External linking in YouTube videos has been a boon to music marketers, as well as, young bands just building a following. A new shift by YouTube as to who is allowed to link out, has left some creators confused and angry.
There is a work around.
Qualifying creators can join YouTube’s partner program, but not enable monetization. For now at least, that’s working, according to multiple creators who tried it.
You can sign up for YouTube’s Partner Program here