Optimizing YouTube Channels to Show in Google

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Not long ago, videos on the internet were exclusive. To find something specific, you would have to search on the specific site, such as YouTube, to find videos. And even then, the results were poor.

Eventually, Google realized how powerful video clips were. They introduced algorithm updates to rank videos from YouTube in organic results. Searchers looking at a general term, say Tsunami, would now find a video in their results.

Not only did it increase the reach of YouTube videos to expanded audiences, it gave more value to the user. Google’s AI recognized the immense impact of videos very quickly.

We won’t talk too much about the benefits of YouTube (which are endless). But for businesses and individuals looking to building a brand in search engines, creating a channel is a great start. Here is how to get your YouTube channel to the top of organic search results.

Ensure accurate name, “About” section information

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While this isn’t elaborate or fully optimized, what I have done right is fill out all fields and ensure my name is correct. The name is important to have correct (or, matching the search term for which you rank) because Google sees it as a header, and matches easier to the specific search. Google also likes MORE, so give them more by filling out all fields in the about section. I didn’t do it here, but also maximize the description text if possible. It ends up being 150-200 words.

Edit channel layout and completely deck out your front page

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You can add playlists you’ve created, feature videos, start a live stream all on your homepage (which is the exact page that ranks well in Google). Do be able to spruce your channel as such, click the pencil in the top right. Then click edit channel navigation. Finally, you click enable for the “Customize your channel layout” option. edit channel enableedit channel

From there, you can add anything you’d like to show on your front page. It’s important that this page is full of content (videos) for Google to value it highly. And don’t worry about having to create your own videos if you aren’t an expert on that. You can still populate the page with playlists, liked videos, channels you subscribe to and more. Getting the hang of it? Optimizing YouTube Channels isn’t so bad, right?

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