Clickable Links in Youtube Videos [FREE Tutorial]

by WillR
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Warriors,

There has been a lot of interest in this method of late. YES, you can actually get clickable links working in your own Youtube videos in as little as 5 minutes - and for FREE!

Rather than try and respond to everyone via PM personally, I have decided to post this tutorial video that shows you exactly how to get these clickable links working in your own youtube videos right away.

Note: This video is NOT my own but it outlines the exact method I use to get these ads working. So rather than re-invent the wheel I have decided to post this video tutorial rather than create my own.


I hope you find it useful!
#clickable #free #links #tutorial #videos #youtube
  • Profile picture of the author andy8810
    Hey Will great job with the video.
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  • Profile picture of the author parg
    Hi WillR

    Thanks a lot for sharing this.
    Parg
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  • Profile picture of the author sharedream
    Hello
    i am new member so can't send you pm( require 50 posts), can you pm me to do it.
    Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author lesterlim85
    Hey Will

    Great share! It will be very helpful for so many people who wish to input the links into their videos!

    Cheers,
    Lester
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    • Profile picture of the author Zen Warrior
      Great share my friend! as I purchased a recent WSO giving the ability to easily make Youtube videos for very little cash outlay....now another great tip.

      keep smilin'

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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Colle
    Hello Will, Thanks very much for that little piece of golden information.
    I think this will help me and many others very much. And again thanks for not being selfish and keeping it to yourself.

    Cheers.
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  • Profile picture of the author julesw
    so to clarify, the act of pausing the promotion still allows the call to action to appear without you being billed for every view or clickthrough?
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexNeill
    Great tip thanks will set up my adwords account and test this out, been wondering for ages how to get clickable links on my video tutorials.

    Alex
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  • Can some one just clarify if you are billed for each click through?
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by Internet_Corporation View Post

      Can some one just clarify if you are billed for each click through?
      Originally Posted by julesw View Post

      so to clarify, the act of pausing the promotion still allows the call to action to appear without you being billed for every view or clickthrough?
      NO, you are not charged for anyone who clicks on the link in your ad. You will only be charged for people who click on your promoted video but since you are pausing that campaign, your video will not be promoted so you won't/can't be charged anything.

      What a lot of people don't realize is that you can have these ads on your own videos, but Youtube will only give you the option to create them if you have created a promoted video campaign for that video. So you need to create that campaign first which then gives you the option to create your overlay ads, then simply pause that campaign and the overlay will remain on your video.

      Obviously Youtube think that by allowing you to put these clickable overlay ads over your videos it will make you more likely to want to advertise your videos. But if you are already getting enough clicks by yourself just pause the campaign and leave the free clickable overlays on your videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author iw433
    Thanks. Just what I need to know.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    Interesting, so even if you were to promote it, your CPC would be very low nice alternative to static advertising, thanks for that, I think I can make use of that plan for a number of client accounts.
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    • Profile picture of the author harrydog
      Thanks for that Will great share.
      just one thing is strange. Why hasn't the guy got a clickable link in his Video. He would have got quite a few click throughs just from this post!
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    I will try to sign up. OK is you tube OK with us using you tube in this manner? Well, we do not want to get in trouble with big g now. Also, could this cause us to lose our adwords account because of TOS violations or so.

    Well, thank you. It was great help to see the video on how to use you tube to get traffic to our web pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author lesterlim85
    A very useful tip for those who wish to set up new video campaigns! Thanks for sharing such great info!

    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author peacedr
    Hiya Will - I am interested in your article to video service. Can you please pm me? ( i cant)

    thanks!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Giani
    Thanks for sharing the video.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by seobro View Post

      I will try to sign up. OK is you tube OK with us using you tube in this manner? Well, we do not want to get in trouble with big g now. Also, could this cause us to lose our adwords account because of TOS violations or so.
      I don't see why as you are not doing anything below board. You are setting up a campaign and then simply pausing it - you are not asking them to keep showing the overlay ads - it just happens.

      For those of you who may be really worried about this causing any problems with your account, just setup your daily budget as 1 cent and then your CPC as 1 cent and don't pause the campaign. That way the most you could ever get charged per day is only 1 cent anyway and your campaign is always running.

