In episode 319 of Semantic Mastery's weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked if the team has any good examples of curated content for SEO or digital service agency website.
The exact question was:
Hey Sm this ones for Bradley, going to follow your advice and get a Va to curate content for my leadgen properties. Would you have any good examples of curated content for a seo or digital service agency website. Is this type of content only suited for leadgen or can agency sites use it to? Thnx
Adam: All right. We are live. Welcome everybody, this is Hump Day Hangouts, episode 127. We have got everybody here, so let's do a quick hello. I'm going to start, as I see everybody, and start with you Bradley. How's it going?
Bradley: Good, man. How are you?
Adam: Not bad on this 12th of April, since I forgot to mention the date, it is going quite well.
Bradley: I'm glad to be here. I see we got some decent questions, already. We got just a few announcements, after introductions, ad we'll get right on it.
Adam: Cool. All right. Chris, how's it going, man?
Chris: Doing excellent.
Adam: Good deal. Hernan?
Hernan: Hey, everyone. I'm not feeling that good, but I'm happy to be, so I'm feeling slightly better since I'm on the Hump Day Hangout.
Adam: I feel bad I'm laughing, and I was just, oh, God, I'm on video. Anyway, sorry, Hernan, really. [crosstalk 00:00:51].
Bradley: [inaudible 00:00:53].
Adam: Yeah. Anyways, Marco, how's it going?
Marco: Good, man. We're in the middle of the rainy season in Costa Rica and it hasn't rained in a week.
Adam: Outstanding. We'll get into this with a few announcements, everybody. Then, we'll dive into it. Like, Bradley said, we got a bunch of questions. If you're new to Semantic Mastery, if you're just seeing us, or this is one of your first Hump Day Hangouts, please check out Syndication Academy, I'll pop the link on the page, you'll see it in a minute. Then, also SERP Space, you can create your free account over there for done for you services, so please go check that out after the webinar. Let's see. Real quick, we've got a replay going up, right, Bradley? Did you want to tell everyone about that?
Bradley: Yeah. We did the Rocket Video Ranker webinar with Bill Cousins and [inaudible 00:01:42] just the other day, I guess, it was Monday. This weeks a blur to me. It was a really good webinar. He's got a really awesome app that they created like an instant authority injector, it's like instant channel authority, that's what it's called. It's really cool. I've been playing with it for about a little over a week, now, and I've set up multiple campaigns. I was kind of extending the case studies from the Live Rank Sniper case studies that I did as a bonus for this, as well as I added on some new case studies, as well, because it's working really well.
What's cool about it is you can actually upload a bunch of videos, and then set them to a brand new YouTube channel and without syndication network, or anything else, and then it's just unique on how it activates, or makes all the videos public, and apparently that injects authority into the channel, and it makes the videos rank like crazy. I don't understand how it works, or why, I mean, I understand how it works, but I don't understand why it works so well, but it works really well. I've been using it a lot for the bonus, that webinar replay, we've got a link for that, the bonuses that we've thrown in were the case studies that I did, which are multiple case studies.
That training is being added to the bonus membership site, but all the other unannounced bonuses that are part of that membership site as well. Guys, check it out it was a rather short webinar, like an hour and 15 minutes, or something like that, but just go check it out and see even if you don't end up purchasing the product, the technique is really, really cool and it works really well. It's worth sitting through the webinar just to pick up that, if nothing else. Okay?
Adam: Awesome. Cool. We got that link, I think I just put it on, so go check it out after this, it's really cool. Marco, word on the street is that there might be a webinar, or something with you involved, I'm not sure. What's going on, there?
Marco: Not only, me, but I'm getting, Hernan, has just been volunteered to come on and help me out, because really the last two seem kind of disjointed, I mean, people, I don't know why, but somehow they didn't get the message. Right? Some people said it's fabulous, a lot of people said, yeah, I got it and I went, and I started looking, so they did actually what this is for. It's fr you to think, go research, and then do. Right? It's not for me to do it for you. If you want me to do it for you, you're welcome to pay me my $750.00 an hour for consultation, if not, then you go do it, which is what I've had to do for the last what, 14, 15 years. Right?
Nobody showed me, or told me, or took me under their wing and said this is how you do it, guy. I had to go and read and put it all together. Anyway, the webinar is training, think, apply, make money, lather, rinse, repeat, the Semantic Mastery way. Right? Just a quick going over what we'll be doing? I will be revisiting entity creation, validation, and verification, iframes, java script, training the bot, and JSON-LD, JSON, plus LD, plus content, which is our two pronged approach to how we just slam everything, and then, I will be going over whose way is the best way. It's not what you think.
Bradley: Okay. Far enough. Next.
Marco: Your muted Adam.
Adam: Yeah. I'm doing a horrible job of pressing a button, today. Since, Hernan got voluntold into this, Hernan, I think is going to have something special, too, maybe at that webinar. Right?
