How To Link To or Embed A Youtube Video To Start At TimeStamp

How To Link To or Embed A Youtube Video To Start At TimeStamp

YouTube is allows users to deep link directly to a given point in time within a video.  In order to enable deep linking to a given time frame within a youtube video, you need to merely append a tag to the end of the video URL string, namely "t=" and indicate where in the video to being playing using number of minutes and seconds.  For example, "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW84i9WYDdI#t=0m57s"

It would be interesting to see how, if at all, this effects Googlebot's way of counting links to a video or if it causes any difference in the thumbnail that is displayed in Google's universal search results.  Anyone have thoughts here?

How to start an embedded YouTube video at a certain timestamp

For those of you that are unaware, you can already specify a starting point for Youtube videos in the embed code if you want to have a video start at a specific starting point within the video.  In order to do that, you will need to utilize the start parameter whereby you will specify the starting point in seconds.  The video below was embedded using the following code:

<object width="425" height="344">
<param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ye9hUGRZZA0&fs=1&start=59"></param>
<param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param>
<embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ye9hUGRZZA0&fs=1&start=59" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed>
</object>
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  • http://www.thecottoncompany.net Dixie

    Thanks for an interesting bit of knowledge on this. Nice to know if a video is long and probability of losing viewer high then can go directly to main point. Good stuff!!

  • http://web2.0videos.info/ Jeff

    What about an end point? Say I wanted to start at 10 sec and end at 39sec?

  • Alim Bolar

    yes.. what about defining the end point?

    • http://www.reelseo.com/ Mark Robertson

      Ive looked all over for such info but I dont think it exists...

  • http://security-wire.com/12/how-to-remove-hdd-repair-fake-security-program.html remove HDD Repair virus

    After reading your article, I finally know how to embed Youtube videos now! Thx!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryandward Ryan Valverde Ward

    How do we append an end point???

    • http://www.reelseo.com/ Mark Robertson

      unfortunately you cant as far as Im aware.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674616722 Dean Collins

    doesn't work anymore with youtube.com/embed/,,,,,,, videos :(

    • Péter Vári

      probably because YT uses the iframe now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1175082939 Milton Cesar Olave

    Hola, pero youtube ahora trabaja con Iframe...?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000964658610 Ruthee Hurwit

    ReelSEO.. is there any way to specify the end time also., like u did 4 start..
    I want a portion of the vdo not the whole even after starting some time, I want to end it also before whole vdo completes..