In episode 211 of Semantic Mastery's weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked how to select a specific video from a YouTube playlist to play first when you include the playlist embed code in a money site post.
The exact question was:
Bradley: I listened to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX939rAgRkU – Embed playlist at each relevant post on Money site! I followed your video, however, I really don't see how you can choose the video in the playlist that would start the playlist on. In other words, I see how to use the playlist embed code, but I don't see how to select a given video in the playlist so that when you embed the playlist code on your moneysite post, the playlist will start with the video you want that is targeting a particular keyword with that video.
In episode 211 of the weekly Hump Day Hangouts by Semantic Mastery, one viewer asked if the profiles and links in the syndication networks are indexable.
The exact question was:
Sorry guys, tried asking support all of these questions, they said to ask here – For syndication networks – What is the point of posting to these – are these profiles/links indexed/indexable? Bit.ly, Gravatar, Evernote, OneNote, Pocket. Appreciate it.
In episode 211 of our weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked how to improve the formatting of feeds from automated syndication networks.
The exact question was:
Related to syndication networks – I realize this is all automated, but a lot of the sites don’t pull in the feeds very cleanly – lot of jumbled mess on most? – Is this just part of it or are there ways to improve the looks at all?
Adam: [Music 00:00:08] All right. Doesn't work since there's not video, but hey everybody. Welcome to Hump Day Hangouts. Today is the 23rd of January 2019 and this is episode 220. Rolling strong through 2019 with Semantic Mastery. We got the whole crew here today. Going to go down the line and say hello and get caught up and then we've got some really cool announcements, some good stuff going on over the next few days and into next week, so we'll cover that and then we will dive into the questions. It looks like we got some good ones this week.
Start on my left here. Chris, how are you doing, man? We had video for you. What happened with you?
Chris: Doing good. What do you mean, what happened?
Adam: I don't see video anymore. Did you get [crosstalk 00:00:48]
Chris: Yeah, I got shy.
Adam: Okay. Okay.
Chris: We are going good here. Lots of snow in Austria. If you love snow, it's perfect.
Adam: Nice. Well, I'm looking forward to seeing it in the summer. We'll see how it looks then.
Chris: Yeah, no snow then. [crosstalk 00:01:06]
Adam: Excuse me. Hernan, how are you doing, man?
Hernan: Doing great, man. Excited for what's coming. Excited to be with you in FHL 2019. We're going to be hanging out there, so if you guys happen to be around, just drop us a message and we'll figure it out. I guess we can grab a beer or something, but I'm pretty excited, pretty excited for what's coming, lots of good stuff coming up for Semantic Mastery.
Adam: Yeah, definitely Hernan. Good point. If anybody watching, any subscribers or YouTube watcher, if you're in the Nashville area, just because you're there or if you're going to be at Funnel Hacking Live, give us a shout, either on the event pages or contact us and let us know and we'll try to meet up and say hello, grab some coffee or beer like Hernan said. Awesome. Marco, how are you doing?
Marco: What's up, man? Busy. We got the new MGYB.co store coming up. That's being worked on as we speak. We've got new products that are waiting to be added. We've got … I can't say what else we got coming. Sorry. We got some good shit coming, man. I mean, I'm really excited about all the stuff that we're going to be putting out to help people make money. [crosstalk 00:02:19]
Adam: Go ahead.
Marco: Rather than just keep talking, just go ahead. [crosstalk 00:02:25]
Adam: I got one because we already talked about it, I think it was last week or the week before and I know Dan was asking us about it, but one of the first things we're really trying to push out quickly so we can get people help with this is to do a VA matching service where we're able to connect you with two VAs who have gone through the screening process. They already have salary expectations and again, they've gone through a multipoint process and it's people we would normally hire internally for either our sales or MGYB, but then we're going to do a matching service through MGYB, so if that's something you're interested in, by all means, let us know on the page. It's good to see it and make sure that's what you want and if there's anything else that you think would be interesting with that, by all means, let us know. It's a service and development.
Bradley, how about yourself? How are you doing?
Bradley: I'm peachy. I'm glad to be here. [crosstalk 00:03:16] We've got a webinar that we're hosting, well, we've got the MasterMind webinar tomorrow and I promised that I was going to do some training on YouTube Ads for local video or excuse me, it's Google Ads for YouTube or for video, but specifically for how to use Google Ads to rank a local video in Google Search and also provide relevant and geo-targeted traffic, which is what helps it to rank in Google Search, as well as a branding campaign, how to set up a branding campaign and re-marketing.
I'm actually, I don't know if you've got the link ready or not, Adam, but we're opening that up for people because we've talked about it in bits and pieces on the Hump Day Hangouts for the last several years. People have asked about how to do it and I've explained it via voice and conceptually, but never on a step by step actual training and so I spent the entire day today, well, most of the day, anyway, recording, or setting up the slides, the presentation for tomorrow and I want to open that up for anybody that wants to attend. You have to pay for it because it's going to be a full two, sometimes, Master Mind webinars go even three hours. I'm going to try and get everything done in two, but it starts at 3:30 PM tomorrow and we're going to open that up for people to come that want to learn how I'm using Google Ads specifically for ranking videos in Google Search as well as for branding campaigns. It's incredibly powerful and it works crazy good, guys.
I just did another video for my local video production company. I've been doing wholesale SEO services for their videos, so they go out and create videos for local businesses, but then they wholesale SEO services to me, which I provide ranking services for those videos and then they sell, mark that up for their customers. They actually make 150% more than what I make on it. In other words, I make $100 a month per keyword per video. They make $250, but a long story short is, I just did another video for them about two weeks ago and I did the normal SEO stuff, syndication networks and things like that and it got to page two, but it was stuck on page two for over two weeks. For whatever reason, I hadn't set up the YouTube Ad, the Google Ad for the right of way. I think I got sidetracked after uploading the video and all that to the channel and I never ended up setting up that ad.
