How to Rank YouTube Videos
Further to this, here are some further tricks on how to get your videos ranking well.
Make sure you add your Keyword(s) to the Title TWICE (MUCHO important), i.e "How to control your mind - Learn the art of controlling your mind" (sorry for the silly example)
Add your keyword(s) to the description. Do not overdo it and make sure you have 400 - 500 words of content. You want to have a clear Call to Action as well here. Some prefer putting their links at the beginning, but this is down to pure personal preference and has not real effect on ranking.
Add your keywords and a combo of them as TAGS. Copy your competitor's tags
TIP: Right Click - View Source - Search for "Keywords" and go to the second batch to see ALL their tags. Copy and paste the 20 most relevant ones to your video.
Video File Name
Make sure you name the video file using your keyword(s). This is extremely important and such a simple and basic step that most people skip over this.
If possible, make your channel name the same or similar to your keyword(s) - This is a ninja tip
Again, so simple and basic that most people skip over this.
Send a combo of regular and retention views. Why? Well, realistically even "Gangnam Style" with its 1 Billion + views didnt have PERFECT retention.
Send further social signals such as Likes, Dislikes, Comments, Favs and Subs to the video and channel.
This builds reputation and makes the videos stand out more. Think of it like this, whould you rather watch a video with 1 Million views or with 1,000 views?
Send Social Bookmarks to your video. Do not worry about too many here as YouTube is an authority in itself.
Truthfully, you can be as creative here as you want.
TIP: Another great way of doing this is to go to URL shortening services (such as bit.ly) and get as many different versions of your Video URL to use as anchor text links when backlinking. This way, it seems more natural to Google as well as YouTube.
That's pretty much what you need to do to rank well. Trust me... Keep it simple and you'll be GOLDEN.
Best of luck and blessings.