Weekly Digital Marketing Q&A – Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 121

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Announcement

Bradley: Okay. We're live. Hey, everybody this is Bradley Benner with Semantic Mastery. This is Hump Day Hangouts for March 1st, 2017. I believe this is episode 121. Wow. We've got Marco and Chris on right now. Adam is having some power issues, plus he's going to be muted when he joins today anyways because of construction going on in his house. You're stuck with me today guys. What's up Marco and Chris? How are you guys doing?

Marco: What's up guys?

Chris: I'm good.

Bradley: Good. Marco, I think you had a few announcements correct?

Marco: Yeah. Well, number on Video Powerhouse is live. After all this work all this time it's up. It's running. Everything is running really smooth. We had a few hiccups here and there which is why we didn't want to let everyone in all at once. We wanted to take care of all of these little issues that usually pop up. If you guys haven't been in there already, if you're on the list, if you didn't get the email or whatever, there were internet issues yesterday that were beyond our control. It's fixed for the most part. Go in there. Check it out. The power of iframes which is all of video embed is an iframe provided by YouTube. Why not take advantage of it? Along those lines I will be doing a webinar on …

I don't have the time yet, but it will be Monday March 13th. It will be open to anyone. It will be a public webinar. It'll be a especially useful for people who are in Video Powerhouse. Maps Powerhouse should be … All of the little techno things that we're tweaking should be done by then. I did a webinar last year and this is like building on that foundation. It's just explaining why it's so powerful, explaining what Google is seeing through iframes. It's just things that other people will not talk about, that other people charge thousands for dollars for also. I'm going to give it to you for free. Come in. As soon as it goes live, check it out. It's always limited. We can have 2,000 people on the webinar.

When it goes, make sure you go in and you register and you get ready for something that's going to be what I feel is some really powerful information that you can put to use right now. Another thing that I wanted to mention is as I mentioned to you guys yesterday, I'll be going in for back surgery in the next couple of months. Sitting around too long. I'm not supposed to do that. I have to go get that taken care of so I'll be away for awhile. I don't know how active I'll be. Even along those lines I don't know how much activity I'm going to be having on the internet coming up. I'm 53 years old dude. It's getting about time to put Marco out to pasture.

Bradley: She ain't what she used to be, huh?

Marco: Oh, dude no, not anymore. The body doesn't do what the mind says do anymore. Mind is still great. The body isn't so good. I'm thinking of putting a group together, a group of people where I'm just going to give them what's inside my head. I'm going to be sharing my knowledge. I don't know how it's going to be done. I'm just putting it out there. I don't know. We'll figure it out. Anyone that wants to learn what's in my head and how I do the shit that I do, how I come up with all of this crap that's inside my head, I am going to be willing to share it. Before I go on, I don't want to go with all of this stuff that I have inside my head because it'll be a waste, right? It's just a way to …

Let's get some people who really know their stuff, who want to know more and who want to just knock the shit out of Google because you know what I say man. I love saying it, but I'll keep it to myself. You know how I feel about that. I think that's what I have.

Bradley: Are we going to try to do that webinar on Monday the 13th I think you said it was?

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Marco: Yes, I don't know the time yet.

Bradley: Okay. We'll have the time and everything set up for next week Wednesday guys and we'll make sure that we post the link during next Hump Day Hangouts for people to sign up. Plus you will probably email it out and shoot it out through social media and all that kind of stuff as well.

Marco: Yeah, absolutely.

Bradley: When Marco says he's willing to give away the farm, that means be there. Clear your schedule. With that said, what other announcements do we have? Anything?

Chris: Something about the course that you can pick up if you pick up Video Powerhouse?

Bradley: Oh, yeah. There's a video prospecting or Vmail prospecting, video email prospecting course. Guys, we've talked about this on Hump Day Hangouts on several different occasions and I had an old course that I had put together years ago like literally I think back in 2012. It's five years ago. That was dated and it was for another company when I was doing branding services with two ladies for realtors. Anyways, I updated it recently for the Video Powerhouse launch and you can purchase that inside of Video Powerhouse right now at a discount. It's been updated like I said just I think two weeks ago. Yeah, two weeks ago is when I recorded it and updated it.

I think after the launch I'm actually going to go back into the course and beef it up a little bit more and even give some real world examples instead of like just being training. I'm going to do some case study essentially type training videos after the launch is over because we'll probably raise the price on that Vmail prospecting course as well. It's a really good course. We've had a lot of good comments on it already. You guys can get the free version that is dated if you go to BradleyBenner.com/Vmail, but again the updated version which has some new things in there that weren't in the original, that you can get through Video Powerhouse currently.

Then again once the launch is over, within the few weeks I'm probably going to go back in and add some additional training to it to show some examples of like what a prospecting video would look like and that kind of stuff. I highly recommend that you check it out because any of you that are doing client work, I know the worst part for me for client work was to initiate the conversation. I hated cold contacting. I absolutely hated cold contacting. I found a way to use video based emails to get through to the business owners in a unique way and that usually would generate or at least initiate a conversation. I would get as much as three or four out of every 10 emails that I would send out. I would get a response back from three or four of the people that I would send it to.

