YouTube Boxes (YouTube Carousels) in SEO: What You Need to Know

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In this article, you will learn more about YouTube Boxes (YouTube Carousels), their importance for SEO and how they contribute to Brand SERP Optimisation.

What are YouTube Boxes (YouTube Carousels) in SEO?

Simple Definition of YouTube Boxes (YouTube Carousels)

A YouTube Box (YouTube Carousel) is a carousel of the most recent videos from your brand’s YouTube channel. That means that they are a branded Rich Element (SERP Feature) that the brand controls. In that manner, they are similar to Twitter Boxes and are a great way of building the reputation and credibility of a person or business. 

YouTube Boxes (YouTube Carousels) usually take up two places in the SERP, which means that a SERP with YouTube Boxes will generally have fewer Bluelinks (which is great for Brand SERPs – see below). 

At Kalicube, this Rich Element (SERP feature) is called a “YouTube Box” rather than a carousel, as they can sometimes appear in both carousel and box formats.

What Do YouTube Boxes (YouTube Carousels) Look Like? 

YouTube Boxes (YouTube Carousels) display the latest video uploads on a brand or person’s YouTube channel in a series of three blocks in the SERP (as shown below). Each block contains thumbnails (hopefully visually appealing and on-brand) with a title, the YouTube channel name, and the publication date. The box has the format of a carousel with arrows that allow users to scroll horizontally through up to a dozen videos.

Here is an example of a YouTube Box (YouTube Carousel) for a search result for “Jason Barnard”.

How Do YouTube Boxes (YouTube Carousels) Differ from Video Boxes (Video Carousels)?

Google SERPs are dominated by videos uploaded to YouTube. Video boxes are not an exception to that: 80% of videos in Video Boxes on Brand SERPs are from YouTube (with Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo dominating the remainder). For that reason, users tend to confuse YouTube Boxes with Video Boxes.

So, one major difference between the two is the content source: YouTube Boxes only display videos from YouTube channels. Further, a single YouTube Box / carousel will show only videos from a single channel, usually in the order in which the author published them. Video Boxes can contain videos from any website, including brand websites, Twitter, Facebook, News sites, and of course YouTube. Here you can see an example of a Video Box in a search result for “Jason Barnard’, where two of the videos displayed are from and the other is from YouTube. 

At the time of writing, the layout is the simplest way to spot the difference. YouTube Boxes are shown as a carousel (see above) and Video Boxes as a vertical list (see above).

Check this article that discusses the basic things you need to know about Video Boxes on Google SERP.

Can I Choose Which of my Videos Google shows in YouTube Boxes (YouTube Carousels)?

For a video to appear in YouTube Boxes in Google SERPs, it must be published on a brand or person’s YouTube channel. The single most important consideration for Google is that the algorithms have recognised the YouTube channel as being the official channel for that brand or person. 

The basic consideration is to regularly and consistently post content with topics that match the intent of your audience, as these are likely to have good ranking potential for search queries that are relevant to you. Also, your videos should be as engaging as possible for your target users. And of course, with the right optimisation strategies, you’ll give search engines such as Google a good signal to have your videos show up in the SERPs.

Here are some techniques that can help you rank your YouTube videos in Google SERPs.

How Do YouTube Boxes (YouTube Carousels) Fit Into Brand SERP Optimisation?

YouTube Boxes (YouTube Carousels) are important in the context of Brand SERPs because they are visually appealing, indicate credibility and are a Rich Element that the brand or person controls directly. 

YouTube Boxes (YouTube Carousels) are a relatively simple way for brands to communicate an attractive visual message to their audience, and they are also a great way to motivate your team to create more and better video content – from explainer videos to how-to videos to interviews and more!

What’s more, with YouTube Boxes (YouTube Carousels ), you have a huge impact on the brand message Google communicates to your audience. When Google displays these boxes in your Brand SERP, it means it understands that you are providing your audience with content that is truly relevant, valuable, and helpful to them.

Kalicube Solutions

  1. You can learn more about Brand SERPs and how you can control yours and ensure that you keep your potential clients focused on an accurate and convincing depiction of you with The Fundamentals of Brand SERPs for Business by Jason Barnard;
  2. You can browse our free resources (hundreds of articles, case studies and how-to’s to help you optimise your Brand SERP and manage your Knowledge Panel;
  3. You can sign up for the Kalicube Academy where you can learn more about Rich Elements and how to trigger them in your Brand SERP. We also offer in-depth video-driven courses, resources and quizzes that make optimising your Brand SERP and managing your Knowledge Panel a relatively simple task;
  4. You can opt-for the done-for-you Brand SERP and Knowledge Panel solutions where we do the hard work, identify the solutions and ensure that you achieve your goals and get Google “dancing to your tune.”

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