A warning to folks thinking of improving home page ranking with this plugin – DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
At least not with YouTube videos.
Yoast does warn that this plugin doesn’t currently work well with YouTube videos (somewhere in the documentation).
Not realizing; I uploaded a YouTube video to my home page using this plugin – and waited to see how it would affect our ranking.
Took a while; but finally – shock & disbelief!
We had been #4-8, on the first page of Google for the keyword “bidet” for the last 4 years.
With my “YouTube video addition” we got dumped back to #7 on the 3rd page of Google!
Worst part is: I removed the video, but despite updating xml sitemaps, a reconsideration request to to the Big G, and much other general jerking about – our site has remained with this same poor ranking – 1 month later.
Our Meta Title and description is all messed up in the Google cache as in:
with a bidet!: Bidet Sales Australia | Make your life better today
Jan 23, 2009 – Online Store specializing in hand held bidet sprayers, bidet toilet seats & complete ‘toilet integrated’ bidet kits. Easy installation – guaranteed…
Current Meta title and description actually reads:
Bidet Sales Australia | Make your life better today – with a bidet!
Online Store specializing in hand held bidet sprayers, bidet toilet seats & complete ‘toilet integrated’ bidet kits. Easy installation – guaranteed quality.
That: “Jan 23, 2009 –” date at the front of Google’s cached description, is what WP Video SEO put there with the YouTube video, and obviously why we are still ranking so badly ONE MONTH AFTER removing the video.
Why the messed up meta title – I don’t know. But this was only AFTER putting the YouTube video on the home page – with Yoast’s WP Video SEO plugin enabled.
Be warned: Google is currently god of the Internet!
They DON’T CARE if your business goes bust, because of a simple SEO mistake that you (or they) might make.
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