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(Entry was posted by Ali Waqas on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Friday, January 9, 2015).

Can googlebot detect duplicate videos?

Hi. 

I am currently working on a client`s website that sells stock video footage. The problem is that our main pages get indexed but the videos don`t! I created a video sitemap as per guidelines from Google but to no avail. 

Another fact is that the same videos - with different descriptions and tags - are also available on other stock websites such as ShutterStock and Pond5 etc. They also show up in the Google search results. Do you think that Google is smart enough to detect duplicate videos based on the visual content and video run time? This seems to be the problem as per my thinking. But I can be wrong however, I`d like some input and a reason if I am correct or not.?

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  • Ali Waqas: Hi. ;

    I am currently working on a client's website that sells stock video footage. The problem is that our main pages get indexed but the videos don't! I created a video sitemap as per guidelines from Google but to no avail. ;

    Another fact is that the same videos - with different descriptions and tags - are also available on other stock websites such as ShutterStock and Pond5 etc. They also show up in the Google search results. Do you think that Google is smart enough to detect duplicate videos based on the visual content and video run time? This seems to be the problem as per my thinking. But I can be wrong however, I'd like some input and a reason if I am correct or not.

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