What Is The Best Way Of Gaining Control With A GMB Page That Is Being Managed By An Ex-Parter With Embezzlement Issues?

By April

 

In episode 256 of Semantic Mastery's weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one viewer asked about the best way of gaining control with a GMB page that is being managed by an ex-partner with embezzlement issues.

The exact question was:

Its been a while. Have been swamped appliyng the knowledge from your incredible, money produsing courses! Got time for Quick advice? Got a new client whose GMB is controlled by an ex-partner with whom they parted ways (embezzlement charges)… What, in your opinion, would be the best way to get control over their GMB? Contacting their ex-partner is not an option. It does not have much value at this time. Just 3-4 positive reviews, with one negative that ex-partner left. Is there a way to just cancel it and start fresh? Any negative effect from that? They have moved into a different unit (same building) and kept same number. Thank you in advance! //Jenia

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How Can You Make Individual Home Listings Appear Higher In The SERPs For A Client Website?

By April

In episode 256 of our weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked if it is possible to make individual home listings appear higher in SERPs for a client website.

The exact question was:

Hey guys, a real estate client asked me about what we can do to make individual home listings appear higher in the SERPs for our website. Apparently in his city it's popular for people to search for a home by its address, like “”123 Main Street.”” The idea is that his page for 123 Main Street would appear on top of rival brokerages', even though they're the same home. What could I do to make the client's home listing pages rank higher for specific addresses?

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Google Limiting 20 GMB Listings & Discussion About Minor Google Updates/Glitches

By April

 

In episode 253 of the weekly Hump Day Hangouts by Semantic Mastery, one viewer mentioned Google's updates on limiting 20 listings on the GMB dashboard.

The exact question was:

Hi Guys, . . . I can't thank you enough for the help you provide on Hump Days, so thank you VERY much AGAIN (smile) . . . . I'm sure you probably know this already, but Google is now limiting the total number of GMB listings shown to just 20

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How Can You Optimize A GMB Listing After You Have Claimed And Verify It?

By April

 

In episode 251 of our weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked how to optimize a GMB listing after you have claimed and verified it.

The exact question was:

By the way, this may be a dumb question but I'll go ahead and ask it anyway (smile) . . . What, if any, things can you do to optimize a GMB listing after you have claimed and verified it that you can't do before you claim and verify it? . . . Thanks again

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Are Video Embeds On GMB Posts Useful When Ranking GMB Listings?

By April

 

In episode 250 of the weekly Hump Day Hangouts by Semantic Mastery, one viewer asked if video embeds on GMB posts are useful when ranking GMB listings.

The exact question was:

By the way, you mentioned previously that we can create a GMB post with a video embedded in it and use the url for that post to run a MGYB Embed job, but will that provide any significant ranking power to the GMB listing or just for the post itself? . . . Thanks again

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Weekly Digital Marketing Q&A – Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 249

By April

Click on the video above to watch Episode 249 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.

 

Announcement

Adam: Alright, Hey everybody. Welcome to Hump Day Hangout. This is Episode 200. And I forgot to look at page 49 to 49. Holy moly. Alright, well, we're getting there. We're coming up on an anniversary here pretty quick. But first of all, just want to take a minute we're going to stop say hello to everybody. And then we got some good stuff coming up for you guys. We're going to get into that. But let's see Hernan you're not wearing your Semantic Mastery shirt. You really threw me off today?

Hernan: No, but I am learning to sticker wearing it.

Bradley: You're holding it.

Hernan: I can put it on like now. Okay, so now I'm working.

Adam: There we go. Alright,

Hernan: so what's everybody so it's really good to be here. I'm excited about POFU Live and now I'm also holding this going right here which is something little something I've got for attendees. So lots of good stuff, not only a lot of good information, but also a lot of a good actionable stuff people are still raving about POFU Live 2018, so POFU Live 2019 is going to be even better. So excited to be here.

Adam: That's awesome. And in case anyone didn't know the coin that Hernan was holding up his coin that was only given to attendees at POFU Live 2018. Word on the street is that there will be a new unique one for 2019 attendees. So come join us. Bradley, how you doing?

Bradley: I'm good. Happy to be here.

Adam: So is it locked on me? Or are we back to?

Bradley: I think we're back to the normal deal. I don't know. How can you guys can anybody confirm?

Adam: Yeah, go ahead and start talking all I mean, is it showing me now or what?

Bradley: It's, this is odd. We get used to this. And I'm we're also out of order and how you greet everybody because now I'm like number two how that happened?

Adam: You're actually number one. It's we're just gonna go with it. You know what? So yeah, we'll just keep rolling. But Bradley, how are you doing today? I'm good.

Bradley: I'm good. Happy to be here, man.

Hernan: It's showing you so showing the speaker I'm just confirming so good. Thanks,

Adam: Marco. How are you doing?