Well, I had a calendar reminder to go take a look at that video and where it ranked to see the performance of it, to see if it had ranked on page one yet since it had been two weeks since I uploaded it and like I said, it was stuck on page two. On, I think, Thursday last week, I set up a Google Ad for it with $1 a day, so $30 per month and I started driving relevant traffic to it. With very geo-targeted traffic from what's called an in the market audience, which is incredibly powerful because that's a bucket of people that Google has determined are in the market for a specific service. In this case, it was for auto repair services and I set that up on Thursday and low and behold yesterday, I went and looked at it again and boom. We're on page one.
Again, guys, the ranking local videos with YouTube Ads is incredibly powerful. It's super inexpensive to do. It's really easy to set up once you learn the process and it works really well. Not only that, for just ranking the videos, guys, but you can actually produce relevant traffic for the client or for your client this way and it works. You can get real leads from YouTube. I'm going to go in very in depth tomorrow. I'm going to try and get it done in two hours, but it will likely go over that and if anybody wants to attend, it's only 50 bucks, guys, so I would highly encourage you. If you're in the Master Mind, you don't have to pay for it. You're going to get it anyways, but if you're not in the MasterMind, you can attend it for 50 bucks and I would encourage you to do so because it's really, really powerful.
Oh, by the way, the same method that we're going to be talking about tomorrow can also be used for other things like jump-starting traffic into assets, whatever assets you have, website, GMB, anything you want, but we're not going to really be covering that in depth tomorrow, but you can take the same techniques and apply them for that purpose. Again, I would encourage you guys to be there tomorrow.
Adam: Are you saying if you were doing lead gen and you were using GMBs as a, maybe this would be a way to drive cheap, targeted traffic?
Bradley: Amen. Get them to rank.
Adam: Yeah, guys. Join us. It's going to be a good webinar and I know Bradley has even got some more stuff beyond that, but that should pique anyone's interest and the rest of it is just going to be more icing on that fucking awesome cake. Sorry, freaking cake. Real quick too, speaking of webinars, wanted to say, we had Katherine Jones on earlier this week. That was an awesome webinar. Man, she designs some awesome webinars, webinars, funnels, but more so than just designing. She can teach people how to do it. If you didn't watch it live, if you haven't the reply, carve a little bit of time out. If you're into funnels, if your clients are using funnels or if they're not and you want to offer this as a service or even get started using this, this is another great way to provide a lot of value to yourself or to clients or both and see a big ROI on that, so go check out that webinar. That really kicked butt. It was an awesome one, thanks to Katherine for doing that.
Then, coming up next week, Marco, I think there's a deadline coming up on something, right, with the charity? Do you want to tell people about that?
Marco: Yeah, sure. I mean, we're going until the end of the month and as we mentioned last week, the Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley, Washington has agreed to match dollar for dollar any donation over $50, so $50 or more. You donate 50 bucks, it becomes $100. You donate $250, it becomes $500 and so on. Now, if you donate $500, you get two hours with me. I've said this before. Now, it's half. If you donate, now, it would be $2500 or more, right? It gets matched. Then, you get a full business, full local. You choose, we go in, local, whatever you want to kill and I'll help you kill it. Those are the offers. I would suggest that you take it. I mean, two hours with me is 2400 bucks. $100 more gets you a local business.
Now, think about it. It's great. Thanks to the Rotary Club for coming in and agreeing to match dollar for dollar, which is just fabulous, man. Oh, I will be posting the donation page and we actually have a gallery now that we just put up of a bunch of images from last year so you can see the community, the kids, kind of what's going on. Don't expect the pictures here. We haven't had time to go in and say what each one is. Go in, look at the images. It's great stuff. You can see all of the stuff we're doing and some of the things that we have to deal with, man, which is, some of it is horrible. At any case, I'm posting it. Guys, it's a worthwhile cause. Donate.
Adam: Yeah, thank you again to everyone who has done that. Really do appreciate it. Real quick, before we dive into all the great questions we've got today, just wanted to say, if you're watching us for the first time, thanks for watching. If you're catching the reply and you're on YouTube, you can hit the subscribe button, stay up to date with the Hump Day Hangouts, as well as all of the other videos we put out. You can always come to join us live and semanicmastery.com/HDquestions. That's also where you can go to ask stuff early. If you've got a question on your head, boom, just go there. You can ask it. You can catch the reply later or come join us live like we do every Wednesday at 4 PM Eastern and then where you want to get started with Semantic Mastery is a pretty common question. Start with the battle plan, right? It's a way to get a repeatable process for your SEO, for digital marketing. We got most of the answers you're going to need in there as far as how to rank a news' site, what to do with an aged site, how can you use press releases, tons of stuff in there, so just start that, battleplan.semanticmastery.com.
All right. Once you've done that, if you're ready to take things up a few notches, you want to have a peer group, you want to be part of the Master Mind and you want to give digital agency and build up that local digital agency presence and grow, scale and make more money, come join us. Join us at mastermind.semanticmastery.com
Adam: Also, quick shout out to Chris [Greenhow 00:12:41]. Thanks for putting the playlist on the page. If anybody wants to bookmark, that's a great way to stay up to date, but Bradley's going to show you too.
Bradley: Yeah. If you ever need to navigate to it, just go to youtube.com/semanticmastery. Right there, that little, whatever, that magnifying glass icon, guys, you guys are all aware, that means search. That's the channel search feature. If you click into there and then just type in, “Episode,” what did he say, “211 to 219,” so I'm just going to say, “Episode 211,” and I'm going to hit enter, and it comes right up. It's the very first one. If I want to check for 212, guess what? Very first one. They are indeed still on the channel. Again, guys, use the channel search. If you can't find it through YouTube search, but if you wanted to, you could just do, “Hump Day Hangouts Episode 211,” and that's just standard YouTube search, guys and boom. It's right up there.
How Do You Fix Some Formatting Issues When Republishing Content From RSS To Blogger Via IFTTT?
