Related videos on YouTube embeds is no longer working

YouTube is a great place to post videos. Since it is owned by Google, YouTube videos are great for SEO. You can post as many videos as you want to for free, even “unlisted” and “private” videos. and until recently, you could uncheck the box on embedding videos that would show related videos at the end of when your video was done playing. Alternatively, you could add ?rel=0 to the end of the embed string. But now Google/YouTube has decided that showing related videos at the end of your current video is important to their user interface, and simply ignores this parameter.

More accurately, when you use the ?rel=o parameter on your video, YouTube now shows only YOUR videos, not videos created by others. But, it will show other videos regardless, just yours instead of competitors. 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. There is no work-around except to use a different video hosting site. […]

Outdoor Electronics ?

This post was originally published on my scouting website, cyberbase Trading Post, but the information in this is relevant to many small business owners, so I decided to replicate it in its entirety here for your use.

As a scoutmaster, I never let the boys in my troop bring any kind of electronics with them on a campout. The idea was to get out and enjoy and learn about the outdoors, not play video games or electronic chat with friends who weren’t out camping with them. so when I was asked to review a video projector that could be used for “camping” I thought, “Really?” I’ll be honest, I still don’t think watching videos has a place on a campout. And the Pravette C7 projector I was given to test doesn’t really lend itself to camping as I know it. This projector is small and lightweight, and works best in total darkness, which is probably why the manufacturer says it is good for camping. But, it requires electricity to run it (there is no battery), which means you are in an RV lot at best. That said, there are some good reasons to consider getting one of these, even for outdoor use, such as in your backyard. Let me explain.

Video can be a great learning tool. There are portions of leadership training that use videos to show situations. A couple of times a year, our troop might have a movie night. Of course, having a projector can be useful when making a presentation. And if you want to show photos from recent outings at a family night, the USB input can be useful. The Pravette C7 will work well for any of these situations. As a video projector in a dark setting, it works well. It does have built-in speakers which sound OK, but if you have a larger group, there is a jack for external speakers as well. Input sources include VGA, USB, SD card, or HDMI. No cables for HDMI or VGA are provided. The native resolution of the unit is only 800 x 480, but when you attach an HDMI cable it is capable of displaying at 1080 resolution. Here is an example of […]

How to “launch” any product or service with nearly-instant momentum and sales

This is an invitation to watch a great video series. As you may know, I’m the author of the book the Influencer Effect.

This is coming from my colleague, Jeff Walker.  I’m a  member of his fantastic Launch Club. Jeff uses many of the methods I encourage in my book (in fact, I reference him in the book). If you want to learn how to get others to market and sell on your behalf, you should really check this out.

Every year or so, Jeff Walker releases a free Launch Workshop (complete with training videos and PDF downloads)… and it’s always a complete marketing education all by itself.

Jeff usually does it as part of the warm-up for his next Product Launch Formula class, but whatever the reason… it’s always a really good idea to register for his training – because it’s just that good.

AND the price is right… it won’t cost you anything (other than your email address).

His first training video will completely change the way you do your marketing… go check it out:

http://bit.ly/Productlaunchgj1

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New Finds to Extend WooCommerce

Recently, I’ve come across some additional WordPress plugins that didn’t make it into my book, the Influencer Effect, but which deserve attention. These all work with WooCommerce, which is huge and why I’m discussing them, but even if you don’t have a WooCommerce site, these are great add-ons for any WordPress website. I will cover 3 plugins that I believe are worth looking at: Broadcast, WordPoints, and Affiliates. Let’s take a look at each of these and see how they might benefit your company.

Broadcasting Content

By broadcasting content, I am not talking about writing a blog post and having it automatically generate a newsletter like MailPoet does, or syndicating your content to various social media sites like MicroBlog Poster does. Those are great plugins and I’ve previously discussed those. What I’m talking about here is the ability to create a blog post on one site, and have it syndicate the content to another site. Sure, you can use an RSS feed plugin and display the content, but what “Broadcast” does is to actually post your blog to multiple sites at the same time. If you run several sites, like I do, or you have a franchise, school district, chain store, etc. you might find this very useful.

Download the “Broadcast” plugin at https://wordpress.org/plugins/threewp-broadcast/. There are a number of add-ons to this plugin which extend its functionality even further. For example, there is an add-on for WooCommerce. What this allows you to do is set up a product on your wholesale site, then share it automatically to a number of retail sites. That is pretty cool. […]

What Happened to the Google Keyword Tool?

What Happened to the Google Keyword Tool? Google has officially retired a number of products / services in the past year, many of which were very useful. For example, iGoogle (where you could create your own home page) was retired last summer. Google also retired it’s Reader, which was great for pulling content and reading Read more about What Happened to the Google Keyword Tool?[…]

Revealed: The Web Marketer's Best Kept Secret!

Each month we provide links to industry news articles about how online sales are continuing to grow. We’ve discussed all types of marketing initiatives from SEO (search engine optimization), email, blogs, eBay teasers, social networking, and coupons. Yet as a provider of shopping cart software and services, we hear all the time about how small Read more about Revealed: The Web Marketer's Best Kept Secret![…]