Premium
Glad to hear you got it sorted.

That was going to be my next question - which browser - Firefox can be goofy - I switched to chrome a while back - it has eliminated a lot of browser issues I had with Firefox.

Leo
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nathaniell Premium
Hi Leo, I've verified my external website, monetized, and all that. But when I add the actual URL to the link-box, it says the link is from an invalid website. Do you have any ideas of what this could be from?
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ThomasPaul Premium
That happened to me too. I'm not sure why. You might want to play with typing in http:// before your url. or close out the browser completely and open it again. i never figured out exactly what caused it, it just started working for me.
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leoemery Premium
ThomasPaul has it right. Simply close your browser and open it again, and it should work fine - I had the same problem - not sure why this happens.
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nathaniell Premium
For some reason, I had to delete the associated URL, then type it back in. This may have been the same effect as closing the browser.

Actually, on another note, this doesn't work for any account that's been banned for adsense. I tried this with another email that was banned and I came up as a 'risk' for activity against their TOS. Funny how Google doesn't forget that stuff.

Thanks guys.
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bwh1 Premium
Cool. Guess all the accounts have to match in other words like Webmaster, Youtube and their emails etc...
Another question is, will they fret if you use a redirect link at your website going to an affiliate offer so the landing page would ultimately be a CB product? Do they check?
G..
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leoemery Premium
As long as you are sending your traffic to the associated website (your site) you are fine - Google (youtube) is smart enough to know that most website have external links going off site including going to affiliate products.

I think their main concern is that the external link on youtube is going to your site - after that they have no control.

With that said - you do not want to have a redirect on the page of your site sending them automatically to your affiliate site - that is the loophole I mentioned in the video - I know many people are going to do that - but I think youtube will catch onto this and penalize or even ban channels for doing that - this is just my opinion
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ThomasPaul Premium
Just finished adding my first external annotation. Thanks a million for this wonderful video!!!
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leoemery Premium
No worries -
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chamaltatis Premium
I finally got it! Thanks a lot for telling this update and showing us how to do it. I'm doing more video marketing today and this tutorial is a great help.
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leoemery Premium
Your welcome
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mission0ps Premium
Sweet spot video there Leo - me likee!
Be interesting to see some analytics on results .. I may search big G and see wazz up wid dat!

PS Love the accent :)
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leoemery Premium
Glad you likee!!
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Labman Premium
Great stuff there Leo. Definitely a tool that I'm going to use going forward..
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leoemery Premium
Yep if used correctly it can generate a lot of traffic.
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PCRoger Premium
Thanks for this alert, I was not aware of this. Though along the same lines as welshy, I am concerned about their "terms" - is there any restriction as to the content you link to, ie, affliate links on that page, etc.?

As a person who once lost his YouTube channel (and had to fight to get it back) simply because 1 video covered "making money online", something that was not, is not "officially" prohibited.

thanks.
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leoemery Premium
Wow that's sucks about your you tube account - great you got it back.

I know people that have Make Money Online videos and never have their accounts been in jeopardy of being closed down. This includes MLM opportunities.

The external annotations by you tube is set up to go to your website - and they can go anywhere on your site www.yourdomain.com/page

I'm using these annotations for a few different niches - one is in the financial niche (a service) and the other is to an overview video for the WA on my netwiseprofits.com site.

All my videos on my net wise profits channel are all how to and training videos - none mention make money online - and all my annotation says is "Click Here If You Want To ACCELERATE Your Online Success"

The goal is to provide value to the visitor - and I'm pretty confident in saying google (you tube) is absolutely aware there are going to be affiliate links on your sites pages, including banners and more, so it's nothing I'm worried about.

You could if you wanted to send them directly to a lead capture or squeeze page on your site, and then email market to your list.

Now I know there is a loop hole, not sure if it's legal and I'm not sure if you tube will crack down on this (I bet they will) but you could send people to a page on your site that has a re-direct and really send them any where you want beyond your website.

Not something I would do - I bet people who do this will redirect to affiliate links and such - this will probably come and bite them in the butt later on because it's gaming the system.

I'm not doing anything goofy so I'm not worried - the only thing I am going to watch is if it effects my rankings - if so then back to the old school way - but again not really worried about it - it is what it is.

Leo
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welshy Premium
Hey Leo, Great intro and video.

If what I've heard/read is true, adding external links is somewhat of a catch twenty two type thing.

It's great because you're sending traffic to your site/page, but then on the other hand Youtube doesn't like videos that end a users session and takes them away from Youtube. Resulting in a the video not ranking as high.

Not sure if anyone has done any tests on this or not, this is just something that has been mentioned a few times by the so called Video/Youtube SEO experts that I follow.
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leoemery Premium
I'm sure about the ranking thing - my question would be why would they provide it - and then hurt you with a poor ranking? It's counter-intuitive -

I have added this annotation to a bunch of videos on page 1 of google so I will keep an eye on it and see what happens.
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welshy Premium
If you notice any changes can you let us know please, thanks
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omg this is awesome i need traffic
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jespinola Premium
NiceVideo
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Divine23 Premium
A great help, Leo. Thanks a lot for sharing!
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leoemery Premium
No worries your welcome
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micky77 Premium
Thanks Leo, Essential when I start my video marketing. So much to do :)
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leoemery Premium
Remember I'm here if you ever need a hand
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Nice Leo... Will have to remember this for when I get my YouTube channel up together!
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leoemery Premium
If you ever need a hand just give me a buzz
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