How to Rank Higher in YouTube Search Results in 2016

YouTube SEOAll we know that YouTube is second biggest search engine on the planet after google, it generates an estimate 92 billion page view each month which also provides huge traffic to different websites and blogs, and about 35 hours of video are uploaded every minute.
YouTube also offers you to monetize your videos content, if you are getting enough view you can make good money from your YouTube videos.

  • Do you want more people to see your YouTube videos?
  • Have you optimized your videos for search?

If people can’t find you, they can’t watch your videos or subscribe to your channel, which hurts your search ranking. In this article you’ll find four ways to tweak your videos to rank higher in YouTube Search. Today I’m going to show you the ins and outs of YouTube SEO, including how you can rank videos in both Google and YouTube.

Like Google, YouTube uses ranking factors to determine which videos end up at the top of each search results page (SERP). YouTube looks at your video’s number of views, how long users watch it and how many positive ratings and comments it has.

For good measure, they also throw in the number of channel subscribers, how many times your video appears in a user’s playlist, how often it’s added to a favorites list or playlist and how many times it’s been embedded on a website.

To get the high numbers YouTube is looking for, you need to optimize your content so people click through and push Play. And I’m not just talking about your video content. What matters here are your keywords, title, description and tags. It’s a lot to consider if you’re trying to get your YouTube channel on the front page of YouTube Search. But hey, now that you know what they’re looking for, you can give it to them.

Below are four ways to get your YouTube videos ready for Prime Time.

#1: Choose Strong Keywords

You’re familiar with how important keywords are. Choosing the right keywords can be the difference between high visibility and page five of the SERPs (and you know nobody gets all the way to page five).

YouTube Video Keywords

While YouTube can do a lot of things, it can’t search the content within your video to find keywords, so you’ll have to add them yourself. If you need help choosing the best keywords, use the YouTube Keyword Tool to find out which ones don’t have a lot of competition.

Google trends to use video results for these types of keywords:

  • How-to keywords (“how to shave a cat”)
  • Reviews (“Bluehost review”)
  • Tutorials (“Setting up WordPress”)
  • Anything fitness or sports related (“Cardio kickboxing”)
  • Funny videos (“Cute animals”)

Your keywords help YouTube determine if your content is relevant, and they help your audience know what your video is about. Be sure to include them in your title, description and tags.

As a general rule, use about 10 tags that include the video category, video content, shoot location and names of anyone in the video.

#2: Include Keywords in Your Title

Your title should tell viewers exactly what they can expect to see in your video. That can be harder than it sounds.

Is your title too long? People lose interest and ignore you. Is your title too short? People don’t know if it’s what they’re looking for and they ignore you.

Ideally, your title should have around 120 characters—enough to tell people what they’re watching, but not so much they overlook it.

For instance, a video entitled My Cat won’t really grab users’ attention because it’s fundamentally uninteresting. (I mean, how many cat videos have you seen in your lifetime?)

YouTube Video Title

A title with a more accurate description of your video’s content—My Cat Trying to Eat a Shoe—encourages users to click over and watch. The titles above are examples of good, clear titles.

As you craft your title, add a keyword phrase at the beginning, especially if you’re doing a series. For example: “Healthy Cupcakes: Gluten-Free Bananas Foster,” “Healthy Cupcakes: Sugar-free Cinnamon,” “Healthy Cupcakes: How to Avoid Cracked Tops” and so on.

#3: Optimize the Description With Keywords

When writing your video description, weave in your vital keywords naturally. As long as the description flows and isn’t forced, you’ll be OK.

If you overuse your keywords in a spammy way (that’s called stuffing and it’s poor etiquette), you’ll hurt your chances of climbing up YouTube’s SERPs. In the example below, the description uses several keywords, but they work together without feeling forced.

 

As you’re writing your video description, be sure to include a link to your website or blog. For Google ranking purposes, a YouTube link to your website is considered a backlink (which means more Google juice for your website).

The description of a YouTube video gets cut off at around the third line, so be sure to put the link at the top of the video description.

#4: Customize the Video Thumbnail

Your video thumbnail is the face of your video. It’s the first thing viewers look at when your video comes up in search, so it really has to wow them.

