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How to Embed a YouTube Video in a Blog Post on WordPress

How to Embed a YouTube Video in a Blog Post on WordPress

Want to learn how to embed a YouTube video in a blog post?

By showing YouTube videos, you can keep people engaged and start growing your blog with ease.

But integrating YouTube with your blog can be tricky – especially if you want to show lots of videos.

To lend you a hand, we’ve created this simple guide to show you the easiest way to embed YouTube videos.

First, let’s see how YouTube videos can help your WordPress blog grow.

Or, you can click here and skip directly to the tutorial.

Why Embed a YouTube Video in Your WordPress Blog?

Did you know that 96% of consumers started checking out more video content in 2020?

Video content is more popular than ever before, and tons of people prefer videos to text content. And YouTube is easily the #1 video hosting site on the internet.

If you’re a blogger, adding relevant YouTube videos can be an effective way to keep people interested in your blog.

example of youtube video feed

Since people spend much more time on videos compared to text or photos, they’ll be on your blog for much longer.

Plus, the videos are hosting on YouTube so you can show tons of videos without taking any space on your own web hosting.

So, it’s a great option for bloggers and small businesses without expensive web hosts.

What’s more, you can also embed your own videos from your YouTube channel to get tons of new views and subscribers.

example of youtube channel feed

As you can see, embedding YouTube videos in a blog post can help you engage your visitors, grow your blog, boost your social media following, and much more.

With that, let’s get started and see how you can start adding YouTube content to your blog.

Easiest Way to Embed a YouTube Video in a WordPress Blog

If you want to add YouTube videos to your blog, there are 2 options you can choose from:

  • Manual Way: Fetch the URL or the HTML embed code and then manually add it to your blog posts
  • Easy Way: Use a WordPress plugin to automatically add feeds of YouTube videos to your blog

With the first method, embedding YouTube videos can take a lot of time – especially if you want to show lots of videos on your blog.

And if you’re embedding videos from a YouTube channel or playlist, you’ll have to go through the whole process whenever there’s a new video.

manual embed code youtube

Plus, using iFrames to show content means that search engines won’t be able to read them. So, you’re missing out on SEO benefits of embedding videos.

Another downside to this method is that you can’t change how YouTube videos look without editing a lot of HTML code or hiring a developer.

So, the YouTube videos might clash with the design of your blog.

The solution?

You can use a YouTube WordPress plugin that can automatically embed YouTube videos for you.

And when it comes to displaying YouTube videos with ease, the best option out there is YouTube Feed Pro.

youtube feed pro plugin smash balloon

As it’s the best YouTube feed plugin in the market, you can use it to display all kinds of YouTube videos in just a few easy clicks.

In fact, you can follow the simple 3-step guided process that’ll help you create, customize, and embed feeds of YouTube videos – no coding needed.

You can then embed videos from a YouTube playlist, search results, favorites list, channel, and more.

select your youtube feed type

Plus, all the YouTube videos you embed will inherit the design of your blog and match your design perfectly.

YouTube Feed Pro also has tons of functionalities to help design your YouTube videos. You can choose from a collection of pre-built templates and import the design for your feed.

On top of that, you also get a visual editor to change your video layout, color scheme, header, button design, and much more – no coding needed!

live feed editor youtube

You can also add call-to-action buttons or links at the end of your videos if you want to embed a youtube video without related videos at the end.

With all these amazing features, YouTube Feed Pro is a fantastic tool if you want to grow your blog with video marketing.

Ready to embed YouTube videos? Click here to get YouTube Feed Pro today!

From here, you can use our beginner-friendly guide to embed a video into your blog website.

How to Embed a YouTube Video in a Blog Post (Step-by-Step)

Now, you’re ready to go ahead and check out the 5 steps in inserting a youtube video into your blog.

Let’s get started! 

Step 1: Install YouTube Feed Pro

You can start by grabbing YouTube Feed Pro here and then installing it on your WordPress blog.