Yeah, if you're using a special page builder type of WordPress theme or plugin, it may not be coded correctly to where it will syndicate the RSS correctly. Again, it could just be the bloggers block doesn't like the DIV tags that it's inserting and things like that. I don't know how to help you with that one. I know that I've had some funky syndication issues when I've used Thrive themes page builders and stuff for the blog posts, so I typically would switch back to using the native WordPress post function or feature, if that makes sense, specifically for that reason.
Now, I know that might not be the answer you wanted to hear, Paul, and maybe one of my partners can provide some insight or some alternatives, but typically, like I said, I've used page builders before for building pages, but when it came to posts, I would experience similar issues that you're talking about here where it would cause funky, like either not syndication or it would show some of the funky code that the page builders built the page or the posts with.
In other words, it would syndicate the posts, but you would see tags and different kind of code snip its and such on the page and so again, I learned that if I'm going to be syndicating posts, that I'm going to syndicate using the native WordPress editor instead of a page builder, okay? Again, that was my workaround for it. That may not be suitable for what you're trying to do, in which case, I would say unless one of my partners has an alternative, you may want to create a blog on a subdomain and use just the standard WordPress blog function. Guys, do you have any advice for him?
Hernan: Yeah, I totally agree with what you're saying in terms of creating a subdomain. Sometimes, if you use a custom coded template that looks really good and you want to keep it as it is, that's fine, but there is always going to be downsides to everything. In this case, it's blogger and then maybe some of the templates will break Tumbler or WordPress or whatever and that's completely normal, so the best way or the most, I would say, ubiquitous way of doing this would be to just install a 2011 or 2012 type of theme within a subdomain and going from there. That would be the most compatible way of doing this.
Marco: No, I agree totally. I don't have a solution for this. Guys, again, I'm moving away from TLDs, amen. I'm not messing with it. My clients, I'm not messing with it and you better pay me a whole lot more money than you're paying me if you want me to mess with a TLD. I'm in TMB. If you like it, fine. If you don't, then POFU.
Bradley: I agree with that. I'm not building a WordPress website unless a client demands it, at which case, I'm charging the premium for that shit now because I don't want to mess with WordPress anymore, at least if I don't have to, right? GMB is where it's at. I love the GMB websites because they're so easy to set up. Just add text and links and that's about it, and it works, but Paul, again, I would recommend, if it's okay to just run the blog from your main site, but don't use your page builder, either theme or pplugin but just use the standard WordPress, like again, I don't exactly know whether you're using a theme so that you may not have control over that or if it's a ppluginor what. My experience has been with Thrive themes, for example. Thrive themes, they have ppluginsthat will allow you to use their the native WordPress page creator or post editor, you know what I'm saying, or you can actually use their page builder where you can drag and drop elements and that kind of stuff.
In that case, the pages on the site are built with the page builder, but the posts on the site are published using the standard or native WordPress post function. That was the solution. Now, there's obviously going to be styling differences between your pages and posts if that's the case. If you're okay with that, just do that. If you're not okay with that or if it's for a client and they don't want their posts to not be styled like the rest of their website, then I would recommend that you create a blog on either a sub domain or on a sub directory of your main domain that you would do what Hernan mentioned, which just be to install WordPress specifically just for the blog and then blog on that. That way, the blog would be an external site. It still would be connected to the domain because you could still put a blog link in your navigation bar to take people to the blog, but it wouldn't be the exact same site, so if there's some styling differences, if that makes sense, that would be a little more palatable for most clients, if that makes sense. Okay?
I wish I had a better answer for you for that, but you're right. Sometimes, those page builders don't jive well or don't play nice with some of the syndication sites.
Marco: Paul, just a little bit more on the pofu way and the Semantic Mastery, which is, I know this is your blog and it doesn't solve your specific problem, but you could, and what I do, when I say, “I don't build a WordPress,” it's, I haven't hired anyone to build a WordPress site in I can't remember how long. The Semantic Mastery way is, don't spend time doing it. You go and hire someone to do it for you and then they better do it right. If you hire a VA and the VA doesn't do it right, the VA gets fired and you get another one. If you go to Upwork and they don't do it right, then you just go, “You better come fix this.”
Either way, whether it's Upwork or however it is that you choose this, the way that we do it is we hire someone who knows more than we do to do the things that we don't want to do or that we can't do and then we move on and we charge enough, right, so that we can pay all of these people that we need to have working on all of these things. That's pofu. That's the Semantic Mastery way. Everything that we do, what we build everything on is thinking about that. How can we get away from all of these things that we simply don't have time to do or don't want to do? I mean, that's my advice to you, Paul. It's get someone who knows what they're doing to do this for you and fix it.
Bradley: Yeah, because Paul, you're better off, again, I don't know if this is for a client or what, but you're better off working on developing content and things like that that then trying to learn how to figure out how to fix this. Guys, it's okay if you don't have the money to do that, to hire somebody. Everything either requires time or money or a combination of both. If you don't have money, you have to devote the time to learn how to do it. If you don't have the time, then you have to pay money to have somebody do it for you. I'm in that boat now. I don't have a lot of time. We do hire a lot of stuff out, but again, you got to do one or the other and honestly, your time is probably better spent building your business, strategizing and that kind of stuff, finding new markets to target or whatever. You get what I'm saying. It was a good question though, Paul.
Liz, Liz says, I know this might sound dumb. No, it doesn't Liz, I'm sure, but I keep hearing people say I should target long tail keywords. I want to rank for a keyword like credit card rewards, not really that. What exactly is a long tail keyword and why should I be targeting them?
What Are Long Tail Keywords And Why Should You Target Them?
Well, one thing you can do Liz, is go to Google and search, “What is a long tail keyword,” and you can literally get all the information you would ever want to know about what a long tail keyword is, starting with the definition, right? Aside from that, a long tail keyword is just a variation or a longer version, a more specific version of a broader search query. For example, credit card rewards, now, I'm not in that industry so I really don't know what a longer tail, maybe credit card air travel rewards or I'm assuming flight rewards or something like that.
Hernan: Yeah, the best credit card rewards for fly, X, Y and Z.
Bradley: Yeah. Credit card flight rewards. That would be a longer tailed version of credit card rewards because now, that's very specific. Credit card Amazon rewards or credit card rewards for Amazon, that's a more long tail, more specific version of the broader search query, credit card rewards. Right? Credit card rewards is a long tail version of credit card or credit cards. Does that make sense?
Let's put it into a perspective that I know a lot more about, right? For example, HVAC, right, which is heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or whatever. That's what that stands for, but HVAC is a very broad category or term search query that has multiple levels or layers deeper than that, like HVAC, heating and air conditioning, heating repair, air conditioning repair, duct insulation. Those are all longer tailed keywords that are part or similar to HVAC. HVAC is a broader version of that type of a search query. Those just become more specific under that same category, that same vertical, so to speak, right?
Again, long-tailed keywords are great because typically, for the most part, the longer tail keywords, so you go after longer keywords because those are keywords that have more buyer intent. Right? Again, using the HVAC example, let's say somebody just does a search for HVAC. That's a very, very broad search. That could be somebody just looking for what the HVAC acronym stands for or a definition of HVAC or a history. Maybe they're doing research, right? That's a very informational type query. It's not a very specific query. It might have commercial intent, but it's very hard for anybody, Google, to determine if just searching HVAC has any commercial intent, meaning, are they looking to purchase something, transact, right?
Think about it. Looking for heating, heater or furnace repair near me or furnace repair Culpeper, Virginia, right, that's a much longer tailed version. It still falls under the HVAC category, but it's a very specific version and now heater repair near me or heater repair with a city appended to it or city heater repair, that is a local commercial intent search query. That's somebody. Google knows. Google recognizes that type of search query and knows that somebody is searching for a heater, an HVAC company near them, local to them or in the city that they provided as part of the search query.
My point is, that is a longer tailed version of the HVAC and it has much higher commercial intent. There's much more buyer intent, right? That's a much better keyword to target when you're first starting out. If credit card rewards, and I know that's not your actual keyword, but let's say that's what you were going after, that's going to be a very, very difficult keyboard to rank for just like ranking for HVAC, right, would be very difficult to rank for because again, Google wouldn't localize those necessarily.
My point is, you'd be competing for global or national term at that point whereas if you use the longer tailed version, it doesn't mean you can't go after that. It just means that it's going to take a long time and that's where silo structure comes in and content marketing and having a content strategy where you target longer tail keywords which you will likely get traction from a hell of a lot quicker with a lot less effort and then you cumulatively target longer tail keywords to start generating traffic and establishing thematic relevance, right? A keyword theme that Google will recognize through your structure of your site and your content and all that other stuff that you're ultimately trying to rank for credit card rewards, or in the example I've been using, the HVAC, right?
Again, you start with the longer tail stuff so that you can start getting some traction, start getting some traffic, start getting some conversions, whatever your conversion goal is. It might be to build an email list. It might just be to build a remarketing or retargeting list. It might be for somebody to actually make a sale, like to sell a product. It could be whatever your conversion goal is, but start with the longer keywords first because you're going to get traction from that and then you start to create these little streams of traffic, these trickles of traffic from these long tail keywords that start to accumulate and cumulatively, they start to push and Network Empire always called it, “Keyword Buoyancy,” because the top level term would be what you're ultimately striving for and by ranking and getting traction for the longer tail terms, it starts to create buoyancy for that broader term and helps it to start to rise in the search engines as well. [crosstalk 00:28:01] Great question though, Liz. Go ahead.
Hernan: Liz, if you don't want to go through all that shit, come get a keyword gig from MGYB.co and we'll help you find everything under the sun. We'll categorize it for you. We'll set up questions and answers, long tail, the top level categories, everything that you need, we'll just set it up for you and then you can concentrate on building content around what we give you, simplify it. I love simple.
Can You Syndicate Content From YouTube Or RSS Feed For Both Self-Hosted And WordPress.com Blog Via IFTTT?
Yes, Justin. I can only seem to find one service for both of them. Justin, you're right. The easy solution is create another IFTTT account, right? If you've got a recovery email that you're using for that Google account that you've already got connected to your primary IFTTT account, just create a second IFTTT account using your recovery email account, or just any other email account. Just create a new email account, if you have to. Create a second IFTTT account and then you go into the services, select WordPress and then you still set up the same applet, right, so it would still be the same RSS feed or the same YouTube channel that triggers, but it triggers two IFTTT accounts.
One, publishing to your WordPress.com site. The other IFTTT account posting to your self hosted WordPress site. Very, very simple to do. All you just need to do is set up a second IFTTT account. You use the same applets. You use the same trigger. Guys, you can have multiple IFTTT accounts connected to the same YouTube channel, triggered by the same YouTube channel or triggered by the same RSS feed. There's no limitation to that. Okay? IE, do I need to set up … Yes. That's exactly what you need … I didn't even see that part of the question, but you've got it. There you go. All right.
Would You Recommend Using The Deep Interlinking Tool From Ultimate SEO Plus To Silo A Data Center Facility Architect Site With 650 Blogs?
Yes. I mean, that is definitely a … The beautiful thing about SEO Ultimate Plus, especially, is you can set the frequency at which those keywords will link. It's not like I just blanket every time a keyword appears that it's going to link to the same page. You can actually set frequencies and variations and things like that, so it's very, very powerful.
Yeah, you can do that Jordan, however, I would still recommend, if you leave the permalink structure as, well, let me think about that. Okay. What I would say is, I would still try to set up a silo structure within the site. Now, if you leave the permalink structure as just category, or excuse me, just post name, I'm trying to think about this. It's been a long time since I've done this. My WordPress skills are a little rusty. I've been not doing WordPress sites now for several months.
