This post was most recently updated on July 31st, 2016
Learning how to make YouTube cards is a task well worth the time if you are a blogger, networker or internet marketer.
In my last post I talked about ways to get free traffic by implementing a consistent YouTube strategy.
One of the keys to making this strategy work is by using the “YouTube Cards” function that is now available to you.
You see, until recently, about the only way to get people to visit your blog from your YouTube video was to put the link to a post in the description box beneath the video.
Now, though, when people click that link, they don’t get taken directly to your video.
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They are taken first to a YouTube “confirmation page” that asks them to confirm that they really want to leave YouTube and be redirected to your blog post.
This is similar to the double optin process that most auto-responders put subscribers through.
Like the double optin process, the YouTube confirmation will make a substantial percentage of people who clicked the link to go to your blog, change their minds and not click through to your site after all.
But now, YouTube has developed “Cards” that allow you to take people straight from your video onto your blog.
Here’s how it works (in less than 7 minutes).
One of the really nice things about using “Cards” to drive free traffic to your blog is this.
When you put your videos on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere, people can click on the cards embedded on your video, rather than a separate link that might accompany it.
This really helps send more traffic your way.
Just keep in mind that you are limited to 5 cards per video.
That should be more than enough, though, for most of your videos.
I actually recommend you use only one call to action per video, though you can have multiple cards with varying “teaser text” that all give the same call to action, such as “click here to learn more (on this topic).”
I’m sure you’ve already thought of some cool ways to use this feature.
I’d like to hear about some of them in the comments below.
I’m also interested to know how you’re using video marketing to drive traffic to your blog, or what other methods you use.
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