How To Optimize Your YouTube Videos!

Last Update: Dec 12, 2016


Greetings to all from Adelaide in South Australia!

I am on a mailing list with a group called WordTracker and recently they presented some tips on how to optimize your YouTube videos.

It's a HOT TOPIC at the moment, so I thought I would share these tips with you.

How To Optimize Your YouTube Videos...

"If you have your finger on the pulse of the latest online marketing updates, you’ll already know that video will be essential to all of your endeavors over the coming months.

  • Around 90% of users agree that seeing a video about a product is helpful when making a purchase decision (Source: Marketing Mag)
  • 46% of users take some kind of action after viewing a video (Source: Online Publishers Association)
  • 73% of B2B organizations report positive ROI from their videos (Source: ReelSEO) and
  • Video ad spending is expected to reach $9.84 bn in 2016 (Source: eMarketer)

It’s fair to say that video is big business.

But with more than 100 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute of every day, it takes a little more than just great content to draw in viewers.

You could have the greatest, most engaging video in the world, but if it’s not properly optimized so that your target audience can find it, you might as well have uploaded a cat video instead.

So how do you optimize your videos for YouTube?

Here are some of the essential actions you should make part of your routine.

Tags and Titles...

When you upload a video, YouTube will prompt you to provide a little more information on what the video itself contains, so that it’s more easily discoverable.

Titles and tags are a major factor in optimizing your video content, purely because YouTube and Google currently have no way of ‘reading’ videos – they’re reliant on your text to understand what’s in your upload.

If you want to rank for specific keywords, use them in your tag section. You can also use brand keywords in there, but try not to go overboard with the tags.

Adding hundreds of irrelevant tags might seem like it’s boosting your chances of getting seen, but it’s more likely that the video will be classed as poor quality or spam material.

Set Up Your Channel and Profile...

If you’re going to be using YouTube regularly, you need to ensure that your profile and your channel are consistently branded and attractive for the audience.

Add your company name to the title of your channel, and use your company logo as your channel picture, to add authenticity.

You should do the same with your profile, ensuring that your URL is consistent with your company website, and writing a short bio of your firm in the ‘About Me’ section of your YouTube profile.

Use A Call-to-Action...

YouTube’s annotation feature offers a quick and easy way to add a call-to-action to your videos. You can use these annotations to encourage a number of different actions, whether it’s liking the video, sharing it with friends or heading to your company website to find out more.

Make sure your annotations aren’t obtrusive – there’s nothing that YouTube viewers hate more than having the content they’re trying to view covered up by endless annotations and requests to share the video!

Add annotations at the end of the video for maximum impact, rather than having them disturb the viewer halfway through.

Use Play Lists...

Ensure that all of your videos are part of a playlist, so when one ends, another one begins straight away.

This could improve your watch time, as users are then more likely to watch three or four of your videos in a row.

You’ll boost your time-on-page metrics, and it makes your complete video catalogue easier to share on social media platforms.

Add a Transcript File...

Create a transcript file to accompany your video. Not only does this allow you to add the option of subtitles, it’s also great for your discoverability.

Google indexes all transcript files, so uploading one is a great way to help the search engine contextualize your content.

You could even optimize the transcript with the relevant keywords you want to rank for – but try to keep your text as organic and natural as possible, rather than simply cramming it with keywords.

Some marketers plan their video content around the words they want to rank for, leveraging the transcript tool to improve their visibility. However, the key here is balance - don’t let the content suffer!

More Top Tips...

  • Add your website URL to the beginning of your video description, so that users can quickly find your website if they want.
  • Include your social media feeds in your video description too.
  • Remember to set a ‘featured video’ on your channel page, and set it to play automatically when someone visits the channel.
  • Choose a visually appealing thumbnail – this (as well as the title) is what will convince browsing users to click on your video.

Video is an essential tool but results will only appear for those who can properly optimize their content.

Follow these basics steps to ensure your content is easily found by the people you’re aiming to reach."


I welcome and appreciate any questions, feedback, opinions or comments you may have to offer.

Don't forget, if I don't answer you straight away, I'm in South Australia and sometimes our times zones are quite different :)

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Thanks for taking the time...I know how busy you are!

Best wishes and much success...

Steve :)

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Recent Comments


Thanks for the tips Steve, I just created my first YouTube Video so this will come in handy! I've bookmarked to make sure I have all elements for each video I do. :)

You are one step ahead of me Grace...
I have got to find some time to get my head around YouTube!

You will catch up soon enough! ;)

Did it again, Steve. Informative and practical. I have a YouTube channel with videos about my window washing business. This post had given some excellent tips to enhance it.

Thank you.

You're welcome Duncan...
I still haven't mastered the youtube thing yet...
I've got an account so that's a start!

Yet another useful resource. Thanks again Steve.


You're welcome Jerome...
I really appreciate you stopping by!

I've bookmarked it too, for reference, later on, cheers, Tosh :)

Hi Tosh...
I think I should have shortened this one!

I wouldn't worry Steve, you are just being very thorough, which I think is always needed to help others :)

I suppose if anyone really wants to know what to do they'll read it or take little chunks out...
It must be nearly bed time in your part of the world!

Yes exactly, they can help themselves with whatever they want!
It's 21.25 here and I have been replacing a few UPVC windows today and I am flagging and tired now, so I am going to have a couple of beers and hit the hay and finish off tomorrow, goodnight my friend :)

Nite Nite Tosh...

Goodnight Steve :)

Hello Steve, thank you for your blog post. Great and useful information, I'm going to bookmark this page! After reading blog post Steve, I probably need to optimise my channel more than I do individual videos. Work tracker is something I haven't used for several years Steve and I actually forgot that it existed, I must take another look!

Once again thanks for the very useful information Steve, Roy.

You're welcome Roy...
Everything has become so competitive...
I hope some of this info is useful for you...

Thanks for sharing, Steve!

My pleasure Rebecca (got it right this time:)...

Hey Steve,

Great tips as usual. One thing to note however. Annotations now only show up on laptops. For mobile Youtube now recommends using 'cards' Cards are the little info icons you see in the top right corner on mobiles that direct to your website.

I used to love the annotations but around 6 months ago Youtube changed everything. Nothing unusual there as things change so much all the time haha!

Cheers mate, Kev

Hi Kev...
I'm too scared to blink!

Haha yes mate me too! :)


Thank so much Steve for this. actually I started my online experiences with VDO, but didn't know about this. This is very good advice and tips.

You're welcome Gosun...
There's a lot to absorb but YouTube is becoming a 'must have' in the mix to get your word out!

Thanks for sharing

You're welcome Shane...

Thanks for the information!

You're welcome Karin...
Hope you had a good weekend...
Have you found some more topics to write about?

There's been a couple on my feral cats site

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