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I have a few videos I have transcribed. I'd like to know how I'd better include them in my blog posts. Should I caption them (e.g. in Youtube) or just include the transcript at the end of the post.

Which one is better SEO-wise?

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If you can, do both.

If you can only do one or the other, stick with the transcript - it's guaranteed to be readable, regardless of how advanced a particular bot happens to be.

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That'll be great for deaf people trying to follow along the video while scanning a vertical column of text somewhere else on the page... – Lèse majesté Feb 27 '11 at 19:11
... which they wouldn't have found unless the text had been there for the search engines to begin with ;) – danlefree Feb 27 '11 at 20:04
That's why you need both. =P You can have both visibility and accessibility/usability. Though for SEO, a short description of the video's content and a good, descriptive title is usually good enough. But for some content you'll want the full transcript anyway for those who can't play the video for some reason. – Lèse majesté Feb 28 '11 at 16:31
Which is why I stated "If you can, do both." - but, given that the question focused upon advice pertaining to SEO (and given that only a specialized search engine will read video captions) the full transcript is the optimal choice for addressing SEO concerns (don't know why captions would be impossible if one already has a full transcript already prepared, but that's another story). – danlefree Feb 28 '11 at 23:24
Thanks guys. Much appreciated =) – Sandy Lee Mar 7 '12 at 9:00

It's always better to do both. But if you don't have the time, you could always outsource the task to a professional transcription service, which is really affordable nowadays. There's a transcription service called DirectCaption.com which can get your transcription done at just $1 per minute. They also offer a variety of caption formats that you can export, so you won't to have to worry about uploading them in any website.

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