First Blog Video... Is It Best To Host on YouTube?

by npaige 16 replies
Hi all,

So I am just putting up a short intro video of myself and brand on my blog sidebar.
Is it best to create a YouTube channel and host it there?
And then embed the link from YouTube into my post?

Is that the way to go or do you suggest something different?

Thanks much,
Dr. Nicki
#main internet marketing discussion forum #blog #host #video #youtube
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  • Profile picture of the author NatesMarketing
    It's up to you. If you hate seeing a YouTube logo in your video..then don't use YouTube. If you don't mind seeing a YouTube logo...then I would use YouTube.

    That way you'll get some added exposure.
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    • Profile picture of the author npaige
      Makes sense... So what is an alternative then?

      Originally Posted by NatesMarketing View Post

      It's up to you. If you hate seeing a YouTube logo in your video..then don't use YouTube. If you don't mind seeing a YouTube logo...then I would use YouTube.

      That way you'll get some added exposure.
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      • Profile picture of the author NatesMarketing
        You can host it yourself and play it through a player like JW Player.

        Or there's other hosting sites like Vimeo.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    if your going to use this as a bog video, I have found it useful to list it on Youtube and embed it on my blog, I'm not sure why but it always seems to bring back more traffic to my site in the long run.
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  • Profile picture of the author asiriusthoth
    YouTube is most likely the easiest and best way to go, but don't discount Vimeo. Some of those videos are really starting to rank well. Although, still, YouTube is King.
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  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    Absolutely yes!
    Embedding youtube videos on your blogs are really great. Where in fact it is commonly used by many. Plus, it can help you rank your site because youtube is the 3rd most visited website.
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  • Profile picture of the author bobtracz
    host it on youtube if it is part one of a two part video and video is on your site. this will entice viewers to go to your site to see part two. Host only part one on youtube and both parts on your site. Alternatively have a really good call to action in it to attract viewers to your site. Remember that the purpose of hosting on youtube is to drive traffic to your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    YouTube has a number of advantages vs. hosting yourself.

    If the video is of any considerable length then you'll want to stream it, otherwise users (especially those with low bandwidth connections) will have to wait a considerable amount of time before it starts to play.

    YouTube also takes care of the dilemma of wanting to put a nice 1080 HD video up but realizing that some people will have neither the bandwidth or processing power to view it (I own 9 computers but only 3 of them are capable of displaying full HD 1080 video). With YouTube your users can select their video resolution, those with the capability can see it all in glorious HD while others can enjoy it at a speed their system can handle.

    And speaking of bandwidth with YouTube your bandwidth costs are on their dime, not yours - if it's a long video that can amount to a considerable savings if you get a lot of traffic.

    Plus (as several others have already mentioned) you get exposure via your own YouTube channel, and that can drive traffic back to your blog.

    If you aren't keen on YouTube then Vimeo Pro may be what you are looking for, I believe it's about 200 dollars a year with 50GB of storage and unlimited bandwidth.

    Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author Trent Brownrigg
    ^^^^ Yes, everything Bill said above!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    You'd be mad to not consider Youtube, given that it's one of the largest websites on the planet.

    A couple of tips.

    1. Always create backups of your videos and store them. This way if your account is closed or locked, you can upload them somewhere else quickly.

    2. Always link back to your site using trackable links so you know which videos are performing

    3. Keep your videos short 3-5 minutes.

    4. Set the rel= parameter to zero to prevent showing other video suggestions after yours.

    5. Embed them on your own site (of course)
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    • Profile picture of the author npaige
      Hey John,

      Thanks for the tips! Appreciate it...

      1. Back-up to where? Like a mini-drive?
      2. How do I make the links "trackable?"

      Thanks,
      Dr. Nicki


      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      You'd be mad to not consider Youtube, given that it's one of the largest websites on the planet.

      A couple of tips.

      1. Always create backups of your videos and store them. This way if your account is closed or locked, you can upload them somewhere else quickly.

      2. Always link back to your site using trackable links so you know which videos are performing

      3. Keep your videos short 3-5 minutes.

      4. Set the rel= parameter to zero to prevent showing other video suggestions after yours.

      5. Embed them on your own site (of course)
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      Take Back Your Health! You can do this.http://ReverseDiabetesHolistically.com

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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by npaige View Post

        Hey John,

        Thanks for the tips! Appreciate it...

        1. Back-up to where? Like a mini-drive?
        2. How do I make the links "trackable?"

        Thanks,
        Dr. Nicki
        Back up to a storage device. There are plenty around. Google it

        Trackable links...

        Google URL tool tied in with Google Analytics
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  • Profile picture of the author hirithk
    HI
    youtube is the best which provides channel service and brings subscribers as well as visitors, branding,
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Greene
    Using youtube as a host can work 2 in 1 for you.
    1. If your youtube videos get organic views from search results, it can bring unique traffics to your site.
    2. Embedding the video from youtube will save some hosting space which is also good for you.
    Go for youtube as it is the best option I think.
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  • Profile picture of the author PlatinumStatus
    Hey Nicki,

    If you want complete control over your videos and be able to easily add embedded call to action with a link to your offer / squeeze page or order form...

    Wistia is a great one
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