Hernan: Yeah. Definitely. We are getting close to launch the Battle Plan and that's part of the Semantic Mastery way, because actually in that Battle Plan it's the step by step on how to pretty much [inaudible 00:05:50] a niche, even if it's for aged sites, for new sites, for local sites, for YouTube videos, we have everything in there, so it was, you know we were having a lot of questions about, I love you guys, and I love your content. You have a shit ton of content, but I need a step by step, blueprint, if you will, so that's exactly why we decided to put together on that Battle Plan, and that's going to be presented alongside Marco's genius rambling on Monday, on the webinar. Yeah.
Adam: Awesome. If you're there you're definitely going to get something special, so I'll just leave it at that, and [crosstalk 00:06:31].
Bradley: It only took us three years to create the Battle Plan. We've been talking about it for three years.
Adam: Now, we got it.
Bradley: [crosstalk 00:06:39]. I'm anxious to have that out, too, because it's just something that we just never did, and we finally actually, Hernan, really put it together, so hats off to you, Hernan. Thanks for doing that.
Adam: Yeah. Definitely. I've got my Nike shoe phones on. Thank you, Wayne. I'm going to real quick drop a link in, I suggest you guys check it out, it's free. First three chapters of a book from the CEO of ClickFunnels, and you can check that out, obviously you got to give me your email, but you can go check that out. It's about building movements, building business, a real business. Things like that. Just check it out, I'm not going to go into details if that sounds interesting to you by all means, go check it out and I believe the full book is either out this week or next week, so do yourself a favor, if you don't like it, you invested an email address, if you do like it, you're going to get some good info out of it.
Bradley: Wayne's still picking on you.
Adam: He is. If I had more time I would turn this into talking about my headphones, but-
Bradley: It's awesome, though.
Adam: Let's get into it.
Bradley: Nobody is safe from the wrath of Wayne. All right. I think I'm going to grab the screen, now, guys. Are we ready?
Bradley: All right. Otherwise, I'm just going to sit here and read the chat box. You guys can hear me?
Adam: Got you.
Marco: There we go.
Bradley: Okay. All right. Cool. By the way, just to comment on Adam's mention of the expert secrets book, yeah, guys, if you're not already familiar with Russell Brunson, and the whole ClickFunnels movement, and everything, you should become familiar, and this is an excellent opportunity to do so, with that book, because it's really been a transformative application that we use for our business, ClickFunnels has been, and it's a great company, they've got a lot of vision, and stuff, and so we fully support them as well, because it's been such a blessing to have in our own business, so it's a good opportunity to check out what they've got going on, and learn some, from a really great marketer of our time. Definitely check it out. All right.
[inaudible 00:08:51] is up,
Should The Blog Post With Embedded Youtube Videos Have Different Content In Order To Not Be A Duplicate?
For example, some of my clients, actually, you know, most of my clients are in the contracting industry, so they do home services, so like HVAC services, and plumbing, and things like that. Some of my clients, not all of them, because some of them just refuse to do it, but some of them have their technicians go, and I trained them to do this, but it's very simple, for example, a plumbing company they send one of their plumbers out to a job, and once they get to the job and they access what it is, or they complete the job, do the repair work, or whatever it is they pull out their cell phone and they record a short video, saying, hey, this is John from Joe's Plumbing, I'm out on location, in Fairfax County, Virginia. I got a call for a leaky facet, this was the problem that I found, this is what I did to fix it, if you have any problems similar to requiring facet repair, call Joe's Plumbing at, and they give the call to action.
They send me those videos, and I upload, optimize them and upload them to YouTube and then create the blog posts out of those with the transcription. Essentially, I just send the link over to a transcription service, have them transcribe the video, which is generally about a minute to a minute and a half long. It costs me like a $1.50 or three bucks to get the thing transcribed, and when I get it back, I add that as the content, or my VA will do it, or one of my VA's will do it, but they'll create a blog post with the video embedded, and then the transcription underneath. That's great, because that works really well. Now, there's really not a way that you can automate that. I automate it through a virtual assistant. That's my way automating it. I don't know a way to do that using IFTTT, so if you want to add the additional content, that's fine, transcription works, great. However, it would be a manual process. Right?
One of the reasons why our YouTube syndication applets, from IFTTT, those auto syndication applets don't include the description, for example of the videos, and why we will always just put this video was, it can also be seen on YouTube here, and you put the YouTube link and maybe the channel link, or a playlist link, but that's it. The reason why is because through the many, many networks that I have had and tested over the years, I was finding that when you import the description, and you can change the applet, by the way. But, we have the applet setup with ingredients that work the best, that produce, that don't cause any problems for your blog sites. What I was having problems with, was at one point in time I had a really large, what I called a video broadcasting network, consider it like a PBN, but it was used specifically for just video syndication sites. Okay?
We would, I would, syndicate, and because the way I would set up those video broadcasting network sites, again, similar to PBN's but they were self hosted WordPress sites on domains that I had picked up, like expired domains and stuff like that, and build out these syndication networks using the self hosting WordPress site as the trigger point. Right? I would have YouTube, actually, every time I would upload a video to a particular channel it would syndicate out automatically to all these WordPress sites. Then, the WordPress site would trigger the IFTTT network around it. Right? They were random, some of the would import video description, some would not. What happened was through one of Google's de-indexing spree's that it goes on from time to time, I got hit, my video broadcasting networks got hit, and all the sites that had been importing the descriptions got the indexed, all of the sites that did not import the descriptions, that only hd a YouTube video, so essentially the embed code, and a link to the video itself, and then a link back to the channel, and/or playlist. All of those survived. It was the same network, which was interesting.