Customized video thumbnails outperform YouTube’s automatically selected screenshot every time. Grainy screenshots from the middle of your video don’t instill faith in viewers that your video is the one to click on.

Take the time to create a custom, attractive thumbnail that conveys what your video is about. For best results, your thumbnail should have a 1280 x 720 resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Wrapping Up

Choosing the right keywords; incorporating them into your title, description and tags; and customizing your video thumbnail make a big difference in your YouTube traffic and success.

You can get even more traffic by promoting your video across all of your social media profiles to reach as many people as possible.

Making your video accessible from multiple sources helps influencers find your video and, fingers crossed, promote or source it on their own platforms. Those links and embeds tell YouTube (and Google) that your content is popular, which pushes you up the SERP ladder and into higher YouTube search results.

Now all you need is good content, but that’s the easy part, right?

What do you think? Have you optimized your YouTube channel? What worked best for you? Leave your advice and comments below.

Bonus : Take a look at the awesome infographic below published by designinfographics.com, presenting YouTube stats and facts.

YouTube infographic

How to Check your BSNL Broadband Account Usage Online

Check BSNL Broadband UsageBSNL broadband is still the most popular and widely used broadband service in India. BSNL brought the low cost and high speed broadband service in India (Though we are still far slower than other developed countries). Many people use BSNL‘s fixed traffic plans, we need to keep eyes on our usages in these plans.
(Though I am on unlimited plan, I use (love) to track how many GBs. I have downloaded till now.) There are many ways to check the usages. Here I am giving a list of good software, sites and services to check how much internet you have used.

Now let us check what are the options available to check BSNL broadband usage are.

4 options to Check BSNL Broadband internet Usage Online:

  • Check BSNL broadband usage status Online via Selfcare portal.
  • Check BSNL broadband usage status via SMS.
  • Check BSNL broadband usage via software.
  • Monthly BSNL broadband usage alert via email.

1. How To Check BSNL Broadband Usage vai Selfcare portal :

Recently BSNL shifted to new system of user management which is known as BSNL SelfCare Portal. Through SelfCare you can actually do lot more thing other than your broadband usage monitoring. However, its little confusing for first time here, hence I have decided to write a short note how to check usage details on BSNL broadband.

If you have not registered for Self Care Portal, go to BSNL Self Care Portal and click User registration (for existing BSNL customer) to register yourself.

  • BSNL Selfcare for South Zone (Andhra Pradesh, Chennai, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu) customers
  • BSNL Selfcare for North Zone (Haryana, Punjab, UP(West), UP(East), Himachal Pradesh,  Jammu & Kashmir) customers
  • BSNL Selfcare for West Zone (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh,  Gujarat, Rajasthan ) customers
  • BSNL Seltcare for East Zone (Kolkata, Orissa, Bihar, West Bengal, Adman Nicobar, Assam, Jharkhand, North East ) customers

It is pretty easy though, first go SelfCare portal of your area..

  1. Login to BSNL Selfcare portal
  2. Click My Services
  3. Click View Broadband Usage
  4. You can check usage details between any given date.

2. How to Check BSNL broadband usage status via SMS:

It is also possible to check your BSNL broadband usage by mobile phones. You will be able to check your usage from your BSNL mobile as well as from other mobiles.

  • The first step is to get your landline number registered on BSNL via SMS.
  • Send SMS to 52295 using REG STD-CODE LANDLINE-NUMBER; example is given below:
    REG 01419876543
  • Once landline no. is registered then you can check current usage of your internet broadband connection via SMS. Let’s check how to send SMS to check existing usage- BBU STD-CODE LANDLINENO; example is given below: BBU 01419876543

3. How to Check BSNL broadband usage via software:

BSNL provide ready-made free software that allow registered BSNL user to check current usage of their broadband plans. It’s a small software application that runs on Windows XP, Visa, 2007, 7 and Windows 8. Download this free software here: Download. This software uses the BSNL broadband usage site data, so you need to have portal id and password.

This software gives the data in bar chart format. It also has a broadband usage calculator which shows the cost for additional usage according to your broadband plan etc. This will help you to monitor and control your broadband usage.