WordPress is supposed to, if you most a post from one category to another, they're supposed to automatically redirect the URL. Now, I know that's not always the case. What I mean by that is if you go in and you just edit a post to change the categories from one to another, WordPress is supposed to, by default, automatically create a redirect from the old category over to the new, especially if it's just the permalink structure, I believe, like the post name permalink structure, I mean. If you're using a category-post name permalink structure, then I don't think it does that automatically, but I'm not 100% sure.
In any case, I know that sometimes those automatic redirects just flat out don't work. Yeah, I mean, honestly Jordan, the easiest way that I know how to do this is to extract, just go pull your site map if you want and then just copy and paste all the URLs from the site map into a spreadsheet. Then, organize them via a category the way that you would have your silo structure set up on the site.
For example, I would have a different sheet in the Google sheet, so in the workbook, either Excel workbook or Google workbook, Google Sheets workbook, I would have a different sheet for each silo and I would just pull the URLs, all the extracted URLs from the site map and I would just start stacking them into the correct sheet for each silo, and that would be in column A, yeah, column A, so that would be your originating URL.
Then, I would go update all of the category structures and everything for the post, which I know sucks, man, I know it sucks, but you're going to get a hell of a lot more traction out of your site that way with a lot less off page work needed, right? Once you re-categorize everything, then all you got to do at that point is pull up that same site map again, which now all the URLs are going to be different and extract them and go through that same process again that you did with collecting the correct URLs and putting them in the right sheet, each sheet being its own silo-category, right, and those new URLs would go in column B.
Then, you just use the simple 301 redirects plugin. There is a bulk add on that's an add on a plugin that you just install that after you've installed the simple 301 redirects plugin and then you just upload the CSV file. That's it. Once you've uploaded the CSV file, now, I think you have to combine them all into one sheet, but I would just separate them in the sheets initially so that it made it easier, but then you just upload that with, again, the original URLs or old URLs in column A and column B would be the new destination and the new URLs and then that simple 301 redirects plugin will automatically create all those redirects for you.
Again, I know that's still a bit manual, Jordan, but honestly, you're going to get so much better results from any off page that you do if you have your site structured correctly, especially with 650 posts on it. You guys want to comment on that at all?
Marco: Yeah. Yeah. I really do. I was just talking to Jeffrey Smith yesterday about his new plugin and it's one of the things that really has me pumped up because it's almost ready to go. Jordan, you're in our MasterMind. Being a MasterMind member has its privileges. Now, Jeffrey Smith is an on-page savant and one of the smartest people I ever met. Guys, it's good to surround yourself and to get to know a network, especially when people are way smarter than you because it rubs off, hopefully, or you can just reach out to them and that's one of the things that I do.
Now, with something like this, unless it has to be done right now, go with what Bradley says. If it has to be done right now, go ahead and do it that way. If not, give me some time so I can talk to Jeffrey and then once I do, we can take this and make it a case study, but not a case study, but a test to try and break the plugin.
One of the things that it has, it has an export, a CSV that you can then manipulate any way you want and then upload and it's that simple. His plugin will take care of everything that we're talking about right now. It all depends on your urgency. If you can wait and as a MasterMind member, I'm going to do this because 650 posts, we can try and break the plugin and that's what he wants. We can try and break it and come back so that they can fix any of the bugs that are there. I think this is perfect for a trial. I will reach out to Jeffrey and I'll ask him when it's available, and he's a really good guy. I'm sure that he will, whether this can be tested with one of our MasterMind members. Again, being in our Master Mind has its privileges.
What Is The Difference Between GMB Post Scheduler And Briefcase Plans In MGYB?
Yeah, okay. Yeah, just for anybody that doesn't know, guys, should we drop the links? We should drop the link for this post scheduler for sure and this is the Briefcase Beta. I didn't know that was available for everybody through. Anyways, I'm going to explain the differences here guys. The auto poster or the post scheduler is based upon the number of posts per month for that subscription level. For example, the enterprise subscription level, and I'm just talking because those are the ones that I always purchase, was 500 posts per month. It was $200 a month. It gave me the maximum capacity of 500 scheduled posts per month.
Well, that's okay, but the problem with that is, I could only get, like for GMB assets, I'm scheduling one post per day for most everything that I do now, it's one post per day, so it's 30 to 31 posts per month. Let's just say 31 posts per month. Okay? If you do the math, 31 posts per month, you multiply that by 16. It comes out to 496. That means, I could have an enterprise post scheduler account, subscription level, and I could only post to a maximum of 16 locations before I ran out of post credits for the months. I'd have four additional post credits left, right, it's 496 so I'd have four left. That's a problem for me because I have dozens and dozens and dozens of assets now. I think if you do the math, 500 divided by whatever the cost is, $200 a month or whatever, 200 divided by 500, that tells you exactly how much per post you're paying for. Does that make sense?
Whereas with the GMB Briefcase, if you've got multiple locations, guys, and you're going to be doing this, you can see the number of GMB posts is unlimited. The restriction on the subscription level is based upon the number of locations added to the system, the number of GMB assets. Does that make sense? The difference would be if you only have a couple of assets, a handful, I think you mentioned four in your question and that's all you need, go with the lower priced post scheduler if all you're going to be using it for is scheduling posts, right?
The other part of this, if you plan on scaling and expanding though, adding additional locations or for that business or any business, if you plan on growing your Google My Business assets out or doing more client work where you're going to be working on Google my Business assets, then I would recommend that you go with the Briefcase instead because that's based on number of locations, not posts.
Not only that, but there are all the additional things that the Briefcase offers, right, which would be being able to track and respond to the GMB reviews. There are alerts. There are GMB insights right inside the dashboard so you don't actually have to log into the GMB profile. You can extract reporting and all kinds of stuff directly from the Briefcase, guys. It's going to speed your monthly maintenance and reporting functions, right?