It led me to obviously understand that Google does not like republishing or posting of the video descriptions, and I can understand why, because they can be a bit spammy. Right? We drop links and all kinds of stuff into the description, and so it comes out looking spammy, and so that's why I stopped doing it and why all of the applets that we provide don't pull in the description. The reason why I tell you that is because if you're creating videos on the front end, and let's say that you already have, let's say it's a recorded video, where you've already written a script for example, and now you get the video created or recorded, and then you go to add the video to YouTube, well, you already had the transcription at that point. Right? Or, you can record a video, or have a video produced, and get it transcribed, and when you upload it to YouTube you can add your transcription as the video description.
That's the only way I would know how to automate it, is if you had the transcription before you upload it to YouTube. Does that make sense? Otherwise, if you upload the video first then have it transcribed, well when it uploads it's going to automatically syndicate through your networks, so then you'd have to go in and manual edit your blog post on your money site or whatever. That wouldn't include the transcription across all those other properties, either. Does that make sense? The only way for you to syndicate the video plus the description with a transcription, I should say, is if you were to have that prepared a head of time, before you upload the video, which would trigger the syndication to begin with. Okay? It's fine guys if you want to include that and do that kind of stuff on the front end. I don't recommend syndicating a video with, use the applets the way we have them, I mean, you can test, and you can play around with them, but just know the reason we set those applets up the way we did was there was a reason for it, and the reason that I just gave you. Okay?
As far as this, again, I would recommend that you would either just upload the video using the applets the way that they are, and then go back on the money site blog, and edit the post manually, and it's something a VA could do where they could add the transcription. That way across all the syndication points its just the video embed and the links back. Right? That's it, but then on the blog itself, which is a money site, yeah, that's fine to put the transcription there. That's how I would prefer to do it, as opposed to even transcribing a head of time, before syndicating, because then you end up having that, again, the additional text underneath the video, even though the transcription probably isn't as spammy as a normal YouTube description. I still would, because I know of those types of syndication points getting shut down when the text is imported, as well. I just prefer to avoid that and make sure that it's just the YouTube embed and a link back to the video and/or the playlist and/or channel. Okay? All right. Hopefully, that one was cleared up.
Should You Add 100-200 Properties Linked To Our Youtube Account To Get A Real Boost On Videos Syndicated Through IFTTT?
If I'm going to be real serious about something, and remember guys a full two tier network is anywhere between 80 to 90 properties. Right? Even at 80, at the low end of it, we're looking at 240 properties if you've got three full two tier networks. That is true in that my most powerful networks are generally in that range or so, but I know I have some syndication networks that are just tier one that have been powered up and have had consistent posting over time, and they've just gotten powerful because of that, because they are all themed really well, and they've got history.
It really just depends. I mean, if you're starting off with newer networks that aren't themed or don't have a lot of life and history to them, if that makes sense, then what you want, you can add more networks, which will be more syndication points, or you can power them up with links and other various things that you can do to power up the networks. You can do one, or the other. If you're starting off probably right off the bat you're going to get faster results with more syndication points, but over the long run, it's actually better in my opinion to power up existing networks because that helps the video ranks, whatever results the networks provide by syndicating to them, it helps to keep those results to stick better. Does that make sense? In other words, the more syndication points you add to a network, the faster the results typically are, but if it's new then the results can slip rather quickly, as well. Meaning, you get initial really good results, but then they'll start to drop.
Obviously, it's going to depend on many, many other variables, guys, but I'm saying just on the way that my data has trended it shows that. That's why if you have a powered up network, typically the results that the syndication provides will stick for longer. All right? Way back when we had the first version of Syndication Academy out I mentioned that, because I mentioned that for example you could stack multiple tier one networks, first tier networks to a YouTube channel and you'd get faster ranking results that way than using two tier networks, so what I'm saying is let's say you had 10 single ring tier one networks that you wanted attached to one YouTube channel, right, that would be essentially what 200 properties, roughly 200 properties. That's going to get you really fast results, but a lot of the times those results will start to slip somewhat quickly.
It would be better, instead of having 10 tier one networks, it would be better to say, let's say you had three full two tier networks, which would be 12 networks, but the two tier networks tend to help the video rankings to stick longer. That's been something that I've noticed for years. Again, with my own data if I can theme a network and power it up with links and then continue to publish to that it seems to get a lot stronger whether you have more and more syndication properties or not. At some point it's like a level of diminishing returns. Right? Once you cross that point it's really unnecessary to add additional syndication points. I think it's better to power up what you already have. If that makes sense. Okay? Anyways, you can play around with that. Yeah. Obviously if you're just starting off with new networks, more is better. More points are better. All right.
