It’s beyond dispute that adding video and graphics to an article make it much more appealing to a reader.
Sometimes, it’s even the determining reason he or she will remain on the page.
Articles with images get 94% more readership than those without.
And if there’s a choice to be made, video is much more dominant than still images when it comes to commanding a reader’s attention.
When I make presentations offering tips and techniques that may be useful to my readers and viewers, I’m a firm believer in providing more than one source to confirm the validity of information I’m featuring.
Thus, I often deploy videos created by others to underscore a key point.
However, sometimes, a useful video includes the distraction of annotations, those post-production pop-ups that may be useful for its owner but diverts attention when it becomes part of your presentation.
On a number of platforms — one of which is WordPress — there’s a way to eliminate them.
It involves a code snippet, and it’s a simple insertion that requires only a mere awareness of HTML.
Here it is:
And here’s an example:
TED talks contain a mother lode of valuable content. However, even they include annotations, although odds are the viewers attracted to their videos have enough sense to view those details under each YouTube video that usually make annotations redundant.
<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/_QdPW8JrYzQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
Feel free to check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QdPW8JrYzQ and slide to the 7:27 mark. You’ll see four annotations along the right side.
All that needs to be done is to insert the code — and in this case, the prefix ?rel=0& — in this manner:
<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/_QdPW8JrYzQ?rel=0&iv_load_policy=3” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
And voilà! No more annotations.
Here’s the video, which is worth watching for entertainment value alone. There are production credits — obviously justifiable and included as part of the content — but the post-production distractions are gone:
This way, a video will remain on point for the reason you intended.
That’s good for you and a service of consideration for your readers.