How to Use Videos in Your Articles

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 30th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/20b7xd61/
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Using a video in your article can boost readership, enhance your article and help illustrate your main points better. Here's how to pick the right video every time.

Why You Should Use Videos

Adding a video to your article is like adding icing to a cake.
A cake still tastes delicious without icing. But adding the icing makes the cake taste even better, helps it to stand out among other desserts and draws more hungry diners eager to taste it.
Videos work the same way. They improve articles, help them stand out, and make them more attractive to readers. Many readers appreciate the opportunity to click on a short video when they read your articles. That's why you should try to include videos as much as possible.
Videos can also illustrate your main points in a way that words and pictures can't always do. For example, I recently wrote an article about Labrador Retrievers. I tried to use descriptive verbs and anecdotes in my writing to show readers why these dogs are so special. I also used some pictures of my own dogs.
However, nothing illustrated my point about how loving these dogs can be better than a video I included. In the video, the dogs were shown visiting a children's hospital and licking the children's faces. Here it is again:

Choosing the Right Video


You Tube is the place to go to select a video. Here you can find videos on almost every subject imaginable.
If you don't already know how to imbed a video into your Wikinut article, please read this terrific and easy to follow guide done by Steve Kinsman which explains how to add videos.
Choose a short video of no more than 5 minutes or less. Remember that Web readers are an impatient lot, and they don't have time to watch a 30-minute video.
Avoid videos which only show a talking head or even worse: A Power Point presentation. Neither one adds much value to your article. In fact, using a video where someone just stands there and talks or one which uses a Power Point may put your reader to sleep.
Instead, look for a video which has some action. In the example above, the dogs are shown walking through the hospital and interacting with children. This is a lot more interesting than someone standing there and talking about dogs or a Power Point about dogs.

Shooting Your Own Videos

Using a video from You Tube is a lot easier than shooting your own videos. But sometimes you can't find the right video on You Tube. Or maybe you are out doing or experiencing something which might make a good article, and you decide to shoot your own video.
For example, I shot my own video when a local school which had been destroyed in a flood was demolished. Here it is again:

Don't worry about shaky hands. You Tube has a feature where they will fix any shakiness before putting your video online. They've done it for me before.
Whether you scour You Tube or shoot your own video, don't be afraid to include videos in your article. Videos will enhance your articles and make them more popular with readers.

Here is one I did on writing online articles.

Attribution:
The videos came from You Tube, including the one I shot myself.
The pictures came from Morguefile.

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Article Content Quality Improvement, Article Writing, Articles, Illustration, Illustrations, Video

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
31st Mar 2014 (#)

another great informative page dear Connie...many thanks...

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
31st Mar 2014 (#)

Wikinut has a guide on how to add a video also - under Guides - Wikinut, it is considered Advanced Formatting, people often get the message about using advanced formatting.

One thing to note is the importance of adding words, not just sharing a video and saying "here is a cool video" a good article, with good information is important too, but yes the video can help a lot AND earns the article more points.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
31st Mar 2014 (#)

How do you make sure you are using the youtube video with permission? That is something I have never understood. When I write to people to ask permission, I very rarely get response.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
31st Mar 2014 (#)

Good evening, Connie - sold - now I just have to look at Steve's and take Mark's suggestion and find some that fit. Good job. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Connie McKinney
31st Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks, Carolina, Mark, Phyl and Marilyn.
Phyl, I am not sure if you need to get permission first. I can't answer that one.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Mar 2014 (#)

I have not done it yet - thanks for the useful tips Connie to enhance our posts through embedding videos - siva

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author avatar Mariah
31st Mar 2014 (#)

Well thought out and written article Connie, videos sure provide a valuable addition to all types of posts.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
31st Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you for your information as well sharing this excellent posts!

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author avatar vpaulose
6th Apr 2014 (#)

Very useful post. Thank you, dear Connie.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
6th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks for reading and commenting, vpaulose.

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Apr 2014 (#)

Excellent and I must learn how to do this.

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Apr 2014 (#)

Hi Connie, This is excellent and I have to start learning these things.

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