Day to day we’re a technology marketing agency, but since we stumbled upon this YouTube related videos issue, we thought we should try and help.
TUTORIAL UPDATE (29/10/2018)
In this tutorial, we explained exactly how to disable/remove the “related video” thumbnail that popped up at the end of every embedded YouTube video. The old process involved clicking share on the video you wanted to embed and unchecking the option labelled ‘Show suggested videos when the video finished’. In doing this, that added a small parameter “rel=0” parameter to the URL you chose which would prevent the thumbnails from appearing at the end of your video.
However, Google recently released a new update to the way some of their embed code parameters work, and unfortunately, that means when you try to share it, the option to disable or remove these related videos has completely gone. Google believes that related videos are an essential part of their UI (user interface) and are now promoting the feature.
IT’S NOT ALL BAD NEWS
Even though you can no longer prevent or hide the related videos from appearing at the end of the video, you can still use it to your advantage! Now, if your URL parameter is still set as “rel=0”, it will show related videos from YOUR channel, instead of showing competitors. In one way this can promote your audience to continue watching more videos by you and the only requirement is that you have more than 1 video on your channel.
As of this update being posted, there is no way to hide this on YouTube anymore. If the new way of displaying these videos isn’t what you’re looking for, there are other options than just using YouTube to host your videos, some of them involve additional cost and can have some restrictions involved.
- Vimeo is another popular video platform that offers a free account and one of our favourites, however at the end of your video, they will have a “staff picks” section which is similar to the YouTube related videos. You can upgrade to a Plus, PRO, or Business account and have the option to remove all of this however they will come with a cost that is billed annually.
- Wistia is like Vimeo where it offers a free account, which has no thumbnails or pop-ups or branding involved but the catch is that you can only upload 3 videos. If you’re just starting out this is a good option but if you have a lot of videos or plan to create more in the future you need to upgrade to the paid account which can be costly, a PRO account can cost $99 a month for up to 10 videos (with the option to add more, for an extra 25 cents per month)
- DailyMotion has been around for quite some time, it’s lesser known than the previous options however there are no limitation with a free account and you can upload as many videos as you want. The only downside is that in comparison to the other two options the website gets much less traffic, meaning you may have to rely heavily on your audience watching them on your website.
Embedding YouTube videos in your content is, undoubtedly, a good idea and a good SEO practise (see How SEO Works). Not only can it help to further illustrate what you’re trying to say, but it also makes your content more appealing to your audience. There’s no doubt that we’re a generation of video lovers! In fact, embedding videos in your landing pages has been shown to increase conversion rates by up to 80% – that’s a figure you definitely shouldn’t be ignoring.
What isn’t a good idea, however, is letting that video show related content. The last thing you probably want is to direct your readers away from you, but that’s in the hand of YouTube, right? Wrong.
Removing Related YouTube Videos (No longer working)
You can actually turn off the related video feature in YouTube embeds, putting the power back in your hands. It’s pretty important you do this if you want to keep your audience focused on what you’ve crafted rather than getting distracted by what YouTube wants them to watch.
Here at GeekyTech, we like to help you guys out whenever we can, which is why we’ve put together this guide so that you can easily disable related YouTube videos. Enjoy!
How to Stop Other Videos Appearing at the End of YouTube
If you’re embedding your content through the YouTube iFrame, the process is pretty simple. Firstly, find the video you want and click ‘Share’, which is usually beneath the video by the title.
Then, select ‘Embed’ rather than ‘Copy’. This’ll open up a new box on your screen with the code for the video you want to embed.
You’ll want to uncheck the box that reads ‘Show suggested videos when the video finished’. This should add ?rel=0 into the video code, which you can now use on your content platform to embed the video. Simple!
Get YouTube Related Videos Not Showing on WordPress
As the embed API of WordPress doesn’t currently recognize the use of ‘?rel=0’ code, you’re going to have to go down a different route.
If you’re using the WordPress Visual Composer, or WPBakery Page Builder as it’s also known, you’re going to want to add the widget for Video Player into your content. Then, add the video link to this and find the option that says ‘Show suggested videos when the video finishes’ and uncheck.
For the WordPress default editor, the method is going to be slightly different. Users who aren’t keen on the iFrame method or don’t usually use the Visual Composer can use this. You’ll have to install the WordPress plugin – https://wordpress.org/plugins/hide-youtube-related-videos/ – that, once set-up, will automatically do everything so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
Once you know what you’re doing, it’s not hard to hide Youtube related videos from your embedded content, and it’s well worth the small amount of effort you put in! You don’t want to direct your audience away from you – that would be totally counter-productive – so make sure you do take these actions to stop it from happening.
If you need any more help to block YouTube related videos from showing in your embedded content, get in touch with our team of geeks at Geeky Tech. We’re always happy to help!
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