Weekly Digital Marketing Q&A – Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 293

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what's going on everybody? Welcome to Hump Day Hangouts. Today is the 24th of June. It's Episode 293, which comes to be 69 episodes after Episode 224. What do you say? Right 69 episodes so let's go welcome her Nan here and which is going to do the proverbial roundabout because Mr. Adam is not here. I don't know what he said. But hey, Bradley, how are you doing, man?

Good. Happy to be here. It's hot as hell they are now right now though. It's like, middle of summer and nasty but yeah, things are good. Besides that. Awesome,

Chris. How about you man?

Yeah, it seems pretty good here. Whereas nice no rain. It's not as hot as we spread. Lee like evenings and stuff are still chilly and cold. Like seems a pretty lovely, awesome new Marco. Oh, date.

Do you see it? I've been telling you I know I've been joking for years about the weather in Costa Rica never really showed it because I don't like to have a camera on my computer. I said this is my work. This is my workstation and I want to and I like to stay focused. But now I'm doing more video more stuff. So I decided that for a year straight I am going to show my camera every Wednesday on Hump Day hangouts so you guys can see for yourself. This is it. This is it. Somebody asked me I don't get sick of this weather. Suck. No, don't you guys get tired of that heat that oppressive humidity and just nasty heat her nan 810 sometime around where he lives and the coal. Mine is 10 don't you guys see. Don't you guys get sicker? That's no up to your ears. I got this. I got this up to my ears.

There you go. Powerful, so

Okay, what's up, everybody? Welcome to Hump Day Hangout. If you're here for the first time welcome. This is Semantic Mastery crew we try to help you as much as possible with anything and everything that has to do with digital marketing, answering your questions, SEO, growing your digital agency, whatever it is, and this is free being free, you will keep on being free. So drop your questions here. And we will try to help you out as much as possible. Now, before we jump into the questions, a couple of things. The first one is that Fourth of July sale for both Semantic Mastery and MGB is coming and it's usually I would say our second largest sale of the year followed only you know, the first place might be Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the second-largest cell of the year is Fourth of July. So if you're into saving money, and if you're into getting results for your clients, stay tuned. Make sure that you're open next week's emails because Guess is going to be pretty awesome. We're going to be giving you guys some really cool discounts and stuff, it's going to be pretty, pretty cool. Anything that you guys want to add to that.

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All right. Well, we got a lot of questions already. So I want to jump right into it, though. Let me grab the screen.

Zoom will cooperate.

Okay, you guys are seeing my screen, correct?

Yes. All right.

Ah, I think I'm okay.

Does Press Release Distribution Correlate With Rankings?

Yeah. All right. I'm just making sure I didn't have any sensitive tabs open with clients. Nothing I need to worry about looks fairly decent. All right. We're gonna start right off with this question from five days ago. He says I have subscribed to Access Wire for doing press release distribution for clients. Question one does press release distribution correlate with rankings in any way. And then question two is If yes, are there any best practices you tested? Yes. And yes, it does. Because here's the thing and you know, we've got a relationship with Jeremy. One of the CO Owners of Press Advantage, which by the way, and very soon in the next couple of weeks to three weeks, something like that. We're going to do another webinar with him and opening it up a special again, for people that want to have their own subscription accounts to Press Advantage, which is the same distribution service that we have available in MGYB. For anybody who's doing a lot of volumes, I always suggest having your own Press Advantage subscription. There are other providers out there Accesswire being one of them. There's many of them now, actually. And there is a big difference between the distribution networks like there are certain common there are certainly common distribution sites, they get used by almost all distribution services or by a fair of a vast majority of them. But they're also depending on the relationships that are forged between the distribution company and the distribution partners are outlets right where they dependent, so that's usually something that it's a relationship that has to be built. And that's why you know, yeah, yeah, it really does make a difference to have a good distribution service one that has, you know, selects good sites with good traffic, good metrics, that kind of stuff. Nothing real spammy. Here's the problem. I don't know necessarily about Accesswire. I have tested them in the past, but it's been at least two years and I've only done like a couple of one-off press releases with them. I was always testing against Press Advantage. There are some really good ones out there Press Advantage being one of them.

Another one is Quantum Newswire, which this one of our mastermind members actually developed that it's a really good service as well. But what you have to be careful about and again, I'm not speaking directly about Accesswire, because I don't know haven't tracked it in a few years, a couple of years, at least, is that some distribution services will pad their numbers or inflate their numbers with like WordPress sites and such. That they call distribution sites, but really they're just republishing Press Releases what press releases are too but part of the benefit of press releases is that they get published on high traffic sites that are like media sites, right news sites. So just creating a WordPress site to republish press releases isn't necessarily a good thing. In fact, it could even be toxic if those sites are really spammy sites. A lot of the media distribution sites that are distributed to that are part of an actual media network. They are typically high traffic high authority sites, so they typically don't consider as spammy or toxic whereas a lot of the networks or distribution networks that I've tested a lot of the guys and I have got a lot of the reason why I've stuck with Press Advantage is that they've had a really good selection of sites is my point. And there that's growing like Jeremy has been working on developing relationships with so Press Advantage has been dealing with developing relationships for you now with companies, in fact, I don't know what I can reveal here, but some new ones are coming. And that's part of the reason why and or already available. But anyway, that's part of the reason why we're going to have another webinar with him and then in the coming weeks, but that said, Yes, it does.

There is a correlation with rankings, because again if you're not careful when you get you to distribute press releases to spammy sites, they can actually end up being toxic. So that's there are a couple of things that you can do. If that's the case, use the press releases to link back to your tier one entity assets as opposed to your money site directly. I saw there was another question from one of our members, Nathan Smith, I believe further down about using press releases to link directly to your money site. I do because of Press Advantage being a good distribution service. But again, if you're not sure, or you haven't tested and you don't know what the distribution looks like yet, then I would recommend linking back to tier one entity assets instead of directly to your money site. So what are those right GMB maps, GMB website if you're using if it's for local, you could link to the SEO shield properties, which is what we recommend? So Google Drive Google Site Google Drive stack, you know the files and folders and Id page. You could link to your major social media, your syndication network properties, there's a number of things that you any tier one entity asset, really. And so that's what I would recommend just to be on the careful side if you've got a subscription Accesswire, publish a couple of press releases, linking back to tier one entity assets first, then look at the distribution reports and go through it with the fine-tooth comb and see if there's anything in there that's you know, particularly spammy if so then I would recommend, you know, looking for another service or just using it the way that I just mentioned. Okay. Does anybody want to comment on that?

No, I mean, yes to the question is yes, they are correlational. We do find that doing regular press releases, helps with rankings now whether it's because of the links, because it was because of the distribution, just whatever it is. Now, I will say that whenever I run a press release, it does get hit with link building. I don't just do a press release, and then nothing behind it. So whether it's the link building to the press release or the press release itself, then we don't know unless you run a like a separate test just press releases, I know you've done that. And press releases and label that's something that I'm going to get into in here for free. At any rate, when you do them correctly when you stack them like it's taught in local PR Pro, it's fantastic. It's fantastic for pushing the map into the three-pack, pushing those polls, boosting the post, and pushing from the post over to the website through the do follow link that you can get. Doing it all that way but you still pushing relevance and power over to the website. But you're putting a buffer in between a buffer that will help your map rank anyway. And then when you stack those, and you build links to those, as you're stacking them, right around the third, fourth or fifth press release in the stack, you see things just kind of take off. But if you do just one, it may or may not help, depending on the competition in that niche, but when you stack them, and you do the link building, you run those embed gigs and link building. It works really, really well. It's probably a combination, right? Because we do talk to Jeremy on a regular basis, we ask for a lot of stuff that he does for us, right? Like the media, the page has developed over time because he's out he actually asks us what we would like and we tell him and he does whatever he can, within reason, right? We can. We can't get everything that we want. I'd love to but we can't so And then the other part I forgot what the second part of that question was.

What Are Some Best Practices When Distributing Press Releases?

He said, If yes, are there any best practices you tested?

Local PR pro? Yeah.

Yeah. And in fact, as a kind of an add on to local PR Pro, which we made it public, so it's available and that's why I was pulling up on YouTube. It's available publicly on our channel. If you just go search for YouTube, press release SEO or press release silo stalking or whatever, you'll see it comes up or you can go directly to our channel. So YouTube youtube.com slash semantic mastery and use the channel search feature and just type in press releases SEO. And you'll see this is the video we did about 11 months ago. It's an hour long. It's a webinar and update webinar that we did for our Marco and I did for MGB. But again, it's just it's publicly available, where we talk specifically about how the press release stacking kind of changed slightly it evolved right which is now we silo press releases the same way that we would silo blog posts or GMB posts are all of the above, right? So go check that out. It's an hour-long, but it tells very specifically the strategy on how to silo press releases and stack them. And that's where the magic happens. That's what Marco was just talking about. You get four or five press releases into it, and you'll start to see significant movement when we proved that over and over and over again. So that's what I recommend. And I'll talk a little bit more about that strategy when I get to the question that I saw Nathan post earlier. We'll get to that here in a few minutes. Okay. There's a good question though.

Is Content Curation Still Helpful As Of 2020?

Alright, so the next question is from Benjamin or I'm sorry Ben jam. He says I followed your recommendation and purchase Jeffrey Smith. Seo Bootcamp. Okay. Yeah, I remember this. Remember you from last week. He says, I no longer have any questions about how to silo a website. That's right because he's the man when it comes to that stuff. He says his process for writing posts is more involved compared to curated posts though in order to create the top, though in order to create topical depth was about To start with creating curated posts for the content kingpin, now I'm wondering the best way to proceed. The SEO Bootcamp process uncovers the topical keywords for each silo, and the questions associated with them to use and writing seven to 900-word posts, hiring a writer to write researched and well-written articles sound expensive. And yes, it's very much is when you hired a subject matter expert to write posts. It's it can be very expensive, or even just a good writer might not even be a subject matter expert, they might go research to be able to write good posts, but that's expensive to try to use curated posts. Is there something that is this something that can still be put in the hands of a writer in the Philippines for $10 a post or is it going to cost more? Okay? So my answer to that is, you know, Jeffrey has his method. I follow his on-page methods for siloing and things like that. Not 100 I don't follow all of his methods because it's a lot of work and we've been able to, you know, some of the methods that I use, I'm able to still achieve results. It really depends on what you want to do. I don't typically go for those longer posts, what I, what I do is a curated post, my bloggers handle all that. That's because I've got a couple of really good bloggers that I've trained over the years that do curate content curating, that are really, really, really good at it. And I've taught them some SEO tactics as well, so that they understand how to interlink properly, which tags to use, depending on the type of silo structure, we're using all that kind of stuff. So I like to use curated posts, because it's efficient, it's less expensive, it's easier for people that, you know, they don't have to research it for every blog post. So it's a lot more and a lot less expensive.

