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Blogs stealing my videos

Discussion in 'Social Media, SEO/SEM & Online Marketing' started by Volantary, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. Volantary

    Volantary

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    Hi all,

    Just a quick question to those knowledgable SEO experts among us. I've recently started putting up a load of videos on youtube for advertising and SEO purposes (links in the descriptions and the suchlike). I've just done a google search for them and it turns out that these automated blogs that people set up for reasons that those smarter than me can understand are stealing them and embedding them. Because these sorts of sites will (hopefully) eventually get blacklisted, is their embedding of my video likely to affect my SEO in any way?

    As always, thanks in advance!
    Alex
  2. Gary

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    Hi Alex,

    Not sure on the SEO side, but if you want to stop people embedding your youube videos on automated blogs (or anywhere else), then you can turn off the embedding option (that way if someone wan't to share your video they will have to link to it instead), you can do this by:

    1. Log in to your youtube account
    2. Click the arrow next to your name and go to 'video manager'
    3. Click the arrow next to 'edit' on the video you want to prohibit sharing
    4. Select 'info & settings'
    5. Click 'advanced settings'
    6. Untick 'enable embedding'
    7. Save and repeat as necessary
    To be honest, I haven't ever used this function once video's have already been embedded so am not sure what it will do with those already 'stolen' if anything (if you do it please report back and let us know).

    Hope this helps

    Gary
  3. Volantary

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    Mmm the problem is I want to use the videos on my product pages so they kinda need to be embeddable (if that's a word it's a great one and it's going on a t shirt)
  4. Gary

    Gary

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    Sorry didn't realise that, not sure then tbh, sorry
  5. super_touring

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    How about hosting them yourself rather than on Youtube?
  6. Lace

    Lace Retired Moderator

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    Hi Alex,

    Do your videos have a watermark? I imagine when people watch it from somewhere else then they'll actually get curious and go directly to the source (you) to buy the featured products. Personally that's what I do because I feel it's cheaper to go to the source and I'd think the site I am in is your reseller.

    Or how about a note at the end saying something like "Thanks for watching, buy these items direct at mysite.co.uk"

    I hope this helps :)
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  7. Volantary

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    No watermark but i do have those words at the end :)
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  8. robb

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    You can either host yourself, protect the media and use a proprietary player and/or go the watermarking route with your domain ads stuffed into the video, so that theft = profit.
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