If you’re an influencer or content creator, then you simply must get on TikTok, stat. Right now, TikTok is exploding in popularity, with over a billion app downloads worldwide. As such, you can view all TikTok users as potential audience or followers.
If you’ve already gathered a following on YouTube, Instagram, or other social platforms, TikTok might be even better for you. Definitely think about linking all your social accounts together so that you can reap the benefits.
If you want to learn how to link a YouTube video to a TikTok post, keep on reading.
Get on TikTok
All that you need to link your YouTube and TikTok accounts is to sign up to both platforms and install their apps on your mobile device. Download TikTok for Android or iOS here. Here are links for the YouTube app on Android and iOS.
When you’ve installed both apps and updated them to the latest version, you can begin posting on both platforms. Note that you can cross-promote both your YouTube channel and your TikTok profile in your videos.
Since YouTube allows for longer clips, we suggest using it as a primary platform and TikTok as a supplementary means of “pushing” your YouTube videos to your audience. Also, YouTube has direct monetization of videos, while TikTok sadly still doesn’t.
Not so long ago, you couldn’t even add YouTube links to your bio page on TikTok. That was made possible a few months back. Not only that, but you can also link YouTube videos to each of your TikTok posts.
How to Link YouTube Videos to TikTok
Let’s address the elephant in the room first. Sadly, the links on TikTok posts aren’t actually clickable. This means that you can freely type out or paste your YouTube video link to your TikTok post, but it will only appear as text.
In other words, your followers must open a browser and manually type in your entire link, which is really annoying. Hopefully, TikTok will address this in the future. But as of now, that’s the only way around it.
To summarize, if you want to link a YouTube video in your TikTok post, just add it to the post’s description. It won’t be clickable, but at least some people might decide to manually check out your YouTube video.
However, there is a much better way of posting links to TikTok. Yes, links in the bio on TikTok are finally here. Oh, and there’s a big YouTube channel button on your profile too.
Adding Your YouTube Channel and Links to TikTok
Here’s the best advice we can give you regarding this conundrum. Instead of expecting your followers to manually type out links to your YouTube channel, why not use your bio instead? Here’s how to do it:
- Start TikTok on your device.
- Tap on the Me option in the bottom-right corner (profile).
- Then, tap on the big red Edit Profile option.
- Finally, tap on the option next to Bio (add a bio to your profile).
- Paste your YouTube video link here. You have up to 80 characters, which should be more than enough.
We suggest that you write a short and punchy bio first, and then add a YouTube link at the bottom of the page. No need to link your YouTube channel here. You can link your TikTok and YouTube accounts together. Here’s how:
- Launch TikTok.
- Tap on Me.
- Select Edit Profile.
- Tap on the field next to YouTube. This will take you to an external window asking for your Google credentials (since YouTube is owned by Google, the accounts are merged). Follow the instructions on your screen to link your TikTok and YouTube accounts.
- Optional step: you can do the same with Instagram as you did with YouTube. If you have an Instagram account, we highly suggest linking it with your TikTok profile as well.
Now that you know how to do add YouTube links to your TikTok profile, take advantage and merge your audiences from both platforms. On TikTok, you need to give an incentive for your followers to follow you on YouTube as well.
Make teaser videos for TikTok, while posting the whole clips on YouTube. You can also do the reverse, promote your TikTok profile on your YouTube channel by adding the link to your TikTok in the descriptions of your videos.
Good luck becoming a successful content creator, musician, comedian, or whatever you set your mind to. Feel free to tell us which niche you chose in the comments section below.