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I typically tend up closing about 60 to 80% of them. I would get between two to three closes out of four. If four people responded, I would get two or three people closed into some sort of job whether it was SEO or social media or an IFTTT network or whatever. I highly recommended that you check it out if you're doing client work. If you hate cold contacting which is what I hated more than anything, then that's a good course for you. Do we have anything else or can we get into questions?

Marco: Let's get to it.

Bradley: Adam is muted, but Adam showed up. Hey, Adam. All right guys. I'm going to take the screen and we've got some good questions already. Give me one moment. You guys tell me when you can hear me again. Hello? Can you guys hear me?

Marco: Yup.

Best Approach For Ranking Videos And Links In A Campaign

Bradley: There is some odd delay with this jam session room whatever when we take the screen. All right. Wayne and all his memes. Thanks, Wayne. We certainly appreciate it. Love laughing at these, but we had a question. I guess for whatever reason the comments were closed on the event page for a couple of days. Jay Mystery was wise enough to post a comment on the photo. He found a way. Where there's a will, there's a way. Here's the question from Jay. He says, “Hi, guys. I have a question about ranking videos and links. I've seen a strategy where you can create say 300 unique videos, optimize them and create a playlist. In the description of each video there is a link to the previous video and unique Google shortened link.” G+ link has 404. I don't know what you're talking about Chris.

Sorry. That should be the link. I'll click on it and see what happens. Works for me. Not sure what you're talking about Chris. Anyways, all right. “Optimize them and create a playlist and in the description of each video there is a link to the previous video and unique Google shortened link all pointing to a Google Doc. In the Doc there is one anchor text link pointing to a website. Five videos are uploaded each day until the end of the campaign. In your opinion, would this be a good strategy to increase the rankings for a website and also could this be used to point the link in the Doc to a video playlist to rank videos?” I'm going to let Marco answer that, but it sounds like a sound strategy. What do you got to say about it Marco?

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Marco: We're using something very similar to this or I've used it. If you can create 300 unique videos, good luck. It's a massive undertaking especially … If you're going to do it, make sure that you do videos that are going to convert, not just spam videos.

Bradley: Yeah.

Marco: Make this worth your while if you're going to put in this much time, thought and energy into something. Because the real benefit is going to come from all the traffic and everything … All of the benefits are from YouTube because you're doing everything in there. The description in each video is a siloing method that we teach in the YouTube Silo Academy, isn't it?

Bradley: Yup.

Marco: I forget which one.

Bradley: That's it.

Marco: It's exactly what we teach. You put a link to the next one in the description and then yeah. Using Drive guys, that's what RYS Academy is all about. That's the foundation. That's where we do all our dirty work. You're going in there in the belly of the beast. You're protecting yourself and then you're feeding off of Google's narcism where Google of course is going to give preference to its videos, to its files and folders and to its users. They say they don't, but that's bullshit. We know they do. Whether it ends up increasing the ranking of the website, I'm not sure. You'll have to test. Maybe the pages where the videos … If you embed the videos in individual pages, if you decide to embed the … I'm not going to go there.

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I'm not going to give away everything. Of course, these become perfect spam points. These become perfect spam points back towards a video channel, video playlist and the videos themselves. This looks really, really good. Anytime you use Drive, it's a sound strategy.

Bradley: I want to agree or cosign what Marco just said about videos that convert guys. The days of just using pure spam videos for traffic generation or for conversions especially are pretty much gone. You can still spam to kind of test things, but they don't convert or the conversion rates are terrible compared to videos that are done correctly. It's because people become conditioned to not react to spam, right? To ignore spam. You got to think about typical internet users. Not us. We're marketers, right? We're so called experts. The typical internet user, they're becoming more sophisticated or more savvy. The kind of stuff that we could do three years ago and still generate good results with is not working so much anymore.

I'm not talking about like SEO tactics. They still may work just as well or better or whatever. I'm talking about what your intended goal is. Whatever your conversion goal is, unless you've got a compelling message now with a decent quality video, then a lot of the times people are going to ignore that shit and go right to the next video. The next link in mind which could be a video, another Google listing, whatever, my point is is a lot of people will immediately ignore spam. Now of course, that's not always the case. It's a lot more common now for that to happen. I take the time now to really make sure that I work on creating videos that are much higher quality.

In fact, we've got a Masterclass webinar following today, the Hump Day Hangouts, to make up for last week since we didn't have Masterclass last week. Adam and I were in Dallas for the Click Funnels event. I'm doing a YouTube case study. That's what I'm going to be showing today and announcing that. I'm creating and it's using the YouTube silo method and SERP Space in Video Powerhouse. It's pretty much the two primary methods I'm going to be using for ranking these videos in this case study. Every single one of the videos in the silos that I'm creating are going to be like high production value videos. In other words, videos that I've actually … They're not spam. It's not like taking one video and just changing the file type.

I'm actually recording different videos for all these different keywords in the silo that I'm building out. Yes, it takes more time, but my point is I would rather do it right the first time and have it not only get the videos ranked, but have them convert so that my work is done unless you're doing it specifically for testing purpose. I'm not even testing this niche because it's a niche that I'm in already for one of my projects that I'm working on. I'm not even testing it. I'm just going out and it's pretty competitive for some of the … I mean it's very competitive for some of the keywords I'm going after, but that's why I'm using the silo method.