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Marco: Speaking of anniversaries, dude. Two weeks from today was the day that SEO was turned on its head. August 29, 2014. It's coming up four year anniversary of something that doesn't work. Imagine that. Imagine that four years of it not working. Here we are. And we're going to be celebrating, we're going to be giving good stuff away. It's we're actually going to celebrate it two weeks from today, right? Just so people know to tune in one hour early in two weeks, and we're going to give them goodwill give good stuff away in prizes or whatever coupons, just whatever. It's going to be fun. And we're going to show you how it's still not working in 2019

Adam: so Marco What is it that's not working?

Marco: Oh, why is a cabbie didn't even know that Dr. Stephen Teesside's don't work? has nobody told you have you not been paying attention?

Adam: Yeah, it's good. You know, everywhere we go, we everywhere we go. It sounds like we're out there traveling around or something. But yeah, you know, come across that all over the place. That's not going to work. You got to do this other stuff.

Bradley: Or, or for four years ago, when when we launched it. And then we did the relaunch I think two years later, everyone kept saying well, don't you think Google is going to shut close that loophole at some point? Well, four years later, we're still benefiting from it. So those that you know that's that you know, kind of like scarcity mindset versus an abundance mindset type thing you know what I mean? Like what if what if we can always what if yourself out of doing anything is my point so we've been taking advantage of it while it works, which is four years strong now. So I'd say it's,

Marco: it's fear, isn't it? It's just people it's one of the things that I'll be talking about POFU Live by the way. It's part of my message is fear man, people are just so scared of every Imagine if that person who was so scared because that came up in 2014. During the release, somebody mentioned that imagine that that person that taken action and four years later had continuously excuse me taking action. I'm how many people are outranking their competition with drive stacks, Gsites, on embeds link building. And how we do in Semantic Mastery, man, just imagine.

Adam: All right, sir, definitely. So last but not least, sorry to cut you off, Bradley. But Chris, how you doing, man? We got you on video. This is the real deal.

Chris: Yeah, family doing good. I think of Marco said like, actually hit another point. Like, every time that I actually apply drive stacks and stuff. It's literally like, I'm the internet, which is just too good to be true. You know, like, people don't believe it, until they see it. And then they always think like, we're doing some magic. But yeah, it's super simple. You just could apply it stick to the plan and execute.

Adam: You know, you bring up something good, Chris. I don't want me to put you too much on the spot. But if you can find that you remember that Facebook thread you had where you went through how you did that at the affiliate kind of short promo, and the results you got on Facebook, you want to post that on the page. And people can go check that out. Because I think this is a really good example where people are like, Does it still work? What's going on? Yes, Chris did this. He did these three things. And like, this is what happened is pretty awesome.

Chris: Yep. Sure, let me find it.

Adam: Good deal. And while we're talking about Chris, real quick before we get into some short announcements and answer questions, you know, sometimes I'm a few hours off from these guys. And I'm like, some kind of pain or I'm, you know, got this or that going on. Chris, what time is it for you right now?

Chris: 10pm

Adam: 10 pm we're getting started. And Chris is up at 10 pm on his time doing this. So I just want to say thank you for showing up and doing this because man that that. That takes a lot. I'm asleep at 10 pm. So get on it. Real quick. You guys. Before we get into the questions, I wanted to go over some quick announcements. If you're just watching us and wondering, you know, for watching for the first time and wondering what the hell's going on here. We are going to start answering your SEO digital marketing questions. But you are in the right place. This is the place to be every Wednesday, go to https://www.semanticmastery.com/hdquestions. You can ask them live we, you know we, of course, want you to join us live ask questions. So you can interact, you can clarify. You can talk to the other people who are viewing but we understand too. If you can't join us live, whether you got a client call something came up, you can always ask your question ahead of time and then go check it out on YouTube. The next step after that is definitely to pick up the battle plan. All right, go to https://battleplan.semanticmastery.com is where people say hey, what's the first thing I should do? Is there a course I should take? Is there something I should learn? Just go get the battle plan. It takes care of all of that. And when you're ready to take things up several levels, you want to join a real community of people who are trying to grow, whether it's their own agency, whether it's their own business, come join the mastermind, right and you can find out more about that at https://www.mastermind.semanticmastery.com. And last, but certainly not least, if you know that doing things, or rather getting things done for you is the way to do it. Whether you're outsourcing whether you are leveraging us via MGYB getting done for you services is such a great way to do this because you could turn around and resell to clients or provide the service and then add to that. So MGYB.co go check it out. It's where you can get syndication networks, press releases link building drives tax done for you all of that stuff. All right, and we really do practice what we preach guys, we mean it. These came about from you know us using this ourselves and then turning around saying well, we got the process other people are asking for it, why not? So go check that out if you haven't yet and then subscribe to our YouTube channel help us stay up to date as well as these videos and other stuff we post from time to time. So other than that, Hernan touched on it real quick on perfectly live, we talked about that. But if you haven't picked up your ticket yet, you can go to Whole Foods live.com it's going to be in Denver, can be October 11, 12th, and 13th 11th is the VIP day, we've got a fun time, where everyone can get together a little bit more relaxed, get to know each other and have a good time and then dive into the heavy stuff on the 12th and 13th. If you want to join us to find out more you can go there, grab your ticket. If you have questions about it. Just email us at [email protected] Alright guys, do we have any other announcements before we get into it?

Bradley: I can't think of any.

Adam: All right, let's do it. And I don't even have to say cameraman anymore. So this is awesome.

Bradley: No, but gotta try to share the screen for how to do this again. There we go. I'll get used to it eventually.

Hernan: All right. So Bradley,

Bradley: what's up?

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Hernan: We do can see your screen.

How To Start A Branded Tier 1 Syndication Network If You Don't Have Access To The Main Site To Create RSS?

Okay, good. Alright, so we're going to start with Ivan. It looks like so what's up to five and he says, hey guys, I created a branded tier one syndication network for a friend who has a local business beauty niche and I want to start publishing to it, but I don't have access to the main site yet to create an RSS feed. What would be the most effective way to start the process blogger, WordPress, the free versions? I was thinking of using the RSS feed from the GMB briefcase. Yeah, you could do that as well. I mean, if you're already posting to the GMB stuff, you know, as GMB through the auto poster than that, I mean, that's not a bad idea. You could try to do it that way. But yeah, if you don't have access to his self hosted site yet to where you can start blogging directly on there, then you could use the branded blogger or WordPress or Tumblr site, even Tumblr seems to be really strong right now I've got a couple. Well, for example, the new business that I recently started in the last few months that if you do a brand new search, the syndication network, the Tumblr property from the same syndication network comes up on the first page for that. And I've noticed that on a couple of other recent client examples of mine were so Tumblr's is strong right now. And that kind of stuff varies. Sometimes it's WordPress, sometimes it's Tumblr, for oddly enough, blogger doesn't typically rank all that well unless you purposely do a lot of stuff to get it to rank like link building and stuff. But so yeah, I would, I would recommend using, you know, blogger, WordPress, or Tumblr, as you know, from the branded syndication network as the trigger point until you get access to it, that's not a bad idea to do that. So also, if you're using press releases, you could also use the press, if you've got your own subscription, the press advantage, that's an RSS feed there that works really well the syndication, the syndicated press releases look beautiful, they come out looking really nice across the blog properties within the syndication network. If you don't have the RSS feed, but you've been you because you don't have your own account in but you've been using MGYB services for press releases just right to support we can get you the RSS feed for that particular organization. So that each time you publish a press release, it will also update the syndication network. Do you guys want to add to that?

Marco: No, not me. That's perfect.

Okay, cool.

Will Ordering The Entire Battle Plan Makes Order Processing Faster In MGYB?

Okay, Ernest is up. He says, Hey, guys, I've been following the battle plan as directed on average is taking about two weeks to get orders back from the MGYB. Store. If I placed an order for the entire battle plan at once in the future, will this help speed things up? That's a really, really good question. I can't really answer that one. Marco, maybe you're the best suited for that one.

Marco: And no, it won't know it won't, because it has to be done in a certain order, he has some places or his orders. Preferably, you would need to have your syndication Academy or your tier one branded in place, so that you can submit it, when you order your drive stack plus Gsite. And then that should be in place. So that you can go ahead and order the embed, and or the press releases, right you need your NAP. And anything that you want to link to in the drive stack and the tier 1 branded, whichever the destination you do to one of the destinations that you choosing in the press release. And then, of course, the embeds that you would do. And then, of course, the link building. So everything is there's a method to the madness, I wouldn't just skip it, or order it all at once. I mean, you could, but then we require for you to submit the information within 30 days because other times that we've done it, people simply just since they haven't ordered already, they don't give us the information and we need to get the process moving along. But that still would not speed it up because it takes time to build it. Syndication network takes time to build drive stack plus gsite. And I guess everything else could be built it and held. But then you'd be running against the against these time limits that we set inside the inside MGYB. What we do return the money if we don't get the information. So I wouldn't want to want you doing that I would want you to follow the battle plan. It's set up the way it's set up for a reason. This way, you get the full effect on everything that you when you order that those embeds and that link building to everything else that you've set up along the way. That's when the true power comes through when you start skipping or doing things other ways. That's when you don't get the full effect. So I would say no, no, you're not helping yourself any

Bradley: I would suggest well, or just make a request may be that we can chat about during our corporate meeting, perhaps about maybe and I know we've talked about this in the past on you don't have to answer this now Marco, but I'm just planting the seed but creating packages where you could just buy everything, you know, at once, and it would be done in succession. Like you know what I mean that that order, like you, would submit your details. But that's not a bad idea. I know recently, like, for example, with the link building or embed packages there, or excuse me, the embed services. There are like package levels in there now which are, which are great, I think that's going to help people make better decisions as to what they need to purchase in order to get the results that they're looking for. So maybe we can do something like that on, you know, in the coming weeks or months for actual like all of the different components together as put them into sort of a package level that somebody could purchase. And then submit all their details upfront and we would build them in succession and that would resolve the potential 30-day issue thing with the word order details if that makes sense. So anyway, just planting the seed for that's something

Marco: No, no, we don't we do have all of these packages in mind, right where you can do one of or just everything all at once. It but it all has to be built into the store. And that's what makes the most amount of time.

