are youtube videos still a good traffic source?

by jimgk
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my .com site got killed last year by google due to all the crappy BLs I was buying here, so I relaunched my .com site as a .net site. now 3 months after the relaunch, I have begun to upload 2 videos a day to youtube. and am embedding these videos on my site and am linking them on twitter and facebook too. any comments?
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    YouTube is a pretty strong traffic source. Especially if you can rank them within the Google search results. I target a ton of long tail keywords using YT videos and most of them consistently convert.
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewWoodward
    Not only is it a good traffic source, it also delivers some of the best 'quality' traffic in terms of bounce rate, time on site & conversion.



    I've just spent the last 2 days reauthoring all my videos and still another day on optimising the user experience on YouTube further.

    Totally worth it! Even if i'm going to lose all my existing views/ratings/comments
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    • Profile picture of the author patco
      Originally Posted by MatthewWoodward View Post

      Not only is it a good traffic source, it also delivers some of the best 'quality' traffic in terms of bounce rate, time on site & conversion.



      I've just spent the last 2 days reauthoring all my videos and still another day on optimising the user experience on YouTube further.

      Totally worth it! Even if i'm going to lose all my existing views/ratings/comments
      Are those stats about your daily visits? Because I find it hard to reach more than 250 visitors per day from youtube... I had never got more than this? That's why I am asking you
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  • Profile picture of the author sparkah
    The worlds 2nd biggest search engine is NOT bing.

    It's Youtube.

    And it's super easy to get to page one of a youtube search. You just need the right view/like ratio. This explains how to do youtube seo http://sparkah.com/guerrilla-marketi...-sales-by-351/
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    • Profile picture of the author researchpro
      I have a few videos on youtube and rarely get viewed. I put the normal keywords pertaining to my subject. I know almost nothing about how to get the videos placed in search results, so I would guess that is a fairly important detail to learn.
      any suggestions are appreciated
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  • Jimgk,

    I would say Youtube is still a very powerful traffic referrer for websites. That being said, you have to make good videos in order to entice people to click through to your website. If someone doesn’t like a video in the first few seconds, they definitely aren’t going to check out your website. I would focus on making top notch video content and then see how that impacts your traffic.

    Here is a list of the top 10 most compelling video ads to give you some ideas,

    Top 10 Video Ads: Most Creative & Compelling Video Ads Worth Spreading

    Hope that helps,

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  • Profile picture of the author Ernies
    Google loves Youtube and Youtube is very popular. Just make sure you place your link so many people can see it.
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    • Profile picture of the author ProSence
      Originally Posted by Ernies View Post

      Google loves Youtube and Youtube is very popular. Just make sure you place your link so many people can see it.
      Because it is product of Google thats why it loves..

      However, I don't get good conversion rate with video marketing so I prefer to use other methods of getting traffic to my sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author kaytav
      Originally Posted by Ernies View Post

      Google loves Youtube and Youtube is very popular. Just make sure you place your link so many people can see it.
      That's because Google owns Youtube
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  • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
    People are watching videos to waste time mostly. Most of them will NOT convert unless you really have a long-tail video that warms them up first.
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    • Profile picture of the author Zen Warrior
      Originally Posted by PerformanceMan View Post

      People are watching videos to waste time mostly. Most of them will NOT convert unless you really have a long-tail video that warms them up first.
      Ha ha...and you know this how?

      YouTube is a great marketing tool but likle another poster said, focus on making good videos....just puttting up a bunch of not so good vids may be good for getting some backlinks, but not for driving traffic.

      YMMV,

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      • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
        Originally Posted by Zen Warrior View Post

        Ha ha...and you know this how?

        YouTube is a great marketing tool but likle another poster said, focus on making good videos....just puttting up a bunch of not so good vids may be good for getting some backlinks, but not for driving traffic.

        YMMV,

        Mike
        Mike,

        I know it by testing. Why would random people buy through a link from a video? If the video is related to buying keywords you have a shot. Like "Acme Review" or "Acme - Does It Work?"

        If you just go for random traffic you get pretty cold video traffic. You can try and 'squeeze' them and warm them up but you're facing a lot of stiff competition.

