We’ve started adjusting the ranking of videos in YouTube search to reward engaging videos that keep viewers watching. […] The experimental results of this change have proven positive — less clicking, more watching. […] As with previous optimizations to our discovery features, this should benefit your channel if your videos drive more viewing time across YouTube.

Hey Brian! As you know I like to perfect my video rankings in Google. So I would like to share what’s been simply amazing for me. Case study Google search tube sniper pro or any version of that keyword, review, 2, 2 review. And I’m number 1. Won’t share all my secrets but I’m more than generous. I’ve managed to rank well by doing 3 simple things. 1. Using Soovle.com to get lsi keywords. 2. Commenting on the top 3 videos on YouTube for my topic. 3. Adding the top 3 ranking videos on Google YouTube username to my tags and the end of my description. What really helps my rankings is the suggested video views I get from adding the top video tags. Google loves that. Picture this… if the top rated video is being watched and the link is being clicked then the user is finding what they were looking for in Google’s eyes. Genius really.

These are all great. I am working on implementing most of these. My biggest issue is my site is brand new (2 months). I am ranking for a lot but seem to be limited because, I am assuming, google will not give enough trust to a new site. What should I be doing to overcome the newness of my site? I buy houses in the Dallas Fort Worth area and if you are not number 1 on google then you might as well be on page 10! Any advise would be well received and please keep up the great work!
Thanks for sharing and explaining the Ultimate Youtube SEO guide, very helpfull! I have a question, is it better to rank hosted videos (for example Wistia) which don’t show up in Youtube or to rank Youtube videos? Hosted videos show up in google video and take the visitor directly to your page while youtube does not (only in description). Which video platform would you advise?
Ron, Google just had some major updates, avoid buying any type of views. Like I previous said, high pr backlinks is what you need. Best practice is using about 5 do follow web 2.0 properties to link directly to your YouTube video, and build all backlinks to your 5 web 2.0 properties so if your video gets deleted from buying views you still have all that backlink juice that you can redirect to the new video.
Hello. I just want to say thanks for this tutorial, it is SUPER HELPFUL! One question though; I can’t seem to find where on my channel or which page that shows me the “About Results” you know, for determining if a key word is too large to compete with. I see in your tutorials how it appears at the top of the page not too far from where it says “filter” after searching the word or phrase. Did YouTube get rid if this display? Please let me know brother when you can. Thanks!@
Great article Brian – thanks! Quick question – I had kind of noticed that some search terms Google seems to not want to return videos in the results at all. If we can rank it for a longer tail keyphrase will Google then be more likely to consider ranking it for the original phrase you can’t get ranked for? For example,if I wanted to rank for Holiday Cottages in The Loire (which I wasn’t able to get a video to show up in at ALL for about the first 10 pages) – If I ranked it for How to Book Holiday Cottages in The Loire – would that help get a ranking for that first phrase I wanted to target (Holiday Cottages in The Loire)? Thanks
Great post thank you for putting this all together, great info.! I have been experimenting around with these tactics for about last 3 months and have found comparable results. Actually, it’s funny, you can use similar backlinking strategies for ranking a Facebook page, that’s is what I have found. So now I know I can rank a FB page or a YT video pretty quickly, like you say, like back in ’09, haha, when life was grand! I have used some other services for real, human, YT views, some even offer ‘full views’ or percentage of ‘full views’. Great post just wanted to thank you! Keep up the good work!
Great post, Brian! I put up a bunch of videos on Youtube that were actually music tracks I produced.. come to find out Youtube banned by account. Why? Probably because I bought views from a website called vingler.com. All the views are from real people, but they are not high retention. I suppose that tripped some kind of red flag and Yotube shut my account down. I still have a personal account, though. I going to try this again!

I am not even appearing in the SERP (Youtube) while searching for the title of the video. Another point is we have distributed the copyright of our video with other premium youtube channel and now they are appearing almost everywhere in the SERP (even when a user search for the title). They are also expending $90 on a daily basis to promote that video.

