Add YouTube Video to Website, Blog or Social Networks

Whether you have a website, a blog, a social network page, or anything else on the internet, YouTube provides you means to integrate YouTube videos. Embedded videos can keep your visitors interested in your website since video is much more engaging than text. Video draws more users and keeps them stay on your site for longer.

You can use the YouTube APIs to let users search YouTube directly from your site, pulling up results which can viewed without having to go to YouTube. Using APIs in combination, you can limit searches by category, tag, or user; and control the number of results returned and whether they’re ranked by number of views or the relevance. There are various options to integrate with YouTube.

Add video to your website or blog

  • In order to add video, you will need to edit the HTML of your blog entry or page in simple steps. In Blogger, for example, just click the “Edit HTML” tab.
  • Next, go to the video that you want, and look for the ‘Embed’ box in the “About This Video” section. Copying the HTML code that’s there into your website will create an embedded player; the video will play within your site when the user clicks on the ‘Play’ button.
  • You can resize the player by editing the object width=”425″ and height=”350″ fields at both the beginning and end of the embedded player code. Make sure that the sizes you choose have the same ratio as the default numbers, so that the video doesn’t get stretched—just multiply the width by 0.8235 to get the height.
  • If you are using WordPress.org self hosted blogs, you can simply use a plugin to assist you with the YouTube integration.

Add a playlist to your web page or blog

To show a selection of videos that is easily editable, embed a playlist. When you update the playlist on YouTube, the playlist on your site will update as well. This is a good way of creating longer stories through a series of videos, or simply giving your readers more pre-selected content to watch.

  • To create a playlist, go to the My Playlists page, click ‘Create a Playlist’ and fill out the information.
  • As you find videos you like on YouTube, click ‘Add to Playlist’ under the player to add them to your list. You can change the order of the videos in your playlist by returning to the ‘My Playlist’ page.
  • The easiest way to embed a playlist is to create a custom player. Go to your YouTube account and click “Custom Video Players”, then “Create Custom Player”. Select a color and format for your player, and then choose what is going to play in it—you can choose a playlist, your own uploaded content, or your favorites—and then click the “Generate Code” button.
  • Copy and paste the code into your blog entry or web page, just as you did with the embedded video above.

How to add a video to my social network page?

Adding videos to your profiles on social networks like MySpace and Facebook is a great way to share your videos or favorites with friends. Or, if you’re promoting something (like your band) on MySpace, videos will help attract visitors to your page, who can then then share the link with their friends. The social network sites have similar ways to add videos, so we’ll use MySpace as an example.

  • Sign in to your MySpace profile, then click the “Edit Profile” button.
  • Next, go to the video that you want, and look for the ‘Embed’ box in the “About This Video” section. Copying the HTML code that’s there into your website will create an embedded player.
  • You can resize the player by editing the object width=”425″ and height=”350″ fields at both the beginning and end of the embedded player code. Make sure that the sizes you choose have the same ratio as the default numbers, so that the video doesn’t get stretched—just multiply the width by 0.8235 to get the height.
  • Click “Preview”, and then “Submit”.

How to add a video to ebay auction?

Filming an item to post on eBay is perfect for creating extra interest, especially for more expensive objects where the buyer will want to know more about the item before bidding. Here’s how to do it.

  • Film your item! How you do this is up to you. Then upload the video to your YouTube account in the normal way.
  • Sign in to eBay, press “Sell”, and select “Advanced sell”.
  • Choose a category and move on to the “Create your listing” page.
  • When you get to the “Describe the item you’re listing” area, click “HTML” tab.
  • Go to your video on youtube.com, and copy the embed code from the grey box to the right of the video player. Paste this into the HTML box in the eBay listing. Note you can still add all the text for your eBay posting as normal.
  • You can resize the player by editing the object width=”425″ and height=”350″ fields at both the beginning and end of the embedded player code. Make sure that the sizes you choose have the same ratio as the default numbers, so that the video doesn’t get stretched—just multiply the width by 0.8235 to get the height.
  • Complete the posting as usual. [source]

The above steps are for the internet starters. You ca try out many of the various modules or extensions out there that you can integrate with your CMS for YouTube integration.

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