So, can you still use curated posts for topical depth? Yes. However, keep this in mind. You know, you can kind of make a hybrid out of the two, which is kind of what we do. You know, occasionally not all the times, but occasionally I'll tell my blogger to go scrape all the questions, you know, the FA Q's for a particular topic for the project that we're working on. So where do you get those questions? Well, there's a keyword scraper out there that you can use. I know there's also you can just go to answer the public Comm. And you can type in some keywords and it will come back and show you commonly asked questions, you can go to Google and ask questions as if you were somebody looking for the product or service that you're logging about, right? And ask questions as if you were inquiring about that product or service and then see what the accordion boxes are in Google search results with questions people also ask right? And each time you click one of the dropdowns to reveal that it'll show the question but you to reveal the answer, which is just curated snippets of Q and A's from other websites. That's all that accordion box is. You can use those questions in your own content and a curator can still use those questions and in fact, think about this. The questions plus the answers are right there in the accordion meant, you know the accordion box In the Google search results, like I said, each time you click the drop-down menu or the drop-down arrow, it actually shows reveals more questions and answers. And so you can scrape those, and they actually give you the link to a snippet and then a link over to where that question is answered on, you know, on that particular site that there's that they're citing, right? That they're attributing it to. So you can actually use that in your curated content. guys think about that. So it's a very easy way to start adding FAQs or questions and answers to blog posts, that your, you know, your VA is publishing or whatever. And the curating content can be right there unless it's a direct competitor, which I don't ever recommend linking to a direct competitor. But a lot of the times they're not direct competitors. And so you can actually take the copy the question and answer right from the Google search results. And paste that into a blog post. Make sure you cite the source of the answer, just like you would any other type of curated content. And there you go.

So again, you can go about it. Both ways. Jeffrey Smith has his own specific method. And he's very, very good at being able to rank like crazy for some really difficult terms with little to no backlinks. Because of the way that he structures and does long depth content, you know, long, well researched long-form content for blog posts, because of the volume that we do that my, you know, my agency does, and my bloggers do I prefer the curated content. And it reads, well, it looks good and everything else. So again, it's up to you how you want to do it. My method is to use a silo structure by linking the way that I've been taught by Jeffrey Smith and from Marco, my partner. But you know, again, I like because of the volume that we do, it would be too cumbersome for us to do. There's long-form content all the time for posts and not to mention expensive as well. So it's really a preference, you can get away with doing it. Either way or create kind of a hybrid of the two. Any comments on that?

Yeah, our keyword research gig in mgyb.co is based on the training that we're talking about, where we go into all of the different tools that are available. And we pick up as many keywords relevant in the niche as possible, we get as many as possible, we go into all of these tools, we go into SEMrush, you don't need a subscription to SEMRush. You don't need it for Uber suggests you don't need it for the answer of the public, you don't need any of these because we give it to you. These questions will also pop up in answer the public we give you that and oh, and also the questions that are brought up and when we do the SEMrush research and every other resource, so you know that and you get it. It's all categorized for you. We take care of all that so that you don't have to, so that it when you get that back, you can hand that over to your writer, and then your writer is responsible for finding the content. Now, what Bradley said makes perfect sense because you take that keyword research And you can still build the topical relevance by inserting the proper keywords in the way that Jeffrey teaches it and interlinks. in that manner, nothing stops a good writer from curating and adding the topical keywords are relevant keywords and interlinking. Those, I mean, what's to stop, I don't understand why curation has to be so difficult. It's the simplest thing in the world you go and you find here. Here's a list of topical keywords that you have to add to this long-form 700 to 900 words, you're going to work those in and then you're going to interlink to other pages, or to another page, however, they choose to do it the tags also, but that's the curator can do of it. You don't have to have and I'm doing air quotes, original content. It's original because it's curated and listen to proper attribution simply means that you're giving credit to the audience. Double source, nothing says that you have to link to the original source of the content. Remember when you were doing proper citation, the proper attribution when you were writing a paper in college, those of us who went before the internet, right? You used to cite the source in your paper, right? And you do annotation. Yeah. And you would cite it that way that that's proper. And that's fine. Look at the way that Wikipedia doesn't know they do no, follow it. But sometimes it's not necessary. They just cite the source. And you don't even have to hyperlink it. It doesn't have to be a hyperlink to be proper attribution because you're giving credit. And if you're not using the entire article, you're using a part of the article, maybe a paragraph, which is which in most cases is the proper use of that paragraph because you are citing the source and giving proper attribution without having to add even a nofollow link. So it depends on how you approach this, I would totally approach it. And I do from that standpoint when I have the keywords in that niche, and you'll find this.

I know, a lot of you guys are new at this, when you start getting heavy into entities, and you start using the Google's natural language processor, and you start using some of the online tools like Tex razor, to refine your content, so that you get the most relevant content on that page. Well, you'll get a list of words that you can use, and your writer has to be able to go in there and use those words in that content, so that you're also working with the natural language processor, and what Googlebot is looking for as far as entities on that page. So everything has to be related. Everything has to be relevant, not just content for the sake of content and for the sake of keywords. It has to all make sense at both the unstructured data level, which is content, written content. And the structured data level which is the schema. Google wants LD plus JSON. So when all that matches, and then you hit that with the power that's available through our SEO power shield, the thing that happened when you saw that guy in, in the Facebook in the free Facebook group, I think, where he got his dry site backlinks, he couldn't believe the result. I can't believe you guys control service this way. It's not that we control service is that we know what the bot is looking for a Wi-Fi, the bot constantly. That's it. And it doesn't have to be complicated like it's being made here. They're not mutually exclusive. Let me finish with that.

So I just wanted to demonstrate what I was talking about. So I just went to Google one for you know, for Tree Service stuff, which I do most, a lot of. It's like I just typed in a question How much does Tree Removal cost? Right? So here you go. Here are questions right here, people also ask. And if I click on any one of these, you'll see that it also starts to reveal additional questions for each time I click, it adds Three, two, or three more, right? And so you can go right through here. Now, if we scroll down to the bottom of the page, it's seeing my IP and knows that I'm in Culpepper, Virginia. So some of these may very well be most of these are likely not going to be competitors, but they possibly could be. But if you see right up the top here, it gives you some additional menus or items there. So I just clicked an ad, you know, to add California. And just because, again, you know, it doesn't matter where we're located. If you're, if you're just using it for topical relevancy, then I can click through here and start copying some of these questions and answers, the ones that are relevant, and pasting them into curated posts. Does that make sense? and cite the source. So again, just it's just like you could copy this right here, just like you see it here. And then paste that into a blog post. There you go. And then just make sure you're citing the original source. So again, that's a way you can start working as questions and answers into posts that are curated. Because that's a lot more. It's very efficient. It's really up to you how you want to structure your content production. I prefer the curated method just because that's what my team has been doing since really since 2000. I used to write the posts or curate posts myself until I realized how time-consuming that was going to be. And then I basically created content kingpin and started training virtual assistants, which it wasn't content kingpin at the time, it was training for virtual assistants, but then we turned it into a product because it works so well. So anyway, it was a great question, though. Thanks.

So the next one is from DC, SEO. He says, Hey, guys, no questions for me this week. I just want to issue an apology to MGYB for publicly questioning the keywords submitted for my shield. Okay, I remember this from a week or two ago. Anyways, he said it was totally my fault. I let my son watch what I was doing and how I work and because he saw that I was Using a couple of keyword tools, one of which happened to be keyword shitter, which I'm which almost never you normally use, he wanted to actually join in naturally as an 11-year-old, he took great interest in the name played around playing around with search terms I was using and I ended up uploading the wrong file. Oh, wow. So please accept my apologies. Apologies. One brain fart from me and everyone ended up with a headache. Well, no problem DC SEO and it's a that's big of you to come to say that on Hump Day Hangouts. So thank you. We appreciate that. Marco, do you want to comment on that?

No, thank you. Thank you. I mean, it's really good that someone first called us out publicly. And I didn't I really didn't know what he was talking about. It really surprised me that we would do something like this and I did say that we take care of it. But when we went to look, this is what we ran up against. And thank you, DC for coming back in and straightening things out and letting everyone know that it wasn't Mistake No, we do own up to our mistakes. By the way, it's as if we don't make mistakes. When we do, I just want everyone to know that that we make it right one way or the other.

Do You Think Google Lied About Their Documentation On SameAs Schema?

Okay, so the next one says, Hey, guys, according to Google's documentation, sameas schema support has been dropped around two years ago. Do you think they lied? and for what purpose? Yeah, Google lies all the time. Like, they're pathological liars. Google also said that guest post links don't work. Google also said that you know, building backlinks won't work. Google also said, I mean, we could go down a long laundry list of things that Google usually when Google tells you something doesn't work means do more of it. Guess Google lies to you all the time. Google lies to you. So yeah, that does mean that we could really move on to the next question. Marco, do you want to comment on that?

Yeah, I would just like to ask, like, how did they reference that same schema support has been dropped? Because we saw we see, and I see this all the time in the natural language processor, Google's own schema tool, right, that analyzes entities on written content, that it references, same as schema. And so how I can support be dropped for sameAs schema? If NAP is using the sameAs schema makes absolutely no sense. It just shows you. I mean, I love the link to that. If you haven't, just drop it in here or drop me a note in the free Facebook group. And I will take a look because I know and I can show that Google is using famous schema. Yeah, I've shown it by the way in heavy hitter club webinars. We've gone into the natural language processor. And we've shown how Google references entities through say that.

Yeah. And so I'm just going to finish reading the question. Yes, I still include sameas and sameas isn't just for local business schema. It's for an organization or corporation schema. So I use it all the time. And I absolutely use it. And I, you know, I always talk about the ones that use my main tier one entity assets, main social profiles. And then for local businesses, I always go look at whatever citations also or profiles or whatever show up for a business name search and Google Plus phone number. So I do whatever the business name is. And then also add the phone number in the same search query and hit, you know, search. And then I extract or pull all the URLs off the top two pages that show up in Google that are relevant to that business, which they should be when you do that type of the search. And I add those to sameas as well and it works. It works really well. So anyway, he says, I personally think they use reciprocal links for verification and possible ml as many social profile icons show up in the knowledge graph and search without any usage of sameas schema since the Yoast and other SEO plugins removed same as for that reason, do you think it is worth it to add that schema to the money site manually? Or to throw some plugin made from a Google's not Google's nonbeliever? Same as Meta Keywords? Yeah, again, I add schema, I'm even starting to use more of structured data for, you know, even like marking up blog posts and such. Because remember, structured data guys are code, it's specifically talking to the bot. So there's no reason not to use it in my opinion, you know, I still use my favorite tool for generating schema is this one. I've said this many times before, but you can just go to technicalSEO.com, and there are tools and they've got, you know, schema generator over on the left-hand sidebar. And this is what I use mainly, I even use Jeffrey Smith, SEO ultimate plugin or ultimate pro plugin on all the sites that I manage now, but I still use this tool right here to generate most of the structured data that we add to pages and posts and things like that because this is just what my team has been trained on. And there's really no reason not to use it. So but there are I mean, anything that you can mark up with structured data you can so when it comes to sameas if you can squeeze it into an organizational corporation or local business schema, why not? You know, it's not going to hurt. So and as Marco said it, yes, they still use it.

How Do You Deal With A Prospect Who Asks To Rank For The Same City And Niche Of An Existing Client?

Okay, Mohammad is up, he says, Hey, guys, there's this car dealer asking me for SEO services in a city where I always work with a dealer. How should I handle this? I don't know, trying to rank two businesses in the same niche in the same city as possible, both practically and morally? How would I rank both? Am I wrong? Do I turn them away? How would you respond to the inquiring client in this case? That's a good question. You know, I've had that issue only occur a couple of times. Typically, I won't, because it does create a kind of conflict even for me. So typically, I won't do it unless I am transparent about that. If that makes sense, and say well, let's see. You know, I've already got a client in this city. So yes, I can do SEO for you, I can't guarantee you that I'm going to, you know that you know, I'm not going to tell you that I'm going to push you above them, I will do equally as good for both of you. That's the only way I could see addressing it. I've turned work away though, because of that being an issue for me. So that's just, you know, my opinion. I know, others probably have other opinions as well. But the only way that I would do it is if that was disclosed, and they were made aware of it. And if they were ever agreed to it, it can proceed moving forward with you, then so be it. It's out in the open, there's nothing to hide and there's no moral or ethical, you know, problem there if that makes sense. But any opinions from you guys, how do you guys handle that stuff?