[…] Los motores de búsqueda son muy sofisticados, pero aún tienen limitaciones virtuales que el cerebro humano no tiene. Descubrir cómo clasificar un sitio completamente nuevo en la optimización de motores de búsqueda de Google es una acumulación de estrategias y técnicas utilizadas para aumentar el número de visitantes a un sitio web al obtener una clasificación alta en los resultados de búsqueda. Una característica importante del SEO es hacer que su sitio web sea inteligible tanto para los usuarios como para los robots de los motores de búsqueda. El SEO ayuda a los motores a descubrir de qué se trata una página en particular y cómo puede ser útil para los usuarios. En el alto nivel de competencia actual, es imperativo estar lo más alto posible en los resultados de búsqueda, y eso viene con una estrategia de SEO eficiente. Sin embargo, muchos no están seguros de cómo clasificar un nuevo sitio web en Google. Echemos un vistazo a los dos tipos de SEO: SEO en la página y SEO fuera de la página. SEO en la página El SEO en la página es la práctica de optimizar páginas individuales para obtener una clasificación más alta y ganar tráfico orgánico más relevante. En este artículo, encontrará diferentes consejos sobre el SEO en la página: 1. Inicie las etiquetas de título con su palabra clave objetivo: su empresa / producto puede estar justo en la página de resultados de búsqueda de Google con la palabra clave adecuada, canalizando una gran cantidad de tráfico a su sitio web Por el contrario, una palabra clave desacertada o inadecuada puede hacer que la oportunidad de su sitio de prominencia sea más remota que nunca. El título del artículo define su contenido y, como tal, un título rico en palabras clave tiene mayor peso con Google. En general, cuanto más cerca esté la palabra clave del comienzo de la etiqueta del título, más peso tendrá con los motores de búsqueda. Puede ver esto en acción buscando la palabra clave competitiva en Google. Como puede ver, la mayoría de las páginas que se clasifican para palabras clave competitivas las ubican estratégicamente al comienzo de sus etiquetas de título. Aunque no es obligatorio, es prudente hacerlo, ya que hará que su sitio web sea más relevante para lo que buscan las personas. 2. Suelte la palabra clave en las primeras 100 palabras: el lugar ideal para comenzar a poner palabras clave en un artículo es dentro de las primeras 100 palabras. Hay muchos para quienes esto viene naturalmente, pero una gran cantidad de bloggers prefieren una introducción larga antes de molestarse con una palabra clave. Esto no es aconsejable debido a las razones obvias por las que Google no lo encontraría muy relevante en los resultados de búsqueda. Aquí hay un ejemplo de Positionly (Unamo SEO ya): se utilizó una palabra clave “marketing de contenidos” al principio del artículo. Colocar una palabra clave cerca del comienzo del artículo asegura que Google tenga más facilidad para comprender el tema y la relevancia del artículo. 3. Use enlaces salientes: los enlaces salientes son la fuente principal de atraer más atención a su sitio web. Hay muchas personas que cometen el error de no incluir enlaces a otros sitios web / artículos. Los enlaces salientes muestran a Google que el artículo es válido e informativo y que ambos son requisitos vitales para la clasificación. Por lo tanto, asegúrese de que si no lo está haciendo, agregue enlaces salientes a cada uno de sus artículos. Solo asegúrese de que los enlaces sean lo suficientemente relevantes para su contenido y de fuentes auténticas y de alta calidad. 4. Escriba meta descripciones para cada página: las meta descripciones son uno de los elementos más importantes y visibles, junto a su etiqueta de título y URL, que convencen a las personas de hacer clic. Si desea tráfico en su último artículo y de manera eficiente en su sitio web, asegúrese de que las meta descripciones sean atractivas e informativas. Deben despertar la curiosidad del espectador dentro del límite de 150 palabras. Recuerde que USTED también hace clic en un resultado en particular después de leer la meta descripción. La misma mentalidad se extiende a tu audiencia. Presta atención a las meta descripciones y, naturalmente, verás los resultados. 5. Ponga su palabra clave objetivo en la URL: como las palabras clave son esencialmente la columna vertebral del SEO en la página, debe prestarles mucha atención. No hay razón para no incluirlos en sus URL. La inclusión tiene sus beneficios. Cuando asimila la palabra clave objetivo en la URL, se asegura de que Google tenga otra razón y forma de considerar su artículo como más relevante para una frase en particular. 6. Agregue palabras clave a su publicación estratégicamente: la ubicación estratégica de palabras clave es fundamental para el éxito de una publicación … Fuente […]
Google updates its search algorithm frequently. For example, on February 23rd, 2016, Google made significant changes to AdWords, removing right-column ads entirely and rolling out 4-ad top blocks on many commercial searches. While this was a paid search update, it had significant implications for CTR for both paid and organic results, especially on competitive keywords.
Hey Eddy, my name is Stanford Pelage I am a YouTube and Google seo expert. I’ve made several comments on this thread and I would suggest that you went through the entire comments and look click ctrl f and type mrpelge and read all of my comments, that would drastically help you. The thing about YouTube Google rankings since April 2014 Google had a major update, many vseo have been crying but the solution is pretty simple. Treat your important videos like a website, don’t over optimize and don’t keyword stuff. Everyone says to do long articles, I would recommend a 1,000-1,500 word unique article for YouTube videos with a lot of competition. Don’t spam your video filename, don’t spam the tags. Just 3-5 tags would be sufficient. Main keyword,main keyword with an s and an lsi keyword and what your product does would be perfect, don’t want to confuse Google, that represents spam.