Same thing with press releases, guys. Most press release companies are going to have a section where you put your contact company details anyways, the NAP details, especially and even more and more PR sites now are actually allowing structured data for that so you can mark that up the NAP details with the local business markup, or it's done on the backend, in other words, there just text fields, you enter in the company data and the PR company adds the structured data for where it's published on their site. Now, the syndication points, the press cables that pick them up, most of those will strip that out, but it doesn't matter you still end up with the NAP details, citation details, it's just an unstructured citation at that point. It's absolutely valuable to do that. Make sure you're using a lot of brand anchors for that, though, you don't want to use keywords and stuff. All right.
Next one. “Is it better to have,” and we're going to skip probably, I don't know, how many questions do we have? Because we got some people that posted a lot of questions in a row, guys, and we cannot do that. We need to split the questions up, so that it's fair for everybody. I'm going to answer this one, if we have time, we'll come back and answer is next one. “Is it better to have more accounts as tier one to the YouTube channel, or have one and a few tier one rings, and then add the bulk?” Yeah. I already answered that one, Alexander. Again, you're going to get faster results with more tier one properties, but your results will stick longer if you use tier two.
I don't go out to tier three, because there's just too many, it's too many steps chained together that if something goes wrong anywhere it breaks down the whole system, so I don't do that. I don't do tier three. I mean, I've done it, but I don't do it, because it's too many moving pieces, in other words. I like to go out to tier two and that's the extent. If I want more and more, I just add more networks, more tier one's and tier two's. I don't bring it out to tier three. I haven't seen any benefit in doing that, and it's just more work and more hassle. Okay. Like I said, if we have time, Alexander, we'll come back.
Do You Focus On The Main City Or Do You Focus The Root Domain On Anything At All (Maybe States)?
If you don't have a corporate headquarters, then you can use, in other words if you've got all of your locations already built out on subdomains then just use the root domain, at least this is the way I do it, I just use the root domain as literally like a brand website, and it's more or less just a billboard, like an online flyer that says this is who we are this is what we do, and the pages on the site are the locations page, the about us page, and the contact us page. That's it. That's all that's necessary. Unless, you're going to be blogging from the root domain to the tier one branded network for all of the subdomain locations in which case you want to have a blog and you want to have categories to match each one of the locations, so that whenever you create a post and if you're blogging from the root domain to do all your link building and content syndication from one website, and from one WordPress site as opposed to multiple subdomains. That's how I do it, for the most part, guys.
We talk about this all the time, but when you have multiple locations, I always try to just build the single tier branded syndication network and then do all of my blogging from the root domain to cover all the subdomain locations, and then after a period of time, and syndicating multiple posts, and checking rankings, and that kind of stuff you'll notice that some of the locations will respond well to that, but then some of the subdomain locations won't, and the ones that need the additional push, you can always go out and create locations specific syndication networks for those subdomains that need the extra push, and then blog directly from those subdomains. Remember, try to get the best results with the minimum amount of work. One branded network is all that's needed for multi location, your blog from the root domain, cover all of your subdomains from that same blog just make sure you match categories with locations. If that makes sense.
Marco: If I could just add something, one of the basic principles of our Syndication Academy and RYS Academy is to brand. We create a brand and we associate the brand, the keywords to the band, we don't just chase keywords, we don't just chase location plus keywords we actually teach you, or tell you, build your brand and then-
Marco: Associate the keywords to it, that's why what we do works so well. That's what sets us apart from everybody else, because there's hardly anyone online, right now, teaching you to do it like the big boys do it. Create your brand, associate the keywords to the brand, and then everything else just flows in. Whatever you do, after that, whether you're blogging or doing a podcast, whatever it is that you're doing, in your social media, whatever, it's always pushing the brand and the keywords. The brand and the services. The brand and your product. It's brand, brand, brand, and then the bot, once you hit it over the head enough, it's smart enough, oh, okay, so I need to associate this brand with this set of keywords and that's when the magic starts happening, when the bot, I call it training the bot, but when the bots been trained that way then all sorts of good stuff starts, it just starts to happen.
Bradley: Yeah. Totally agree. That's part of what we talked about with the Crowd Search webinar is that association that is made by the algorithm, I mean RankBrain, guys, it learns. Right? It's machine learning, but it's learning nonetheless. Over time with those associations are made and stored, so it ends up adding weight to the site. How I was introduced into the concept was called site weight. All things being equal if you add two, let's just say plumbing sites that had the same, you know, virtually, or comparably the same SEO and the same off page SEO. I know this is obviously hypothetical, because it's damn near impossible for that to be the case.
If those two were the same, everything else was virtually the same, then the site that had more brand mentions and more navigational searches, which people like searching for the company name, the company name contact information, company name, location, that kind of stuff, that site will out rank the other one, every time, because it's getting more weight by Google, in other words, it's a more authoritative brand. The algorithm determines that through search history and a lot of the other things, the semantic relationships and all that stuff, and that's in part why it works so well, so thank you Marco for bringing that up.