Yeah, I only take one client per niche person. Like I can't, because there's only one number one and my focus is entirely on making that one client. Number one, I cannot make two people number one. Someone is going to end up number two and not happy. Even when they knew ahead of time that you already had a client, they will be unhappy. I would say find someone who's really good Mohammed, recommend that person, and get a finder's fee. That's how I handle it. Sometimes I just hand them off to our mastermind members. Hey here, go close this guy. He's hot. But I can't take the lead. I can't. So to me that this is a matter of ethics. First of all right? If you don't tell the guy, then you can only make one person number one, even when you do, someone's going to be unhappy. To avoid that headache. And here's the funny thing.

I still have one of them as a client, but one of my first really good clients was a roofer and he was an identical he had an identical twin brother, who also owned a roofing contracting company. So there were two roofing contractors, identical twins. They lived in you know neighboring or adjacent counties, but they had the same service area. And it was funny as hell because I met the one guy and signed him on as a client. And within I don't know, two or three months he, you know, was bragging about me to his brother and his brother hired me his brand, but it was funny because when his brother contacted me, you know, he said, Yeah, my twin brother told me to contact you because you can, you know, you're good at SEO and blah, blah, blah. And it was funny as hell because they were, you know, it was 100% transparent. They both knew that they were using me for you know, for SEO, they hired me for SEO, but it was a fun relationship with them. Because every time one of them would move above the other one, I'd get a call from the one that got knocked down. He'd be like, why do you like him better than me, you know, and it was actually a lot of fun. One of the brothers ended up running into some financial issues at some point and he canceled services with me about a year ago really. And I still do some things for him, but it's he's not on a monthly reading. Like the other client is, but it was just it was a really fun kind of relationship dynamic between theme and those two identical twin brothers. But that's unique in that they were identical twin brothers and they weren't really, I mean, they were competing, but it was in a friendly way, versus like to, you know, businesses that don't know each other. So that's why I said the only way that I could see doing it would be if it was if you were transparent upfront and just said that you're going to work on both of them equally. And but as Marco said, somebody is always going to resent where they are. Whoever is not on top is going to always have resentment. So I agree, I would just turn it away.

What Tiered Syndication Network Is Beneficial To A YouTube Channel?

The next question is from Eric. He says, Hello, I'm interested in purchasing your syndication networks from my YouTube channel. I've watched the course SEO syndication network from Bradley Benner and I just wasn't sure what would be more beneficial for YouTube channel, the single Tier, or the multi-tier. Okay, that's a good question. Also, can you give me an idea of what results I could possibly have for my youtube channel using your syndication network? I know it will help with my search. results on Google, but will it help with my actual YouTube rankings?

And yes, Okay, so the first part of that question is what will work better for the YouTube channel a single Tier or multi-tier network? I always preferred using multi-tier networks for YouTube channels YouTube video for YouTube SEO best basically. Here's the thing though, guys, like just having one multi-tiered network is not going to I mean, it could I don't know what niche you're in or what keywords or difficulty level of you know, what type of competition you're facing or anything else. What really works well is to create the multi Tier or build you know, or purchase the multi-tiered network, and then powered upright and by the way, with YouTube guys, you can keep adding networks, right, you can keep adding tier one networks, multi-tiered networks, you can use the same channel to continue triggering. We never recommend that for blogs for blog syndication, but for YouTube syndication Honest to God, you could, you could put 15 multi-tiered or two-tiered syndication network. To one channel, you could go way beyond that it's unlimited. And you will get better results the more you have. However, it's not just the syndication network that provides the results. It's also powering it up. So that's link building, you can do embed, embed gigs as well to the syndication network properties, or link building to the syndication network properties. That way you can power them up so that each time you upload a video and it syndicates out across the network, that they're, you know, being syndicated to profiles that have been built up with a lot of inbound links if that makes sense. So, it really depends on what your budget is and how aggressive you want to be. But you know, start in my opinion, my recommendation would be to start with one syndication one multi-tiered syndication network, start seeding that network with content from your YouTube channel. So in other words, start syndicating content from your YouTube channel. Also, look into YouTube SEO. Sorry, YouTube Silo Academy. I think we still sell that.

We don't know what we sell we suck at the market. Yeah, I don't know if that product still up or not, but it should be and if not, it's in one of our bonus sites. For sure. It's like a $7 product or at least it was, but YouTube dot silo Academy. It's like I said, it teaches you how to silo YouTube channels with playlists. So that's very important to so what I'm getting at is start seeding that first network with content, then you can start building links to that network go to what I would recommend and see what type of results you're getting. If you need more than you can either continue to power up the existing network because it now seasoned it's a little bit more aged, you started to build authority to it through link building. And you can always add on additional networks as needed. So you can add an on another single, single Tier or multi-tiered network and then keep adding up and then subsequently start powering those up as well. So, again, I always prefer it for YouTube, like when I was doing a shit ton of YouTube SEO, which I don't so much anymore because I do a lot of YouTube ads, so Google ads for YouTube. But when I was doing a lot of YouTube SEO that I would usually start off with three or four multi-tiered networks for any new YouTube channel project that I was working on, because I just liked having that massive amount of power right off the bat. Okay.

Can you give me an idea of what results I could possibly have for my youtube channel using syndication networks? Well, again, it's an SEO tactic more than anything. But engagement is super important for ranking YouTube videos more so on YouTube than in Google, but also in Google as well. YouTube's algorithm is more about engagement than it is Seo signals. Google is still very much, you know, it's still heavily weighted towards SEO signals. So it depends on where you're really trying to rank. If whatever your videos are, if the type of content is more suited for YouTube rankings, then I would recommend that you buy engagement signals, which means traffic from Google again. using YouTube ads, we have a training course on how to do that specifically to, because that's going to help you to rank in YouTube way better. So it depends on what you're where you're trying to rank. Is it Google, or is it YouTube? Or is it both? If it's both, then syndication networks, backlinks embeds, that's what's going to work for the SEO side of things, right. So ranking in Google, if you want to rank on YouTube, SEO signals have play a part there's no question, but also engagement signals are weighted heavily on YouTube. And you can buy engagement signals from Google. Don't buy fake views from other you know, from YouTube view providers don't do that. Don't buy fake comments, and fake likes, and all that shit. Google's algo, or YouTube's algorithms got really good at figuring that stuff out. Just go buy traffic from a relevant audience source inside of Google ads. It's very, very inexpensive. And those engagement signals will help it to rank in YouTube. Okay. Could it help my videos to go viral with YouTube? Thank you for you. Well, now, I mean, it could if remember If you rank at the top of search results, going viral typically aren't from a search result, though, right? going viral is from people sharing it. So if you've got good video content, that's what's going to make it go viral. You know, typically, I mean, again, I'm not saying it can't happen, but it's that typically content goes viral because people see it, they, they start sharing it, and that one person shares it to one person that shares it to three people, those three people shared three people in there There goes, right. So But yeah, I mean, again, I would recommend buying engagement signals if that's the case, which when I say that, I mean using YouTube ads to buy traffic. Okay. All right.

How To Use The SEO Shield To An eCom Site With No Physical Address?

He says, DC SEO says I lied about not having a question. I'm assuming the RYS expansion is the extension needed to target other key search terms? And it's added to my SEO showed? Yes, you got it. Also, what's the best way to approach an e-commerce site with no physical address with regards to the shield? That's a question for you Marco.

You know, need a physical address. Unless this is a local project, and if it's eCommerce, it shouldn't be hyperlocal, you're looking for something that's national, or global. I've always said the approaches if you're local, it's local. It's brand plus a keyword, plus location or brand plus location, press keyword, however you want to do that. That's how you brand you relate everything to your brand and to the location where your brand is. If it's not, then it's brand plus keyword Association. That's the only difference. And so how you approach that is you build that your brand, that's your entity. So let's put it this way. A physical address is part of a local entity, but it's not necessarily a part of a global entity unless you want to set the corporate headquarters somewhere to give it just a little bit more validity. Right. Amazon has a corporate headquarters. So Apple says Google, whatever. Yeah, and you know exactly where those are. So if you want to kind of fake it till you make it You would do something like that you can set a post office box with a street address as your corporate address, nothing stops you from doing that. Nothing stops you from faking the address, although eventually, you'll have to clean that up and imagine having to go back in and having to clean up that that fake address. That's a mess in and of itself. But just for this purpose, you can go and get an SEO shield and an expansion stack without a physical address. There you go.

Is There An Automated Way In Getting The Links Of A Newly Syndicated Post?

Alright, Olaf sub says, Is there any automated way to get the links of a newly syndicated post to send them in for link building? What do I have to get them manually from each platform? Yeah. Okay. That's a great question. You know, yes, you can set up like Zapier, or if you go set up a Zapier, for example, where you submit the RSS feeds of the blog properties and your syndication networks that will feed the new post URL into a Google Sheet. Right, Think about that. So now you've got one Google sheet. In fact, you could even set different tabs, right? So on the sheet, right, so you can so that the Google g sheet, you can set different sheets or tabs, whatever you want to call them on that sheet and use that same sheet for, you know, blogger, Tumblr, WordPress, and I'm just using those three because those are the three main blogs that we use within the syndication networks. So my point is, you can take the blogger RSS URL, create a zap in Zapier, where that's the trigger any new post write any new feed item, then push that new Feed URL or excuse me, that post URL into a Google Sheet and the first tab in the sheet being blogger, the second one being Tumblr, the third one being WordPress, if you needed to separate them for whatever reason, you could do it that way. And now you've got you, you know, spreadsheet, excuse me with the links. You can even have the post titles pushed through, you know, you can pick and choose which data you want to push from the RSS feed into the sheet. But now you've got a Google Sheet that you can use to very quickly extract URLs that to paste in for link building. purposes, you could even make that, you know, you could even link build to the Google Sheet for that matter. So there's a ton of things that you can do with that with Zapier. So yes, you can absolutely automate that. Okay, it's a great question, by the way.

Why Does The RSS Of Other Authority Channels Be Changed Frequently When Submitting The Super Feed?

BB's up what's up, BB. He says, Hey, guys, what do you Why do you want for the RSS, of the other authority channels to be changed frequently when submitting the super feed? I'm not sure I understand that question. I really don't understand that question. If you can clarify that. I'll come back. I'll try to answer the second part unless it's dependent on the first he says number two because there is a minimum of text length of 300 words in each page post submitted. I wonder if words inside a blockquote tag, which is basically words from another site will be considered or counted in articles texts like yes. If it's it's text on the page, it's counted as you know, it's still counted as text. It doesn't matter whether there's a blockquote or not, it's still counted. It's still adding relevancy to the page via text.

So yeah, if you were taking, like a screenshot of text and inserting the screenshot, then maybe no, but Google can even read images now from what I understand. So it might even count towards that. Maybe not text length, but the relevancy anyway. So my point is, yeah, if you're adding text and block quotes is not going to make any difference. It's still adding to the article's text link. This is what content kingpin relies on to simplify the question, let's say an article has 250 words. And if adding a quote with 50 words will account for 300 words in the article, yes, yes, it will. And don't get caught up in Article length. I mean, I wouldn't suggest anything less than 300. But again, with curated post guys, you shouldn't have a problem being able to create you know, 565 to 600 words 1000 word posts, because it's, you know, you can curate several pieces of content into one article, right one curated posts, and in all that you have to do or your blogger curator, right, which is what I call blogger. Now, all they have to do is, you know, an opening paragraph, which could be a sentence or two really just explaining what the idea of the post is going to be, then curated content to support the idea of the post with just a little snippet of commentary, right, so the author of the post, the publisher of the post, creating a little bit of adding a little bit of content in between the curated pieces within the content, and then a conclusion, which could just be a sentence, which is typically a call to action, right? And that's your opportunity to link to an internal page on the site. That makes sense. So again, you can make longer-form content, which I recommend using curated content, where you really only have to write you know, a couple or your blogger only has to really write a couple of hundred words, and you end up with a long-form long form post that makes sense. So it's about adding relevancy using other people's content. That's the point. That's the whole point of curating content, guys.

What Should You Do With A Side Business Website?

Alright, Fit'z up. Good day, gents. Thanks for this forum to get real-world answers that work. You're welcome, Fitz. As always he says I have a client that wants to know what to do with the side business website. The market has atrophied because of COVID but he expects the market to come back. How can he mothball his site to weather these times but not lose rankings and have to work twice as hard when things bounce back? How would he sell the leads? How would he sell the leads to some online platforms that would benefit from customers like his but they are in different markets? I'm not sure about the second part of that question. As far as how to mothball his site, I like that term. You know, in SEO, one of the best things that you can do because typically once something ranks and you know using that method, it sticks for years and years and years. We're running out of time, but I could show the Virginia SEO agency, g site that that keyword still ranking some of the other keywords dropped a couple of spots, it took five years for them to move it all down at all. But I specifically targeted Virginia SEO agency with that particular keyword in one press release blast a few weeks ago when I noticed that the G site for you know for for for those different terms that I usually use as an example started to slip a little bit after five years are not budging. So I targeted Virginia SEO agency with an anchor text link with that keyword Virginia SEO agency with press releases and it brought that keyword back to number one. So that's what I'm saying is if you use the SEO shield, you've powered up that site, it's ranking well the entity is strong I'm sure Marco will comment on this, then it takes a lot to move it guys. So that's what I would do. I can't really answer the second part of your question because I'm not sure what you mean.

But Marco, do you want to take a stab at that?

Yeah, I don't understand that second part there. How could he sell the leads to an online platform that would benefit from customers like is but in a different market? I mean, you can sell it online. platforms that handle different leads from different niches right? There are those ring partner being one of them, right? Yeah, yeah. Yeah, you're not gonna get paid much but at least someone will be handling those leads and potentially make money leaving something in mothballs and untouched if everyone else so this is where all things being equal if everyone else is leaving there's mothballed and untouched, that there's a reason for his website rankings to move. But if there's someone actively engaging the niche, then it's likely that you will drop I mean, it took five years for Virginia SEO agency to drop but that was getting other signals that we're getting people to come in. So this is this was ranking it was ranked number one it was getting people to come in and contact Bradley they did actually fill out the contact form. That's a very important signal and it would get these on a steady on a stage. basis. Now what people have done is like the people like clutch SEO and a few others. They've also been at this and they've been at this really hard and they've been coming at this keyword for years for you to try to take Bradley. Bradley hasn't been doing any work to it notice. None. And these guys are just 14. So it just goes to show that if you mothball it, eventually, activity, relevance trust, and authority is going to come in and take over and the activity part of it is going to take you down because there is none. With your project. That's the only thing I would warn against. But definitely do everything else that's available to you and stick it there as hard as possible. It gets mothballed. Fine. The people are still coming in and you're selling the leads. I mean that that's all that you can do. Right. I don't see anything else that I can recommend regarding this.

Yeah, I was just looking to see if that I did one press release. I don't know three weeks ago now maybe a month ago. Now spend a plate to push that and I use that Virginia SEO agency has keyword anchor I wouldn't recommend doing that to a money site guys, but this was to a G site. So all the press releases got published had Virginia SEO anchor text link pointing back to the G site. And that pushed it boom right back up to number one. And that that press release isn't even showing in the news, you know, Google News anymore. So that's interesting, but it's still pushing that keyword back to number one with one press release. So yeah, but and again, as Marco said I hadn't touched that in five years hadn't done a damn thing to it and that's honest to God's truth. And then it started to slip a few weeks ago finally after five years and I pushed that one keyword backup with one press release, believe it or not, again, that's a Google site, I wouldn't recommend doing that to your money site.

Without it at work. When Bradley and I talked about this, I told him do it do a PR stack. And and and go after the terms like Virginia SEO, SEO, Virginia, and push it all backup. Don't just do one. Yeah, we haven't accounted for that. Let's get a Press advantage to push it up or get ready to build links to it.

Yeah, no, I do it. It doesn't work. What would you do that?

Alright, so I got a couple more questions I'd like to get through these next three really quick because and we've only got a few minutes left but two of them are really related to press release stuff that we've been talking about a lot today for some reason, and whatever you want to try whatever you do, don't click on that bottom link.

Okay. Yeah, you're gonna see my fat face.

That's two Bradley's ago.

Yeah, that was a long time ago, man. A lot bigger than anyways, go that you guys have a good laugh from that.

Do You Link The Same Money Site Page or Post You're Trying To Rank More Than Once?

Anyways, Nathan says do you link to money site page posts that you're trying to rank on every press release? You do? Do you ever link to the same money site page post, you're trying to rank more than once? Yeah, but typically, again, if you go back to what I was talking about earlier, and go watch this webinar that we did. It's on our YouTube channel, guys. It's free. Go watch Press Release SEO and PR stacking, just go search for it, you'll find it. Watch that. Okay, because that is the method that I use, which we'll say is a perfect segue into the question down hereby to Shar, he says Bradley, you may have answered this post, but just make sure it's okay to point multiple press releases at your blog on the money site. For example, if I write four blog posts every month, can I do a press release for each blog post that is also linking to that blog post? I'm worried at what point does it become spammy? That is exactly what I'm talking about. Okay, so remember guys, with the syndication networks, the strategy that we talked about is content marketing from your blog, right? That so you publish content that's the route and within, you know, place it within silos, so you publish posts within silos, and then your internal linking within every single post supporting article that you're going to publish within a silo. You're going to be linking back up to your top of silo right your silo landing page, or daisy-chaining to the next, the previous post in your in the silo, whatever. However, your internal Linking within your silo. The point is, you're probably publishing a press release with an internal link to what you're trying to rank on your site. Right. So it's an inter it's an internal page or post on your site that you're trying to rank. So each post that you publish is going to contain a link to that, then that's going to syndicate out across your syndication network. Okay. Then I publish. Again, my blog is not like some of my clients get, you know, three posts per week, but they're only paying for one press release per week. So one of those blog posts per week, we'll get a public press release that is essentially promoting or highlighting showcasing the blog, one of the blog posts. Does that make sense? And the press release links to the blog post. So the blog post URL, does that make sense? So my point is, you're pushing power from the press releases to the blog post. The blog post contains the link back up to the page that I'm trying to rank so you're pushing juice in from the press releases to a blog post, which is one press release. That's published for one blog post. So the next time you publish a blog post, it's a different URL. It's a different deep link on your site that you're linking to from the press release. Do I sometimes link to the same page perhaps with more than one press release?

Yeah, but not often, because I like the deep linking strategy that I just described. And again, it's, you can see exactly what I'm talking about in that webinar there. And that just tends to work really well again, because guys, think about this. If you're siloing blog posts together. You can also publish a GMB post if it's for a local project that is linking to the blog post right and just grab a snippet of content from your blog post and use that as the text for your GMB posts use the same featured image, right so you're mirroring your blog post silo structure in your GMB posts. Then you do the same thing with press releases, publish a press release for every blog post, or for as many as you can afford. That makes sense, however aggressive you want to be. And the press release writers are going to write about the blog post, they're going to link to the blog post if that's the target URL you provide. I also like to usually provide another tier-one entity asset URL. But you can also remember you can, you can tear that. My point is guys think about this. If you're stacking, you're doing a silo linking and stacking your content and your silos on your blog. You can mirror that in your GMB posts. You can also mirror that in press releases, right. So if you're linking from the press release to the blog post that the press releases highlighting, you can also link back to the previous press release and that same silo again, that's a press release silo. So you're mirroring the same sort of structure in your blog. GMB, by the way, you don't have to have a GMB. I'm just saying for doing local, you can also do it there. You should also do it there and also in your press releases. So that way, you're not hammering the same URL over and over and over again, you're hammering the same URL over and over and over again from your blog with an internal link, which I would recommend varying the types of links within your blog post write different keywords. ads, naked URLs, all that kind of stuff. But you're pushing links into different parts of your site through the press releases and or the GMB posts. And then you're siloing those press releases as well. Does that make sense? Okay, guys get that again, just go watch this webinar. And it will make perfect sense to you. And it's super, super powerful guys. And that's a free webinar.

Okay. And if everything is linked correctly, and the way that it's supposed to juice is going to flow anyway. And that's the one thing that I know Nathan is in our mastermind. So he knows exactly what I'm talking about. Everything is interlinked the way that it's supposed to, to accrue PageRank to accrue ranking score, that you don't need to insert, press releases or any other type of link building into the same page time after time after time. You can build it in other places, and everything from that link building will benefit everything in that stream will benefit from it if you've done it the way that you're taught. And if you Go and do it your way that's up to you, but we teach you the right way.

How Do You Set The Images In A Google Image Search Carousel?

Alright, so the last one, it's five o'clock, so I got to wrap it up guys, but I want to answer Jonathan's cuz I kind of skipped over it. Jonathan says image SEO question. I have a search query. I have a search query that has a first and last name with the only SERP feature being an image carousel. How would you go about getting the images you want to show in the carousel? Thank you. Okay, well, I've been able to comment, first of all, optimize the images. So alt text, meta metadata, and stuff that you can optimize the images that you want. Also, make sure that you can build links to images, guys think about that. There's a number of ways that you can do that. So you can build links directly to your images. Now, I wouldn't buy spam links to like the image URL hosted on your money site. But if you can publish that same image in one of your entity assets, and then hammer that, you know, image file URL on that in one of your entity assets, with backlinks that'll help it to rank as well. And I'm sure Marco has got a few tricks to help you with that too.

No, no, it's not trick tricks. We just see it from the SEO shield. Because we're mirroring everything we're including the same images. When that gets links into it, it powers everything up. Land solutions network has a bunch of its own images in the image carousel. When you look at the brand. We do a brand search for Nat solutions that were good has it the image carousel, it has the video carousel doing it and if there's a cheap GMB, adding images in the GMB will benefit, right from the link building everything else that you do to the GMB if you're stacking your posts the way that you're supposed to. If you're interlinking, the post the way that it's that is taught in local GMB Pro, then all of that is going to benefit from everything that you do. The whole point is that you do it correctly from the start. So you're not cutting off the link juice at any point in the process.

And here's what one trick, and then we're gonna wrap it up guys, we can close it down. But if you're using press releases, we've talked a lot about press releases today. So I feel like it's only fitting that I bring this up. Again, through mygb, it's going to be distributed through Press Advantage, you're going to it's going to be first published on the Press Advantage domain through the organization page that will set up for if you don't already have it if you have your own subscription, and you'll know what I'm talking about, you get an organization page, publish a press release, include an image in the press release, because that's super powerful in itself, press release images often will rank in those image carousels, okay, because they're republished on so many media sites, make sure that the file name is optimized when you upload it to breast advantage or give it submit it to us. Then if you have your own Press Advantage subscription, you can add your own image, you know, all tags to it, which again, you can squeeze keywords like the name, in this case, the first and last name, that kind of stuff. Then once it's been published, if you look at the HTML code of the press release that's been published on the Press Advantage domain. You get the image file URL. Now you can take that and you can hammer that with backlinks. And that'll help that to rank in the carousel I know because I've done it. So anyway, you can also, by the way, if it's if it was for a local project, you can do something similar with images that are hosted on Yelp, for example, you can hammer and also Google Google Maps. If you upload images to a Google Maps profile, GMB profile when you go to view that in maps, you can extract the URL of that image from the address bar of your browser, and you can hammer that with links and that will help that to rank as well. So I think I gave away a lot there. Alright. Thanks, everybody for being here. We'll see you guys next week. Thanks, Marco for sticking around.

Bye, everyone.

How Do You Respond To Someone Who Wants To Know How You Get SEO Results?

By April


In episode 286 of Semantic Mastery's weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one viewer asked how to respond to someone who wants to know how to get SEO results.

The exact question was:

2) Hey guys, what's the proper response when someone (be it a client or another SEO) wants to know how I get results? I don't want to mention RYS, ID, and other secrets of the Battleplan. My strategy so far has been to show them past successes and leave it at that, but my downfall is when charge for the DFY services and they ask what the money is for. How can I better my approach?

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Any Tips On How To Improve Web Search Activity Of An eCommerce Site?

By April


In episode 286 of our weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked about tips on how to improve the web search activity of an ecommerce site.

The exact question was:

Hey guys, I have an ecommerce store that's been live for about 3 weeks now. I've been sending traffic from Facebook, but I also ordered a Power Shield for the store. I've noticed there's still zero action on Google in Webmaster Tools, even though the site is indexed. It has absolutely no impressions. Am I just impatient? I've only been in local SEO until now, so maybe I've come to expect a faster start. My syndication network is done, and the RYS got delivered today, so maybe it's a matter of time.

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Advice On Running Ads For Lawyer Lead Gen Videos

By April


In Hump Day Hangouts episode 285, one participant asked some advice on running ads for lawyer lead gen videos.

The exact question was:

(If this isn't the right forum for this question please direct me to the appropriate place) I purchased your YouTube Ads training being a complete novice ads. (Fantastic course BTW). Any advice on running ads for lawyer lea gen videos? For example, how would you go about putting ads in front of people who need a divorce attorney? Since Google doesn't allow negative life event targeting I couldn't see an obvious way to target their audience like you did in the training with the niche you used.

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Is A Meta Refresh/Redirect Considered A Backlink?

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In episode 285 of our weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one viewer asked if a meta refresh/redirect is considered a backlink.

The exact question was:

4) Does meta refresh/redirect is considered a backlink?

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Example Of A Complex Silo

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In episode 285 of Semantic Mastery's weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked the team to show an example of a complex silo.

The exact question was:

3) Can you show example when it is necessary to use complex silo?

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Should You Assign SameAs Attribute To The Branded Properties?

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In episode 285 of our weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one viewer asked if you should assign sameAs attribute to the branded properties.

The exact question was:

2) Should the branded properties have SameAs attribute like the money site?

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Weekly Digital Marketing Q&A – Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 292

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Click on the video above to watch Episode 292 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 https://semanticmastery.com/humpday.



Hey, we're live. Hey everybody. Welcome to Hump Day hangouts where we talk about how close we are to Episode 300. But we're not there yet. We're at Episode 292. Today is the 17th of June 2020. We got everybody here. We got a bunch of questions to go through. And we got a couple of quick announcements real quick. As usual, we're going to take a minute Say hello to everybody and then we'll jump into it. So if you are here to get your digital marketing SEO questions answered, you're in the right place. And we're going to get to that in just a second. So I'm going to start

we'll go counterclockwise today, Bradley, how are you doing? What's uh, how's life going for you in Virginia today? Good. It's gonna be a monsoon for like the next five days though. And I just had my daughter this was supposed to be our vacation week, like family vacation week, but because everything you know COVID-19 our travel plans to meet up with family and everything were canceled. So it's kind of a staycation. So I had my daughter from Friday until today and it was nice having her around and

Fortunately, she's gone now. So it's like, you know, I'm going to experience empty nest syndrome for the next few days. But it was nice man. It was a good five days to spend with her. And so I'm refreshed and ready to ready to bang out some work now. So sounds good. Well, hopefully, you're ready to answer some questions. But before we get to dive into that, Hernan, how are you doing today?

Whoops, I was doing I'm doing good, man. I'm just wondering about that thing that you have on the back. That little shiny metal thing? I don't know.

Man, can you show me? Yeah, let me Gosh, I just it's just been sitting back there in the back collecting me. Let's see, what do we got? We got my name and her dog's name and I think it says Semantic Mastery and something about click funnels and the two comma club award So yeah, I thought Whoo. Good job, guys. It's like a million bro.

Yeah. So I'm good, man. I'm excited. I'm excited.

Good, sounds really good. Yeah. Marco. How about yourself besides the flexing? Are you blinded by the light? Nice?

blind. I can't help it. I can't help it. I can't help it. I just have so to get my arms to stretch Marco's doing the 100 pushups a day challenge and I'm also feeling that so I need to do some stretching.

I actually I felt bad yesterday so I'm not that an extra 50 because I couldn't do the hundred in one shot because I tried the 5050 and then to punish myself I did another 50, for not being it so I'm going to get to 100 quicker than I would otherwise and I just keep punishing myself I'll go and do

four sets of 50 today oh my goodness keep punishing myself. Well does anyone not with this post on?

Oh God, because if I can do this shit cuz I got a bone spur my neck

and I got three compressed this in my lower back

So the pain that I go through just to do that, I don't. I don't even want to think about it because I've never dropped again. Right? But if I can do it, guys, come on, do the challenge. Tell them I don't tell them what it is. Yeah, for those of you who aren't friends with me on Facebook, that's probably good for you, but you might not see my post. So actually, my wife was like, I'm gonna do 100 squats a day and I'm gonna see if people want to, you know, join me I was like, Alright, like, tag me in that. I'll do 100 pushups a day if you do 100 squats a day. So we got a handful of people I know Marco is doing it. Rob's doing it. We got some other people doing I think Scott Walker, who was a hump day Hangout, enthusiastic, Semantic Mastery subscriber is doing was it crutches or some sort of ab workout? We got people doing all sorts of stuff. So you're not too late. We just started if you want to make it up or start the 30 days now just pick something and do it. So yeah.

Good stuff. Well, Chris, how are you doing today? Yeah, doing good. I will not join your 30 Day Challenge. I prefer to hit the gym and as well as bulk up on cherries, raspberries strawberries, because like it's harvesting season for all those things here. Gotcha. Yeah. Jerry, so I was like, bulk up like Yeah, but that's like the bulking up you usually do.

That's too sweet for me. Like it wasn't like the calories and one of those beneficiaries like, Man, you can eat a really good steak instead. Fair enough. Well or drink a really good beer.

That's what I prefer. That's a really good beer to be equal to A Ben and Jerry's. And Jerry's packs a punch man that's got some calories, maybe like a triple IPA or something. Oh, yeah. Imperial IPA, something like that. Yeah. Well, while we're on the subject of beer for those of you who are interested or have heard about kofu Live, just wanted to put this out there tickets. The new tickets are not for sale yet. They will be going up shortly and there will be an opportunity for you to join us for a happy hour, as well as an opportunity to do a virtual beer tasting with real beer shipped directly to your door.

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Apparently my door didn't like being caught like that. So keep your eyes and ears tuned for that one. As soon as we get that setup, we're working with a company that's going to do a virtual tour for VIP ticket holders as well as shipping beer and some snacks directly to your door. So it's gonna be some good stuff.

When we were discussing what to do for the VIP event, Adam put on the list. No virtual beer tasting and I was like you had me at that was like, it's decided I had a pretty weak follow-up. The next one was like a virtual museum tour and, like booths.

Stage, we're gonna have some more information about that, you guys, but we're really excited. We're going to be able to continue with poker live, obviously, it's gonna be Boku virtual live. We're still gonna have time for q&a. We're still gonna have some personal interaction in there, as well as case studies and we're lining up the guests.

Right now, and we're getting really excited about telling you guys some more about that. So keep your eyes and ears open for that. mg y v.co. If you haven't been there yet, right after Hump Day Hangouts, go over to empty y v.co. Check out all the done for you services available. There are waves, drive stacks, SEO, shield, syndication, networks, link building all sorts of good stuff. And speaking of the SEO shield, we have a real short flash sale going on. Let me pull it up, I'll put it on the page for everyone. But there's a 25% off sale going on all the SEO shield versions you can get and you just have to use the coupon code vegies 25. Because today is eat your veggies day. So we figured we'd be nice and instead of giving you or veggies or making eat your veggies worse, they give you a discount on the ICF scope. So other than that, I think that's about it for today, guys, is there anything else we need to let them know about?

I don't think so. I'm good. All right. Let's do it. Alright, grab the screen and we'll get right into it. We got a bunch of good questions already. So

Let's do it.

Is There A Fast Way of Removing 404 Pages From Google's Index?

Okay, you guys are seeing my screen, correct? Yeah. All right. So it looks like we're gonna start with Chef. He says, Is there a way to speed up Google removing 404 pages from his index? The only way I know how to do it is to run the URLs, the four or four URLs through an indexer or to submit the through and I haven't tried that in a while. But to submit them to search console, it just gets Google to come to crawl them again. Well, the four or four error URLs, you mean if they're indexed? I don't know. Actually, I don't know that. If you were trying to reach set up redirects and things like that instead, then you have been crawled the old URL if it's redirected. So for example, if you've got a WordPress site, it's through a bunch of four or four errors for some reason or another. And use something like you know, a redirect plugin that redirects all four or four pages back to like the home page, for example, then you could submit a list of those four or four URLs to have to recrawl or send them through a link indexer and if gets the Googlebot to come to crawl them. And it redirects back to, you know, a target URL. So it basically tells Google This is no longer a 404 error. That makes sense. But that was if you were using some sort of redirect plugin, does anybody have any idea how to get the Google cache to update faster? No, it's gonna clear whenever it clears. I mean, that's just the way it is. Yeah, there are things that you could do to get Google to crawl your website or try to recrawl the website. But I mean that you do that through search console.

Should We Send Links To The ID Page Loop Page?

So the next question, should we send links to our ID page loop page? So yes, your ID page? Absolutely. Uh, we, you know, I certainly do, you can use embeds and or link building to that.

Do You Have Plan Of Combining SEO Power Shield With The RYS + Twitter SEO Profile + Multitier Tier Syndication Network?

So next is number one, do you plan to have an SEO power shield ultimate that combines the 347 packages of RYS Twitter SEO profile plus the 276 multi-tier syndication network? Not that I'm aware of. I mean, you could piece those together if you wanted to, you could order a to a two-tiered syndication network and then just add that into your build your when you submit your target URL list for the SEO PowerShell build. So you could do it that way. I don't, I don't know if there's enough of a demand for that, because you're the first person that's asked for it. For us to create a separate package for it. Maybe if we had enough demand for it. What do you think?

No, I think I mean, we usually take care of people's right to support and ask what you want, and maybe, you know, we'll include a coupon or something. Yeah.

I mean, we already do. Yeah, it's a lesson but we're not going to create an entirely new product for one person. But we can't work with this one of requests, and see if we can put it together for how or how we would put it together or if even, but we can take a look.

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What Is The Team Building Service In The Dashboard?

So the second part or second question is what's the team-building service that I saw on the dashboard occasionally when we go into hiring, you know when we have to hire a virtual assistant for a new position or to add to our existing team or whatever. Then we go through our hiring process where we use hiring funnels in the same process that we teach in outsource kingpin that, you know, it's the same process that we teach in that product on how to set up hiring funnels and all that kind of stuff. for hiring virtual assistants, it kind of automates about 90% of the hiring process. And only at you end up with only the candidates that at the to the interview process, only candidates that are highly qualified, right, that have proven to have to be able to follow directions and to do everything that you instructed them to do. So it works really, really well. So when we have to hire, we run the same exact system and we usually end up with multiple qualified candidates for the position, but we usually only end up needing one or two at a time. So we have additional qualified cameras that are available for others to hire, since they already went through our application process, and proved to be worthy if that makes sense. So sometimes when we have an overflow, we offer that, you know, the pre-qualified or screen pre-screen candidates for others to hire. But it's not all that it just depends on you know, whether we have that available or not. So sometimes it's available sometimes it's not. It's a good question. It's, it's not available right now. That's correct.

