If you post videos on your website that are embedded from YouTube, you ought to pay attention to what happens when your video ends. Unless specified otherwise when you uploaded your video, when your video is finished, YouTube automatically suggests other videos. They might be other videos from your channel (probably a good thing). They might be a competitor’s (not good). Or they might be the type of video you don’t want your company to be associated with (potentially horrifying).
So today I share the simple steps to eliminate those pesky suggested videos at the end of your video on YouTube. In my experience, once you’ve changed this setting in your YouTube channel, it sticks for all future uploads; but I check it every time I post a new video to verify.
Step 1: When you’re logged into your YouTube channel, click the “Share” button under the video image.
Step 3: Then click the “Show More” button as shown here:
Step 4: After clicking “Show More” from Step 3, the page expands. Look and see if the “Show suggested videos when the video finishes” box is checked, as shown in the screen grab below. If it’s checked, uncheck it.
If you already have video on your website that is showing suggested videos, and you’d like to suppress them, then insert the instruction string, “rel=0&” into the existing embed code. But be very careful that you insert it exactly at the correct point — just before the instruction string, “showinfo=0” and with no spaces.
Or copy the updated embed code with “rel=0&” from YouTube and use it.
By making this change, you won’t lose any views. You’ll simply now show your video without YouTube suggesting other videos at the end.
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