It’s been a while now since YouTube rolled out YouTube Cards. They came out right about the time of the lesser known autoplay function. And while they are super simple and super effective, I still see a ton of videos that are either without cards, or they do not employ them properly. So, I decided to create this YouTube Cards tutorial post to help you out 🙂
YouTube cards act a little bit like annotations in that they appear inside of your video and can be clickable. Let’s say they are a kind of Annotation evolution.
How they differ is this:
- They are mobile responsive which means that people can, unlike the old annotations, see them on their phone and click on them. As a ton of traffic is via mobile these days, it’s imperative that you employ cards on all your videos.
- Old annotations were text only on a colored background. YouTube cards allow you to add a small graphic making them aesthetically pleasing to the eye and overall appear more professional
So let’s look at what YouTube cards are and how you can use them to drive more traffic to your website.
YouTube Cards Tutorial Video
At the moment, you can choose from six types of cards: Merchandise, Fundraising, Video, Playlist, Associated Website and Fan Funding. You can find a new “Cards” tab in your Video Editor to create and edit them at any time.
To ensure you make the most out of YouTube cards, you need to have your website verified with your channel.
Once you know how to do this, it really is super simple.
You can download Filezilla here if you have yet to.
YouTube Cards Tutorial – Learn More
Despite all of the benefits of YouTube cards, they should be used in conjunction with annotations. they are not meant to replace them.
As is always the case, the best place to get concrete advice about such things is to go to YouTube itself.
Usually, issues with any traffic platform arise simply because the user has not educated themselves about the policies of the said network. So, always familiarize yourself with the Terms Of Service.
The only thing left now for you to do is to actually go out there, verify your website with your channel and play around with YouTube Cards.
Once you have a bunch of them up, you can analyze the stats in your youTube analytics to see if they are having the desired effect and tweak as necessary.
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