How To Remove The Black Bars On A YouTube Video.

by jalanda on April 10, 2012

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One of the best things you can do for your blog is to add a video to your post. It doesn’t even have to be your own video, although that will help in building rapport, in the long run.

Google judges your site based on a variety of values. Some of them you can control. Some of them you can’t. One of the values that you can control is your bounce rate. Your bounce rate is a statistical number that summarizes how long someone stays on your site after arriving. This number is expressed in percentages. The lower the number the better. If 5 people leave immediately after arriving to your site, that is an 100% bounce rate.

How To Reduce Your Bounce Rate

By placing a video on your site, you can reduce your bounce rate and extend the time visitors stay on your site. Of course, it would be great if the visitors watched the entire video all the way through. If not, the seconds that they spend assessing the video count positively towards your site.

Ok. so now that you’re sold on adding a video to your site. You’ll discover that after selecting the “share” button on Youtube you’ll be presented with the embed code. Take the embed code and place that in the body of your website. Make sure the HTML tab is selected if you’re using WordPress and not the Visual tab.

If you view the video on your site, you’ll notice either black bars on top or the side even though your video is an HD video.

How To Remove The Black Bars On A YouTube Video

There is a bug in YouTube. To get rid of the black bars in YouTube video all you have to do is add +30 to the HEIGHT number of the ORIGINAL embed code as provided by Youtube. (See the video below if you don’t know how to embed a video to your blog).

So if the embed code says 580px X 326px the new code will be 580px X 356px. And you’re done. You’ll now notice your videos won’t have a black bar anymore. 30 is a good starting point. If you may need to finagle it a little to get it just right.

Ok. i hope that helps you create better looking embed video and get rid of the black bar on Youtube videos.

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Sam - Adelaide Mortgage Broker July 31, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Jalanda, thanks so much for this post! I had just wasted about an hour trying to work out how to get rid of those dreaded black bars. It’s very frustrating when you go to the trouble of getting your video format right at the start and then those black bars apppear!! Anyway tried your trick and it worked a treat.
Your a champ!
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jalanda August 24, 2012 at 12:52 am

Thanks. I just saw a slight black line. Add 2 to get rid of it. So that makes it 31 total. Weird right. Glad it helped.


djchuang April 20, 2012 at 1:07 am

Thanks for sharing my video with your readers! And this is a very useful tip, glad you’ve discovered it and sharing it.


jalanda April 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Thanks for making it. It was perfect!


claire chew gillenson April 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

I love your posts, they are all so informational. I have just begun to upload my pet loss videos on youtube and one of my goals this week is to share them on my own site as well. Now, I will be able to go on there and remove the bars while I am at it 🙂 I had no idea keeping someone longer on my site affects my google ranking. Thanks Jalanda!
And your response to Nika about using someone else’s video….great tip!


jalanda April 16, 2012 at 1:13 am

Thanks Claire. I’m really loving YouTube for generating traffic and interest in my website. You’re going to love your videos displaying without the black bars. It killed me for the longest time until I figured out how to remove them. Stay tuned, I’m filled with lots of helpful hints. Thanks for reading.


Ann Bingley Gallops April 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

Jaye, such great practical advice! You inspire me to want to make lots of videos because I know you’re right — they’re engaging and make people want to further explore my site. Now to figure out how to make them easily, all by myself! Can you direct me to advice about that on your site? Thanks for everything — Ann
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jalanda April 16, 2012 at 3:35 am

You have a lot of video topics in you. Feng Shui is a great topic. You can find some basic info If you have more specific questions please feel free to email me. Thanks


April Fan April 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Hi Jalanda,
Wow, this is perfect timing for me. I did a few videos last year and I want to do more, it just takes so much time. I’m going to sign up for your free video lessons right now. And, I’ll be back to learn more strategies so that my videos get better and better!


jalanda April 16, 2012 at 1:14 am

Video do take soo much time when you do them on your own. I sometimes wish I could just go to someone else and have them do them for me. Thanks for signing up.


Nika Stewart April 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Thank goodness we have you, Jalanda! I am so excited to use this new info. Gonna get a new video up this week.

I especially love the info about keeping someone on your site longer to watch the video. I never considered that would help my Google ranking.

Keep these tips coming, Rock Star!!


jalanda April 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Thanks Nika.

I know video has so many uses beyond getting sales. It takes so much effort to create a video. I wish I did them for myself more often. But I love using other people’s videos to get the benefits when I can’t use my own.


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