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Newbie questions about videos for SEO

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Msg#: 4205826 posted 2:36 pm on Sep 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

I'm at the exploratory stages of adding videos to my site to increase traffic and hopefully get some link juice.

Before I go off spending hours and hours making one video only to do it all wrong, I have some questions that I hope someone here will be kind enough to answer.

I'm trying to increase traffic to particular widget pages, and doing so by using an incoming link in the video (if other sites were to pick up the video) to give the widget pages some link juice, and/or by having a clickable link back to the widget page in the video if it's hosted on Youtube.

First, is a link in a video that SE's can follow possible? Is it possible to embed a clickable link in a video? Third, is it possible to have these links embedded in such a way that someone using the video on his/her own site can't just strip away the link (as they so often do with articles)?

If it's possible to have a link that SE's can follow and the link can't be stripped out of the video, do other sites often post your videos, or do they just link to Youtube?

I have a lot more questions, but I'm hoping someone will reply to these first few.




WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 4205826 posted 11:52 pm on Sep 24, 2010 (gmt 0)


I'm trying to figure out a whole bunch of things. In addition to trying to figure out what videos to do, I'm trying to find out if it's better to host videos on my own or to put them on Youtube. On one hand I think that having them on my own site would be better for inbound links, but doing so also increases the page size massively. Having it on Youtube eliminates the page size problems, but does it even out in terms of link value?

I sure could use some advice.


Robert Charlton

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Msg#: 4205826 posted 9:24 am on Sep 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi dickbaker,

There's a parallel discussion on this forum that touches on what you're asking...

Video SEO Techniques

In the discussion, I link to a thread [webmasterworld.com...] in the Google SEO forum, where I made several extended posts that touched both on YouTube and on embedding the video in your own site. There's good feedback from the member who started the thread regarding the problems he's had with running self promotional videos on the free video hosting sites.

There is no way I'm aware of to incorporate a link within a video. I'd consider video at this stage to be a type of social media... to be promoted on Facebook, etc. If you allow it to "go social", you'd definitely want to superimpose your domain name over a video that's going to be out there on the web without your direct control over where it's embedded.


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Msg#: 4205826 posted 9:34 pm on Sep 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

Thanks, Robert. I've looked at discussions on WebmasterWorld about video. Don't know if I saw those.

I still have other questions, but I'll create a separate thread.

Thanks again.

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