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Video transcription OK for SEO?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by yayman, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. yayman

    yayman Registered Member

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    Hey all,

    Quick question: Will Google penalize if you transcribe a video on your website (like SEOmoz does), even if you didn't make the video yourself? For example, if you had a website on video game reviews and you found a video on youtube that reviews a certain video game, Is it okay to put that video on your website then write out what is said in that video as copy (ie transcription)?

    Thanks!
     
  2. TwistedSEO

    TwistedSEO Regular Member

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    I've been doing that and ranking my pages with no problem. I always make sure first that no one else has transcribed it yet, fix up grammar mistakes in the transcription (spoken grammar is very different from written sometimes) and embed the original video.

    I don't use this for actually ranking though (but it does for long tails). I just use it as filler and a way to provide useful content for my readers.

    However, I'm not sure how this type of content will play out in the long run with panda. You'll notice that after transcription, a lot them contain huge amounts of "fluff" since people don't talk the same as they write.
     
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  3. jascoken

    jascoken Senior Member

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    You need to be careful of copyright issues...

    You're effectively using other people's work without their permission. This may not matter to many, but there will also be video producers who will not allow this.
     
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    seohuntanalytics Registered Member

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    I'm constantly doing such thing on my site with Android games and everything is OK.