If you are already using video, Playlists offer a way to customize your user’s experience and categorize the videos you want to show on certain posts.
And getting started is really easy.
Check out our rundown of the feature and settings in this blog post.
How To Create a Mediavine Playlist
In the left-hand side of your dashboard select the playlists option.
Select Add New Playlist.
The screen that appears is similar to the one you see when creating a Mediavine Video. You will need to name your Playlist, give it a description, and even add a custom cover image.
Title, description, and at least one video are required. A cover image is optional.
You can scroll through the list of your uploaded videos and select the ones you want on your Playlist, or you can search a specific term to narrow things down.
Select all the videos you want included in your playlist by clicking on them, and they will move to the right side of your screen.
Once you have added all of your videos, save your changes. The screen will then populate your Playlist settings.
How to Update Playlists
You can always come back and make edits to your playlist, if you choose! Just navigate back to the Playlist tab, select the playlist you want to edit, and use the dots to the left of the video to drag and drop videos to re-order the existing playlist.
If you want to add videos to the existing playlist, just click on them on the left side; and if you want to remove them, just click the trashcan icon on the right.
The "Playlist Volume" is set based on the volume you select when you embed the playlist into the post. It applies to ALL videos that show in the playlist, as the volume is set at the embed code level and not the individual video level.
Embed the Playlist
Once you choose your desired settings you can then copy and paste the embed code to place the videos in desired posts throughout your site.
Preview your post to see your new Playlist in action!
Mediavine Control Panel Integration
With MCP 2.5.0 and up, you can now embed a Video Playlist using a Gutenberg block.
Want ALL of your posts assigned to a specific WordPress category to run a certain playlist? You can now do that now too! Just go to your Posts > Category page, edit a category, and assign a video or video playlist. Check out the help page here to learn more.
Playlist Best Practices
You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to playlists, so we wanted to offer some guidance and best practices!
If you're embedding a playlist on a page with video already on it, you should make sure JSON+LD schema is disabled. JSON+LD schema is disabled by default, so just make sure that “Disable” is toggled before embedding the playlist code into your post.
Google recognizes two types of video schema that Mediavine can help you with.
Both are great to take advantage of but NOT on the same post! You don't want two separate video schema outputs on a single page because there's a chance Google will be confused between the two.
Ideally you'll select EITHER a single video OR a playlist to embed into your post. If you have a single, specific video (not playlist) that better describes the post, then use video schema, NOT playlist schema.
If your playlist isn’t specifically about the post you're embedding it on, you will want to keep ****playlist schema disabled.
Playlists are great if you don’t have an exact video for a post, but you do have a lot of related content that best represents that post. You just want to ensure that the Playlist is designed specifically for your post. If so, you should enable playlist schema.
Playlists are also great when you have multiple videos that apply to one post. For example, you may have a recipe or a guide that uses individual videos for each step. You can create a playlist of those individual videos to be embedded into the post. It’s important to note that each individual video will require a post URL of its own. If each video has its own post URL and all videos are directly relevant to the post, enable playlist schema.
Keep your Playlist sized at the recommended aspect ratio 16:9.
Wondering what schema is? Learn more about it here!
As always, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!