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In other words, how can I 'search engine optimize' my YouTube videos? What does YouTube take into consideration when ranking search results? What matters most?

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Have a saucy image as the thumbnail. Clickthroughs through the roof! –  Eight Days of Malaise Aug 26 '10 at 0:51
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  • Name should be descriptive and interesting (compare "Cat1!!1" and "Amazing video of a cat playing a violin blindfolded").
  • Provide a good description to the video, especially if it is a content-heavy video like an instructional or demo video.
  • Pick appropriate tags, the more the better but only if they are appropriate. Don't spam-tag
  • Make you video a response to a related video to drive more traffic to it.
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In a very annoying way, you can add a long list of popular tags in the video description, and you can manage to set a sexy girl picture as the video picture preview...

So you will get more views and more haters :p

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Which equals black hat SEO tactics. I find it strange that Google doesn't sanction this kind of actions. –  Alex Aug 26 '10 at 9:03
    
@Alex, depending on which definition of "sanction" you use, I'd argue that google not sanctioning these actions is good. I.e., google does not sanction (approve) this, but they don't impose sanctions (punishments) for it. I agree that it's weird they don't punish it, I think it's good that they don't encourage it. ;) –  nhinkle Dec 1 '10 at 5:31
    
I'm tempted to vote this down.. there's already enough rubbish like this on Youtube –  Dmitry Selitskiy Jun 23 '11 at 23:26
    
Useless answer. –  Baronth May 29 '13 at 10:28
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  • share your video link in add this sites so that it will get more visitors and high pr backlinks.
  • Write more impressive description about your video.
  • Add better tags to search
  • Create quality video like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeSwTTw7auY
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I would consider this as product placement. –  Jacob Jan Tuinstra May 29 '13 at 5:05
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