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YouTube SEO: 9 Actionable Tips for Ranking Videos (2018)

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A complete guide to YouTube SEO in 2018. This video will show you EXACTLY how to rank your videos in YouTube.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this action-packed guide:

First, I’ll show you the right (and wrong way) to optimize your video titles. I call this “Front-Loading”, and it’s something I do almost every time I upload a video.

Then, for our second tip, you’ll see how to increase the number of “Video Engagement Signals” your video gets. This is a key video SEO ranking signal.

I’ll then show you how to use video tags. Specifically, you’ll see how The TAB Formula helps you optimize your videos correctly.

Next up, we have CTR Magnet Thumbnails. Does your click-through-rate impact rankings? Yup! And optimized thumbnails (especially if you use CTR Magnet Thumbnails) are one of the fastest ways to get more clicks on your videos.

Then, I’ll dive into video descriptions. Most people sleep on their video’s description, but I’ve found it makes a small but significant dent in your video rankings.

Our 6th YouTube SEO tip is to increase the length of your videos. It’s a fact that longer videos rank better in YouTube. How long should your videos be, exactly? My data has the answer.

Moving right along to tip number 7, we have a cool little hack to get more people to click on your video. The secret? Optimizing your video title for SEO… AND click-through-rate.

Next up, we have “Rank in Suggested Video”. Suggested video is a big part of getting more views on YouTube.

Last up, we have “Turning Donkeys Into Unicorns”. This is one of my favorite ways of boosting audience retention – a key SEO ranking signal.

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Comments

Ermin says:

Hi Brian,
does changing the tags to videos I've just recently uploaded take any effect? Or should I apply the TAB formula to my new videos?
Thank you for such great value!

Ermin says:

Hi Brian,
does changing the tags to videos I've just recently uploaded take any effect? Or should I apply the TAB formula to my new videos?
Thank you for such great value!

DailyTube says:

Brian Dean is the best teacher, He perfectly gets to the point and its very clear as he uses examples. Thank you for helping us.

Mina Bradley says:

Very helpful, thank you so much Brian!

Manish Kr says:

thank you sir, it was helpful

One Stop says:

All of your tips are useful.Keep doing this sort of great work!👍

McClure Twins Family says:

tip no.2 is not correct. comments have no correlation to views (watch time does – tip no9). For instance, we have videos with thousands of comments, but only a couple hundred thousand views, yet videos with high audience retention, and only 500 comments, might have a million views.

it's more about watch time and retention than engagement.

with that said, thanks for the information, some good stuff in your video.

sontwisted says:

Im about to use 7 of these on my next video in fact im making that video right now front load keywords,boost engagement signals,tab for tags,ctr magnate thumbnails,brackets and parenthesis,mini blog posts,rank in suggested video

MR. UNKNOWN92 says:

Sub me guys
I will sub u

Qrio The Curious Shop says:

Can't wait to use those tips and have some mad scientist experiment with them 😜

Marta Mas Coma says:

Great tips, thank you Brian!

Music Candy says:

Thank You 😀

Varjit Satya says:

Greetings from India. Very nice and original tips. I was expecting same old low competition tags kind of tips but this video just blew my mind. Thanks for sharing this info. 👍

Timothy Haney says:

How about start using video in the first place…then concentrate on Title with brackets and video length.

Sam Nuku says:

Awesome video. Thx bud

ViveTime says:

amazing video man i love how its not vague like other video sthanks man

Tim Bradley says:

Brian consistently delivers straight-forward, simple, useful, and authentic content.
He has earned his reputation!
I am only commenting to give his vid a boost in thanks.

Tech Sazib says:

Very helpfull tutorial.I ever seen

Iliyas shaik says:

Thank you, what softwares do you use to make this content (effects)?

juan altredo says:

A complete oddity: a guy in IM who isnt full of BS and who actually delivers actionable and helpful content for free! only guy I know who does this, certainly in YT, thanks Brian!

Bruce Batman says:

You are saying that we should use limited keywords,what if my first keyword have too much competition ? please dont tell that i should change the content XD, let's say for a gaming channel,our content are mostly same everyday.What do i do now ?

I Migliori Film Completi says:

Gratitude. This information has a great value. Thank you.

Jaideep singh says:

Awesome brian !! I love it and need it !!

Fuad Aliyev says:

Let's add an engagement signal to the video 😉

Andre L. Vaughn says:

Thanks as always Brian!

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