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.
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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