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How to embed videos on ActiveRain

This is my reblog of the day! I am familiar with video insertion in posts but this gives the tips for the sidebar or the bottom of the post, too. Bookmark or reblog this so everyone can tuck it away for a rainy blogging day!


How to embed videos on ActiveRain

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This is the Complete and Updated Guide, as of 11/5/12, on How to embed videos on ActiveRain.  It includes all that you need to know about how to place a video in your Profile, Sidebar, Signature, Posts and Comments.
 

How to embed a video in your ActiveRain Profile


Step 1: Find and copy the Embed Code for the video
to be added to your ActiveRain Profile

Step 2: Start at YOUR My Home Page or YOUR Profile Page, and click on the word (Edit) which is found just to the right of the words "My Profile", on the left side column, immediately below Your Points beneath Your Photo.

Step 3: While on the Profile (Edit) Page:  In each of the three Profile Description Boxes, you’ll see a button labeled "HTML" in the text toolbar.  Click "HTML" and then paste the embed code, that was previously copied, where you want your video to appear in the appropriate Profile Description Box.  If you wish to center the video, simply add <center> immediately in front of the embed code, and </center> immediately after the embed code.  NOTE: The video currently shown on MY PROFILE has a 640 Width and 360 Height (I don't personally recommend anything larger, but you can easily change these dimensions by using the HTML Source Editor, found in the text toolbar).     

Step 4: VERY IMPORTANT!  After pasting the embed code in the HTML Source Editor Box click Update and before exiting the Profile Edit Page, Click "Save Profile". 

Step 5: Your video should now appear in YOUR Profile.  Review the size and position of the video frame, and repeat Steps 2-4 to make any changes that may be necessary.


Every time a reader visits your Blog,
they're provided access to your ActiveRain Profile, by clicking More about me.  It's extremely important that YOUR Profile is complete with a Photo, Contact Information, Qualifications and Testimonials.  I have strong opinions about How To Improve Your ActiveRain Profile.

 

How to embed a video in your ActiveRain Blog Sidebar


Step 1: Find and copy the Embed Code for the video to be added to your ActiveRain Blog Side bar.  

Step 2: Start at YOUR My Home Page or YOUR Profile Page.

Step 3: Click on Settings, which is found on the left side column, beneath Other.  Then Click Blog Settings.

Step 4: While on the Settings page, paste the embed code, that was previously copied, in the Blog Description Box located beneath the Blog Title Box.  DO NOT copy the embed code in the Blog Description Box (text version). 

Step 5: VERY IMPORTANT!  After you paste the embed code in the Blog Description Box, change the video width to 218 and change the video height to 200.  The 218 width is the largest effective size that can be used for the ActiveRain Sidebar.  The Height can be played with slightly, but I like 200.

Step 6:
VERY IMPORTANT!  After changing the video width and height, be sure to scroll down the page and click "Update" to save your changes.

Ideally, the viewer will click to watch the video on YouTube and "Subscribe" to MY YouTube Channel.


After completing these 6 Easy Steps,
your video should now appear in your ActiveRain Blog Sidebar.  Additional videos may be added by following the same steps. 

By regularly replacing existing Sidebar Videos with "NEW" Videos, your Blog becomes more interesting, because the appearance is changing.  Likewise, your Blog Header and Background can be changed.  

 

How to embed a video in your ActiveRain Blog Signature


Step 1:
Find and copy the Embed Code for the video to be added to your ActiveRain Blog Signature

Step 2: Start at YOUR My Home Page or YOUR Profile Page, and click on the word (Settings) which is found on the left side column, beneath Other.  Then Click Blog Settings

Step 3: While on the Settings Page: Locate the "Signature Box", beneath the box labeled Blog Description (text version).  At the top of the Signature Box, you’ll see a button labeled "HTML" in the text toolbar.  Click "HTML" and paste your embed code that was previously copied, at the location you want the video to appear in your Blog Signature.  If you wish to center the video, simply add <center> immediately in front of the embed code, and </center> immediately after the embed code.  

Step 4: VERY IMPORTANT!  After adding the Embed Code for the video, be sure to click "Update" to save the changes made in the HTML Source Editor, AND then click "Update" to save the "NEW" Signature.

Step 5:
Your video should now appear in the Signature Section of each Blog Post.  Review the size and position of the video frame, and repeat Steps 2-4 to make any changes that may be necessary.  The size of the video frame may be increased or decreased, by changing the height and width shown in the Embed Code.  Use the HTML Source Editor to make changes and be sure to Update and Update again, as per Step 4.      


Remember, Everything in the Blog Signature Section, including a video, appears in EVERY Blog Post.

 

 How to embed a video in your ActiveRain Blog Post


Step 1: Find and copy the Embed Code for the video to be added to your ActiveRain Blog Post.

Step 2: While writing or editing your Post, Click HTML, which is located just to the right of the ABC Spell Checker in the edit line, and paste the embed code at the appropriate point in your post that you wish to add the video.  Then click UPDATE at the bottom left corner of the HTML Source Editor Box and finish editing.  Note: If you wish to center the video, simply add <center> immediately in front of the embed code and </center> immediately after the embed code, prior to clicking UPDATE.  

Step 3: Be sure your post is in Draft Mode and then save all updates by clicking Post Blog Entry.  Check the appearance and positioning of the video and make any necessary changes in Draft Mode until your Post is completed and ready to be Posted as Members Only or PUBLIC.  


How to embed a video in your ActiveRain Comment


Step 1: Find and copy the Embed Code for the video to be added to your ActiveRain Blog Comment.

Step 2: At the appropriate point in your comment that you wish to add a video, simply click HTML in the edit line just to the right of the ABC Spell Checker and paste the embed code.  Then click UPDATE at the bottom left corner of the HTML Source Editor Box and finish your comment if necessary.  It's a good idea use a smaller video which is easy to do by reducing the height and width while in the HTML Source Editor mode.


The use of embedded videos in the comment chain of another blogger should be rarely used
, unless you have a good relationship with that blogger or for special occasions.  A better alternative would be to simply add a link to the video rather than embed the video.

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Comment balloon 3 commentsCheryl Ritchie • November 06 2012 07:09PM

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Cheryl, Thanks for the information. In my spare time, I would like to do this with  my Open House Video.

Margaret

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 7 years ago

Cheryl, I feel as you do.  I can easily insert videos into my blog posts right now, but having a refresher course is always a good thing.  Richard is a great teacher, and he writes an excellent step-by-step tutorial post here.  Thanks for the re-blog.  If I had not seen your re-blog here, I probably would have missed it.   :)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 7 years ago

I have bookmarked for future reference,  This is way too much information for me to study this evenng!

 

Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker-Associate) almost 7 years ago

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