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Does Video Give You a Search Advantage? Maybe

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An interesting article from Bloomburg Businessweek that’s a little old, but make one stop and think

While efforts to get Web sites onto the top page of Google’s (GOOG) search results have spawned an entire industry, people are only starting to seriously consider the value of video optimization for search.

Google’s “Universal Search” feature—which incorporates results from news sites, videos and maps right into the body of a search results page—was introduced in May 2007, but already one-fourth of U.S. Google searches (and more in other parts of the world) return videos in the results, according to a study by Nate Elliott, now with Forrester Research (FORR).

Videos are 53 times more likely to appear on the first page of search results than text pages, Elliott found. Under the catchy headline “The Easiest Way to a First-Page Ranking on Google,” he blogged about some of the math behind that number. The study looked at 40 of the most popular keywords, and found:

“On the keywords for which Google offers video results, we found an average of 16,000 videos vying to appear on results pages containing an average of 1.5 video results—giving each video about an 11,000-to-1 chance of making it onto the first page of results. By comparison, there were an average of 4.7 million text pages competing for a place on results pages with an average of just 9.4 text results—giving each text page about a 500,000-to-1 chance of appearing on the first page of results.”

The simplest reason for this finding is that there are far fewer videos than Web pages. But it’s worth considering that U.S. video views have (as expected) surpassed searches—there were12.7 billion video views in November 2008 and 12.3 billion searches.

 

Written by Arbour Media

March 21st, 2011 at 9:08 am

Posted in Online Video