Posting your YouTube video on ebay

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If you are trying to sell an item on eBay, then a video showing the product in use can really help. Something as simple as using your smartphone to show the item from different angles will work.

If you get more adventurous, you can put together a video showing the features and benefits to potential customers. So, let’s say, I’m trying to sell a USB Desk Fan. I already have my video up on YouTube, what do I do now?

Displaying a product video on your ebay listing – first, YouTube

YouTube-click on Embed1. Go to where you have the video on your YouTube channel.

Under the video, click on Embed.

YouTube - click Show More2. Press SHOW MORE

YouTube - untick these boxes3. Unless you want other random videos showing once yours has played, it’s a good idea to untick the “Show suggested videos..” box.

I also like to untick “Show video title and player actions”. This is just a personal preference of mine. It means the video loses the text on the top left hand side of the frame and keeps the picture clear.

YouTube - copy the code4. Copy the code that is above the preview.

Go to your ebay listing

ebay listing - select html5. Go to the ebay listing that you want to add the video to.

Scroll down to the bottom where you would normally put the item description and select the HTML tab.

ebay-paste your code6. Paste the YouTube code that you copied in here.

Bear in mind, that you would also have more written text in this box with details of your item for sale. For simplicity, I’ve just left the box empty.

ebay-review listing7. Once you have pasted the code in, the listing will do an automatic save.

Click on “Preview listing” to check that your video is working.

ebay - scroll to description8. If everything has worked correctly, your video should now be showing in the description box.

You can now return to the ebay listing and add more description and information before saving and putting your item up for sale.

Video on Instagram – can you promote in 15 seconds?

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If you had to promote your company in 15 seconds – could you do it?
Between 2013 and 2016, the maximum duration of an Instagram video was 15 secs. (It’s now 1 minute). Although the old time limit had some disadvantages, it did mean that anyone producing video had to get the message across quickly.

What company information can you get across in 15 secs?

I came across a series of ‘Top Tips’ Instagram videos that I did for a regular client of mine in 2014. The complete script: “When making coffee in a cafetiere, fill the glass halfway and then stir before adding the rest of the hot water. This stops all the grounds swelling to the top and improves the infusion.”

Does it work? You decide.

Find HR Higgins (Coffee-man) Ltd on their website and on their YouTube channel

Put any YouTube video on your blog or website – step by step

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Most of the videos on YouTube allow you to pick up the embed code and put them onto your blog or website. However, don’t upload any videos that may enfringe copyright. Typically, the type of content to avoid includes TV shows, music videos, commercials, films and film trailers.

Go to YouTube, put the search term you are looking for into the search box, have a look at some of the videos that come up and make your choice.

Get embed code from YouTube video

Share button1. Find the ‘Share’ button under the video
and press it

2. Now press the ‘Embed’ button.Press-Embed

Press-show-more3. You could copy this highlighted code. However, if you don’t want other videos showing when your video ends, you need to make one more change.


Untick-suggested-videosThe screen opens out. Untick the ‘Show suggested videos when the video finishes’.

When you do this, the code will change slightly.

When your video finishes, it will now go back to the first frame rather than show other related videos.

Select-and-copy-codeClick your cursor above the preview image and highlight the code. Copy it –  (Ctrl+C on a PC) or (Apple button+C on a Mac).

Go to the place in the post or your website where you want to see the video. Put your cursor at that point and paste the YouTube video. (Ctrl+V on a PC) or (Apple button+V on a Mac).

That’s it!

Embedding – Put any YouTube video on your blog or website

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One of the many advantages of having your video on YouTube is the ‘embed’ function.
By default, if you download a video to YouTube, you allow others to pick up the code for that video and embed it on their sites. If you wish, you can turn that function off.

Perhaps you want to encourage tourists to visit the Tate gallery in London. If you go to YouTube, do a search you could find this video:

To get this video to appear, all you have to do is pick up the embed code under the video and paste it into the post.

This gives you the advantage of a well made video to illustrate your post and gives the video more views. This can lead to the video being watched by a wider audience and backlinks to the Tate’s YouTube channel and their website.

If you would like to start using video, embedding videos from YouTube is a good way to learn how YouTube works and liven up your posts.

Go to this next post, to find out how to get the embed code from a YouTube video.

St Albans Wood Recycling

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St Albans Wood Recycling is tucked away at the bottom of Pickford Road in St Albans.
As a ‘not-for-profit’ social enterprise, they need efficient ways of getting their message across.

In the video, we give a taster of the work they do and the items they have for sale. The video now sits on their home page letting potential customers find out about them quickly and easily. There are plenty of reasons for visiting – great furniture and ability to make bespoke items are just a few.

Visit their website: