Some people like it, others don’t, but at least now you have a choice.
What am I talking about? The YouTube icon that appears on the control bar at the bottom of the video when you embed it in your website.
This is also a link to the YouTube site, so it’s potentially an exit link from your site and removing it may encourage visitors to stay around a little longer.
YouTube recently announced an update to the player which will allow you to remove the branding. All you have to do is paste “?modestbranding=1” at the end of the URL for your video and the icon disappears from the control bar.
I’ve pasted two versions of the same video below to show you the control bar with and without the YouTube icon.
The YouTube name will appear in the upper right hand corner of a paused video when you hover over it, and this links to YouTube, but it’s not nearly as obvious.
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For full details of all the codes for the YouTube player visit this link.