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HOW TO ADD CHAPTERS TO A YOUTUBE VIDEO

HOW TO ADD CHAPTERS TO A YOUTUBE VIDEO

YouTube SEO can seem daunting at first, with so many elements to take into consideration. But investing a bit of time into the basics can make or break your channel. One element of YouTube SEO that often gets overlooked is adding chapters to your YouTube video. When you add chapters, your video is sectioned off, which allows viewers to jump to key points and can improve retention time. It also increases your chances of gaining subscribers - when viewers feel like they’re gaining more value from your content, they’re more likely to stick around!So how can you add chapters to your YouTube video? It’s easy! This guide will take you through the steps, so let’s get started…

HOW TO ADD YOUR OWN YOUTUBE VIDEO CHAPTERS

If you have a specific idea of what you want your video chapters to look like, this is the option for you!

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Content.
  3. Click the video that you'd like to edit.
  4. In the Description, add a list of timestamps and titles.
    • Make sure that the first timestamp you list starts with 00:00.
    • Your video should have at least three timestamps listed in ascending order.
    • The minimum length for video chapters is 10 seconds.

Click SAVE.

HOW TO USE AUTOMATIC YOUTUBE VIDEO CHAPTERS

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Content.
  3. Click the video that you'd like to edit.
  4. Click SHOW MORE and under Automatic Chapters select “Allow automatic chapters (when available and eligible)”. By default, this box will be checked for all new uploads. You can also allow automatic video chapters in bulk.
  5. Click SAVE.

HOW TO EDIT AUTOMATIC YOUTUBE VIDEO CHAPTERS

If YouTube’s automatic chapters need a little bit of work, you can edit them to your liking. Here’s how:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Content.
  3. Click the video that you'd like to edit.
  4. Click Chapters available ADD CHAPTERS and your automatic chapters will appear in your description to edit. You can click Delete to remove automatic video chapters from your video.
  5. Click SAVE.

HOW TO OPT OUT OF USING AUTOMATIC YOUTUBE VIDEO CHAPTERS

If you’d like to stop the automatic chapters on your video, here’s how you can opt out:

To opt out of automatic video chapters for a specific video:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Content.
  3. Click the video that you'd like to edit.
  4. Click SHOW MORE and under Automatic Chapters unselect “Allow automatic chapters (when available and eligible)".
  5. Click SAVE.

To opt out of automatic video chapters for all videos:

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. Click Settings .
  3. Click Upload defaults.
  4. Click the Advanced settings, uncheck  "Allow automatic chapters (when available and eligible)".
  5. Click SAVE.

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