4. How to Get Monthly BSNL broadband usage alert via email

It’s one of the best ways to keep in track of broadband usage as every month BSNL will be sending a monthly alert on your email address and on phone number. Visit http://bbusage.bsnl.in/ and resister your email address for monthly alert.

Register your email and phone number after visiting above mentioned URL. Here you will have to fill up a small registration form for broadband usage alert. Please note that ‘Broadband Username’ will be required. This registration form looks like below screen.

Learn how to check your BSNL Broadband Usage

How to Get Free Akismet Key to Protect Blog from Spam

Comment spamming is one of the serious issue most bloggers face. Thousands of auto bots exists online which just posts unwanted comments in the blogs. It becomes a regular job for bloggers to moderate comments before they appear on the article.

While thinking about solution one of my Facebook friend told me that we can get Akismet API Key for free. WOW, I thanked him and looked into Akismet site again and found a way to get a genuine Akismet Key for free. Here is the way to get one for you.

Akismet API Key

How to Configuration of Akismet API Key for Blog

Akismet is almost ready. You must enter your WordPress.com API key for it to work.

  • Visit Akismet website.
  • Click on Get Started and say goodbye to Spam button.
  • Choose Personal Plan.
  • Enter your details and then in the right side of signup page you see a slider which says $36/yr. Just move the slider to make it $0/yr.
  • Akismet key signup

  • You will get a email with the API Key. Enter that key in Akismet settings page in WordPress admin.
  • Akismet API Configuration

  • Your blog is now spam FREE with FREE spam protection.

For personal bloggers this is a best solution to get Akismet key for free. Once you start earning money you may consider paying money to Akismet plugin as they need support to innovate more to protect Internet from spam.

Best WordPress Permalink Setting for SEO & Performance

Choosing a suitable wordpress permalink structure for your blog or website is very important, i think it is the very first thing to do before even making your first blog post.The choice of a suitablewordpress permalink structure varies from individuals.

This blog post is aim at guiding you in choosing the best option for your blog/website by explaining the pros and cons of all the permalink structure.

What are permalinks?

Permalinks are direct links to your articles, posts, or pages. They are: “permanent links”

WordPress Permalink

Default WordPress Permalink Setting: http://yoursite.com/?p=123

This is the default wordpress permalink structure. Most people still retain this because it short and comprehensive. Ideally, This is not a good choice for a blog with little number of post, because it display the total amount of post in your blog. The major demerit of this permalink is – it a dynamic URL which has been depreciated, instead permalink that contain rich keywords in it URL(pretty url) is used this days because they are more SEO friendly (still debated), friendly also to the end users, they give an insight on what to expect on the page, recommended by google and other search engines.

Update your WordPress Permalinks?

If you are reading this post, I assume that you already know what permalinks are, but I will give a short overview for those who are unsure.

WordPress Permalink Setting

So your readers can access your blog posts, WordPress needs to serve up those pages as unique URL’s. The way that the URL’s are displayed can be configured.

If you go into your WordPress Admin Panel and go to Settings -> Permalinks, you will be presented with the following page.

And the Definitive Answer is…

Custom structure (Post Name )

http://www.domain.com/sample-post/

This permalink structure is human readable, perfect for SEO, has the keywords close to the top leveldomain name.

The permalink setting to use is: /%postname%/
Verdict: This is the one to use.

Conclusion: Choosing permalink for your blog/website is completely a personal decision but care should be taken wen choosing one.If you are to choose a permalink for your blog, consider the Top three widely used permalink which is:

http://yoursite.com/postname
http://yoursite.com/category/postname/
http://yoursite.com/postname-postID/

If you have any contribution or contrary opinion about choosing the best permalink sructure, please comment below.

How to Protect your WordPress Blog using .htaccess

I’ve moved my blog, Mukesh Mali from Blogger to WordPress by myself a few months ago and it was a great learning experience. WordPress is no doubt a great blogging platform and I certainly have no regrets on making the move. As many blog owners know (and some of them may have learned the hard way), there are many potential security problems with any blog or website. This is also true with regard to WordPress blogs. In this article, you will learn some easy and simple to apply ways that help you protect your WordPress blog. Implementing them on your blog is a significant step towards making it secure.

