If you have put many hours of effort and research into making videos for your law firm, and still not getting the response you want, it may be time to look beyond just creating high-quality videos. You need to begin with video SEO (search engine optimisation) to get more eyes for your videos.
This article will give you everything you need to know about boosting the discovery of your law firm’s video content. So, let’s get started.
Video SEO involves optimizing videos for search engine indexing and ranking. It helps improve the chances of the video appearing higher in search results on YouTube, Google, and other search engines, increasing the reach and views. That is why video SEO is relevant for businesses even in the legal industry.
Moreover, after Google, YouTube has become the second most used search engine. YouTube although has its own search intent, keywords, and search rules, since it is owned by Google, it does help the SEO efforts if you link your content with videos.
For instance, if a person wants to know about legal issues related to a car accident, then they would like to see videos showing how these issues can be tackled, who can help them, etc. Apart from these videos, YouTube will also stream some suggested videos based on the search intent and the viewing history.
This means if you can capitalise your keyword search to build a niche for your video content, then your videos can have a long-lasting rank.
Tip: SEO for video works a bit differently. You can’t interchangeably use YouTube keywords and Google keywords. Although there can be some overlaps, consider the search intent separately.
Now that you are aware of video SEO, let us explore some practical tips to improve the reach and visibility of your video content.
To increase the chances of getting more views for your video and rank on SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages), select a topic that people are looking for. Additionally, go for a topic that your audience will prefer in a video format instead of text.
You can start by doing some research on video hosting sites like Vimeo or YouTube to understand what type of video content grabs attention. Search how your topic or idea is performing in search results. Look for similar videos. If you notice, very less views or no engagement, then it may not be worth pursuing that topic. So, no matter how much effort you put into the SEO, the video won’t get the expected views if no one is actually searching for that topic.
Once you have clarity on the topic that your target audience will be interested in, the next step is to make sure they find it. So, the next obvious step is keyword research. Here’s what you need to consider when conducting keyword research.
Although a majority of searches happen on Google, YouTube is a preferred platform for video content. However, it is important that you do your keyword research on both Google and YouTube.
You can use any keyword research tool to find the relevant keywords for your legal topics based on the queries that have a high search volume. In fact, you can also use autosuggest or autocomplete features of the platforms to find long-tail keywords for your topic.
Metadata includes the tile, description, and tags (depending on the hosting site) of videos and helps search engines identify your video. Therefore, for video SEO, it is important that your keywords are part of the metadata.
Experts agree that metadata should have a natural tone as both bots and humans will be assessing the video content based on the information added. So, make sure to work on your title, description, tags, or even hashtags for maximum search engine visibility. Here are some tips that can help.
Although you can choose a thumbnail from your video, it is important that you don’t take this thumbnail lightly! Viewers may be looking at so many videos when searching for a topic, so it is important your thumbnail is visually appealing.
Since search engine bots use text transcripts to know more about the context and relevance of your video, it is important to write transcripts. In fact, your transcripts (audio in the video) should also be optimised for keywords for Google, YouTube, or other search engines.
Additionally, video transcripts make your content accessible to all types of audiences including those who may have hearing impairments. Transcripts can also appear in the comments of the video or can be included in the description as well. Make You may also add time makers to the key points, so the viewers can jump to the timestamp to view the content they want.
It is not just about keywords but also the time viewers watch your video. The watch time is equally important for search engine algorithms. Here’s how you can try to increase the watch time.
Your law firm needs a strong online presence and a website is key. Adding videos to your website will also increase the chances of you being found online. Plus, it gives you full control over how you want to represent your brand.
Often ignored, the other way to improve video SEO is to embed video on pages that have relevant content and also have high traffic. Blog pages or service pages are good examples for this. Make sure to embed videos in the first half of the page. Additionally, YouTube picks these embeds as the ranking factor which can make a difference in organic reach.
When you promote your videos on other platforms, it improves visibility and ensures a wider reach of your video content. This helps increase social sharing and in creating backlinks that ultimately improve the video SEO. Additionally, this way of promoting videos avoids reliance on ever-changing search algorithms.
To improve your SEO efforts, you need to track your performance and analyse results regularly. You can use native analytics (YouTube analytics or social media platform-specific analytics) such as the number of views, watch time, shares, comments, traffic source, etc. to know what’s working and what’s not.
You can use these insights to improve video production efforts. For instance, you can assess for which keywords your video is ranking and optimize metadata.
Mobile devices have increased video accessibility. However, you need up to your video SEO efforts for your video content to be found and viewed online. Follow the tips discussed above to optimise your law firm’s videos for search engines and social media.
Get in touch with BOXmedia today and let us help you ace your video production and promotion to gain new clients!