Connecting Your Blog to Your YouTube Channel for Affiliate Links

Making money on YouTube is not always as easy as it seams. We would say “especially for small YouTubers” but there is a lot of hype about big YouTubers not doing well on YouTube either. Recently, I heard Tim Schmoyer on a podcast called Vidpow Tube Talk mentioning that big YouTubers can’t make money because they don’t have a business.

That’s the key. I know, it’s not flashy but everyone needs to do it and, in my opinion, it’s actually a lot of fun. If you don’t want to do, it find someone who does and hire them! You can call them your manager! Ok, pep talk done. Let’s get on to the ‘business’ at hand!

This article is about one of the first steps to being a little more put together with your YouTube business.

Step 1: Set up a blog.
This is supper important and most people overlook it! YouTube videos do so much better when established websites are linked to them. The earlier you create a blog, the more established it can be. Also, Facebook favors blogs and websites over YouTube. So, if you want to share an article about your YouTube video on Facebook, it will be far more likely to be seen than directly sharing your video. It’s like a trojan horse! The best part is that now you can link your channel to your blog directly with…wait for it… annotations.

You can get something like Blogspot or for free or you can spend just a few bucks and get a domain name and webhost and have a real WordPress site.  We recommend Bluehost, as they have great tools and awesome support.

With your own domain and site, you’ll have much more flexibility with things like ads, storefront pages, customizing your layout, etc.  It’s a bit more work, but worth it in the long run.

If you just want to get started as quickly and cheaply as possible, though, go with a Blogspot blog or blog.  (Use if you plan on migrating to your own site later.  It makes it much easier.)

Step 2: Link Your YouTube Channel and Your Blog.
Here is where it get’s a little complicated so follow this step by step and you should be fine.

  • Advanced SettingsGo into your YouTube channel and click on the “Video Manager” button at the top of your home page.
  • Then, on the left side of your page click on the “Channel” tab.
  • Then click the “Advanced” tab or just click this link to skip all of that (You’ll need to be logged in).
  • Scroll down to the box that says “Associated
    website”. Blog2
    It Looks like this–>
  • Insert your website address and click “Add”. You should see a display that looks like this:

  • Now, click that “verify” link.
  • If the “HTML file upload” method looks too hard, it’s OK.  There are several ways to get this done if you click the “Alternate methods” tab.
  • If you can edit the HTML of your site, try the HTML tag method.
  • If you already have Google Analytics on your site, you can use that method.
  • If you have your domain name ( with one of the big providers like GoDaddy, Wix or our fave Bluehost, you can just log in with the username and password you use for that site under “Domain name provider”.

It takes a few hours to a couple days to get the “Pending” status released sometimes, so don’t freak out if it’s not gone right away.

Once your blog is associated with your channel, simply add an annotation to your video, click the “Link” checkbox and add your blog’s page address. Simple as that!

Below is a playlist that will walk you through setting up an affiliate marketing relationship for YouTubers. We give examples of how Gamers, Cooking channels, Makeup and Beauty channels and even how General Vlogging channels can set up an affiliate business relationship. In the first 3 videos you will have all the information you need to get it all done!

Leave us a comment with any questions and we’ll answerer it and possible make a video for it as well!
-The Indie Team


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