How to rank YouTube videos fast

In one word: SEO.

The long story: If you've never heard about SEO, it stands for Search Engine Optimization.

If you think about Search, one thing that you probably use almost every day is Google.

Google is the search engine with the most traffic worldwide, but do you know what's also a Search Engine?

You guessed it, it's YouTube. 🚀

I want to lay out a couple of techniques that you can use on your videos to improve your SEO and the number of impressions that you can get on your videos.

So to make people see your video and give them a chance to even click on it you need to optimize your SEO on YouTube and we've outlined 5 things you can do to make that happen.

Pro Tip: Make sure that you're in a niche with not a lot of traffic

Why does this matter? Well if there are fewer other people making videos, meaning less competition it will be easier for you to rank when people search for the type of content you make.

For example, if you try to make generic content for something like Finance, you will face much more competition than if target some niche like Water Yoga or Mewing for example.

And if Google has to decide out of 100.000 videos or out of 100 videos which ones to rank and show you have a better shot at getting noticed, especially as a smaller creator.

If you're interested we've actually laid out a couple of topics that are a good start for making videos over here on

Assuming that you already know your keywords and are ready to go let's dive into it:

1. Have the keywords in the title of your video

This is the most important place to have your keywords. Not just for YouTube but also the viewer. When they search for a term and see that exact term in the title, they are more likely to click on it.

So make sure that you add your keywords in the title and make sure that your title, thumbnail, and video all tell the same story.

2. Fill the whole video description (5000 characters) and use the keywords you're trying to rank for

The Title, Description, and Transcript, or the video, are the only indicators that YouTube can use to figure out to place your video for viewers where it makes sense because it's all text so you gotta use the space they give you.

Caution: This doesn't mean you should make your description ugly.
Have the important stuff (links and social media stuff) at the top of your description. Fill the rest up with keywords and text.

You can also use your Transcript and paste parts of it into the description assuming that you mentioned your keywords plenty of times.

This is a good way to fill up the space without having to make up too much text.

Our service makes this really easy as you get a text version of the transcript that's segmented into paragraphs when you get our SEO-optimized transcript.

Check the screenshot below for an example for a good density of keywords in your description, some parts of this have been taken from the Transcript and the screenshot is one of my videos about mewing. 👇

My friends and I have built a video analyzer tool that will let you look at the title, likes, dislikes, keywords, and more of any public video on YouTube at a glance, for free that you can use to analyze your own SEO efforts by looking at what your competitors are ranking for. 💪

3. Mention the keywords in your video multiple times

This should be a no-brainer and you're most likely already talking about your Keywords in the video but make sure to include variations as well. If you talk about "Water Yoga" for example also mentioned phrases like "Yoga in Water" and "Swimming Yoga" etc. to make sure there is variety.

4. Add Transcripts to your YouTube video

The transcript is a great way of giving YouTube more text to rank your video as already described in step (2), if you've done step (3) and mentioned your Keywords plenty of times your transcript should help give you a boost in SEO on YouTube.

You can get a Transcript of your video in multiple ways but the three most common are:

  • Copy and paste the transcript from YouTube directly
  • Use a service to get it for free, those transcripts tend to be less accurate but, hey they're free :) Use the free version of our service to get a transcript
  • Use a service to get it paid, those transcripts are better for SEO and people because they have proper punctuation and are more accurate, especially your keywords should be recognized properly, we also got you covered for over here

5. Add Hashtags

This is somewhat of a new feature on YouTube and therefore not heavily utilized, it's a great way for you to show up when people search for Hashtags. Keep the keywords you use in Hashtags somewhat generic as they're more likely to be shown.

SUMMARY: How can I rank in YouTube Search?

  • Have the keywords in the title of your video
  • Fill the whole description (5000 characters) and use the keywords you're trying to rank for here as well
  • Mention the keywords in your video multiple times
  • Add Transcripts to your YouTube video so that YouTube can pick up the keywords in the spoken audio of your video
  • Add Hashtags


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If you want to get the full scoop on how I managed to grow my channel check out my article about how to grow your YouTube channel fast.

Matt Phelps

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