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How to Embed a YouTube Video in Your Blog on Blogger

Updated on December 8, 2012

There are a lot of blogs out there and it's difficult to make yours stand out from the rest. Pictures help keep site visitors interested. Video is also a feature which can make your blog more engaging and provide a richer user experience.

Blogger continues to be one of the most popular free online blogging platforms. If you've got something to say, Blogger is a place where you can easily say it to the world. Adding video to your Blogger blog is easy.

If you want, you can upload a blogger video directly to your blogger site. Alternatively, you can embed a YouTube video into your site.

Click on 'Share' and then the Blogger icon
Click on 'Share' and then the Blogger icon

Share via YouTube

There are two ways you can embed a YouTube video into Blogger. The first way is this:

  1. Go to YouTube.
  2. Find the video you want to use on your site.
  3. Click the button which says 'Share.' You can find it underneath the video.
  4. Click on the Blogger icon.
  5. If you are not logged into Blogger, you will have to enter your username and password in the new window which will appear.
  6. Choose the blog you would you like to blog from the drop-down menu.
  7. Publish your post.

Embedding Manually

Another way you can embed a YouTube video into your blogger post is by copying the embed code and then pasting it into your blog post.

Here's what you do:

  1. Go to YouTube.
  2. Find the video you want to embed on your blog.
  3. Click on 'Share'.
  4. Click on 'Embed'
  5. Copy (CTR-C) the embed code.
  6. Go to blogger.
  7. Click on 'New Post'
  8. Paste (CTR-V) the embed code into your post (Make sure the 'Edit HTML' tab is on).
  9. Publish your post.

Why Embed Videos on Your Blog?

Adding YouTube videos is a good idea because it makes visitors to your site hang around. Your words may well be entertaining, but having a video to watch as well makes the experience of visiting your site much more engaging.

Even if you don't have any videos which you have made yourself there are thousands of entertaining videos on YouTube which other people have created. The chances of finding something on YouTube which will fit match the content of your post is sky high.

Copyright Issues?

If the video is not one that you have made, are you legally entitled to embed it on your website. Doesn't that infringe copyright rules?

Copyright is a tricky area. YouTube say that they respect the right of copyright holders and they will take down any videos from their site which infringe copyright laws.

However, the YouTube terms of service states:

"You also hereby grant each user of the Service a non-exclusive license to access your Content through the Service, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such Content as permitted through the functionality of the Service and under these Terms of Service." [YouTube TOS]

It seems that anybody uploading YouTube videos agrees to allow people to embed their videos, according to their terms and service, unless they turn the embedding option off. However, if you're nervous about using other people's YouTube videos, you should try and get permission from the video maker. Alternatively, you can always just stick to embedding videos which you have made yourself.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Very interesting sudaybest. I especially like how you explained about the copyright issues of YouTube videos and added YouTube's "disclaimer". Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Marty Andersen 4 years ago from Richfield, Utah

      I think what you have to worry about with YouTube videos is someone posting copyrighted material on YouTube. That is a clear copyright issue.

      Embedding a video is not a copyright issue because they agree to allow the embedded video.

      I have several YouTube videos that I love to have embedded on other sites.

      Of course there is a small section at the beginning that directs people to go to my website.

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