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I'm recording all these good videos and it's going to take me several weeks to complete this project because everyone of those videos are going to be genuine videos, like original unique videos. Not just like file type or encoding unique, I'm talking about like a new script for every video. That kind of stuff. It's going to take a lot of time, but it's going to … Provided that I can rank it which I'm quite sure … Rank many of the keywords which I'm quite sure that I can. They should convert well. They should produce a lot of traffic to the project that I'm pursuing right now. My point is guys, take your time. Go through.

If you want to test with spam, that's great. Do it, because then you can identify the low hanging fruit that you can rank for quickly and easily, but then go out and create or have videos created that are going to convert with a more compelling message and also just aren't spammy, right? Then go back and target those keywords that you've already identified through testing. That's my point is that you'll get a lot more … I don't like rework and I don't know who does. I guess the [inaudible 00:16:11] guys do, but I particularly don't like to do stuff just to find out that they're not converting and I have to redo it or that I get my channel terminated because it was spam. Does that make sense? All right. Cool. That was a great question Jay and thanks for helping Marco.

First Page Domination Technique

We're going to move on to the next one. Scott's up. This is his question. “There was a first page domination technique where you point lots of GSA links to a high domain authority social media property like Facebook or FourSquare, et cetera, to rank for a targeted keyword. Does this technique still work? If no, what can I do to achieve this result? Thanks, Scott.” Well, Scott, I mean it depends. Sometimes you can still do that. It's not as easy as it used to be. Two, three years ago yeah, you could do that. I mean it was like clockwork. You could just take a high domain authority.

It varies by the way guys for keywords. What I would suggest that you do is whatever kind of keyword it is that you're trying to rank for is go search in Google for that keyword and related or very, very similar, closely related, what Google would call close variants, and just do a survey of the top two pages. Page one and two of Google results and take a look and see what kind of Web 2 or citation type properties are ranking. You should see a few of them that are common across all the search terms that you're looking at, right? Those are going to be the ones that you're going to have the best or most likely be able to rank using a method like that.

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Now I haven't done any pure spam ranking on anything like that in probably a year or a year and a half, so I'm not 100% sure if that still works. I can assume that it doesn't work as well as it used to, but I guess … Marco, you've been testing with a lot of different link types right now. What are your experience with that right now?

Marco: Let's see. Just last week we hammered something with a million GSA links. Just a couple. It shot it to number one. We're talking about a very competitive term in a very competitive niche in a metropolitan area with … I think it's over a million people in that area. I'm not going to say where because I don't want anyone going out looking and trying to reverse engineering what I'm doing and then taking credit for it. I have a master chemist. I have the mad doctor Gary Kerwin and then I have someone else that's just an awesome spammer. We're all getting together Wednesdays and Saturdays and this is why my back is the way it is because I'm spending just way too much time in the lab trying to just mess with Google, but it works if you set it up the right way.

Bradley: That was my question. That was kind of what I was getting at. Now I know what we're doing with Google properties, but what about other Web 2 properties? Have you tested any of those recently?

Marco: Yes, we are. In fact, we're in many where you get a no follow link by default. Well, we can get do follow links out of them. That's coming guys. I told you. I'm in the lab. Look for it August of this year. The way that I'm going to celebrate the two year anniversary of the original release of RYS Academy is by coming up with something better if that's possible. I went in the lab with that in mind, making something better than RYS which is by far the best ranking course there is right now. You can go in. If you go in and you follow the trending to the letter and you apply it, you will rank period. Anyone who doesn't feel like putting in the time, don't bother giving me your money.

I'll gladly take your money, but then you're going to be angry that you spent all that money and didn't get results and then it turns out that you didn't what you were supposed to do.

Bradley: Yeah, like the Facebook group comments is, “I'm not getting results.” Then we go look at it and well, that's why. You didn't follow the instructions. Scott says, “Where you point lots of GSA links.” Scott, there's your answer. Yes, it works as long as lots equals 1 million or some ungodly amount of links like that. Very cool. Again I do recommend those Scott. Seriously go look at … You just listed Facebook or FourSquare. I understand those are just examples, but take a look at the keywords that you're actually … The niche that you're playing. Look in the neighborhood that you're playing in and take a look at what the properties. You should be able to determine a handful of properties that consistently appear on page one or two for close variant keywords in that particular industry.

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Using A Drive Stack In The Same Drive Account That's Running The Network For A Branded IFTTT Property

Those are going to be your best bets, okay? Martin's up. He says, “Howdy guys. First up, keep up the good work. Loving this stuff.” I'll plus one that. “A few questions if you don't mind. Number one, I have a branded IFTTT network.” Guys, I think we're going to start calling them syndication networks. If you didn't notice, we rebranded everything and there was a reason for that. I'm going to read it to cover our ass. “I have a branded syndication network for a company. Is it okay to use a Drive stack in the same account Drive account that's running the network, but in a separate folder as a legitimate company would have this kept all in one Drive anyways?” Yeah, you could. Martin, you certainly can.

Here's the only reason why I recommend against doing that because if at some point Google decides that what the nasty stuff we do with Drive is … They don't like it anymore, then they could potentially levy a penalty against the company or the account owner, right? I don't know that that's the case, but I always try to reduce my exposure or eliminate my risk all together if possible. That's why I recommend … It doesn't take a lot to set up another Gmail account. You can create the Drive stack under the new Gmail account and then add your client, the business, the company, as a page manager or Drive manager or share the Drive folders with the original Gmail account.

