Now "unlisted" videos at youtube.

by Marty S 37 replies
YouTube Blog: More choice for users: unlisted videos

This is a new and interesting feature at youtube, that allows your video to be seen by only those with the URL you provided. "Unlisted" like in your phone number. It will NOT be in search or related videos and is NOT limited to the 25 users as before.

benefits / uses?

> A free video series you are now hosting on a paid host.
> You will be able to embed the video in your page now, without it being found by search on youtube.
> Will allow for comments on your blog, not on youtube.
#main internet marketing discussion forum #unlisted #videos #youtube
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamesyfws
    Sounds very interesting. Iam just starting to learn about using video to drive traffic and this might be helpful to me. Thanks.

    James
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Green
    I think has been around for awhile, I remember looking into it last year. There are still the 10 minute restrictions aren't there? Plus I think for the most part we hope to have to share with more than 25 people. And I don't know if the video can be extracted then uploaded again as listed. Something to think about. Sorry to be a killjoy.
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  • Profile picture of the author fypnlp
    this is brilliant. Interesting to see how this pans out
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    • Profile picture of the author KevinTorrence
      That'd be nice for some squeeze pages of mine. Use Youtube upfront for the tire kickers / first subscribers, then use my paid video service for the video tutorials inside. I bet it'd shave a good amount of expenses off my bill.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    This is BRAND NEW. It was just released and got my mind thinking about it's many uses.

    Before, you could share private URL's with only 25 people...but this lets you make the video private for life with unlimited unique visitors.

    One thing they didn't mention was "embedding". Can these unlisted videos still embed on our sites?
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    • Profile picture of the author Marty S
      Originally Posted by BlueSquares View Post

      One thing they didn't mention was "embedding". Can these unlisted videos still embed on our sites?
      I asked about this on the Youtube blog, but of course Google will take its own sweet time in getting around to that, so I just tried it on one of my channels. I made a video "unlisted" then sent that link to another computer. The video shows WITH embed features as normal, so I assume everything is okie dokie in that regard.

      Seriously, I have so many videos that I give away, that I could certainly use Youtube unlisted for now.

      I too, am thinking about these possibilities.
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      • Profile picture of the author craigc1980
        I also read somewhere that this new feature might be something you have to pay for in the future.

        Not sure how this will benefit anyone if we have to pay to be unlisted.

        I guess it will be kind of like paying the phone company to make your number private
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        • Profile picture of the author Marty S
          Originally Posted by craigc1980 View Post

          I also read somewhere that this new feature might be something you have to pay for in the future.
          I could def understand WHY they would charge for such a service, but since they are not, it's simply not a concern at this point.

          Originally Posted by craigc1980 View Post

          Not sure how this will benefit anyone if we have to pay to be unlisted.
          If this ever happened, it would probably be dirt cheap, so yeah, still be a VERY useful tool IMHO.
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          • Profile picture of the author craigc1980
            Originally Posted by Marty S View Post

            I could def understand WHY they would charge for such a service, but since they are not, it's simply not a concern at this point.



            If this ever happened, it would probably be dirt cheap, so yeah, still be a VERY useful tool IMHO.
            After sitting here thinking about it. Your right this would come in pretty useful even if they did charge.

            Thanks for the quick reply
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemac1
    When I read this the other day, I saw the YT blog post about it and read about the teacher using it, thought that's a good idea, but basically brushed it off. I just want to thank you Marty for bringing this up and giving your ideas, this can really have some good uses.
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    • Profile picture of the author KevinTorrence
      And when we make our videos private ... is it safe from others embedding it wherever they want?
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      • Profile picture of the author Marty S
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        • Profile picture of the author Marty S
          I actually used this service in another way the other day.

          One of the affiliate software products I represent was planning a major update, and sent me a version of the software ahead of release. I made a video explaining the new features and posted it to youtube using the new UNLISTED feature. In other words, I did not want it released to my Youtube subscribers ahead of launch.

          However I was able to embed the UNLISTED video on my my site allowing for a sneak preview to my selected email list, which they really appreciated.

          Once I got the OK for the official release of the software, I then went to Youtube and changed the settings from UNLISTED to PUBLIC. It had the same URL and view count, so no other changes were needed and the video was released on my Youtube channel.

          Pretty sweet feature IMO.
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        • Profile picture of the author csl001
          I know there are paid video players that work with amazon s3 and you can actually lock down your video so no matter who pinch your code there will not be able to play it on their site. viewers will have to go to the original site to watch.
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        • Profile picture of the author csl001
          Originally Posted by Marty S View Post

          No. It appears anyone can embed it.

          However, no matter where you host videos - free or paid - this is virtually unavoidable if somebody really wants to do it. At least with Youtube, you can easily check your traffic data on any video you have on your channel and find the EXACT location (website) where people are accessing it.

          I would also add that it's always best to brand your video so that no matter where a viewer watches it, it will be clear as to the original publisher of the video.

          I know there are paid video players that work with amazon s3 and you can actually lock down your video so no matter who pinch your code there will not be able to play it on their site. viewers will have to go to the original site to watch.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geoff A
    Cool - thanks Marty. I was thinking it might be good if you have say and ebook course that you would like to make a video component available for as well. You could have the embedded links in the ebook. So "buy the ebook and get access to the video component as well" - kind of thing. Would that work?

    cheers
    Geoff
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  • Profile picture of the author Mukul Verma
    Also to add....you do not need to have a you tube account to view these videos which opens up You Tube to more people outside YT.

