If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is a goldmine. Mark covered a useful app to create an online photo album, and Jeffry outlines out to create a photo gallery in WordPress. However, if you’re more interested in sharing your videos – you could always run over to YouTube like everyone else and share it out there.
Better yet, why not host that awesome video on your own website and use it to attract traffic to your own website? In this article, I’m going to share three awesome tools you can use to create your own high-quality video sharing website.
There are many different ways you can integrate video into your website. In this article, I’m going to cover three separate and hopefully unique ways to make your own video website by using short video clips, embedding a video feed, and allowing visitors to post video comments on your blog. Pretty cool features to have on any website, right? Let’s take a look at how easy it is for you to do.
Create A Video Update Page With 12 Seconds
is a very cool online video messaging application that lets you record 12 second video clips that you can use to share on Twitter, through email, or in our particular case, embedded as a widget directly onto your website.
What makes 12Seconds so versatile is that you can send in a video update in many different ways – record it at 12Seconds.tv, upload it from your computer, or send it in from your mobile phone. Once you set up the widget on your website, all you have to do is upload your latest video update to your 12Seconds account, and your widget automatically gets loaded with the video.
Just visit the widget page, and you have a choice of using a large widget for a full page, or a skinny widget for a sidebar.
To integrate your video into your own website, just highlight the code and paste it into your blog. In my case, I’ve pasted it into a special page I created on RyanDube where I’ve decided to use the tool to provide 12 second news updates whenever I’m on the road doing any research or interviewing someone.
Now, if you think about this – this widget is essentially a personal videocast of your very own. Depending on how widely you distribute your widget, you could potentially be distributing your 12 second updates to countless websites all throughout the net. Multiply that by the number of readers on each website, and you could have a pretty significant audience for your 12Second updates. Make them funny or unique – and the viral marketing opportunity here is pretty impressive.
Offer Your Visitors An Interesting Video News Feed
If you haven’t heard of Feedzilla, it’s basically a service that aggregates and provides news feeds to widgets that bloggers and website owners can embed on their site. While this is definitely a useful service, because you can tailor the RSS widget to whatever keyword topics you like, the service becomes even more valuable when you add in the awesome video news feed that’s included with it.
Just visit the video news feed page and type in the keywords for the video content you’d like displayed in your widget.
In my case, I use a theme called Scarlett that has a section for embedded video. Up to now I’ve used a YouTube video that I had to remember to manually update every couple of weeks. Now, with FeedZilla, I can set up the embed code in the same way, but now FeedZilla does all of the work with updating the video! My blog is about citizen journalism, so that’s the search term I use for my video feed.
Now you’ll have a constant source of fresh video news on your blog or website with absolutely no effort on your part.
The best thing about Feedzilla is that there’s no signup required. Just configure your feed widget, embed it onto your website and you’re done.
Use BubbleCast To Allow Visitor Video Comments
It’s nice to get feedback from blog readers, both the good and the bad. You can really get to know your readers well through the comments section, and it creates a sense of community and collaboration. By its very nature, video messages are much more personal and communicate messages much better than text could. You can see the body language and facial expressions, and you can tell if someone is just trying to be funny or sarcastic by that crooked grin or wide smile.
is a video community and a tool that lets you send and receive video messages. Much like 12Seconds.tv, BubbleCast lets you upload or record videos to your account, but other users can also record videos and send video messages as well.
The feature that I want to focus on in this article is the Quickcast tool that you can embed on your webpage to integrate the Quickcast community and video recording feature right into your webpage. Anyone with a BubbleCast account can quickly record or upload a video straight from your site without even visiting BubbleCast.
Just sign up and then copy & paste the embed code into whatever page you’d like to offer this integrated feature. The widget is displayed on your webpage exactly as shown below.
In addition to integrating BubbleCast video into your website, you can also embed a widget that displays your latest uploaded video, just like 12Seconds.tv, without the 12 second limit. So if you’re a little bit long-winded, you may want to just go with the BubbleCast widget!
Do you know of any other fun ways to integrate video tools and features into a website? Share your own resources in the comments section below.