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How We Rank Videos in YouTube and Google Search

  • December 24, 2018

About the author

Ryan Stewart

I have an unhealthy obsession with being considered the world's BEST internet marketer. I'm highly active on social media and love a good debate.

Our YouTube Channel recently surpassed 4 million minutes of organic video views.


youtube growth


In addition to WEBRIS, we started a YouTube Channel for our ecommerce store, Laces Out. In 11 months, we’ve received over 82k views.




When I originally wrote this post, I thought our “organic” views came from videos ranking in Google searches. However, our YouTube Analytics tells a different story. Our top traffic sources are:

  • WEBRIS: “Suggested Videos” (34% of total views)
  • Laces Out: YouTube Search (57% of total views)



So, I’ve modified this post to focus on growth from all organic sources:

  • Ranking in Google organic search
  • Ranking in YouTube internal search
  • Ranking for “up next” and “suggested” videos

Let’s get into it…


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Part 1 – Targeting your videos

For certain search queries, a video is a better result than a website.

If you’re searching for information on “how to tie a tie”… would you rather read an article or watch a video?


That’s a rhetorical question – I know the answer because Google is telling us by showing videos as results.

Some other query types that trigger video results:

This is incredibly important because it tells us what type of videos to focus on. Instead of videos about your business, you should be teaching, sharing, training and helping.

Now, I’m not saying this is the only thing – there’s plenty of directions you can go.

However, focusing on creating videos that inform will put you in the best position to succeed, I promise.

“But…I run a business, that needs to sell stuff to stay open. Why do I care if people are watching a ‘how-to’ video about tying a tie”?

Fair question. Let’s break this down using a funnel:


Let’s say you own an ecommerce shop that sells men’s clothing:

Top of funnel

  • There’s HUGE search volume around wardrobe help – styling, fitting, outfit combinations, etc.
  • While these searches have no direct purchase intent, there’s a tremendous amount of value in reaching new, relevant audiences with engaging content.
  • It’s a much better first impression that an advertisement.

Mid funnel

  • When someone is about to purchase an item, what do they do? Check for reviews.
  • It just so happens YouTube is HUGE for reviews – these videos can rank really, really well.

You can attack this is 3 ways:

  • Have someone on your team create reviews.
  • Pay a 3rd party to create reviews for you (Fiverr gig).
  • Pay an influencer to do a review and post on their Channel.

Predator Nutrition is an ecommerce site that sells health and fitness supplements. They have their own private label products, but mainly they’re a retailer (meaning they sell other brands as well).

When we were doing the initial keyword research for them, we found that the #1 keyword attached to the products they sold was “reviews”.


We had their team create video reviews of the highly searched products – using the process in the rest of this post, we ranked them in Google for these keywords.


This is important as it’s really hard to rank an ecommerce product page for “review” keywords. Generally, Google is looking to rank an unbiased, 3rd party source for review searches.

Using YouTube, you can sneak in behind the power of the domain and rank for your own products.

Another perfect example of this is creating video product reviews. The Wandering RV does this with this review blog post and video. Not only does the video rank on the first page for “Solo Stove Bonfire Review”, but the blog post itself also ranks right underneath it.

youtube reviews


Picking keywords for videos

I generally start by putting the website’s keywords into YouTube search. Then, I look for signs that it’s a keyword I want to attack:

  • Are they showing ads? This shows that the search is popular enough to pay for.
  • Do they top videos have a lot of views? If so, this tells me that keyword has a high search volume.
  • Are the top results achievable? Click on the top accounts and see how many Subscribers they have, view count, etc.
  • What type (intent) of videos are on top? Format (review, how to, movie), length (how long).


When I find relevant, high volume keywords with low competition, I build out a content calendar:

YouTube Content Calendar


The calendar breaks down everything:

  • Draft and go live dates
  • Topics and keywords
  • Video title and tags
  • Video length, content type and tips

I pass this document to my offshore team who manages the uploading, graphics and formatting for me.


Part 2 – Optimizing your videos

Before you start uploading videos, you might consider cleaning up your Channel’s appearance.

Creative and Channel branding is incredibly important – you want to customize a number of items, including:

  • About section (contact, links, blurb)
  • Logo (controlled through your Google+ profile pic)
  • Channel cover photo (2560 x 1440 pixels)
  • Individual video image (1280 x 720 pixels)

You can get quality design work done for cheap on Fiverr.


In addition, you want to setup Playlists that group your videos logically. I like to create them for display on our Channel page to help people find our top videos.

