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YouTube Merchandise Annotations

Andrew Video Taping a Dog Event
Andrew Video Taping a Dog Event

I have been hearing that this would be available and today it is. Now you can link directly to your merchandise as long as it’s sold by Google approved venders. Even with these limitations it’s an improvement. I also heard they were going to eliminate the YouTube Merch Store and it looks like today that has started.

From what I understand merchandise is one of the main revenue streams for web series or webisodes. At least it used to be when I was hanging around that crowd. Conditions (the rules) can change pretty quickly online. What was effective last year may be just so so this year or perhaps even extinct.

The other requirement is the annotation link can only go to your own merchandise. I imagine this is to prevent excessive affiliate linking. Although I’m sure an affiliate marketer will find a way around this little impediment. Here is a quote from the YouTube Creators Blog “we require that your Merch Annotations only link to your own licensed merchandise”

Just about everywhere I go in the Google Empire, Google/YouTube is warning about keeping people on the video for as long as possible instead of immediately sending them to buy merchandise.

You must be a partner to use this new feature. Go to here to get directions on how to use the Annotations tool. To get more general information about YouTube annotations try looking at the Getting Started with Annotations.

List of YouTube approved venders

  • Google Play
  • iTunes
  • Spreadshirt
  • District Lines
  • Topspin
  • Cafepress
  • Jinx
  • Shopify
  • Songkick

One author generated merchandise site I find conspicuously missing is Amazon.

Here is the YouTube Creators blog post

I am wishing you the best in videos and the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford
dog training website


GoPro HD Hero 3 coming very soon

I am waiting and counting down the time when the new GoPro HD Hero 3 will be available. 12:01 PST. What I would like to know more about is the sensor? Who makes it? What size is it? What kind of sensor is in this camera? The GoPro video camera has become one of my favorite cameras. I used it for the first time on a shoot for television over the week end. Before this I had only used it for youtube videos.

Here are some specs on the GoPro HD Hero 3

GoPro HD Hero 3 White Edition

The White Edition looks to be an upgraded HD Hero 1 Camera that includes WiFi, a new flat underwater dive lens and the new, thinner profile. Available 10/21/12.

$199 MSRP
1080p/30fps, 960p/30fps, 720p/60fps
5MP photos
Up to 3 shots per second in photo burst mode
WiFi built in
Improved Housing (Locking Latch / Dive Lens)

GoPro HD Hero 3 Silver Editio

The Silver Edition is basically an updated HD Hero 2 camera with WiFi built in, the thinner size and and improved housing. Available 10/21/12.

$299 MSRP
1080p/30fps, 960p/48fps, 720p/60fps
11MP photos
Up to 10 shots per second in photo burst mode
WiFi built in
Protune and White Balance
Improved Housing (Locking Latch / Dive Lens)

GoPro HD Hero 3 Black Edition

This is where things get really interesting. The Black Edition uses brand new technology and boasts some incredible settings, including 60 frames per second at 1080p and 120fps at 720p. Available mid to late November.

$399 MSRP
4K/15, 2.7K/30, 1440p/48fps, 1080p/60fps, 960p/100fps, 720p/120fps 12MP photos
New photo burst modes with up to 30 shots per second
WiFi built in
Remote Control Included
Protune, White Balance, Continuous Photo, and Picture in Video capabilities
Improved Housing (Locking Latch / Dive Lens)