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Is a Google Video Sitemap sufficient for Video meta data?

9:46 am on May 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi there,

I'm a complete newbie when it comes to videos, so would appreciate any expert advice ;)

I have a bunch of videos that I will be hosting on my site (which is run on Drupal). I want to optimise these as much as possible to increase their visibility in the SERPS.

With my site powered by Drupal, I have used a module to upload the videos. However, this module, although it looks the best, has limitations on the file formats it can support, and as such I have to upload on videos in .FLV format. Because of this, I can not embed Meta Data into the video, such as a description, keywords etc, that I would be able to do with .AVI for example.

My question is, would submitting a Google Video Sitemap which has tags for description, tags, category etc, be sufficient enough to help their visibility in Google? Would these tags essentially replace those that I may have been able to embed into the video?

Any advice welcome!

10:04 pm on May 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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In my experience the best thing you can do to help get your site in to Google is to provide a transcript of the video right on the same page as the video itself.
1:49 am on June 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I wish l could help but l am not sure, there must be some kind of software.

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