Don, yeah, this last thing is on the main domain, that's what I'm talking about, anything you're talking about smaller city pages that aren't worth an entire subdomain. I get that. That's fine. That's absolutely fine to do that on the root domain. I would just have a locations page that also links out and use the organizational structure data markup. Then, you can, I cannot show you an example, I wish I could, but I do that for some of my sites that have multiple locations. You set a locations page, you mark everything up, you list all of your locations, everything is marked up correctly. It's very, very powerful. Then, like I said, the root domain you just focus on, if you have a physical location for a corporate headquarters, you make the root specifically about that, but you can have all the other locations listed, like I said.
If you have smaller city pages and stuff that aren't worthy of a subdomain, like you mentioned, that's fine. You can put all those on the root domain, as well. What I would recommend with that though, that's why I said, you don't for a lot of times, and I don't want to over complicate this, because I don't know how experienced you are, Don, but a lot of times people will put local business structure data with JSON LD markup in the site header, which is fine, but in a case like this where you are going to have a locations page and potentially smaller city pages hosted on the root domain, you don't want to do that. What you want to do is on the locations page use the structured data markup, and that's fine. Guys, as per Google's best practices when it comes to structured data, they say it doesn't have to be on every page of the site. It only needs to be on a locations, about, or contact page. That's it.
Google will read, as long as you don't have bot blockers on there, Google will read it and will recognize and associate that business with that markup. If that makes sense. For something like that, you don't want to put it in site wide, is what I'm saying. You want to add that code specifically to the locations page and then for each one of your smaller city pages I would inject structured data into each one of those individual pages for that specific location. If you don't have, you say smaller city pages, they might not have physical locations, anyways. If that makes sense. All right.
We could go into a whole, maybe some day we'll do a separate webinar just on structured data stuff, because I know we get questions about that all the time, too.
Do You Add A Link To Your Money Site Using A Keyword From The Text In The Curated Post?
Marco: I would say that you're changing, if you're adding a direct quote right from that website and you change it, then it's no longer.
Bradley: That's right.
Marco: A direct quote. I mean, I know it's not best practices when you're writing something up, so I don't see why you would want to do that anyway. I don't know what it is that he's looking to accomplish by doing that. I'm not sure. You don't need to. You just do the proper citation and you move on. You don't want to-
Marco: Give yourself extra work, because it works perfectly well.
Bradley: James, the only reason why I would see if you were curating content from another source on your own blog, for you to change the text and add a link is just so that you can link back to whatever, and drive visitors through that link to wherever you are trying to send them, or for SEO purposes, but the point is you've got your commentary section, that's the content that you write, or that your team writes, or whatever, your writer, your curator, that's what they write in between curating sections of the post. Right? That's what's called commentary. In those commentary sections you can create links to whatever you want.
You can use the anchor text links, whatever types of links, whatever types of anchor text you can send people wherever you want. I'd recommend not altering the curated content at all. Curate it exactly as it was written, where it was originally published and then cite the source where it was published and then add your link into the commentary section. There's really no reason that I know of without knowing more about your specific situation, James. There's no reason for you to edit the curated content. I recommend that you don't do that, because again, I don't know what the legalities are, but I wouldn't want to alter it in any way. Okay?
Those are all services similar to IFTTT. You might want to check and see if Jimdo connects with any of those. I don't know if it does or not, but if it doesn't then you cannot. I mean, there might be a plugin that will post to Jimdo, as well from a WordPress site, but I don't know that. I don't know of any off the top of my head, but that doesn't matter, I mean, you can still use Jimdo, you just won't be able to use it as part of your syndication network, but you can still use it as a tier one link. It just won't be an automated thing, unless you can find an app that does it. Okay.
Marco: I think there's a plugin that does that. I cannot remember what the name of it is, off the top of my head.
Marco: There's a bunch of them out there. I mean, they've come up with a bunch of others that could possibly do it. There's one called Hyper Social Buffer, I think it is. I'm not sure whether it does it.
Bradley: Yeah. I don't know, which networks this post to, guys, but next scripts, Social Networks Auto-Poster, I know that's one that a lot of people use for stuff. I mean, that's all you got to do, Ivan, is just go digging around see what you can find. There might be a plugin on another app that will do it. If IFTTT doesn't do it, you got to look for another solution. If you cannot find one that will work, then, again, you can still use Jimdo as a tier one property, it just won't be an auto syndication point. Okay.
Do You Have Any Kind Of Index Or Searchable Database Of The Time Stamps With Topic For All Of The Past Hump Day Hangouts?
Adam: We do have them in a playlist, though, so you can at least go into the playlist.
Bradley: Yeah. If you go to view channel, so just go to YouTube.com look for Semantic Mastery, it will come right up, and then right here when you click on the channel you'll see this little spyglass icon, you click on that, it says search channel, and that's where you can type in your query and because we add timestamps the YouTube search function within our channel works fairly well. I know the YouTube search is kind of shitty overall in YouTube for the most part, but it works fairly well on our channel, because we actually add the timestamps to all of our videos. Okay. That's the best thing we-
Marco: I think you can also do a playlist search. If you go to a playlist, to Hump Day Hangout playlists, I think you can search the playlist.
Bradley: It says search channel. I don't know how to search playlists. Yeah. I don't see a specific search for playlists. There might be a function, I just never seen it. Anyways. Yeah. Personally, I would just search the channel, but if there is this playlist search function, then try that, too, I suppose. Okay. All right.
