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Google Video Indexing: what it means to you

Google has added Video Indexing to Search Console

If you have Search Console set up for your website, you may have received a notification from Google about video indexing.  You will find this under your Search Console dashboard as Video Pages.Google Video Inspector

The following is a good description from Google’s help file:

“The video indexing report shows how many indexed pages on your site contain one or more videos, and on how many of those pages a video could be indexed. Indexed videos can appear in Google search results.”

  • Google could not determine the prominent video on the page
  • Cannot determine video position and size
  • Video too large or too small
  • MRSS failure; try using schema.org instead
  • Invalid video URL
  • Unsupported video format
  • Unknown video format
  • No thumbnail URL provided
  • Unsupported thumbnail format
  • Invalid thumbnail size
  • Thumbnail blocked by robots.txt
  • Thumbnail is transparent
  • Thumbnail could not be reached
  • Video not processed
  • Video not processed yet
  • Video not found on host service
  • Thumbnail is missing or invalid
  • Invalid thumbnail

Common Issue:  Multiple URLs for a video, or prominent video on the page

On my initial investigation of my site and a few clients, this is what came up most frequently.   If you have used the YouTube embed code and the URL in WordPress, you will see a problem.  If you used a video player widget, the same may happen.    The general fix is to make sure you are using the same URL on each page.   This may take a little trail and error, just check and re-inspect after each change.   **Be sure to flush your cache before re-inspecting any URL.

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