Video SEO plugin video


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10 October, 2012 – 51 Comments

I’ve been very hard at work with the Video SEO plugin, adding support for the most used video embed plugins for WordPress. See the changelog for specifics. The plugin is, I’m proud to say, selling well and people seem to be loving it. I’m also working on another project with the guys from Video User Manuals and they, very kindly, made a video for the Video SEO plugin that I just had to share with you as it shows just how easy the plugin is to use:

You can of course still buy the plugin, you can go ahead and do that here.

51 Responses

  1. Matt
    By Matt on 10 October, 2012

    What’s the rating field for? Why would we not rate our own videos a 5? ;)

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 10 October, 2012

      Hey Matt, good question :) it’s mostly there because I want to allow other plugins to hook into that, for instance if you had a rating plugin for your posts, that could hook into that value…

  2. Mark Lewis
    By Mark Lewis on 10 October, 2012

    The video doesn’t seem to be working for me ^__^

    “There was an error encountered while loading this video”

  3. Albert
    By Albert on 11 October, 2012

    Nice Video Plugin its going to be good for SEO professionals as well as for users to know about SEO.

  4. Neil Heird
    By Neil Heird on 11 October, 2012

    Hello Joost. First – some quick patronage…. I am a relative newbee in the WP world, but only develop sites and solutions for this space. I have enjoyed reading your posts and related works – for me its been a master’s degree in WordPress! Now to my question – since this plugin is designed to support one video per page / post, how does it work when the video is displayed in a WP sidebar?

    thanks in advance!


    • Neil Heird
      By Neil Heird on 30 October, 2012

      Hello again Joost. I originally posted this question on Oct 11 and haven’t heard back yet, so please forgive the repost here….

      If a video is enbedded within a sidebar, how does the plugin help a page to rank for the video? and by extention, if a common sidebar appears on more than one page, does this impact the plugin’s work? or should we just stick to pages and posts, leaving sidebars for other content?


      • Joost de Valk
        By Joost de Valk on 30 October, 2012

        Within a sidebar the plugin doesn’t work, as the video could be on multiple pages and XML video sitemaps don’t allow for that. So your videos should be in one page.

        • Neil Heird
          By Neil Heird on 30 October, 2012

          thanks for clearing that up!

  5. Neil Heird
    By Neil Heird on 11 October, 2012

    One additional question for you. Have you added support for the youtube and vimeo shortcodes on the MySiteMyWay framework? if not, I would like to make that request.



  6. Chris Silvey
    By Chris Silvey on 12 October, 2012

    Hi Joost. I just bought this plugin, installed it and did a re index. While it did detect all the on site videos and youtube embedded. It did not create a sitemap. When I hit the view sitemap, it just took me to my home page. I confirmed also with filezilla. no sitemap was created.

    • Chris Silvey
      By Chris Silvey on 12 October, 2012

      I have another issue. It is breaking my theme layout. I am using Heatmap pro.

      It breaks the layout in categories and posts. Throws the sidebar to the bottom.
      Each post that just has the jwplayer self hosted it throws in these characters in the post “>
      I deactivate the plugin then everything is fine.

      • Joost de Valk
        By Joost de Valk on 12 October, 2012

        You should have an email from me with a beta version that fixes it all :)

        • Chris Silvey
          By Chris Silvey on 13 October, 2012

          Thanks Joost for helping me out. All my situations are fixed. 10 stars on a great plugin.

  7. John
    By John on 12 October, 2012

    Hi Joost,

    Most of the pages on which I placed a video are still not showing in the serps with the thumbnail. Is there a specific place to place the video within the post for it to get a thumbnail?

    Can it be at the end of the post, after all or most of the text?

  8. Sora
    By Sora on 14 October, 2012

    If i embed a video from you and use your plugin this will show thumbnail in Google result? or just work o self hosted videos?

  9. Jacobus
    By Jacobus on 14 October, 2012

    I am about to buy, but I have one small question. In the Vimeo video you refer to, the path to the video is put in the post. I guess it also works for embedded videos of YouTube, but I just want to make sure, as I have several websites where I have only embedded YouTube videos. Hope to hear from you soon.