Then that way they can still access those Drive folders and files from their account, but it's owned by a persona account. I recommend doing that because it covers your ass. In other words, if something were to happen down the road and Google says, “Anybody that's spamming Drives or using Drive for SEO purposes or whatever is now going to get smacked or slapped or whatever,” then it wouldn't affect the actual company account. It would affect the persona account because that's the Drive folder owner if that makes sense. That's what I recommend is always try to mitigate your risk as much as possible Martin. You certainly can do it the other way, but just know that there's a risk involved there if potentially Google decides that that's going to be an issue.

Additional Personas With IFTTT Networks That Share Content From A Branded T1

All right? “Number two, can staff members for the business essentially become additional personas for their own IFTTT network that shares the content from the branded tier 1 with other content from RSS mashing? The status contribute as the tier 1 branded network when the interlink process is done.” You can Martin. That's something that you actually can do because … In my opinion it would have to be a clear association between the other tier 1 networks with the company. In other words, it would have to be listed on all of the interlink properties and such. It would have to make a clear connection to the actual company. I certainly would recommend what you mentioned you would already do, adding additional content to those persona networks.

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I say persona networks because they're not actually branded networks, but they could be real people networks. They don't have to be fake persona networks. Yeah, that makes sense. As long as there's a clear connection to the actual business entity from the branded network and if you're what I recommend as absolutely publishing additional content to that, I don't recommend publishing other content to your tier 1 branded network. We advise against that because we want to keep that as like the golden frame, right? We want all of the content on the branded network to becoming specifically and directly from the money site and the money site alone, right? You can use curated content on the money site, but it's still being published from the money site.

On any sort of like person based supplementary networks or supplemental networks, then I would absolutely have additional content because that would be logical and natural. Think about it guys. Most people don't just share content from one source over and over and over again, right? Brands do it, yes, but people don't because people generally have interest in things other than just one company. They'll share content across their social media properties from various companies, various topics for that matter. It's content from other sources. That's what I recommend that you do. You seem like you've got a good handle on things already Martin, but yes, I can say that that's a good strategy. Okay? Just keep those things in mind.

Ranking A Video Optimized For A Single Keyword Branded Term

He says, “Cheers guys. P.S. going to be using your RSS masher affiliate link just to share some love.” I'd plus one it again, but I can't. Thanks Martin. Damon's up. Damon says, “So I have a single keyword branded term for a video used to rank for. A single keyword branded term a video used … Used to rank for. For years it completely dropped off, but the video still ranks for the branded term plus location or the branded plus apartments, et cetera. I added some video SEO mojo and the two plus word terms ranked higher. Added five high authority safe links and those keywords ranked even higher. Still not ranking for the single word term.” Single word terms. I don't think I've ever even tried to do that. That's got to be tough Damon.

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“Just purchased 20 expired high DA Tumblrs and daily I'm adding either embeds or images and anchor texts for the branded phrase. I also bought 22 SERP Space links in the real estate niche. Still not ranking for the main term. For years the main term was ranking and I need to get it to rank again. I am baffled as to what happened. My next steps are update the content, hasn't been updated in years, add a hashtag and the NAP and run a press release with the NAP in it and modify the video date.” I remember Chris I think noticed that old rankings of websites of the embeds were capturing old dates and tanking the rankings. Yeah, what Damon's talking about was doctor … I thought it was Gary. Yeah, I think it was Gary that …

Dr. Gary that actually was talking about that in the Mastermind. He did some testing on that. It wasn't until he and others reembeded the video with a new embed code or change the date that the rankings resumed. Testing everything. So far no bueno. Any recommendations? Hell no. Don't do that. The channel is well aged with plenty of videos too. No, I mean it sounds like everything you got going on Damon is sound.

My first go to thing now is if I've tried every SEO trick up my sleeve and I can't get a video to rank where I want it to, then the next thing that I always do and I know you're aware of this Damon is I set up ads, YouTube ads, and start driving traffic through there especially if it's a local keyword that you're targeting because you can set the geographic radius or targeting, right? Geotargeting. You can get clicks from local IPs and that has a huge effect on local video is getting clicks from local IPs. Here's the thing, if it's local which it sounds like it is, maybe it's not, but if it is local, then usually with YouTube ads you can go really broad with your targeting as far as topical or interest targeting.

I don't even use keyword targeting. I would just use interest based targeting, right? I do that specifically because I want more clicks from local IPs. That's all I'm really caring about. I don't care if the clicks are coming from relevant traffic sources or not at that point. I'm looking for clicks from local IPs. I'll set my interest target … I generally won't even use keyword targeting. I would just set radius targeting and then use interest targeting. You can use something like afinity audience targeting, but that's really, really broad and you'll get a shit ton of clicks very, very quickly so you'd have to set your budget fairly low for that. You can get more specific with interest based targeting.

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It ends up that it's somewhat relevant traffic as well as just locally relevant, geographically relevant which should help.

Marco: I'd like to ask him a question. I'd like to ask when he says that he bought 22 SERP Space links in the real estate niche, does he mean that he went into our Video Powerhouse embed network?