A good brand helps drive more subscribers – no one wants to follow a channel that looks like shit. Most importantly, that brand will help you stand out in the “Up next” videos, stealing clicks away from competitors.



Rename your raw video’s file

YouTube is pretty damn smart, but they can’t see what your video is about (yet…). Much like image SEO, YouTube sees your video’s file name.

It’s easy to do:

  • On your desktop, find the video file.
  • Right click on the file and select “Get Info”.
  • Add some tags to your video that are related to the content.
  • Under “Name & Extension”, name the file after your #1 an #2 keywords. For example: How to Rank YouTube Videos – Ranking Videos in Google.
  • Throw in a brief description of your video in the comments field.


Now you’re ready to upload your file to YouTube.

When you dump the file in the upload section the raw video name will pull through – leave it as is. This is the title you want for your video.


Optimize the Title

Titles are incredibly important – they’re a major ranking factor. When I write titles, I include at least 3 of the following in each:

  • Biggest keyword
  • Intent modifier
  • Secondary keywords
  • Clickbait




youtube video titles


Create the Tags

While some think tags have no affect, I kindly disagree – they’re there for a reason.

I like to steal my tags from the competition.

  • Install TubeBuddy browser plugin
  • Type your main keywords into YouTube search
  • Click on top ranked videos
  • Click “tags” by TubeBuddy to view competitor tags
  • Copy and paste these into your video’s tags

Stealing Tags YouTube


Tags are used by search engines for classification – I believe using the same tags as the top ranked videos helps to associate you with their keywords.


Write the description

I’ve seen plenty of videos ranking high with NO descriptions, so I don’t image it’s something that even gets crawled by YouTube anymore.

YouTube is not a conversion channel – that action needs to take place elsewhere. The description is a great place to push people to owned platforms.

In the description, I like to:

  • Write at least 200 words of unique, descriptive wording. I like to summarize what the video is about (don’t keyword stuff).
  • Add links to other videos on your Channel.
  • Add external links to website and social profiles.

Now, we’re ready for the next section.


Part 3 – Promoting your videos

From my data, the #1 ranking factor is user engagement.

That means things like:

  • “Dwell time” (how long people are watching your videos for)
  • Share rate (social)
  • Links and embeds on other sites
  • Channel Subscriber count (real ones)


The problem is, how can you get engaged views with no audience and no organic rankings?

Manual promotion.

It’s a pain in the ass, but as I mentioned before, building a YouTube Channel takes commitment. If you don’t have an audience, you have to build one.

Tactics to get views

When I first got started on YouTube, I had a promotional process. Every time I published a video, I did the following:

1. Post to a Facebook Group

Facebook Groups are awesome, but you have to be careful not to spam the group and get booted. I always recommend spending some time building a presence before dropping links bombs everywhere.



2. Find a relevant Quora thread

Straight forward – search for a relevant thread, write a good answer and embed your video for further info.



3. Post it to LinkedIn

I’ve always had a good sized audience through connections on LinkedIn (which can be built manually also, by the way). I create a new post on my personal page about the YouTube video and embed it there.



4. Embed in the blog

We re-built our blog posts to include an embeddable YouTube video in the header. It’s an extra place to capture views, easily.



5. Hit some Google+ Communities

They say Google+ is dead, but Communities are still hanging on. You can drop a link to your videos in there, the key is finding engaged Communities, which is becoming a challenge.



6. Send to email list

Email is by far the best promotional tactic – you can send a steady stream of engaged views right away, which is a huge ranking and quality signal to YouTube.



The ultimate goal is to build your Channel into a reputable source for YouTube – this comes through building engagement on your videos.

If you can do that, YouTube will do all the promotional work for you.


Tactics to get links and embeds

If you do everything up to this point, your videos will rank well within YouTube. To rank in Google organic Search you need to build links to your videos.

YouTube is a Domain Authority 99 site, meaning the domain has a massive spam tolerance. This allows us to build lower quality links, safely.

Contextual links

1 or 2 quality contextual links will rank just about any video. I like to use guest post and sponsored posts, as often times you can get a nice embed in there as well.

Reddit links

If you find the right SubReddit, and you have the right video, you can get some great links and engagement from Reddit.

Read my guide to Reddit.

Reddit Links

Blog comments

When done properly, you can get pretty good links from blog comments. Our team is instructed to find opportunity by searching Google for articles about our video, commenting and adding a link or embed for reference.

Blog Comments

Forum comments

In certain niches, forums are active and great sources of traffic. They’re also a solid source of links for YouTube videos.


