Adding YouTube Video to a Blog Post

by Ron on March 15, 2010

YouTube Generation

Many people struggle with ideas for blogs. One good way to add content to your blog is to use video. And no, you don’t have to make the video yourself. You can use ones that are available for sharing on YouTube or the TED video series (which I highly recommend).

The great thing about using video is that somebody else creates the content for you. You just act as a go-between to share the content. I generally add a paragraph or two explaining why I like the particular post, drop in the video and I’m done.

The one thing that you might find hard about sharing video, is getting it into the post because it sometimes requires opening the HTML tab of your Blogging editor. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. Just follow these simple steps.

  1. Copy the embed code. It’s clearly labeled on the right side of every YouTube screen. In fact, if you’re not familiar with it, you might have wondered what it was, but it’s the code that lets you display and play the video inside your blog post. Don’t be afraid of the code. You just copy it and it paste it. (For TED and other videos look for embed code after video plays or look for a Sharing symbol to reveal the code.)
  2. Open your blog post. Give it a title and write your introductory text.
  3. Open your HTML tab, add a couple of returns and paste that embed code you copied in Step 1.
  4. Save your post as a draft and give it a test run to make sure you’ve embedded it correctly.
  5. Publish your post.

That’s it. You’ve got a nice post and I’ve found that these shared videos are often very popular. Give it a shot. You’ll be glad you did.

Photo by Jonnson on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons License.

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