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YouTube Video on WordPress

YouTube videos can be easily placed on your WordPress blog or website. You need not worry about contacting anyone for permission. Unless expressly requested by person who uploaded the video, YouTube videos are made to be shared by website owners. You can easily be embed the video into your site. The HTML code is all you need, and that is placed below any video for you copy and paste. If the person who uploaded the video does not want to share his video with other websites, he could request that specifically and YouTube will not have the HTML code available.

If you are new to WordPress, making your own video can become complicated. It might save you time and money by simply using the videos already available. You must also think if the videos available as opposed to what you can make would be better for your readers. If you look through the videos on YouTube, you will see that some are poorly made. The quality of the equipment, actors or announcers and sounds are sometimes annoying. The video sometimes is not so fixed on the subject or is poor quality. They stutter or their voices are not easily understood and their main point is sometimes missed.

You might be excited of doing a video to tell your message, but you must also take care that your videos are quality made. Looking through the archives will give you an idea. Good videos are similar to what you see on television. On television, the subject is always in the middle and taken from many angles. Voices are similar to that you hear from the radio. Background music and surroundings makes the viewing better.

While it may give you pride to have your own video, it may be beneficial to look through YouTube’s vast library of videos first. A video already there might be better for your readers than what you can make.. It would be difficult to not find something that is related or closely related to your subject matter. Owned by Google, it estimated that YouTube has over 2 billion videos.


Any responsible website owner would be worried about copying someone else’s property. One must obtain the owner’s permission. If you look through search engines for images, and drill down to the source, you will find that the owners sometimes want to be paid for the use of their images. Even searching through “public domain” images, you will find that these images are in fact, owned by someone who wants to paid for their use. Of course, there are image owners who give permission exclusively to the public without conditions. Some want nothing more than a backlink in return.

Yet, images are shared on the internet freely and many do not pay attention to who owns them. It is not always easy to determine who owns the image. It is copied by one and then copied by another and so forth. One could put on the image itself a mark that shows he is the owner. But, this alters the image and it would not as good as the original. With the sharing of images on social websites like Facebook, image ownership is not always easy to determine. This makes prosecuting almost impossible. Most image owners have been left with the solution of posting on the internet that the website owner is not the owner of the image and has stolen it for his own use. A website owner who likes his credibility will care not to have something like that posted about him or his website.

With videos, it is different. It is far easier to determine who owns a video. Videos are worthless without a narrator or people doing something. Identifying the people make it easier to determine ownership. YouTube has a link for copyright information on the very bottom of every page. There is almost nothing there about embedding and using the video for your website. Most of it are warnings are to those uploading the video. The YouTube TOS says the owner retains all ownership rights of the video. By submitting the video, the owner grants YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-license-able and transferable license to use, reproduce and distribute the video.

This is not legal advice. It is guidance for those unsure of what to do. You should consult a lawyer if you want to know for sure. It can get complicated. What if the up-loader is not the owner of the video, for example? You, as the website owner should do a search on questions such as these to give you an idea on what to do. Laws change all the time.

Courts have found that the person embedding the video is not liable. YouTube has made it a policy to delete videos found to be uploaded by those who do not own them. While you may not be liable, this is a good reason for you to check your embedded YouTube videos periodically to check if they still work.

Video Search Optimization and Embedding

To embed the video, click the “Share” button on the bottom of any YouTube video you want to embed. There, you will find the embed HTML code. Cut and paste this code to the body of your WordPress blog. There are two tabs on the top of the body of your blog. Make sure you paste it to the text portion and into the place where you want your video. The HTML code comes with dimensions in pixels. Changing these dimensions changes the dimensions of the video on your blog. The video can be large to fill almost the entire screen or as small as a thumbnail.

YouTube is great for advertising. Viewing and sharing videos has never been easier. It is a big plus for the economy. Having a YouTube video on your website is a big plus for the website owner. It could put life to an otherwise dull blog. The embedded video has a link to YouTube that allows the viewer to watch the video on the YouTube site. This is also a plus for YouTube and owners of uploaded videos.