Embedding A YouTube Video In Your Active Rain Blog Post

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Ardell DellaLoggia (one of my favorite people) posted this comment on my Friday Classics blog yesterday  "All I want for Christmas is...for CJ to give me the "Embedding YouTube into your Active Rain Post"...the "For Dummies" version. "

I know several Active Rain members have already covered this topic, but let me see if I can do some screen shots, and parse it down to "entry level" stuff.

This post will cover working with videos that are already on YouTube.  If anyone needs help getting their own personal video uploaded to YouTube, we can tackle that one a little later.

OK.  First go to http://www.youtube.com , and in the YouTube search box, type in a performer name, song title, or topic of interest:


Click Search, and YouTube will serve up a listing of all videos tagged with those search terms.  Choose one, and click on the video's title:


On the home page for the video you selected, look over in the right column.  Notice the "Embed" code?  Click right inside that dialogue box and the entire embed text will be selected.  Click Edit -> Copy.  Now that text is in your "clipboard",  and will stay there until you turn your computer off, or overwrite it by copying something else.

You can also paste the code into a text or word processing file for safe keeping.  Windows Notepad is handy for that sort of thing.


Now write your blog post in Active Rain, same as you always do.  At the end of the blog post, hit Enter a few times to insert some empty space.  (It's easier to do it now in the WYSIWYG editor than to add the space later in the HTML view).


In the Visibility section, click the drop down arrow and choose Draft.


Click Post Blog Entry.

As soon as Active Rain processes and redisplays the post, click Edit:


Click on the HTML tab:


Click Edit -> Paste to paste the embed code from Windows clipboard into the blog post.  Note I had to manually add some <p></p> tags to create some space.

I also tend to like my videos centered, so I typed in a <div align="center"> tag before the embed code, and and </div> tag at the end of the embed code.


Now click Post Blog Entry again:


Check to be sure everything looks the way you want it, then click Edit again, and change Visibility to Public or Members Only, and click Post Blog Entry one more time.


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Cheryl Johnson // Bob Tayor Properties, Inc.


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Lynn911.com ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team
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Cherly thank you so much I have bookmarked this I tried several other a/r bloggers their directions NEVER COULD GET IT than Bam found yours wow you truly made is simple of us THANK YOU

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Aug 30, 2009 08:04 AM #50
Lynn911.com ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team
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I hope you don't mind I authored a statement about how to's used you as an example:

08/30/2009 Active Rain ~ Helpful hints use special search for members .. HOW TO's ...

Aug 30, 2009 12:05 PM #51
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Thanks, Cheryl! I was able to follow this easily and post a RE/MAX Video on my blog today!
Sep 05, 2009 09:25 AM #52
Julie Chroust
Julie Chroust, Bay Equity Home Loans, LLC - Walnut Creek, CA
NMLS# 249458, Senior Loan Officer

Thank you so much for this post.... you explained it very well.

Oct 03, 2009 07:49 PM #53
Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA - Highland Park, CA

I am really glad so many people have found this post useful!

Oct 03, 2009 10:25 PM #54
Cheryl Bower
Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco, CA - San Francisco, CA
Realtor, CRS, GRI, ABR, ePro

Yeah!!! It worked (minus the center part which I can live with-that code just isn't "sticking").


Thank you!

Oct 29, 2009 05:02 AM #55
Haris Dedic
RE/MAX Villager 847-878-2588 - Glenview, IL
Glenview Real Estate - Chicago North Shore

Thanks a lot. I embedded my first video about $8000 tax credit.

Oct 29, 2009 06:35 AM #56
Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer Coun... - Roseville, CA
Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals

Yippee! Thanks for the blog post on embedding a video, Cheryl! :)


Oct 29, 2009 10:20 AM #57
Myra Spano
BHHS Towne Realty - Virginia Beach, VA
Real Estate Broker

This is the best post I've seen on how to embed video on your blog... Thanks for sharing!

Oct 30, 2009 01:44 AM #58
Nancy McNamee
Keller Williams Realty - Roseville, CA

Thanks for the step by step with visuals.

Oct 30, 2009 03:31 AM #59
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Dear Cheryl,

Thanks for the great post on embeding video on blogs. I used this in the scavenger hunt today!




Oct 31, 2009 03:27 AM #60
Barb Fischer
Big Block Realty - La Mesa, CA
San Diego and La Mesa Real Estate

oh my gosh, I can finally do it right! thank you!

Jan 13, 2010 09:45 AM #61
Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA - Highland Park, CA


You are welcome.

Jan 13, 2010 09:55 AM #62
Lynne Roe
LBR Design Home Staging - San Juan Capistrano, CA

Thank you so much!!!

Jul 17, 2010 08:56 AM #63
Tina Yeates
Keller Williams Los Feliz - Hollywood, CA

I have done this several times and then when I go back to the  Wysywig view so I can add more content the darn thing disappears.  Any ideas how to keep that from happening.

Mar 14, 2011 07:05 AM #64
Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA - Highland Park, CA

Tina,  I don't think there is a fix for that yet.  Once you shift to HTML to add the video, then you need to work in HTML to add anything else.

So either you need to put everything else you want in before you add the video, or just resign yourself to making subsequent edits in HTMl.  :-)

Mar 14, 2011 07:43 AM #65
Jeremy & Stephanie Harley
ERA Troy Realtors - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Real Estate

Thank you for the post.  Just started learning about the process of embedding.  Wish me luck!!

Apr 27, 2011 07:57 AM #66
Anna Tolstoy
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Natick, MA

Thank you! I saw the embed button on youtube,and used a link that I could insert into the Word version. With html I can have the whole video frame show up - Yay!

Jun 04, 2011 03:49 AM #67
Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA - Highland Park, CA

YAY Anna!!

Jun 04, 2011 04:48 AM #68
Kim & Kristine Halverson
www.LiveWorkSiliconBeach.com, Santa Monica Real Estate :) - Santa Monica, CA

Got stuck and needed it tonite for my post!  Thank you!  Kristine :)

Feb 11, 2012 06:02 PM #69
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