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Make it Easier for Google to Crawl Your Videos

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Last week, Google announced the end of some of its services, and among them was the ability for users to upload videos to Google Video. They said they would be refocusing their attention on building a more comprehensive video search engine, and why not? They’ve already got YouTube.

Google Video Uploads Shut Down

Just because they’re putting a stop to uploading videos to Google Video, doesn’t mean that you can’t still submit your videos to them. By the way, Google Video Product Manager Amit Paunikar notes that Google Video search algorithms power YouTube as well as universal search.

Google has simplified the process for submitting sitemaps, and extended Video sitemaps support to include Media RSS feed. That said, Google offers the advice of including the following things in your sitemaps to make your videos easier to find:

1. Landing page URL: This is the page where the video is hosted. It’s better to have a unique landing page for each video on your site.

2. Video thumbnail URL: Thumbnails provide a strong visual cue to the user. Your video thumbnail should be representative of a snapshot from the video, and should not be misleading in any way.

3. Title & Description:
If these are accurate and descriptive, they not only help Google understand your video, but also help users choose the best video search result. Providing information about category, keyword tags and duration is always helpful.

As I recently discussed, video is becoming increasingly important to search. Making it easier for Google to crawl your videos has to help.

Make it Easier for Google to Crawl Your Videos
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    Compared to text, google cannot read the content of your video. Therefore Google is promoting it’s sitemap for video, in order to get as much info as possible while indexing Videos.

    You can see an exhaustive description of the google sitemap for videos at:
    www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=80472 ( i have it in french, hope you will see the english version).

    Some fields are facultatives yet i believe that filling all the fields will effectively increase the optimisation of your videos for search engines.

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      It’s interesting to see that Yahoo increased its US market share by 3%. I’ve always found that Yahoo does convert very well, often better than Google, so it’s definitely worth trying if you’re already using AdWords successfully.

  • http://www.newyorkcityseo.net Seo NY

    WOW, this is great…..Please if you got the time then just post a little article related to………..”what’s Link Cloaking and Why is it so Important?”.
    I am waiting for your post..