Videos and Google

The origin of the information: http://www.reelseo.com/video-xml-sitemaps-video/

The best way to get it to google videos is by creating a video sitemap.

Once you make a sitemap and specify a URL where your video is supposed to be, Google will go to your page and verify that the video is really there.

Without these elements, the videos won’t be processed by Google crawler:

Title: <video:title> This must match the title of your page

Description: <video:description> This must match the description of the page

Thumbnail: <video:thumbnail> Thumbnail size recommended: 160×120 pixels.

Player: <video:player_loc>the url that will load and play your video (for the flash video for example)

Content location: <video:content_loc> the actual location of the video. The robots in this content directory should allow User Agent to be “Googlebot”

Every item on your feed should be unique: multiple items to a single URL should not be included. If there are missing mandatory tags, don’t put the item on your feed, because it won’t be taken

Highly recommended:

Duration

Expiration: format is (YYYY-MM-DD) or (YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss+TZD)

Regional restrict

Notes:

Regarding the RSS and the content location, your feeds have to sit in the same domain and host as the loc urls only (this is not required for the player or the content).

In webmaster tools the sitemap has been indexed, but not showing in Universal search, or google video. The number of videos marked as indexed are the ones that will show on the web index, not in the video sitemap index.

Yahoo: submit mrss sitemap video.

Example on how to set a videositemap reference on robots.txt:

Sitemap: http://www.reelseo.com/sitemap-index.xml

Sharing (or liking button) on facebook seems to help

with the indexing of the videos.

WordPress: bringing a site from the ground up

These are the must haves, if you want your blog to be successful, and problem free

1) Active your Akismet plugin

2) Install Google Analitycs for WordPress from the get go.

3) Ditto for SEO.  Here’s a good plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-ultimate/

4) Subscribe to the following free auto-listing and update services (under “Settings / Writting”):

http://codex.wordpress.org/Update_Services

This usually ping the search engines to start indexing your site, but don’t count on it for that.

5) Generate a google site map, to let google know about your pages. Plugin: google XML Sitemaps http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/

Google: site automatically set to index if enrolled on adSense?

Not neccesarily, I was accepted into Google AdSense on September 13th, 2006. And using Google webmaster’s tools I can see that the last time my site was indexed was September 2nd. So I did not get a new index or crawl on my site with my acceptance. It would have been nice if I would have, but naahh.

SEO guidelines

  1. Submit your site to the major search engines for indexing:
    1. http://www.google.com/addurl/
    2. http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html
    3. http://www.bing.com/docs/submit.aspx
  2. Check that your robots.txt file is correct and not preventing crawlers from getting into your site: http://www.robotstxt.org/
  3. Use Video and Flash sparingly, and knowing it doesn’t get indexed by crawlers
  4. Promote important content to home page, and make sure there are clean links from the home page to your site’s key content.
  5. Avoid duplicated content.
    1. If two or more urls on your site are pointing to the same content, use Canonical Urls as follows (to indicate the page to be indexed):  <link rel=”canonical” href=”http://example.com/original_content_here”>
    2. Use plugings for CMS packages to avoid this problem: http://yoast.com/wordpress/canonical/, http://yoast.com/tools/magento/canonical/
  6. Use friendly URLs with keywords about your content on it. It is ok to use the “-” sign to separate words.
  7. Use Meta tags to describe your page content.
  8. The page title is really important, make sure you choose one with keywords about your content as well.
  9. H1 headings: as important as page title, h2-h6 not as important but also take them into account.
  10. The first 100 words of your content carry more weight than the rest, use them wisely.
  11. For images, use descriptive image names, as well as good alt tags for them.
  12. The following online tools could help:
    1. http://www.google.com/insights/search/#
    2. http://www.seomoz.org/term-extractor