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How to Automatically Create WordPress Post from YouTube Video

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Do you want to automatically create WordPress posts from YouTube videos?

Many YouTube publishers want to auto-post YouTube videos to WordPress. Luckily, there are multiple ways to auto-post from YouTube to your WordPress website.

In this article, we will show you how to easily create a WordPress post from a YouTube video.

Easily auto-post YouTube videos to WordPress post

Why Auto Post YouTube Videos to WordPress?

Videos are one of the most engaging content types on the internet. User engagement and the time users spend on a website are important SEO ranking factors.

WordPress makes it super easy to embed YouTube videos into your WordPress posts and pages.

However, you’ll have to do that manually each time. This works out great for YouTube channels that create detailed articles accompanying their YouTube videos.

On the other hand, some YouTube publishers may simply want to auto-post the latest video to their website.

That being said, let’s take a look at two easy methods to auto-post YouTube videos to your WordPress website:

Method 1: Create a New WordPress Post From a YouTube Video using IFTTT

IFTTT is an online tool that allows users to automate popular apps. IFTTT stands for “if this then that”. It is a powerful service that lets you automate certain tasks based on your specified criteria. For example:

If this happens: ‘A new video is uploaded to YouTube’.
Then do that‘Create a new post in WordPress’.

The example above is called an Applet. You can create it for many web-based services, social media platforms, smart devices, and even your WordPress website.

Check out our article on how to automate WordPress and social media with IFTTT for more examples.

To post your YouTube videos from IFTTT to WordPress, the first thing you need to do is visit the IFTTT website.

Sign up for IFTTT

IFTTT has a premium plan, but you can sign up on the website for free as well.

Once signed up, go ahead and click on the ‘Create’ button at the top to create your first applet.

Create new applet

This will bring you to the If This Then That wizard.

First, you need to click on the ‘Add’ button to select the app that will trigger this applet to run.

IFTTT add app

This will take you to the ‘Choose a service’ page.

Since you want to auto-post YouTube videos, you have to select YouTube as the platform.

Select YouTube

As soon as you select YouTube, IFTTT will show you a bunch of triggers that you can use.

You need to select ‘New Video by Channel’ as your trigger.

Trigger when new video appears on a YouTube channel

Next, you’ll see a prompt asking you to connect your YouTube account with IFTTT.

Go ahead and click the ‘Connect’ button.

IFTTT connect YouTube

This will bring up a popup in a new window.

Here, you have to select the YouTube account that you use to manage your channel.

IFTTT select YouTube account to connect

This will take you to the next step, where IFTTT will ask for permission to view your YouTube account.

Click the ‘Allow’ button to move forward.

Allow IFTTT access to YouTube account

After the authorization, you need to enter your YouTube account and channel ID.

Once you do that, click on the ‘Create Trigger’ button.

Enter your YouTube channel ID

Note: You can find your channel ID by visiting the YouTube website and clicking on your profile icon.

From there, select Settings and then switch to the Advanced Settings tab.

Find your YouTube channel ID

Once you have created the trigger, IFTTT will prompt you to fill in the Then That part.

This is the action you want to perform after IFTTT finds a new video published on your channel.

Adding the action part

Click on the Add button to continue.

On the next screen, you need to search and select WordPress.

Select WordPress

After that, you need to click on the ‘Create a post’ as the action that you want to perform.

This will take you to the next step.

Create a post action

Here, IFTTT will prompt you to connect your WordPress site.

You can do that by entering your WordPress website URL, user name, and password.

IFTTT connect WordPress

Once connected, you’ll be asked to choose the action you want to perform.

Click on the ‘Create a post’ action to continue.

Create a post action

On the next screen, you’ll be able to choose different options for the WordPress post you want to create from the YouTube video.

Important: Make sure that the YouTube video URL tag is wrapped around a paragraph tag. This will ensure that WordPress will be able to detect and embed the video.

Post settings

You can change the post title, content, category, and tags. If you want, you can also add dynamic elements by clicking on the Add Ingredient button.

You can also choose to publish immediately or save the post as a draft to publish later.

Feel free to modify these options. The only option that you must include in the post body is the YouTube video URL so that the video appears in your WordPress blog post.

Once you are done, click on the create button to continue, and then IFTTT will show you a summary of your applet.

Finalize IFTTT recipe

You can optionally turn on notifications when this applet runs. Don’t forget to click on the Finish button to save and activate your applet.

