triggerfinger - 8:32 pm on Dec 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
Your points are well made, pageoneresults, and I agree with what you've said.
However, my point is, from an SEO perspective, if you can get some stupid video to get 100,000 views on youtube, it won't have that much of a benefit to your SEO, branding (unless of course the stupid viral video is somehow branded, which is of course possible), or overall website traffic (for those that are CPM minded)... Sure, people might go to your site after seeing the video (although probably not), and they might link to your site (although why do that when they are trying to share your video, they would just link to youtube)..
We all know that we can't compete with Vimeo or Youtube, however a targeted effort at hosting specific videos on your domain, and aggressively promoting it, could have a huge benefit to your sites backlink profile, and social media presence (such a benefit, I would assume, would be exponentially less if it was hosted elsewhere).
Or I could be completely wrong :)