The Mediavine video player is a great way to monetize your videos with ads! Learn our best practices for using our player on your website. Don't miss our guide to creating a Mediavine video

How much do videos pay? 

We have seen CPMs of $10-20 when someone plays your video. Someone actually has to play your video, though! 

Can I still use YouTube and Facebook? 

Yes! Do it! This offering is meant to be supplemental to YouTube. We recommend you still upload your video to YouTube as well, you would just use OUR embed on your WordPress post, instead of YouTube's. 

In fact, in your Mediavine Dashboard, under Settings > Video, you can connect your YouTube channel with your "Channel ID" from your advanced account settings in YouTube. 

We then display a link to follow you on YouTube at the end of your video. 

Can I autoplay the video? 

No. In May 2017, we removed the ability to autoplay videos. Read our blog post to learn more about why we made this decision. 

Can I upload any video? 

No. The videos you upload must belong to you, or you must have permission from the copyright owner to run the file (e.g. a movie trailer provided to you directly by the studio).

What are the required video specs? 

The largest resolution we currently stream in is 720p. We unfortunately don't have the unlimited resources of Google (they own YouTube), and video files are extremely large. That makes them expensive to host and serve, for both us and your users.

  • File types: Any video file type (e.g. .mp4, .mov, etc.)
  • Resolution: 720p (anything higher will be downsized)
  • File size: 1 GB or smaller 

How long should my video be? 

Videos should be at least 30 seconds long for the best ad performance. If you are looking to maximize revenue, keep your video between 30 seconds and 1 minute. As always, keep user experience in mind though! That will always trump ad performance when you are making video creation decisions.

What is the video quality?

We very much care about reader experience with video quality. We may never get to YouTube levels (Google has some pretty incredible budget and technology for these things), but we're always aspiring to make it better. 

We store the original file that you upload to our dashboard in the cloud, then we do what's called "transcoding" as we have to create multiple versions of your video to serve to users. Then, based on a user's device and Internet speed, we figure out which version to "stream" to them.

If you're on a super fast connection you'll get the best quality we currently stream (720p) and it compresses all the way down for users on poor cellular connections.

The more publishers who run video, the more money we can command for all of us from advertisers. Once we're making more money, we'll be able to invest even more in our player to run even higher quality videos.

What if I am Google banned? 

We are adding partners to the video auction offering all the time, but Google is the main buyer here. If you are Google banned, you may not see as high CPMs.

What do I put in the permalink field?

 Always, always, ALWAYS update the permalink after the video is saved. DO NOT LEAVE IT AS YOUR HOMEPAGE. Google uses the permalink you provide in the box to understand what your video is about, to help serve proper ads. 

Can I upload the video more than once? 

You can use the embed code we give you on any of your posts on your site. Just always make sure the Permalink we have in our dashboard links to the most relevant post to the video.

Where should I place my video in my blog post? 

Wherever it does best on your blog and we recommend experimenting!

For best monetization of all of your ads, place your video at the end of your content. If it is a food video, place the video just above the recipe card. 

We have found this is best for engagement, plus it encourages readers to scroll through your entire post which gives you more impressions on all of your ads. 

If you are running out Auto-Upgrade feature, on desktop it'll take your embedded video and hoist it to the top of the page so it can autoplay.

How do I get more people to watch my videos? 

Turn on our Auto-Insert and Auto-Upgrade features!

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