Do VHX links work in YouTube Annotations & Cards?

If you have any video content up on YouTube, you can add an annotation or card to your video that links back to your VHX site. While most links don't work inside annotations & cards, VHX URLs do! 

In this article:

Adding an annotation to your YouTube video
Adding a card to your YouTube video

Adding an Annotation to your YouTube video

Follow these steps to get an annotation setup:

  1. Go to your YouTube Channel features page: http://youtube.com/account_features
  2. Verify your YouTube account by clicking the Verify button and going through that process.

  3. Once verified, make sure that external annotations are enabled for your account on http://youtube.com/account_features
  4. Go to the Edit page of your video on YouTube you want to add the VHX site link to and click the Annotations tab at the top of the page. 
  5. At the top of the Annotations page, click the Enable button in the blue notice-bar to enable "external annotation links"

  6. Accept the Terms & Conditions for external annotation links.

  7. Add a Merch annotation to your video timeline that links to your VHX url: http://{{yoursitename}}.vhx.tv

  8. Publish your video!

If you have trouble, make sure to read YouTube's documentation on merch annotations

Adding a card to your YouTube video

Here are the simple steps to add a card:

  1. On YouTube, head to the edit page of the video you want to add the card to.
  2. Click the Cards icon in the top menu.
  3. On the Cards page, navigate in the timeline to where you want the card to appear in your video. 
  4. Click Add card and then Create in Merchandise:
  5. A URL window will pop-up. Enter your VHX site URL here. Example: "http://spacemovie.vhx.tv/"

  6. Once the URL is entered, your site will load and you can choose a thumbnail. Click Create card.
  7. Your card has been created! You can now sample your card, or add another.

If you need further help, check out YouTube's help guide on creating cards.

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