How do I rank a Youtube Video?

by kangen333 31 replies
Currently I'm building links to my money site by guest blogging, but what is the best method for youtube videos?

Would it be worthwhile including a link to my youtube video as well in a guest post?

For a keyword I want to rank for, that is highly competitive, there is a youtube video from another distributor that is ranking #1 and it only has 3 root domain backlinks, and about 250k views.

I don't understand as the keyword is very profitable with about 30k google searches a month.

I heard stories of people being able to rank youtube videos on page one rather quickly.

Thanks
#search engine optimization #keyword #optimize #rank #seo #video #youtube
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  • Profile picture of the author Innovationteam
    Hello Kangen, Those are some strategies that you can do to Rank your youtube videos:

    YouTube-Channel:

    Frequency -> How often logged in, how many actions (ratings and comments on other videos, comment answers etc), how many new video uploads …
    Trust -> Age of channel, number of subscriber, count of channel views, total views (all uploaded videos), connected Google+ profile (!), perhaps adsense (?)
    Authority -> Channel title, channel keywords and description, link to homepage, related channels, playlists (for each: title, keywords, description)

    onVideo:

    Keyword relevance -> Video title (video upload filename), keywords and description ( including outgoing links to relevant sites), annotations, video transcript.
    Freshness may be a ranking factor
    HD quality (of course)
    Attractive Thumbnail -> usually you can’t incluence that (be sure to choose the best out of three), importent because the clickrate in listes (search results or “more videos” on the right of a youTube-video-page)

    User action:

    Number of views ( Very Important Factor )
    Audience retention -> Absolute (depends on video length) and relative (compared to other videos with the same length)
    Reactions -> Nunber of comments (keywords in comments?), Comment reactions (discussion = good!), Number of Thumbs up, Thumbs up / down ratio, number of favourites, video responses, Number of playlist-addings

    Recommendations / Sharing:

    Social Media sharing -> eg. facebook, twitter, google+ (!), and other popular services. Power of each signal depends on the “profile-strength” of the sharing person
    Embeddings -> number and strength of sites, that embedded this video
    Number of Backlinks to the youTube video-page
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    • Profile picture of the author weirdcurt21
      Originally Posted by Innovationteam View Post

      Hello Kangen, Those are some strategies that you can do to Rank your youtube videos:

      YouTube-Channel:

      Frequency -> How often logged in, how many actions (ratings and comments on other videos, comment answers etc), how many new video uploads …
      Trust -> Age of channel, number of subscriber, count of channel views, total views (all uploaded videos), connected Google+ profile (!), perhaps adsense (?)
      Authority -> Channel title, channel keywords and description, link to homepage, related channels, playlists (for each: title, keywords, description)

      onVideo:

      Keyword relevance -> Video title (video upload filename), keywords and description ( including outgoing links to relevant sites), annotations, video transcript.
      Freshness may be a ranking factor
      HD quality (of course)
      Attractive Thumbnail -> usually you can’t incluence that (be sure to choose the best out of three), importent because the clickrate in listes (search results or “more videos” on the right of a youTube-video-page)

      User action:

      Number of views ( Very Important Factor )
      Audience retention -> Absolute (depends on video length) and relative (compared to other videos with the same length)
      Reactions -> Nunber of comments (keywords in comments?), Comment reactions (discussion = good!), Number of Thumbs up, Thumbs up / down ratio, number of favourites, video responses, Number of playlist-addings

      Recommendations / Sharing:

      Social Media sharing -> eg. facebook, twitter, google+ (!), and other popular services. Power of each signal depends on the “profile-strength” of the sharing person
      Embeddings -> number and strength of sites, that embedded this video
      Number of Backlinks to the youTube video-page
      Thank you for this. I am still learning on ranking YT videos as well.

