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On-Site Embedded Video SEO Test Was a Success

This post has been edited to remove the original video, which did end up with the thumbnail in universal search going straight to this post. It was a success and I have duplicated that success on at least one other website so far. However, in hind-sight I should have tested a video that wasn’t using a friend’s name. Nobody wants the search results for their name to show some silly bar scene. Thus, I’ve taken the video down and will be putting up another one shortly to replicate the results with different keywords. Stay tuned…

3 Responses to “On-Site Embedded Video SEO Test Was a Success”

  1. Everett says:

    It is frustrating to me that I can’t seem to find any real examples of people getting the video thumbnail to show up beside their own page in Universal Search without actually serving up the video themselves. What small-time blogger has the money to pay a CDN or for hosting video content like that? That’s why everyone uses YouTube, MetaCafe and Vimeo to host videos. You get the people that are just fine with having traffic go to YT to see their videos, but I’m not one of them. I want that traffic to come to MY sites!

    Google is telling us to put up XML Video sitemaps, and that they can figure this stuff out if we just follow protocol, but I’m not seeing it.

    Show me a video that uses a free player, has the video embedded on a private website/blog, and has the thumbnail showing beside the private site / blog in universal search. I could be wrong, but I just see YouTube, MetaCafe, Vimeo, Blip TV, Amazon…

  2. Everett says:

    So far it’s not in universal (the video thumbnail, that is):
    http://www.google.com/search?q=exclusive+interview+with+local+search+expert+mike+belasco&pws=0&hl=all&num=10

    But it IS indexed on Google videos search:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbs=vid%3A1&q=site%3Aesizemore.com&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

    UPDATE: Mike’s ugly mug has officially gone Universal:
    http://bit.ly/aueLLa

    Sweet… Time to scale.

  3. Marty Martin says:

    Nice interview Everett. Awesome to see you got it working; going to compare your sitemap to mine and start from there. Thanks for experimenting! :)

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