By Monique Martin
No small business can afford to ignore YouTube. It’s the second largest search engine in the world and getting your business videos highly ranked is a key element in any successful marketing strategy. Competing for keyword rankings on YouTube takes more than your typical SEO.
As with all things Google, the exact details of the search rank algorithm are shrouded in mystery. They use a combination of text-matching, relevance and importance factors in determining search placement. Dozens of elements of a video’s content and popularity (including ratings and hits) are calculated.
Here are some traditional and non-traditional video-SEO techniques you can use to help your video climb in the YouTube rankings.
Google calls it “the Democracy of the Web,” but let’s face it — YouTube is a popularity contest. The more popular you are, the better your search results’ ranking.
Be sure to use YouTube’s Insight analytics to see how your video is being found. Click on “Discovery” to see a list of keywords that can help you optimize your videos and future marketing campaigns.
Make your videos engaging and unique. Offer a channel that gives people a reason to subscribe and come back to see what’s new.
Most importantly, get involved. YouTube is a social community. Being a contributing member will help you build credibility and expand your network. Rate, comment and respond. Don’t go overboard or you’ll be ignored as a spammer. It takes time to build a following, but if you put in the effort, you can reap the rewards social media marketing has to offer.
Monique Martin served as chief operating officer for a successful online insurance marketing firm for five years.