Bradley: Well, I guess we've got to start cracking the whip hop. I'm kidding. I know. I know the guys have got their hands full and getting everything in there that we want.

How Do You Rank A Choir Website Selling Local Subscription In 5 Different Cities In France?

So Alright, the next one's up. This is an interesting one. I started reading it and I'm not quite sure I understand exactly what the question is. But I'm going to read through it anyway, I'm going to take a stab at it and see what I can come up with. Hi Semantic Mastery team, I'd like to have your advice before buying anything you're done for your store, which is MGYB.co. I have a French website which shows my choirs network in France, means I have six choirs in five different cities in France. Of course, as every choir, we rehearse together person each week, I want to know what is your advice for me to rank best with your services as a French website selling a local subscription to choirs in different cities? Thanks in advance for your help. Uh, I'm kind of lost on the question. I just don't know exactly what it is that you're asking I maybe because I don't understand the whole choir thing and everything else, or what your business model is, you say you're selling subscriptions, I don't understand really exactly what it is that you're selling. So my answer to you would be as far as the syndication networks, is if you have a different network for each different city, which you can do, you don't have to do that though, you can use a syndication network for one brand. So if it's the same brand, and I'm assuming, you know, I don't know, it could be you have different choirs in each different city that are like different names or something like that, and you're trying to brand each one, then you'd want separate syndication networks, or it could be one, you know, name brand for a particular choir name for the choir, that you want to use, and you want to promote it in six different, you know, five or six different cities looks like five different cities. In either case, you could use, well, if it's all separate, then you'd want separate syndication networks if it's one choir that you want to promote in five different cities, and you could really just use one network. Now what I've always mentioned in the past, like let's put this on a more local type, like the business type.

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Let's let's try to describe it that way. Because that maybe that'll make more sense. At least it does to me if I had a brand that had five different locations, right, so a company that a business that had five different locations, what I would try to do is promote that one business through one's branded syndication network, in all five cities. And there are ways to do that, for example, if you have a website that you're going to be blogging content to are using as your content distribution engine to your network, or could be a YouTube channel for that matter. You could create silos within either the website or within the YouTube channel, using playlist is how you would create silos and YouTube channel. And they would be optimized for each location. So that each time you publish a new piece of content, you would put it in the correct location silo. And it would be it would go out across the same network and you build up authority and you theme it over time that way. So that's one way that I would do it. Because it's easier to manage it's one branded network that you maintain, you can do a ton of additional like off-page SEO stuff to it like link building embeds, like we just talked about, add it to a drive stack, then do link building and embed and link building to the drive stack properties, just a ton of things that you can do to that. So I prefer to do as much as I can with one branded network if that makes sense.

However, if you find particular areas that are more competitive, you're not getting the SEO traction that you want to, then you can always add a location modifier to that brand name and create a location-specific network then you could publish directly to for any content going into that particular location or that area to promote that area could go into that location-specific network. Again, I prefer to use one network if possible and get it what you know, push that build the authority up in that one network as much as possible.

Now, if it's five different brand names, five different choirs and totally and each with their own location, in that case, then you'd want to use five separate networks. The idea is to, first of all, publish regularly and consistently, whatever you're using to trigger publication to the network, right. Again, either it's going to be a blog, typically, it can be many, many things, guys, but it's usually either a blog or a YouTube channel, then you want to publish regularly and consistently to that so that it's syndicating across the network. And again, regular and consistent is important. That's key. But second of all, you can power the network up like I do, as mentioned, you can do link building to it, you can have a drive stack built and include those syndication network profile URLs in the drive stack. Then from there, you can do embeds and link building to the embeds and link building directly to the drive stack and all of that. So there's a lot of things that you do press releases, once again, it's a great strategy to get, especially in something like acquire, which is kind of like you know, entertainment, that kind of stuff, I would recommend that you also promote those, when you have concert events or choir events, whatever you call them. You could also do press releases to publish an announcement announcing the event, the upcoming event. And that's a good way to get traction. And it's just an excuse to publish additional press releases as well. So you fit all those components together with the same stuff that we've been teaching now for, you know, a long time. You stack all those things together, and it should work really, really well. Now, who wants to comment on that? And

Marco: Yeah, I would, I would tell him that the battle plan is perfect for what he's doing. Follow that. We don't do French in MGYB. I see that his website is in French and he's targeting French audience. You'd have to do your own syndication network, you'd have to do well, you could send the description, I guess, in French, and we could do it that way. I don't know. But we definitely will not do a drive stack and Gsite in French. He would have to do that himself. He would have to learn how to do that.

