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Top 10 YouTube SEO Myths [Creators Tip #129]

Not every YouTube SEO tip and strategy you read out there is valid. In fact, there’s some very prevalent video SEO tactics that are actually false. Following…

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22 Responses so far.

  1. Citation Gurus Web Design says:

    Nice set of tips from +ReelSEO about YouTube SEO and some myths that are
    floating around that have no affect on the rankings.

  2. adobephotoshoptutorial4all says:

    nice tips tim……..great job……..thanks……… God bless you

  3. CrashPower says:

    That’s allot of number 7’s LOL Anyway, good video as always

  4. Sean Swanson says:

    Nice set of tips from +ReelSEO about YouTube SEO and some myths that are
    floating around that have no affect on the rankings.

  5. Chad Wild Clay says:

    I highly encourage +YouTube to put more SEO weight on “Average View
    Duration %” than “Total Watch Time”. Doing so will:

    1) Promote engaging content (long & short) over simply long content. As a
    viewer, I’d rather be given an amazing 2 minute video that holds my
    attention the entire 2 minutes THAN be given a 10 minute video that is
    boring enough to make me leave at the 3 minute mark.

    2) Promote quality over popularity. Example: Imagine PewDiePie releases a
    video called “Top 10 YouTube SEO Myths” that is so bad every viewer leaves
    at 30 seconds. The video will still easily receive 500,000 minutes of watch
    time due to his popularity. Now imagine RealSEO’s video of the same name is
    the greatest video ever made on the topic and receives 100% retention. It
    will likely receive less than 50,000 minutes of watch time. YouTube should
    not consider PewDiePie’s video to be 10 times better than RealSEO’s video.

    3) Promote accurate thumbnails. A misleading thumbnail can increase a
    videos “Total Watch Time” but it will hinder it’s “Average View Duration
    %”. Don’t reward misleading thumbnails that increase total watch time.

    4) Promote longer viewing sessions across all of YouTube. If I watch 5
    videos (say each 2-minutes in length) which retain my attention the entire
    length of each video (10 minutes of watch time), I’m going to say “wow,
    every video I watch is really good! I want to watch more YouTube videos!”
    Instead, if I watch 5 videos (say each 6-minutes in length) but I leave
    halfway through each video, even though I’ve generated a 50% higher total
    watch time (15 minutes), I’m going to say “I’m getting bored halfway
    through every video I watch” and will leave YouTube.

    5)…I can keep going but I suspect my “Average View Duration %” on this
    comment is getting pretty low at this point…. ;)

  6. eveRide ADV says:

    Whoa Tim, we both released a top 10 video on the same day at the same time!
    It’s totally a different type of video, but still… it feels good to know
    that I set my videos to release at the same time as the gurus! Once again,
    fantastic video. I always wondered how likes, in particular, affected
    views. It looks like it’s ALL about watch time. If it helps with watch
    time, then it will help… however it gets there is irrelevant. Awesome
    once again, master! Also subbed to +Derral Eves from your video creators
    vid… man this is GOOD stuff! I’m sharing a lot of the videos and info
    with my community so we can grow the genre and get better content. Thanks
    again boss!

  7. Ryan Mendenhall says:

    Hey +Tim Schmoyer,

    THANKS for debunking some of these common YouTube #videoseo myths. Really
    glad I watched it! Caught myself believing some of these, at least that
    they directly are involved in ranking.

    So, the bottom line is that it all comes down to creating engaging content
    that keeps them watching and inviting your viewers to watch other related
    videos of yours or others’ so total Watch Time in the 1st week peeks?
    Adequate summary?

    If this is the case, it would seem that a very methodical plan of attack
    would be in order: Before posting get ready to send that video to your
    email list, to relevant forums, to sites who may be interesting in
    embedding them, to key influences in your space, and a perhaps even a paid
    advertising campaign during the 1st week…

    Thought provoking! Thanks again!

    Ryan Mendenhall +Mendenhall Creative

    PS +ReelSEO rocks! :)
    PPS – Check this out +Jay P Morgan, +John Lindquist, +Lars Lindstrom, +Jarem
    Frye, +Michael Van Orden, +Patrick Kajirian, & +Jeff Preston (probably
    already knew these).

  8. Dana Lorton says:

    Nice set of tips from +ReelSEO about YouTube SEO and some myths that are
    floating around that have no affect on the rankings.

  9. Diana Micca says:

    Nice set of tips from +ReelSEO about YouTube SEO and some myths that are
    floating around that have no affect on the rankings.

  10. geramott Tan says:

    Nice set of tips from +ReelSEO about YouTube SEO and some myths that are
    floating around that have no affect on the rankings.

  11. Wade Harman says:

    Nice set of tips from +ReelSEO about YouTube SEO and some myths that are
    floating around that have no affect on the rankings.

  12. Ian Collins says:

    Tim, thank you. This was really helpful. 

  13. Mas Sergio says:

    Thanks for linking me here w00t w00t =]

  14. Noobzilla Gaming says:

    I really thought that audience engagement (likes, favorites sharing etc)
    all directly helped the video rank better. If what you said it true, thanks
    for clearing that up.

  15. video dslr tutorial says:

    My question: Is it about the actual watch time or the percentage watched?
    Like…
    Example 1:
    Video length: 10 minutes, average watch time 2 Minutes. 20% average.

    Example 2:
    Video length 2 minutes, averange watch time: 1:30 75% average

    What is better for the Ranking?

  16. Tom Tropic (Electro...) says:

    nice tips

  17. Chris Dreyer says:

    Top 10 YouTube SEO Myths

  18. Andrew Mooers says:

    The first indication of any worthwhile video advice is seeing the channel
    it comes from. Because often the biggest critics of your videos have
    channels set up in 2007 but with a handful of creations, no weeding,
    feeding, watering. Zip for numbers which translates into the results.
    Great video highlights FYI myth busting for today.

  19. WeiseGuy91 says:

    Good thoughts and tips. Edit better, every number after 7 had the text on
    screen stay at 7.

    “Number 11….”

    On screen: “7. Video views….”

  20. Jowstjah says:

    So fuckin usefull, gj

  21. Devolock J says:

    Overall great and very well made video :D Well done

  22. Dahlyvh - Brian's Fish Tanks says:

    Great info!

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