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100 Replies to “Top 5 Video SEO Myths YouTube “Experts” will Tell You”

  1. Wait a minute!!!!  You mean my practice of putting the tags "Pepperoni Flavored Ice Cream" aren't going to really help my search rankings for a welding video?  LOL!!!  Thanks for dispelling the big myths Tim.  I've got to send this to about 20 other creators who like to discuss (argue about) this type of thing.

  2. I don't know last time my daughter was sick so I search ma petite blasian Disney. And the video that came first was the one with Disney in the descritption box but I just wrote "we postponed Disney" it was not one of the Tokyo Disneyland video.

  3. Great info there. Keeping tags as accurate to the video as possible is appreciated by the viewers. I'd even go as far as to say if a ten minute video features within it a 4 second clip of The Grand Canyon, but the rest of the video is about something totally different, omit Grand Canyon from the tags section.

  4. Finally someone who tells it how it is. Nobody listens to me when I say that dislikes can turn out positive. But for the creator a like is always a better thing of course 🙂

  5. Thanks for conforming this for us!! SEO and SEM are about quality of the content, not the hacks. Would you agree that views are more important than Subs? I'd rather have a high ratio of views per subs than having a high number of Subs with low views…

  6. Great advise Tim. The only thing I do is include the title of the video in the first sentence of my description. Since I do cooking videos I always include the ingredients list in the description as well.

  7. I remember when you covered at least some of these a while back. The one I see the most often is about SEO'ing your raw video file before uploading. I thought it was common knowledge at this point to not buy views (likes, etc.) on Fiverr.

  8. Well what about sub for sub? I heard you should sub for sub up until you receive your first 1k subscribers. Although I know that doesn't work.

  9. The only thing I was doing was the filename and I think I'll keep that. Not for the SEO but so I can remember what I was doing in that particular let's play! 😛

  10. Great Info As Always! However, I have seen some viral videos with many millions of views and when you look at their description, they are stuffed to the brim with keywords! This is the only one that makes me think…Note: Some of these videos were from 2014 that I remember…

  11. Cheers Tim good to see confirmation that some of these things were myths. However for smaller channels like mine, it seems impossible to make a dent in search rankings, so how does SEO play a part in discovery? Through related videos? It seems like youtube has a certain viewcount number before it starts promoting your videos to people outside your own subscriber base.

  12. Great video! would be very informative if I haven't been watching all your SEO related videos before watching this hehe 🙂
    you probably have a LOT of views from Norway by now hehe

  13. Is producing a transcript one of your top five most important SEO things to do for your videos?

    I run another channel that's starting to get good subscription levels but I still have very limited time to work on the channel. Making a transcript takes time. So is it critical?

    If you've already talked about this previously in another video please just point me to it.

    Awesome point about the thumbs up and thumbs down having equal value of interaction.

  14. Yeah couldn't agree more. Keep it natural. Keep it sincere.

    However, one thing I do try to do though is take the time to write up my transcript and put it in the description and captions. I don't think Google views this as "gaming the system" – rather I am making sure that if I mumble something important people can check the transcript. 

    I don't know if it helps with the actual YouTube ranking. I'd be interested to know if that is the case? Although I wouldn't stop doing it either way.

    I also think other search engines and crawlers still use this transcript text, as they don't have access to all the metrics that Google has.

  15. Thank you for clearing those myth up Tim! While the file name may not have an effect for SEO it still gets searched for by YouTube as I had a situation were my file name of a video included the word: Botox. It's not possible to monetize a video that includes Botox and although my video wasn't actually about Botox (it was rather about how to get rid of wrinkles without Botox) and neither my title nor the description box or tags included the word Botox, I wasn't able to monetize that video simply because the file name included the word Botox. I ended up deleting the video, re-naming the file and uploading it again and was able to monetize. So they are definitely looking also into the file names.

  16. Another myth is "Use keyword combinations because you can rank high for them".
    Let's assume you made a speedpaint of lara croft. You may be able to get a high initial search rank for "tomb raider console gameplay" because not many other use this keyword combination.
    The problem is that by far most people who are searching for these keywords want to watch some kind of gameplay and not art. So your search result will already have a low click through rate (if you don't try to trick people by title and thumbnail) and even worse the few people who still click it will click right away. This results in low retention rates and thus in lower search ranks in the end.
    So the key is to use keyword combinations because they are relevant for your video.

  17. Big thank you Tim. Your advice has transformed my Channel into a growing channel as opposed to a one going nowhere. Keep up the good work man.

  18. I would really love to know if doing ur tags in other languages makes a difference. I go to a lot of trouble in doing this but would be interested if u think it works. If not ill stop doing it and save myself a lot of time!! Thanks

  19. Moral of the story: Hard work, effort and practice pays off more than gaming the system. There are no shortcuts. There are ways to look more professional and play to the strengths of the platform to help your channel shine more. But, you can't polish a turd.

  20. 1. Keyword stuffing . . . interesting, I have done similar to this. Not to the point of just repeating tags, but sometimes I will put misspelling and other types of phasing in description. I have for the most part stopped doing that, but I should stop completely I suppose.

    I have heard the the file name rumor . . . I figured it no longer worked after so many changes in the algorithms

    That is good to know about the rating . . . I do tell ppl to just rate . . .

    At the conventions there are alot of things that just are not true . .. but about video in general. As you know it is all about storytelling . .. I'm sick of people saying it is all about the camera. I have seen ppl run a tutorial tips and tricks workshop at a Playlist live as part of the community unite panels . . they brought their DSLR gear and was telling people what lenses to buy . . . it just didn't make any sense to me.

    also people tell me I know what I know and am good at what I do because I went to school for video … . . Almost everything I learned is either from other people or from experimenting. School helps a lot with credibility and networking but as I tell people, school is only a step and in many cases, a start. School is not the end and does not be experience .. . school is great but it should not be regarded as the whole experience of your journey because it is not. With that said, I miss teaching 🙂

  21. Fanastic video as always Tim. I've been scratching my head about how I can change my channel name to have the .com after it to coinside with the website that I've been trying to pair with Youtube, it's driving me mad! Please help 🙂

  22. What makes it funny is how you see youtubers with low subs uploading about youtube tricks and the videos don't even get many video views. lol.

