SEO Rundown – Sept. 5

Hey All,

This is Theo from Mountain Media and this is your Friday SEO Rundown. Every other Friday I’ll be going through some of the big trending issues in SEO and giving each of them a brief moment in the sun.

Penguin 3.0 are you ready?

Chuck Price over at SEW recently posted an article detailing what is going to be going on with P 3.0 but let me give you the long and short of it. Currently, everyone who has gone through a link audit and meticulously picked out every spammy link the reward has been next to zero. Mainly due to the fact that Penguin is a separate algorithm that isn’t part of the normal algorithm updates. But, don’t worry, after P 3.0 is run you should see a jump in SERPs. For those of you who haven’t cleaned out your links yet or are worried that you might have spammy links, now is the time to do it before the hammer drops. Get it done, because Google might not wait until Matt Cutts gets back from vacation before they run it and if you’re caught with anything remotely spammy, you might have to wait 10+ months again before the next iteration of Penguin.

HTTPS URLs Have no Ranking Benefit…Yet

As you all know, Google announced that it would provide a small ranking boost to HTTPS/SSL sites due to their new HTTPS ranking factor. Search Metric recently released a study showing that moving your site over to HTTPS has not given any sort of boost to SERPs. Marcus Tober over at Search Metric was quoted as saying:

“In a nutshell: No relationships have been discernible to date from the data analyzed by us between HTTPS and ranking nor are there any differences between HTTP and HTTPS. In my opinon therefore, Google has not yet rolled out this ranking factor – and/or this factor only affects such a small section of the index to date that it was not possible to identify it with our data.”

In my opinion, I agree with Mr. Tober, while Google did say it is a small boost, even a small boost to your SERPs is noticeable. The most likely thing is that Google is probably going to roll out the ranking after they run P3.0. Well that’s it for this week’s SEO rundown, if you enjoyed please subscribe to our YouTube Channel, and make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or G+. Thanks and we’ll see you next time for our next SEO rundown.

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Why Online Videos Matter

Videos are the future of content marketing. Consumers love them; it’s a fact, as you’ll see in the infographic below. If done correctly, videos can be attention grabbing, emotion triggering, helpful, or all of the above.

The two major video-hosting sites, Vimeo and Youtube, have their own advantages. At Mountain Media, we use both. YouTube is excellent if you’re trying to reach a large audience, get that “viral video” potential, and have easy sharing capabilities. For SEO purposes, Vimeo is the winner.

Interested in online video for marketing? Check out the infographic below.

why_online_vids_matter

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3 Ways to Make Your Videos Better (Without Breaking the Bank!)

You can make your videos better by playing around with hundreds of different things. You can work with different camera angles and change the sound settings in your camera, for example. That type of stuff doesn’t involve spending a dime. Which is awesome. But it hits a certain point where you can only do so much.  You honestly have to spend money if you want to get to that “next step.” And when you’re working with video, it can be extremely intimidating when prosumer cameras are selling for 5,000 dollars, lenses can be 12,000 bucks, etc. But today, let’s not worry about money. Because you can dramatically increase the quality of your production by investing in these 3 tools, which are all pretty cheap.

1. A Glidecam

When you’re trying to film handheld with a DSLR camera (or any camera for that matter) you know how shaky the footage can come out. So you’ve probably invested in a tripod, which is good for a lot of instances, but after all, you’re limited to pans and still shots. What happens when you need a quick moving shot that’s running alongside somebody? Or you need a shot that starts on the floor and goes up vertically? You used to have to invest in a dolly, slider, camera crane, etc. And all that good stuff would cost a ton of money. The Glidecam gives you the power to get all different types of shots in one system, and it can often be found for under 250 bucks.

Here’s what the GlideCam looks like in action:

2. Buy a Super 8 Camera

Super 8mm movie cameras were most popular in the 1960′s and 70′s. They were very basic. And they gave you an old, dusty looking picture with basic color. You can usually find a decent one on eBay for as low as $30. Then you just buy the film and get it transferred so you can work with it on your computer. That can get a little bit costly, so just make sure you’re only shooting Super 8 when you really want to use it in a video. And simply put, don’t overuse it. So you might be thinking…how on earth would that make my video better? When used correctly, these cameras bring about an incredible sense of nostalgia to any video. It’s really a feel that’s unmatched.

