How To Timestamp YouTube Comment? The Best Way To Timestamp!!

how to timestamp youtube comment

Man! Did you just watch an hour-long video to get an answer that is worth seconds? Wow! What a waste of time! Don’t you know about timestamps and how to use them? Well, looking at what just happened, we figure that you don’t know yet! So, in order to tackle your worries and save your time, we have penned down a whole article on timestamps and how to timestamp YouTube comment to draw attention to your queries.

YouTube timestamps are a lifesaver when it comes to finding answers without wasting time. We can post timestamps in YouTube comments to draw attention to our query which sometimes goes like- “What’s that in 00:00?” Once we have posted the timestamp, other viewers will jump into the same time frame and give us answers or add to our existing excitement by offering their views on the same part.

To successfully timestamp YouTube comments, you should take note of the specific time at which you want to deep-link the video and paste the same in the comments section. Once you do the same, the timestamp will embed the video at the specific time in your comments.

If you aren’t well versed about timestamps and how to use them, then jump on board, and let’s uncover the cool world of YouTube moving ahead!

What Is A Timestamp On YouTube?

what is a timestamp on youtube

Wondering what timestamp is and how to make use of it effectively? You have slipped into the right place! For starters, a timestamp is practically a point or moment of time in your video which navigates the viewers to a specific portion of a YouTube video. In simple words, by clicking on a timestamp, viewers will jump onto (skip to) a specific portion of the video which they find most relevant or what they’re looking for in your video.

A normal YouTube video starts with basic introductions where the creator obviously wants viewers to subscribe to their channel and all the small talk. But obviously, a viewer isn’t watching your video for all that. A viewer will want answers for their questions and if they don’t find it immediately, they’ll bounce. 

Thus, timestamping helps a lot in such cases if your viewers keep on bouncing from your videos. To retain your subscribers and maintain a healthy viewership on your YouTube Channel, you need to make use of timestamping which will direct the users to their answers on your videos.

You can use timestamping as 

00:00 – Introduction, 

00:05 Recap, etc

in your YouTube video description or comments to organize the content of your video which will help viewers to jump into the part which is most relevant to them or the part they find most interesting.

Additionally, if you’re a viewer who finds some part of the video amazing and wants to draw others’ attention to the same part, then you can use timestamp while commenting too. The format that a timestamp follows is – “hour:minute:second”.

You need to add the point of time which you timestamp on in the same format in your video description and comments section. Let’s know how to timestamp the YouTube comment below.

How To Timestamp YouTube Comment?

It’s extremely easy to timestamp YouTube comments. All you have to do is note the time where you want to create a link and then add the same in your YouTube video description or Comments section. Below we have listed steps by which you can successfully create a timestamp link in Youtube comments.

Step 1: Open YouTube in your browser and click on the video you’d like to timestamp as a comment.

Step 2: Play the video till you want to create the timestamp link and pause once you reach the specific time in the YouTube video.

Step 3: Note the time where the video is paused.

Step 4: Add the same time in the same format as in the YouTube video as in the comments section.

Once you write the time in the comments, the same will become clickable creating a timestamp link to the specific moment in the YouTube video. Whenever you click on that particular timestamp link, the video will automatically start from the same time as mentioned by you in the comments section. 

How To Share The Link Of A YouTube Video At A Specific Time?

It happens quite frequently that we like a specific part of a YouTube video that we want to share with our close buds. However, we share the whole video instead of that specific part which makes our friends question – “what part were you talking about?” “the video is too long, where’s the part you said. I can’t find it.” and so on. 

So? Is there a way to address this problem?  Can you share a YouTube video that will start from a specific time rather than the start? Well! It’s possible!

You can share the link of a YouTube video at a specific time than its original time and here’s what you need to do for that.

On Browser

Way 1

How To Share The Link Of A YouTube Video At A Specific Time

Step 1: Open YouTube on your browser and click on the video which you want to deep-link to share.

Step 2: Play the video and pause at the time you want to share it.

Step 3: Tap on “Copy video URL at current time” by right-clicking on the video. 

Step 4: Paste the copied URL where you want to share it.

Way 2

How To Share The Link Of A YouTube Video At A Specific Time

Step 1: Open YouTube on your browser and click on the video which you want to deep-link to share.

Step 2: Play the video and pause at the time you want to share it.

Step 3: Select the “Share Option” below the video and click on the “Start at 00:00” option below the list of options.

Step 4: Check the “Start at 00:00” option and then copy the link of the video to share it.

Step 5: Paste the copied URL where you want to share it.

On Mobile

Step 1: Open the YouTube app on your mobile and click on the video which you want to deep-link to share.

Step 2: Play the video and pause at the time you want to share it.

Step 3: Take note of the time where you pause the video and convert the whole time into seconds. (For Example- If you pause the video at 2 minutes, then the result would be 120 seconds)

Step 4: Hit the “Share” icon and copy the link to the video.

Step 5: Paste the copied URL at the platform you want to share it and add “?t=__” at the end of the link. Write the seconds of the paused time in place of __ at the end of the video.

Once you follow the following steps, you’ll be able to deep-link and share the YouTube videos at a specific time of your choice. 

Wrapping Up:

Timestamp in YouTube is super helpful and convenient. We no longer have to watch an hour-long video for a five-second answer! If the video contains our answers, then by looking at the timestamp timeline, we’ll get to know everything about the content of the video without actually watching the video.

We can jump to certain parts of the video that contains our answers and VOILA! We’ve got what we were looking for. 

To deep link a video via timestamp, all you have to do is make a note of the particular time in the video which you want to link or share and add the same in the comment or description of the video. You have to write the time in the same format as in the video to ensure the timestamp is clickable. Once you write the time, the link of the video with that specific time will get embedded in it. Cool, isn’t it?

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How Is Timestamping Useful In YouTube Videos?

You can use timestamping in your YouTube video’s description or comments section to guide viewers about the contents of your YouTube video. Doing this ensures better viewership and a lower bounce rate if you’re addressing what the viewer is looking for. Moreover, from an SEO perspective, adding chapters of your videos in the form of timestamps is a marvelous strategy. 

As timestamps appear in Google SERPs, your video is bound to appear there if it has higher viewership and if it addresses what all the viewer is looking for. Additionally, it becomes easier for your YouTube video to rank in Google search results with the help of timestamps.

Q. Why Timestamp Isn’t Showing In My Youtube Video’s Description And Comments?

If the timestamp isn’t showing or isn’t clickable in your Youtube videos, then make sure you are using an updated version of YouTube. Moreover, you need to check if you’re writing the time in the right format or not? The time format for timestamps is “H:M:S”. If you’re not following the same format, then your timestamps won’t be clickable.

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