When it comes to adding links to your description
or to your pinned comment, one of the biggest mistakes
I see people seeing is that they put a link there
and when you click on it,
especially when you're on your phone,
it will take you outside of that YouTube app.
It'll take you to a different web browser.
Now, people don't like to watch YouTube videos
in the Safari app.
They like to watch it inside that YouTube app,
so you really wanna keep people inside that YouTube app
as much as you can.
So in this video, I'm gonna show you how to add links
that will keep people inside that YouTube app.
And another huge mistake I see people make is when they put
websites inside of their description, they're not clickable.
This is huge.
If people are watching your video and you wanna send them
to a website or some sort of funnel,
you really wanna make sure that that link is working.
So in this video,
I'm gonna cover all those things, coming up.
- [Announcer] You gotta just press record.
- Hey guys, my name is Nolan Molt with Think Media.
Let's jump right into this video.
So, the first thing I want to touch on is that major mistake
where when someone clicks on a YouTube video link
in your description, it takes them outside of the app.
Why is that you ask?
Well, it's because the link is altered.
You have to make sure that when you are sharing a video link
in your description or your pinned comment,
it cannot be unaltered.
But you're gonna wanna keep watching because I'm gonna show
you how to get the shortest link possible
to put into your descriptions.
So here I'm inside the YouTube studio
and I want to add a video link.
Let's just say I'm gonna add in a video right here.
I wanna say, "Watch this".
And then I'm gonna put a link here.
What people do sometimes is they will take this link
and they will either shorten it using a Bitly link
or a Geniuslink and they will put that
into their description.
Now, that will take them outside of the app
because now you've altered that web address.
So what I can do, is I can just go ahead
and I can copy this link right up here.
And without doing anything to it,
I can go ahead and paste that and that is going to work.
People can click on that,
it's gonna keep them inside of the app.
So, here's a trick to shorten your link as much as possible.
And a lot of people don't know this.
So if we scroll down here,
we can see there is a Share button.
When you click this Share button, you can see something
that YouTube does here.
It goes, youtu.be
so it actually has shortened the link
as much as possible.
We're gonna go ahead and we can actually just hit
copy right there.
And I'm gonna go back over here and I'm going to paste that.
You can see how much shorter that is.
It's much cleaner.
And so that is what we do at Think Media.
If you are going to shorten the link,
that is the only way to do it.
It's the best way to do it
and it's gonna keep them inside that YouTube app.
Now, remember you don't wanna mess with those links.
You don't wanna go in here
and take away any of that https stuff.
You don't wanna put ww.
you know, you don't want to mess with it
because that will actually alter the link and it won't work.
So, we're gonna double check this by hitting Save.
And I'm gonna go to the video description
and see which of these are clickable.
Alright, so down here in the description,
we can see that our top link was unaltered
and that is completely fine.
It's completely clickable because it's blue.
This one, you can't even click on it.
And so what that means is it's useless.
You wanna make sure that you are not deleting that https
and adding www
so that is something really to take note of.
Leave it unaltered and you will be fine.
Now, I have another major mistake that people make
with links and I'm gonna show you right here.
Let's say I wanted to take this description
and use it as a template.
And maybe to save time, I just wanted to copy and paste
this description to another video.
You wanna be careful with how you do this
because you will ruin some of the links.
For example, down here we can see it says, "Watch this".
And we have this clickable link.
This is gonna keep them in the app on mobile.
Now you'll see here though, that with this long link,
YouTube has actually shortened and compressed that link
by adding a ...
And so if I click on this video, it is still clickable
'cause YouTube was the one that actually shortened
that link, not me.
If I go into the Edit Video up here,
you'll see that the link still is the same.
It's still as you can see right here, it's still long
but YouTube was the one that shortened it.
So if I click on it, this link is going to work.
It is gonna take me to this video
that I wanted to send people to.
So you can see right here it is working.
It sends them to video.
Here's where it gets really tricky.
A lot of people think that you can just go ahead
and copy the link that is in the description on YouTube
and paste that to another video.
Now if YouTube has shortened it and has added that ...
you need to be careful.
The ... should tell you to stop and it should tell you
to be scared.
No, it shouldn't tell you to be scared,
it should tell you to go into the YouTube description
and use that link inside the YouTube description.
Do not use the link with a ... or your link will be dead.
And I will prove it to you right now by going ahead
and copying this clickable link,
that should work perfectly fine, you think it would.
I'm gonna copy that and then I'm gonna take it
to a different video and I'm gonna paste it right there
and it's unaltered.
And I haven't touched anything, I've just copied it
from the description and I'm going to hit Save.
So now if I go check the description,
we have the link right here.
It looks blue.
It looks great.
You think I could click on it and it would work fine
but watch what happens when I click on this link.
So this is a huge mistake that people make,
is that they are copying the links
from other YouTube descriptions and they are applying that
to their other videos.
You do not want to do this.
If you do want to copy from your description,
what you wanna do is go back into YouTube studio
and then copy those full links, okay?
So if you see ... remember don't be scared
but go into the YouTube studio and get that full link.
Now before I get into the websites
and how to make sure that those links
are completely compatible,
make sure you leave a like
if you've learned something new here and comment down below.
Let us know what kind of YouTube channel do you have?
Let us know in the comments below,
I'd love to hear from you.
Alright, so we're gonna go back into YouTube studio.
I've hit Edit Video.
And this is where you would want to copy that link,
if you wanna do that.
But I'm gonna go ahead and delete this, okay?
So what we're gonna do, is we wanna make sure
that our links are clickable.
So we have a link here for growwithvideolive.com
and I'm gonna show you the major mistakes that people make.
A lot of people what they do when they go
into the description, is they will just type in,
growwithvideolive.com just like that.
Now it is the same web address.
If you were to take that and type that into Google,
yeah, it would work,
but on YouTube it's a little bit different.
So you do not wanna type in just growwithvideolive.com
and expect it to be clickable,
it's not gonna be clickable.
The next mistake that people do is they will do,
This is also not clickable inside the YouTube descriptions
and so I see a lot of people who will do that.
What you want to do is have that true address
with the https.
You know, the colon, forward slashes,
you need all of that in order for it to be clickable
inside of the YouTube app, inside of your descriptions.
So you can see up here, we have all that
and we have our website.
And that is going to be clickable.
You want that full web address in your description
for it to be clickable.
So inside this description,
you can see these aren't clickable links.
It's a bummer.
A lot of people do this.
Go in and fix them if you have been doing this.
But this right here, growwithvideolive.com is clickable
and it will take.
I got scared there for a second because I thought
either this whole video I'm doing is wrong
or our Grow With Video Live website is down.
Not good options.
But, now my internet just sucks and it's up now.
So when you click on your link,
you're gonna see it will take you to the website.
And right here we have our Grow With Video Live website
and it looks good and you can get there straight away.
And you can do it right from the YouTube description.
Now if you want to make those links shorter,
what you can do is you can use something like Bitly
and actually shorten that link and because it has that https
that is going to work
and it's gonna be a clickable link for you.
So, you definitely can shorten the links
and use that if you're sending someone to a website
because that's gonna take them off the app anyways.
But you know, you definitely don't wanna do that
if you're sending someone to another video
because it will take them outside of the app.
Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this video.
Now you know everything you need to know about links
inside of YouTube.
If you wanna learn more about YouTube
and the basics of YouTube then click on the screen right now
to watch that playlist
and I'll see you guys in the next video.
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