I've certainly been a proponent of Google's Video Sitemaps for getting into Google Videos and Google Universal Search results...  I've also eluded to the notion that one reason behind Google's push to educate publishers about video sitemaps had to do with their desire to increase the content available for Google TV.   I recently got the Logitech Revue to try out Google TV and I thought I would show you some results.

Google TV - Should You Be There?

I realize that the value here is probably quite low at the moment - I.E. - the user base for Google TV is clearly not a large one at this point.  However, despite the immaturity of the Google TV product and the issues I have with regard to the Logitech device, I truly believe that Google is off on the right track.  I wont go into a review of the device and platform here - but I will say that I believe in 2-5 years, Google TV may have a fairly robust user base.  At that point, the value might be huge.  That being said, I hope there isn't a new term invented like GTVSEO (GoogleTV SEO).

Google Video Sitemaps = Google TV Results

My point in showing you the following images, it to show you that Google TV "web videos" results come directly from Google Videos.  Therefore, if you successfully create and submit a video sitemap to Google and get your videos indexed (which you should be doing anyway), your videos will automatically be available on Google TV.  So - no real extra work required.  That being said, there are some guidelines for optimizing your website for Google TV, but that's only if you want to take things to the next step.

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ReelSEO's Videos on Google TV

Below is a picture that I took of Google TV for the search "reelseo."  In Google TV, the default search selection is "Google TV and Video Results" where you are shown only video results (results formatted specifically for Google TV) for your search as opposed to web search results (also an option).  You can see here that there were 50 results (only 50 at a time) found for the term "ReelSEO."  I know that I could have done a more interesting search term but this was an easy way to illustrate my point.

You can see below that the first and second results are from our actual domain, as opposed to YouTube.

How To Get Your Videos On Google TV   One More Benefit of Video Sitemaps google tv reelseo search

If you were to choose one of those 2 results, you would be taken to our webpage, where that video resides. GoogleTV uses the Chrome OS and if your site looks good at 1024x768, you should be good to go.

How To Get Your Videos On Google TV   One More Benefit of Video Sitemaps google tv reelseo

Not much else to say here other than - Get your Video Sitemaps going already!  If you need help - help is on the way as in the coming weeks I'll be announcing some tools for you to use to generate video sitemaps - stay tuned!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18709802 Sean Russell

    Great article. Google TV and Internet TV in general is the future.

  • MirandaSB

    There aren't enough reasons to get Google TV with the Logitech Revue. I love being able to surf the net and watch my shows at the same time.I know being what some would consider a religious watcher of my shows, I am part of forums during them and It makes it that much more convenient! Not only that being an employee of DISH, I get to know when these neat little gadgets are coming out. Knowing that, the anticipation was so much! It really is a lot more than I thought it would be, really.

  • https://mobile.twitter.com/hardliner Chris Abbott

    You can use a video sitemap plugin on wordpress and pull your vids from youtube onto your wordpress site..


    • http://www.reelseo.com/ Mark Robertson

      And has it actually worked?

  • http://www.VideoLeadsOnline.com/ Ronnie Bincer

    Yeah Mark, What do you think the value is of doing video sitemap work if your videos are POSTED on YouTube and embedded on your own site?

    Making a video sitemap of YouTube hosted videos that appear on your website via video embeds is still something that seems to be a BIG question for those of us out here that don't HOST our own videos but let YouTube host them. We post video on YouTube to take advantage of the traffic YouTube offers, and get a portion of viewers to visit our website "...for more info, etc." - so there is a real reason for doing what we do (at least I think there is!).

    Any clarity on the subject after you "hob-knobbed" with the big Dogs (Google) re. video sitemaps?

    • http://Inovision.ca/ Louis-Philippe Bellier

      The answer is clearly yes (watch the video sitemap webinar with the 2 google pros). It says on the webinar that you don't necessly need to create the sitemap for those video as they are crawled already but it would certainly help you with Google looking at you as the owner of those videos (with the proof in the video sitemap).

      It works fine with me!
      you can always do the test with the query: "site:www(dot)yoursite(dot)com" in video(dot)google(dot)com.

      Louis-Philippe Bellier
      Consultant www / SEO
      Ergonomics, E-Commerce
      Inovision Int.

      • http://www.VideoLeadsOnline.com/ Ronnie Bincer

        @LP Thanks for the reply... It has been a while since I watched those interviews with the 2 google pros, but I never thought they mentioned that having a sitemap on your site for posted videos did anything at all to establish ownership.

        Are you stating that doing the site search in video . google . com shows your website in the results for posted-only videos?

        Of course having established ownership of a video has not accomplished anything if you can't link a SERP to your site with a posted video. The whole point of establishing ownership was to let Google eventually give your site credit for a video you posted off your site by linking to your site.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larrymarkovitz Larry Markovitz

    Do you use sitemaps if you are hosted on Youtube and embedding youtube on your blog?