There's a lot of really cool things that you can do inside the Briefcase. It's still in Beta guys, right now, but there is keyword ranked tracking and maps pack ranking and even maps pack rank tracking, even for service area businesses. Again, that's still in Beta, so I'm having mixed results with the rank tracker right now, to be 100% honest, but it's still in Beta guys. It's still being worked on, okay? Everything is being updated.
In fact, one of the things that we've been working on that just got updated and I've got it on my list of to-do's this week to test is the RSS feed from the GMB posts. In other words, the post scheduler, I think, does this too but the Briefcase I know for sure offers an RSS feed for GMB posts, which now, I'm going to be setting up a test in isolation of just syndicating GMB posts to a syndication network to see how much that moves a GMB asset in rankings, even though we talk about ranking not being 100% critical or necessary to get results. Everybody likes to see that, especially old SEOs, right?
Again, all of this stuff is being tested and I would recommend that you go with Briefcase if you plan on scaling, growing your business, adding additional locations and assets, but if not, if all you need is post scheduling and you want to keep your monthly commitment a little bit lower and you've only got a handful of assets, then you can go with this post scheduler. Hopefully, that answered that question. Does anybody want to comment on that?
Marco: Yeah, I just want to give a shout out to [Shripad 00:42:22] because he works his ass off.
Bradley: Yes, he does.
Marco: I know that, guys, in coding and especially when you're trying to do something like this where we're going through the Google API to keep everything clean, to keep Google happy, there are so many moving parts and anytime Google updates and Chris, you'll back me up on this, the API, I mean, you have to go back so that you can comply with whatever it is that they want and it sometimes is something small and it's sometimes recoding just a whole bunch of work that you already did.
Just a shout out to Shripad, guys. You can reach out to him in our groups. I think he's in our MasterMind. I think he's in Local GMB Pro and I think he's also in our free group, so guys, tag him if you have any questions about this. He's always there. He answers the questions. Again, Shripad, you rock, man.
Do You Need Separate YouTube Accounts When Using Hangout Millionaire To Upload Same Videos To Different Channels?
Bradley: Okay. Good question here. It says, if I use a tool like Hangout Millionaire, this guy has been asking a ton of video questions, which is great, this is how you do it, man. [Maink 0:00:43:34], I don't know if I'm saying your name right. This is why I avoided it, but I know you keep coming and asking questions every week about video syndication and video SEO and that's awesome, guys. We've got members in the Master Mind that just came every week like Mohammed, I always use him as an example, just ask questions on Hump Day Hangouts and built his business by getting answers from here and I'm sure other places as well, but built his business to the point where he could come to join the MasterMind. Come to these free Hump Day Hangouts, guys. I appreciate you coming and asking questions every single week consistently about YouTube, SEO and building your YouTube business. I know eventually, I expect to see your ass in the Master Mind. Okay?
Anyways, he says, if I use a tool like Hangout Millionaire to use the same video to different YouTube channels, is that safe enough or do they need to be separate YouTube accounts? Okay. That's a good question, however, remember what we talked about within the past few webinars, Hump Day Hangouts, specifically about protecting yourself, right? I mentioned before not to upload the same video even through the file characteristics, the encoding and things like that, the time duration, all of that can be manipulated slightly to where Google thinks the same video is different or YouTube thinks the video is a different file. It's unique. You can do that, but the problem is, if you upload the same video to the same channel, right, meaning it has to be slightly different. The file has to be unique or else YouTube will reject the upload as it starts to upload. Right? There are tools out there like video spinners and things like that that will change the encoding or whatever it does to make the file unique, multiple variations of the file even though it's the same video.
The problem with that is, you can get away with it on the YouTube channel, but if a competitor or a manual reviewer decides or discovers that, a competitor can report the channel for spam, which will trigger a manual review and your channel would get terminated and you'd lose all of those video assets.
Okay. You already knew that. We've talked about that. The next question that you have now is, okay, I understand I can't upload the same video to the same channel, but what if I upload the same video to multiple channels, different channels, but under the same Google account? Well, that's better than uploading it to the same channel because if any channel gets flagged, it's not necessarily going to flag the other channel, however, if your Google account gets terminated for spamming, which is possible, then every single channel under that Google account will be lost. That's why I recommend guys, for these types of spam campaigns that you mitigate your risk. You reduce it as much as possible by spreading your videos out on individual channels as much as possible.
Now, I'm not saying if you have 100 videos and it's the same video that you need 100 YouTube channels. That would be ideal, but that's difficult to do, so maybe get 50 channels and put two videos on 50 channels or get 25 channels and put four videos on 25 channels. Does that make sense? Now, if anyone of your channels gets terminated, you're only losing that number of videos on that one channel. You still have all the others, and if you have them in separate Google accounts, it's not going to affect the other Google accounts, however if you have multiple channels suspended under one Google account, it's likely, it's very possible, that Google will terminate that Google account entirely, which means you'll lose everything, which is why I don't recommend that, guys.
You guys, think about it. I know it seems like guys, we play a cat and mouse game all the time with Google. The problem is, we always talk about eggs in baskets, if you put all your eggs in one basket or you put all your eggs in five baskets, but you're carrying all five baskets with one arm, right, which would be the same as multiple channels under one Google account, and Googles comes and smacks your arm, you're going to lose all those baskets or if Google takes your basket away, you've lost your entire business, right?
My idea is to take, if you've got 100 eggs, put one egg in one basket and have 100 baskets or like I said, two eggs in 50 baskets. You get the point. My point is, reduce your risk as much as possible. Make Google work for finding and eliminating all of your spam. Okay?
Should You Link Multiple YouTube Channels Within The Same Niche To One Syndication Network?
