I need to add links to the bottom of an YouTube video, like this Ben Stiller video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDN08JwNEfc

Here is a video of a guy teaching how to add little baloons to an YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5otjHuOkVM. But he also says you cannot link outside of YouTube. The links created with this tool can only lead users to other YouTube videos.

Question: how can I add functionality similar to Ben Stiller's videos with links that lead users outside YouTube to something like a donation website?

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    I am thinking it has to do with that group being with the Non-Profit YouTube Program.
    – phwd
    Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 19:23
  • Hey, thanks! I am checking that. Commented Aug 21, 2010 at 11:17

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Linking to external websites, or a Call-to-Action overlay, through annotations is available to partners in the Nonprofit program as well as advertisers and partners with promoted videos.

The Case Foundation show an example of this in a video, How to Use New YouTube Annotations for Nonprofit Partners.

Apart from that, you can still edit the description field to include the link to your site.


You might be able to get similar functionality using annotations;


Hope this helps.

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    From the page you linked to: "linking is restricted to certain pages on youtube.com."
    – musicfreak
    Commented Sep 10, 2010 at 3:06

It has to do with the type of video you describe. If you own the video, changing it to educational/tutorial for example will allow clickable links in the description

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