Bradley: He probably bought domains. I'm not sure, but he might have bought domains.

Marco: Because nowhere in here do I see that he's even tried the embed root.

Bradley: Well, he should.

Marco: Yeah. If he does go with … Sorry. While I'm thinking about this, if he does go with the press release which I saw that it's in his plans, try a press release service that will allow you to embed a video. You might have to pay a little bit more. You could use the term that you're looking for in the press release and you can mitigate the branded anchor text with everything else that you're doing to cushion it. I don't know if that make sense. Well, besides RYS Academy of course, I don't see how if it's local and you're not doing the map and the iframe stacking and all that stuff that you can do in RYS Academy, I don't see why not.

Bradley: That's the other thing Damon. Definitely again I said after all SEO tricks were used up. That includes definitely do a Drive stack for the video too because that's very, very powerful as well. Then you've got all those Drive files that you can just hammer and just push all the juice that you want to that one video through the Google files. Cool. Let's see. I think I get you Adam.

SSL Certificates For Websites

Justin's up. “Hey, guys. Justin here. Let's get right into this shit. Justin. SSL certificates. Should I always use one of my site?” I would say now if you're building a new site, yes.

For all sites going forward, I don't recommend going back and swapping or adding SSL certificates to sites that are already existing unless you're collecting sensitive data on the site in which case it's pretty much a requirement or a necessity now. For standard just opt-in or contact forms and that kind of stuff, I don't think it's necessary. I know they've been pushing it and it's becoming more and more. I'll be honest with you. It's a real pain in the ass switching old sites over to SSL. It can cause a whole bunch of problems and I always just end hiring somebody off of Upwork to handle all that shit for me because I don't want to do it. I've tried to do in the past and it's just a nightmare. It's a headache and I don't like dealing with it.

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All sites going forward guys, there is a lot of hosting providers now that will … As kind of like an incentive for you to come sign up will give you free SSL certificates. One of them that I'm using for one of the affiliate projects that I'm doing a lot of work on right now is WPX Hosting which was formerly Traffic Planet Hosting. Terry Kyle. It's his hosting service. It's more expensive than your average hosting service, but the servers are way better. He doesn't overload the IP blocks and you get free SSL certificates and at least there was a promotion. I don't know if it's still available. You get free Mac CND, content delivery network setup. Again I don't know. That was a promotion going on a couple months ago.

I don't know if that's still available, but he does offer free SSL certificates which is awesome and their support over there at WPX Hosting is amazing. Now typically I recommend using Liquid Web, but you have to have a VPS or a dedicated server. Now with Liquid Web they don't have shared hosting anymore. If you can afford it and if you're going to be doing a lot of client work, I recommend getting your own VPS because then you can charge your clients for hosting, right? You can make money off the hosting literally and have everything on a dedicated server or a VPS with your own dedicated IP and that kind of stuff. That I recommend doing if you're going to be doing a lot of it.

If you're looking just for like shared hosting and tried to keep your cost down, I still recommend going with a better host such as WPX Hosting. Again Terry Kyle's hosting solution. It's very, very good. I'm using it for one of my bigger projects that I'm working on right now and I'm really happy with their support and everything. You guys have any comments on that before I move to the second question?

Marco: No, I think that's perfect.

Best Starter Package For GSA/FCS Link Package From Serp Space If You Have Two Full 2-Tier Networks

Bradley: “Number two, If I have two full 2 tier networks, what would be the best starter packaged GSA, FCA or I guess it means FCS link package from SERP Space? I'd like to start with the smallest package, but I'm not sure which network ring or properties I submit to you guys.” I would go with a branded tier 1 network. That's always the standard operating procedure, right? That's what I would do. Once the networks are built and I get some seed content published, what I call seasoning the network, right? Two or three posts out from the money site or videos from the YouTube Channel, then I will go back and send it over to get links built.

If you're doing it all at once, like if you order the network and then … Apparently you've already got them, but if you're ordering a network and the upgrade for the link package, that's fine. What I recommend that you do is have some content ready so that when you get the delivered network, that you can go ahead and publish a few posts right away. That just helps in my opinion. I like to try to get a couple posts on the network before I have a bunch of links built to it, but again it just depends on what the timing is for you. Always start off with your branded network guys for that because that's ground zero in my opinion, right? The tier 2 networks is great if you have the money or the time or the resources to build links to the tier 2 networks.

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Go ahead. I always start with just the tier 1 networks and see what kind of results I can get from that. I don't generally have my tier 2 networks like links built to them unless I need it. I always start with a branded network first, see what kind of results I can achieve. If I need addition power, then that's when I'll go back and have the links built to the second tier as well.

Protecting Yourself From SEO Clients Who Chose Not To Continue To Pay

“Number three, protecting yourself.” Guys, by the way just a reminder, we don't generally like people posting this many questions in one post guys. It's only because it's not fair to other people. We'll go ahead and run through these very quickly. “Protecting yourself from clients who chose not to continue to pay. I've read that this is unethical and some SEOs are against it.