Bradley: Yeah. Well, I mean, the only thing I could Yeah, that drive stack, you're right, that would be really difficult. As far as the syndication network, we could build it in English, and then he could just, you know, yeah, publishing in French to it. And that would be fine.

Hernan: Yeah, that was that was what I was about to say is that you can even like, you can get away with subpar where that would have syndication. And we're not completely fully pledged, you know, the full-blown syndication like Semantic Mastery syndication network way. And you can even bill like you could have like your tier one links as a French, you know, properties and then you can be backlinks, from English speaking websites, to those to those websites. And, you know, as you if you follow the battle plan, you will be in a good spot because, you know, it's still like way, way, way easier. It's not as easy, it's what it was before, it's not as easy. It's like way easier to, you know, to keep on you know, ranking and gaining getting power and gaining traction in foreign markets. So it's, it's great, still great.

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Bradley: Alright, so hopefully that helps.

What Do You Think Are The Estimated Radius A Search Needs To Be From A Business Before A GMB Listing Drops Out Of The 3-Pack Ranking?

Alright, so the next one is Gordon, what's up, Gordon, he says, Hey, guys, thank you for your help on these days or us customers would be lost. Without your help, excuse me, US customers would be lost. So thank you very much again. You're welcome. As always, Gordon, appreciate you coming and asking questions every week. The distance from the local searcher to the business is one of the main ranking factors that Google and I use this for GMB listings, yeah, we call that proximity. I know that each geolocation is completely the difference. So there is no real rule whatsoever. But what is your best guesses to the ballpark radius, a searcher needs to be from a business before the business is likely to drop out of the three-pack and the GMB listings that show when you click More list, and under the order of their ranking factors, or just randomly, know, there's a lot that can be done to manipulate that. I mean, for example, I don't know if there, I don't think there is a rule of thumb, but what you'll see is, and you can experience this, like if you know of a, if you do a search for a particularly well-known brand, for example. And again, we're talking about service industries, you know, you could pick a well known, you know, kind of a bigger, like, contracting company, like a big plumber. And we you know, I use that always as an example, just plumbers. But like, in Northern Virginia, there's a couple of them that are really big name brands that have been around for decades. And they built really big plumbing contracting businesses like Michael and sons is one of them and other ones like JD flood. So my point is they can have a location and because of its inherent authority, that it's crude, right? Then their maps listing can show up, way beyond the normal proximity, you know, filter, so to speak, or proximity limitations that we typically see for smaller type businesses. And that's because of the authority of the brand, as well as the associated website, the number of citations, the number of co-citations, so places that they've been mentioned on the web, all of that kind of stuff can really help to help push their maps listing into a much wider proximity area, then a smaller business would be that has less authority, right. That's what we teach. And local GMB Pro, though, is how to actually manipulate that kind of stuff. So there, even the little guy can get to there. It takes consistent effort. And, you know, it's something that has to be done consistently over time, in order to get those kinds of results. Typically, the bigger companies, they just have those results because people go do brand searches for them, which by the way, that's one of the biggest ranking factors right now, guys is what we call navigational search queries. We've talked about those in many years, or over the many years now for when we talked about CT spam, or click through spam. I'm seeing it time and time and again right now, specifically that if you can get people to do and I'm not talking about buying spam clicks and spam searches. But if you can get real people to do real searches for a brand name, and then when it comes up when their website comes up, click through to that website or to the maps listing, either one, that is a huge SEO ranking signal that will really kind of catapult you into that a high authority status, so that you can overcome a lot of those proximity issues. You know, you have to figure out ways to kind of social engineer that one way to do it, I know for sure from testing recently is through direct mail. But there's a ton of other ways to do that, too. But I'm just saying there's, you know, there, I don't know, if there is a rule of thumb, I know if the, if the organization or the company, the GMB and the website doesn't have a lot of authority built in the proximity could be very, very narrow. Right? If the more authority that it builds, then the more the broader that proximity area can be and you'll start to see those rank higher. So I know that's probably not a real quick, clear cut answer. I'm Marco, I know will chime in on this one. But um, you know, again, it because proximity, it really is going to depend on authority. But my point is, is I know for sure, because I've got clients where you'll see some of their competitors that will be, you know, three cities over and yet they're still showing in the three-pack. And they say, Well, how can that be? Well, because they've been around for a lot longer. They've got much bigger marketing budgets, you know, we can get there, but you're gonna have to come off some more money. That makes sense, Marco, so you.

Marco: This is a really interesting question. And I'll take the last part first saw they listed in, in the order of their ranking factors are randomly there, they're listed according to the relevance of the location of the person doing the search the proximity to the person doing the search, and how are you able to determine the Manhattan? Right? New York City is really small, it's about 23 square miles, right. And we I've had someone go in a building that has two entrances, right, let's say, on the east side, and on the north side, for example, right around the corner. And they've got two separate sets of data. Even though all the change was about maybe half a block in distance. So it's really the depending upon what Google considers is relevant to that person directly doing the query, considering the proximity of the place that the person is looking for. And how you override that is just how Bradley said, you have to become relevant, relevant, trusted and authoritative in the niche. So that you override a little bit of that proximity factor, which is what's taking place right at that moment? And So, back to the sorry, to the first part of that question. Yet, it's the main ranking factor, the geolocation has a lot to do with it. And again, we do teach, we teach you how to kind of get around that get around the proximity. Now what the radius is, I have no idea I have I have a lot of data that I will have to input into a computer and run some math to see if I can get something out of it. But I just don't have the time to do it.