All right. The second part of that was can I or should I link multiple YouTube channels within the same niche to one syndication network? You could. However, once again, if you're using basically the same video over and over and over again, then that would be spamming your network and your network properties will likely get terminated, okay? I would recommend that, it's okay if you're having YouTube channels syndicating to one network with variations of video, in other words, you've got unique content coming from each channel feeding into the same network, that would be okay. If you're taking the example that we just mentioned where let's say, you're taking the same video and you're uploading it to let's say, 25 channels and now you've got 25 channels tied into a … Let's just say you took five channels and tied it into one syndication network, but all of those channels are basically syndicating the same type of video, or the same video, then that's a problem. Your syndication network properties will be terminated for spam. Okay?
Plus, the other part of that is, depending on what your frequency in publishing is, if you're publishing from a whole bunch of channels into one network, you could be over publishing and that could also flag your syndication networks for being terminated for spam. Again, guys, think about though, people want to take shortcuts because it's an enormous amount of work to reduce or eliminate, you can't totally eliminate, but to reduce your risk. It's a lot of work. I get that. People want to take shortcuts, but what's more work? Setting it up properly the first time, right, and reducing the potential of losing all of your business in its entirety in one fall swoop or vast portions of your business? What takes more time? What is more efficient? Building everything right correctly the first time or building everything and then having it taken from you and having to start over from scratch?
Guys, I don't know about you, but that is one of the most discouraging things that can happen, is to put a shit ton of work into any project and then have it 100% completely taken from you, gone. Then, you have to start over from scratch and it's fucking irritating, guys. I mean, that will take the wind right out of your sails. You know what I mean? To me, I'd rather spend the additional effort upfront and create long term assets, guys. I hate rework. I hate doing rework. It's why I don't like the turn and burn strategy. Mass page builders and things like that. I stopped all that stuff because you were constantly reworking. It's a great question. Moving on.
Does Translating Video Titles And Descriptions Help In Getting More Traffic In YouTube?
Adam: Yeah, we just had it run for a while, check out, looked at the overall metrics and didn't see an increase in anything, so I think it depends on the channel. I'm not going to go so far as to say it doesn't work because I think it really does depend on where your traffic is coming from and it could help you, but in our case, we know where our traffic is coming from. We know where we're going and the people who are listening to us, so I think for us, it wasn't a big deal.
Bradley: Yeah. It wasn't a good fit. We didn't see any measurable results, anything that was worth paying the VA to do that. Do you know what I mean? That's why we stopped doing it. I would just say, test it. Honestly, I think you can get one of those tools cheap enough to where it's worth setting up a test. Okay? Again, for us, it didn't really work well, but you may in a different niche or industry or whatever where it would work. I would just try it.
Justin S, again. He says, I just downloaded an IFTTT work stream from you guys. Thanks. You're welcome. He says, in it, I see a few recipes RSS to blogger, WordPress Tumbler, those are tier two recipes. I'm not sure how these connect to my network T2 versus T1. Okay, Justin. I can't answer that here because that's in Syndication Academy, which is paid training. However, you could go to our YouTube channel, YouTube.com/semanticmastery and used the channel search feature and maybe look up some of the search or the queries around multi-tiered syndication. Again, multi-tiered, T-I-E-R-E-D syndication. Go to our channel and search for that and I'm sure you can probably piece it all together from the videos that you find publicly on our channel.
That said, we also have full training for it inside of Syndication Academy, very specific training on how to set everything up properly because trust me. Tier two syndications are syndicating to a second tier network. It's okay for YouTube channels. There's absolutely no footprint issues for YouTube channels if you're using the applets the way we set them up, right? We specifically designed them after much, much testing for the most benefit and the least amount of potential trouble and I know for a fact that syndication networks with the applets set up the way that we have them set up do not create a footprint for YouTube. Even if it does create a footprint, it doesn't matter because all you're doing is publishing Google code. You're republishing Google. There's no reason for it to cause any problems.
However, multi-tiered and syndication networks for blog syndication, there can be some problems, right? That can create serious problems if you don't set it up correctly and if you're not using related content feeds and all this other stuff that we talk about in Syndication Academy. Again, I'm not going to cover that here in a public setting but you can find all that out in Syndication Academy as well as, like I said, if you go to our YouTube channel. Also, if you go to support.semanticmastery.com, we have a knowledge base, which is frequently asked questions and I know for sure that that question is in our knowledge base for multi-tiered syndication setup in at least two or three different FAQs. There are several different posts about that. Again, if you want to try to piece it together from those, you can do it. Otherwise, just come join Syndication Network and learn it there.
How Do You Rank Your GMB For Multiple Keywords After It Has Been Verified And Optimized?
What I love about GMB is, if you go to your insights report and you look at your search queries that brought activity, traffic, to your maps listing. Right? There's a search query report in GMB insights and you can select from the dropdown. It's by default, it shows the last month, but if you select the dropdown, you can look at the last quarter and guys, what's really interesting is, first of all, at least in the industries, the niches that I'm in, you'll see that 40 to 50% of all traffic is coming from near me keywords, which is fabulous. That's the mobile first algorithm at work right there, guys.
Also, what's really interesting is, and I don't know why this is, but if you extract, which you can do just a simple highlight all, click, drag and highlight and then copy and then paste as plain text into a spreadsheet, you can extract all of those keywords from your search query report and then you start posting with targeting those as the keywords and for whatever reason, even though it's funny, those keywords are known to have brought traffic to your GMB or to your maps profile, yet if you target them and post, Google will start sending you more traffic for those keywords. It's incredible.
I don't know why that is. It's like, Google is giving you the keys to the kingdom. They're saying, “Hey, these keywords, these search queries brought you traffic. Go ahead and use them and we'll send you more traffic.” It works like gangbusters, guys. I don't know why that is. It might be one of those loopholes again that might be closed, so go check that out, Will.
Is It True That Google My Maps Are Not Being Indexed Anymore?
Marco: No, I don't either. I've asked [Dediev 00:56:35] if he's had any trouble indexing them because anyone who orders, excuse me, a done for you drive stack, that's part of it. It gets turned over to Dediev for indexing so I've asked him the question. I don't have an answer today for you, Lauren. Come back next week and ask it. I should have an answer by then. Having said that, we don't care.