      It is indeed a lot of work, but I am sure it will work.
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    There are few factors for boosting a Youtube video to the top ranking at Google as follow: Website embeds, Comments, Likes, Subs, Voting, Favorites.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    It's crazy trying to rank a Youtube video in Google SERPs instead of a money page.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Maguire
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      It's crazy trying to rank a Youtube video in Google SERPs instead of a money page.
      Yeah but they can't rank their money page with their shitty links, but they can rank a YT video so. Whats a dog gonna do?
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      • Profile picture of the author kangen333
        Originally Posted by Kevin Maguire View Post

        Yeah but they can't rank their money page with their shitty links, but they can rank a YT video so. Whats a dog gonna do?
        I am actually in the process of ranking my money page. In the past month, I've achieved page 4 for a highly competitive and profitable search term - only after acquiring about 10 backlinks. Also, the links aren't shitty, they are mostly all guest post backlinks on websites with a PR of 1 to 4 including high MozRank and MOzTrust (4-5+).
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    • Profile picture of the author kangen333
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      It's crazy trying to rank a Youtube video in Google SERPs instead of a money page.
      I believe it may help towards supplementing an extra traffic flow and or additional brand awareness. Having my money site and a youtube video on the first page of a keyword would be better than just one of either.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
        Originally Posted by kangen333 View Post

        I believe it may help towards supplementing an extra traffic flow and or additional brand awareness. Having my money site and a youtube video on the first page of a keyword would be better than just one of either.
        Yep, your competition on the Youtube right sidebar will be happy. Nobody on Youtube will watch only one video.
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    • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      It's crazy trying to rank a Youtube video in Google SERPs instead of a money page.
      Why not both?

      YT ranks ridiculously well without a ton of effort. I've got a handful of videos and money pages that rank in the top 5 together. (With most of the videos directing viewers to the money page to learn more.)

      Edit - I see you basically replied to this earlier in the thread.

      It does work well for me though. Plenty of traffic comes over from YouTube. Plus, if my video isn't there to grab the attention in the SERPS, someone else's probably would be.
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  • Profile picture of the author reaboss
    im currently using gsa search engine ranker for my youtube video backlinks. its slowly rising in the serps. i havent bought any likes, views nd subs nd its still ranking well.
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  • Profile picture of the author patco
    Originally Posted by kangen333 View Post

    Currently I'm building links to my money site by guest blogging, but what is the best method for youtube videos?

    Would it be worthwhile including a link to my youtube video as well in a guest post?

    For a keyword I want to rank for, that is highly competitive, there is a youtube video from another distributor that is ranking #1 and it only has 3 root domain backlinks, and about 250k views.

    I don't understand as the keyword is very profitable with about 30k google searches a month.

    I heard stories of people being able to rank youtube videos on page one rather quickly.

    Thanks
    On page 1 it's easy, but for a strong keyword, you won't be able to get #1 place so quick... You need to build some really good backlinks (*just like you do for a normal website/blog!) and of course try to make your video more popular (get more views using Facebook, Twitter), but WITHOUT spamming!
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  • Profile picture of the author adrianmanyathelo
    What I do is I do not worry much about ranking on youtube but instead I give value content and then syndicate on social media and get lots of views that way. I hope that helps. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author saxguru
    Clue is in the title really,

    are there any methods to make a youtube video rank for a certain keywords apart from using that word in the video title and description?

    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author fjouad
    Use This Strategie :

    Submit article contain your video url to the top article directories.

    creat slideshow and upload them to popular document sharing sites.

    Create an MP3 file from the audio of your original video and use it to create podcasts and submit it to podcast sites. You can also submit it to MP3 sharing sites as well.

    Make a PDF from your articles and submit them to document sharing sites.

    Submit your article to popular web 2.0 sites with your video embeded on the article.

    Bookmark your video to the top bookmarking sites.

    Use animoto to create a simple video and blast those videos to a bunch of video sites except You Tube.
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    • Profile picture of the author Magicalidea
      Originally Posted by jamesemma4545 View Post

      These are the steps how to rank your youtube video:
      Find “Video Keywords”
      Make Your Video
      Upload Your Video With YouTube SEO in Mind
      Get Video Views
      Link Building
      I'm also using same method with yours. It works rarely well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Anton
    Volume is usually key to these types of authority websites that can handle the massive influx of links. Diversify the anchor text.

    If it's a high competition / high ROI per visitor/lead video then you can approach it the same as any other website, but know it can handle more of the tier 2 type links, such as forum profiles and blog comments.

    Currently ranking a Facebook Fan page for the term "affiliate marketing" using this strategy, because Facebook is highly trusted, same as Youtube.
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  • Profile picture of the author broty
    Do quality seo for your youtube video.
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    • Profile picture of the author seonutshell
      Originally Posted by broty View Post

      Do quality seo for your youtube video.
      Not needed at all lol
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  • Profile picture of the author seonutshell
    Basically do what you would do to rank a website in 2007 but to your video. It still works.
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    • Profile picture of the author ddev
      Originally Posted by seonutshell View Post

      Basically do what you would do to rank a website in 2007 but to your video. It still works.
      Agree. Not so many things changed here (backlinks / views / likes), and many times it's easier / faster to rank a YouTube video, than what it takes to rank text based content on a new domain.