        Also, since we're correcting each other - YouTube links don't count for crap. They're 'nofollow.'
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    • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
      Originally Posted by PerformanceMan View Post

      People are watching videos to waste time mostly. Most of them will NOT convert unless you really have a long-tail video that warms them up first.
      Which is exactly the point. I'd much rather have (and do have) long tails that convert at 10% or higher, instead of videos that get more views, but barely convert at 1-2%.
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  • Profile picture of the author sanusense
    Let me elaborate, Google loves those contents which directly coming from their own company sites, so you can blindly trust YouTube and definitely if you upload a good and catchy video you 'll get millions of traffic for ever you experienced.
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  • Profile picture of the author daviddifranco
    YouTube can be very strong with bringing in traffic. Sometimes when I am searching a specific keyword, I am surprised to see my video content on page one -- which in turn sends more visitors to my websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sleinad
    YouTube is great for traffic, because it isn't hard at all to get ranked well compared to normal Google results, and the traffic you receive usually is super targeted if you've ranked it properly. The amount of targeted traffic you can get for how much it costs is pretty amazing IMO...and you can also earn extra from adsense on your videos which is a plus.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimp74
    Youtube video is useful, concentrate on adding videos on a daily basis, you will be rewarded by building authority for your channel, this will increase your chance to be seen on google in the serps too.
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  • Profile picture of the author CTRTheme
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    Yes it is a good source of traffic it drives 1k+ free traffic to my site everyday.
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    • Profile picture of the author jimgk
      watching this lady on youtube - she suggests subscribing to channels in my related industry and commenting in order to strengthen my our channel - any thoughts?? i'm in the real estate niche and with 3000 counties nationally, I could subscribe and comment to 2-3 realtor channels a day without doing so with any nearby to my serving area. I do see some very rude comments on some, guess that just must be expected and tolerated?
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  • YouTube is the best traffic source for me better than google because you can start seeing traffic almost immediately here is a screenshot for one of my videos
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Yes, youtube is amazing for traffic.

    I get tons of traffic from it but I also have tons of videos targeting tons of long tail keywords.
    It probably took me about 3 months to set up my funnel and I still have another 6 months before it will be finished.

    In fact, youtube is a big part of the reason why I don't use PPC. I just don't see the point. Its free, and you get to have a large thumbnail displayed in the top 3 if you know what you're doing.

    When you also consider that google adwords ranges from $30-$50 a click in my niche, youtube saves me a HUGE deal of money too. It would be a horrible decision not to use it.

    BTW, one huge tip about youtube. I always microtest my videos on CL before I upload them to youtube (using thumbnails that look like videos and click over to youtube). And I will use one video to target about 20-30 different local keywords. Once I see that its converting that way I want it to. There is no point uploading rushed videos that don't convert.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rideem3
    Also, if you do choose to make a YouTube video, don't put all of your content in the video.

    Make the viewer want to read more. Therefore bringing them to your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author tech84
    I can actually vouch for what daviddifranco is blabbing about there,


    because being a geek and all I actually follow his videos.


    But in the end it still depends on the "quality" of videos, you are producing.
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  • Profile picture of the author supereek
    youtube is at the moment very nice for the cpa marketing business. specially because you don't have to risk your own ass and your own website's but a youtube hosted video. you can blast it with links to rank it, if it fails or gets de-indexed well f#ck it and start over. If you do that to your website, you will get sandboxed and your site is as good as dead.

    ps. don't know for how long this will stay alive tho.. its becoming more and more massive in the blackhat world at the moment to rank videos and i think they will fix it soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author CTRTheme
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    I can tell you that youtube alone drive me thousands of visitors a day with 100+ videos uploaded.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheila Ross
    If your videos are interesting and people can find what they are searching for, you can get high quality traffic from youtube. It is still a big traffic source and likely to remain for a very very long time.
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  • Profile picture of the author trafficmasters
    Its a great source like others said, but be careful with automation and uploading hundreds of videos - you may get your channel banned
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruck
    If you're videos are crap, then you're viewers will be too. It's common sense. If you want to attract viewers who can potentially turn into leads or sales then How To's and 10 Tips type videos work really well.
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  • Profile picture of the author harry123
    if you do youtube SEO or video seo and can rank them in Google they will do it for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author youtubeviews365
    youtube is very useful way to increase your serps. Proper video optimization and good content bring lot of visitors. To attract visitors, off page is to be done efficiently.
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    • Profile picture of the author livitweb
      Yes, I believe Youtube videos are great traffic sources nowadays. Especially since currently, social media marketing and video marketing are great avenues for online site promotion and traffic generation. It's just that you need to create quality and catchy videos in order to get a lot of hits, as well as traffic to your website.
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