Is it Important to Check Backlink Indexing Rate?

By April

One of the questions being raised in the Episode 54 of the weekly SEO Q&A Hump Day Hangout is about the importance of indexing, particularly the backlinks generated from the FCS Networker and GSA.

The exact question was:

Hey guys… My question is regarding indexing and the importance of it.  Over the years everything I have learnt in SEO has suggested that indexing is everything and if the links your building are not getting indexed they are worthless.  The problem I am noticing mainly with my indexing rates is in getting FCS & GSA links indexed (which I am using to power up my IFTTT network) and also some of my IFTTT posts.  I currently use backlink commando plugin, backlinks indexer and when I check the indexing rates using inspyder backlinks monitor and scrapebox I am noticing some very low indexing rates.  I also use the google indexing tool but its simply not practical for large numbers of links

QUESTION:  Do you guys actually check or even recommend checking the indexing rates of your backlinks and how important do you feel it is to get them indexed.  I may have heard one of you say they will still pass link juice if they are not indexed but how much emphasis do you guys place on the monitoring and indexing rates?  Would really like to know whether I am overthinking this whole indexing thing. Thank you all for providing such excellent training!

Free Grader & How to Fix Meta Keyword Issues?

By April

One of the attendees of the Episode 53 or Semantic Mastery's Hump Day Hangout has mentioned about keyword issues based on the results given to him by an online tool called Free Grader.

The exact question asked was:


I ran on my domain. Main Heading and Site Keywords failed. I have Yoast SEO installed- How do I fix the main heading and keyword issue?

What to Do When You Want to Request Additional Client Budget?

By April

One of the particpants of the Episode 53 of Semantic Mastery's Hump Day Hangout asked about dealing with clients when you want to request additional budget for an existing SEO campaign.

The exact question asked was:


Most of the services I use to rank my clients' websites are subscription based. So that means that I need to keep paying them every month to maintain my rankings.

However, I've noticed that when I start working on a new client's site, the first 4 to 6 months rankings skyrocket but then reach a plateau.

My problem is that I don't have any more budget to create more links so I now need to tell my clients that if they want to rank even higher, they need to invest more money.

What would the solution be to avoid that kind of situation?

Should I stop renting links completely to reallocate that budget to create new FCS networker /GSA links each month??

Fixing Issues with Tumblr and Other Web 2.0s in IFTTT Networks

By April

During Episode 53 of Hump Day Hangout, one question raised is about issues with Tumblr templates and other Web 2.0s in the IFTTT networks.

The exact question asked was:

Hey Guys..Having a a couple small problems with my first IFTTT network. 1) Tumblr does to NOT let me enter the HTML into the description area under the title to add our links to the Google Plus About page and our Blogger account. Everything else went fine until I tried adding the “<br><ahref=”” after the brief description that was already there under editing. The above code actual shows up on the Tumblr page as you type it in the editor now. Click “Save” then refresh the page and and the html all shows up under the description as text along with the description and no hyperlinks. When Bradley did the training the code never showed up but the other text did as it should.  2) WordPress is giving me a problem with verifying my WordPress site for Gravatar. Blogger , Google+ and YouTube went just fine. Rechecked all emails and passwords three time and tried re-verifying a few times. They were all entered correctly. No luck. The following message in quotes appears when the verification fails: “No Blogs Found – Either your WordPress Blog is not Responding or it's not listing any of the blogs against the account details you entered. Please check that the username/password you entered are for an account which is associated with at least one blog.” Thanks for your recommendations…wasn't on last week but watched the replay…thanks for all the great stuff on Tier 2 link building and correct structuring… really helped me make sense of a lot of questions I've had for a while. 🙂 Ed?

Weekly SEO Q&A – Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 53

By Joriel


Click on the video above to watch Episode 53 of the Semantic Mastery Hump Day Hangouts.

Full timestamps with topics and times can be found at the link above.

The latest upcoming free SEO Q&A Hump Day Hangout can be found at




Adam: … Hangouts today. It's the 4th of November and as you well know we've passed the 1 year mark and we are on episode 53. We'll go down the list here as usual and say hello. How's it going Chris?

Chris: Hey Adam! How's everybody doing?

Adam: Good, Hernan, how's it going?

Hernan: Hey stranger, hey everyone. It's good to be here.

Adam: I got nothing. Marco, how you doing man?

Marco: That's pseudo Adam, what's up man?

Adam: Hey Bradley, what's up?

Bradley: Yeah, that's the kinder, gentler Adam with the nose scruff beard.

Chris: Yeah, it's for [crosstalk 00:00:36].

Bradley: It's for aerodynamics so he can run faster.

Adam: I had to make some changes after Halloween, and if Kendrick's here and he asks I'll post that picture from Halloween and I don't rock a goatee and that's why I had to shave. I'll share that picture if he's on here, because he was asking about it.

Bradley: The door is wide open for Wayne Clayton.

Adam: Yeah.

Chris: You shaved the beard halfway for Halloween?

Adam: Yeah.

Chris: Like split face, like I'm serious?

Adam: Oh no, not like halfway. I had like just the goatee like the part right here. [crosstalk 00:01:09].

Chris: Okay.

Marco: Yeah, it was pretty good I saw the picture.

Adam: Yeah, I was pretty happy.

Bradley: Kevin Butler says, Bradley will go beardless next week? No my face is too fat. If I don't have a beard then I look funny.

Adam: Oh man. Well today we just have 1 quick announcement so go ahead and let everybody know if you haven't heard we do have a date for the release of the Twitter SEO Academy, which I believe actually somebody was asking about. That is going to be on Monday, the 23rd of November, so stay tuned. We will definitely be having some more information and some details about it, but we wanted to say we've got the release date, and we're getting ready for that.

Bradley: Do you want to mention that JV page in case anybody wants to promote it?

Adam: I do, I do not have the link on me so I will grab it and post it up here but we've got a … Hernan will do that. Thank you.

Hernan: Mm-hmm (affirmative)-

Adam: Yeah, if you are interested in promoting, by all means Hernan will drop the link in there, go check it out, see if that's what you want to do. You can also win some great prizes so just check out the JV page and it's pretty self-explanatory.

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What is RankBrain and How Does This Affect Long Term Keyword Phrases?

By April

One of the questions being asked during the Episode 53 or Hump Day Hangout was about Google's RankBrain. The participant also asked its impact on long term keyword phrases in the future.


The exact question asked was:

I'm curious on your thoughts of RankBrain and the future of long tail keyword phrases. Do you think beginner SEO people are going to have a much more difficult time getting into the game?

I'm having good success with long tail phrases and wonder if the following approach makes sense. A more difficult ranking phrase would be my top level page and then have 3-4 pages with very similar keyword phrases and different content would all interlink and also link to the top level page. Or with RankBrain, does it make more sense to focus on a single page and try to rank for all the different phrases. I think the former approach is easier but I know Google wants the latter and at some point they might penalize the multiple page approach.

What is the Best Approach When Dealing with Multiple Pieces Of Content?

By April

During the 53rd Episode of Semantic Mastery's Hump Day Hangout, one of the participants asked on the different ways on how to manage multiple contents.

The exact question asked was:


If I have a bunch of posts with a lot of good juicy content that I want indexed. What would be the best approach.

A. Use a Theme that puts all the posts on a blog page as well as displays them in full on the main page?

B. Just leave them on a blog page only?

C. Display them only on the main page in full to avoid possible duplicate content issue as in A.?