What Is The Maximum Number Of Separate Tags That Are Safe To Use?
Next. “With regard to tag stuffing, how many separate tags would be the maximum? Be safe.” I don't know, Columbia, honestly, I've never stuffed enough tags into a YouTube video. I've just never been real heavy on doing a whole bunch of tags, because I always try to keep my tags very focused around the singular keyword that I'm trying to rank for. Right? I don't know. Does anybody else here know how many tags? Personally, like I said, I usually will keep it to about five to eight tags and they're usually very focused around my primary keyword that I'm trying to rank for. Anybody else got an answer for that?
Adam: I haven't heard of any hard and fast rule. I would probably go by user experience and finding your niche, and keep it pretty simple.
Bradley: Yeah. I mean, all I do Columbia is, well there's a few things that you can do. One is if you use the plugin TubeBuddy, TubeBuddy's a great plugin, which will show you the tags of similar videos, what their tags are and it will show you the popularity of that tag. In other words, how often those tags occur in similar videos, that kind of stuff, so that you can figure out which are the most weighted tags, or the most common tags so that you can match those. TubeBuddy is a great tool for that. It's a Chrome plugin, or it's a YouTube plugin, I guess. Anyways, it's called TubeBuddy, check that out. It's pretty cool. There's some other tools that do similar stuff where they'll like scrap tags.
Lisa Allen has one, it's called, TubeViperX I've seen the icon over here, it's called TubeViperX, so she's got one. There's another one called, Tuberank Jeet, or something like that. I don't know. There's a bunch of tools out there that you can find that are like tag scrappers, and some of the tools will show you the tags in order of priority, and that kind of stuff. You can use stuff like that, but typically, for me, personally whatever my primary keyword is I usually end up adding that tag as well as any local modifiers as individual tags like the city names, and then a couple slight variations of my primary keyword. The most closely related variations, and that's it. My tag list for any given video is usually no more than eight tags. It's anywhere between five to eight tags, tops, and that's because I am always trying to hyper focus around one singular keyword for each video. Okay. That's just the way that I've done it for years.
Marco: I have an idea for Columbia. All of our videos on YouTube, or on the playlist, they're titled Hump Day Hangouts, Hump Day and then Hangouts, one word, [inaudible 00:40:37] and look for the keyword and that'll search the Hump Day videos.
What Is The Effect Of Changing/Approving Tags After A Live Stream Video in YouTube?
Bradley: Cool. Awesome. Thanks. All right. “Is there any problem with changing and approving tags after you've live streamed a video channel?” No, Columbia, not at all. You can go in and edit those at any time. That's not going to hurt anything. I've played around with like if a video doesn't rank, is it ranking as well as I want, you can go in and kind of mess around with the tags a little bit, but give it a few days and see what happens, because a lot of times you won't see changes. I'm not saying changing the tags is going to have any effect on your video, all I know is I've done that, and I've added tags or removed tags, or replaced tags, and I've seen movement. Just to let you know, it's not going to effect anything. I mean, it could affect a video negatively, but you just have to play with it and see. If that was the case, you just switch it back to what it was before. All right. Look at that, that's Napoleon Dynamite's profile [inaudible 00:41:31], that's awesome.
Ranking Using 301 Redirects
Joe T, says, “What's the best way to rank using 301 redirects?” Well, there's so many different answers for that. 301 redirects can be used for a million things. We use them for Switchbox SEO, mainly. Terry Kyle, coined that term, Switchbox SEO, so you can go to Terry Kyle's blog and read about it. We were using 301 redirects anyways, but that kind of really opened up a whole lot of doors for us, as far as, things that we do with 301's. We used to use 301's for a lot of real nasty stuff, we still do, for a lot of real nasty stuff, but not in the same way that we used to. I like to use 301's obviously for cloning the sites and building links to my domain as opposed to my clients domains. That way I keep some level of control, in case they don't need me anymore.
We can use 301 redirects, what's great about 301 redirects is if you do all your link building to a domain that you have full capability of removing redirects or redirecting somewhere else, then that's why it's called Switchbox SEO, because it's like you can turn it on and off at any moment. If you're doing something particularly nasty and it ends up causing some problems, you can just open that redirect. It's just like opening a switch. Right? It cuts that negative link juice off from whatever the destination was, where the redirect was. There's a lot of stuff that you can do with 301 redirects. Again, we could cover that for an hour, and that's a little bit too broad of a question for here. You guys want to comment on that, at all?
Hernan: Yeah. If it's cheap, since we are doing it with X, Y, Z, or dot links, or whatever you want to do, if it's cheap, and if it can protect you, go ahead. Why not? Some people will, I usually like to do it with domains that I can own, and that I can control.
Hernan: That's why I'm saying dot, X, Y, Z dot link, you can do it with URL shorteners, but most of the time you cannot change the destinations and you do not control them. You know?
Hernan: Some people will actually go ahead and make the mistake of doing [inaudible 00:43:51], which we do not recommend, if you're doing nasty stuff, unless you are a part of RYS Academy of course where Marco will teach how to go through that flawlessly, but in any case, I would suggest that you go with X, Y, Z domain, dot link domain, cheap one dollar a year domain that you can reuse, that you can spam, and it doesn't hurt you.
