YouTube is Going LIVE

YouTube is Going LIVE

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YouTube obviously has a good thing going.  So what do you do when you’re the #1 video website on the net? You look at what potential competition is doing and CRUSH THEM.

And that is what YouTube announced it plans to do, well not totally but they will – they are now offering LIVE STREAMING. Yep. USTREAM watch out. YouTube is coming for you. Or maybe they’ll gulp you up and you can make millions (or billions).

With over 2 billion views a day, it’s easy to think about YouTube as a place to watch videos recorded in the past. But you’ve told us you want more – and that includes events taking place right now. In response, we’ve live streamed a number of popular concerts, sporting events, and interviews, but primarily on a one-off basis.

Today we’re announcing the initial roll out of YouTube Live, which will integrate live streaming capabilities and discovery tools directly into the YouTube platform for the first time. This begins with a new YouTube Live browse page (www.youtube.com/live), where you can always find the most compelling live events happening on YouTube and add events to your calendar. Subscribe to your favorite YouTube live-streaming partners to be notified of upcoming live streams on your customized homepage.

Today, we’ll also start gradually rolling out our live streaming beta platform, which will allow certain YouTube partners with accounts in good standing to stream live content on YouTube. The goal is to provide thousands of partners with the capability to live stream from their channels in the months ahead. In order to ensure a great live stream viewing experience, we’ll roll this offering out incrementally over time. Partners interested in learning more about the livestream experience can check out today’s post on the Partner Communications Hub.

So head over to www.youtube.com/live to check out some of the live streams taking place over the next few days. And don’t forget to tune in to the The DigiTour live stream tonight at 7pm PST. Log in to engage with live streamers and the rest of the YouTube community using our live comments feature. As always, let us know what you think of YouTube Live in the comments below.

Read the full article at: http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2011/04/youtube-is-going-live.html

Make Your Videos Google Friendly

Make Your Videos Google Friendly

Make Your Videos Google Friendly

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.

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Google wants you to submit a video sitemap via their Google Webmaster Tools

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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