Turn off URL Shortening in IFTTT

Now, before you can test your IFTTT applet, first you need to turn off the URL shortening feature in IFTTT.

By default, IFTTT will use a URL shortening service for YouTube URLs, which would prevent WordPress from embedding the video.

To fix this, simply click on your profile icon at the top and choose the Account menu item.

IFTTT account settings

From here, scroll down to the URL shortening section.

After that, uncheck the box next to the ‘Auto-shorten URL’ option.

Disable URL shortening

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Update’ button to save your changes.

You can now upload a new video to your YouTube channel and see it automatically appear as a new post on your WordPress website.

Method 2: Auto Post YouTube Videos to WordPress Using Smash Balloon

This method allows you to show your YouTube videos on your WordPress website automatically.

It will not create new blog posts for each YouTube video. Instead, it will automatically fetch your latest videos and display them beautifully.

This method helps you to avoid the negative effects of WordPress SEO due to duplicate content and lack of original content on video-only posts.

It also allows you to create custom YouTube gallery feeds and embed them anywhere on your website.

For this tutorial, we will be using the Smash Balloon YouTube Feed plugin. It is the best WordPress YouTube plugin on the market and allows you to automatically display your social media posts on your WordPress website.

First, you must install and activate the Smash Balloon YouTube Feed plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, visit the Youtube Feed » Settings page from the WordPress admin dashboard. Here, you must enter the license key and click on the ‘Activate’ button.

You can get this information from your account on the Smash Balloon website.

Activate your smash balloon license key

Next, head to the YouTube Feeds » All Feeds page from the WordPress admin sidebar.

Here, click the ‘Add New’ button to create a YouTube feed.

This will take you to the ‘Select Feed Type’ screen, where you can choose if you want to add a playlist, single videos, or livestreams to your website.

Since you want to automatically display new YouTube videos, we recommend using the ‘Channel’ option.

Choose YouTube feed type

Once you do that, Smash Balloon will ask you to provide the API key for your YouTube account to connect it to the plugin.

If you already have an API key, simply copy and paste it into the ‘Enter API Key’ box and click on the ‘Add’ button.

However, if you don’t have an API key for your YouTube account, then you can see our tutorial on how to create a video gallery in WordPress for details.

Add YouTube API key

You will now be taken to the ‘Add Source’ page, where you have to add your channel ID to connect it to your WordPress site.

To do this, visit your YouTube channel and copy the text that comes after ‘/channel/’ or ‘/user/’ in the URL at the top.

Add channel ID for your website

Now, go back to your WordPress admin dashboard and paste the ID under the ‘Add Source’ option.

Next, click the ‘Connect’ button to connect your YouTube channel with the plugin.

Add your YouTube channel ID

This will take you to the next step, where you have to select a template for your YouTube feed.

Upon making your choice, click the ‘Next’ button to move on.

Choose a template for your Live YouTube feed

This will open Smash Balloon’s feed editor on your screen, where you will see a preview of your YouTube channel on the right with customization settings on the left.

From here, you can change the layout, add buttons, configure video settings, and so much. For details, you can see our tutorial on how to show the latest videos from the YouTube channel in WordPress.

Upon customization, simply click the ‘Save’ button to store your settings and then the ‘Embed’ button.

Save your YouTube feed

This will open a prompt on the screen.

From here, copy the embed code for the YouTube feed. After that, click the ‘X’ icon to exit the feed editor.

Copy the embed code for the feed

Now open the page or post where you want to show the feed for your YouTube channel 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.

Next, simply paste the shortcode for the YouTube feed under the ‘Shortcode Settings’ option in the block panel.

Paste embed code into the Feeds for YouTube block

Finally, click the ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button to store your settings.

You can now view your post and page to see your YouTube videos displayed in a neat grid layout.

YouTube videos displayed in a grid layout

Now, whenever you post a new video on your YouTube channel, the feed on your WordPress site will automatically be updated.

Bonus: Automatically Create a Post From Facebook Posts

You can also use IFTTT to create a Facebook post every time you publish a new WordPress blog post. This can drive more traffic to your social media platform, boost your social media presence, and increase website visibility.

To do this, visit the IFTTT website and create an account. After that, you will be taken to the ‘Explore’ page where you can search for an applet that will work for you.

We recommend clicking on the ‘WordPress to FB Page’ applet from the list.

