Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bloggiesta Mini Challenge: How to Embed a YouTube Video... and size it for your blog.

Hello everyone! Welcome to my Tutorial & Mini Challenge for Bloggiesta (learn more about Bloggiesta here ).

A problem which was noticed a lot in blogs (old and new) is that when they embed a Youtube video, it goes over their article size to the sidebars,etc. While it's something really easy and to do, many people it's understandable they don't know how to or where to search for the solution.

So today, i'm going to show you how to the whole "embed a youtube video right". There are many ways to do it because of the different platforms out there, so i'm going to divide into 2 sections:
1 - Embed a Youtube video, through Blogger editor
2 - Embed a Youtube via HTML

At the end of my post, it will be a Mini Challenge for everyone who want to try what i said over at the tutorial and me to check it out.

Click on the photos for HQ.

SECTION 1 - Embed a Youtube video, through Blogger Editor ( view result )

Blogger is divided in two parts: HTML and Compose. I'm going to show how to embed a Youtube video, via Compose in case you don't won't to bother with HTML.

Step 1: At the top of the editor (make sure the Compose tab is selected) there are icons which you probably already know such as Bold, Italic, Text Size, etc. You now, click the "movie" icon and wait for the window to pop up.

Step 2: At the left of the pop up window select "From Youtube". Search the video you want and click on it (if you want to preview it, click on play over the video) and then click "Select" at the bottom.

FINISH: Your are done. Blogger, fixes the size of the video so it doesn't go over your sidebars and put it at the center of your article.
Additional step: Let's say you are still not happy with the size of your video. How do you fix it? This time you click on the HTML tab and find the code of the video. There you are able to write your own numbers as width and height. You are done.

SECTION 2 - Embed a Youtube video via HTML (view result)

The HTML is the same for all the platforms wherever you are posting. I know many of you are a bit afraid to play with HTML but believe me when i say is extremely easy to embed a Youtube video and i will write it as simple as i can.

Step 1: Go at Youtube and find the video you want to embed. Click at "Share" under the video (next to the Add to Favorites). A small window will open under the tab with a link and two buttons "Embed" and "Email". Click Embed and more options will open exactly under it. Now you are able to see some options for your video.

To fix the size of your video you are either a)click on one of the fixed options (the little boxes that have numbers over them like 560x315)

or b) you fix your own size. At the box at the left write the width you want (most blogs have width smaller than 500 pixels) and youtube will auto fix the height.

Now select the little code above and copy it. (To make sure it's the right code you will see the numbers of the width and height somewhere in it)

Step 2: Now go back to your platform. Somewhere at your editor there is tab that says "HTML". Be sure to click on it before you continue. When you do that, find at which point of your article you want to put the video and when you do, right click and paste the code from before.

FINISH: You are done. If your video is still out of your post, it means you need to put a smaller width. Do the whole process from the start and try again.
Additional step: After this process you still want your video to be at the center of your post. How? Find the code of the video you pasted. Before it write <center> and after it write </center>. You are done.

-Wordpress editor (At least my version) doesn't have a quick movie icon like Blogger. So you will have to use the HTML version. Don't despair before trying it. It's easier than it looks.
-Always preview your posts before publishing.

Mini Challenge:
Create a post and embed a video from youtube and leave me the link to see it. Tell me which way you used.

+1 lvl of difficulty: Put 2 videos next to each other in a post instead. Leave the link for me to see it. (example at the end of this post)

Feel free to ask your questions at the comments, emails, twitter, facebook, tumblr...i check them constantly. And if you want help, in another matter than Youtube videos, you are more than welcome to ask :D


  1. Great tutorial - I don't use Blogger or Wordpress, so I just go directly to the YouTube video and use the embed options there. I uploaded a video last week, so I'm going to cheat and link to that one - just because it was too big and I hadn't gotten around to fixing it until I read this post :-)
    => My link to the Bitches in Bookshops video

  2. Thank you for hosting this Bloggiesta mini-challenge. I used the blogger way.

  3. Thanks for sharing this information! I really had no idea where to start to embed YouTube videos on my bkog. I would only link an image to YouTube to connect the video to my post. Now, I no longer have to. Awesome! Thanks!!

    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

    1. Oops! Sorry. Forgot to mention that I used HTML.:D

  4. Here's my attempt at putting two videos side by side. How did I do?

    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

  5. What fun! I embedded a video using the HTML method on my Wordpress blog:

  6. I always have trouble with this. Thank you so much for your help!

    Buona fortuna!

    I'm Bloggista-ing all weekend! I love to have old and new blogging friends stop by and say hello!

  7. I'm new to so I had a really hard time with this one. I tried going through HTML but it just didn't work for me. I ended up having to download a plug in. I will continue to try the HTML (as that is SO much easier). Thanks for hosting - it took me the first couple months of blogging before I caught on. :)

    1. I wish i could help more :/ I never really had problem doing it my way in Wordpress.

  8. Thanks for the mini challenge! I am on and to upload a YouTube video we just click on a button - however, since I have always been on I had no idea on the self hosting platforms there were all these changes!

    Makes me think I am not ready to move on to self hosting yet :)

    1. Heh..a change is always difficult. But we can get used to it. Let me know if you want help with anything.

  9. I LOVE putting videos in posts! it really spices them up. I take the YouTube embed code route and then tweak the HTML within my post if necessary.

    Here's an example of two videos together on a site I made for an author's upcoming blog tour:

    ((I also have my own YouTube channel:

    1. Checked! And beautiful work on the videos :)

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