      If you want to work less, try to make videos for long tailed keywords with less competition.
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by seonutshell View Post

      Basically do what you would do to rank a website in 2007 but to your video. It still works.
      As far as I know it doesn't work like that. InnovationStream was talking about the right stuff. YouTube has this thing they call "total engagement" which means user clicks, thumbs ups/downs, subscribes, comments, etc. They also track the viewing time of videos, not just views. There's the obvious stuff like titles and descriptions, but these community and video related factors are important. I believe this changed a lot in 2012.
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      • Profile picture of the author zinsavage123
        Some excellent points here. Yes as mentioned many ways to improve rankings. Social signals and interaction play a big role these days as well as views. i have seen many videos even marketing ones with views topple others videos who just rely on SEO/backlinking. Not always but majority of the time a video with real full retention views will almost always outrank a video with even the best SEO/backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author tubbytimmy1
    @ Anton and Seontushell, thanks, I keep hearing this advice but Ive tired it and so far no joy.

    If I understand it right the theory is that because YT is such an authority site, it wont get penalized for having spammy links and as such the links will help my vids rank.

    So far so good?

    So by blasting my vids with comments, bookmarks, wikis, profiles, etc the vids will rank much easier than ranking a webpage.

    So far so still good?

    So if Ive tried this and my vids arent rankings (Ive done very solid on page SEO) do I just keep building links? Do I need embeds as well? Is it basically a numbers game? Do follow/nofollow make much difference?

    Sorry to bombard you with questions, Ive been running tests on this for ages now and cant get the rankings...YET

    Any advice form people who know how to rank videos with out "quality SEO" greatly appreciated
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  • Profile picture of the author Roy Jones
    If you follow these steps ethically,you'll be able to achieve good youtuve rank:

    1. Focus on people first
    2. Likes, comments, shares matter
    3. Perform a good keyword research
    4. Write a script and upload a transcript
    5. Use youtube captions as a transcript alternative
    6. Host your video on youtube
    7. Embed youtube videos on your website
    8. Create video sitemaps
    9. Promote it on social media etc
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  • Profile picture of the author ldiaz117
    I rank videos pretty easily on Google. For videos, blast. For websites, do all the stuff above.
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  • Profile picture of the author davdwarnner
    Hello Kangen

    If you want to promote your, you tube video then create high page rank links, increase views,increase comments and increase likes and also do on page for you video and choose keywords from you tube keywords then if you can do all the factors proper the sure you video with get good rank in search engine

    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author koubain
    for youtube videos you can do this:
    1-increase the number of views
    2-do some blog commenting (high pr blog commenting do follow)
    3-on seo video
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  • Profile picture of the author bhagabati
    To rank youtube video you should do following methods
    1-Create backlinks from authority sites towards your youtube video url with keyword as anchored text
    2-submit your video to social networking sites like Facebook,twitter etc
    3-Place your keyword in the title of your youtube video also in the description
    4-Write a 200 words description with your keyword inside it.
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  • Profile picture of the author bisnismilyarder
    It's quite simple I think..To rank your youtube..Just create backlinks just like your money site..You can submit to social bookmark, blog comment etc..
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  • Profile picture of the author FSohlberg
    For me it has been fairly easy to rank on YT on medium hard keywords on first page within 2 weeks or so.

    Keyword research is important.
    Also use alternative keywords.
    Your description has to be good, with optimal keyword density, and at least 3 call to actions.
    Use TrafficGeyser to spread your video to other sites as well (this you have to do correctly for it to rank your YT video).
    Facebook, Twitter, and bookmarking sites.
    You can always give yourself extra boost with PPC.

    Sit back and relax, and video should make page 1 within a couple of weeks.

    I just need to try some really hard niches, and keywords now.
    (Have succeeded in part of IM before, but want more)

    I forgot to mention channel. Channel is important as well (description, and name).

    Post a video a week, and you can end up dominating your niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Once you understand that your ranking a web page & not the actual video, life gets easier because it's basic SEO (ranking a page).
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