Something truly shocking - the EMBED CODE at YOUTUBE has been broken for over a year!
Take a look:
[iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="422" src="//www.
See where I underlined. The SCR="//WWW.
Do you see what's missing?
The videos APPEAR where you've embedded them (in Blogger, for instance) but THEY DON'T PLAY!
TO CORRECT THE BROKEN CODE: add "https:" manually. Like this:
SPREAD THE WORD! Something like this is as unforgivable as it is unbelievable.
Ellen El alerted me to this article, YouTube Is About To Delete Independent Artists From Its Site
in Forbes Magazine, as a possible reason for YouTube's faulty embed codes. However, if true, an intentional act by YouTube without telling subscribers, one surmizes whether there could be some law suits in the offing over it.
Since I always include a direct link - for people who follow me by email - anyone who has been interested in seeing my videos has been able to go to YouTube and watch them there. Meaning I haven't had any complaints - people just figured it was their Internet connection or that YouTube was experiencing technical difficulties at that moment.
I wondered why my video view counts were down and thought I had lost my audience after not posting videos for awhile. It was YouTube itself un-enabling watching videos embedded on other sites.
YouTube is far too large and powerful not to fix this issue. There's a reason they are not permitting us to post watchable videos on our sites. What it is, frankly, despite the Forbes article, I couldn't guess.
I just know that YouTube has been giving out BROKEN CODE for over a year - I found videos without the proper link as far back as May 2013.
I've spent hours correcting everything I've uploaded.
Here's a video I posted fairly recently. I'm not even going to add the direct link. See if it is finally watchable from here. And don't ask me what that dumb little link to my YouTube site is that appears at the beginning - it's not something I added or authorized - just click the x to close it. I subtitled this video, so click on CC if you would like to read or get the words translated as they are being spoken (poem fragment starts 25sec in).