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HOW TO ADD TIME STAMP CHAPTERS TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS

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HOW TO ADD TIME STAMP CHAPTERS TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS

YouTube has added new chapters inside your videos, where you can bookmark certain areas within your content to make it easier, to jump to. A fantastic way to pack in keywords and possibly win that snippet on Google search results.

 

HOW TO ADD TIME STAMP CHAPTERS TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS

 

Let’s go to the computer.

Alan Spicer - YouTube Certified Expert

Now, these chapters on videos help break up the video and hopefully help it index in Google search.

 

As you will see, each one of them have a mini subheading and a scrollable bar along the bottom.

 

HOW TO ADD TIME STAMP CHAPTERS TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS

 

As you jump to specific places, the chapter subtotal total changes next to the time stamp, and it’s a good way to cram in some keywords.

 

HOW TO ADD TIME STAMP CHAPTERS TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS

 

But, if you don’t have them, it’s one long bar that you just scrubbed through slightly blind, and there is no subheading underneath, next to it.

 

So, you can see the one could be very helpful.

 

To get started, from your homepage, you click on your avatar and click on “YouTube Studio.”

 

HOW TO ADD TIME STAMP CHAPTERS TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS

 

You go to “Videos” and you find the video that you want to add chapters to.

 

HOW TO ADD TIME STAMP CHAPTERS TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS

 

What I’m going to do is deliberately add chapters to this video, so you can see the difference.

Alan Spicer - YouTube Certified Expert

I’m going to take the name of the video. I’m going to search it here. We’re gonna to click “Edit,” and it loads you into the “Video details” page.

Alan Spicer - YouTube Certified Expert

The important thing that you need to know here is those chapters are set by time stamps.

 

Now, I’m going to write, “Timestamp” here, but you don’t have to. The most important thing is starting the time stamps from 0:00.

 

HOW TO ADD TIME STAMP CHAPTERS TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS

 

The next step is to use the mini player here, scrub through the video and make time gaps.

 

HOW TO ADD TIME STAMP CHAPTERS TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS

 

Maybe at the start, I’m talking about how I got to VidCon, maybe in the middle I’m talking about my experience with VidCon, and at the end, maybe I’m wrapping it up.

 

So I could make time stamps like this.

 

HOW TO ADD TIME STAMP CHAPTERS TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS

 

Now, these can be much more keyword rich. Obviously, if you’re doing a tutorial, it could go through just like a blog. That could be your subtitles.

 

If I click “Save,” and then I load the video from the link here or any other link for that matter, you will see immediately, the chapters are now added like instantly.

 

HOW TO ADD TIME STAMP CHAPTERS TO YOUTUBE VIDEOS

 

You can see that I can scrub through, each one’s got a mini subheading and it’s ready for you.

 

Compared to the original one, which once again, didn’t have those chapters.

 

Final Words

Alan Spicer - YouTube Certified Expert

For more helpful YouTube features, there’s a playlist here. Or if you want to know how to self-certify your YouTube videos, let’s say for ads on YouTube, there’s a video here.

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