Bradley: Yeah. Okay. “I get emails promoting XRumer backlinks, can you rank today with XRumer links, and if so, how, without getting penalized?” No. I wouldn't do it, Joe. It depends on if you're spamming a web two property, for example, that's one thing. If you're spamming a citation, or a press release, again, that's one thing, but I wouldn't be trying, I would have XRumer backlinks pointed within three tiers of my, within two tiers for sure of my money site. It's just spam. I mean, look, guys, and when I say XRumer links, I'm assuming, correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't XRumer links mainly blog comments, and forum profiles, and stuff? Isn't it like real spam stuff? I don't use XRumer, that's why I'm asking.
Marco: I haven't used it in so long, that's how it was. It was mainly comment spam.
Hernan: Yeah. Comment spam. All the way. I mean, they still work, but as far as possible from your money site.
Hernan: You know? We still use Spam Tools, but as far as possible from the money site. More over now that we feel now, Marco came with the news of saying, hey, guys, you know, Google is going two or three tiers deep, so if you can go for tier four, or tier five for XRumer that would be a good idea, actually.
Bradley: Yeah. You can use them for example, like YouTube videos, man, I know I've ranked YouTube videos using nothing but comments, before. It's been a while, I haven't attempted it in quite a some time, but I mean, YouTube videos like press releases, citations, things like that, that can withstand that kind of spam. Yeah. But, remember we always talk about treating your tier one properties as extensions of your brand, so in other words if you want to spam a citation, make sure that it's a no follow link to your money site, for example.
Because you don't want to spam something with a do follow link, a tier one property with a whole bunch of comment spam it can end up hurting your money site, the final destination. You don't want to do that. If you got a press release, or something like that, that you're just wanting to push up and spam it, most of those types of cites will withstand it, that kind of abuse, but again we recommend not spamming your tier one properties, for the most part, because you want to treat those as extensions of your brand. Tier two, fine, if you want to spam your tier two properties, do it.
Marco: If I can clarify. We're not saying that spam doesn't work, because we still use GSA. In fact, we use fiver GSA gigs and the links come back showing adult business, which means porn. Right? [inaudible 00:47:15]. They use porn links to drop our links in, and this still works like gangbusters, it still ranks, but you have to know what you're doing. We throw a double spam filter in, so that the links come through squeaky clean. If you don't know or don't understand what I just said, don't do it, because you'll get in trouble.
Bradley: All right. Toby's up, “Do you use aggregate rating? Have you ever seen the results in Google that have the star ratings on them, like the image below, image of a four out of five star rating on a website. Pretty badass. Right? Did you know that those are actually super easy to get, and Project Supremacy Plugin can do that for you in about 60 seconds.” Okay. I haven't played with Project Supremacy Plugin in quite some time. We have it. I just haven't messed with it. “Yes, the site above got its reviews and star rating generated with the plugin.” Okay. Let's see. “How do you get those star ratings to show up? It's actually through a very specific JSON-LD scheme attack, aggregate rating.” Yeah. That's right. That's been part of that plugin since it was launched. Right?
Yeah. I'm familiar with that. I've got a client site that we tried a million things with that we just cannot get the star ratings to show though, including Project Supremacy plugin, it hasn't worked for that. I've banged my head against the wall for months with that site, and we still cannot get it to work. The particular schema tag is read by your site on Google star rating with amazing ease.” It sure sounds like a pitch, but anyways, I don't see a link, so we're going to move on. It's a decent plugin guys, there's no doubt. This really isn't the place to-
Bradley: Promote the shit out of somebody else's stuff.
Marco: Yeah. This is not the place for that, for somebody else's and not only that since most of the people on Hump Day are beginners. They're going to go and spam away with five star ratings, and get a schema spam penalty for fake five star ratings, fake reviews-
Bradley: Structured data spam.
Marco: Structured data spam.
Marco: Absolutely. It's a great way to get yourself in trouble if you don't know what you're doing.
Bradley: That's right. I know, because I've gotten those manual spam action notifications in search consoles that says, structured data spam. You can get them cleaned up and reversed, but why would you want to raise a red flag? I'm not saying, don't use the stuff guys, just use it correctly. Use it right. For example, I've got a client that has an ungodly amount of real reviews from real customers, and we're having a hard time getting it to show on his site, so that's not structured data spam, but I have gotten that manual spam action through search console before and so have many others.
Marco: Just to finish this up. How many real people give everything five stars? I mean, real people give everything five stars and a review, just these fabulous reviews that just don't look natural. You got to think of it that way, what looks natural?
Bradley: Yeah. We're almost out of time. There's the five minute warning. I'm going to roll through just a couple very quickly. Columbia's got several here, again. Columbia, just for next time, I don't remember seeing your name before, so I'm sure you didn't know. Toby, thank you by the way for mentioning that, just split your questions up, so it allows other people to get their questions in as well. It's only fair. All right?
Can You Have Multiple Verified Websites For Cards And End Screens?