Bradley: Yeah, I was just going to say, why do we care if it's indexed? Go ahead, Marco, continue.
Marco: No, no. That was it. We don't care.
Bradley: Oh, okay.
Marco: Google knows it's there.
Bradley: That's it.
Marco: We're pushing power through. That's all we're doing.
Bradley: That's it.
Marco: The only interest is it goes into Google's database and Google knows it's there. Google doesn't think it should rank, and that's fine, but everything else that we do to it is what we're interested in.
Bradley: That's it, Lauren. I was just waiting for Marco to reply so that I can say, “Why do you care if it's indexed?” Not to be a dick, just honestly, I think there is way, way, way too much emphasis on shit, stuff being indexed, guys. This is a question we've been asked since we started Semantic Mastery and syndication networks and such because not all syndication network posts will index, but it doesn't mean Google doesn't know they're there and how do I know that to be fact? Well, if your main site, if your self posted website is connected to search console and you go into search console and you look it links to my site, you're going to see dozens or hundreds of WordPress.com links and blogger.com and Tumbler and Delicious and Degoo and all these things that are syndication networks that they're not indexed but Google is aware that they're there. Link juice is flowing, guys. Do you understand? It doesn't matter whether it's indexed or not.
I understand that sometimes having something indexed may produce a little more power, but we have even tested no index PBNs and saw it move the needle. We've been able to achieve results using no indexed files, sites, all kinds of stuff, guys because Google knows it's there. Same thing, My Map. If Google knows it's there, it's Google's code. Google knows it's there. You can still benefit from it without it being indexed and guys, in my opinion, having stuff like that not indexed is a bonus because it prevents prying eyes to figuring out what the hell you're doing, right?
I'm just going to throw something out there that I'm not going to go into details, but that's exactly why canonicals are so powerful. I'm going to move on. Lauren Crawford again. She says, should I be building out the new Google sites as well or just classic same with linking? Marco, that's a question for you.
Marco: Sorry. I was talking into a muted mic. Both.
Bradley: There you go. All right guys, it's 5:00 and I got to get my daughter for dinner tonight, so I'm going to scroll through the rest of these questions and if I see anything that absolutely has to be answered, I'll stick around for five more minutes. Other words, I'm going to move on, or otherwise, I'm going to move on. Excuse me. What's up, Daniel. By the way, I want an update, Daniel, when you can. I'm not pushing you to do it this week, buddy, because I know we just talked two weeks ago on the webinar in MasterMind, but I'm curious to see what kind of progress you're making, so if you can keep me posted in the Master Mind community, that would be awesome.
Do You Need To Create An RSS Applet For Each IFTTT Account When You Use The RSS From The GMB Autoposter?
Wayne, we are working on that, actually. GMB is my retirement program. I agree with that, Greg. That's my point too, man. Guys, I am all in on this now, 110%. Brand Twitter and then set up … Yeah, for each brand, you would. [inaudible 01:00:25] say, when you use the RSS for the GMB poster, do you need to make the RSS applet for each account? Yeah, you would. I mean, for example, I mean, it's no different then setting up a syndication network for a website. It's zero difference. You're using the RSS 2 applet. For each syndication network, you're going to have to set up 15 applets or however many properties are in your network. You're going to have to set up that many applets for that specific network for that specific location. That's the way it is.
Would You Use An Affiliate Company To Drive Leads To Your GMB Assets?
Would you ever use an affiliate company to drive leads to your GMB assets? I'm not sure what you mean by that. I'm not sure what you mean by that. I would like clarification on that. I'm not going to be able to answer it today. I'll Beta test the Briefcase. Sounds great. Scott. Please do. Again, I wasn't sure if that was allowed. I know we offered it to the pofu live attendees and I think the Master Mind members, but I wasn't sure if it was allowed outside of there or supposed to be promoted outside of there until after Beta, but the cat's out of the bag now, so go check it out, Scott. Go check it out. Okay.
All right. Cool. We're done. Look at that. Not bad. All right guys. I appreciate everybody being here. Do not forget tomorrow is Master Mind webinar, which is open to anybody that wants to come join it for 50 bucks, guys. We're talking between two to three hours of content, high level training. You guys know how we do training at Semantic Mastery. You know how I get way too into the weeds, but I'm going to go through step by step with slides as well as live examples of how to set up YouTube ads for ranking local videos as well as for branding and setting up remarketing campaigns inside of YouTube and guys, I'm telling you, it's killer, killer, killer strategy. It works incredibly well, not just for video optimization and ranking but also for driving traffic, stupid, stupid, cheap traffic that works really well because you're buying traffic signals from Google, guys, which is freaking amazing and again, it's only 50 bucks, unless you're in the Master Mind, in which case, it's free. Come join us tomorrow. Guys, do you have any parting words before we get out of here? [crosstalk 01:02:27]
Adam: Damn right. I just got, literally, Bradley, as you were wrapping up, I just got a Zapeir notification of a lead gen call.
Adam: Good stuff.
Bradley: Rock it out. All right everybody. See you all tomorrow, hopefully. See you all.
In episode 211 of Semantic Mastery's weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one viewer asked how to report SEO deliverables and results to a client.
The exact question was:
Hey guys, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving.
I'm inches away from getting the big client I've been chasing. I can just hear the Mastermind webinars in the distance. I've made a good impression so far, and it looks like I'm in the clear. However, this particular client puts a big emphasis on monthly work. He went years paying SEOs who didn't report or nothing.
After the first month or so, how can I show results, or more specifically, what I'm doing to get results? I know GMB posts are one thing, and a blog a week. Are rank trackers even useful anymore? What else is there that would make sense to him? A press release a month is another one. The previous people just sent an Analytics report every month, keeping him in the dark, and now he's open again (mostly because I educated him), but in return he wants to be able to see progress and why I do what I do.