Bradley: Yeah. And I think the radius would vary depending on how much weight the site hazard the brand, as you know what I mean?

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Marco: Because we know that it bleeds, right? We know that it bleeds into surrounding suburbs, we've seen that and so that there is no definitive radius, you can increase that you can decrease if you lose some of that trust and authority that and of course, activity, ART, right? activity, relevance, trust, and authority, then you're going to lose maybe how wide that radius is expanded. We just guys, it's so hard to answer these questions. Because we're not sitting there. Looking at a computer that's hooked up to Google, and seeing what Google is giving us back. All we can tell you is what we have seen from what we tested. So and those are the things that we've seen.

Bradley: And so you know, we talked about this on a couple of recent webinars, Marco, I believe, on Hump Day hangouts as well. So stop me if I'm revealing too much, but I don't think I am because we're just going to talk about this on more of a conceptual level, we've got time because I don't see a lot of other questions coming through anyways. But one of the things, like I just mentioned, is how to manipulate kind of what is called site weight or brand authority, right? There's it was an hour and a patent that Google published, you know, many years ago, I think it was 2010, or 11, or maybe 12. When I first was introduced to it, it was around 2011, I believe, by Ivan Buddhamayor, we were, you know, really had a really big influence on my SEO, local SEO career really. Anyways, we've talked about this in the past with the CT spam, the click-through spam stuff. And that very early on Google had determined that navigational search queries would make an if all if there were two competitive sites, all things being equal. You know, and I know that's very difficult to do. But just theoretically, if there was to compare two competing sites and all and they were very similar in nature, as far as SEO value on-page, backlink profile, all of that kind of stuff. If one of them, one of the brands were so so let's say site, a its particular brand name, if there was a lot of navigational search queries where people would search by that company by name or that website by name, or that name plus contact or name plus phone or name plus location, any variation or number of what they call navigational search queries, then Google would recognize that as a higher authority, and we would it was called the site weight patent. And that was the nickname for it. But it would give that site more weight, right. So it would be weighted heavier, it would be more authoritative. And so Google would push that one about it to the top of the search results or above the other competitor, because of that nature. That that very reason, right. And so we've talked about a number of ways to do that. We've talked about manipulating that through a click through spam in the past, which I don't recommend anymore, because most of those are bots, they're very difficult like they just don't get counted any more. It's not that I think they're going to be negative or detrimental or harm, or, you know, hurt your rankings. But I don't think that they get, they don't get counted any more. We've talked about doing that through Facebook ads, or excuse me through through ads, you can do that through YouTube ads, and even search ads and display ads more recently, because display ads are a heck of a lot cheaper than search ads. But also, if you can get people through other marketing channels to go search for brand names. And then when they find when the brand comes up, and the various tier one assets or branded assets come up, they start to click through, they don't have to just click through to the website of the GMB map, right, because they could click through the Facebook page. And Google still sees that Google knows that they're clicking through from the search results page to a branded asset, and perhaps even clicking through from the branded asset, ultimately to the website or to the Google Map. And Google can track all of that stuff. And all of those are incredibly good engagement signals that add weight, right? They add site weight or brand weight in this case. But one of the things that I know, Marco has mentioned recently and Hernan has followed up with it is or seconded it co-signed it, so to speak, is that if you have conversion goals that are being achieved, on your assets, right, which think about what a conversion goal is a conversion goal on a website could be somebody filling out a contact request form. Or if you're selling a product, it could be purchasing a product or if you're building an email list, it could be completing an opt-in form, right but on a local level, you're typically going to contact request form. If somebody is completing a conversion goal on a GMB asset, it could be clicking the tab to call button or clicking driving directions if it's a storefront business, right, those are all considered conversion goals.

Then you if you have conversion tracking set up through Google ads, specifically on the site, even if you're not running ads, which I recommend that you do, especially display ads, really, even if you don't have the budget for search ads, you could still set up a very inexpensive display campaign and also on a remarketing campaign remarketing even cheaper. Doing remarketing and building a remarketing list and getting clicks from the display at Google Display Network on a remarketing list is cheaper than cold traffic clicks, right. But still set up conversion tracking through the Google Ads platform and all of that because even organic traffic that comes it's going to register as a conversion won't show as a conversion in the ads platform. But it's that firing mechanism through Google Tag Manager and everything. When you have the conversion tracking set up the conversion goals set up inside of ads, for example. And you can do this in analytics as well. It's that trigger that firing mechanism of when somebody converts and goes to, for example, a thank you page or whatever, that again, starts to build and accrue site weight. And that really helps to you know, it will give you an edge over competitors that aren't doing that. So think about if you and you can even experiment what this because I know for a fact that you'll see a difference in results.

