Here at SEO Cooking we were pretty excited to hear, on 24 April 2012, that Bing is now accepting a broader range of video feeds and sitemaps, including the Google XML video protocol.
At the same time we posted our inaugural "How to Chop an Onion" video we also posted (what we believe is) a well-formed Google video sitemap. Google seemed to find it pretty tasty, and after bouncing in and out of the Google video index (pretty typical behavior), the video eventually seems to have stuck (though Google extracted its own thumbnail in preference to the one we declared in the sitemap.
Bing, though, is a finicky eater, and lacking either a Bing mRSS video feed or an easy method of supplying video XML to Bing, we thought we'd just see if Bing consumed and indexed our video organically.
In the inaugural episode of the show we look at a reusable technique for the kitchen, and an equally extensible task in search engine optimization
"How to Chop an Onion" was the first SEO Cooking episode we filmed, and as we only had one professional filmmaker among us, so there were some growing pains. And while the chopping-level camera in plain view was a bit of an oversight, it was the inexplicable failure of multiple microphones to pick up the dialog that rendered much of the video unusable.
Why should you care? Well, first of all you were spared the agony of watching me chop a lot more than an onion: I went on to demonstrate the same chopping technique on garlic, ginger, tomatoes and even a rutabaga. I really doubt this footage, if restored, would have resulted in a Emmy nomination for this episode.
It's hard to believe, but after a year and change SEO Cooking is finally live. Neither hobby cooks or professional search marketers will ever be same again after viewing our instructional videos, which offer up cooking tips and SEO techniques at the same time. Really.
We've actually had the video footage in the can for a very long time, but then there was that little matter of, you know, building a website. But after a false start here and there, a discarded theme, the abandonment of embedded fonts … here we are.