Link to or Embed your YouTube Videos?

So you’ve just recorded a video, uploaded it to YouTube and are ready to exclaim it to the world. So what do you do?

Marketing and strategyThis goes to the structure of your business. And the answer is completely dependent upon that structure. As a blogger, your home base is your blog. It is the property you own, you control, you monetize. As a blogger, your goal is to drive traffic to that blog, capture it and turn that audience into a community. Picture a bicycle tire where your site is the hub in the middle and your traffic comes from the many spokes of your online visibility.

Part of building that business is making yourself known to all those you could benefit. That means working to be seen by people using search engines. That means writing content so good people share your links. That means being active on the social media platforms with your community and in front of the new.

But not to be forgotten that means providing content across the web that can educate and entice those who stumble upon it. Some of those content hosts that command large audiences are sites like YouTube, BlogTalkRadio, Slideshare, Flickr, and EzineArticles. For a blogger these content hosts are the spokes on the wheel strategically driving traffic back to the center, to the blog, to home base.

So when does it make sense to link from the center back out to the traffic drivers (in other words from your site back to YouTube?) Well, it always makes sense via email because once you have captured their contact information, sending them to your YouTube Channel is part of building your community there. If you have their email address, by the way, your first goals of traffic and capture are complete, so move on the step 3.

But it doesn’t make sense to link out to YouTube videos prior to capturing your new reader’s contact information. With most content hosts like YouTube, Slideshare and Flickr you can embed the content directly on your site, in a blog post. In doing that you retain that new traffic on your site and still have a great opportunity to monetize or capture their contact information before they depart.

Always be thinking strategically about how your videos, blog posts, podcasts, pins and guest posts are going to be helping to grow your empire. Each should serve the purpose of capturing contact information, driving traffic, monetizing or enhancing your community. And ask yourself how does this help my prospects, my readers, and my cheerleaders 1 year from now.

Keep thinking strategically using these tips to improve your business.

P.S. Since views of a video are also counted when the video is embedded on your site, driving them back to YouTube to increase the views does not make sense. You can just as easily drive up the views on your site alone.

How to Monetize Youtube with External Links

YouTube gives you one more way to monetize videos now by allowing external annotation links in the video itself. If you read our previous post on different ways to monetize YouTube, you previously had to be a YouTube partner to get external links in the videos.

This doesn’t take the place of using the annotations feature to strategically move your audience to other videos. It doesn’t take the place of the links in the description, or the call-to-action in the video. This is something new to consider in your video and YouTube strategy.

The only feature that hasn’t been enabled yet is the ability to link to any website. At this point you’re only allowed to link to the website that is associated with your YouTube and connnected Google account. So if you’re hoping to link to sales pages, build them inside your main site. Continue reading “How to Monetize Youtube with External Links”

Using YouTube Annotations

YouTube is “shiny button syndrome” on steroids. Watch a video, then another one, then another one, then another one. As soon as it’s over, click something else in the sidebar. Hurry. . . you haven’t laughed in 2.1 seconds.

But you can stop them from doing that. YouTube Annotations gives you a way to add links in your video. That way while their “eyeballs” are pointed directly at your video they can see links to other videos. You could even create a “choose your own adventure” video where you ask a question at the end of your video and provide two things to click for answers.

Here’s an example (below this is the tutorial):


And here’s how to do that:

YouTube: Ads, Optimization, Purpose

So we start talking about allowing advertisements on your page,

and then move on to YouTube optimization strategy and how to

use YouTube for your business.
Felicia Slattery stopped by to give us a helping hand. 🙂

So we start talking about allowing advertisements on your page, and then move on to YouTube optimization strategy and how to use YouTube for your business.

Felicia Slattery stopped by to give us a helping hand. 🙂

Continue reading “YouTube: Ads, Optimization, Purpose”