Let's say you got to lead gen properties. And you're getting you to know, somewhat similar traffic on both of them if you take one of them and put the conversion tracking on. And even if you're not running ads, which I still again recommend that you run at least remarketing ads, you'll see that if you're getting conversions on both of those, but only one of them has conversion tracking setup and either Google ads and or analytics, you'll see that that one will start to actually outrank or do better perform better and search than the other one will don't have that conversion tracking setup. And why is that and it's because again, Google's tracking that and it's a way to pipe data directly to Google stating that the visitors that are visiting your brand site, your website in this case, are actually completing the conversion goal that you had set, which means they're getting what they were seeking, right, they were finding the information that they were seeking when they went to Google search, to begin with. And when they're interacting with your brand, they're getting satisfied that query satisfied by completing that conversion goal. And so it's very, very important even if you're not running ads. Again, I recommend that you still set up Google Ads conversion tracking where you can do it via analytics. And if nothing else, start building a remarketing list and running very inexpensive remarketing campaign ads, so that Google can see all that plus, that's how you start to increase your art activity, relevancy, trust, and authority, as Marco always calls it, because you'll start getting visitors that will engage with your brand more than once. And then that's another good brand signal or ranking signal, right? repeat visits. So you want to comment on that, guys?

Hernan: I think that you put it beautifully, Bradley.

Bradley: Okay,

Marco: yeah, I'd like to add and getting back to the GMB that it's how you relate the entity to the geolocation and the and the keywords. So that what you're doing is you're switching the map to a knowledge panel, or the entities becoming the keyword for that niche. Because one thing is, is adding site weight and getting all of that action. On the website, when we're talking about the map pack, it's actually the entity, it becomes all about what's going to be delivered to that person doing the query, it's generally on a mobile phone, right? Because most, most of it call it most of these searches, especially feedback, they get delivered on that on that phone or on that mobile device. And that's what Google is actually looking for that it's how you relate the entity to the geolocation and the keywords and niche. And again, we've done so much stuff in Manhattan in New York City, that this is like, I know what's taking place. And Google will tell you if you read all of the different patents and everything that that's going on right now Google will tell you exactly what it is that you need to do. So that you can be a change a three-pack, you can even get the map out of there. And you get a knowledge panel instead. That's what you know, you're the authority as a trusted entity trusted authority in the niche.

Bradley: Very good. So hopefully that was helpful, Gordon.

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How To Avoid Keyword Cannibalization Between Pages Of A Resorts Website?

The next question is from Fermo, this one, I'm not quite sure I understand this question either. So I apologize. But I'm going to try it and says Hi, there, I have a resort's account, the problem three hotels share keywords on the same domain. Okay. So there are three separate hotels that are being promoted on the same domain, apparently. two languages English and Spanish. Okay. It's a pain in the ass to rank them by Mark, as the client intends is there is a Is there a way to avoid cannibalization between pages? That's a tough question. Because I don't really understand what it is that you're asking. I didn't understand what you're trying to promote three different hotels, they're targeting the same keyword on the same domain. The only thing I could say if I'm understanding this correctly would be to have you know, very good coded structured data on each one of those pages. That or pages that are associated with each location, or each separate hotel, I should say. So that you can kind of disambiguate between the three, that's what you're calling cannibals, cannibalization between pages. I don't know how you could do that on with keyword can't like how you wouldn't keyword Canada cannibalize? In other words, how because it's there three hotels in the same location competing for the same words on the same or the same keywords or search queries on the same domain. The only thing I could imagine, or suggest doing and Marco will probably have a much better reply to this than I do would be to make sure that everything, the entity for each one of them is very, very clear. And you know, concise, very tight like, and that's you could accomplish that with structured data, as well as you know, some of the other entity assets that would be connected to it. But I'm not really sure how you would do that. To me, I feel like you would almost if you're always going to be competing with each other. If it's all on the same domain to Marco, do you have any idea how to help them here?

Marco: No, because you're talking about the only variation here is the hotel name. Everything else is the same? Maybe the address is different. So maybe the location can vary by address. But you but you compete. There's no way to avoid what you're calling cannibalization, which is Google taking similar pages on your website and deciding which one it should display. Ideally, you want Google to display all three? is Google to this is Google going to display or three years? Or is it finally going to decide this the one that matters? This is the one that I'm going to display? I would almost go like with if you can three. So I don't know how much control you have three subdomains or three separate websites? Yeah. Because the then the three separate websites, you can schema, the three separate websites correctly, that they each will then have their own entity, you could even try to do it on the same website. I wouldn't. But if you could divide it into three websites, where all three of these would then take up real estate in SERPs. But then you run into this. How do you decide like which one you want ranking above the other? Yeah. Whereas Google? How is Google going to take that? As long as you deliver the same power? And whatever you do to one you do to all of the others? I think you can take up a lot of real estates that way on the SERPs. Other than that, if you're trying to run it on the same domain, and we'll just call it cannibalization, I don't call it that. That's what everybody else calls it. And that's fine. But yeah, I don't see how you can avoid it. If the only thing that's different is the name of the hotel, everything else is the same idea. You're in can you're in Cancun, and you're by Solaris, so Solaris common to all of them, that they're probably in close proximity to one another. I, other than putting them in three separate domains, or three, even three sub-domains, which are actually three separate domains. I don't see how you can do it.

