Why Does Google Return Strange Results For Web Video?


No one can argue that Google is the king of the search game.  But when it comes to web video, Google seems to often return strange…even conflicting…results.  This is easier demonstrated than explained, so I’ve put together a short video to show you what I mean.  Just click the play button below to watch now:

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  • Power To The Podcast!

    Just for grins, I did a similar search for the topic of one of my video podcasts. The keyword was “lead trust.”

    The Google natural search returned 45,800,000 pages. I can’t even count that high. I only looked at the first 50 results and my video was no where to be found. No big surprise here.

    However, when I clicked on ‘Videos’ on the top navigation bar, my video showed up in positions 1, 2, 5, 7, and 8. Bummer. Only 5 out of the top 10. Oh well, nobody’s perfect.

    I did much better on the right side of the page. My vid is the big ‘featured’ video, plus I garnered all three Related Video positions.

    On this page the following video sharing sites were represented: 5min.com, dailymotion, yahoo video, youtube and revver.

    Last, when I click on Hide Options, I see my vid in positions 1, 2, 5, 7 and 8. Over on the right side it again is the ‘featured’ video and has all three of the Related Video positions. So all told, the video captured 9 of the possible 14 slots.

    Power to Podcasts!

    For those who have not put up a podcast or those who are not a student of Dave’s Web Video University, let me just say that 9 months ago I did not own a camera and had no clue about anything. Everything I learned came from Dave K and Club WVU. With these kind of results up against 45 million pages from a traditional approach, I feel like my investment in video education was well worth it.

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