If you’re not sure how to install the plugin, you can follow this simple guide on how to install plugins on WordPress.

Once the plugin is installed and activated, you’re ready to create a new feed of YouTube videos in step 2.

Step 2: Create a New YouTube Feed

To add YouTube content to your WordPress blog, you can just follow the plugin’s guided flow.

From your WordPress admin area, open the YouTube Feed » All Feeds menu and then click on Add New.

embed youtube playlist by adding new feed

From there, you can select the type of YouTube feed to create. With YouTube Feed Pro, there are 6 feed types you can pick from:

  • Channel: Choose a YouTube channel and display its videos
  • Playlist: Display video content from a YouTube playlist
  • Favorites: Show the YouTube videos that you’ve marked as your favorites
  • Search: Embed YouTube search results on your blog
  • Live Streams: Add YouTube live streaming videos to your blog site
  • Single Videos: Select specific videos on YouTube and add them to your blog

After selecting a YouTube feed type from the options, click on the Next button.

youtube feed types youtube

We’ll embed a YouTube playlist feed for this example.

In step 3, you can connect your new feed to YouTube and start displaying videos on your blog.

Step 3: Connect Your Feed to YouTube

If you want to connect this feed to YouTube, the easiest way is to add a YouTube API key.

This allows your feed to fetch YouTube videos and then display them on your website.

Don’t know your YouTube API key yet? Then you can take a look at this helpful tutorial on creating a YouTube API Key

Once you have the key, paste it into the popup and then click on the Add button.

add api key youtube

After that, it’s time to add a source for your YouTube feed. Depending on your feed type, this can be a YouTube channel, playlist, search term, and more that you want to embed.

For our example, we’ll add a YouTube playlist as the source.

First, go to on your web browser and then open your YouTube playlist.

Look for the URL of the video playlist at the top and then copy the code at the end, like this:

copy youtube playlist id

Once you do that, return to your website and paste this code into the Playlist ID field.

To confirm this as the source, click on the Next button.

insert playlist id youtube

You’ve now created a new YouTube feed and connected it to a source as well.

In step 4, you can use the plugin’s customization options to change how your YouTube video feed looks.

Step 4: Customize Your YouTube Videos Feed

A great thing about the plugin is that your videos will automatically copy the design of your blog and look amazing right out of the box.

On top of that, you get tons of customization options to design the feed to your liking. For a quick start, the plugin asks you to pick a feed template whose design you want to import.

Here are the 8 pre-built templates that you can choose from:

  • Default
  • Carousel
  • Cards
  • List
  • Gallery
  • Latest video
  • Showcase carousel
  • Widget

All you have to do is select a template and then click on the Next button.

pick a feed template youtube feed pro

You’re now ready to design your YouTube video feed using the plugin’s user-friendly live feed editor.

Towards the left, you can find a panel with the options to change your feed layout, color scheme, feed size, button design, header style, and much more.

live feed editor for youtube feed pro plugin

Once you use these options to make changes, the live preview on the right will show you how your YouTube videos will look.

If you’re ready to start designing your feed, click on the Feed Layout option.

select feed layout option youtube feed pro

YouTube Feed Pro comes with 3 options when it comes to your feed’s layout:

  • Grid
  • Gallery
  • List
  • Carousel
feed layouts for youtube feed pro

The grid layout can show your YouTube videos in rows and columns so they look organized.

Plus, you can show tons of videos on your blog this way.

grid layout for youtube feed pro

Want to highlight a specific video instead?

You can pick the gallery layout to create a YouTube gallery for your blog which shows one large video with lots of small thumbnails underneath.

gallery layout for youtube feed pro

Using the list layout option, you can show a single column of YouTube videos on your blog.

It’s a great way to make your videos more clearly visible on a post or page.

list layout for youtube

Want to make your blog more interactive? You can use the carousel layout in that case.

This will show your YouTube videos in a beautiful sliding carousel.

youtube feed pro carousel layout

Once you pick your feed layout, click on Save to keep the changes.