I am not and would like a brief description of how to set it up. Let's say your client's domain is XYZbuilding.com. Is it easy as setting XYZbuilding.info and using a redirect plugin to point to their site? All links will be built to the .info. Do you use Pretty Links WordPress plugin to accomplish this? Which plugin do you prefer for redirects? Does this have any negative SEO consequences?” I don't think it's unethical at all. I really don't. I find there's nothing unethical about it. Because first of all if you're doing client work on their domain to begin with like for example citation building, content marketing to a syndication network, all of those links are going to be built directly to the client's domain.

In my opinion, they're getting all the stuff that they're paying for. What I like to do is set up my own redirect domain for all external links that I build. What I mean is separate and apart from citations, press releases and content marketing distributed via the syndication network. All third party or external links that I would be building I like to build through my own domain because it protects me guys. Here's the thing, again if you don't … If your client decides that they need you anymore because somebody from India called them and said that they can do the same thing for $99 a month, well, first of all, good luck. Second of all, let's say that they drop you for that. You can remove the redirects and now you have a domain that at least has some inherent authority.

It's got some links built to it. Why not? It's your work, right? it's your work. You're still providing them with what they paid for as far as building links direct to their domain through the other methods that I just mentioned. For all external link stuff that you've gone out and put your hard time, your effort into finding the link placements, purchasing them, whatever, getting the links, why not have it go through your domain? That's all. It's very, very simple and I don't think it's unethical at all. What I think is unethical is when a client decides that they don't need you anymore after you've got them ranked. That's what I think is unethical. That said, yeah, you can just use a redirect plugin. It's very, very simple.

You could do a htaccess. You could also setup … If you're comfortable. I don't. Typically I end up contacting the host if I need to do a bunch of stuff in htaccess or I'll contact one of my partners that's better with that stuff like Chris P. I leaned on him a couple weeks ago for some of that stuff as well. You can do it also in cPanel. The easiest way is just set up a WordPress site on your .info domain in this case and just do a one-to-one ratio. For every page on the money site, you make a similar page on your site. In fact, what I've done in the past is clone the client's site. Then install the clone on my domain and then set up a page by page redirect. You can do that with Simple 301 Redirects. That's the plugin name. Simple 301 Redirects.

They have a bulk 301 redirect add-on. It's just an extension or a plugin add-on that you can … It's free. You can add that on in WordPress. By the way when you do Simple 301 Redirects, just search for that in the plugin repository, it will come up right next to it from your WordPress dashboard I mean. It will come up right next to it. You can click on that and then you can use a spreadsheet which makes it super simple. All you have to do is … You can go to the site map of the money site and extract all the URLs from the money site, from the site map I mean, put them in column A and then put in column B all the … Excuse me, put them column B which would be your destination URL.

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Then in column A you would put the slugs from your .info domain. It's very, very simple to do. It's pretty self-explanatory. It sounds like you know enough that you probably don't need anymore explanation than that.

Marco: If I can add something to that.

Bradley: Please.

Marco: He's new, right? I can understand where he's reluctant in negotiations. He's not that skilled. As he goes into this, he's going to have to learn to try to control the YouTube Channel. Try to rank his own videos and add the client's phone number on the YouTube so that the phone rings through to the client, but the video is yours. This way if anything happens, you just swap out the phone number to the competitor, right? Control the channel if you can. Control the phone number because you need to check what's ringing through, what's being said, what's going on especially if you're doing lead gen. It all depends on how you end up negotiating the deal.

This is where you have to become skilled also as a salesman and try to leverage your power and what you can do so that you can maintain as much control as possible. You never want to give up control to the client completely because then you're at the client's mercy.

Bradley: Yeah. Here's the other thing guys, if you happen to use your own channels to rank other people's videos which is fine and I recommend doing that, don't … If somebody contacts you and says that they or whatever. You're out prospecting and a client has a video and they want you to rank it, tell them fine. You're going to rank it on your channel. You download the video and you upload it to your channel. Your networks, your syndication networks, all the link building, everything is going to benefit your channel. If the client boxed it out or you catch any resistance from that, then say, “Fine. I'll absolutely rank your video on your YouTube Channel, but it's going to cost this much more.” Have two pricing structures.

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One which should be your normal pricing structure for requiring the video to be ranked on your channel. That way all the SEO work you do benefits your channel, right? They still get the benefit of the traffic and the rankings. Most clients don't give a shit about that, about whether it's on their channel or not. All they want is the results that it can produce. Sometimes occasionally you will get somebody that will question why you want it on your channel. By the way the answer to that is because I have a channel that I have SEO to the hill that has a lot of inherent authority and I'm able to rank videos very, very quickly.

If I have to try to rank on your channel which has little or no SEO done to it, it's going to be an enormous amount of work relative to what I've already done. It's going to be a huge amount of work. Sure, Mr. Client, Mr. Business Owner, Mrs. Business Owner, whatever, I can still do it your channel, but it's going to cost triple or whatever it is that you decide. Make it to where once you spit that number at them, they freak out and say, “Oh, no. We'll just go with your channel. We'll go with option A.” That's the way you get around it. I've never had a client say or prospect say, “Okay, nevermind. We'll go somewhere else.” Never once has that ever happened to me.

