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Google Schema.org Markup for Videos

Let’s face it, Google is complex. Especially if you do not have technical background. To get items ranked at the top of their index they make you jump through hoop after hoop. But when fully considered this is a good thing in a way, as it allows people with SEO know-how to beat out the competition. Of course on the flip-side to get the best SEO consultant know-how you need to take the time to learn about random information such as Google’s new Schema.org Markup for Videos.

With the addition of this new markup language things change a little. It is not just about video sitemaps anymore, you really should use Schema.org markup to optimize your videos too. Let’s jump into this topic, shall we?

How Does Schema.org Video Markup Look?

It’s a pretty simple concept. Basically, by adding this code to the page your video is featured on Google will be more likely to identify it and rank it correctly. According to Google, a typical markup would look like this.

Schema.org Markup for Videos
Schema.org Markup for Videos

Adding schema.org video markup is just like adding any other schema.org data. Simply define an itemscope, an itemtype=”http://schema.org/VideoObject”, and make sure to set the name, description, and thumbnailURL properties. You’ll also need either the embedURL — the location of the video player — or the contentURL — the location of the video file.” – Google

If you are currently using video sitemaps to submit videos to Google, bravo! You can still keep these in place. In fact, Google recommends that you have both the video sitemap and Schema.org video markup in place. The reason being, the sitemaps do a great job of alerting Google when a new video is posted.

The Schema.org video markup stuff is important. We will be implementing it on all SEO Inc. client websites. In search engine optimization, you have to do what ever it takes to get the edge up on the competition. Please find video resources on Schema.org markup for videos below.

Watch a Video on Schema.org Video Markup from Google

Introduction

Adding the Schema.org Markup

Video Sitemaps with Schema.org Video Markup

Alternate Markup for Videos

Testing your Video Markup

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