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Here are my thoughts so far:
Upload to all the locations you can. You can put up a preview clip and give some away with the tagline: "see the full clip an http...".
Hit sites such ast, AOL UnCut, DailyMotion, Google Video, MetaCafe, MSN, MySpace Video, Ifilm, Revver, Yahoo! Video, Soapbox, and ye classic YouTube.
Another option is to put the video up at all these places, but try and vary the tags and descriptions, but that again depends on the video content. I feel that somehow putting the video everywhere feels a bit like submitting to 20,000 directories at the touch of a button.
I confess that at the moment, I'm putting the video up on You tube and a few others, put putting the Youtube link on my own site. I think the video carries more weight as Youtube branded than it does without at the moment. (It also streams better on their servers!)
Then again - I am not pretending I have cracked Video optimisation. Just playing at the edges really.
I think that uploading to as many palces as you can is also probably a very good plan. However. It's liable to then spam video search results with duplicates of the same video if you are not careful.
The best way to prevent that is by recording the video yourself. That way nobody will have the same copy!
My video, what is lodged in youtube, only it goes out in the searches for google.com and not for Google.es
In Google.es's results one sees " translate this page " though the page is completely in Spanish.
How can I solve it?
[edited by: Errioxa at 2:14 pm (utc) on July 24, 2007]
Since Macromedia Flash 4, Flash has had a mechanism that will export the text within a movie into the HTML file published with a SWF file. This information, contained in the HTML of the page embedding the Macromedia Flash SWF is what a search engine looks for when indexing the page.
While there are all kinds of formats you can use for publishing video on the web, I think .FLV /.SWF and accompanying HTML is the way to go.
If using SWFObject is good for getting the _page_ indexed, what's the best way to embed Flash video to get the _video_ indexed and still avoid the problems in IE that were the result of the Eolas lawsuit?
Brett's points for how to put the video in the proper context are all we have to work with --- links, titles, surrounding text, etc..
Is anyone under the impression that (any) SE's actually attempt to read the .SWF or .FLV data?
Also consider the audio track. EveryZing and Blinkx are running voice recognition to text over the audio track. The resulting transcript is about 80% accurate (poor, but improving). That transcript ends up getting posted on EveryZing indexed by the search engines. Speak the title of the video slowly at the beginning of the video. Not sure how, but there seems like some way you could get a url in there?
All the major formats allow meta data. Avi, flash, wmv, and qtime all allow it. Often, it is buried under "properties" or "owner info" on your video editing application.