That’s all I got – I’m happy to answer questions if you leave them in the comments!

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Comments ( 350 )

  • Haley Says
    8 years ago

    Great suggestion on including thumbnails. I really have been dropping the ball on this one!

  • Willy. S Says
    8 years ago

    Very good tips from the expert. This is a rare knowledge. May try to implement these tips sooner.

  • Robby P. Baggio Says
    8 years ago

    Must be practiced. Thanks for the tips and this valuable information

  • Stoe Says
    8 years ago

    I have been really struggling trying to rank my videos in YouTube. Glad I found your post, just what I needed!

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    8 years ago

    You’re welcome, Stoe.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    8 years ago

    You’re welcome, Robby.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    8 years ago

    Thanks Willy – kind words!

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    8 years ago

    You’re welcome, Haley.

  • Rose Says
    8 years ago

    I like #7 tip about dressing up your channel. Many people ignore this as I’ve seen some very bland uninteresting channels. This is an important step for overall positive effect.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    8 years ago

    Thanks Rose!

  • Adnan Mughal Says
    8 years ago

    author’s deep understanding of google and youtube algorithm is appreciable. very informative article for video ranking on youtube. I personally uploaded lots of videos
    on youtube but cannot take care of many of the practices found in this article. great job by the author…

  • Holka Says
    8 years ago

    This is a lot of detail on how to rank youtube vids. I can tell you put a lot of time and testing into this. I will follow your tips!

  • Austill Says
    8 years ago

    YouTube/Google is starting to ban so many videos for no apparent reason. Quite honestly I’m tired of dealing with them but I know it’s a powerful platform to ignore.

  • Austill Says
    8 years ago

    Thanks a mil, I will try these out and see if they work for me.

  • Melendres Says
    8 years ago

    I had no idea that Youtube was the 2nd largest search engine in the world. Not suprised tho being that it’s owned by Google.

  • Mcmurry Says
    8 years ago

    Very use youtube optimization tips -especially pointers about keyword use and placement.

  • Bryan Says
    8 years ago

    Great post. Thanks to Justin Brooke for the recommendation as well.

    Right to the point to give me what I need fast! Thank you Ryan.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    8 years ago

    Hey Bryan,

    Thanks for the support – I already reached out to Justin and thanked him for the feature. Be sure and check back often, I’m posting new content just like this every week.

  • Tuning Says
    8 years ago

    I think a key thing you said was “you have to optimize your videos in accordance to YouTube’s search algorithm”. Many people don’t realize this and just go about optimizing that they generally do – without tweaking specifically for YouTube. This makes all the difference.

  • Bhalla Says
    8 years ago

    it seem hard to get youtube vid to rank but your post help me learn good tip , thanks.

  • Berri Says
    8 years ago

    I sure didn’t know there were so many facets that go into ranking a YouTube vid. Guess I really need to go back to the drawing board.

  • Derrick Rodkin Says
    8 years ago

    I like your style in explaining. Really matter-a-fact trim the fat!

  • Gresco Says
    8 years ago

    Great advice because If you’re not opimizing your vids to rank in Google, you are missing a shitload of traffic!

  • albertis mccray Says
    8 years ago

    Great stuff Ryan. As a 20 year Navy retiree turned entrepreneur, this is quality content and will definitely help me with my marketing business. Thanks again.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    8 years ago

    I appreciate that Albertis – and thank you for your service to our country!

  • Blackie Says
    8 years ago

    I agree with everything you said..Except the part where you group competition level under search volumes.

    Not true. I have a 22k keyword with pretty low competition in SERPS.

    You know competition is about more than that, and you know that. 🙂

    I would be able to rank the 22k keyword of mine with:

    “Low competition (<400 monthly searches)

    Drip fed or manually placed over a 30 day period
    30 social bookmarks (drip fed)
    6 Web 2.0s links (15 tier 2 social bookmarks on each link)
    1 PBN link"

    Anyway, hope you agree.

    Have a good day!

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    8 years ago

    i agree – there is a difference between search volume and competition. however (and i think you’ll agree), higher search volume generally means higher competition – especially around intent laden keywords. for example, some people’s names get searched for 50,000 times a month, but those names are very hard to monetize. you could easily rank a video with little to no backlinks at the video, but it would be pointless. so yes, while i agree with you, the argument holds for a generalized purpose.

  • Austin Says
    8 years ago

    “Add channel images. Not only does it help users identify with your content, but YouTube as well. If you upload your image in accordance with search engine optimization best practices it will send a signal to search spiders. For example, YouTube-channel-name-channel-keywords.jpg will help add context to your page”……I like the fact that you straightened this out. Thanks!

