YouTube videos in Google index

Whee! YouTube videos are now starting to show next to the search results in Google:

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Here’s what I did:

Couple of useful links:

Remember that indexing can take a while (even weeks)!

Rich snippets and ratings

Created rating system and rich snippets for exercises, routines and weight journals! :) This is also a part of my SEO attemps, because Gymling’s visibility on Google is still pretty low. Here are couple urls that helped me a lot:

Youtube embedded videos are still not showing on Google search results. I’m pretty this is because they are not hosted on my server. I have a plan for this also, but more on that later :)

Sitemaps and escaping url’s

Had a few bugs in the sitemap created last week :( When calling rails url helpers with additional parameter array, the parameters are automatically escaped, e.g.

exercise_path(@exercise, :arr => [1, 2])

will produce the following string:

/exercises/1?arr%5B%5D=1&arr%5B%5D=2.

So because of this I had them double encoded and Google Webmaster Tools only picked up only the first parameter.

I now gotta wait couple of days to see how Google will like the new sitemap :)

Google and Bing sitemaps (feat. schema gotcha)

Created sitemaps for Google and Bing. Here are couple of useful urls:

I splitted the sitemap into two files – one for English and one for Finnish:

I also added a sitemap index file that can be added to Google and Bing webmaster tools:

There’s a gotcha in defining the schemas: If you use the schemas from Google’s examples, Google webmaster tools will give you “Incorrect namespace” error. Use these instead:

<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"
        xmlns:image="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-image/1.1"
        xmlns:video="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-video/1.1">