Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 24

By April

 

 

Announcement

0:00 Intro and announcement of YouTube RSS url change causing issues

YouTube Custom URL

6:00 How to get custom URL and what it means

Search / Share / Watch Video group: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/100061804841921936395

Large group in Facebook for sharing and watching videos: https://www.facebook.com/groups/296901570517528/

Can also use the Semantic Mastery FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SEOtutorials

RSS Feeds for YouTube

10:00 I'm following the advanced RSS training. In the grouping feeds video, you have in your spreadsheet 12 RSS URLs + 3 feedburner URLS for the Google properties + 1 Yahoo Pipes RSS URL for the YouTube channel.

Why don't you create feedburner URLS and Yahoo Pipes RSS URLs for ALL 12 sites? Is it worth doing that? Also, can you confirm that we'll do that both for our T1 and 3 T2 rings?

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Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 23

By April

 

 

Announcement

MasterCLASS & IFTTT SEO Academy

1:00 Announcements: MasterCLASS and IFTTT SEO Academy prices going up today!

Special Webinar

2:30 Special Webinar next Thursday – be sure to attend – owner of Outsource Ranking and Index Bear will be on to discuss how to use these tools and give out some special offers.

PBN Site Not Linking to Money Site

4:00 Should I be as concerned about content on a PBN site if I'm not linking to a money site?

I'm willing to bet that it would make sense to increase domain authority by having more content, especially syndicated content via IFTTT and all the other good stuff you train us to do. Even though I'm not directly targeting a money domain, I'm still getting high DA links to the domain and spreading links over more pages which should increase DA and ultimately the power of my money site links.

Could below average / spun content put my entire domain at risk in this scenario? Same question for curated / syndicated content as well. Is it in your estimation worthwhile to have this automated domain authority stack persisting forever or would the risk offset the potential rewards? What about the effect of syndicating say ten better than average blog pages (hand spun, relevant, non-linked to money sites) versus persistent below average quality content (less relevant, auto spun, non-linked)?

I guess what I'm trying to figure out is whether you tend to see diminished returns from having all of these tiered syndicated links and whether content quality matters as much when it's content minus links?

Some ideas for content and PBN content from a previous webinar: https://youtu.be/0jtPKE8b-EI?t=28m21s

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Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 22

By April

 

 

Announcement

0:00 Intro

1:00 April 8th, price going up for IFTTT SEO Academy http://iftttseo.com and the MasterCLASS: http://iftttseo.com/masterclass

Video Optimization for Car Rental

2:00 I want to rank some videos and website for car rental. Should I create my tier 1 around travelling or something else?

I want to rank for a particular country. Should I also talk about that country specifically or leave it generic?

Buying High Authority Links

8:00 Where do you buy/rent high authority links from?

Merging Existing Blog and Money Sites

12:00 I need to rank a new client's website. He already has a separate blog so I'll be using the RSS feed of his blog to help rank his money website. Would it be more efficient if he “merged” the money site and the blog?

YouTube Channel and Playlist

16:00 If we add videos to our channel (that may NOT be a good match for our silos) that we DON'T place into a playlist – do you think that dilutes the channel SEO?

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Do You Use FCS Networker To Syndicate Content?

By Semantic Mastery

 

During Episode 32 of our Hump Day Hangouts, a viewer asked the question: Do you use FCS Networker to syndicate content?

Watch the video clip from the webinar for the answer – and let us know if and how you use FCS Networker. It's a powerful tool with lots of options – great for backlinking and doing things like video embeds or posting to properties not connected via IFTTT. It's on our list of recommended resources for SEO tools (and we all own a license!).

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Doorway Page Update & How To Avoid Getting Caught In It

By cpi1

There have been a few updates to Google's algorithm in the past two months. Two of which were publicized; the Doorway Page Update which is mentioned below by Barry Schwartz from the 1:oo minute – 2:06 minute mark, and the Mobile Friendly Site Update. There may have also been an update that hasn't been officially declared, dubbed as Phantom 2.

With the Mobile Friendly Update being the one that got the most attention, the Doorway Pages update almost went unnoticed for much of the SEO world. But it looks like some of the major business directory sites took a bit of a beating recently which may be attributed to the Doorway Pages update.

Andrew Shotland of Local SEO Guide shares some data he has been tracking here:

Did Local Directories Get Hit By Google’s Doorway Page Algo?

Perhaps SEMRush is still updating but if its organic search traffic graphs are even close to accurate it looks like May is the month that Google took care of all Local family business: Read full article…

So if this this is the case and business directories have got caught up in this algo update, how does this affect us as SEO's? According to Bright Local in a recent survey they conducted, 31% of SEO's use business directory listings (a.k.a. citations) in their link building strategy:

How do Local SEO’s build their links?

A lot of local SEOs clearly see citations as having dual benefit. We know about the benefit of citations to local search ranking; 55% of experts say accurate citations are ‘critical’ to local search ranking, and listing your business on important niche, local, or national directories – even without a link – has direct benefit on local ranking. But now we can see that 31% also view citations as an important link building tactic.

Citations do not have to include a link, only a mention or form of NAP. A citation with a link is seen as an added bonus. However it must be noted that although a business listing without a link on a low ranking directory will not harm your site… the same cannot be said for low quality directories where you do have a link.

If you are using citations for link building, you must be more discerning about the sites on which you are listed on.

So does this mean SEO's should stop building citations? Hardly. What it does mean is that those links may not generate as much traffic as they previously did before the Doorway Page update affected the directory sites. I certainly still plan on using citations for backlinks and NAP (Name, Address, Phone Number) mentions, but expect that they will have less overall influence on ranking for local terms now.

