How To Do a YouTube External Website Link

Episode 16: How To Video Tutorial: YouTube External Linking

This tutorial will show you how to link to a website from within your YouTube channel. No additional software needed and no risk of losing your YouTube Account! YouTube has created the Associated Website annotation link for you to use.

What You Need


Lets Get Started

  1. Log in to your Google Webmaster Account:
  2. ADD SITE – select to verify website. Easiest method is to just add a simple META tag before the /head on the main page of your website. FTP is just as easy though.
  3. Wait a couple minutes for the confirmation.


Verify Your YouTube/Gmail account with ownership of your website in Google Webmaster Tools

Within your Google Webmaster account go to:

If you are linking to a YouTube account that is separate from the Gmail Account you will need to follow the steps below, otherwise you can skip it an go on to verify your YouTube account.

  1. Configuration
  2. Then – Associates
  3. Then – ADD A NEW USER and use your YouTube email.


Verify Your YouTube Account

Verify your YouTube account using your own phone number.

When you get the code, put it in to the form and click VERIFY.

You will need to become a partner to unlock the external link feature. Click on GET STARTED and you will see the monetize banner on your account.


Accept the agreement and click on Monetize

Next click on:

  1. Channel Settings
  2. then – Associated Website
  3. add your website and click ADD


Upload a video to work with or use an existing one

Next click on:

  1. Edit
  2. then – Annotations
  3. click on – ENABLE at the top of your screen
  4. Add the annotation text and adjust the position and duration the annotation should be displayed.
  5. click on LINK
  6. click on Associated Website
  7. Then add the website or any page within your website that you would like to link to.
  8. Click on PUBLISH and verify everything is ok and working.

So that is how you can link from inside of a YouTube video to a website. Not too difficult but very powerful!

If you have any questions or run in to any problems, please leave a comment below.

Thanks Again!


Bryan Knowlton

How To Earn Money TV

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  1. Really?! Were you linking to your own website or redirecting? I have not heard of that happening yet. Would love to know specifically what you did wrong to violate the partnership.

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