It’s no secret that you can embed videos from YouTube on your WordPress blog to keep readers on the page longer and to add interest and variety to your blog. You can also add attractive, eye-catching images to help set the mood or tone of your post and instantly grab the attention of anyone who visits your blog as well as those who find it when it’s shared on Facebook or Google+.
Using multimedia like YouTube videos, audio podcasts and SlideShare presentations are fantastic tools to promote your products or services and get your point across to your audience.
Your readers will be delighted to find engaging content that gives them a break from reading and a reason to spend more time on your blog which in turn reduces your blog’s bounce rate. However, you might not know that now you can embed content from hundreds of different multimedia sites into your WordPress blog posts.
Embed Multimedia from hundreds of sites on your blog
But the question is, have you ever tried to embed YouTube videos in your WordPress blog posts but you weren’t really sure how to do it? I’ve been there, so don’t worry. WordPress has made it simpler than ever to embed YouTube videos and images from Flickr by simply adding the unlinked URL in your post editor. I’m going to show you how easy it is to do. For example, here’s a short list of the sites and services you’ll learn how to embed content from in this blog post:
- Google Maps
Tutorial – How To Embed YouTube Videos, Podcasts and other Multimedia on a WordPress Blog
In this video I demonstrate 4 different methods for embedding multimedia into your blog posts. Three of these are exclusive to WordPress however there is one technique (using the embed code) that can be used on any type of blog or website. Don’t worry this is very easy to do and I’ve already received feedback on the video, which you might notice from the comments on YouTube, that indicates the video is a pleasure to watch and listen to as well.
Resources from the video:
- How to control the size of embedded videos and images from your WordPress dashboard
- How to embed a YouTube video or Flickr image without using a plugin or embed code
- How to find and install the embed code of a YouTube video
- How to use the Viper’s Video Quicktags Plugin (YouTube, Vimeo, Daily Motion, MetaCafe, and Viddler – great for those of us who host guests authors!)
- How to embed a podcast from MixCloud or AudioBoo
- How to embed Storify in a blog post
- How to use the Embed.ly plugin to embed content from over 200 multimedia services
I love to read blogs that contain embedded content from other sources because it keeps me interested in the topic at hand. I feel good when I find that someone has taken the time to prepare a recording of a video or audio podcast and added it to a post and it really does get my attention.
How about you? What plugins are you using to embed multimedia content on your blog?
UPDATE: LeadPlayer is a premium WordPress plugin that you can use to embed YouTube videos in blog posts. The unique beauty of the LeadPlayer plugin for WordPress is that it allows you to build your email list by adding an email optin form to your video. I’m using LeadPlayer on the video above and you can see it in action if you click play and reach the 00:15 second mark in the video. You’ll also see a Call To Action at the end of the video to subscribe to my YouTube channel. Check out LeadPlayer here.
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