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Optimize YouTube Videos With SEO

Understanding the Basics

SEO (Search engine optimization) essentially means designing web content in a way that makes it Google friendly or in this case YouTube friendly. The main way most people find new content on YouTube is by searching for it and in this sense YouTube is very similar to Google.

In fact, the search engine is built by Google and it’s actually the second biggest search on the net in terms of the number of queries it receives. So what can you do as a user to ensure your content is easily discovered on YouTube?

The first thing to do is to try and pick a topic that people are interested in and likely to be searching for. From there you should look up the topic to see what’s already present on YouTube and what you’ll be competing with.

The perfect scenario is that you find a subject matter that people are interested in but which hasn’t been properly covered on YouTube yet. If you can find that then anything you upload will automatically succeed.

Know the Competition

More likely you’ll find you have a few competitors. In this case, your success will be all about the keywords that you choose which you enter when you upload your video. Here, you want to use related words which will help tell Google precisely what your video is about.

So, if the video ¡s about learning scales on the piano your keywords might be things like scales, piano, keyboard, electric keyboard, learning, learning music, music theory. This way you will reinforce the subject of your video while at the same time helping to create a connection between your video and other successful ones in your niche. This will help your videos appear as suggested content.

Taking a look at the keywords and titles used by the top videos on your subject is also a good strategy. This also works on Google and a good video can sometimes come up on Google as the top response to a search instead of a web page.
Finally, you have one last place that you can encourage Google and YouTube to index your video and that’s your description.

Building External Links

This is where you tell people all about your video and where you add external links and so on. This is a good place to insert more keywords and generally, you should aim to put lots of content here to create lots of long tail keywords and these are wordy search terms that sound natural. Even if you just write the first part of your script here, the tip is to make sure you indeed write something.

Meanwhile, the number of likes, comments and shares your video gets will also help to increase its visibility especially at the start of its life. Think of value and make sure you ask people to help out.

Another important factor is how long people watch your videos for. In other words, if people leave after the first two seconds this sends a signal to YouTube that the video probably isn’t very good. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you use shorter videos some of the time as this will guarantee faster watching.