What I recommend, Columbia, is set up a bridge page, which in other words, a page on one of your domains, that you can add as an associated website, and I saw your questions above these, so this will make sense in a minute, but if you add your own domain as an associated website, then you can use the end screens and cards to link directly to any page on that domain. Then, you can have the call to action on that page with the link that clicks over to the Amazon page. Does that make sense? You send people to a page that has maybe some more information about the product, the book, whatever, in your case it sounds like a book, and then from there you have a button or a link that links over to the actual Amazon product page. Does that make sense? It's a two steep, because you cannot link directly to Amazon, because you don't own that domain. Does that make sense? All right.
Next, Columbia says, “Can I have multiple verified websites for cards and end screens?” Yes, Columbia. Inside YouTube, excuse me, let me jump over here, real quick. That's why I want to answer these questions, because I know these are questions that a lot of people ask about. Go to your dashboard, and then go to channel, and you want to go to advanced, and you're going to scroll down, and right here where you see associated website, you add your domain in there and click add, or whatever the button says at that moment.
Then, what you have to do is make sure the domain is connected within the same Google account to Google search console. You have to verify and connect, well, connect and verify your website to Google search console within the same account as your YouTube channel. Okay. I mean, you can do it if you're adding another account as a manager, you can do all that kind of stuff, but just because yours is new, I recommend using the same Google account for the search console verifying your website, there.
Once you verify it, you come back over here and you refresh the page, or it will say, or it will have a verified button, you click verify and it will turn green and say, success. Now, if you want to add another website, you can add as many websites as you want, at least as far as I know, I've never run out of, I've never been told that I cannot add another verified website. You just click remove, and you add the next site again. That does not remove it as an associated website. It's still connected and can still be used, even though you clicked the remove button, it can still be used and now you just add another domain in here and click add and it will say verify, and it will prompt you to add the next domain to the search console. That's it. You can have multiple domains, that are called associated websites. All right? That's perfectly fine to do.
What Is The Difference Between Verified Associated Site And Linking To Sites In The Description?
All right. I'm almost done. I know we've got two minutes. “What is the difference on how it works for verified associated site verses linking in the site, and the description?” Well, because in the description of a YouTube video you can link to any link you want, you don't have to own the website, you don't have to verify, you don't have to do any of that. You can link wherever you want within the description. As an associated website, that gives you the ability to link via end screens, and cards. It used be able to link through external annotations, but they've done away with external annotations. Right? Now, it's end screens and cards. That's how you do it. You link within the video to an associated website, which has to be verified in order to be an associated website. The video description, you can link to whatever you want. All right?
What Are Your 3 Favorite Video Rank Trackers And Why?
If it's your business and you're running it from your home, yeah, absolutely, that's totally legit. Okay? I would not register other people's businesses for lead gen to your home address. I would certainly not do that. I don't know about how it is Denmark, but in the United States I set up virtual mailbox places, and not do that, but for your own business, yeah, use your own home address. It makes no difference. There's no reason you shouldn't. All right, guys. That's it for Hump Day Hangouts. Sorry. Man, we got to most of them. Sorry, guys, just a couple of you didn't get answered. If you want you can post your questions in one of our groups in Google Plus, or Facebook and we'll try to get to them there, otherwise, we can answer them next week.
Adam: Sounds good. Remember if you're new to Semantic Mastery, please check out the syndication Academy, syndication.academy and don't forget to sign up for Marco's webinar, we'll put the links up there, again, so get signed up.
Bradley: Awesome. Yeah. Guys, don't forget to check out that, Lori, says, “I really wish you would do a webby on markup.” We can, Lori, we probably will. I'll talk to Marco about it, and Hernan, and we'll get something scheduled for that. I think we should. All right, guys. Anyways, don't forget to go check out the Rocket Video Ranker Pro webinar, it's a really, really cool application. It works really well. I endorse it, so check it out, and we'll see everybody next week. Thanks, guys.
In episode 125 of Semantic Mastery's weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked if having your content ‘curated’ and hosted on another website is a legit SEO practice.
The exact question was:
I have been contacted by a salesperson to do some content marketing with the following site, www.azosensors.com. The just of the campaign is they will take existing content that is already hosted on my site and “”curate”” the content and host it on their site for SEO traffic. I got the curated version of the content and noticed that the article isn't altered much at all other than changing words to past tense and swapping out some words using synonyms (the title of the article was changed as well). My question, is this legit SEO practice (it feels like cheating Google or trying to trick Google…)? How does this site rank articles to get SEO traffic when their URLs are defined by parameters (ex: http://www.azosensors.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=764)? Is there value having people read your content on other domains that you can't capture leads, data, remarket…(still can't grasp the concept of having people read content on someone else's domain)?
In episode 96 of our weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked about traffic sources for curated content.
The exact question was:
Hey guys, just bought Content Kingpin, checked it out already and I must say it is really another great product you guys produced and I am sure it can help me a lot with my business. Thank you for that.
What I would like to know is from where did you get the traffic to the curated content. Do you still have to promote the content by building backlinks, social signals and other stuff? Or do you get the traffic just naturally (from long-tail organic placement on Google)?
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