How to Use Youtube Annotations

How to Use Youtube Annotations

I am sure you all know the importance of Youtube these days in your marketing, the issue is to get people to subscribe  and also to be able to update videos easily when something might change, this is where YouTube Annotations come in. So today I am going to show you how to use Youtube Annotations to add a subscribe button to your videos, and also below discuss some other great uses for the Youtube Annotations.

Lots of people have no idea how to do this so here goes…. before I get you to watch the video the YouTube Annotations option is amazing you can use it for all sorts of things. Let me give you some ideas:

  • Add a message inside video
  • Add your website address
  • Add Phone number or contact details
  • Add a comment
  • Add a link so people can be sent some where else
  • Add  a text watermark
  • Now let me expand on these ideas…
  • Add a message inside the video:

If you want to get a message across to people you might talk about on the video you can also add the message there to rein force what you just said. It’s a great way to add reminders. You can make the message as long as you want, but I would be inclined to keep it short and sweet.

Add your Website address:

If you look on Youtube you will find 1000′s of videos with no links no under the video and none even in the video itself. With the new layout of the Youtube you will need to keep this in mind and be more vigilant in making sure you have your web address or URL on the video itself.


Add Phone number or contact details:

If you don’t have a website, or you want people to do something else like call you, or visit you at your place you can add in this as well. And as you will see in the video you can drag it out and make it show on the screen for as long as you need to.

Add a comment:

Really same as above in the add a message. The good news is if something changes and you don’t want to change the video then you can go in and just add an annotation. It’s just brilliant.

Add a link so people can be sent some where else:

I love the fact that you can send people to either another video, your channel, subscribe page and a few other options in there, it’s excellent so if you have a series of videos on a topic then you can send people from one to the next one, that is sheer genius.

Add  a text watermark:

I am not sure if you have had people steal your videos but I have, so I make sure I make it as hard as possible for them to do that. I am not talking about taking my video and putting it on their site I am talking about copying it using Camtasia or something like it and then putting their own details on it. Grrrr anyway to stop that it’s a good idea to add comments or web address’s in places where it makes it hard to get them out of. So think about how you going to do that, now not every video of yours will be taken and ripped off but some generic ones you may have had made for you can be. So if you don’t have Camtasia then use the annotations to slow the people down abit. It won’t stop them totally but it’s a start.

I have started to use this as a watermark as most do not want a picture of me sitting in there video so this works quite well, the other thing that works well is putting your web address in as a watermark. In saying that you would need to use a program like Camtasia to do it for you. The You Tube Annotations does not really do as good a job as this picture, but as I said it’s a good start.

So here goes the Video:

How to Use Youtube Annotations To Add A Subscribe Button


Something you need to understand and realise is that if you bring the video from YouTube into your website or if someone else takes your video from YouTube and puts it on their site the Annotations don’t go through on the video. So best to make sure your important stuff :-) is already in the video like your web address etc. Annotations is for veiwing in Youtube. But at any rate they are fantastic tool to use, so thank you Youtube.

Hope that had some useful information for you and you can use it to grow your Subscribers and also to send traffic to where ever you need to send it.If you are looking for more posts on Youtube then I have a few written and there will be more coming as Youtube changes over. So more Youtube goodies.

That ends the lesson on How to Use Youtube Annotations.



  1. I just started a youtube channel and had 0 idea what annotations were. So I was just skipping that button, but now I know. It offers some pretty useful features and you made them sound easy to use. Guess I will check them out might help the popularity grow, I was just relying on Facebook share.

  2. Hi Alli, yes I love the Annotations, and Youtube brining even more things to the market for us. Youtube isn’t just about putting up our videos or somewhere to store our videos they are also there to help us promote, we just need to use the tools. Glad you likes the article and thankyou for your comment. All the best on Youtube

  3. Small question Gail, On some videos I see sweet annotations kind of pointing to the like button that says ” blah blah like”, how do you do this?

  4. Hi Rob, well that is probably done in software like camtasia and not in the Youtube annotations… hope that helps I do have articles written on Camtasia on the blog, search for it… Gail… Thankyou for your comment

  5. This amazing, i didn’t know that I could add links to my videos. This may help my website traffic a bit, Thanks Gail!

  6. Your welcome, its a cool trick isnt it :-)
    Thanks for taking part

  7. I was so glad to learn about watermarking, now to just find a tutorial *cough* :) , Always fear people are embedding my videos on there website. Do you know if theres a way to track your video?

  8. HI Carl,
    I celebrate when people pu my videos in their websites. I think that is fantastic especially if I have my website address in the video… so dance when you see your video on someones site, it is just a pain if they take it and put their details on it… that makes me grrrr :-)
    Thanks for the comment

  9. I got my youtube channel up and running and even got my first annotation thanks to you Gail. Took some time to figure it out but after i got it working I added 2 or 3 more to my videos, see, adding and editing is actually a lot easier then it looks. Now to figure out those nifty subscribe buttons on some channels pages.

  10. Woohooo well done you, am excited for you. Thanks for comment glad it was helpful

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    8 Ways to Use Youtube Annotations…

    I am sure you all know the importance of Youtube these days in your marketing, the issue is to get people to share and also to be able to modify videos easily when something might not be avaialbe, this is where YouTube Annotations comes in….

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