Here's the basics.
If you're already on Youtube and DON'T plan on posting it somewhere, Hooktube doesn't do you any good. You have already given them views and counts and seen the ads. If you DO plan on posting a link, and choose to use an alternative path to the content, then do this:
If you copy and paste the YT address into the URL box when "Sharing A Link" to post here, just be sure to edit the address before you submit your post. OR copy and paste YT address into new tab. Edit "youtube" in address to "hooktube" and press enter. Use the hooktube page link to post.
edit to: https://www.hooktube.com/watch?v=xxxxxxxxxxx
If it's a "youtu.be" address or "m.youtube.com", you have to edit that and enter "hooktube.com".
If you see a post already submitted here and there is a link to Youtube, right click, copy link address, paste that into a new tab, and edit address to "Hooktube" and then press enter.
By all means, if you wish to support a person's channel, use Youtube or donate directly to the person. Hooktube is only an alternative for those who choose to use it.