Would you like to turn off related video suggestions when embedding YouTube videos in WordPress?
After a YouTube video finishes playing, a list of related videos is shown. Unfortunately, sometimes those related videos may promote your competitors or information that you disagree with.
In this article, we’ll show you how to easily turn off related YouTube videos in WordPress.
Why Turn Off Related Videos When Embedding YouTube Videos in WordPress?
Videos help increase the time users spend on your website, and some visitors may even prefer to watch a video than read written text.
In other words, you reduce your bounce rate and increase time on site both of which help boost your SEO rankings.
However, many small businesses try to avoid YouTube because of the related videos feature.
That’s because the list may contain related videos by your competitors or content that you don’t want to show on your website. Plus, the related video list may keep your visitors watching videos instead of exploring the content on your website.
In the past, you could turn off related videos by adding
?rel=0 to the end of the video’s URL. However, YouTube changed how that code works.
So you can still add
?rel=0 at the end of the video link that you want to embed, but YouTube will still show related videos except the list will be limited to videos on your own channel. This is a fair compromise for many.
However, if you’re not happy with this, then continue reading.
Now some folks will resort to switching away from YouTube and directly hosting their own videos. Our advice is to never directly upload videos to WordPress. Instead, you should use video-sharing sites like YouTube or Vimeo to easily embed videos on your site. This saves bandwidth and ensures a better user experience.
There is still a way for you to continue using YouTube while removing the related videos entirely.
With that being said, let’s take a look at how to completely turn off related YouTube videos in WordPress.
Method 1: Turning Off Related Videos When Embedding YouTube Videos Manually
This method is best if you are manually embedding YouTube content to specific posts and pages on your website.
Embed Plus allows you to set preferences for auto-play, playback controls, live streams and premieres as well as hide or show video information and titles.
Upon activation, a setup wizard will pop up. If you only wish to disable related videos, then you can close the wizard. Next, head over to the YouTube Free menu tab from the WordPress admin sidebar.
In the ‘Defaults’ tab, you need to scroll down until you find ‘Related Videos’, and select the option labeled ‘Hide related videos at the end of playback’.
After you click the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom of the screen, related videos will no longer be displayed on your WordPress blog.
Method 2: Turning Off Related Videos When Feeding YouTube Videos to Your Website Automatically
This method is best when you want to automatically add YouTube content to your website.
Smash Balloon YouTube Feed Pro is the best WordPress YouTube plugin on the market. It’s the simplest way to automatically feed your YouTube videos and playlists to your website. It also provides an option to hide related videos.
Upon activation, you have to visit the Youtube Feed » Settings page from the WordPress dashboard. Here, you must enter the license key and click on the ‘Activate’ button.
You can find this information under your account on the Smash Balloon website.
Once you have done that, visit the YouTube Feeds » All Feeds page from the WordPress dashboard.
Here, click the ‘Add New’ button at the top.
This will take you to a new screen where you have to select a feed type. You can easily add a live stream video, a YouTube playlist, a single video, or embed your whole channel feed with Smash Balloon.
Simply make your choice and click the ‘Next’ button.
This will open a prompt on the screen asking you to connect your YouTube account with the YouTube Feed Pro plugin using an API key.
If you already have an API key for your YouTube account, then you can enter that into the field. However, if you don’t know how to obtain an API key for your YouTube channel, then you can see our tutorial on how to create a video gallery in WordPress.
Upon acquiring your API key, simply paste it and click the ‘Add’ button.
You will now be directed to the ‘Add Source’ page where you have to add your channel ID.
To get this information, visit your YouTube channel and then copy the text that comes after ‘/channel/’ or ‘/user/’ in the URL at the top.
Once you have done that, go back to your website and paste the channel ID under the ‘Add Source’ option.
Next, click the ‘Connect’ button to connect your YouTube channel with the plugin. Then, click the ‘Next’ button to move forward.
In the next step, you have to select a template for the YouTube feed that you are about to embed on your website.
After that, don’t forget to click the ‘Next’ button.
This will open Smash Balloon’s feed editor where you will see a preview of your YouTube videos on the right with customization settings on the left.
From here, click the ‘Videos’ tab to open new settings.
Once you do that, customization settings for the videos will open in the left column.
Here, choose the ‘Video Player Experience’ tab.
When a list of new settings opens up in the left column, scroll down to the ‘Call to Action’ section and click on it.
Once the tab is expanded, select the ‘Custom Links’ option from the dropdown menu.
After that, add the button text, color, and URL in the ‘Default Link’ field. This will be the link that will be displayed instead of the related videos.
Once you have done that, you can further customize all the videos on your YouTube channel. For details, see our beginner’s guide on how to show the latest videos from YouTube channel in WordPress.
Finally, click the ‘Save’ button at the top to store your settings, and then click the ‘Embed’ button.
This will open a new prompt on the screen from where you can copy the embed code for the YouTube feed that you created.
Upon doing that, click the ‘X’ icon at the top to close the window.
Now open a page/post where you want to add the YouTube feed from the WordPress dashboard.
Once you are there, click the ‘Add Block’ (+) button at the top left corner to open the block menu. From here, add the ‘Feeds For YouTube’ block.
Then, add the shortcode that you copied earlier under the ‘Shortcode Settings’ option in the block panel.
Finally, click the ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button at the top to store your settings.
You have now added a YouTube feed that won’t display related videos from any channel once the video ends.
It will instead show a ‘Learn More’ button that will direct users to the page that you added the URL for upon clicking.
We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to turn off related videos when embedding YouTube videos in WordPress. You may also want to learn how to embed a YouTube playlist in WordPress or check out our list of the best social-proof plugins for WordPress.