      Originally Posted by harrydog View Post

      Thanks for that Will great share.
      just one thing is strange. Why hasn't the guy got a clickable link in his Video. He would have got quite a few click throughs just from this post!
      I couldn't tell you. As I stated, this tutorial video is just one I happened to stumble across that explained the same technique I was using so I decided to use it. I don't know the guy...
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      • Profile picture of the author WiseWebWords
        Many thanks for your share
        This is perfect timing for me and exactly what I am after.
        Much appreciated.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by Common Cents View Post

      Many thanks for your share
      This is perfect timing for me and exactly what I am after.
      Much appreciated.
      Originally Posted by brucerby View Post

      Thanks for this!...its a pretty clever trick which I am going to use.
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      Bruce
      You're welcome. Let me know how you go!
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      • Profile picture of the author OMD
        just signed up here after reading about the clickthru linking on youtube and this is a huge help but just one question for clarification.....after watching the posted vid above, and going to ads website to set it up....I need to fill out credit card info and there is a $5 fee for set up.....is this correct and I need to do this before I can proceed?
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        • Profile picture of the author Ryan Johnson
          Yes, you need to pay the one time $5 fee and submit your credit card info to get started. You also should have a decent destination for your user, send them somewhere that would interest them.

          This would be a good time to dig out that adwords coupon that you didn't know what to do with.
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          • Profile picture of the author WillR
            Originally Posted by Ryan Johnson View Post

            Yes, you need to pay the one time $5 fee and submit your credit card info to get started. You also should have a decent destination for your user, send them somewhere that would interest them.

            This would be a good time to dig out that adwords coupon that you didn't know what to do with.
            Exactly - although these ads won't cost you anything so you won't really need much of the coupon!
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  • Profile picture of the author James Woods
    Thanks for the post
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  • Profile picture of the author LoanShark
    Thanks Will! I was wondering how I could do this. Just saved me a lot of money....
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel J
    Thanks for the great info! I'm definitely going to start using this!
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  • Profile picture of the author julesw
    someone I know tested this in the uk and it didn't work, think you need a us based yt account, any uk people made it work?
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  • Profile picture of the author BruceWood
    Good tip- It's been mentioned before, but you need a good non-spammy site at the end of your link- or the youtube police might slap you. I've stayed with capture pages offering something for free, and then linking to a sales page after opt-in.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesZakaria
    There has been a lot of interest in this method of late. YES, you can actually get clickable links working in your own Youtube videos in as little as 5 minutes - and for FREE!

    Rather than try and respond to everyone via PM personally, I have decided to post this tutorial video that shows you exactly how to get these clickable links working in your own youtube videos right away.
    This is great thanks for this
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  • Profile picture of the author SonnyYoung
    I am trying to understand why the click-through link works while the campaign is in paused mode. Very puzzling. I can't believe this is a Google error or loophole. Here is a possibility:

    The charge only occurs when your ad appears on another person's video (put there via the keywords you filled out). This is similar to the way regular AdWords works. In this case, there is no charge if the click-through is from your own video page.

    If someone can figure this out, I would appreciate letting us know. I, too, don't want to get slapped by Google!
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by SonnyYoung View Post

      I am trying to understand why the click-through link works while the campaign is in paused mode. Very puzzling. I can't believe this is a Google error or loophole. Here is a possibility:

      The charge only occurs when your ad appears on another person's video (put there via the keywords you filled out). This is similar to the way regular AdWords works. In this case, there is no charge if the click-through is from your own video page.

      If someone can figure this out, I would appreciate letting us know. I, too, don't want to get slapped by Google!
      The campaign you are creating has nothing to do with these ads. The campaign you are creating is a 'Promoted Video' campaign to show your videos down the right hand side of Youtube as a promoted video. Once you create a campaign for promoted videos, Youtube then enables this Overlay ad feature because you are an advertiser with them. So when you pause the campaign your video will not show as a promoted video and thus you won't get charged, but the overlay ads will still be on your video.
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  • Profile picture of the author justdave
    i like this one going to give it a try thanks for the share
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  • Profile picture of the author Giani
    This is great video. I am curious to know if anyone has tried it now. Also someone asked if this is applicable only for US?
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    Thank you! That is great info that I can use. laun
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  • Profile picture of the author amit333
    Thanks Will for posting the great Video with amazing content. I have recommended this video to my colleagues in the internet marketing industry as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Net66
    Thanks for sharing. This is very useful info.

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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Thanks for sharing this. While I don't have any hard facts to back this up, I'm pretty sure that by implementing clickable links your videos, it'll significantly increase your click-through rates.
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    • Profile picture of the author SonnyYoung
      Thanks Will. Great post and follow up. I feel comfortable using this technique without worrying about a G-slap.

      And, yes, it does work. Very cool!
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      • Profile picture of the author WillR
        Originally Posted by SonnyYoung View Post

        Thanks Will. Great post and follow up. I feel comfortable using this technique without worrying about a G-slap.