Choose an applet you like

This will direct you to a new screen where you must toggle the ‘Connect’ switch to ‘ON’. After that, add your WordPress blog and Facebook account details.

Then, click the ‘Settings’ button at the top.

Click the Settings button

You will now be taken to the ‘Create’ button where you can select the trigger and action to create an effective automated workflow.

To do this, click the ‘Add’ button next to the ‘If This’ option.

Click the Add button next to If This option

This will open a list of WordPress Triggers where you must choose the ‘Any New Post’ trigger.

This will take you to the ‘Create’ page again where you have to click the ‘Add’ button next to the ‘Then That’ option.

Click Add next to the Then That option

Next, you can tell IFTTT to share the WordPress post link on your Facebook page once a new post has been published on your website.

Then, click the ‘Add Action’ button.

Choose a reaction for the WordPress action

You have now successfully created an IFTTT workflow. Just, click the ‘Save’ button to activate it.

For more information, you can see our tutorial on how to automate WordPress and social media with IFTTT.

Click Save to store your settings

We hope this article helped you learn how to automatically create WordPress posts from YouTube videos. You may also want to see our list of the best social proof plugins for WordPress and our tutorial on how to add a YouTube subscribe button in WordPress.

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  2. Mike says

    Hi, this is a good thing on IFTTT for NEW videos, but what if I wanted to generate posts from existing videos on youtube, for example, videos in a playlist. Is there a way to do that?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      For the moment we do not have a recommended retroactive method for creating the posts.


  3. Zakir A. Qureshi says

    Hello Every One if i do AutoBlog With YouTube is there any issue of Copyright Please guide Me Thanks .

  4. John says

    Please I tried to use the ifttt to WordPress after connected it does not create post at my website. When I check the report on ifttt it say. Something wrong with WordPress services.

  5. Nick Barban says

    Hi found this article by accident. I was investigating autoblogging after an article i read on google+ from WP B. ive signed up with IFTTT but i dont know know wether im being blind or stupid ;) i ve tried to set up an application password but I cant find anywhere to set this up within my wordpress site. Im guessing that as im using clef authentication to log in, this is causing the problem. Can i get round this problem by deactivating clef and relogging in via login and password? will that give me the option to set up application passwords. And can i reactivate clef once this is set up and the application passwords still work. Primary reason for setting this up is to have a live autoblog update of new videos being posted on YouTube. Im likely to be posting quite a few this year. Thanks for your help in advance. Nick

    • Jose_Martino says

      Thank for explaining the nature of the problem better, however, I still havent been able to fix the issue with the oembed adding the old flash code when using IFTTT.

      I did add the Fitvids plugin and configured as mentioned in the article, but issue still persist. I did not notice that if I manually add the youtube url to an article the proper ifram code is used, but I still see the problem only occurring when I use IFTTT.

      Do you have any ideas as to what may causing this issue. I’ve been dealing with this issue for a while and it has been frustrating not finding the fix. Other then this problem, it works great! Thanks again for answering.

    • Jose_Martino says

      wow, I just noticed what I was doing wrong, I choose embed code instead of URL in the recipe. With the URL, the recipe works as you mention, URL is translated by the website automatically into iframe code.

      If you use the EmbedCode ingredient the embed code is added to the post but it uses the flash code. Thank God I read your post, and realized I could just use the URL ingredient and did not need to used EMbedCode.

      Thanks again for all your help

  6. Jose_Martino says

    I use this service for posting my youtube videos, however, I recently became aware that ifft uses the old youtube embed code to post the youtube videos on your word press page, and therefore when a visitor views your article on the phone the videos do not display. I wish IFTTT would upgrade to use the iframe format of the embed code, because otherwise it is a great function

  7. WPBeginner Staff says

    This can be caused by a security plugin installed on your site.

    Also make sure that your WordPress Address and Site Address are the same URLs in settings. If you have a setup where WordPress is installed in a different directory than the site address, then you will need to use the WordPress address on IFTTT.

  8. Michiel Andreae says

    Great idea. I was looking for exactly this. Unforunately my IFTTT can’t connect to my WordPress site. It returns “Live channel fields value is not a valid WordPress url”. Any idea how I can fix this?

  9. jc says

    you have a super website and this is information I am looking for right now. I already have an account and will set this up today. as always, thanks so very much for sharing all of this pertinent information. whilei am fairly new to WordPress, these articles are a great help. you explain directions in a very clear, concise and easy to understand manner. thanks again!

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