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Youtube Embed “Dump”

Ok… so I try to stay away from being too blatant about the self promotion here at BHB. But screw it. Here we go…


Easy Reference Youtube Embed Codes and Tweaks For Your Website

Using Youtube’s standard embeds you end up with something like this:

Notice the White “Brainstorming Domain Names” in the header? Ugly, right?

Well strip them out by adding “&showinfo=0” to the url. And you’ll end up with something like this:

Or maybe you want to make the vid bigger? Just change the dimensions in the embed code and you’ll end up with something like this:

Or, maybe you’d like to start the video at a certain point? Use “&start=(insert seconds here)”.

Or, maybe you want to “loop” the video so it keeps replaying? Just use “&loop=1” in the embed code. Trust me, this, coupled with “&autoplay=1” can come in very handy, especially if you’re trying to have some fun with a friend. I’ll spare you the demo on this one, because the Bloodhoundblog home page would end up streaming my “toilet humor” over and over again until this post gets buried in the archives by newer posts.

Or…maybe not? Which leads me to my favorite trick. Coupling all of the above with a minimized 1 x 1 pixel vid featuring some unsavory audio. (If you pull out a magnifiying glass maybe you can see the video below this line?

[Note- Little pixelated fart was just removed. I felt bad because people were starting to blame the dog. Sorry Odysseus… rh, a few days later]

Excuse Me!

Practical applications for real estate? Well, stripping the white title line could make your site look a lot cleaner and more professional? Or maybe you want to take a real long video of a home tour, then link directly to different rooms by using the “&start” thing. Or maybe you’re confident a little “silent but deadly” offer could help your conversion ratio. Example: You could embed a tiny 1×1 and say something like “pssst… give me a call, I have an opening this Saturday morning at 10.”

Freak em out a little, they’ll either love you or hate you for it… but at least your site’ll be memorable?



7 Comments so far

  1. Sean Purcell November 9th, 2009 2:38 pm

    Well at least no one can say you’re full of crap. (Hot air maybe?)

    You kill me with this stuff. Damn funny and good information. I think you’re url should be

  2. Implementing some @retechulous Gonzaction November 9th, 2009 8:22 pm

    […] I was Working on upping my game today when Ryan Hartman posted this gem. Now I’ve got a new level. Stripping and flipping Youtube code is powerful stuff! […]

  3. James Boyer November 9th, 2009 8:55 pm

    Your a nut, a good nut but a nut just the same. your posts are some of the most memorable on bloodhound.

    Thank you,


  4. Pete Kosednar November 9th, 2009 10:47 pm

    Great post. It took me ages to find out that you could change how YouTube vids look on your site.

    By the way – funny audio/video you added with this post. Take care.

  5. Mark Green November 10th, 2009 7:24 am

    Ryan, thank you for not grunting. High-larious. And great tips too.

  6. Mark Madsen November 10th, 2009 8:45 am

    Ryan – I should have called you a couple of weeks ago when I was trying to figure out how to make a youtube video autoplay.

    Got it fixed though, check this out:

    Also, like Mark said, thank you for not grunting.

  7. Sarah Nicely November 16th, 2009 9:42 am

    A little off the subject. Have you ever had a hard time embedding YouTube into wordpress? Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t…Well your problem is solved I found a really cool plugin this weekend, all that is required is for you to simply enter the YouTube video ID. Not only that, it will allow you to load like 10 videos into the player at once. Life just got a lot easer.

    Here is there site. I am not affiliated iwth them in anyway, but jsut though there plug was very useful.