Is It Safe To Use The Link Building Service To A Bunch Of MGYB Shortened Links That Redirect To The Money Site?

Okay, so Matthews up, he says, Is it safe to order mgyb link building to a bunch of mgyb.co shortened links, which redirect to the money site pages. Now, what is the best g site instead? that yes, you if you're linking if you're building links to redirect URLs that link to your money site, that just redirect to your money site, you're essentially building links directly to your money site. That's not what we teach. So that's what the drive stack in the to shield for is for the G site, the syndication network, all your tier one, entity assets, your ID, ID, page, looper, your ID page, all of those things are stuff that you can use as targets, but not your money site directly. A redirect is still if the destination of the redirect is your money site, then it's essentially building links directly to your money site. And we do not recommend that. We build all those for you in the dry second t site. we shorten everything with our shortener. And we will include that in the spreadsheet, right that gets that also gets iframe By the way, on the G site. So you'll have all that you don't even have to do all that you can just get all that from us. Like I don't know why you'd go through all that trouble unless you have the redirect, right that the monthly redirect service which we do offer, in which case you would go and use all those redirects, but you still point them to something other than your money site because under no circumstances that we recommend link building to your money site right.

What Is The Ideal Number of Posts To The GMB Post Per Week?

Okay, so Jeff is up. Jeff says, Hey guys, thanks as always for delivering great information on a regular basis. You're welcome, Jeff. He says, with regards to GMB posting, what are the numbers shown with regards to the number of posts per week as posting daily shown to increase views, calls, etc versus posting once or twice a week? Thanks and have a great week. It depends on the industry. And its short answer is yes, more equals better, typically, and almost every project or campaign that manages more GMB posts leads to better results. So but you know, there I guess there can be a point of diminishing return. Right? And that I don't know what that is, because I know that more equals better to the extent that I've tried it. For most clients, you know, if they're open seven days a week, then we do we post at least once a day, so you know, one post per day, seven days a week. Some clients are only open Monday through Friday, so we just post Monday through Friday, but some clients we post to twice a day, Monday through Friday, you know, so it just it really depends on what the client is paying for how aggressive they want to be what their budget is. But I found that more equals better. But that's probably not always the case in every situation. But you know, what do you say Marco? And this is really interesting. And it's totally it depends. Because I have a client who just like I can't produce the content because it's legal. And the client is like, it's almost like pulling teeth to get them to give me like the content the for the post. So they only do so we only ended up doing like two or three per month. Now, that one has almost 700 posts views, like as of today, even though we're only doing like two or three per month, which is ridiculous.

You shouldn't get you shouldn't be getting that kind of action in the legal niche. And I have another one in the luxury niche who posts regularly and I mean, sometimes during the weekend two or three times because that's the busiest time. And that one is that like 1000 views for the posts for the week, I'm talking about the week. So it's interesting how old posts if you set this up correctly if you silo them if you do everything that we teach you to do, even the old posts will get views because I'm seeing thousands of views on the attorneys post the old ones. And I'm also seeing thousands of views on this other client in this luxury niche, and they're not related, the posting is in no way related. The only thing that's related in any of this is the way that we do it the way that we stack them and loop them. And then the way that we shoot press releases into them, but that that again, that's a local GMB pro method right? where we teach, we teach the stack, we teach the PR stacking, we teach the link building into all of this, how to do the videos and then the images and make sure that they're relevant. Make sure that they come from the place that and I have a client that's really good about posting images from

They're and about the product that he does. I'll go back to this luxury niche. He's really good about all that. And it gets just tons of action. But here you go, one guy's barely posting, the other guy's posting as often as possible. And they're both getting fantastic results. And the only thing that I can attribute that to is the fact that they're silo, and the fact that they're stacked, and the fact that they're looped, and so is everything behind it.

There you go.

Will It Be Easy To Create A Silo Using Deep Keyword Package?

So the next question is from Ben jam, or Benjamin or, Ben, I'm gonna call him Ben. He says, Hey, guys, for some reason, I have always been baffled by siloing a site. After watching a few tutorial videos, you created Bradley in the SM YouTube channel. It seems breathtakingly simple. Already, yeah, you know, silos can be overcomplicated very easily, especially using the complex silo structure and that's what you know, I've talked about many times, it's why I prefer to try to use the simple silo structure, which is just a category and post hierarchy, so there are only two levels of depth to any type of, you know, to the category structure that within the site. You know, a complex silo structure has three levels, right, because you have a parent page, parent category, child page subcategory, then you have posted, and it can, it can create some very tricky situations, especially with local projects where you are trying to duplicate locations for like, for example for like a service area business, okay, so a service area business that has, you know, the same two services, but they cover multiple locations to try to build the location silos into topical silos is difficult if you're using the traditional silo method, you know, with categories and the complex silo structure or vice versa building topical silos or service-based silos within location silos. Again, it creates some very tricky things that happened with the URL structure was slugs, because of dupa. You know, having duplicate slugs, it's so anyways, my point in telling you all of that is that I prefer to use the simple silo method as much as possible. Because it is much again, just as the name connotes. It's, it's simple, it's a lot easier to manage, it's easier to build and it's easier to manage. So it subsequently when you add additional silos, or what you call like a bolt-on silo, it's, it's also a lot easier to manage when you have a simple silo structure. So yes, it can be incredibly complicated, or it can be incredibly simple. It really depends on how you lay it out up front, which I think is very important. So to carry on, he says, so to us, he says, I ordered a deep keyword package, as I mentioned, it had keywords listed in the report by silo Yeah, they're suggested silos.

So to use that to create content for my authority site with silo architecture is it now simply a matter of creating the category pages for the silo keywords and posts for the solution keywords in each silo then linking them all together as described in the video. I think I may have been over complicating this, is it that simple? Yes, it really is, uh, you know, the suggested silos again, you could still go through there and clean out things that aren't 100% relevant to your project, there's going to be stuff in there. Because we, you know, we cast kind of a wide net with all the tools that are used and everything to create those keyword reports for you. So obviously, you're gonna have to go through there and really clean it down and narrow it down to just your most relevant keyword phrases, as well as you know, the long tails and everything else. But really comes down to that if you understand how to set up the structure, and then how to link so remember a silo, you're going to be adding depth to it, right? So the more supporting articles you post within a particular silo, that's more depth to it with would be additional categories, right? So there's width and depth. So a solid site can be as little as one silo, with a ton of depth to it, right? You just keep adding content to whatever

Your top-level market keyword is you keep adding supporting content, right writing content that's relevant, that has long targeting longer tail phrases. Or you can even combine and target multiple types of similarly related phrases per supporting article, you can do it that way as well. But then linking them together with proper internal linking, which, again, we talked a lot about that kind of stuff in the mastermind, as well as our ys Academy. But it's very important to understand how to also link properly internal linking from within the silos so that you're not creating dead points or points where you have a loss of link equity or loss of link juice. And that happens if you don't know how to do it correctly. But the short answer is yes. It's as simple as that create your top-level categories, your top-level keywords, then start taking the supporting keywords and start adding content within those categories. You place the post within those categories, then you daisy chain them together or whatever your internal linking strategy is going to be within that silo. And that's pretty much it for the on-page part of it. Any comments, guys? Yeah, this guy has seen the light Benjamin Thank you It is that simple if you want to make it that simple, or it can get really complicated if you want to make it complicated, nobody knows your niche, or nobody should know your niche better than you. What we're giving you is what we suggest you do. And then we also give you other apps like categories, subcategories, and then supporting keywords. But you have to go in there go into the questions in essence and see what we did in there, what we gave you back, look into power suggest pro look into a SEMrush and see what was done in there because there may be some things in there that you can use for supporting for or just to add additional as Bradley mentioned depth and breadth to your silo if that's what you want. There's so much information in there like that. I don't think there's any way that you can use it all or you have years of information actually when you get that back how you set that up is up to you and just so you don't go back and reuse any of the long tails, just mark it off in red because it's given to you in a spreadsheet when you use it, kill it right it's in red Oh strike through it so that you can just go back through all of the others and pick out what you want your people to write about. Tell them you should have ah, by the way, doing all of this or hire someone, you tell them what it is that you want them to write about to focus on that on that keyword and all of those keywords under that but make it all conversational so that it all flows and so that the bot comes in and gets a better understanding of your data use the ultimate SEO, ultimate SEO Pro Plugin. If sorry, SEO ultimate pro plugin to do all the interlinking we showed not we but Jeffrey Smith did a fantastic job of coming in into the first heavy hitter club webinar and showing how you actually do all of that how you create the semantic relationships and how you tie it all together in your unstructured data so that you give your unstructured data, some kind of structure for the back because you creating all of these semantic relationships. So it's not only in the content that you're producing, but you're relating them to one another through your interlinking, which is really, really important so that it all flows. Now, another thing about this is and I'll just give a quick example, guys, those of you in the personal injury attorney niche, what you should be targeting is civil law. That's the market level category, because any anything that's a personal injury, divorce, bankruptcy, you name it, it's all civil law. And so personal injury is part of civil law. If you go after the top, then it makes it easier to rank for personal injury. Now, of course, it's hyper-competitive. But if you're going one, one, market above everyone else, it makes it easier for the long tails to come up.

I'm hoping that that makes sense to everyone, you're going to do all of your research for criminal law, you're going to fill a website with all of that information. Now, yes, it's a lot of work. But when you do all of that, and you create the semantic relationships, you're interlinking, you're using the plugin the way that you're supposed to, you're using that deep-link jargon, not the way that it's supposed to be used the tags, and everything else that Jeffrey Smith teaches, because he has extensive teaching for that plugin, guys, it makes it dead simple to start ranking, but like I'm not gonna say immediately, but much, much more quickly than you would otherwise. Then then you bring in the rest of the teaching, then you bring in that SEO power shield to add all of the relevance into it, then you do your structured data. So now what you're getting is a two for one, you're getting your unstructured data, giving it some structure, and then you're bringing in the structured data to like seal it for about on exactly what it is that your website is about. Now, I just found it really complicated.

But it all goes back to how you set up your initial structure. And if you keep it simple, then everything else is going to flow much more, much more simply than it would otherwise because you can really confuse yourself once you start branching out into the structure data and how to create the parent and child relationships, organization, location and all of the different things that you can do when it comes to structured data. But I think this is great and thank you. Yes, the keyword research in mg y v.to. Go pick it up because I don't think there's anyone doing anything better than we are.

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What Are Your Recommendations For Link Indexing Services?