    Cheers,
    Mukul
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  • Profile picture of the author BrainCopy
    You are only allowed up to 25 people? Hmm... I'm not sure if I like that.
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  • Profile picture of the author SyndicateMarketing
    It's a very cool feature. Thanks for update!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Hey guys, was just about to ask about this particular topic and found this thread in the search results.

    Can anyone here confirm how you embed the code correctly within your web pages?

    Im assuming that you simply replace the standard URL with the unlisted URL, correct?

    Is there any way of testing before releasing the video to customers?
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Hmmm, this is odd. I just set one of my videos to "unlisted" however its still showing in the public search results. Ive double checked everything...????
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Anyone at all???

    This is holding me up
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Okay update....

    For videos that were previously public, it appears that there is a delay due to processing time when changing between this setting and unlisted.

    All good now.
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  • Profile picture of the author defaultuser
    Thank you for bringing this point up! I am already reaping the benefits of this feature and while it may be something that will require money to utilize in the future it tells me to strike while the iron is hot.

    Another excellent point that was brought up. Use it as a squeeze page benefit, and the content you charge for you place on your own hosting platform.

    This can also be used to entice people to register for your email list as they will get more good video content when they register.

    I use it as an video invoice platform personally. I SHOW clients what I did for them, and it is an instant ROI for them.

    I use it to get to know my audience better. If I feel there are people who will really benefit from my content I introduce myself.

    I use it to answer customer service questions, and when someone else asks the same question, I send the same video.

    I use it to reduce confusion with VA's and clients to get them to better understand what I want/need/expect.

    Videos CAN be embedded on a blog or website. You just have to go in through the edit feature of the video and click on view video on page. There you can change anything you need to embed, change color, size etc.

    You can also use annotations to public videos, and vice-versa to really niche down and super target your audience.

    It can be a great addition to a sales funnel or up-sale for preferred clients, affiliates, JV, etc.

    It's a great way to test certain offers without confusing your audience. (by having it public and on your site)

    There are many other ways to use this feature weather or not it will stay free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    Great, information, I can see the benefit to being able to limit access to a video, but I do sort of wonder about the benefits to youtube, unless it cuts down on bandwidth, I wonder if there will come a time where, google will start charging a fee to have videos on youtube, at least in a commercial capacity, I expect there would be a market, I would pay to be able to have anchor text, and link back to my own websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    Why not just host the movies yourself? Bandwidth is essentially free nowadays.
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    • Profile picture of the author Marty S
      Originally Posted by Rich Struck View Post

      Why not just host the movies yourself? Bandwidth is essentially free nowadays.
      True this is viable as well, but I would say ONLY for low volume videos, and if you are okay to deal with the extra hassles and limitations of your video player and other features. If your site is on a shared host like most are, I would sooner forget about this and pay someone else to host it, which I do.

      I experienced many delays and customer service head-aches with self-hosting and just cannot be bothered with it anymore, especially now given so many other more reliable hosting options out there.
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      • Profile picture of the author jbh5000
        I have a question about the "unlisted" feature.

        Lets assume I have a video and I upload to You Tube and mark as unlisted.

        I now embed into a page on my blog.

        If a user visits that page and watches the video can they get the URL to the video?

        I am trying to prevent the sharing of my video and require people to only watch it at my blog.

        I am not sure if most people know this but on other You Tube videos that are embedded in pages you can usually double click the video and it will open a new window with the You Tub page of the video.

        If this was the case then someone could just double click the embedded video on my page and then copy the link from the new window that opened.

        They could then share the link to the video. That is what I am trying to avoid.

        Any suggestions without hosting myself?
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        • Profile picture of the author JNT
          Marty,
          What service do you use to host your videos, and how do you embed them on your website?

          Also, any thoughts on selling/shipping DVDs vs selling video downloads or membership area video viewing?

          Thanks,
          JNT
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    Hey Rich I know I am going to regret making this post,

    but can I have some of that free bandwidth?
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  • Profile picture of the author oxfordmoron
    there must be a great plug in for this issue by now in 2013. Anyone? Link or key word anyone?
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  • Profile picture of the author JSL Publishing
    Hey Marty,

    That's pretty cool.. I'll be using this feature on our site Soon.. I'll tell Shelley about it.

    Thanks,

    Jan

    Originally Posted by Marty S View Post

    YouTube Blog: More choice for users: unlisted videos

    This is a new and interesting feature at youtube, that allows your video to be seen by only those with the URL you provided. "Unlisted" like in your phone number. It will NOT be in search or related videos and is NOT limited to the 25 users as before.

    benefits / uses?

    > A free video series you are now hosting on a paid host.
    > You will be able to embed the video in your page now, without it being found by search on youtube.
    > Will allow for comments on your blog, not on youtube.
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    • Profile picture of the author J Bold
      Originally Posted by oxfordmoron View Post

      there must be a great plug in for this issue by now in 2013. Anyone? Link or key word anyone?
      And what do you want the plugin to do, exactly? No clue what you are on about.

      You upload a video to youtube, and mark it unlisted.

      So, what's the issue?



      Originally Posted by JSL Publishing View Post

      Hey Marty,

      That's pretty cool.. I'll be using this feature on our site Soon.. I'll tell Shelley about it.

      Thanks,

      Jan

      Yes, please tell Shelley about this "new" feature which Marty posted about 3 years ago.
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