        And, yes, it does work. Very cool!
        No problems Sonny, glad I could help. I definitely would not worry about a G slap - you are doing nothing wrong with using this technique.
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        • Profile picture of the author MarthaD.
          Thank you Will! Really nice bit of information and generous of you to share.
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  • Profile picture of the author Channing
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    Just to add...it costs nothing if you already have an Adwords account. No activation fee. But your YouTube channel needs to be set up with the email account you are using for Adwords.

    Thanks for the great tip, Will. I'm definitely going to use this.
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    • Profile picture of the author baza1955
      After spending hours trying to figure out how to do this, I ran across this tutorial vid. I gave it a test drive and it WORKS! I was amazed to see you can even post links to sites outside of Youtube..ha!

      If this isn't a true loophole, don't know what is!

      Since I am a marketer and have endured some harsh G-slaps, I'm testing this with a 'no-sales' promoted video, and then forwarding to a different video with a very 'low key' sales message.

      Thanks for the 'Video Marketing' tip of the Year!

      Baz
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  • Profile picture of the author Janet Matthews
    Thanks Will - another tool to add to my arsenal. I have saved this thread to refer back to when I have mastered video marketing
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    Thanks for sharing this one. It will be very useful to IM's using youtube as their way in marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author MelodyChristie
    Thanx Will! It works wonderfully! Very kind of you to share this lil gem with us.
    And while I'm at it I just wanna say i had a small hiccup with my campaign.. PM'd Will and he was spot on when he said 'use a different browser'.. well i got stuck of firefox so switched to IE and everything turned out..
    Thanx again Will!! This is my first clickable link on a video and i'm thrilled to say the least!
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    Amazing post thanks for sharing.
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    Thanks Will great video
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by chivvy View Post

      Don't think this will work now as Google Adwords says
      "As of May 2011, the billing terms of all Promoted Videos campaigns have converted from a cost-per-click (CPC) basis to a cost-per-view (CPV) basis. When you create your promotion, we ask you for the maximum amount you're willing to pay each time a user views your promotion. (Another term we use for this is a "bid.")"
      So how come I am still using it to this day? CPC is basically just another way of saying CPV. So long as you set your budget as shown in the tutorial it does not matter whether it's CPC or CPV - either way they can't charge you more than your budget.
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  • Profile picture of the author centuriprime
    Is it possible to run multiple youtube channels of the one central adwords account for simplicity?
    If so is there a limit to the amount of channels you can have linked per adwords account?
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel Cunningham
    Thanks for sharing this Will - a simple little way that will increase your clicks by shed-loads. Some people are very impulsive and won't look below the video to see the http:// url so having the overlay is great way of putting your site in their direct line of sight.

    Good job mate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    What is the link we go to in step 1? The link is in dark blue on the video which makes it hard to see and the voice is a heavy accent which I couldn't understand clearly. Thanks for clearifying this anyone
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Millard
      Thanks for sharing Will.

      happy days
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  • Profile picture of the author Stretch44
    Thanks Will ... I'm intrigued and am looking forward to trying it out.
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    This is excellent thanks so much!
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  • Profile picture of the author NetDame
    Hi Will,

    And thanks for sharing this great tip.
    I have often wondered how to do that: now I have a clue

    To your success,
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    wao am just coming across this video today, i have no choice than to place my thanks for you.. Thanks For Sharing...
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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    Thank you very much for your contribution!

    God Bless!
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    • Profile picture of the author Norim
      Thank you so much for sharing this tip
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    Thanks for sharing. This will come in very handy!
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    This was very helpful thank you! It will definitely increase CTR's!
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  • Profile picture of the author JabMonkey
    This video was how I discovered this forum almost 2 years ago when I was doing some heavy promotions on YouTube. An oldie but goodie!
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  • Profile picture of the author marco005
    Hi,

    video marketing it is hearing great.
    But how to monetize this youtube traffic?

    1. Does these overlay ads works great with direct link to your money (affiliate) site? Also are tube traffic is in buyer or pre buy mode?

    2. Or works only with link to your squeeze page to build a list? Pre buy mode?

    To Nr.1: what is a realistic ctr on these overlay ads who are direct link to my money site? 1%,2% far more?

    Nr 2: Or does tube traffic only convert and make money with build a list not direct link to a money site? (many says cb doe snot works on youtube-why???)

    marco005
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    wow, I am such a techno dweeb when it comes to this stuff.

    Awesome tips. Thanks.
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