Building Subdomains Or Use Silos To Optimize A Website Locally

It's an absolute requirement to be on my channel or else I'm going to charge them double or triple what I would charge normally. All right? Guys, man, this questions a lot Justin. I'm going to try to run through very, very quickly. I'm going to keep these very short. “Just acquired my first client. Would like to be able to expand his site surrounding in a town, cities. Should I accomplish this by building on subdomains like Masterclass teaches or would this be better to silo a city service post as he is just one brand name?” That's going to be up to you Justin. I prefer the subdomain method. It is more work because you have to set you separate WordPress sites for each. I prefer that method myself. You can do it on one site.

You can use just categories and pages and posts. Basically you can silo the site out and accomplish the same thing. The reason why I like to use subdomains though is because a lot of the times we black hat our dresses. We do stuff that's not inline with the terms of service. If one of my sites were to get penalized, it only will affect the one location, the subdomain that got penalized as opposed to if you do it on the root domain and something happens, then your entire site will be penalized. You end up losing the traffic from all of those various locations. Again just like I mentioned earlier to Martin, I try to mitigate my risk as much as possible. That's why I'm willing to put in the additional work and set up separate subdomains for each location.

Link Building For Lead Gen & Client Sites

Again it's up to you how much risk tolerance do you have. That was the word I was looking for. Tolerance. “Number five, what would you do differently with client sites first lead gen of properties as far as link building? You said that you were very aggressive with lead gen sites, so what would be some of the things you do differently?” Well, with lead gen sites because they're mine, I'm not as worried. I certainly don't want to catch penalties on my lead gen sites. Like I mentioned, I hate rework, but I am certainly more aggressive. I haven't done it in awhile now, but I used to use SAPE links all the time to my own lead gen sites.

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I would run them through a 301 redirect or to a 301 redirect and then to a buffer property like one of the syndication network properties or something like that. That's all I'm saying. I will do more external link building outside of the methods that we teach for safety which is pretty much all the methods we teach are generally for long-term effect and for safety reasons. A lot of the stuff that we don't teach because it's more risky and we don't want anybody coming back and saying, “Well, you told us to do this,” no. That's why we don't talk about that stuff that much other than in Mastermind and we disclaim right off the bat that this is stuff that could get you into trouble, right? With lead gen sites, I'll do a lot of the stuff that could get me into trouble.

I still try to reduce risk as much as possible. I just use additional third party link sources if that makes sense. I'm faster. As far as link velocity, I'll increase link velocity which means I'll build links faster, that kind of stuff. I'm just more aggressive with my lead gen properties because they're mine and because if it goes down, I can build another one very, very quickly, but I don't like rework so I try to prevent that from happening. Yes, the coolest guy in coal pepper. That's funny.

Indexing An Expired Domain

Jonathan says, “I set up an expired domain over a month ago and posted some articles from …” This question, I read through this already earlier. He's having indexing issues.

Jonathan, what I would recommend doing is first of all, you can do a few things like and I mentioned this before, but if you have a Twitter account that is active, tweeting … A genuine real Twitter account or if you know somebody that does, tweeting a link will bring the bots come crawling very, very quickly. That can sometimes help things to get indexed, as well as Google Drive files, right? Put a link a Drive file. Set it to public and a lot of times that will help it to index as well. Keep in mind because you already submitted it to the search console submit URL feature, that's … A lot of the times it just … Let me explain guys. The project I'm working on for the Masterclass case study which kind of like … That's an ongoing project for me now.

Anyways, the domain that I'm using caught a manual spam action penalty over a year ago because I was spamming the hell out of it with ATM lead gadget style … Mass page generators type sites. I caught a manual spam action penalty. Cherry Domain though. When I revived this project a few months ago which became the Masterclass case study that I've been working on for the last few months, I wanted to use that domain because it was an awesome, awesome domain. I went ahead and had a whole new site built. I actually hired a third party company to build the site and everything. It had original content and all that. Then I went back to search console and submitted a reconsideration request and I got it approved.

I got it accepted, but it took like four or five weeks before it indexed which was a pain in the ass. I just did the same things that I just mentioned to you. I submitted via URL, excuse me, the URL submitter search console. I submitted the site maps. I tweeted it. Obviously I was posting content and it has a syndication network around it so that helps a lot as well. I also had a Drive stack created and that usually helps. It took like I said I think it was four or five weeks before the first link indexed at all from the site. It was really, really slow to start indexing. I just checked it yesterday and I think there's 11 or 12 index links now.

If it's a site that just for whatever reason isn't indexing, you can do the things that I said and just be a little bit patient and see what happens. If it still hasn't indexed after doing some of the things that I just mentioned and just being patient and I know you said it's been two and a half weeks, then I'm not sure what you can do there except for replace the domain which kind of sucks I know. Any comments on that Marco? We only got like five minutes left and we got a lot of questions left.

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Marco: No. No. No. No. I totally agree. Let's just push on.

Bradley: All right. Cool. Another meme from Wayne. Van says, “Hey, Bradley. I have two questions I want to ask today. What is the name of the microphone you are using?” This one is the Blue Snowball. Blue Microphones. It's the Snowball. I love them. This is the second one I've had. The only problem is occasionally the connection in the back gets loose and when it does, it will create popping sounds while you're recording audio and it sucks especially if you don't know that it's doing that until after you've recorded a one hour video or have done a webinar and then you listen to the replay and it's popping and it's like, “Oh.” That's the only, only drawback, but I really do like the mics.