Some additional points to consider to keep from getting caught in the Doorway Page update ourselves are also outlined here by Andrew Shotland:

5 Ways Sites Can Dodge Google’s Doorway Page Update

While Google’s mobile-friendliness algorithm update seems to have captured the lion’s share of pageview-pumping SEO posts, the doorway page update has seen relatively few screaming SEO headlines. Thus, I thought I’d give the poor, ignored algorithm its due.

Last month, Google announced that it would be releasing a “ranking adjustment” to deal with doorway pages, noting that this update would have “a broad impact” on sites utilizing doorway campaigns.

I have heard a few rumblings here and there — and I have definitely seen “Gateway Page” warnings in Google Webmaster Tools in the past — but I have seen no evidence that this update has been released, particularly no “broad impact” evidence, so there may still be time to avoid this one if you are at risk. Here are some steps you can take. Read more…

So although it isn't conclusive yet as to whether the Doorway Page update has caused directories to be deprecated, I would assume that they will have less overall SEO value going forward. Another good reason to keep a robust SEO and backlinking strategy with diversified sources.


Episode 21

By April

 

 

Time Stamps for Webinar:

00:00 – Introduction

04:00 – How to check for indexed backlinks by Google?

07:00 – Indexed backlinks examples

12:00 – Social Data Hub Partners

13:00 – How to index your Backlinks on Autopilot?

http://semanticmastery.com/blc
http://semanticmastery.com/indexer

15:00 – Setting up Backlink Commando by Sean Donahoe

19:00 – Creating a Cronjob for Backlink Commando

https://www.setcronjob.com/

20:00 – Integration with BacklinksIndexer.com

http://semanticmastery.com/indexer

22:00 – Backlinks Indexer – What is the best?

http://www.zontseo.com/seo-tools/backlink-indexing/

25:00 – Connecting your RSS with Backlinks Indexer
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Episode 20

By April

 

 

Announcement

0:00 Introduction

2:00 Announcements – MasterCLASS and timing: https://iftttseo.com/masterclass

5:00 Link Building Services Announcement: https://links.iftttseo.com – boosting IFTTT Networks with FCS Networker and GSA SER

9:00 Showing pricing and layout for the link building service – meant for use on IFTTT Networks and PBNs (private blog networks)

P1 Rank Me (P1RM)

14:00 P1RM clarification – how it's used / where's it's used

Amazon Cloudfront as CDN

15:00 1. Would using Amazon Cloudfront as a CDN be a good choice for a WordPress site for both speed and cost versus a $20 p/m Cloudflare account?

2. What is your favorite CDN setup for a money site?

Dealing with Google Dance

16:00 How to you deal with Google dance? I really didn't care about it when I was only into affiliate SEO but now that I do client work as well, seeing rankings for the the keywords and related expressions I am targeting go down makes me feel very anxious. I know they are supposed to go up later, but that's a lot of stress and it makes me wonder whether I made the right backlinking decisions.

Site Changes

20:00 Discussing making changes to sites after seeing changes in rankings – how long to wait, why makes small changes, etc

RSS Feed Syndication and Status

24:00 1) How can I confirm/ensure that all foreign (not mine) RSS feeds I acquire for both the IFTTT Tier 2 process and the separate RSS Academy process have their respective attribution requirements covered? Where do I check within their feeds? I'm 100% newb on that so hoping to confirm so I avoid any pain.
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Episode 19

By April

 

 

Announcement

0:00 Introduction

1:00 Masterclass information and details

7:00 Quick overview of Video Portfolio Pro… that looks to be a good way to get your prospects to purchase your services for video seo.

Youtube Playlist

9:00 I noticed on a YT PLAYLIST containing for example 4 videos, that each different video has a different URL (start from here); but the playlist stops at bottom video, is there a method when creating a playlist that it could LOOP the ENTIRE list no matter where the viewing starts?

And since EACH video starting point in the PLAYLIST has a different URL; how can that be utilized in video SEO?

13:00 Playlist URL on YouTube

Youtube Siloing

18:00 Silo info – integrating YouTube silo and playlists with your website silo – extra video and website ranking power!

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Episode 18

By April

 

 

Announcement

00:00 Intro – Bradley, Marco and Chris on the hangout

01:00 IFTTT DFY Networks by Semantic Mastery – networks provided up to our standards

Questions

Site structure for Multiple Cities

05:00 Question by Itay: Can you elaborate a little on the overall site structure that allows you to target multiple cities within the state and multiple business niches within those cities?

Live Stream Pre-recorded YouTube Video

12:55 How do we live stream a pre-recorded video to YouTube?

G+ Pages

15:50 How many G+ pages are we allowed?

16:00 How do I delete a G+ page?

16:40 Done For You IFTTT Networks?

Keyword Research Training

16:54 Do you have any training about Keyword research? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxMEbgMW2CM

Craigslist Posting

17:30 Do you have training for posting to Craigslist?

IFTTT Workflow

18:15 Scott Rogers – What is the suggested workflow to be sure you don't trigger IFTTT prematurely

Static Video

20:00 John Quackenbush – Will the site be slapped because I want to have a static video?

SERP Shaker

21:00 Serp Shaker http://semanticmastery.com/serpshaker

22:00 Braulio – I want to go after industries

Subdomains for Ranking Videos

Would you recommend building sub-domains to each and then build themed IFTTT networks for each to rank videos?

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