How does video help your website’s SEO?

How does video help your website’s SEO?

Over the past few years video has become integral to content marketing in any business. 

Why? Video delivers information to users in a short and concise format! 

But there’s more to it than that, and it comes down to the who-owns-who of the web. Read on to see what we mean.

Video is important for your SEO and here’s why

Ok, first, what is SEO?

If you have a website, blog or online store, then you probably already know what SEO is and why it’s important for your business. But just you need a refresher, here are the basics of what SEO means:

  • SEO is short for search engine optimization
  • Search engines include Google, Yahoo, Bing and a few others you’ve probably never heard of 
  • Ranking higher with search engines will help your target audience find you
  • That’s because people type certain words into a search engine to find content they’re looking for. These words are called keywords
  • Google is the most popular search engine, serving over 90% of the worldwide web traffic

So that’s the basics of SEO. Now let’s get back to the role video plays in all of this. 

Embedding videos into your website can help you get found by search engines, especially Google.

Here’s how:

  • Google’s algorithms are increasingly prioritizing websites that contain video content.  
  • Website users are more likely to stay on a web page that features a video and the amount of time someone spends on your website improves your Google rankings. 
  • Increasing on-page engagement sends positive signals to Google, so having a video with valuable content on your web page can help your Google rankings. Engagement is counted when someone clicks “play” on a video.
  • Whenever possible, Google displays videos in its SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages). This especially pertains to query searches like “how to…” and “what is…”. Try it yourself: ask Google a question and it will likely pull up some educational videos. 
  • Backlinks increase your search visibility so if your video becomes popular with its viewers then they are likely to share the link. This creates backlinks.  

Super duper important fun fact: Google owns YouTube

In short, video helps your Google search ranking, because Google wants you to watch YouTube videos. 

Why? Companies advertise on YouTube.

And also, video is fun to watch!

If you decide to create some kick-ass video content and upload it to YouTube, make sure your audience can find your video by using keywords and phrases in the title and description – this will help match your viewer’s query. 

Types of video content your business could create

  • Explainers: Guide your viewers through a process or answer common questions about your business. A great way to build up customer trust and credibility. 
  • Vlogs: A diary-style video typically filmed by one person on their own webcam or camera.
  • Webinars: Create an online event or presentation for your audience.
  • Ads: Take the traditional route and create a scripted video advertising your product or service. 
  • Customer tutorials: Teach your customers on on how to use a product.
  • Interviews: A spotlight with 1 or 2 people like an influencer asking and answering questions.
  • Product videos: Introduce your audience to a new product by featuring it in a video.
  • Live: Doing something exciting? Take your audience with you – go live on social media!
  • Reviews: You can’t create this yourself but consider sending some free samples to an influencer and perhaps they’ll create content reviewing your product.

If you’re ready to create some AWESOME video content then check out our blog and follow these 6 simple steps to get more eyes on your YouTube videos!

P.S. our team at Legendary Social Media creates awesome stop-motion videos for product-based businesses. Let us know if you’re into that!

Erin is the owner and founder of Legendary Social Media. She's trying, and failing, to be vegan. Directionally challenged. Cripplingly addicted to coffee and chocolate. Swears she'll travel the world (again) ... someday. Mommy to Zylo.

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