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How To Embed Your Affiliate Links Into YouTube Videos

Sep 7th 2010 at 10:37 PM

If the idea of making your own video seems too daunting or difficult for you, there are plenty of videos out there in the public domain that you can easily embed in your website. For example, if you are promoting a certain network marketing program, or a particular affiliate product it is easy to enhance the value of your promotion by searching on YouTube for a video that someone has made to describe the benefits of that particular program or product.

Of course, the downside of embedding somebody else's video on your website is that whenever anybody clicks a video they will be taken to the video-maker's YouTube page where they will quite likely find that person's affiliate link and click on it instead of clicking on the links that are on your website. And when that happens, you cannot really complain because after all, you were making use of somebody else's content on your website, so it is only fair that that person get something back from time to time.

However, there are a couple of techniques that you can use to improve your chances of getting the video viewers business. We are talking about embedding your affiliate links into or onto other people's YouTube videos when you post them on your site.

Embedding your affiliate links into YouTube videos can be done quickly and easily and best of all, you can do it entirely free of charge.

Method 1:

This method allows you to place a button at the top of a YouTube video. You can add some text to the button and also some hover text which will appear when the viewer hovers the cursor over the button. You can point the button to your affiliate link and when the button is pressed the viewer will be taken to your affiliate page.

The steps are very simple. First find the YouTube video you want to feature on your website and copy the video URL or ID code. (You will see this code in one of the fields to the right of the video on the YouTube page.)

Now go to and paste the ID code in the top field that you will see on the right of that page. Next add the text that you want to appear on the button. Enter your affiliate link in the third field. In the remaining three fields you can define how long you want the button to appear over the video, and you can enter some hover text.

Once you have done that simply hit the "Update Preview" link and then if everything looks okay, hit the "Save & Get Code" button. This will generate your link code which you can view by clicking the little arrow button to the right of the HQ button on the bar at the bottom of the video screen on the page.

Now simply copy and paste your YouTube embedded link code into your web page where you want the video to appear.

Method 2:

With BubblePly you can embed your affiliate link in a bubble that appears "in" the video screen rather than in a button that appears "on" the screen. Also, you can choose from several styles of bubble, and you can decide its size and location on the screen.

The first thing to do is to copy the YouTube video URL and paste it into the bubble URL field. Click the "Next" button and you will be taken to a screen where the video will start playing. Click the pause button to stop the video then select a bubble from the bubble menu. I suggest that you choose the plane bubble and stretch it so that it is wide enough to cover the width of the video. Once you have done that you will be able to type in some text, then click a link button and insert your affiliate link.

The next thing to do is to set the amount of time that you want your affiliate links to show while the video is playing. To do that all you have to do is slide the video tracking slider buttons at the bottom of the video screen to your preferred start and finish positions. Finally, click the "Done" button. Now you will be able to copy the system-generated embed code and paste it into your HTML page where you want the video to show.

No matter which method you choose to use, simply by embedding your own affiliate link in or on the video you will have "levelled the playing field". Now you can take things further in your favour by inviting your readers and viewers to pass on the video. As long as they pass on the video that is on your page, they will be passing on the embedded affiliate links as well. If enough people pass it on, by e-mail, by posting it on their blogs, or by read tweeting it, you will suddenly have a viral video working for you. The person who made the video will also be getting extra publicity too, so it's a win-win situation for both parties.

Please to comment
Sep 23rd 2011 at 8:37 PM by LonnieG
Thanks, David. These are techniques and resources I can make good use of. ~L
Oct 18th 2010 at 2:57 AM by DavidHurley
Thanks for the feedback. I'm pleased you found it useful and easy to understand.
Sep 28th 2010 at 1:15 AM by TimRR
super,,that is very easy to understand
Sep 8th 2010 at 11:59 AM by HealthyGuy
Thanks for the Article. This is an area that I lacked knowledge in and I appreciate the straight forward, easy to understand information. To Your Great Success and Health. Dr. Lee

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