Common Video Indexing Pitfalls
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Common Video Indexing Pitfalls


If your video isn’t being
indexed and served properly, most likely it’s because Google
doesn’t have enough data about it. For every video, we require the
title, description, and a high-quality thumbnail. So make sure these fields
exist for each video. One of the most common
mistakes is to list a thumbnail URL that Google can’t
access because of a robots.txt restriction. You should not block any
resource that you use in your video data. Specifically, make sure that you
don’t block any Javascript files or other resources
needed to load videos on your page. Generally, the easier it is for
Google to detect a video, the more likely we’ll
be able to index it. Try to avoid loading videos
through complex Javascript, redirecting pages with hash
navigation, hiding videos behind user interactions,
or wrapping your entire page in flash. The video data you provide
should uniquely identify each specific video. Separate videos should not
have the same title, description, thumbnail,
or other data. It’s better to leave tags out
than to include empty or boilerplate tags if you’re
missing some data. The best ways to troubleshoot
your videos are to look at the sitemap’s errors and webmaster
tools for your video sitemaps and feeds and to use the Rich
Snippets Testing Tool for on-page markups.

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