Playlist embeds get more views to your videos.
Regular video embeds get more views to other people’s videos. To grow faster, replace every video embed with a playlist embed in your blogs.
What is a playlist embed?
On YouTube, playlist embeds show your videos above all YouTube-suggested videos!
YouTube automatically plays your next video in playlist embeds with no action by the viewer. Video embeds suggest other people’s videos for the viewer to watch next.
Pros and Cons
|Playlist embeds||Video embeds|
|1. YouTube automatically plays your next video with no action by the viewer.||1. YouTube suggest other people’s videos for the viewer to watch next.|
|2. If you want to change the video to a better one in the future, simply change the first video in your playlist on YouTube. Everywhere you embedded the playlist will automatically show the new video.||2. If you want to change the video to a better one in the future, you must manually update the new video everywhere you embedded it.|
3. Playlist embeds create new buttons in the YouTube player:
- The “Next” and “Previous” buttons create a video series that you control
- The “Playlist” button with three bars shows all videos in your playlist
How to create a playlist embed
- Create an empty playlist on YouTube
- Add the video to embed to your playlist
- Set the playlist title to be same as (or similar to) the video title
- Add up to 4 other related videos to the playlist that you think your audience may enjoy
- Paste the YouTube playlist link in the WordPress editor to instantly show the playlist embed
Why only “up to 4 other videos”?
Anything more and the playlist shows a vertical scroll bar on YouTube. Best to keep playlists short so your audience watches every video. If there are too many, viewers may not watch any!
To embed a playlist, paste a YouTube playlist link in the WordPress editor, like:
The embedded video is always the first video in the playlist.
If you change the first video in the playlist on YouTube, every playlist embed shows the new video!
To embed a video, paste a YouTube video link in the WordPress editor, like:
Use the WordPress editor, not a plugin
All you need is the latest WordPress editor that comes with many awesome blocks built-in to the WordPress core, also known as Gutenberg blocks.
You no longer need a page-builder plugin like Elementor.
Note: Elementor users must insert the “Text Editor” block and paste the YouTube playlist link in the left sidebar, not the central editor. The Elementor “Video” block does not support playlist embeds, tsk tsk!
Always use playlist embeds in your WordPress blog (or any website) to get the following benefits:
- On YouTube, viewers see your videos above all YouTube-suggested videos
- Embedded videos automatically update to show the first playlist video
- YouTube autoplays the next video in your playlist
- The “Next” and “Previous” buttons play your videos in a series
- The “Playlist” button shows all the videos in your playlist
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