  • John Says
    8 years ago

    Hey Ryan, great way to rank videos you have.

    Off topic here: what is the name of your left side social share plugin. I like it and I want to use this on my blog.

    Thanks. 😀

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    8 years ago

    thanks john.

    the plug in is cresta social share.

  • michelle Says
    8 years ago

    Very informative – learnt a stack. Thanks

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    8 years ago

    thanks michelle

  • Marcus Says
    8 years ago

    In optimizing your video, make your title as close to the key phrase as possible without it looking like a facade for blatant SEO tactics. Location plays a big part, as does your business name.

  • Brian Says
    8 years ago

    Looking to read content easier. Any way of getting rid of your Social Medial Share button? Look like some good info thanks for sharing!

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    8 years ago

    if you stretch your browser all the way across, it should respond.

  • Janee Says
    8 years ago

    Amazing information! Exactly what I need to grow our channel. Thank you for posting!

  • Josh Miller Says
    8 years ago

    Great post!

  • gabriel Says
    8 years ago

    this one I will use with a lot of circumspection: “If you need to, you can always buy social signals. There are a number of quality vendors out there – if you don’t know where to begin, check Fiverr.”
    YT can easily figure out that you’re trying to force the game anf ban your channel..

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    8 years ago

    Very good point Gabriel – I need to update the article as I no longer BUY social signals, I’ve found ways to generate them manually.

  • Becky Smith Says
    8 years ago

    Hey Ryan, we’d like a quote for you to do this as a service for our youtube videos. Please email me if you have interest, thanks.

  • jafafa hots Says
    8 years ago

    No wonder videos similar to but inferior to mine get 20k views when mine get maybe 2k.

    I was totally unaware of item #3… not only no metadata in the upload file, but horrible titles, I figured changing the title on YouTube was enough.

  • Paul Says
    8 years ago

    Some really good tips here. These are definitely evergreen tips for Youtube rankings.

    Has anyone looked at Video Rankr by Joshua Zamora by any chance? I’d be interested to hear your review on it: https://twitter.com/Ardral_Kirby/status/620174055266775040

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    8 years ago

    anything automated either doesn’t work for long or doesn’t work at all. that was a very smooth move slipping the link to the tweet as opposed to a site – i’ll be using that in the future!

  • PrasanthKps Online Says
    8 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful tips by the way..I Will keep this things remember to all my videos.

  • Simon Says
    8 years ago

    Great tips Ryan – not only a good affirmation of my current YT strategy, also picked up a nugget about adding description & comments to the raw image.

    Here’s a couple of tips to add: (some are local SEO only)
    1. In your video description, add the following links:
    a. your website
    b. the link to the video (yes, the same video you are editing)
    c. Add a link to a related video on your channel. (known as silo link building)

    2. Transcribe the content (as mentioned), and modify as needed for keyword optimization, taking care to keep it natural and not overstuffed. My clients’ videos are typically less than 2 minutes, so I transcribe myself, but I should probably outsource that to avoid carpel tunnel!

    4. (Local SEO) Include the NAP at the top of the description

    I’ve been able to get videos ranked to page 1 of YT in about 24 hours (unless they are difficult keywords) and sometimes under an hour for more local, lower competition keywords. Last night, I ranked 2 new videos at #1 & #2, beating out a local competitor who has been there for a long time.

    Thanks for your awesome content!

  • Drew Says
    8 years ago

    This is ninja stuff Ryan! I thought I was half-way decent at getting videos to rank in several hours but knew there had to be key steps I was missing. Thanks to your article I think I found those few tactics!

    P.S. I hope no one else finds this article but considering you have it on page 1 of google for every long tail I tried I doubt that will happen 😉

  • Dan Ewah Says
    8 years ago

    This post is amazing, I learnt so many things on how to rank videos on Google.

    Thanks for taking the time to write this very detailed post.



  • Simon Says
    8 years ago

    Outstanding Ryan. Thank you so much

    Like Becky asked re >Hey Ryan, we’d like a quote for you to do this as a service for our youtube videos. Please email me if you have interest, thanks.

  • Simon Says
    8 years ago

    Hi again

    We just tried to apply via your website

    Got this message >Failed to send your message. Please try later or contact the administrator by another method.

  • Brian Says
    8 years ago

    Get tips, thanks.
    To transcribe audio/video try rev.com, I’ve used them a few times for videos or podcasts.