Just to be clear. 100-200 views just to give your video that presence, (nobody wants to be the first person to watch your video) 3-5 days after you upload it in the span of 25-50 views a day until you at 100-200 views. Then just keep building quality links then everything else should be natural especially the traffic. Or what’s the point? Have a video getting 100 views per month making me $500. Keyword research should be your main concern, then rankings come easy.
What about subtitles & closed captions? I see in one of your comment replies that you’ve uploaded transcripts of your videos but looks like Youtube has 1 spot for transcripts and another for subtitles/CC. Have you tested both transcripts and subtitles/CC? Also, I know the difference between subtitles and CC but there doesn’t appear to be anyone that’s tested once vs the other. Might be something to test.
There is much you can do right with YouTube but there is also a lot of things you can do wrong! For instance all of my affiliate videos are on the same channel, if Google decided i violated their tos I would have to start all over but Google see the value I bring. I would suggest using different channels for different niches rather than having 1 channel or 1,000 channels.
Great article Brian – thanks! Quick question – I had kind of noticed that some search terms Google seems to not want to return videos in the results at all. If we can rank it for a longer tail keyphrase will Google then be more likely to consider ranking it for the original phrase you can’t get ranked for? For example,if I wanted to rank for Holiday Cottages in The Loire (which I wasn’t able to get a video to show up in at ALL for about the first 10 pages) – If I ranked it for How to Book Holiday Cottages in The Loire – would that help get a ranking for that first phrase I wanted to target (Holiday Cottages in The Loire)? Thanks
WOW, That’s what i’d call a detailed, step by step guide. I have one question though. When you promote your youtube video (aka building backlinks), have you noticed if it affects it’s rankings inside youtube? Of course if a video is displayed on google it certainly has more views and likes which can affect it’s rankings inside youtube search engine, but i’d like to know if simply by building links on it, i will see positive results inside youtube.

Hey Brian, thanks for the great information. Most S.E.O (Trainers) leave out a lot of useful information leaving me stuck but not you man. I already signed up for the checklist and ready to work hard. I’m starting a beauty channel and beauty blog and we both know I need all the S.E.O tips that are around lol. Thanks again and looking forward to read more of your great content!

Ok I had a recent video that literally a week later was on page one for keyword which was competitive and now it’s fallen way off serps. I’ve dug around and heard that GGle/YT in Feb did an algo change. All I know is I was so happy and then depressed as nothing in the video had changed…Any comments. And I haven’t read the comments yet perhaps some info…
Google’s aim is to provide the most relevant result for any given query. Their entire business model relies on them being able to do this, consistently, across hundreds of billions of searches. For that reason, they’ve invested heavily into understanding the intent of queries, i.e., the reason a person typed a specific thing into Google in the first place.
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