• Mon. Mar 1st, 2021

in this video I'm going to show you my five step process for ranking number one in YouTube I recently used this exact method to rank in the top three in YouTube for the keyword SEO I'm brandy in the founder of backlinko the place where marketers turn for high rankings and more traffic and today you're going to learn the five most influential video SEO ranking factors to get your videos to the top of YouTube fast keep watching a few years ago my youtube channel was struggling I consistently created high quality videos that provided a ton of value but when I publish my videos crickets needless to say I was frustrated I knew that video was a powerful way to grow my online business but I learned the hard way that video only works if people actually watch your videos and know your mom watching your videos doesn't count trust me hey mom I just published a new video on YouTube can you watch it for me thanks mom you're the best flash forward to today and my videos consistently get tens of thousands of views and hundreds of people subscribe to my channel every single month my secret I learned everything I could about video SEO unfortunately most of the advice that I initially read about ranking YouTube didn't work you know the advice I'm talking about put your keyword in your video description put keywords in your video file name write 20 tags for every video sure this stuff can help but it's not going to rocket your video to the top of Google or YouTube why because everyone on YouTube is doing the exact same thing after trying all the generic advice that I read and getting nowhere I decided to run a bunch of experiments and that's what I learned what really works specifically I discovered YouTube's five most important ranking factors and these are ranking factors that very few people know about once I applied these ranking factors to my videos my rankings shot through the roof I started ranking for super competitive keywords like SEO link building how to get traffic and more and now it's time for me to share these five ranking factors with you and show you exactly how to use them to rank your videos in YouTube let's start with step number one which is to create and publish long videos you may have noticed that longer videos tend to perform better in YouTube why well YouTube's most important ranking factor is your videos total watch time as you probably know the more of your video people watch the better it tends to rank that's called audience retention which is an important ranking factor even though audience retention is important it's not nearly as important as your videos total watch time that's because YouTube wants to promote videos that keep people on YouTube for a long period of time so the more total minutes people watch of your video the more YouTube will want to rank it in the search results for example let's say that you just published two different videos video one is two minutes long and video two is ten minutes long and let's say that each video gets 1000 views and the audience retention for both videos is exactly the same 50% that means that on average people watch half of your video the total watch time for the two-minute video would be 1000 minutes but for the longer video that videos watch time will be 5,000 minutes that means that video number two will have five times the watch time of video number one which means that are likely outrank video number one that's the power of publishing longer videos in fact my video that ranks in the top 3 for SEO is nearly 10 minutes which is significantly longer than most videos on YouTube because it's longer my video accumulates more total watch time than my competitors and I'm able to rank above videos with significantly more views than mine okay let's move on to step number two which is to master the hook as I said longer videos tend to rank better because they accumulate more total watch time but there's one big problem with this approach you have to keep someone's attention on the Internet fortunately my experiments have taught me that if you can hook someone in the first 15 seconds of your video you've hooked them for good in fact YouTube recommends that you focus on the first 15 seconds of your video to maximize watch time the question is how do you hook people in the first 15 seconds of your video start your video off with the P formula the P P P stands for preview proof preview here's exactly how it works first preview what your video is all about when I first started creating videos my intros would go on and on about why my videos topic was important and these long-winded intros would make people click away today I cut out the fluff and tell them exactly what to expect for example let's say that your video outlines 10 paleo diet tips you want to start off your video saying in this video you're going to learn 10 of my favourite Paleo diet tips that's it next it's time for the proof here's proof that you can deliver you can mention that you've already accomplished what the viewer wants that you have lots of experience in your fields or that you've researched a ton about your topic for example you could say these are the same tips I use to gain 5 pounds of muscle in 60 days finally hit them with the preview again here's we reiterate what your video is about now you obviously don't want to just repeat what you said in the beginning instead mention something specific from your video you can mention the number of tips a detail from a case study or that you're going to share something completely new this will make your viewers curious and want to keep watching for example you could say and today you're going to learn about the so called healthy Paleo diet food that's actually bad for you next up we have putting your exact keyword in your title there's no question that Google and YouTube are getting smarter every day which means the days of keyword stuffing your video to the top of YouTube are long gone that said Google and YouTube both use your videos title to understand what your video is all about so make sure to include your exact keyword once in your title preferably in the beginning of your title for example I created a video that I wanted to rank for the keyword link building so I made sure to include my exact keyword link building in the beginning of the title and that helped it ranked in the top 3 for my target keyword okay now it's time for ranking factor number 4 which is to say your keyword in your video when I first got started with video SEO I'd go back to old videos and optimize them around keywords that I wanted to rank for and it very rarely works that's because Google and you tube can now listen to your videos even without a transcript for example let's say they just published a video about healthy desserts then a few weeks later you realize that the key word healthy desserts is too competitive so you go back and optimize it around a different keyword like low carb desserts now this sounds smart but it's something that doesn't work as well as it used to why even though the key word low carb desserts may be in your title description and tags you never said that key word once in the video YouTube knows this and it looks fishy to YouTube your video is about healthy desserts but all of your on-page metadata says it's about low carb desserts so they won't rack you for either keyword that's why I always make sure to actually say my target keyword in every video for example in my video about SEO I made sure to say the word SEO a few times simple yet effective last up we have user interaction signals YouTube wants to see that people are actually interacting with your video the more people watch like subscribe and comment on your video the higher your video will rank in youtube search results now the strategies that have showed you so far will help you naturally get more of these user interaction signals but there are two simple tactics that I use on every video to increase my videos user interaction signals first I add an annotation that asks people to like my video after a lot of experimenting off balance this simple annotation significantly boosts the number of likes that my videos receive at the end of my video I also ask people to subscribe and comment which also increases the amount of my videos user interaction signals I was originally going to end the video right here but I decided to throw in a quick bonus tip for you which is to optimize for click-through rate when someone searches for something in YouTube YouTube pays very close attention to what video they click on for example let's say the Iraq number-5 for your target keyword as you probably know videos ranking number one through four get the vast majority of clicks but for some reason lots of people are clicking on your video in the search results what do you think YouTube will think about your video then it's a great result for that keyword and they'll give your video or rankings boost to make it easier for people to find so how do you maximize your click-through rate well YouTube displays three main pieces of information in the search results your title your thumbnail and a snippet of your description here's how to quickly optimize all three for click-through rate the cue with your thumbnail is simply that it stands out that means that you want to create a custom thumbnail that looks different than the other videos that are on the first page for example my video has a completely different design and color scheme than my competition for your title like I mentioned before you want to include your target keyword once other than that your goal with your title should be to maximize your click-through rate as you can see my video title is emotionally compelling I also include the current year so people know that the content is still relevant finally you want to write something compelling in the first few lines of your description most people put a link to their website or a channel here and it's a huge mistake nothing looks less enticing to click on that a link to someone's website instead write a sentence or two that includes your target keyword in a compelling way for example in my SEO video my first sentence is if you want to rank in Google today there's a new SEO ranking factor to pay attention to and this attention-grabbing line gets more people to click on my result if you liked this video make sure to subscribe to my youtube channel right now just click on the subscribe button right here also if you want exclusive SEO and traffic techniques that i only share subscribers head over to backlinko comm and sign up for the newsletter it's free now I want to turn it over to you which of the five ranking signals from this video are you gonna try first are you going to try to create longer videos or maybe you're going to start optimizing your videos for click-through rate let me know by leaving a comment below right now okay the stage is yours all right I'll do it for real this time yeah.the has had a very very slight do it like what uh I don't know PPP your thumbnail I

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