When you have an active blog, the last thing you want to stop and worry about is security. Nevertheless, WordPress security is very important to the safety and longevity of your blog. Using WordPress’ .htaccess file, you can tighten your blog’s security and not have to worry about its safety.

What is a .htaccess File?

The .htaccess file is a configuration file for use on web servers running the Apache Web Server software. When a .htaccess file is placed in a directory which is in turn “loaded via the Apache Web Server”, then the .htaccess file is detected and executed by the Apache Web Server software. It is often used to specify the security restrictions for the particular directory.

Create a blank .htaccess file. This can be done in Notepad or a comparable simple text editor of your choice (no MS Word does not count although it’s possible). Open Notepad and Click Save, name this file htaccess.txt. If you’re using Windows XP the OS won’t allow you to name a file e .htaccess but don’t worry, you can rename it once it’s been uploaded to your server (no idea how Linux, Vista or OSX handle this).

Protect your WordPress using htaccess

In this article I’m going to show you how to strengthen your site’s security by adding/changing a few lines in this file. Before you make any changes, it might be a good idea to take a backup of your .htaccess. If something gets messed up, you can always replace the hacked .htaccess with the original one.

Prevent Access To wp-content

The wp-content folder contains images, themes and plug-ins and it’s a very important folder within your WordPress install, so it makes sense to prevent outsiders accessing it.

This requires it’s very own .htaccess file which must be added to the wp-content folder, it allows users to see images, CSS etc … but protects the important PHP files:

Order deny,allow
Deny from all
<Files ~ ".(xml|css|jpe?g|png|gif|js)$">
Allow from all
</Files>

Restrict Access to WP Admin directory by IP Address

If you are running a single user blog site, there is no reason to allow others to access WordPressadministration panel. You can protect your WP admin from unauthorized access by listing your static IP address in the .htaccess. Here’s the trick

order deny,allow allow
from 117.212.28.23 (replace with your IP address)
deny from all

Disable Hotlinking

Sometimes another site may directly link images from your site. It saves hard disk space by not having to store the images. But your site ends up serving the requests for them, thus using up your precious bandwidth. This is known as ‘hotlinking’. To disable this you can add these lines to the .htaccess

#disable hotlinking of images with forbidden or custom image option
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www.)?yourdomain.com/.*$ [NC]
#RewriteRule .(gif|jpg)$ – [F]
RewriteRule .(gif|jpg)$ http://www.yourdomain.com/stealingisbad.gif [R,L]

Stop Spammers

Like hotlinking, spammers are notorious to use up your site’s resources. There are a number of ways to identify a potential spammer. One of them is to detect requests with ‘no referrer’. Spammers use bots to post comments on blogs and they come from ‘nowhere’. Add these lines to stop the spammers

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_METHOD} POST
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} .wp-comments-post.php*
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !.*yourblog.com.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^$
RewriteRule (.*) ^http://%{REMOTE_ADDR}/$ [R=301,L]

Rewrite URLs

Many content management systems and scripts use very long URLs containing instruction codes and session IDs. You can limit those with search-engine-friendly rewritten URLs, thanks to Apache’s mod_rewrite module and an .htaccess file.

RewriteRule ^documents/([0-9]+)(.*).html$ documents.php?id=$1

Protect WP-Config

wp-config.php is the file in your root directory that stores information about your site as well as database details, this file in particular we would not want to fall into the wrong hands.

In your .htaccess add the following to prevent any access to the wp-config.php file:

# protect wpconfig.php
<Files wp-config.php>
order allow,deny
deny from all
</Files>

Disable Directory Browsing

Someone who knows the directory structure of a WordPress installation, may use his knowledge to do some damage. Besides you should not let them know what plug-ins are you using.

# disable directory browsing
Options All -Indexes

Protect .htaccess itself!

Last thing you want after spending so much time protecting your site with .htaccess, is to leave the file itself open to attack. The following hack prevents external access to any file starttng with .hta

# protect the htaccess file
<files .htaccess>
order allow,deny
deny from all
</files>

That’s it for now. Remember to test, test and test every time you make changes to your .htaccess file (go to your site, is it still up?). Hope you find these tips useful. Happy blogging!