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Hi, my site contains a lot of pages that have a single YouTube video embedded into it...

I was wondering if there was a way to share my page links on Facebook so that the YouTube video shows up as a thumbnail on Facebook and the post links to MY site.

I understand that i could just simply paste the YouTube link, but then that would mean that the traffic would not hit my site.
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Scott Fell,  EE MVE earned 250 total points
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Copy the url of your site with the photo or video, paste that url to facebook.Then the traffic will go to your site.
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Yea, but how do I get FB to display the video in the post
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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It does not work that way.  It will probably display an image/screen capture and link back to your site.  That is the only way to do what you want AND link back to your site to watch.
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Why don't you try putting it in an iframe ?  That way you will see the actual video ready to play right there in facebook but stemming from your site. I don't know if facebook allows iframes but it's worth a try.
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>Yea, but how do I get FB to display the video in the post

You can upload the video directly to  facebook but then you don't get the link back to your page.  

When you post a link to youtube and you see the youtube video play in the post, that is because facebook has accounted for youtube.
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When you put something in an iframe even if it is on another website, the video will be playing from YOUR site not the one hosting the iframe
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Ok, so there is no way of it actually picking up the youtube thumbnail which then links to my site?
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You would want to make the first frame of the youtube video the same as your poster in your code. That might work.
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yes but i was looking for some automated way... i don't see any og tags for it...
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It does not work that way.
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