  23. Naming you export file the same as your YouTube video is a good idea, but not for SEO. It will help you find it on your PC or external Hard Drive. Sadly there are a lot of so-called YouTube experts.

  24. Hi Tim.
    Just to let you know, when you sign up to monetize YouTube state in the terms and conditions that creating views for personal gain ie. Buying view is against their policy and they may flag you if found out. Or possibly ban your account.

  25. Super interesting that thumbs downs count equally as thumbs ups in engagement. I guess that's why highly controversial videos still go viral. Good to know!

  26. I've been working on a couple of changes on my latest videos to improve my SEO… but I seem to have made more mistakes than gained views! Maybe it's also trial and error, isn't it?

  27. I'd like to add that not only is keyword stuffing (in any of the metadata components, not just the description box) against YouTube's rules, but they have become more and more strict about enforcing their policies against such practices over the summer. The amount of videos that I've seen removed for misleading metadata over the past few months in comparison to early 2015 has more than tripled.

  28. Hey Tim. When it comes to watch time does it mean the percentage of the video viewed or how long a person watches your video? btw thanks for all the useful tips

  29. Very helpful video. One thing I've heard is that a video has to be between three and ten minutes to be rated high. Any validity to that?

  30. Hey Tim. I like your Videos a lot and would like to say "Big Thank you" I am from germany and making Fun&Designvideos. Props to you 🙂

  31. great video, but I would have liked to have heard what "SEO" means in the video.
    I had to stop the video at around 1 min. and search it on google. You mention 'search engine optimization' in the description, but you don't explicitly state that SEO = search engine optimization so I didn't realize that's what it meant at first glance.

  32. Tim, I have a doubt about the caption file.
    If manually load subtitles I made with a subtitles software, google will still consider them like a transcript and index my words? I can have a better quality subs doing so, but I'm hesitating because of the ranking factor, even if small. Thanks !

  33. Tim, Love how real you are on camera. I gotta learn how to speak you like you in front of the camera! Thanks for the amazing info and delivery!

  34. Whew, I was worried coming into this because I consider myself pretty knowledgeable… fortunately, we are on the same page. Thanks for clarifying these myths Tim… I had wondered about a few of them!

  35. Tim,

    I have an important question. Does YOUTUBE give preferential treatment to channels and videos that are "advertising enabled?" From a business standpoint if YouTube's revenues are all ad based… it would seem that there would be heavy incentive for them to have this bias. Is there any evidence out there to support this theory? My channel doesn't have "in stream" ads mainly because I am not on youtube to make money but rather spread a message.

    Will my rankings suffer because of that?

    Thanks!

  36. Hi Tim, have a you made any videos about YouTube Channel Partners? I keep getting emails offering the unlikely prospect of massively increased earnings…

  37. #vita da prof +Scratchifier Comments, along with other types of engagement, are taking into consideration in ranking, but have a fairly low priority within the algorithm. As Tim pointed out, these can be gamed easily. @RGV Love

  38. You just debunked a lot of the videos I've seen. My 6 videos I've made so far have a keyword section in the description hahaha! I'm glad I subscribed!

  39. hey I have a really important question, I'm trying to be fully supportive of youtube gaming and just stick on youtube to promote and create content and stream so my question is. should I go with Youtube as my Partnership / Network over other 3rd party network? does youtube give benefits for more interaction through the YT platform?

  40. Thankyou Tim, I love this one.
    May I ask you…
    I dont understand why my channel analytics show that people wacth my videos less than 2 minutes. Any suggestion?

  41. i literally just got done watching a video telling me these things were needed to make your video popular. and now all of a sudden its not true. I just cant deal with peoples lies any more

  42. I know this is old but these myths are still out there because I just saw someone post all of these in a Facebook group I'm in.

  43. WASSSSSUUUUUUUP!!!!!! Thanks again for the excellent advice, I been taking notes on your videos, I just uploaded my first Daddy/daughter playtime video with my 3 year old yesterday, and i have a question for you that, in the course of my research, I have not been able to find an answer for.
    I was reading the YouTube policies in regards to "not clicking on your own videos"…which i had not thought of until i read that statement, which sounds like a cheater way to bring clicks and income to your video.
    Now here's the thing: I'm looking to make more Daddy/daughter playtime videos with my little princess, and she LOVES watching Kid'sTube, and watched our OWN video, like, 8 or 9 times since i uploaded it. But, YouTube says that i cant go clicking on my own video, as they can trace the click back to my IP Adress, so, will my daughter not be able to watch her own videos in our own home, on her tablet? Or will clicking on our own video become a breach of contract if clicked on from my laptop, which is where i uploaded it from? If i hafta make seperate videos of us for her to watch, and leave them UN-monetized, then thats fine, but i dont want her to accidently click on a monetized one and undo everything i have worked for. YouTube says that this offense could most likely result in me not being able to create another channel if i am found to be clicking on my own videos. Im NOT looking to scam the system, merely looking to make some side cash while having fun making wonderful memories with my little Lady. Your input is greatly appreciated my good sir, and sorry this message is so long.
    Too bad you dont get watch-time payment for long comments lmao thanks man!!!
    ~Spike~

  44. If I have a brand new channel and I upload a video and optimize it well with keywords, will it rank in the search results even though I have a tiny channel?

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