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How to Optimize and Add Videos to Info Barrel Articles

By Edited Aug 18, 2016 2 5

Use YouTube and YouChop to Make Your Articles Shine!

Adding video from YouTube to your Info Barrel articles offers you and your readers many benefits.  Seeing is often believing, and YouTube videos may help to bring your already great blogs or Info Barrel articles to life!  By adding video, you will give your readers a rich audio and visual resource. You'll encourage them to stick around longer instead of clicking off your page. This article is a tutorial of how I typically add YouTube videos to my articles, and how I shorten the videos if they are too long.

How to Grab the "Embed Code" for a YouTube Video

Note: You could simply copy the YouTube video's URL, and provide your readers with a link to the YouTube video that would open in another screen.  This works, but it's not as elegant a solution as a video in your article.  If you want your readers to stay on the page, embed the video. Here's how:

1. Locate the video you want to use on YouTube.com.
2. Click on the "Share" button beneath the video.
3. Click on the "Embed" button. 
4. Highlight and copy the "embed code."   It usually will look something like this (see larger red box):

YouTube embed code

How to Paste the "Embed Code" into Your Article

1. Go to the IB article.
2. In the edit area, click on html so that you can see your article's source code.
3. Place your cursor where you want your video to placed.
4. Paste the embed code that you copied earlier.
5. Save your article.

If you correctly embedded the YouTube video, the video will play within your article. 

For an alternate video embedding method and the legal considerations surrounding using video, read How to Add YouTube Videos to Articles by IB writer JadeDragon, who   describes how to use the Add Element box for adding video.

There doesn't appear to be any visual difference between embedding the video in the main article and embedding the video with the Add Element box.  I could be wrong, but you be the judge.  For example, videos in these articles were embedded differently:

Skincare Product Review: Does Nerium AD Work?
Video embedded in the main article

Cast Iron Cookware -- A Beginner's Guide
Video embedded as a separate "element"

I'm still a relative newbie to writing and formatting on Info Barrel, so my preference is to work with as few "Elements" as possible.  Hence, I embed videos directly in my main article.

How to Shorten a YouTube Video

If you have ever wanted to show a shorter segment of a longer YouTube video, you can use an online site called TubeChop (www.tubechop.com).

TubeChop Logo

Here's why I like TubeChop: TubeChop is free, intuitive, and easy to use. You don't need to register at the TubeChop site. You can grab the embed code or a direct link for your article, blog or website using the copy function on your computer.  You can share the chopped video via email or a social media site.  Here are the steps for using TubeChop.

1. Locate a video you want to shorten on YouTube and copy the URL.
2. Go to TubeChop.com and paste the YouTube URL.
3. Use the sliders to shorten either the front of the video or the end of the video, or both.
4. Click the "Chop It" button.  You will then be directed to a page with your shortened video.
5. The embed code will appear to the right of the video. Place your cursor in the field and copy (Control+C). Note: You will only be able to see a part of the code because only the first line shows. Rest assured that the rest of the code is there.
6. OPTIONAL: If you want to see exactly what you'll be pasting in your article's source code, go to a text program like Word Pad. Paste the embed code. Highlight and copy the entire "Embed Code" again.
7. Follow the steps in the section above for "How to Paste the "Embed Code" into Your Article."

For illustration purposes, below is a 20-second clip of a longer YouTube video on foot massage.  Note the TubeChop logo in the lower right corner of the video.  You can find the full video at this link 


Most Info Barrel authors take great care in providing their readers with good, helpful content. Well-chosen YouTube videos can enhance an article. Further, shortening a YouTube video to the part most relevant to the article will help your readers.  So the next time you write an article, see if you can locate an interesting YouTube video to help you tell the story.  And, don't forget to use TubeChop when necessary.  TubeChop makes it very easy to trim and optimize your YouTube video content.

Happy writing!



Aug 21, 2012 6:22am
This is a really useful article. Thanks for sharing your expertise with the rest of us.
Aug 21, 2012 12:19pm
Glad you found this info helpful. Now that I've gotten the hang of it, embedding a video is often easier than adding a photo to an article! Thank you for reading!
Oct 15, 2012 7:29pm
This is very helpful information. It is good to learn how to include other media to articles, aside from just photos. An excellent, well-written article!
Oct 16, 2012 3:24pm
Great article especially for a computer dunce like me--two bigh thumbs
Aug 8, 2014 4:46am
Thank you!! Extremely helpful
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