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I have a WordPress blog say exampleblog.com and I have a YouTube channel too. Basically, I want to put a custom link to subscribe to my channel like so exampleblog.com/subscribe to put in my YouTube description. I am using the meta-refresh method but found here that is not the best practice SEO-wise.

What kind of redirect should I use then? I read about all the 300 type of redirects and honestly all of them seem to suit me well.

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    It sounds like it should be an ordinary link? Why do you need a "redirect"? What's "YT description"?
    – MrWhite
    Sep 25 '16 at 19:46
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    I am just as confused.
    – closetnoc
    Sep 25 '16 at 22:10
  • By "YT description", I believe the OP meant the YouTube description for his channel. They need to clarify however why they'd think this was a redirect, and where the link is to (i.e., the link is to their YouTube channel from their blog site, or the link is to their blog site from their YouTube channel's description..."
    – dan
    Sep 28 '16 at 5:11
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Google provides a simple yet great solution to effortlessly embed a subscribe button on any website.

  1. Go to Google's Configure a Button generator.
  2. Enter Channel / User name
  3. Style the button
  4. Copy the code to be pasted on your website.

Using a text link to redirect a user to a Youtube Channel, where the visitor is prompted to Subscribe. That code is as follows.

https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=GoProCamera

replace "GoProCamera" with your own username and you're done.

Retrieving your Youtube User Id and Channel Id.

Youtube ID's are located in the " Overview > Advanced " section of your Youtube account.


To address your other concerns.

I am using the meta-refresh method but found here that is not the best practice, SEO-wise.

The meta-refresh syntax should not be used in this case.

What is meta-refresh good for? How about I tell you how deceptive usage has caused concern for this method.

You visit a site, and 20 secs later, you are redirected to another page, and from there 3 pop ups appear. That can quickly annoy a user and the rest could be played out in your mind of all the ways to avoid using it improperly.

301 redirects and similar methods will serve no purpose here.

They are usually used where a site has changed a name for instance Http to Https. Not applicable here for any reason.

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  • You sir are fantastic. You don't know how much you really helped me!
    – Cosmin P
    Oct 25 '16 at 18:54
  • My pleasure, I am glad it worked at for you. Cheers Oct 26 '16 at 0:38

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