Embedding a fun, interesting or illustrative video in a blog post is another great way to give your visitors a rich experience. Sharing video from YouTube and other video-sharing sites is very common and easy. By adding commentary to the post in which you embed the video, you’ll also add relevance and uniqueness to the content, which helps your SEO effort. For many of our client web sites, we use the Viper’s Video Quicktags free WordPress plugin. Our sites are covered by a JW Player license, so if you want to use the JW Longtail Video Flash player on a commercial site be sure to secure a licensed version. You can also use non-Flash versions that don’t require a license.

Here’s how to do it:

Go to YouTube

On YouTube (or any supported video-sharing site) find the video that you want to use. Videos that you can share will have a URL address that you can copy. Of course, it’s even better if you produce your own unique video, which you can also host on your own YouTube channel. Hosting the video on YouTube can extend your search reach since YouTube visitors may discover your video then link through to your website. Once you’ve found the video you want to embed, click on the “Share button” and a URL box will appear. Copy the complete address, including the “http://,” and return to your web site Dashboard or the post visual editor.

Choose the video’s location in the post

Place your cursor where you want to insert the video within the post content, then choose the button in the toolbar that corresponds to the video-sharing service from which you copied the URL. Paste the video’s URL in the box that appears. You’ll see an example of what the URL should look like.

Set the dimensions

Set the dimensions of the video if you want the embedded size to be different than the default size. Keep in mind that setting different dimensions will impact what visitors see when they play back the video. For instance, you may end up with a postage stamp-sized video window.

Complete the video insert process by pushing the “Okay” button.

That’s it! Good job.

Video-sharing services and video formats supported by the Viper’s Video Quicktags plugin:
·    YouTube
·    Google Video
·    DailyMotion
·    Vimeo
·    Veah
·    Viddler
·    Metacafe
·    Blip.tv
·    Flickr Video
·    IFILM/Spike
·    MySpaceTV
·    Flash
·    Quicktime
·    Generic video