HomeTechnology & WebMake Your Videos Google Friendly August 9, 2010This post may include affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy. So you make videos and you want people to watch them. You put them on your blog and you put them on YouTube, but have you submitted a video sitemap to Google? SAY WHAT?!? Yes, I know I’ve submitted a standard xml sitemap to Google but a video sitemap? So passing the 4-1-1 on over … Google bought YouTube in 2006. According to Alexa (Alexa rates the top sites on the internet) Google ranks #1 on Alexa and YouTube is #3 on Alexa. What does that mean? You want YouTube and Google to like you and your videos to help bring you traffic. Google has a video search that integrates into it’s normal search. The good news with video search, it previews above most standard web links giving you a higher chance of being clicked. BUT of course, this is all if Google likes you. This is reason #239420348903284 that you want the Google Gods to acknowledge you. SO – how to get noticed? Here are some tips for making your videos Google friendly, straight from Google’s mouth. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVEKhaI_RC4&feature=player_embedded Google wants you to submit a video sitemap via their Google Webmaster Tools Here are the 5 Things Google Needs to Know in your Video Sitemap The Title Make sure the title is related to your video Description A brief description of your video, make sure to include the title in the description – as well as any other keywords relevant to your video. Play Page URL The play page URL where you want Google to direct users to watch the video Thumbnail Image URL The URL of the thumbnail image your would like Google to display Raw File Video Location This is the link directly to your actual video file I know, it sounds great and all… but HOW DO I CREATE A VIDEO SITEMAP!? Do you run a self-hosted WordPress site? Then I have an easy solution for you! Download the Google XML Sitemap for Videos plugin, it’s free and SUPER easy to use. If you run a blog, but not on a self-hosted WordPress site, check out Video Sitemap Pro – note: I have not tested this, let me know any feedback! More Video Sitemap Information Looking for more information on making your video sitemaps? Check out google.com/videositemaps 4 Responses Liz Rishe January 27, 2012 Great Post. I like your style of writing. Reply Celia January 28, 2012 Thanks Google video sitemap is great for getting searches! Reply Johnny January 30, 2012 Great Post. I like your style of writing. Reply solar999 April 28, 2013 Collection of some of your personal information is essential for completion of some of the functions and activities of this Website. We willï¼Œ if it is reasonable or practicable to do soï¼Œ also collect your personal information directly from you. For instanceï¼Œ the collection of your personal information may happen when youæ‰“é…±æ²¹ç½‘. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website * Copy This Password * * Type Or Paste Password Here * Comment Current ye@r * Leave this field empty Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.