How to rank #1 on YouTube search in 30 days [case study]

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Ranking number one is easy!

Of course, that is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek comment. After years of working in the search industry, I know that ranking number one in Google search is very, very difficult. But as for ranking number one on YouTube search? Maybe not so much.

In fact, we’ve developed a process at Siege Media for achieving first-page rankings on YouTube search in less than a month. Using this process, we saw massive returns in terms of views for our ranking video:

Today, I want to share this process with you and help you execute this strategy for your own videos.

Because I feel that showing is always more effective than telling, I’ll use a running example throughout this post to help demonstrate the full process we’ve used.

For my running example, I’m going to borrow from a recent situation in my life where I could not get my wireless Xbox One controller to sync to my Xbox One console. With “Game of Thrones” in full swing, this was an unacceptable problem, as I needed to be able to stay up to date with Khaleesi and her dragons.

Also, it just so happens that the search phrase [how to sync xbox one controller] presents an opportunity to outline this process.

Let’s get started!

Leverage your popular pages

Start by analyzing your popular pages that are already performing in search.

Although YouTube search is less competitive and complex than Google search (and the two rank videos differently), you still need to build on a solid SEO foundation. To springboard your video to the top of YouTube search, you’re going to need to piggyback on an existing page’s SEO equity.

For our project, we used a page that was ranking well (lower end of page one) but still had some room for improvement. We wanted to find a page that had enough equity to give our new video a chance to rank, but also could benefit from having the video and potentially see a ranking boost as well. Here are some other criteria for selecting this page:

  • The content of the page translates well to video.
  • The view counts for top-ranking videos on YouTube and Google indicate that there is interest in this subject.
  • There are videos currently showing on the first two results pages of Google search for the selected keyword.

You need to be strategic about where you place your video if you want it to rank quickly, and analyzing the ranking videos (on both Google and YouTube) will provide a good idea of feasibility. Specifically, you should look at the current top results on YouTube search for your target keyword. If at least three of these top videos have high view counts, you’ll know there is interest in video on this topic, and an opportunity exists.

Make sure you pay close attention to who is sharing and responsible for the video. View counts can be inflated if the video comes from a high-profile influencer in the space sharing the video with their subscribers, making the audience seem much larger than it is.

For my example, I’ll be hypothetically building a video for Driver Easy to go on this page.

Driver Easy’s page is already on the bottom of page one for [how to sync xbox one controller]. This indicates that there is a potential opportunity for them to add a quality video to their content and rank that video on YouTube.

However, before I start designing a video, I need to check the criteria outlined above to ensure it’s worth creating a video.

Does the content translate to video?

Driver Easy’s page would easily translate to video, as the content is built like a tutorial, outlining step-by-step advice.

What do view counts look like on Google Video and YouTube search?

View counts for videos on both Google Video and YouTube search are strong (many of them are the same videos). The top three results on YouTube have over 100,000 views:

Clearly, I am not the only one who has had syncing issues with their controller, and there is interest here.

Are there videos showing on Google search?

Yup! In fact, there are three videos showing right below the first result (and snippet) on page one.

Sometimes the best way to understand what will rank in search is by researching what is currently ranking. Seeing these videos in search results means that Google thinks video content is relevant and useful for this query.

Having ticked off all the necessary boxes, I know that if I add a quality video to Driver Easy’s existing page, it will have a strong chance to rank highly on YouTube.

Optimize your video for search

After identifying a page you can upgrade with video, it’s time to start designing your video.

Like when building new pages, you need to also consider search as you build a new video.

[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]

Some opinions expressed in this article may be those of a guest author and not necessarily Marketing Land. Staff authors are listed here.

About The Author

Andrew Dennis is a Senior Content Marketing Specialist at Siege Media. Along with his column here on Search Engine Land, Andrew also writes about SEO and link building for the Moz blog. When he’s not reading or writing about SEO, you’ll find him cheering on his favorite professional teams and supporting his alma mater the University of Idaho.


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