This post is going to teach you how to embed a YouTube video into one of your eBay listings.
Just as an FYI, It requires NO coding background whatsoever. Seriously, you’ll just need to be able to copy and paste!
Including a YouTube video in your listing is perfect for an item that has moving pieces or plays music (think snow globe, wind up music box, record player, etc.). Descriptions using words can only do so much. Adding a video really showcases the quality of your item.
Step 1 – Record your video!
I just use my Republic Wireless Moto X, but you can use any old smart phone, hand held camera, or HD camcorder you’d like.
Make sure to record the video in landscape! This means holding your phone sideways. I know it’s not as comfortable in your hand, but it really does help to utilize the whole camera’s capabilities. It also gets rid of those ugly black bars that show up on the sides of videos that you shoot. It took me way too long to figure this one out.
Once you’ve recorded the video, just pop it onto your computer in an easy to find spot (I have an eBay folder on my desktop that I like to use).
Step 2 – Upload your video to YouTube
So, for this you will need a YouTube/Gmail account. They’re free, so it’s not expensive to get one and it really isn’t too much of a hassle.
First, log into YouTube. This is where we will upload the video. Just click the “Upload” button to get the process started.
After clicking the upload button, you’ll want to select your video file from your computer. Just click on the handy button which will allow you to search through windows explorer to find the video.
YouTube will begin to process your video right away. What is going on here is a mystery. I think it’s checking it for general content like music or movies which could be copyrighted and shouldn’t be uploaded. It can also be cleaning the video/audio up a little bit and converting from your video file to whatever YouTube uses for its own videos. Regardless, it will do its thing.
While the processing is going on, you can add a title, description, and tag the video with meta data key words.
I did hit a snag at this point when I was uploading my video. For whatever reason, it timed out. Video 1 wouldn’t update the processing %, and video 2 was already completed. At that point, I cancelled the first, and re-uploaded it without issues. Not really sure what happened, but it ultimately ended up working when I tried again.
Step 3 – Get your listing ready.
Just get your listing together like normal. Include your pictures and select all details as usual. Generally, I don’t add in any of the description until I’m done adding in the video.
The reason for this is that I don’t know HTML at all. When you’re adding the video into an already created description, you’ll have to find the exact spot in the code where you can put the video, and it won’t break the listing. If you add in that video before you add any other information, then it’s a lot easier since there’s no other code that you’d have to deal with.
SUPER IMPORTANT Step 4 – Embed the YouTube video into your eBay listing!
Here’s where the actual code comes in. Don’t worry though, it’s a simple copy/paste exercise.
On your video’s page on YouTube, you’ll want to go to the “share” tab, click “embed” and then check the box that says “Use old embed code.” If you don’t do this, the video won’t work.
eBay listings don’t support HTML5 videos, so you’ll have to just pop in the regular old flash version. The fact that our HTML code isn’t up to some popular standard doesn’t really matter to us though. For our purposes, any old code that allows the video to play will do just fine. So just check the box. Feel free to change the video size if you want a bigger or smaller video. I’ve found that the base settings work fine.
Finally, copy all of the code text (labeled 4 in the picture)! Now we’ll take this little bunch of HTML code over to our eBay listing.
Step 5 – Add the YouTube video to your eBay listing
As noted above, I go to my blank details section of the listing and click the HTML tab. Now you can paste the HTML code that we copied from YouTube right here.
After you’ve pasted the video code into the HTML section, just click the “Standard” tab. This will bring up the regular description view which most people use to describe their item. If you’re lucky, you should see your video right there! You can now add the rest of your description to your listing.
You’ll also probably want to say something like “Video included” or “With Video” in your title if you have the spare room.
I try to keep the video towards the top of my listing. Remember, a lot of people buy on eBay using their mobile phone where screen space is at a premium.
Step 6 – Preview your listing before posting!
This is an important one. Without this step, you might have messed something up and might miss it. I generally don’t review my listings when I publish, but listings with videos are the exception. After publishing, I’ll even check the listing out on my phone to make sure it works there too.
Not too hard, right?
Hopefully I’ve helped you out a bit with the process of uploading a YouTube video to your listing. I know it’s a bit intimidating, especially if you don’t have any coding experience, but it’s a pretty simple addition that can really showcase your item.
Feel free to ask me any questions or let me know if you need me to clarify anything.
Next time, I’ll talk about the item that I included some YouTube videos for when I listed it. It was my highest grossing sale to date!