Today, I am going to tell you how to show or display Video Thumbnail in Google SERPS by your Posts to Improve your CTR i.e Click through Ratio. This can be used to outrank your competitors easily by acquiring extra space in Google Search. After the Removal of Google Authorship recently, this simple trick or HTML code proved to be a great CTR booster for your blog posts. Just like star ratings, its called as video thumbnail generated by your posts similarly like Videos in YouTube. Now this small trick can let you display a video preview thumbnail in majority search engines even if you don’t have any video in it etc. This leads to more clicks, traffic and increased visibility in Google and other search engines too. So lets know more about it and see the HTML code plus its working at large.
Enable Video Thumbnail in Google Search: How to
SO, here is the HTML code to enable or show up Video Thumbnail from your articles. Just add this code anywhere inside your Post HTML section and you are all done! Now wait for your post to crawl and you will see a video thumbnail in Google search engine.
<link href=”#” rel=”img_src” type=”img/jpeg”/>
<link href=”http://eplayer.perfomfeeds.com “rel=”video_src”/>
<link href=”#” rel=”thumnail” type=”img/jpeg”/>
Note– The above code is basically a video schema which shows up video image preview in Google search results. All you have to change the first and third line image URL and Get GO!
How this Code Works?- For Developers!
To learn how this code works, all you need to know about schema and Google micro data first. Now the most important part of this code is –
rel=”img_src” and rel=”thumnail”
In this, the Image URL given is taken as the source image which is displayed as the thumbnail in Google search also. Always use either PNG or JPEG format to insert your image URL in this link.
The rel=”video_src” acts as the video source from the given URL, which acts as a dumb URL with empty video in it. Don’t edit or change this line, leave as it is.
Note- Never place this code in the Blog Sidebar, thus it will work for all the articles and pages. So only place this code in the article HTML section to display an Video thumbnail for specific post in Google SERPS etc. You can also test your blog posts after publishing it with Google Rich Snippets for more details etc.
That’s it! According to me, its an great alternative to Google Authorship for increased CTR! Hence its time to show up a Video Thumbnail from your posts just like YouTube Videos. I know you all will love this tweak and please do share this If you liked! Till now, this trick works fine for us, let me know how it works for you also?
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