  10. KatzinAz
    By KatzinAz on 15 October, 2012

    This looks great! Before I buy, I do have a question. My videos are hosted on YouTube. They play in a video lightbox, via the WP-video-lightbox plug in. They are directly referenced, as follows: href=”″ rel=”wp-video-lightbox (…..)

    Will your plug in work in this case?

  11. huizing
    By huizing on 15 October, 2012

    Thanks! This makes life much easier, keep up the good work

  12. Frederik Trovatten
    By Frederik Trovatten on 16 October, 2012

    Nice one Yoast!
    This is exactly what I need for a client of my running WP.

  13. Anders Clasen
    By Anders Clasen on 17 October, 2012

    This is awsome Joost! Im already using this Yoast WordPress SEO at a daily basis on all my WP sites and im definitely gonna be using Video SEO for WordPress also.


  14. John
    By John on 19 October, 2012

    Hi Joost,

    I sent a few emails for support to the plugin. I received no reply. Can you please get back to me? The plugin is not working on my site and it has been nearly a month so far.

  15. Sevin Philips
    By Sevin Philips on 19 October, 2012

    Sent an email couple days ago. Plug in works great for page and post. My homepages all have videos, is there any way i can use your plug in to recognize homepages. If so how? If not, do you plan on creating this function?

    Much thanks

  16. Humayun
    By Humayun on 19 October, 2012

    Nice Plugin Buddy….
    Just purchased The Video SEO Plugin And Its results Are really Good For Me… Traffic increased to 30 %

  17. Joshua Stern
    By Joshua Stern on 20 October, 2012

    I was informed to use the old embed code for Vimeo because Google didn’t spider the method. Therefore, I included the following
    ” ”

    and this plugin does not add it to its sitemap. However, it does include it if I use the method.

    Thank you.


  18. Joshua Stern
    By Joshua Stern on 20 October, 2012

    The following code will not include this video in my sitemap, however if I use Iframe it does. I was told that Google doesn’t search iframe and I should use the old embed code.

  19. kakal
    By kakal on 21 October, 2012

    thank for your help seo

  20. Raphael
    By Raphael on 22 October, 2012

    Hello Yoast,
    Will there every be a version of the Video SEO Plugin that does not require your WordPress SEO plugin?
    I don’t question your WordPress SEO plugin, I am just using another one and it is working better for me though I would like to try your video seo plugin.
    Thanks in advance

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 23 October, 2012

      No, sorry. The video plugin relies heavily on APIs built in to my WP SEO plugin for opengraph and for XML Sitemap generation.

  21. Lazslo Shuandor
    By Lazslo Shuandor on 24 October, 2012

    Hi – I have this plugin and of course the other but am running in to a few problems now. Both plugins are generating 404 pages when trying to view site map pages, is it a case of changing permissions? Also when adding videos they do not show up in the snippet as talked about in the video above, is this because of the site map issue??

  22. Ted
    By Ted on 24 October, 2012

    Will this work with videos we shoot and upload on our site? We use flowplayer.

  23. NH
    By NH on 24 October, 2012

    We are using I’ve read comments from you in the month of Sept that you are going to add support.

  24. Streusalz
    By Streusalz on 25 October, 2012

    Hi Joost,

    I am looking for a clickable map of the Nertherlands for WordPress, do you know some?
    Thanks a lot.

  25. Juristenkantoor
    By Juristenkantoor on 25 October, 2012

    My homepages all have videos, is there any way i can use your plug in to recognize homepages. If so how? If not, do you plan on creating this function?

  26. Letselschade Juristen
    By Letselschade Juristen on 25 October, 2012

    Most of the pages on which I placed a video are still not showing in the serps with the thumbnail. Is there a specific place to place the video within the post for it to get a thumbnail?

  27. Mike Lynch
    By Mike Lynch on 25 October, 2012


    I’m using a video premium template for wordpress, detube.
    I enter my video url slightly differently in the theme, is there a way to get the plugin to look at that url instead of in the body of the post ? (or make the url in the body of the post invisible)
    Also, how do I get the plugin to work with self-hosted material ?


  28. MennoO
    By MennoO on 25 October, 2012

    Do you thing it is “smart” to create a video for a lot of content pages, jus to get the video thumb in Google for increased CTR?

    I’m considering to do this, but it will be a lot of work….but might be worth it..


