Can Youtube Videos Be Used For Building Backlinks?

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Is it possible to use Youtube videos for building backlinks to my websites?
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  • Profile picture of the author KeysToTheGreen
    Not backlinks as such but you can get an awful lot of traffic to your site (and very very quickly). Create about 20 vids and submit them to all the video sites. Similar to how you'd do article marketing... but with vids.
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    • Profile picture of the author HigherPrThanGod
      Originally Posted by KeysToTheGreen View Post

      Not backlinks as such but you can get an awful lot of traffic to your site (and very very quickly). Create about 20 vids and submit them to all the video sites. Similar to how you'd do article marketing... but with vids.
      That's interesting.

      I've used youtube to build a PR 5 and PR 4 site but the key is (I think) to use the FULL URL in the description - (www.blahblahyadayada.com)

      Google routinely lists youtube video after youtube video as a link back for my site in webmaster tools.

      I have almost 400 videos and a LOT of them have my FULL URL on. So in my opinion it does work and as such I'm forced to believe that no-follow is bunk.
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      • Profile picture of the author KeysToTheGreen
        Originally Posted by HigherPrThanGod View Post

        That's interesting.

        I've used youtube to build a PR 5 and PR 4 site but the key is (I think) to use the FULL URL in the description - (www.blahblahyadayada.com)

        Google routinely lists youtube video after youtube video as a link back for my site in webmaster tools.

        I have almost 400 videos and a LOT of them have my FULL URL on. So in my opinion it does work and as such I'm forced to believe that no-follow is bunk.
        Oh yes, definately. It works wonders. I meant it doesn't help in the sense of ranking for a keyword.
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        • Profile picture of the author HigherPrThanGod
          Originally Posted by KeysToTheGreen View Post

          Oh yes, definately. It works wonders. I meant it doesn't help in the sense of ranking for a keyword.
          Oh yes I understand you now.

          I wonder what would happen if we put the full link along with an anchor tage under more info? lol.. Like Google might accidentally index it along with anchor text..
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        • Profile picture of the author David
          Originally Posted by KeysToTheGreen View Post

          I meant it doesn't help in the sense of ranking for a keyword.
          The title is the keyword phrase

          also make sure (this is not gospel but it is what works for me) to add the full url above the fold, first sentence in the description.
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      • Profile picture of the author Davioli
        Originally Posted by HigherPrThanGod View Post

        That's interesting.

        I've used youtube to build a PR 5 and PR 4 site but the key is (I think) to use the FULL URL in the description - (www.blahblahyadayada.com)

        Google routinely lists youtube video after youtube video as a link back for my site in webmaster tools.

        I have almost 400 videos and a LOT of them have my FULL URL on. So in my opinion it does work and as such I'm forced to believe that no-follow is bunk.
        Im pretty sure the PR4 wasn't as a direct reuslt of youtube backlinks. Youtube backlinks are nofollow.

        Webmaster tools shows you nofollow links just to see who's linking to you, but they don't really pass link/PR juice.
        This explains it really well: Google Webmaster Tools & NoFollow Links | Search Engine Journal

        Indirectly, your videos may have been posted on other blogs and websites and links from there might have caused your high PR.
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  • Profile picture of the author scottgallagher
    from our research, everything in this thread is accurate, however there is a point I want to add in regards to this discussion of no follow.

    YouTube let's you put in the URL in the description, they index the description (provides some details about the vid) and they index the title and tags (always put keywords in title, tags and description). In the description, always start with you URL first, with the http:// .

    While YouTube links are no follow, to avoid the grand debate of what is counted, Google explicitly claims that no follow links do not page page rank value. However, the link is in fact visible and in turn, provide the necessary transparency and exposure to the site. The more views of a video, the greater the comments, the greater other sites embed that video all add to the trust and authority of that video. Therefore, Google will not pass page rank through the link but WILL use that link while establishing trust and authority for the theme of you rankings.

    Bottom line, video marketing provides exposure, and with all the evidence from the SE's on the value of video and how it's shaping the net, it's a marketing practice we have rolled out for every single one of our clients which is a part of our seo service. Our rankings results and customer testimonials speak for themselves. Through out testing in 2009, the accounts that deployed 30-50% video exposure yielded greater gains than site that yielded less video.

    Bottom line, imo, it's a strategy that is necessary to properly market and expose a business using the internet.
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  • Profile picture of the author lokodomain
    yeah good luck with the you tube thing cause i'm looking to do the same as soon as!
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  • Profile picture of the author other_pm
    Originally Posted by mdotwhite View Post

    Is it possible to use Youtube videos for building backlinks to my websites?
    You can put your web link on YT channel profile. Yeah...dofollow.
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  • Profile picture of the author tandren544
    Like they said, include your URL in your title.

    Also, keyword optimize the titles, the videos will come up in the SERPs and drive traffic to your site.
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