YouTube SEO Checklist (SEO Ranking Tool)


Discover Actionable SEO Ranking Factors & Tips to Optimize Your YouTube Videos Like a Pro For Higher Search Engine Rankings & Get More Traffic To Your Videos
You’ll learn how to optimize your YouTube video titles, description and tags for search engine traffic and also for suggested video optimization.
This checklist is made up from top tips curated from around the web from top SEO’s such as Brian Dean at Backlinko, Neil Patel, Ahrefs,

You’ll also discover some extra CTR (click through rate) optimization tips and techniques for improving click through rates from Google and YouTube search to your video, and also tips for suggested video optimization (the ‘up next’ or related videos that appear on right hand side when a video s playing which can drive the bulk tf your traffic if you have optimized your on page SEO for your YouTube video.

You’ll also learn some best practices to use for YouTube Video Thumbnail Optimization with best practices and suggestions on how and when to use a CTA or even multiple Call To Actions on your videos if you prefer.

List Of Modules In The YouTube SEO Checklist (2020 Version)
How To Pick The Best Video Topics (and Video Content Optimization Techniques)
Video Title Optimization
YouTube Description Optimization
Keyword and Tag Optimization (Including how to use hashtags effectively when optimizing both your tags and description)
Click Through Rate (CTR) Optimization
Additional SEO Tips and Best Practices such as how to Improve retention time on your videos, and scripting your video to hook the viewer in the first 15 seconds and advanced on page seo techniques which before were hard to do but now is fairly easy f you follow the steps recommended in the checklist.
On Site YouTube Optimization Tactics with a look at using YouTube advertising to drive instant targeted traffic and even rankings too due to increased watch time on your videos, plus how to use and optimize playlists for better your YouTube channel optimization.

YouTube SEO is a series of actionable steps that you can take to optimize your YouTube videos and channel to rank higher in the search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing, and also within the YouTube platform via YouTube search engine optimization, and suggested video (or related video) optimization too.
If you’ve ever wondered what is YouTube seo and how it can help you drive more traffic, build an email list and make more sales via video marketing optimization, then use this checklist as a simple guide for YouTube optimization for your videos.

This extension will score your optimization level and is designed to use as and when you are uploading your videos to YouTube.
The score level will move from red to yellow and finally green the more you and and checkbox each ranking factor.
Click here to see each ranking factor explanation in more detail

More Tips On How To Use YouTube For SEO That Didn’t Make the Checklist

How Do You Optimize a YouTube Video?
This checklist has a collection of tips, tactics, techniques and strategies to help optimize your videos that have been collected from various top YouTube SEO experts and compiled into this one checklist as a step by step guide.

What is the Most Important Ranking Factor For a YouTube Video?
The most important ranking factor is your combined video watch time, then its retention time on your videos next, and then it’s the amount of time your videos combined keep people on the YouTube platform. In short the most important ranking factor for YouTube today is user engagement signals.

How Can I Increase YouTube Views?
YouTube video views can be increased through organic search rankings in Google, Bing, Yahoo or in YouTube search results. You can also increase video views by being featured in suggested videos while people are watching videos with a similar topic, and also by driving traffic via YouTube advertising campaigns.

Can I Pay For YouTube Views?
The only way I would recommend for you to pay for YouTube views is by using YouTube advertising. Personally i prefer YouTube discovery ads as they are only clicked on by choice and are not automated playing adverts that people have got used to closing immediately. With YouTube Discovery ads they sit on the side next to the up next section or search results in YouTube with thumbnail, title and description and people choose to click if it seems interesting to them but this is a great way to get targeted video views at low cost.

How Many Tags Should My YouTube Video Have?
Many SEO Experts recommend 8 to 10 tags but recommend around 12. Try and get closely grouped keywords that would fit into your title as broad match keyword phrases… For example
‘SEO for Video’ and ‘SEO With Video’ and ‘Video SEO’ and ‘SEO For YouTube Videos’ are all distinct and individual keyword phrases, however if you have a title such as Video SEO Tips: How To Do SEO With YouTube Videos …then you have all words in all of those phrases included in this title, which, believe it or not, affects rankings, and when people are searching for your content in the search engines and click through, this creates a shortcut to ranking for that exact keyword phrase.

Should I Buy YouTube Subscribers?
You should not buy YouTube subscribers, and here’s what to do instead for far more powerful results to increase your video engagement signals, and gain even more subscribers naturally… If you buy YouTube subscribers they will not be from real user accounts most of the time and even if they are, they will not be engaged with your content. So for example if you bought 10,000 subscribers and you publish your next video and from those, only 2 or 3 of them watched your video, then that’s a terrible signal that’s being picked up by YouTube analytics and is likely to have a more negative impact than positive. Contrast that to driving more views from low cost YouTube discovery ad views, where people see your ad and decide to click through and watch, then you gain subscribers who have a genuine interest in your content and they in turn will engage, share and comment your videos to drive even more traffic and subscribers. These can be the cheapest YouTube subscribers to acquire!

General Checklist Extension FAQs

You may have noticed that i have several chrome extensions in the same style of checklists and cheat sheets for various topics.
Here are some features of the checklist to be aware of when using the extension.

The eye icons to the right of the items within each module or category can be live links to click on to take you to a blog post, screen shot or even a video tutorials to get more information for that specific item , i have indicated when this is the case next to the item when appropriate by adding a notification in brackets (Click eye icon to the right for more info)

You will see your progress scored with a progress optimization bar at the bottom. You will be able to close and re-open where you left off or you can simply click to reset if you want to start a new session.

There are 4 links on the main user interface
– One where is says HOME which usually goes to the Home page of my blog
– Underneath the top Intro text there is a hyper link which may go to the full blog post or video tutorial for the checklist
– another hyperlink near the bottom above the ad banner, the hyperlink text will indicate what it is linking to.
– The Banner Ad which i use to recommend something RELEVANT to the checklist topic

We often get asked how and where we create these checklists and the good news is that we use LeadBlasta, which is a software that we built specifically to create these checklist style extensions. You simply fill in the categories or modules that you want and then the items or steps underneath each to make your lists, step by step guides, product review FAQs and more.
LeadBlasta is available at or you can optin to our email list from this extension or at home page and we introduce trials of the software from time to time to our email subscribers

YouTube Keyword and Traffic Generating Tools:
Keyword Keg
KGR Keyword Tool
Check Appsumo For Deals (Currently has Tubics)

This checklist has been created into a checklist by using a collection of top tips from SEO Experts, and curated into one easy to use and practical YouTube SEO Checklist tool.
All tips and techniques have been curated form freely available video tutorials and blog posts, saving you time when you just want some actionable SEO techniques that work.

Got a suggestion for more curated expert tips that you would like to see in a similar chrome extension?
let us know in the comments or via support.

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