    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 28 October, 2012

      Hey Menno,

      don’t add too much content around video’s or Google might deem it “not a video” and not show a video snippet.

  29. James
    By James on 26 October, 2012

    Just bought the Video SEO plugin and installed it and applied license. Everything seems to be installed and set up correctly; however, posts where I have Vimeo video embedded, I’m not seeing the video in Snippet Preview nor the “Video” tab in WordPress SEO by Yoast section. I’ve tried testing on existing new pages/posts. Can’t get it to work!

    • James
      By James on 28 October, 2012

      Yeah…still waiting for a reply. I’ve tried commented in multiple places and I’ve sent a message through your contact form. I’ve completedly uninstalled and reinstalled the Video SEO plugin several times with no luck. Plugin does not seem to be picking up any of my youtube or jwplayer videos in posts or pages. Please provide some support here!

      • Joost de Valk
        By Joost de Valk on 28 October, 2012

        James, could you drop me an email by replying to the purchase email, as stated in there? :) the email you used to comment doesn’t have a valid video seo license attached to it, so I need to know what email you used for buying the plugin.

        • James
          By James on 28 October, 2012

          Who actually reads confirmation emails ;) Your contact page says “I’m sorry but I can’t handle plugin support via email.”

          Anyways, I resolved this issue finally after a few more reinstalls and using IE instead of Chrome for the install. Not sure what the problem was.

          I do have another issue though with jw player shortcode embed, so I’ll reply to the conf email for that. Thanks.

  30. Brent Manning
    By Brent Manning on 26 October, 2012

    Thanks Joost very informative video demo, I’ve had some great results with the WordPress Seo plugin and has made my life so much easier when doing on-page seo.

    I’m very interested to test out the Video Seo Plugin, now I just need to create some worthy video content to experiment with.

  31. pete
    By pete on 30 October, 2012

    Joost, Is the plugin useful for webmasters that use 3rd party video hosting such as YouTube?

  32. Keith Schilling
    By Keith Schilling on 30 October, 2012

    Nice plugin! We’ve implemented several plugins, mainly Magento, on our sites and this video plugin for WP is awesome! Nice work.

  33. Sevin Philips
    By Sevin Philips on 30 October, 2012

    Hello Joost. Need instruction. I sent a couple emails using my proper licensing email to ask you a question and havent heard from you. Is there any more proper way to get a question answered? I am the guy that asked about using plugin for homepage video, not page/post. If not s there a work around for it?
    BTW- this guy Juristenkantoor cut and pasted my question as his own. That wasnt me under alias. I’m a respectful customer looking for a straight answer.

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 30 October, 2012

      Hey, sorry to hear that, must have missed that as I usually answer those emails straight away :)

      There is no workaround currently I’m afraid, how are you embedding the video? Where is it stored?

      • Sevin Philips
        By Sevin Philips on 31 October, 2012

        it is a youtube video, embedding via a lightbox modal window

  34. Balaz Sabo Sipos
    By Balaz Sabo Sipos on 3 November, 2012

    Hello Mr. Joost,
    Your Seo plugin really Helped me allot.
    And in Combination with this little Video Integration, it is going to be even more Better i Hope.

    Thanks for all, Cheers and keep up the Great Work.

    Best Regards for you.

  35. Guilermo Ortiz
    By Guilermo Ortiz on 6 November, 2012

    Very neat plug in. I will have to give it a spin since video snippets are usually quite the pain to manually create.

  36. Sevin Philips
    By Sevin Philips on 8 November, 2012

    Is getting authorship with google linked up with my video posts helpful for the video seo? (ie you video plug in) or is it just helpful for content posts?

  37. Suzanne
    By Suzanne on 9 November, 2012

    Hello Joost,
    I’m very interested in this new plugin but since I don’t see any money back guarantee stated anywhere on your page I want to be sure I’ll be able to use it first. My theme is U-Design and I use Easy Video Player. I noticed others have asked if your plugin will support EVP but the response isn’t clear. You asked for a link in a previous reply so here’s what’s I found inside the html code…
    The video can be found at my page
    I hope that helps. Please let me know if I will be able to use your plugin with Easy Video Player. BTW, I already use your “Yoast WordPress SEO” plugin and I love it so I do want to purchase your new Video SEO plugin.