It’s true! Up until recently, if you weren’t in the YouTube Nonprofit Program, you could only link from a video to other locations outside of YouTube by putting an http:// link within a video description.

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As part of its new channel design, YouTube has begun allowing you to link from your channel page to any other point on the Web. Twitter, Facebook, and Google+/Okrut are offered as integrated options to choose. (Orkut is a social networking Web site that Google owns. It’s more popular outside the United States.) But you can also can type in any URL and a short title for your link. When we typed in our LinkedIn page URLs, it automatically pulled in the LinkedIn icon, too. The graphic here shows what appears on the right side of the MiniMatters YouTube channel now that we’ve updated the links.

If you haven’t yet taken our advice and applied to the YouTube Nonprofit Program—or you’re still waiting to get in—update your channel right away. It’ll be done in minutes. Just:

  1. Login to your YouTube channel
  2. Click your username in the top right corner
  3. Scroll down to My Channel and click it
  4. Click “edit” next to your “about” text

We’d also be glad to discuss how our YouTube channel services can be of use to you. We at MiniMatters believe that YouTube has huge potential as an integrated part of your social media, rather than just as a place to keep your videos. With this development, YouTube makes that integration stronger.

If MiniMatters can help you use this tip or serve your other video needs, we’d love to talk with you at 301-339-0339 or via email at [email protected].