  • ahmed farouk badawi Says
    8 years ago

    how much links per day in 60 period ??

  • Atiq-BaBa Says
    8 years ago

    Pretty informative, helping and Rare information i have red in this artical. Thanks for giving such a good stuff.

  • dorothy Says
    8 years ago

    How can we post youtube links in other websites and PBNs? Do people charge to get links listed in their PBNs? what is the process to find out PBNs in our domain?

  • jose Says
    8 years ago

    I disagree with some of your ideas, i have ranked dozens of videos of all types, non of them were tutorials, most of them promote a product or service. A lot of those videos still rank today first page in Google and YouTube.

    Where i agree with you is that, if your content is crap, it does not matter if you are first place on page one in Google and Youtube, nobody is gonna watch your stuff.

    Still, if you put up a good video, even if it promotes stuff it produces views

    Its all about timing, backlings and massive action

  • John Says
    8 years ago

    This contained a little more insightful detail than the average tutorial. Thanks

  • Tahir Says
    7 years ago

    I read All YouTube Ranking Factor. this is awesome article….

  • Neha Sharma Says
    7 years ago

    Hii.. I need some tips regarding my doupts actually m working on many seo projects. In my 1 project m very disappoint bcoz m done gud on page and also off page bt my ranking is not in google no 1 page pls suggest me wt to do… Thanku

  • Shane Wall Says
    7 years ago

    One question: So… when I edit my film in YT’s Editor, it renames it: “yt-editor.flv” Is that ONLY YouTube’s way of noting that my edited, original (video+endslate) was created by their Editor Software, and, therefore, my original raw file name of the video is “recognized” by their rankings… as being the same as those within my keywords, description & video title… to keep me high in their rankings??? Help! …please.

  • Sonali Malhotra Says
    7 years ago

    How to promote my dating website by seo, have some suggestions.?

  • Benny qibal Channel Says
    7 years ago

    Is it still work in 2016? Im not sure..

  • Deewakar Tyagi Says
    7 years ago

    What if, we want to rank keywords like “funny fails” best parkour” etc. Hope you’ll reply!!.

    Thanks in Advance! 🙂

  • Vikas Singh Says
    7 years ago

    Recently I came across a video “Dollar Shave Club” and then I have realised if you really want to rank write/shoot
    for the user not for SPIDER (Responsible for Google rank)

    This website got 18000 backlinks within the first month of release and it been a year and they have got 90000 backlinks
    from all the leading news channel and websites.

    So just be real, users do not want drama.

  • Vikas Singh Says
    7 years ago

    Nice article, recently I came across a video called ‘Dollar Shave Club’. Within an hour of

    publishing, this video got an unbelievable number of hits.

    After one month this video received 18000 backlinks from all the leading new channels and media

    sources. Now it been one year and this video received 90000 backlinks.

    I personally believe that we should write/shoot for users not for SPIDER (For Google rank)

  • Ryan Meley Says
    7 years ago

    Hey Ryan,

    I have a question and maybe you will be able to provide me some quality feedback.

    I work with a business and they do very will with a lot of their YouTube videos. However, the videos are continually being stolen and uploaded to spam YouTube accounts.

    In some cases I’ve had them pulled; but it’s just becoming a pain.

    When a spam account lists a YouTube video, does this hurt the primary video in anyway?

    Sometimes they steal content and the video and sometimes just the video.

    I look forward to your thoughts.


  • Wayne Says
    7 years ago

    Interesting that possibly the most important hack to rank a YouTube video isn’t included in this list. Actually, from my searches on Google, it seems like very few people seem to know about it. Sorry, I’m not going to reveal it here because I plan to include it in a book on internet marketing I intend to sell on JVZoo sometime this year. Suffice it to say that the hack involves simply including a short string of characters in the video’s description. I learned about it from an SEO guru.

    Anyway, the tips you’ve provided are still quite good.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    thanks for the backhanded complement, but i’ll take it. good luck in jvzoo!

  • Vu Anh Says
    7 years ago

    Very helpful. Could you please give me your skype, or add my skype : anhtuan1911
    If possible please help me a few in building a youtube channel. Thanks a lot!

  • Gary Fitzpatrick Web Design Says
    7 years ago

    Great article Ryan! You might want to check Hack #9, looks like the information for the
    Low competition and High competition sections is duplicated.

