Question: I’ve heard of SEO Optimization when you do tags and stuff. But can someone explain to me how to properly tag your videos? Thanks in advance!
Answer: How to rank your videos for page #1 of YouTube
Ok, I don’t know if you knew that, but YouTube is having it’s very own keyword tool to help you see how many searches a keyword is getting per month. It’s not as advanced, as keyword planner, but it gets the job done. Click here for the YouTube Keyword Tool
This tool will help you find keywords that get many searches, so it will be easier for you to pick your niche. Anything that has 3,000+ searches a month is worth the shot.
Here is my basic formula to rank YouTube videos in the YouTube search results. Once your videos are ranked well, they will also appear as “recommended video” more often:
High Retention Views + Video Likes + Niche Comments + Subscribers + Social Signals + Onpage optimization = YouTube Page #1
While ranking for Google might take between 2 and 6 weeks, ranking in YouTube can be done in under a week. All my videos usually rank page 1 before they hit day #10. Now let’s take a deeper look in this formula.
High Retention Views
Probably the best way to show YouTube that your video is of high quality is to have as many views as possible. Not just views, but high retention views. High retention views are the views that will watch your videos to 90-100% of its length. This shows interest.
You can upload your video and wait for it to go viral, or gain views on it’s own, or you can also buy the views.
I prefer Seoclerks for puchasing views
Needless to say video likes are there to represent the quality of your video content. If you are going to buy likes as well, I recommend you to stick to the 5% rule. If you buy 10,000 views – get 500 likes (5%).
Also to make your video appear more natural, add dislikes as well. 4:1 is a natural ratio.
Video (niche!) comments
Comments are even more important than likes when we talk about ranking.
Ideally you will want niche comments. What are niche comments? Niche comments is a term I made on my own, it means that it’s good to have your keywords mentioned in the comments.
I recommend you to aim for no more than 3 keywords, then make these 3 keywords to appear in the comments. This will definitely help you.
There isn’t much to say about subscribers, except that it’s normal to also gain subscribers when your videos are going viral, and getting views.
I can’t say whether or not subscribers help you ranking, but I always do it for my videos.
Social signals are another mandatory part if you want to see your video ranking on page #1 of YouTube.
Basically YouTube is another social media website, however, it’s based on videos. Therefore having social signals from other websites such as Facebook, Twitter, G+, etc. is just showing Google that your video is quality, and it deserves to be ranked. It’s only logical for a high quality youtube video to get shared on other social websites.
You can purchase social signals from the Warrior Forum WSO section, or again, go to fiverr. Aim for quantity again (as we did with the backlinks). The more the better. I have noticed that Facebook, Twitter and G+ are giving the best results, so aim for these when you are purchasing social signals.
Onpage is another VERY important factor when it comes to ranking. When creating your videos you will be given the option to enter Title, Description and video tags.
Always mention your main keyword in the title as the first word, and then add some extra text, such as date/month/year or CTA text, for example:
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When it comes to your video description, you want to make sure that the first line is structured as following:
(In case you want to redirect the traffic to your domain of course.)
I also recommend you to write at least 250 words description, and link to your channel at the end of the description. Make sure to mention the keyword once per 100-150 words. Also include your additional keywords.
For tags: There are many opinions on those, but I tend to add my main keyword as the first tag, and then add the additional 1-2 (max 2 additional) keywords.
BOOM! Viola! A few days later, you will start noticing your video moving up the charts like an Eminem song
Yep, it’s that easy to rank your YouTube videos! One of the greatest advantages with YouTube views is that it’s way easier than having a webpage. You can rank in a matter of days, and start gaining targeted traffic! Targeted traffic is what brings money
Some tips to not get your videos removed
1. NEVER EVER Link directly to an affiliate product/page. Don’t use link shorteners as well. If your video gets even 1 or 2 flags, it will be taken down.
It’s better to redirect the traffic to a page of yours. Best option is to redirect the traffic to squeeze page and capture their emails.
2. If you are buying Views/Likes/Subs/Comments – always make sure the numbers makes sense. A video with 20,000 views + 200 likes + 0 comments + 0 dislikes doesn’t make sense.
3. Make sure your content does not violate the terms of service of YouTube. AKA no nudity, racism, hate speech, cracks, hacks etc.
Just don’t provoke the haters to flag your video. Also it’s good to deliver what you offer.
Let me know if you have any questions.