Tip for Adding Video to a WordPress Blog

When I train clients on how to maintain their WordPress® blog, I schedule an appointment for one and one half hours and come armed with a customized, 14 – 17 page document entitled something like: WordPress® Blog Maintenance Instructions. The document is large because it includes snapshots of their blog administration pages as well as the written instructions.

Up until now, I have included snapshots of WordPress’ Add Video screens and added my written instructions. Yesterday, after training a client, I realized that in the past year, I have recommended that my clients ignore those instructions, and go on to explain that there is another way to add video that is in their best interest from a getting found on the Internet (SEO) standpoint. So using this other way, they will get a bigger bang for their effort.

I recommend that they add their video to YouTube, then embed the video in their blog.

Why? Because YouTube is owned by Google and adding your video to YouTube is another way to tap Google on the shoulder to let it know that you are alive and well and thriving. Also, when you add a video to YouTube, there are a number of fields for adding descriptive information. When you add the descriptive information, you use your keyword terms…effectively adding SEO to your YouTube video.  Another advantage of adding your video to YouTube is that it can be used on other’s websites  – if you choose – so, YouTube provides a free distribution channel for you.

Many clients are reluctant at first because they are unfamiliar with “embedding” videos. With WordPress and YouTube, embedding videos is easy! I wrote a post explaining how to embed video in a WordPress blog,  Embedding video in a WordPress blog

Embedding Video in a WordPress Blog

Instructions for embedding a YouTube video in your WordPress® blog.

  1. View the video in YouTube (or view it in Edit Video if you are logged into YouTube)
  2. Click on Embed (sometimes on the right, sometimes below the video)
  3. Select and Copy the embed code that is displayed
  4. Open the page or post in your WordPress blog where you want to embed the video
  5. Switch to HMTL view
    WordPress Editing Icons
  6. Paste the code into the content box below the editing icons
  7. Save/Update/Publish the post or page

Kudos to Coach Chrissy Carew

Congratulations to client Chrissy Carew for her article which was posted in the Podium Sports Journal today (April 28, 2010)!

Chrissy Carew is a personal and business coach, and the Founder and Head Coach of the Insightful Player™, a bold movement of hope. The Insightful Player website is where high-integrity people such as current and former NFL players share their inspirational stories and interviews in an effort to lift the spirit of all, especially children.

Visit the Insightful Player™ website.

Learn more about Chrissy Carew’s personal and business coaching.

Adventures Online’s Website on WordPress

For about one and one half years, I have been encouraging clients and audiences to migrate their websites to the WordPress® platform. Yes, the blogging software platform. At speaking engagements and during phone consultations, I have repeatedly said “the best thing you can do to position your business for the future is to migrate your website to a WordPress platform.”

Since the same timeframe, I have developed as many new websites on the WordPress platform as I could (as my clients have allowed).  And today, I am proud to announce that Karen Callahan of Adventures Online is walking the walk after having talked the talk for so long. Adventures Online’s website has been migrated from an HTML-based website with a blog attached to run entirely on the WordPress platform! Oh, it is still a work in progress and it will be a while before it meets my endpoint vision, but, the migration part c’est finit!

What’s the big deal you ask?  In the past, my website has suffered from the “cobblers kids” syndrome. I was always too busy working on everyone else’s website to bring my own website up to speed. Now, it is right up there with what I am preaching and hopefully, that will lend more credibility to my recommendation for others to move their websites to WordPress.

Two clients of Adventures Online who have migrated to WordPress as well:

  1. WMCT TV of Marlborough, MA
  2. Next Generation Communications of Marlborough, MA

If you would like your website migrated to WordPress, call 508-480-8833 to talk with Karen today!

Adding Notepad to Your Windows Desktop

I frequently tell clients to NOT cut-n-paste content into their WordPress® blogs without first pasting it into Notepad™, then cutting it from Notepad. (Doesn’t have to be Notepad; any text-only editor will do.)

Cutting content from other blogs, websites, PDFs, and Word™ documents also cuts the behind-the-scenes code that makes the content look as it does.  Generally speaking, that formatting doesn’t match the formatting of content on your website.  So in order to maintain consistency in your blog’s look-n-feel, you strip out the behind-the-scenes code by pasting the content into a text-only program, then cutting it out of that and pasting it into your WordPress blog.

Here’s instructions on how to add Notepad to the icons on your desktop so it will be readily handy when you write in your blog.

I am using Windows XP. Set up on your system may be different, so, use these as a guide to know what to look for.

On your desktop:

  1. Right Click anywhere that is free of icons and a menu displays next to the cursor
  2. Scroll down to New, then Shortcut
  3. The Shortcut dialogue box displays
  4. Click the Browse button
  5. Double click My Computer, Local Disk C
  6. Scroll down to Windows and double click it
  7. Double click on Notepad.exe, then okay and “C:\WINDOWS\notepad.exe” displays in the Shortcut window
  8. Click Next and Give it a name (Notepad)
  9. Then click Finish