This video was filmed entirely on Super 8. And it only came out a few years ago.

Toro Y Moi “Still Sound” {Official Video} from Steve Daniels on Vimeo.

The video below is mostly filmed with modern day equipment, but is edited to look and feel similar to an 8mm camera. There are shots in there that could even be filmed with an 8mm camera.

BIGBEAR x 1000 from 1000 on Vimeo.

3. Get a Color Grading Application

Cameras are designed to give you a good image coming straight out of the camera. But if you want a great, unique, and interesting image that gives your video a mood, you need to change your camera settings for a flatter, duller image that’s easier to color grade it in post. Many people prefer to use the color grading tools right in their editing system, but others prefer to use an application like Magic Bullet or VSCO to make the process easier.

Here’s an example of the power of Magic Bullet:

ROME. from Jeremy Janin on Vimeo.

The problem? It’s $399. Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t terrible, but we’re trying not to break the bank here. Let me introduce VSCO for film. It goes for usually $100 or less.

VSCO:

Life in Ventura. VSCO Film 03 from 5 Mile Films on Vimeo.

What are your inexpensive tips and tricks for making your videos better?

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4 Tips for Making Your Video Go Viral

Everyone wants to make a viral video. This is a fact. Just think about how great it would be — millions of views, some local/international fame, and people who want to meet you. And then when the video’s hype has died down, you get two choices. Either keep pumping out videos and hope you rise to stardom, or just kick back and let people remember your awesome achievement. Pretty good gig in my opinion — just one problem. There’s no exact way to make a viral video. If there was, everyone would be doing it. You could follow every single thing I’m about to tell you, and your video still might not go viral. But the truth is, viral videos often have a lot of things in common, and that’s what I’d like to share with you.

Length & Title Choice

Videos that go viral usually have very similar lengths and titles. The title has to be something that’s going to stick in a person’s head. This is pretty simple. If you have a hilarious video of your friend singing, you don’t want to name it “Funny Singing.” “How to Sing Like A Champ” would be a lot more memorable. And for the length, the shorter the better. Keeping your video under 2 minutes and 30 seconds is usually a good idea, although going a little bit over might not hurt. There are always exceptions to this rule, too. An exciting, shocking, micro-documentary could be 10 minutes long and go viral. But that’s more about content, which we’ll discuss next.

As a tip, try to get the audience intrigued in the first few seconds. With the help of apps like Vine nowadays, attention spans for video are getting shorter and shorter.

Emotional Connections

Simply put, people have to connect with the video content on an emotional level. Humor often works best, but you can also create a video that’s romantic, nostalgic, unbelievable, “so true”, etc. Or awkward, which is where I point out my favorite YouTube channel, LAHWF. Andrew Hales, the man behind the famous YouTube channel, got his start by creating a viral prank video that was painfully awkward and funny at the same time. And people could put themselves in his shoes. Here it is:

To this day, Andrew creates (mostly awkward) prank videos that connect with people. You often leave his videos with the “I could see that happening to myself” mentality. His newest viral video, however, hits people with a touch of happiness:

Celebrity Influence

Another way videos go viral is with the help of celebrities, or what I like to call “half-celebrities” (people that are famous in their own industry.) If you’re lucky enough to feature someone famous in your video, you’re increasing your viral chances ten-fold. But what I’m mostly talking about here is celebrity video sharing. If you can get people in power to share your video, you’re in luck. Pull some strings and talk to who you can. And share your video all over the place — which is what we’ll talk about last.

Promotion & Marketing

Once you thing you’ve got a great video, it’s time to promote and market it. Don’t be shy! You have to believe the material is truly fantastic. That’s how you’ll know you know it has a shot at going viral. Get the video posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ a few times. Don’t drop the video every hour, but spread it out casually. Talk to your friends and get them to post it too. Then use the power of online message boards. Post your video to large online communities. Definitely don’t forget Reddit, aka “the front page of the internet.” So many viral become viral because they’re posted there. Then, sit back and hope the video will snowball.

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