  • Andrew Says
    7 years ago

    I have a dear friend and business partner that needs a video to rank for reputation management purposes, quickly. The keyword would be his name which is very unique. I would like to have a private conversation with someone we can hire to handle this.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    Hey Andrew – feel free to submit via our contact page to get in touch (https://webris.org/contact)

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    Thanks for the heads up Gary

  • Gaurav Gupta Says
    7 years ago

    hi ryan

    please help me
    i m new in you tube channel..

    please increse my subscriber

  • Rambabu Mudragalla Says
    7 years ago

    Hi Ryan,iam working on Youtube seo,this is very helpful for me.great job!.If i have any doubts i will post,please reply me.thank you.

  • Kik Says
    7 years ago

    Great Info! I was always told that it was easier to rank a video vs a site but, it seems like the process and time line are the same.

  • habib Says
    7 years ago

    good job

  • Mahedi Says
    7 years ago

    Extremely helpful. One of the best.
    Thanks Ryan.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    you’re welcome

  • Syed Komail Says
    7 years ago

    Helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Youtube Guy Says
    7 years ago

    Thank You Very Much I Will Post my results after l try this

  • Nick Says
    7 years ago

    Great tips. I never considered the external links. Looks like I have some work to do.

  • YoutubeRanker.Info Says
    7 years ago

    thank you rian, it’s totally helpful..
    but if you want to combine this guide with my powerful tool taht will rank your youtube videos, just access my website. Its free.. 🙂

  • Sunil Keshari Says
    7 years ago

    Thanks for good article

  • Googleseo4u Says
    7 years ago

    Thanks a lot.. Realy a GREAT ARTICLE

  • Roland Takaoka Says
    7 years ago

    Greetings, Ryan. Wonderful article, and still fair current in relevance.

    The question on my mind….

    If you DON’T edit the transcription, can it hurt your SEO? I know YouTube’s transcription engine can be brutal. So, other than having the wrong script dialogue displayed in accompaniment of the video, and irrelevant corniness be among the array of option results, does not having an accurate transcription have the potential of dampening relevance?

    I heard years ago that YouTube’s transcription and/or your edited transcription affect YouTube’s categorization of your video, which seems unfair, since they can get it consistently so WRONG! :o)

    Any feedback you might have is appreciated. I value your opinion.

    Thanks. Roland

  • Charles Bergman Says
    7 years ago


  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    hey charles … yes! i use these tactics everyday, still, in late 2016

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    no, if you dont use the transcription it wont HURT you, it just wont hep you. i generally just write a 2 PPG summary of the video, i dont go for the whole transcription anymore – find the notes are more valuable to the audience than a long transcription

  • Sherry Mills Says
    7 years ago

    Sooooo helpful, Ryan! Thank you!!

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    youre welcome sherry!

  • ibrar Says
    7 years ago

    great inforamtion of seo

  • ahmed Says
    7 years ago

    thank you brother for sharing these informations ,it is more useful for me to boost viewer of my channel thank you again for your efforts keep going <3 <3

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    thanks ahmed!

  • Liz Says
    7 years ago

    Thanks Ryan for this valuable info you’ve shared with us! These are helpful tips for anyone looking effective techniques on YouTube SEO, I have implemented some tips that you’ve mentioned here and yes it works up to now, I’ve added social bookmarking strategies as well since that is what we provide – social bookmarks (feel free to check fiverrfanatic on Fiverr) – for YouTube videos so that backlinks will come naturally.

  • Mirza Shahbaz Says
    7 years ago

    Sir i think i have a problem in my youtube channel called MsGear. Sir I have 320 Subscriber but when i click on my channel i am not be able to future other channels. What is the reason please tell me sir i really need it. If you know the problem Please email me my email address is:mi**************@gm***.com I will be thankful to you if you solve my problem.
    Mirza Shahbaz

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    i wish i could help!

  • Chris Says
    7 years ago

    Great article. I’m pretty new to posting videos on YT and I was doing about 10{476a1b9825899f7e21f124b8533c8410a6ecd3a860b9841e06adbefeac0656e9} of this. Loads more to consider. It will reduce my output due to the increased time to submit each video. But as always….quality over quantity!

  • Anna Says
    7 years ago

    Super useful information. Thank you SO MUCH! One question tho… what program / app do you use to see the conversion rate for your website? Thanks

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    i just google analytics, no plugins

  • emily rose Says
    7 years ago

    I use these tips but no progress i am very upset

  • Krishna Parikh Says
    7 years ago

    Great and relevant information. Really useful. Thanks.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    have patience

  • Steve Blair Says
    7 years ago

    Low competition (1,000 monthly searches)

    1. Drip fed or manually placed over a 60 day period

    i din’t get the actual meaning of this term, will you explain?

