YouTube SEO – How to Rank YouTube Videos. How to get more views & increase audience retention

Here’s a link to a FREE YouTube SEO cheat-sheet. Download a copy and use it every time you upload a video.

In this video I’m going to provide you with some easy to follow tips for improving your YouTube SEO and increasing audience retention. I’m going to describe what changes you can and should be making to rank your YouTube videos for maximum traffic, views, subscribers, and viewer interaction.

What is YouTube SEO?

YouTube is the second biggest search engine after Google, and Google owns YouTube.

Video marketing is HUGE and is growing bigger but if you want your videos to be found among the millions that exist they need to be optimised for searches.

Just as we have to fine tune our websites for SEO purposes we also have to ensure our videos are checked and tweaked to exploit every chance of being found and viewed.

YouTube SEO then is simply the processes of optimising videos so that they have the best possible chance of being found.

Found that is, not just in the search results but also in the list of suggested videos that YouTube shows you when you’ve viewed another video.

Keyword Titles For YouTube Video Ranking

There isn’t room in this video go into an explanation of how to choose keywords and phrases. I’m going to assume you’ve found your chosen keyword.

For the purpose of this video let’s assume you’ve made one about horse riding for beginners.

Perhaps you’ve chosen the title ‘Horse Riding Tips For Beginners’ because that’s your target keyword phrase.

You get the general idea. So your keyword phrase should be used three times:

1. It should be the name of your video filename before you upload to YouTube.

2. It should be at the start of your video title in the editing area.

3. It should be repeated at the start of your text description.

YouTube SEO – Video Description

So you’ve named your video by using your keyword first followed by other key terms to a maximum of 100 characters.

Next, add the description. You have 5,000 characters for this so use as much as you can.

Repeat the keyword title and then give a full and accurate description.

Treat this description with the same diligence and attention to detail as you would any blog post or article.

Proofread it for any spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors.

Be sure to include any links to your author or business sites but don’t over do the links.

Remember that Google looks for content that is relevant, useful, and original.

YouTube SEO – Video Tags

Once your description is complete add the relevant tags.

Don’t be tempted to add tags that are not relevant to your content. You aren’t going to attract more traffic by adding irrelevant tags.

Also, by effectively spamming your tag area you risk having your account suspended if you use this and other underhand techniques.

You have a total of 500 characters to fill up in the tag section so use it wisely.

YouTube SEO – End Screens and Cards

End Screens are often overlooked by those in a rush to simply upload their videos and hope for the best.

End screens are those small hyperlinked images that appear near the end of a video, about 20 seconds from the end.

You can add several of these if you wish. The options are:

1. Video or playlist – yours, or someone else’s
2. Subscription link for your channel
3. A link to another channel that you want to promote
4. A link to an approved website

An approved website is one that Google/YouTube have identified as belonging to you.

This might have been verified through Google Webmasters site. If you need any help with that, post a comment below.

Cards are those little icons that appear throughout the video. Look at the white circle containing an ‘i’ on this video

Click that and you’ll see the cards I’ve added to this video. There may be one or several linking to approved websites.

Like End Screens they could also link to playlists, videos, subscription links, or channels.

So, to summarise the tasks so far, you’ve added nice long title, a full description, relevant tags, end screens, and cards.

How to get more views on YouTube fast

Add the video to a playlist.
Share it on social media Encourage others to share it.
Respond promptly to comments.
Encourage interaction in the comments.
Be responsive and friendly, even to negative criticism.
Share your video in relevant forums, Facebook groups, Google+ communities

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