Next, click on Customize on the top left to continue editing the design of your feed.

customize your youtube feed

YouTube Feed Pro also comes with a number of color schemes that you can use to change the color of your feed.

To do that, first, select the Color Scheme option on the left.

select color scheme options youtube feed pro

You can then see the list of color schemes that you can pick from:

  • Inherit from Theme: Copy the colors of your WordPress theme
  • Light: Show a light color for the background and a dark color for the text
  • Dark: Use a dark background for the background along with light colored text
  • Custom: Choose the colors manually
youtube feed pro color scheme options

All you have to do is select your color scheme and then click on Save.

Finally, you can use the rest of the customization options to set your feed’s header design, number of videos, button style, content filters, and much more.

And don’t forget to click on Save to keep your changes.

Once you’re happy with how everything looks, it’s time for step 5 where you’ll embed the YouTube videos on your blog.

Step 5: Embed Your YouTube Videos on a Blog

You’re now ready to embed your YouTube videos on your blog. There are 2 options that you can try here:

  • Embed YouTube videos on a blog page
  • Embed YouTube videos on the blog sidebar or footer

Let’s go through both of these methods below.

Embed YouTube Videos on a Blog Page

The good news is that you can start adding videos to your blog right here from the live feed editor.

First, click on the Embed button in the top right corner to get started.

embed youtube playlist with customizer

Once you do that, the plugin will show you a popup where you can choose the location of your YouTube videos.

To continue, click on the Add to a Page button.

embed to a page youtube feed

The plugin will then show you all the pages you have on your blog website.

All you have to do is select the page where you want to show the videos and then click on Add.

select your page wordpress

Doing that will open the page in the WordPress post editor, where you can use a content block to embed your videos.

To add a block, click on the plus (+) icon on the editor.

add a block wordpress page

Using the search bar, look for the “youtube feed” block and then select Feeds for YouTube from the results below.

add feeds for youtube block

Once you do that, click on the Update button, and all the YouTube videos will be online for everyone to see.

To check how the embedded YouTube videos look, you can simply open the webpage and see for yourself.

grid layout youtube feed example

You can also open a WordPress blog post or create a new post and use this method to insert videos from YouTube.

Next, let’s see how you can add YouTube videos to the sidebar or footer areas of your blog.

Embed YouTube Videos on the Blog Sidebar or Footer

Like earlier, the first step here is to open your YouTube feed in the live feed editor.

To do that, simply go to the YouTube Feed » All Feeds menu from your dashboard and click on your new YouTube feed.

open your youtube feed gallery

Now, you can see your latest YouTube video feed open in the live editor just like before.

To continue, click on the Embed button at the top.

embed youtube playlist with customizer

Like earlier, you’ll see a popup that asks where you want to embed your YouTube videos

To add videos on your sidebar or footer, click on the Add to a Widget button.

add to a widget option

Doing so will send you to the Widgets page of your WordPress site. Here, you can choose where to display your YouTube videos.

To show the videos on your blog’s sidebar, click on the Sidebar panel.

open sidebar panel

Want to show videos on your blog’s footer instead?

Click on the Footer option here

open footer panel

We’ll go with a sidebar for our tutorial.

To embed YouTube videos in a blog, click on the plus (+) icon and then select the Feeds for YouTube widget.

add youtube widget to your site

Finally, click on Update, and YouTube videos will be live on your blog.

If you open your blog’s homepage, you can see how they’ll look to your visitors.

embed youtube feed on your sidebar

And that’s it!

Now you know how to embed YouTube videos in a blog post with a few simple steps. With the help of YouTube Feed Pro, you can easily integrate YouTube with your WordPress blog.

As a result, you can use YouTube videos to engage your visitors, boost your YouTube channel, and grow your blog.

Want to start embedding YouTube videos? Get your copy of YouTube Feed Pro here.

If you want to monetize your channel, don’t forget to check out our guide on how to make money on YouTube.

Finally, if you found this guide helpful, go ahead and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more useful YouTube tutorials.

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