Just announced today. If you have a free Ning network, you will now be forced to upgrade to a paid account or take your business elsewhere.
Not only is this development amazing for those who are deaf (including my friend Christie) but there are also SEO implications. Here’s the announcement from the Google blog.
Here’s the summary:
You Tube now has autocaptioning using the same voice recognition algorithms in Google Voice to automatically generate captions for video. Machine generated captioning is not ideal, but with their auto-timing you can upload a simple text file with the transcript/script that you used to create the video and Google will figure out when the words are spoken and create captions for your video.
From an SEO perspective, this means that Google will have text that they can crawl to understand your videos, so when drafting your video script, keep your keyword strategy in mind. Having a text version of your video content will be great for optimizing your videos and reaching a larger audience.
Sometimes you stumble onto something that just makes your day. I discovered the organization and website http://www.keep-a-breast.org. They work on breast cancer issues from a cooler and hipper perspective, and my understanding is that they feel like they get quite a bit of traffic. I can’t help but wonder if it’s qualified traffic however, because when you search for them in Google, this is what their sitelinks look like:
Yes, that’s correct. They created a category on their blog called “I love boobies”. I wish I could get a peek at their analytics to see how much unqualified porn traffic they get per month with people looking for boob pictures…