YouTube Description Template

This YouTube description template and tutorial is going to save you HEAPS of time, every time you upload a new video to your channel.

In this video, I’ll show you how to grab the YouTube description from below this video and add it as a template to your YouTube upload defaults, so that every time you upload a video from now on, your very own customized description template will be right there waiting for you to customize a few small sections and hit publish!.

It’s a huge time saver and you won’t ever find yourself staring at a blank screen and wondering what to write in the video description box.

Contents of this video:

0:35 Copy and paste the description template
0:54 Setting your YouTube upload defaults
1:36 Template tour – how to customize the template
5:18 Using your upload defaults for new videos

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How to make a custom subscribe link for your YouTube channel
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How to avoid making three major hashtag mistakes
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YouTube Description Template – Video Transcript

This YouTube description template and tutorial is going to save you HEAPS of time, every time you upload a new video to your channel.

In this video, I’ll show you how to grab the YouTube description from below this video and add it as a template to your YouTube upload defaults, so that every time you upload a video from now on, your very own customized description template will be right there waiting for you to customize a few small sections and hit publish!. It’s a huge time saver and you won’t ever find yourself staring at a blank screen and wondering what to write in the video description box.

Let’s get started.

The first thing we’re going to do is scroll down to below this video and click where it says ‘SHOW MORE’ to display the video description.

Select the whole description by pressing (Control+A on a PC or Command+A on a Mac) and copy it to your clipboard by pressing (Control C on a PC or Command C on a Mac).

Next, in YouTube, click on your profile picture and go down to YouTube Studio.

Near the bottom of the menu on the left hand side, click on Settings.

When you get to the settings page, click on Upload Defaults.

In the basic info tab, which should already be showing, click in the ‘Description’ box and paste the description you just copied from below this video.

Now, obviously, it’s going to have all of my links still in it, so you’ll need to go through it, remove my links and replace them with your own. Just be super-careful that you include the http:// or https:// bit at the very start of the links, or your links won’t be clickable.

OK, let’s go for a quick tour through this description template so you understand how to customize it for your new videos.

The very first part is the video introduction – it’s a few paragraphs telling your viewers what your video is about. Make sure you include your main keyword as close to the start as possible, to help the Google algorithm understand what your video is about, and use as many closely related phrases as you can – but don’t overdo it, or you might get penalized for keyword stuffing. Imagine you are introducing your video to a group who is about to watch it, and write like you would speak.

For my template, I’m going to replace this first section with the words [Video Introduction] in brackets to remind me to customize that part for each new upload – and I suggest you do the same.

Next come my timestamps, sometimes called a video timeline. There’s a special video all about them too, but basically you just type in the various sections of your video and the time that they start, and YouTube turns them into direct links that go straight to that part of the video. They’re especially handy for long videos, but I use them on every video. For my template I’m going to remove the timestamps, but leave the heading and now you know what to put there.

The next section is all about things that I’ve mentioned specifically in the video. I always include a link to the place on my website where people can get step-by-step information related to the video, as well as my freebies. I also include a link to the ‘show notes’ page on my website where people can find a transcript for the video they’re watching, as well as links to any other websites that I’ve mentioned. In your template, delete the links that are there and leave them blank so they can be customized for new posts.

The next link I’m going to add is a subscribe link for my YouTube channel. I made a video all about how to make subscribe links, the direct link should be appearing about now – but there’s also a link to it down in the description. Make sure you remove my link and add your own channel subscribe link.

This takes us up to the related content area. One of your goals when you’re growing your channel should be to encourage people to spend more time on your channel, because it will boost your channel’s watch time – and we know that people who are watching THIS video are likely to be interested in watching your other videos on similar topics. So add some links to your other videos and playlists in this section. If you don’t have any related videos on your own channel, create a playlist with related videos from other channels.

You might also want to add some affiliate links to your description – just make sure you ALSO have an affiliate disclaimer if that’s the case. I include affiliate links in some videos but not ALL videos, so I’ll keep this section in my template and remove it if it’s not relevant for a particular video.

This is also a good time to let you know that if you have TubeBuddy installed it lets you add more than the 1 custom upload default that YouTube provides, which means you can save different versions of your video description with different links to use for different types of videos – saving you even more time! Even their free version gives you one additional upload profile! You’ll find the link to grab the free version down in the video description.

Next up come your social media links – which can help your audience connect with you on other platforms. They’re down near the bottom of your description on purpose, because they’re links to outside of YouTube that aren’t related to your video’s topic. YouTube prioritizes the top part of your description for SEO purposes, so including social media links down the bottom shouldn’t damage your video’s SEO. Make sure you replace my links with your own, and add any other relevant social media platforms that I haven’t included on my list.

The last important section of the description is where the video hashtags live. I made a video that explains 3 major mistakes that YouTubers make with hashtags, the direct link to that video should be appearing right about now, but you’ll find it in the video description too. Make sure you watch that video BEFORE you decide what hashtags to use in your own video description template.

When you’re happy with your video description template, make sure you click the save button.

So now I’m going to show you what it looks like when you upload a new video to YouTube – and basically you can see that my description template is already there and waiting for me to tweak a few small sections.

So now it’s over to you… if you learnt something about YouTube description templates in this video make sure you give it a thumbs up, and if you’re a YouTube creator and you’re trying to grow your channel you’ll want to hit that subscribe button and ring the bell to get notified as soon as my latest video goes live.

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