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<video:duration> - Optional - The duration of the video in seconds. Value must be between 0 and 28800 (8 hours). Non-digit characters are disallowed.
How can I create a Video Sitemap? [google.com]
Note that this helps your video get indexed in Google's Video Search. Whether it appears in Universal Search depends on a whole extra and complex algorithm. I suppose having the description field is a help for indexing and relevance for any given search, but I think popularity and links will mean the most.
Google Video Sitemaps
Google sitemaps submissions now available for video content
I don't find much other discussion on these, as they appear to be for sites hosting their own video, and I'd guess the majority of users are still using video aggregators like You Tube. I'd be interested too in whether they help independent sites get their video indexed in Universal Search results.
We are still limited to 0 indexed, but I did find a web site a few weeks ago which had its videos accepted and listed in Google Video Search. (This was in a usenet posting).
I'm still trying to figure out what we're doing wrong. They are all supported video types.
I suspect Google is still working out how to normalize searches for videos from those sites and fit them into their regular serps... but that they're also gathering data for "outside"-hosted videos and working on ways of ranking them. Google Video Search is a good place for them to experiment. It's likely to be a while before these videos start showing up on regular Google serps.
It's likely that, for outside videos in Universal Search, big suppliers will initially have an advantage, but it may be that the first independently-hosted videos we see are those that happen to go viral via social media and also have all video sitemap data, as well as links and on-site optimization, in order.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 11:38 pm (utc) on Mar. 3, 2008]
If you have video content, you can host it on Google Video, YouTube, or a number of other video hosting providers. If the video is a relevant result for the query, searchers can play the video directly from the search results page (for Google Video and YouTube)or can view a thumbnail of the video then click over to the player for other hosting providers. You can easily upload videos to Google Video or to YouTube.
someone has experiences about that ?
[edited by: tedster at 4:53 pm (utc) on Mar. 4, 2008]
did you used
<video:player_loc allow_embed="yes"> ... </video:player_loc>
the allow_embed="yes" tag ?
All my videos are wmv and implemented with
<a href=page-name.wmv>Video (4.4 MB)</a>
So there is no video player to specify.
I tested withoud player location, only allow_embed="yes"
but this did not work at the Google Webmaster console
i sent my Sitemap yesterday and 20 minutes later the Googlebot got them all - i used the Video Sitemap Protocol like it is told here
<video:title>Mein lustiges Video</video:title>
<video:description>Ein tolles Video</video:description>
google got the files, but i didn't supplied thumbs, description and so on - how long will it take to make Thumbs, Description and so on ? - today i made all by my self - and i hope i get them faster crawled and indexed - video.google.com - would first be enough - but is there anybody outthere who hast such a Pic near the serps ? - or really nobody?
Without the word "video" or "videos" in the search, the first Universal Search video result with a thumbnail image shows up on the bottom of page 16 in the serps, for a metacafe page.
Substituting "video" for the 3rd word in the phrase ("Very high advertiser competition" with "Low Search Volume") and Universal Search video thumbnails return YouTube results start showing up on page 3. As I dug down further, I only saw video aggregator sites, albeit not all YouTube.
Adding "video" as a 4th word following the original three word phrase (an unlikely search) and Universal Search video thumbnails start showing up on position two (page one) of the serps, but again I went down a fair number of pages and only saw video aggregator sites... again, not all YouTube.
I'd also add that with the rise of YouTube, .flv is rapidly becoming the prevalent video format. Can't hurt to make sure your video is available this way.