Driving Traffic To Your Affiliate Link Using Youtube Ads As Affiliate Link Is Prohibited To Use As Landing Page

“How do you drive traffic to your affiliate link using YouTube ads if an affiliate link is prohibited to use as a landing page?” Set up a bridge page. Set up your own landing page Van on your own domain. Put all the Google AdWords compliance stuff that you need like an about tab, contact information, privacy policy, disclaimer, terms of service. Put all those links on there. Primarily make sure that you have the business name, the contact information right on the landing page. You can do it small at the bottom. You want to set up your own landing page that you drive traffic to. From the landing page, you can send people to an affiliate offer, but you have to be careful about that too. You have to provide value on the landing page.

It can't just be literally like a landing page and a video and affiliate link. You might be able to get away with that. In fact, you can get away with that, but AdWords campaigns will be manually reviewed from time to time. If a reviewer determines that they don't like that, then they'll suspend your site down the road. It's happened to me many, many times now. My sites get suspended all the time in AdWords guys, but it's usually something very, very small. We had a question about this. I don't remember. One of our groups. We had a question about this recently. I always recommend just calling AdWords. Every time I get a site suspended that's the first thing I do. I just call AdWords up, AdWords support and I ask them.

Can you tell me what it is because they'll send you an email, but it's so vague as to what it is that … Most of the time it's so vague that you don't know what to do to fix it. I just call and I have somebody literally talk me through it over the phone and take a look at it. Most of the times it ends up getting sent up to the higher level. Then they end up reinstating the site or they'll send me more information. Sometimes even with screenshots and say, “This needs to be corrected blah blah blah,” and I'll correct it and then I'll resubmit it for reconsideration and I always end up getting them approved again. There's only one site, funny enough, BradleyBenner.com.

That's the only site that I have not been able to get unsuspended from AdWords yet and that's because I was doing like a lot of like just shitty affiliate offers on that which was for testing purposes which I shouldn't have done on my own domain, like my own name domain, but I did. Anyways, yes, set up a bridge page.

Optimizing Images In Instagram & Imgur

Next, Edward says, “Bradley, should I optimize input of properties? All photos that will go into Instagram and Imgur.” Imgur I would say yeah. Instagram I have no idea. I've never done a damn thing on Instagram, Edward, so I really don't know if that makes any difference at all or not.

Essentially for optimizing you mean adding metadata and stuff like that? Typically if I'm going to be uploading image files to anywhere, I optimize the metadata. Any comments on that guys? Yeah, Adam, I saw the warning.

Marco: No, let's move on.

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Bradley: Tom says, “Hey, guys. Since there is no way to add info to the video and reupload it without changing the URL, do you suggest not ever adding a phone number directly in the video?” Tom, I recommend using a virtual phone number. I know you mentioned that that you weren't ready to do that yet, but I recommend that you do because you keep 100% control that way. Okay Adam, I see your message. However, what you could do is you could use an annotation in the video itself. That's what I would do. Honestly, I always just set up my own virtual phone number. It's only a couple bucks a month guys.

If you put in the work to rank a video and it's got a client's phone number on it and Marco said earlier the client decides that they don't want to pay you anymore, you can go in and … You're not able to swap the number if it's actually in the video itself. I'm not talking about the title or the description. You can swap that out. I'm talking about if the video is displayed in … Excuse me. The phone number is displayed in the actual video itself, right? By the way guys if that happens, if you have a phone number in a video and all of a sudden you lose that client or whatever, don't delete the video. Turn it to unlisted.

Because if you've already done a bunch of SEO work to it, you've got juice flowing into the video. If you delete that video, you just literally cut it off just like that. It's gone. All that work that you've done will not benefit your channel at all anymore because that video's no more. It's nonexistent. Don't every delete the video. Just turn it to unlisted. It will fall out of Google's index immediately and you'll still benefit from all the inbound link juice that's flowing through that video that flows back up through your silo if you're using playlist which you should be and to your channel. Anyways, that's it. If you use a virtual phone number, then all you got to do is redirect where the phone number goes. That's what I recommend.

Last part of it is you can use annotations and remembers there's end screens now and all that. You can go in and add an annotation and swap out numbers in the annotation because that's just text that you input. You can also change the end screen, edit the end screen and cards too. You can use cards too. We have to wrap up guys. I got to get ready for Masterclass in less than five minutes. Adam said that somebody was asking … I guess is it Jeff? Something about SERP Space. Guys, if there's problems with SERP Space or anything, just go to SERP Space support. Click on support in there. That's all we can do guys. They're two separate support entities. You have to go through SERP Space support for SERP Space questions or help.

Guys, thanks for being here. Sorry we couldn't get to all the questions. It was a lot. Next week we will … Tell me when you guys can hear me again. Can you guys hear me now? Hello?

Marco: Yup. Yup. Yup. Yup.

Bradley: Okay. All right. Guys, just please do me a favor, next week try not to post five questions in one post because that makes it very, very difficult for us to get to other people's questions. It's okay to post more than one question, but just break them up a little bit please. Thanks for everybody being here. We'll be seeing you in Masterclass in a few minutes if you're part of that. If not, you should be. See you all later. Thanks.

Marco: Bye everyone.

Chris: Bye guys.

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