YouTube SEO – 3 Steps To Rank Number 1 on YouTube

YouTube SEO, three steps to rank number one on YouTube. I will teach you how to rank number one on YouTube in three steps and who doesn't want to rank on YouTube? It's the second largest search engine in the world right after Google, and nearly 2.3 billion people access YouTube once a month.


Funny enough, Google also owns YouTube, so technically, they own the first and second most popular search engine. That means if you're able to rank a video on YouTube for keywords that people care about, it'll be seen by thousands of people and it'll also rank well on Google over time. All of that sounds great, but YouTube is becoming more and more competitive. Thousands of creators in every niche are competing for probably attention and a lot of them are targeting the same audience as you.

But the good news is that YouTube is nowhere near as competitive as Google. And even if you're just starting, you can rank videos on YouTube. Back in 2017 when I started my YouTube channel, things were tough. I've always been great at writing content, but it's an entirely different game when it comes to video. I also knew how to do SEO and get millions of visitors to my website, but all that knowledge was hard to use on YouTube and it didn't translate directly. So in other words, what worked for Google, didn't really work for YouTube. Some of it sure did overlap, but it was a different algorithm.

So I decided to crack the code and understand YouTube's algorithm and share it with you. And in order to do that, I had to create lots of content. And I mean, lots of content. I started pushing out videos every single day. When I started my YouTube channel, I was doing at least one video a day. I want to learn a few things, so I needed data on what worked and what didn't.

A lot of what I learned back then no longer applies to YouTube in this day and age, but I found out there are three steps that you need to take in order to rank on YouTube that worked back then and still work today and they're super effective.

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19 Responses to YouTube SEO – 3 Steps To Rank Number 1 on YouTube

  1. VFX Vikas June 27, 2022 at 2:01 pm #

    I am first, pin this comment

    • Neil Patel June 27, 2022 at 2:42 pm #

      Nice 🙂

  2. Hamisi Mnaro June 27, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

    Your the best Neil

    • Neil Patel June 27, 2022 at 2:43 pm #

      You are!

  3. andy andy June 27, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

    Nice Niel nice

    • Neil Patel June 27, 2022 at 2:43 pm #

      Thank you!

  4. Nuggifresh June 27, 2022 at 2:05 pm #


  5. Furnishiaa June 27, 2022 at 2:06 pm #

    Useful knowledge

    • Neil Patel June 27, 2022 at 2:44 pm #

      So nice of you

  6. Kiran bhai June 27, 2022 at 2:54 pm #

    Again very important session neil sir

    • Neil Patel June 27, 2022 at 3:00 pm #

      Thank you!

  7. Mbah Ijeoma June 27, 2022 at 3:48 pm #

    Hi! I’m a Nigerian based Digital Marketer. Great stuff! I just learnt something new about the engaging questions in the video, and using keywords in my description. I’m definitely trying that out in my next video on my agency channel

  8. Raees Ahmed 728 June 27, 2022 at 4:04 pm #

    sir but uber suggest gives only 3 free tries to test keyword research plz make it free as it was before

  9. Ask Hindi Help June 27, 2022 at 4:31 pm #

    Hey Neil Sir, Can you please advise how can we target USA and other countries for Traffic? I am from Indian and cannot able to get traffic from USA even I am targeting USA’s keywords

  10. G Fish June 27, 2022 at 4:47 pm #

    Super cool tips

  11. Aurobindo Ghosh June 27, 2022 at 5:10 pm #

    no three steps are:
    1- be the best hacker and bring your video to first rank
    2- pay or gift something to youtube business head
    3- be someone important in google who can place video on top of the rest

  12. Jean-Charles Matthey June 27, 2022 at 5:16 pm #

    I have just started my YouTube channel (Ze incredibles) on the side. I have an seo background and use ubersugest pro.
    About the thumbnail you said not to use red but that’s our color could you look at it and tell me what you think?
    What do you consider a good click rate on YouTube?

  13. Denniszen June 27, 2022 at 5:25 pm #

    If your brand is not too consumer specific and you do corporate videos. You won’t get many views.

  14. mercurius6699 June 27, 2022 at 7:27 pm #

    Great as always, thank you

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