Quick question though. What about a video that ranks quickly within 24 hours and it has no engagment no comments to views… yet because its key word optimized for youtube it ranks very high maybe among low competition keywords!! How could you go into a high competeion keyword and make a great video and have it move to page 1 in a week!! starting from ground zero no engament but great video and SEO.


If you already have a YouTube channel, check the dashboard. Click Analytics. Go to Traffic source then, click YouTube search (on Creator Studio). These are the keywords that people use wherein one or more of your videos are displayed on the results page. You may be already targeting these keywords, but they can also reveal some that you missed out.
vidIQ Chrome Extension – install this Google extension, search your keyword in YouTube, and check out a few videos in the top results. You will see an SEO score based on how many likes, dislikes, views, comments, social shares, subscribers, view times, video engagement, and other metrics about the video. You can also see what tags are used and the video description length.

Quick question: You say you don’t recommend payed views (i.e. fiverr) which is understandable for various reasons. However, would you say that if you start from scratch (no social network whatsoever and a brand-new video) it could be beneficial to buy maybe 2,000-5,000 views, a bunch of likes/subscribers/etc. just to get it started and then let it grow organically?

Especially for new videos that you upload you want to check how your creation is working out. It can be daunting to click through many pages and scan for your video manually. That's why we created this special website to help you get YouTube SEO ranking quickly. Simply paste your video link and insert keyword you want to target and hit Enter. We'll display your ranking immediately.
2) Engagement factors are very important, but related to the point above, recency or frequency of engagement seems to carry a lot of weight as well. In other words, if your video has a million lifetime views but none in the last six months, YouTube is likely to favor something fresher. Just like site content, you want to aim for evergreen videos to capture your money keywords.

You don't have to check your video SEO ranking every single time. You can automate daily video ratings to your e-mail for absolutely free. Simply enter your email when results appear and we'll deliver your anticipated results to you mailbox. You can keep score of one video and one keyword for as long as you want. If you'd like to start ranking another video you can come to youtuberating.eu and type your e-mail address again. Your automating ranking tracking will be updated.
I do agree with your point of engagement. Should not ever try to ruin our content with spam comments, try to be innovative and little different from others (as, a pole star can always be easily detected between million of stars). So produce good content and engagement will be there, and this is how Google learn which video is liked by the masses and which is not.
I frequently see a lot of small businesses posting their product videos on YouTube and unsurprisingly finding that the content does very badly, providing little to no ultimate value back to them; while outranking their domain for their keywords and damaging the quality metrics of their YouTube channel through increasing the mean bounce rate and lowering overall engagement. This is a shame and i think comes from people taking a content agnostic approach to video hosting strategy, believing that there is a "right way" and a "wrong way" independent of the target audience and business goals.
Well you always write about the keyword “SEO” while giving YouTube examples. How can it help to YouTubers who don’t have any blogs or website (in step 3 – description part)? You could have given examples of YouTubers who are in entertainment industry as well because the people who visit your site are not necessarily webmasters. They could be anyone.
As for video hosting.  We are actually switching our primary site over to using Wistia right now (big process with over 2000 videos).  I love their sitemap feature.  We use Youtube to provide traffic and for branding and then try to compete with Youtube using the videos on our site.  However, competing with Youtube can be a difficult and often losing battle.  That being said the videos on our site raise our conversion rate so I can't really complain about that.
Have fun.  In my experiance the best bet is to upload a plain text file (no title) into the transcriptions tab. Don't worry about the time stamping the Youtube voice regonition algo is pretty good with matching the words up for CC.  Wait 3-4 minutes after you upload and you should be able to watch your video in closed caption mode to make sure that it worked right.
Brian it seems to me that one of the biggest downsides of videos on your site is the load time. So I was checking into lazy load. But then I read that Google doesn’t crawl videos if they are lazy loaded. Do you think lazy loading is a good idea? Basically what’s more important for SEO: speed, or having Google see the extra video content? Or is there another way to make videos faster?
Have fun.  In my experiance the best bet is to upload a plain text file (no title) into the transcriptions tab. Don't worry about the time stamping the Youtube voice regonition algo is pretty good with matching the words up for CC.  Wait 3-4 minutes after you upload and you should be able to watch your video in closed caption mode to make sure that it worked right.

Well, I know you’re “walking the talk” because I found this on the first page of Google while I was looking for ways to promote my family’s new YouTube parody channel! I really appreciate your tips and your videos are really professional. My question is, how do the “rules” differ for promoting funny videos? Are there good places you know of to post those? I know you’re crazy busy but I’d love to hear your advice!


Tags also help in terms of discovery. Make sure that the first tag is the target keyword (exact match). Include as many tags as possible about or related to the content of the video. For example, in ‘youtube seo’ keyword, you may also use “video marketing,” youtube marketing” or “how to make a video that every SEO will watch.” This also helps YouTube identify and show your videos on the Suggested videos sidebar.

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.

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