How to Add Annotation/Cards Plus End Screen In YouTube Video

The YouTube annotation features are changed and replaced by YouTube cards and the end screen, YouTube understood that it was not optimized for mobile smartphones so they changed this feature.

The YouTube cards and end screen provide good optimization for desktop and mobile which is much faster in the implementation process for the creators. But some creators are still looking for a notation in their YouTube studio dashboard.

In the below information, we are going to talk about how you can implement YouTube cards as a replacement for annotation and also able to use the End screen for better engagement.

Why Implement YouTube End Screen & Cards

There are many ways to increase the engagement of your YouTube channel, implementing YouTube End Screen and Cards is one of them. When the creator adds and screen and chords, embedded polls, and more interactive features in their videos which basal drives use to their channel which further increases their engagement and subscribers.

To create a powerful viewership and shows the audience the quality of the content then it is mandatory to use YouTube cards and End Screen for growth.

Usually, creators insert related videos or related playlists in the end screen of their videos to drive users to those videos in order to create more engagement. Creator also used these features in order to promote crowdfunding and their Merchandise-eCommerce business or website.

Creators insert end screens into their video it becomes a part of the video. YouTube does not allow the End Screen to be smaller than 25 seconds in length, user can also create a longer End screen.

How to Implement YouTube End Screen On Published Video

If you want to add YouTube annotation/cards and end screen to the video. Just follow the below steps to start the process.

  • Login in to your Google account which is connected to your YouTube channel.
  • Open YouTube studio and go to the content section located on the left side of the menu option.
  • Now, hover over the video for which you want to add the features and click on edit (pencil icon).
  • Inside the video detail, you will see the two options on the right side of the screen.
    • End screen.
    • Cards.
How to Implement YouTube End Screen On Published Video
  • Click on the Edit button of the end screen option, you will have options to edit, you can add a playlist and separate videos, plus you can adjust the timing of the end screen to show up, directly on the timeline as shown in the screenshot.
  • Click on the Element Icon from where you add video, playlist, subscribe, links, and channel.
  • Done.

Elements of YouTube End Screen

  • Video: When you add this element to the video it will suggest other videos on the same playlist to the user.
  • Subscribe: This element will show subscribe button to the users. If they click on the button they will get subscribers to your channel, you can also change the appearance of the button like icon and brand color resonate it with the channel.
  • Channel: Add this element to promote your YouTube channel or maybe some partner YouTube channel, through which you want to send a message.
  • Links: In this element, you can add a link to the website where you can send users to your website. However, Google has restricted this link element in the videos until unless you have an AdSense account or YouTube partners monetization.

Implement YouTube End Screen While Uploading the Video

  • After uploading the video you will click on the Edit Icon.
  • In the detail section, you will fill the details like title, descriptions, and thumbnail.
  • Click on the Next button.
  • Now in the Video Elements section, you will have two options.
    • Add an end screen.
    • Add cards.
Implement YouTube End Screen While Uploading the Video
  • Click on the add button for the add an End screen option as shown in the screenshot.
  • You will have all kinds of options like videos, playlist, subscribe, channel, and adjust the timeline according to the requirement.
  • Done.

Implement YouTube Cards On Published Video

  • Login in to your Google account which is connected to your YouTube channel.
  • Open YouTube studio and go to the content section located on the left side of the menu option.
  • Now, Over the video for which you want to add the features and click on edit (pencil icon).
Implement YouTube Cards On Published Video
  • In the Video detail section, you will see the option of Cards.
  • Cards Section will display the option of adding the video, playlist, and channels and also adjust the timing of displaying the cards in the video through the timeline shown in the screenshot.
  • Done.

Elements of YouTube Cards

  • Videos or Playlists: In this, you can add links to other videos and playlists in order to promote related or non-related content.
  • Channel: In this element, you can add other YouTube channels in order to promote them or to collaborate with the other YouTube channels.
  • Link: With this, you can add a link to the website related to the content present in the video.

How To Effectively Use YouTube Cards.

  • When you use YouTube cards, they can switch between the location which completely dependent on the device where users are watching the content.
  • Try to at most use two cards for one video. When there are few of your cards users are more likely to click on them, if your cards are always popping up on the screen user will likely ignore them. All these cards should be scattered over the video and should not be in one place which enables users to choose between them.
  • Always try to include the cards that are related to the content users are watching. Do not post the random links with the cards which will confuse the users. And if you want to add some random link you can always do that at the end of the video with the help of the end screen.
  • Always use the end screen option to put the suggested video in order to keep the user engage with your channel which will eventually increase the watch time and viewership and build your audience. If they watched your whole video there are 90% chances they will click on a similar type of video.



Can you still add annotations to YouTube videos?

No, you simply cannot add the annotation to your YouTube videos in 2021. YouTube replaced these annotations with YouTube card plus and screen.
Annotations were very annoying for users because of their ugly design and popup click boxes that appear during the video.
YouTube discontinued the annotation error back in May 2017, which means that users cannot add annotations to their videos and only can delete them from the previous videos.

YouTube Annotations Alternative

The best YouTube annotation alternative is YouTube cards. YouTube created cards as the replacement of an annotation. YouTube cards Ave more professional and provide more options to the users in order to keep the engagement of the audience in the content.


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