  • Melissa M Says
    7 years ago

    Awesome post! Already bookmarked. I’m blogging about healthy food. I’ve been trying put traffic to my newly blog for months into no avail. The only thing that get me from stale mate point is that I’ve performed some serious keyword expansion. I’ve got help from support guys from the SEO tool I’ve been using. Now I know how to rank well for as many relevant keywords as possible and it did miracles to by blog. The tool calls SERPstat and the guy were awesome. Thanks for this post. And huge thanks for the guys who helped me. I’m starting to believe that if you put efforts into something, the universe will oblige)

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    it basically means to delay your link building over time to make it seems more natural

  • kj Says
    7 years ago

    Is it OK if I put someone’s video URL?
    Is it effective to get more views?

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    Yeah, if you want…

  • tejas sahu Says
    7 years ago

    great guide on how to rank a you tube video.

  • Randy Palmer Says
    7 years ago

    Ryan, great info. I am sorry if I missed this, but do you upload through a live event on Youtube or by doing a regular upload?

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    i do a regular upload, but i have seen good case studies showing a SLIGHT boost in using the live video feature. YouTube is pushing Live video heavily to try and beat Facebook – generally this means those videos will perform better, as YouTube has motive to incentivize you to use that feature.

  • pak vidz Says
    7 years ago

    awesome guide ,its realy helpfull.i m very thankfull to you

  • mike Says
    7 years ago

    Actually I would go for the first video on which I would choose for thumbnail.

    A very small reason is because it is a person. I know there a person there, if that makes sense. Of course hot women and hot guy is better.

    Now the main reason: it is more detailed. The second thumbnail is way too small. To make out on first glance. The only thing somewhat sticks out is the rocket and the yellow background. But if I just browsing thru. i would probably skip it.

  • Serita Says
    7 years ago

    Great tips to drive organic traffic Neil. Keyward Research is the key to rank higher in search engine results. I find long tail keywords very useful in improving search engine ranking.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    valid points mike!

  • Sasoli Says
    7 years ago

    Nice information

  • Sasoli Says
    7 years ago

    Thanks for such information …but I have a question that I have created a new channel ..so what is the technique to rank videos for new channels

  • Alex Says
    7 years ago

    Amazing Guide! Thank you for sharing!

  • Ryan Says
    7 years ago

    Thanks for ur share. I don’t know how can i build links to help video seo. Can You explain this tip ??
    Thanks so much

  • Ryan Says
    7 years ago

    Thanks you

  • Ryan Says
    7 years ago

    Can you explain a “build link” tip??
    How to build it??

  • Alex Says
    7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! #3 however I can’t figure out how to add that extra info. I am on a PC and when I right click and view it under ‘properties’ I don’t see those fields available. There is no ‘more info’ field that I see.

  • web designer-Nirmal Says
    7 years ago

    Hi Ryan, very amazing article talk about video SEO. as I can expect, video marketing is a way to engage audience and drive them to your website. as YouTube is very popular now, more and more company would put it in a strategic position. the early you do, the better the result.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago


  • Hasanuj Jaman Says
    7 years ago

    Hey thank you so much for this information it was really helpful.

  • Sam Says
    7 years ago

    Thanks Ryan. I was searching for ways on how to rank YouTube videos in Google and this post is in the first page of search engines for the keyword “Youtube SEO”. Very valuable info indeed!

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    we practice what we preach, thanks for commenting

  • Larry Says
    7 years ago

    Great info….I am new to the whole ranking on Youtube. This was a great help.
    Thanks Ryan!

  • Maria Says
    7 years ago

    Great Content. Thanks for sharing Ranking tips for Youtube.

  • United airlines toll free number Says
    7 years ago

    Awesome tips to promote a video and I am following these tips for my video.

  • Christian Yeager Says
    7 years ago

    There has to be something else that is missing some kind of X factor. I have posted guitar videos for several years utilizing all the tips included and have never gotten over 20 to 30 hits for most videos. When I search for the videos using the keywords I cannot find them on Google or Youtube. I compared cover songs I have done to others with many more hits and I always stay at the bottom. Like I said there must be an X factor that gets you noticed. Some reason a 10 year old kid that has a video saying worst guitar ever goes viral and the same video released by another person at the same time will never get noticed. Guess I will keep plugging away.

  • Swapan Says
    7 years ago

    You are right about one thing: My video has only19 views! I am glad that I found your website. Learned a lot from your post. Thank you.

