When you make a long video full of delicious content, you may want to mark places where viewers can skip to important key points of the video so that you don't loose them entirely. This can be done with chapter markers built via YouTube skip annotations, a nifty, interactive way to give people a quick jump to wherever they need to go in the video. Sometimes you're making content full of information and you cover multiple topics, and you want to be able to give people the chance to go straight to where they want to go without having to scrub the video looking for it. Skip annotations can actually increase engagement and watch time on your content, which is now critical for YouTube SEO.
Chapter Markers & Skip Annotations: Video Tutorial
Here are the steps to creating chapter annotations:
- Copy the URL of the video you're working with
- In the Video Manager, click the down arrow next to your video and select 'Annotations.'
- Choose the type of annotation you want to use.
- Type whatever you'd like in the text window that will direct people to the right place.
- Check the box at the bottom that says, "Link."
- Copy and paste the URL in the box below.
- Go to the "Start linked video at" field and type in the time code for the associated annotation.