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How to create a YouTube Subscription Prompt Link

Ever wondered how you can send a link to someone with an immediate prompt to subscribe to your YouTube channel?

It works by appending a parameter to the channel link you’d like people to subscribe to. It doesn’t have to be your own channel either.

Here’s how to do it.

Find the YouTube Channel URL

There are plenty of ways to do this, I won’t go into detail here. Check out my article on how to find your YouTube channel URL instead.

Let’s take my own YouTube channel’s URL for this example. It’s https://youtube.com/user/wphosting (if I remember correctly).

Append the sub_confirmation parameter

Ordinarily, if I would share this link with someone else, all that happens is that they land on my YouTube channel, and my channel trailer starts playing. The end.

But if we append the following parameter, the user is asked if they’d like to subscribe to that channel.

So in my case, the full subscribe URL would be https://youtube.com/user/wphosting?sub_confirmation=1. Try it out and see how it works!

When the other party receives the link, all they have to do is click on a SUBSCRIBE or CANCEL button.

If a user is already subscribed to the channel, no message appears. If a user is not logged into YouTube, they will be prompted to do so after the above dialogue (and then they’ll subscribe to the channel).

Credits

Thanks to David “The 8-Bit Guy” Murray for this insight! He’s been using such links successfully in one of his latest collaborative videos, the ThinkDifferentChallenge.

After it went live, Jan Beta noted in a Pattern post that his subscriber count went through the roof.

How to find the URL for your own YouTube Playlist (2018)

I’ve seen a lot of web interfaces in my time. YouTube’s has got to be one of the worst ever. Fact! I am frequently shocked how unintuitive the simplest of things are, and how cumbersome and ugly the whole design is.

Take something as simple as sharing your own Playlist. There’s this unbelievably unhelpful Google article that apparently explains how it works.

Which it doesn’t. At least not at the time of writing.

Here’s how to find and share your own YouTube Playlist’s URL (with screenshots, as of August 2018). Continue reading How to find the URL for your own YouTube Playlist (2018)

What is my YouTube Channel URL

In this episode I’ll show you four ways of finding your YouTube Channel’s URL. I’ll also explain why there are three types of YouTube Channel URLs, and what the query parameters are that you can append.

Just in case watching videos isn’t your thing, or you’re in a hurry, I thought I’d include some written instructions as well 🙂

Continue reading What is my YouTube Channel URL

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How to fix “can’t log into YouTube from Safari” on macOS

Something rather strange happened to me today: Safari 10 on macOS Sierra refused to let me login to YouTube. All it did was constantly refresh the page in an endless loop, or just display the front page of YouTube. I cleared the caches, reset the history, but no trick seemed to solve the problem.

When I dug deeper into the Preferences, I found something under Privacy that finally fixed it. Let me share with you what worked on my system.

  • head over to Safari – Preferences
  • select the Privacy tab
  • you’ll see a window like this one:

  • select Manage Website Data
  • after a few moments you’ll see a LONG list of websites that have saved cookies on your machine over time
  • in the top right corner, search for YouTube
  • you’ll see something like this:

  • select the YouTube.com entry and hit Remove, followed by Done
  • now surf back to YouTube and login – this time it’ll work

What we’ve just removed were not just cookies, but also HTML local storage data, as well as cache data specific to the YouTube website. I guess cached stuff can get outdated, or not properly deleted when we close our browser in a hurry.

The principle should work for other websites too, should they give you trouble. If you’re sick and tired of any website saving data to your system, consider switching to the “Always Block” option seen in the first screen shot.

 

How to embed YouTube and Vimeo videos in WordPress

In this screencast I’ll show you how to embed YouTube and Vimeo videos into your WordPress posts. There’s no need to copy and paste code snippets and position them anymore, thanks to a technology called oEmbed (sometimes called auto embed).

WordPress parses the URL to your videos and adds the code needed to display those automatically – it even adjusts the width (if supported by your theme).

oEmbed works with a variety of services, and while I’m at it I’ll show you how to embed items from YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr and Twitter. For a full list of supported services take a look at this:

  • https://codex.wordpress.org/Embeds
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How to embed YouTube videos in HD quality

Since YouTube are offerning higher quality playback, surely there should be an easy way to embed videos in this grandiose new quality too. There is indeed, even though YouTube are not very forthcoming with how this works. Fret not, the Guru can help you!

You know how to embed a standard video into your posts/websites? Sure you do, by copying the code that’s in the EMBED box on YouTube.

Notice that there are two URLs present in this code (one is for Internet Explorer, one is for Firefox & Co. Amend both URLs with the following code:

&hl=en&fs=1&ap=%2526fmt%3D22

Voila, your video is now embedded in HD.

Compare these two examples if you will:

15 Ways to empty a Water Glass (SD)

15 Ways to empty a Water Glass (HD)

Have a look at the source code of this page for an exact example, if my explanation isn’t detailed enough. Enjoy!