Google brings video results together in a new Carousel

Johannes Beus
Johannes Beus ist Gründer und Geschäftsführer von SISTRIX.
22. June 2018 5 Comments
Google has re-organised the way it presents videos in search results. This major change now puts videos in a carousel rather than in the organic results.

It appears Google has realised that SERPs are getting a little chaotic. Over the last week it’s cleaned-up with a series of changes. One of the biggest changes is in the way that videos are presented.

Until now the video results had been competing with the organic search results and were shown with a preview image as below.

Youtube Google results

Since last weekend, however, Google has moved away from this format and will now show video result in the already-familiar carousel format.

The change brings together previously organic video results ranking in the Top-100 into this single 10-item carousel. Along with the preview image, you can also directly see the platform that the video result is hosted on along with other information.

The result of this change has greatly reduced the organic visibility of domains that concentrate mainly on videos. One of the most interesting to look at is YouTube but there are a number of other examples such as BBC and other media companies.

But there’s an opportunity here too. Videos that were lower down in the organic search results could now get a front-page position and could be easier to find.

There’s also a change in the way that the URL is shown. We’ve seen many cases where the hosting website URL is shown and linked and not the ‘platform’ URL. For example, YouTube.

70371 – The total number of domains found in the new carousel.

The number of video domains shown leads us to believe that the video carousel is no longer an exclusive club for a few big platforms. It contains a huge array of domains. In our current data for the UK we’ve found 70371 different domains in the new carousel.

Naturally YouTube dominates the contents but many, many other domains are getting a chance here. Here’s our table of the top 25 domains listed in the video carousel.

The Top 25 domains in the video carousel
1youtube.com4098727
2dailymotion.com84220
3alibaba.com44022
4msn.com31075
5coursera.org30375
6cbslocal.com23845
7cnbc.com14984
8cnn.com14596
9twitch.tv12240
10pbs.org8383
11nbcnews.com8341
12marthastewart.com6875
13theguardian.com6564
14cbsnews.com5722
15allrecipes.com5597
16no-ads-youtube.com5567
17wsj.com5462
18sky.com5252
19bloomberg.com4734
20webmd.com4270
21c-span.org4189
22newsflare.com4104
23britishpathe.com3977
24today.com3961
25tenor.com3956

 

25. June 2018, 08:58

Hey Steve,
very interesting news indeed especially for us as we’ve got a platform focused on video content. We’ve noticed a drop in visibility, but not in traffic and also a massive increase in the daily crawling of our site via search console. I was wondering how will Sistrix calculate the visibility index now with these updated SERPs in mind?

Steve Paine
25. June 2018, 13:52

Hi Donal.

My colleague wrote about this in a post in our changelog.
https://www.sistrix.com/changelog/new-numbering-system-for-some-universal-search-results/

Hope that helps.

Steve.

25. June 2018, 21:18

What will be interesting to now see is if the pages linked to in the videos now get a rankings boost due to the clicks to the site from the videos versus the videos opeining into say YT.

25. June 2018, 21:31

This is a great update for local businesses using video for lead generation. Many of our clients have videos optimized for uber-competitive keywords that were difficult to rank on page one (and more difficult to get them to stick) but now, thanks to the video carousel, are getting page one exposure. Definitely an improvement.

11. July 2018, 10:37

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