  • Zoey Says
    7 years ago

    how long it takes to recover from manual action after the penalty is removed. it is been almost a year the penalty removed but im still struggling in getting more traffic and ranking.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    what was the cause of the drop, links?

  • Abdul mannan Says
    7 years ago

    Nice info bro Can u help me please i am new here from pakistan

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    7 years ago

    what can we do for you

  • Lokman Hossen Says
    7 years ago

    I usually create money making related video. Some of my video got ranked on google as no 1. I never tried with SEO. Your article has so many information about SEO which will help me a lot to rank a video.

    6 years ago

    Never tried youtube videos before but thanks i can use some of your tips in the future.

  • Student Says
    6 years ago

    Ryan Stewart,
    Please help me out to rank my videos on google. I have a channel on YouTube and I want to increase number of views on my video that I share on YouTube channel.

    Need your kind advises!

  • Jim Martin Says
    6 years ago

    What is your experience using Wirecast to “live stream” videos rather than uploading? I have done this with some videos lately and it does seem to help boost ranking.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    6 years ago

    ive never done it – i just see it as an extra step and the value it adds isnt worth the additional time. youtube is really simple, its about getting real, engaged views on your videos. if you can do that, youtube will show your videos to more people and your growth will snowball. all the other tricks come and go, but that’s where the algorithm is going.

  • Dollar SEO Says
    6 years ago

    wooww,. great job, i have never come across such tutorials like this before. i love that one where you said that YouTube not being a shopping site. honestly if someone is searching out for a product to buy, YouTube isn’t where such person will go to. very very true. YouTube is surely where one can get to know how to solve problems. so vidoes that deal on HOW-TOs will surely rock high up in rankings.

  • Atul Mandal Says
    6 years ago

    Well explained, Thanks for sharing.

  • sourav Says
    6 years ago

    is mydailylikes.com type website safe??is it legal?

  • Gyan Says
    6 years ago

    Awesome !! Thanks So much Sir.. as you have described with examples is very helpful for me – Thanks again !!

  • Mary Grace Faulkerson Says
    6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing such helpful tips, keep it up! 🙂

  • Abhineet Vyas Says
    6 years ago

    Great stuff Ryan! I was actually looking for some concrete info and I got your post. Will work upon the tips and tricks. Will post questions if any face any challenges.
    Keep up the good work, hail youtube!


  • Ryan Stewart Says
    6 years ago

    youre welcome 🙂

  • Nekraj Says
    6 years ago

    How cna you share youtube video at pintrest ? And is there to tool to track serp in youtube ?

  • Sudeep Singh Says
    6 years ago

    What is the best length of a car review video on YouTube??????

  • Nacho Says
    6 years ago

    Hello Ryan, first of all congratulate you for the great blog you have.
    I was recommended by a friend and I’m fascinated.

    I wanted to ask you a question about youtube.

    There is a video in which you name a website to buy links to youtube videos.

    1- Is this page ?: http://www.konker.io/ because I redirected there.

    2- How many packs do you have to buy?

    3- What is the best pack?

    4- If you make many links of these to each video, can the channel be penalized?

    Thanks for everything, really.

    Thank you for being able to learn from people like you.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    6 years ago

    you have to test, thats the only way to know.

  • Nicholas Says
    6 years ago

    Solid as usual. Since, I’m just starting out, I added in a card. For tags, I don’t go too crazy. 8 at most.

  • Muhammad Usman Says
    6 years ago

    Very interesting ways to boost SEO. These tips really help. Thank for sharing this informative blog, I’m surely going to follow your tips to improve the ranking of my website. Keep updating

  • Nacho Says
    6 years ago

    You are wright, but it’s the page of I say in the point 2 ?

    Thanks Ryan

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    6 years ago

    Thanks Nicholas!

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    6 years ago

    You are very welcome

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    6 years ago

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  • Ryan Stewart Says
    6 years ago

    de nada.

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    5 years ago

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    5 years ago

    Really nice post

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    5 years ago

    Thank you!

  • USAdigitaloff Says
    5 years ago

    great article i can work on YouTube with your help thanks

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    5 years ago

    Great post!

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    4 years ago

    A site map for video, that I never knew about.

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    4 years ago

    This is very correct. It’s good to see someone with great ideas about this. There are a lot of people in the web giving incorrect info about these stuffs. Thank you so much for posting it here.

  • Pina Says
    4 years ago

    Hi Ryan Thank you for this amazing Article about YouTube SEO. You really Emphasize how YouTube SEO works out.

  • Ryan Stewart Says
    4 years ago

    Thank you!

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