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Stop Google returning Video results

 10:15 am on Nov 19, 2010 (gmt 0)


My personal website keeps getting articles returned in Google Video results - which means the article is getting less clicks. The video on the articles make up around 20% of the content - so it isn't 'all about the video'. My traffic dips when the article is returned as a video result (as most of the articles are usually 2nd/3rd in Google) - i've deleted the video sitemap - but still it returns. Anyone else had a similar experience?



 4:34 pm on Nov 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

So when the video result is returned, you no longer see the article itself getting a position? Is this happening on the same query term at different times, or for two different query terms?


 4:51 pm on Nov 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi Tedster,

For any variation of keyword - the URL of the article is returned within the video results (at the bottom of page one) rather than its usual position 2.

It does seem to turn 'on and off' but when it is turned 'on' this happens to all articles on the site (end up in video search rather than the classic results).


 5:23 pm on Nov 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

Fascinating. So your whole site toggles between a 'normal' and a blended video position?

I would get more text on your page, but only as a gut instinct.

It's the fact that the whole site gets the same treatment and any given point in time, but the treatment varies over time that gets me. Really interesting.


 10:01 pm on Nov 19, 2010 (gmt 0)


What is different about your video, compared to others that show up on the same SERP? Captioning? Transcript below the video? Good use of keywords in the description?

If you find the explanation, you should market the knowledge - lots of others would like to be found in the video results. :)


 7:07 pm on Dec 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi sorry should have responded earlier.

I really need to 'remove' the video association with these pages. I'm getting a date two years out of date and also a thumbnail that doesn't match anything on the page. I've deleted the video sitemaps - so there isn't anyway this data can be used 'live'.

Really need to get this resolved soon....Any feedback most welcome.


 7:46 pm on Dec 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

maybe you could just block the spider from visiting the directory containing the video... assuming that its in a different place to the actual page


 11:16 pm on Dec 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yes i've done that - but still nothing. It is the actual page URL that is being returned within the video results though - rather than the video itself.


 10:37 am on Dec 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

maybe you could have the videos in iframes, so the video doesn't actually appear on the page.


 9:31 am on Dec 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

^ yes I had thought about the iframe, however I'm going to try this on a single page:

User-Agent: Googlebot-Video
Disallow: /article-name.aspx

Will report back with findings.


 6:58 am on Dec 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

Will look forward to your findings. I have a page that fluxes in and out of the video result, and when in the video result it's globbed into a 4-square display with 3 youtube vids. This is a well-performing ecommerce page and people aren't looking for youtube vids - so they tune those out, I'm sure.

I have some other pages that get the full treatment, a video box, plus a description that runs accross the page - that's to say they get a whole row to themselves. That Rocks! The 4-square youtube treatment decidedly does not rock, even though it's a bit higher in the SERP than the standard listing this page usually gets.

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