Sweet. That was a great question. By the way, so Jackson's up he says, Hey guys, currently looking to purchase an indexing service for all link building and found a couple so far link pipe pipeline, it looks good, but can't find much information about it. Everything seems out of date. What do you guys recommend for indexing? I recommend Dedia from India. Yeah. There is a bit of an issue that it's on our list for MGYB's Link indexing services limited in that you can only submit 300 URLs at a time it is something that will be updated at some point. It's not at the top of our priority list though. So as much as I want to tell you guys to go by link indexing credits from MGB, it is a bit of a pain in the ass because you have to own it, you can only submit 300 at a time. Just being 100% transparent with you guys. Okay, that is the service that I would recommend. And why because Dedia runs all the link building like the link indexing services if we submit links to him, he runs them through multiple link indexing services, so much so that he gets a really high rate 50 to 60% indexing rate, which is hard to do. But he uses multiple indexing services. So the short answer if you're going to get your own subscriptions, so that you don't have to submit 300 batches of 300 URLs at a time, which I don't even I don't do because it's just too time-consuming and to manual would be to in the free group on Facebook is posted post that same question. And we'll get ready to chime in. And he can recommend which one or two services he recommends is the best for link indexing. Because he's the go-to guy for that kind of stuff. Anytime I have anything that needs to be done, I can just send it to him or ask him a question regarding something like that. And he'll have the best answer because that is his business. So anybody else wants to comment on that? No, I wouldn't recommend anything else. Other than the link indexing service and MDB because that's what I use. Yeah, I go, I go to daddy. I mean, I don't go anywhere else because he gets the results that we need.

I haven't used a link indexing service in years because we have a dead Yeah. Yeah.

I agree. So but again, you know, as if you're submitting, you know, thousands and thousands of URLs then until we have it to where you can submit a spreadsheet or a text file or something like that. Then I could understand wanting to have your own indexing subscription, it's likely that you're going to need a couple of them because no one service does an incredibly good job. But Daddy, I can tell you in the group, which, which he suggests are the best services to use if you're going to have your own subscription. So I would recommend posting in there and I'm sure he will be happy to share that.

Is There A Way To Make A Google Drive Folder Public?

Okay, next question is Hey, guys, the option to make this comes up almost every week. We probably need an FAQ for these guys. We're knowledge base something for this also. Anyways, Hey, guys, the option to make public folder has been removed from the G Suite accounts. I tried from two different domains with G Suite accounts and the option is not there anymore. Is there any other way to make folders public? Marco, you want to comment on that?

Yeah, there are other ways that we've shared in the heavy hitter club and I'm the way I'm not going to it. We made that webinar public. It now went into the heavy hitter club archives. It's not going to be public knowledge and then the other way that we do it is through MGYB because we have a proprietary way in which we can make them public. I mean, then that's all I'm going to add about that. Yes, Google has been taking away the ability to make, has taken away the public selection in the folders, the way that it's taught, in our way as Academy reloaded. But there are other ways and we're actually testing out another way. I was just talking to Justin, the is VA, the original ISP yesterday, on something new that we're going to try. And if that works, well, then we'll make that public because Google makes it.

cool. And just saying guys, no, again, full transparency, I'm actually testing with Microsoft OneDrive, which is like its version of Google Drive. Because you can still make things public there. And you can grab the embed code for sheets and, you know, different files. And so I just literally started testing that last week. So I don't have any results yet but just an alternative. And also just another potential asset is to use Microsoft OneDrive because you're still getting high authority. You're getting files and, you know, file types on a high authority domain, Microsoft domain, right? Essentially, it's Microsoft owned in that domain. So I'm testing with that, too. That might be something again, I don't have any results. I just started testing with the last week, but I figured it was worth a shot. So yeah, we've tested that also, it has a whole lot of limitations. And it's getting out of the Google ecosystem. That's true.

Does The Exceed Maximum Execution Error In Google Apps Script Matter?

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So the next question is from DC SEO, he says, Thanks for clearing out my short links question last week. Appreciate it. I've noticed that I'm getting failures for Google X Apps Script with the exceeded maximum execution time error message does this matter? That's a question for you Marco. Yes, of course, it doesn't matter. You should set the script to run at longer intervals. I have it set for eight hours. Try to set it for every three days.

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Something like that you don't need the script to build every two, three, or four hours, because it rebuilt the entire website that and that's why it times out.

Yeah, especially if you've got I mentioned this, I think last week, but I had one of the more recent drive stacks that I had built, I had submitted a because it was my client gave me a Google Photos folder with a bunch of original photos that they had taken from job sites. So I just submitted that with the order. And so the builders because I submitted it, built, you know, brought all those photos into the Google Photos folder for the drive stack build. And so when the ever whenever the script would run to rebuild the site, it would try to rebuild all of those image files, too. And so it was constantly timing out. And I realized then it was, you know, it was just it was one of the things that I discovered by submitting too many images that that's very resource-heavy. And so it was timing out so I don't you know, I just don't submit as many images but as Marco said, you go in and change the interval from when it runs. So

Does Having A Truncated URL An Issue With Ranking Service Pages?

wills up. Well, what's up? Well, he says, Hey, gents, I have a site structure question you may be able to help me with. I have a local site that has its own sub-menu pages have a parent menu. So services, okay, not showing the full URL path. See, let me read that, again. I have a local site that has its sub-menu pages off a parent menu, okay. not showing the full URL path. In fact, it removes the services part and only shows the truncated path instead of showing the full path. Okay. Is that an issue with ranking services pages? No, not at all.

Because again, we'll you know, you can even go back to the two videos that one of the earlier questions was talking about where I was explaining silo structure, simple and complex silo structure. And that's just the difference between a physical and a virtual silo is what you see in the URL. Okay? So like if you're, if we're talking WordPress terms, if in WordPress, you look at your permalink structure, and you have category slash post name, right, that would show what we call a physical silo structure. Because every URL like for example, if you're at the post level, if you're in a simple silo, you're going to have domain comm slash whatever the category slug is slash, the post URL, right, the post slug. So that's going to show the actual hierarchy or the silo structure within the URL, that's physical silo structure. But if you change the permalink structure to just post name, the hierarchy still exists, right? The silo structure still exists is still part of the taxonomy. Google can see all of that, but the URL itself would just be domain comm slash post slug, does that make sense? And even on a complex silo structure, which has, again, parent category or top-level category, subcategory, so that would be domain.com/category/subcategory/post, right? You see all that if you have it is with the category slash post name permalink structure. That's a physical silo. But you can accomplish the same sort of benefit from a virtual silo still has the same hierarchy, the same silo structure, but you just use the permalink or excuse me, the post name permalink structure, which way that I prefer it. Now I used to always use the full physical silo. I used to like that because I like to see it in the URL, but I actually prefer a shorter more succinct URL now. And it also masks some of those strange things that happen when you're using a complex silo structure and you have some odd slug issues from categories being duplicated in other silos and that kind of stuff. So I like to use just the permalink or excuse me, the post name permalink structure, which is a virtual silo structure. Another thing you could do, just because this is an old article, I think it was published in what 2010 What is it Bruce clay silo architecture right? architecture can I spell that right? Let's see if I got it right

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is that it there? I think it is the marbles, no I don't yeah that's it right there. So go look at Bruce clay comm slash SEO slash silo or go search Bruce clay silo architecture and it'll be the very first link and take a look and read this I think this article was published in I don't know 2010 or something like that there might be a date in here somewhere it looks like it's he's got it on an updated site now from the last time I looked at it, but the interface looks different. But read through this article, it'll really be explained to you and drive home. what the difference is between virtual and physical silos, it really makes no difference. They're all effective. It's just a matter of how you stack the content, right? You set silos and your keyword themes within the silos, add build relevancy, and then what we teach inside the mastermind is heavy hitter club which is the interlinking the way that you properly interlink within a silo to squeeze the most power out of it. Okay, that's a really good question. Any comments on that?

No, that was fine. That's fine. That's a great article guy takes the time to read through it. This is something that you know, we kind of was one of the foundations for what we learned for silo architecture was right here in this article here. Okay, he has a couple of those, by the way.

When you do a search for it, yeah, it looks like there's several of them. Yeah, yeah, you read all of those because they'll give you insight into what a proper silence should look like. And go to semantic mastery comm slash camp, SEO boot camp, right so semantic mastery comm SEO boot camp and, and you'll see, you know, for four, you'll get the half price on Jeffrey Smith SEO Bootcamp, which is the best silo architecture, training, and such On-page training that we've we've come across like it's just amazing what he's able to do with zero or little to no backlinks at all with just on-page structure. It's amazing what he's able to do. So if you really want to do a deep dive in it besides reading through all these articles is go check out SEO Bootcamp from Jeffrey Smith.

Does The SEO Power Shield Include The Creation Of The RYS And Syndication Package?

Alright, so next question is Hey, guys, thanks for your time. As always a few questions I'm interested in buying the SEO power shield from one of my main money sites don't include the creation of the RYS and syndication packages. And that's why I brought this up. Because here's the SEO shield page on the MGYB store and I just scroll down to the bottom and it says SEO power shield and this is what it includes the syndication network, our ys stack with G site and the IDX page loop. So yes, it does include those as it shows right here on the order page. Just go check it out at MGYB.co store, click through to the SEO shields, product page and you can scroll down and see what each different level includes okay?

Just so people know, or just to remind them, we're currently running a 25% off coupon. Adam posted the coupon, it's bedsheets 25 to get you 25% off and SEO. So there you go. And that is a perfect segway to the second question he has, which says, may I buy it now using a special discount and submit all the info. So you can start in two to three weeks? Yes. Make sure that you submit the information within 30 days, or else we will refund the money, refund your account. Because if what happens is people buy a bunch of stuff. And then they don't submit for months at a time and it just clogs up everything because we don't know when those orders are going to come through. It's hard for our building, Build Team to plan. So I believe we have a policy that you have to submit the order details within 30 days or it's automatically refunded, am I correct in that? Absolutely. up to 30 days you get it refunded and you have to buy again you miss out on the coupon code. So there you go. But yes, if within two to three weeks, you're good

Does It Affect Your Delivery If The Site's Content Is In Spanish?

Okay, number three, does it affect your delivery if the site's content is in another language? Spanish? No, we won't build it in another the drive stack g site, you know, all of that is going to be in English. So but it doesn't it that's not going to affect our build. Um, and I know Hernan were you about to comment looks like you're about to comment. Yeah, and I was about to say that pretty simply if the drive stack is in English, but your money site is in Spanish, you should be good. Like we have had good results with people buying stuff from MGB with you know, and with the content on their websites in another language, not only Spanish, but some other languages and the tier-one are the stuff that we point links to and the brand new properties and everything is in English and still helps you to rank so so yeah.

I would add all that if if he's planning to do a lot of marketing in social media, for example.

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I don't know, let's say any of the ones that were a Blogger or anything like that, and he's syndicating and the content is going to be in Spanish, then he should take the time to go in there. And like, do the description and everything else in Spanish just for the people that he's expecting to come in. Because people who are coming into reading Spanish, and the contents in English, you're missing out on potential customers, clients, or whatever it is, maybe traffic to your website. So you don't want to confuse the people that way. It will not confuse the bot. Right. Google, Google Translate is getting really, really good at translation. So that's not a problem.

Yeah, that's come a long way over the years. Oh, it's getting really good. Yeah, it's come a long way. That's for sure.

All right, bb's up and bb. I guess I saw that this was posted seven days ago, too. So this must have been at the tail end of last week's webinar. So I'm glad you re-posted this. So the questions are first

Should You Separate A Full-Text Feed And A Summary Or Excerpt Feed?

