Before have a 2 a.m. WordPress crisis thinking you can’t post a YouTube video on your blog… there are 2 ways to share YouTube videos and only one of them will work on WordPress.
Links to Share YouTube Videos
The green arrow in the above image points to a link. This is only a link. It will not show your video on any website or on your WordPress site. It will only send the user to view the videon on YouTube when clicked. When would you use this? When sending out an email or e-newsletter.
Put the Video On Your Website
Find the SHARE link circled above or on the YouTube website. This is where you’ll click to get the code needed to put the video on your WordPress site or blog.
When you click on SHARE it will open up the EMBED area (see circled above). Below the word EMBED is the code. It will be highlighted in blue. Simply select “copy” from your computer’s menu and paste this code into the TEXT area of your WordPress site (more on that in the next post!).
Videos are an entertaining way to communicate what you like and what you want to talk about on your blog or website. YouTube, Vimeo and other sharing sites can help you add content to your site and show off what you do. So, my next few posts are going to be all about getting videos onto WordPress.
Choosing the Right Video on YouTube
There are millions of videos on YouTube. So much to watch, but which one to choose? Let’s look at 5 steps to finding the right video.
1. The Search Bar. Conveniently located at the top of YouTube is a search field. Type in a subject (person, place or thing) and you’ll be surprised how many choices you’ll have. If you’re searching for your business website you’ll probably find there are videos made by your suppliers, manufacturers, similar though non-competing professionals, and sheer entertainment on a subject that mirrors your business.
2. How Long? At the bottom of the video window are 2 numbers: how far you’re into the video and the total length of the video. You don’t want to bore your audience so try to select videos no more than 3 minutes long.
3. Watch the Video. Click the arrow and watch the video. The whole thing. Don’t get blind-sided by posting a video that goes, off topic, or has poor visual or sound quality. Also, listen. If the video uses copyrighted music or other material it may be taken down by YouTube. They you’ll have an embarrassing blank spot on your blog where the video should be!
4. When Was the Video Posted? When did it go on YouTube… you need to know if you’re posting the video to be timely and relevant. The date is a good indicator of how fresh the material is.
5. How Many Views? Just as the date is a good indicator of freshness the number of viewers reflects popularity. More viewers means that the video has been relevant for others. And don’t you want to post a video that your readers will enjoy? There will be some instances where the number of views doesn’t matter, such as when you’re promoting your own YouTube video.