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How to stop unrelated videos from showing up at the end of your YouTube video

A little code can curb the crazy nonsense suggested on business videos.

From the Inbox:
A client recently released a product demo we created with them and shared the demo link with resellers to help boost sales.

The good news: Resellers were eager to use the video on their own websites, and did so.
The bad news:

“I sent out our YouTube link with the video and some of our vendors are reposting, however, you’ll note at the end that there are a ton of other suggested videos showing up that have nothing to do with us. Is this something we can control?

The YouTube environment has a default setting that shows suggested videos when the video finishes.  You used to be able to disable this feature entirely. But in September 2017, YouTube changed the way embedded videos behave and now related videos will ALWAYS show up at the end of your video.

YouTube has always had limitations on what you can do. That’s why when we compared Vimeo vs. YouTube, we recommended against using YouTube when embedding videos on a business website.

So I can’t turn it off?  No.  BUT, you can improve what YouTube considers “related.”

By adding a little code to the end of your video ID, you can now only limit the related videos to ones from your own channel. It’s certainly better than having a competitor’s video in your suggested offerings. Or worse, having a strange, NSFW video thumbnail staring back at you from a random video content producer.

As Google puts it, “you will not be able to disable related videos. Instead, if the rel parameter is set to 0, related videos will come from the same channel as the video that was just played.”

Here’s how to add the rel parameter and where:

  • Under the video you want to post to your website, you will select “Share”  > then “Embed.”  This generates the html code that you need to place a video on your website.
  • Copy and paste into your website source code, where you want the video to display.
  • Now modify the code by adding  “?rel=0after the source URL, as in src=”//″

And presto, bingo – now only your channel’s videos will be offered after a viewing.

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