This is for a client site that already ranks well for - say - bicycles. We decided to host the videos with well optimized pages, video sitemap and thumbnails, mainly because the videos weren't that sexy and I didn't imagine they would do that well on youtube.
A year later - our video page is the first video in the Google results for bicycles and with a thumbnail. The highest ranking youtube videos are about six spots lower. And no way would we have beaten then on youtube.
So for us, hosting worked better. Though who knows how long it will last...
Thats interesting, I have taken an each way bet and put a small version of the same video on the same page as the high def embedded Youtube version.
The small video (@8mb) is self hosted, this is apposed to the HD version on youtube at @250MB
Example here if its allowed: www.creydall.com/videos/Business_backup_Strategies_01.html
I agree with others regarding reelSEO, I have found it a great site for this sort of information.
I am also using a site called tubemogul which allows for one upload to multiple video sites.
The thing I like about video at the moment is that it is not yet saturated, in my industry, nobody is doing it which makes things a bit easier. I like the fact videos now get into the main search results on Google. Its like the early 90's all over again, unsophisticated at the moment You never know I may actually succeed at this SEO game yet... I hate things that are a science with black magic tendancies, I would never of made a good anesthetist!
I also upload all videos in high definition to youtube - you can tell because they have a HQ or HD icon on the bottom right side, you can also force visitors to watch in HD by adding something to the end of the embed code.
Edited by Jill, 16 April 2009 - 08:13 AM.
removed live link as it's unnecessary for the discussion