The first one is I syndicated the blog RSS feed with full-text posts to the brand new properties. But if I want to create a super feed, which will syndicate to RSS directories, should I use separate additional feed which contains summary expert items instead of the full text. So there will be two RSS feeds. Essentially one that's a full-text feed on one's an excerpt feed. I don't think it matters for directories and aggregators, because typically they don't publish the content anyways, like in other words, you can submit an RSS feed. And if it goes into like an RSS directory, which could be like essentially found by people that we're searching for particular feeds and things like that, it's usually just a link to the feed. Right? What it does also is usually it just grabs the URLs out of the feed, and that's what like it keeps in its database, essentially not the full-text post of the feed. So and again, I don't work for all the different directories so I don't know but I know in the past, looking at aggregators and directories that had like search databases for feeds and things like that, it would just link to the feeds. If you click through to the feed on their platform, because it usually creates a new Feed URL from that, you know, part of their domain, then it usually is just like a, like a feed index page. In other words, it just shows the titles, which the titles of the posts are the anchor texts that link to the link of the post, it doesn't useless. So in other words, it usually truncates or strips any of the text from the pages or the posts that were syndicated or part of the feed itself. That makes sense, however, that said, yeah, if you wanted to do that, if you had that option to be able to create separate feeds, one being full text and one being an episode feed, just submit the XRP that's really all that matters. But again, if you don't have that ability to create two different types of feeds, I don't think it matters for aggregators or directories. Okay. Number two, does the attribution links, should we do follow or nofollow?

You got to think about that, which is what we talked about at the beginning of I did about a 10 minute tutorial at the beginning of last week's Hump Day hangout specifically about attribution links for with it for RSS feeds for when you're syndicating content. So think about how what it is that you're trying to accomplish and what you have in your attribution links. So for example, if you're just linking back to the post URL, and not always linking within the attribution link back to the blog or the root domain, like in other words, there were two different types of attribution, like codes that, you know, can be varied in multiple ways. But there are really two types of categories, two main categories of attribution links, one that only links back to the post itself, right, so the syndicated post itself, and then the other one where you can include a link that that's always going to be linked back to say, for example, the root domain of the blog or to the blog page, so domain slash domain.com, slash blog, or if it's on a subdomain, blog.domain.com, whatever, you understand what I'm saying.

Here's the thing if you're syndicating like, let's just keep it simple.

Right, if the concept is going to be the same at scale, too, but what I'm saying is to keep it simple is boil it down to just a single tier branded syndication network. And let's just think about three blog properties that we consistently syndicate to. So blogger, Tumblr, WordPress, right? If you are linking syndicating to a branded syndication network, every post from your blog that contains a link back typically, it's going to be the title of the post is going to be the anchor text that links to the post URL as the ad and the attribution text. Right. So but if you're also including, so the post title was originally published on your blog, right, whatever that brand name is, and now you're linking that your blog, right is like, let's say that was the title is the brand name your blog, right? If you're linking back with that as the anchor text, always back to the homepage, then I would recommend that you would nofollow that part of it. Right because that is going to be duplicate.

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With every single post that you publish, so I wouldn't recommend that that be followed the post title being the anchor text linking back to the post URL. In this instance, in this example that I'm explaining, you're only going to have three anchor text URLs per post, because that post is going to be syndicated one time to the network, and it's going to get three anchor texts you are, uh, you know, anchor text links with the post name or title, if you code it that way as the anchor text linking back to that post. But each one of those posts would if you have the second type, which includes a link back to like the domain name, for example, you could do a naked URL, you could do a brand name, I typically just do naked URL or brand anchors if linking back to the homepage or to the blog page, for example. But remember, every single post that you do is going to contain the link back with that same anchor text. So in that case, I would recommend no following that link, but keeping the post URL and title as the anchor text as follow. Does that make sense? So you just got to think about what you're syndicating to, and what is going to be, if there's going to be something that's going to be repeated over and over and over and over again, I would recommend no following that so that you don't over-optimize a particular keyword, an anchor text. But for something that's only one time it gets syndicated, it's gonna have that one batch of anchor texts for the primary target URL, which is typically the post URL, then that should be okay to be the default. Does that make sense? Anybody want to try to explain that and maybe a different, different way.

I would say be careful with the anchor text, right? You know you don't want to over-optimize, especially with links. You're linking back to wherever it is that you're linking on that post. Or you can add, you know, attribution to if it's coming into your index page, wherever it is that it's going. If you're getting a ton of links within an exact match, then you can incur a penalty. Because it's coming back exactly to the website, dude, you don't want to do that. So you nofollow. You tell Google don't penalize me because look, I'm nofollow.

Now to avoid all of this, if you're going to that extreme, then you can do generic stick with generic more info read more here, more naked URL, that kind of thing. They'll do exactly the naked URL. And you won't get into that type of problem.

And so just to point this out again, remember guys, you can go to our channel. And you can go to videos. In fact, actually six days ago right there, let's just go back to the home screen. So just go to our channel page guys. And right there was last week's Hump Day Hangout, and we probably I believe, we should have chopped that I didn't look to see which, you know, clips were made from last week's episode, but that one should have in one of them, which is the attribution link cut out from that from the hump day hangout last week so that's last week something hanging out right there click through to that watch that the first 15 minutes or so, where I go over very specifically attribution links in RSS feeds. Okay, because that'll give you a much better understanding of why you know when to use what and why. Okay.

Right next. soon as this stupid zoom menu bar clears Okay, there we go. Alright, so next is Joe. He says will we see some proper push-ups from you all at POFU? Well, it's gonna be virtual this time because we're not going to be alive in a room but yeah, that would be fun with it. Yeah, this is good. If it's virtual, I can probably crank out someone's arm push-ups. Yeah, here you go. There you go.

Is It Still Safe To Use Full Brand's Keyword Names With The SEO Shield?

Okay, Austin dawn. What's up Austin, he says are Austin dawn I should say. Bradley. As you know I work in the We Buy Houses niche and have several clients across the country, many of them have partial or fully MDS example cash for house when branding with SEO power shields, is it still safe to use these types of cool brand keyword names? With the shields? Yeah, and here's the only reason why. I would say yeah, only because, you know, if that's why I assume that they have the exact match keyword domains, right, but they have a brand, right? So typically, there's going to be a brand behind that they're just using that because it's, you know, easy to remember. And there's used to be some significant SEO benefit from it, they're likely still is but it can also cause some problems. So with the SEO power shield, remember, we're going to create the keyword plus brand Association. That's the primary objective of the tier one branded drive step, right, which is to create that whatever the top-level keyword is to start to create that brand associated with that keyword. So having that as part of the stack build plus whatever the company name is I don't think would be a problem. I mean, I've done it with my own, you know, alpha land Realty. I, you know, again, I'm using a branded domain alpha land dot realty as opposed to a, you know, exact match keyword domain. But I don't think that would be a problem. I haven't tested that specifically, but I don't think that would be a problem. Marco, should that be okay? It's okay. And where we run into problems is when they ask us for the inner stats, right? So the add on a stack so that you have buy houses Maryland, Maryland we buy houses we get that type of thing. That's when we can run into a whole lot of problems. So you're going to have to look at this from the start. Don, maybe we can talk more about this in the webinar. We don't really have that much time to delve into this one question right now, but it's just a thing of how but ugly, do you want that URL, that's probably going to because I mean that that's the idea when you get that inner page, and that inner staff, you want to be able to bless that so that it provides so much power that it ranks the inner page, the companion, or mirror theme or inner page on the website. But it also ranks the the the G site inner page, how butt ugly. Do you want that to look to people? And when your client goes to look, I mean, you get that how Why is it Why in the world would you do this? It's really ugly to see that. So that's why we try to focus on people brand.

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I know that exact match domains still work. But Google is busy at killing that. And you guys know when Google gets anal about something, they usually accomplish it PBN. Like they did away with TV, I was a massacre. Now people are still calling PBS. But what they're now calling PBN and what PBS used to be. It's two different things. So you got a whole bunch of idiots saying PBS still work? Well, no, the fuck they don't. What you're doing now with expired domains still works. But a traditional PBN will get picked up by Google. And it'll get it they get the index. Remember when they did when we did the XYZ domains and we did the mass paid bills on the XYZ, how many of those got killed? It was really simple to pick them out, right? So that's what we tell people if Google is busy out there with exact match domains and trying to pick them out and trying to pick up the spamming, especially in local those that try to step keywords into the titles into the descriptions into the URL, why would you do that? Why would you not focus on something up? Now I understand you have clients that have exact match domains. So you're going to have to find a way to work this into the structure that we're teaching and how you do this again, as I said,

Maybe during the next heavy-hitter club webinar, you asked this question and we can get deeper into it and we can give suggestions on how you would do this. It'll give me time to think this out because you know we are in like an in a similar niche with Sunland, Virginia, and

Bradley's Alpha Land Realty and my last solutions network. And so you gotta find a way to fit all of this in well tell me people get a brand, get the soul on the idea of branding of brand and creating a brand that's going to last because if Google comes up and they start targeting end, especially spammy ones that really stuck keywords in there. I mean, it's a done deal. It's over.

yeah, and so that I just brought this up to just kind of demonstrate what I was talking about. So like for this was the keyword that I started optimizing for first with my brand for alpha land realty was selling fast and turns out that wasn't the optimal keyword. It's not the keyword that drives the most traffic to my site. And I discovered that when I started running search ads, over time, it clearly came that that wasn't the primary keyword to be targeting. But that's the one I started with. And But you see, I built a brand around it, right? So alpha land, Realty, alpha land Realty. So the drive stack and everything was built for alpha land realty sell land fast in Virginia. But all so you know, I didn't. And I've never seen mirrored I don't have a siloed site. This is a single page landing page, guys. But I have a, you know, FAQ schema, which by the way, that's how you get this additional real estate here. Because that's those are FAQs that are on it's just FAQ schema. So I just have questions and answers on the landing page. But then I added those in structured data, FAQ structured data, and added that in HTML, this site header right. And so that now has it was funny when Google first started to crawl it. It was popping up in the press advantage. You know, propping up underneath oppressive managed PR, then it started popping up onto the G site. And now it's ultimately it's found its way to the landing page itself, which is good because it's right at the top now and it's all that additional real estate. What I'm trying to get at was I started targeting this keyword, so that there's not like an expansion in the drive stack. None of that I never had to do that. It's a single-page website. So, but all I did was the target, we buy land and some of the copy on the site. And you can see we buy land Virginia, even though that and it was also in the title tag as a secondary keyword in the title tag. And now I'm number one for that as well. Right even though I really never did any additional SEO on that. And then there are some other keywords in there, for example, sell my land, Virginia that I've never really done any optimization for at all. But there's been some Association made through searches, you know, again, I'm paying for ads, by the way, I pay for ads and people click through those ads for a keyword like this and it creates relevancy between that search and my dumb my

My landing page. So my landing page even though I sell my land, Virginia is not a keyword that I'm actually targeting on the page. It's still ranking organically and what number three, even though I've never really done any optimization for that keyword specifically, my point is it starts that's why I think it's important and we've been teaching this for years is to focus more on brand than on a particular keyword and then build start to create that association with your primary keyword in the brand. And then from there, once that association has been made, it becomes so much easier to start associations, associating route related keywords to the brand as well. So that's why we always recommend with this SEO shield, the primary objective is to create whatever your top-level keyword is determine what your very most important keyword is, and build the drive stack or you know, to have it built with the brand plus that keyword. Once you've started to create that association, then you can start going after the other related keywords in your industry. And it will become that much easier to associate them because the primary keywords already been made. And it's relevant. It's related. Does that make sense? And sometimes, again, just naturally over time, you'll start to rank for additional keywords that you may not even intentionally optimize for. Because Google understands the relationships between those queries. So search queries, that make sense. So was that a pretty decent explanation? Marco? That was fine.

All right, guys. Ah, that was perfect timing because we just wrapped up with the last question. So thanks, everybody, for being here. We will see you guys next week. Thanks, guys. Bye, everyone. Hey, guys.

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Is It Okay To Publish A Post On Two Different Silos?

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In episode 285 of the weekly Hump Day Hangouts by Semantic Mastery, one viewer asked if it is okay to publish a post on two different silos.

The exact question was:

Hi guys: 1) Can a post be on two different silos?

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