Bradley: Yeah, cuz then that would separate the web entities, least the domain entities, right. So So I agree with Marco, you know, again, the only thing that I could do if it was I recommend on the same domain would be to have like, you know, again, each page for each location would have its own, you know, Corp organization or corporation type markup, as well as perhaps local business markup structured data. I mean, and all that. But then again, it's Google's, you know, one of the more recent updates was Google specifically stating that it was going to put fewer results from the same domain for the same type of keyword on the in the search results, right? I don't, I never I stopped keeping up with the names of the updates, guys, but it's one of the more recent Google updates, like within the last few months, and they one of the things that they said that they were going to do is reduce the number of pages from the same domain that could show up for any particular query on page one. Right? So there's be less overall search results from any given one domain. And so that's probably what you know, a big part of what you're experiencing there. So I agree with Marco, how do you beat that you do it separate the domain entity that way, either via subdomain or entirely separate domains? So I agree with that.

Is It Okay To Interlink The Properties In Google Stack?

Austin Don says Is it advisable to interlink the properties in a Google stack? Yes, that's what we do. And that's why it's called the what the spider silo correct?

Marco: Yep, it's the spider web silo.

Bradley: There you go. Absolutely. Alright, moving on. We're almost out of questions, guys. So we're going to answer the next thing that

Hernan: I think I think that we need to give Marco, a prize for the sexiest product naming convention. You know, like a spider web, silo and RYS Academy, and MGYB Oh, that's beautiful. So give him a gold star.

Marco: He got a prize, it gets to be here every week with us.

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Do You Have Any Webinars About Building RYS Stacks And Tracking Results For Restaurants?

So Alright, the next question. We've got looks like two questions left, guys. So wrap, post any questions if you have them. Otherwise, we'll get through these two, and we'll wrap it up. I see. The next one says I follow you guys on the Facebook page bought older course but wanted to see best way or linking me to a webinar about building RYS stack for restaurants and tracking results. I'm not sure what you mean about that. I mean, if you the webinars about how to build RYS stacks in the RYS Academy, or RYS Academy reloaded, we don't teach you how to do that outside of that course. Now, what you could do is purchase from MGYB, if you don't have if you don't, if you don't have RYS Academy, or RYS Academy reloaded, which is the newer version, then I would say, the next best thing would be to just buy a drive stack from MGYB, and have it done for you. And in fact, that's unless you know, want to learn the components and how to build all of that stuff anyway, then, you know, it's a lot, it's a lot of work to build those things out. So you're better off buying them done for you. And then you can always tinker around with that one. But that's something I would recommend doing is buying an RYS stack from MGYB. As far as tracking results, it's no different than normal SEO type tracking, right. So whatever you use for tracking a tracker, you know, personally, especially for a local business, which a restaurant is a local business, right? I prefer to use Bright Local because it will track the domain as well as the third party mentioned. So pretty much you put in and that's again, bright local, has a Local Rank Tracker, that you can enter in 50 or 100, keywords dependent that you want to track depending on what level subscription you have. And then you can ask it to track third party mentions. So the reports will show you that and also you enter in a location. So you can like to have where you want it to track. So for a restaurant, cuz that's a storefront business, I would recommend just plugging into zip code that the restaurant is in as the location tracker. In other words, it's going to do searches via desktop, mobile, and maps. And it's going to try to simulate doing searches from that zip code location. So it's going to give you more accurate local rank results, then if you didn't, it was, you know, and again, it's they're not going to be entirely accurate because of the way that the algorithm works now, but it's better, it's more accurate, it's more closely resembles what somebody would be seeing if they were searching from a mobile device in that particular zip code. So I would recommend using bright local for tracking, because like I said, you can put it all those keywords, you can set the location that it's actually searching from, you can track, Google, desktop, mobile, and maps as well as Yahoo, and Yahoo, local Bing and being local. So those are like the all of them that you can track. And it will show third party mentions as well. So like if you have for example, you know, Facebook page and Yelp page and you know, all these other different pages, it will show where those are also ranking for each keyword query that you add her as the search terms that you want to monitor. So, Marco, do you have any comments on?

Marco: Yeah, the principles that RYS Academy was founded on in 2014, when you were Virginia CO, they haven't changed in like they never change from 2000, sorry, 2014 to 15, may have to 15, they haven't changed so that when we went after DC plumber, with our is Academy reloaded, all we did is add power. But that that that didn't mean that RYS Academy stops working. It's simply meant that we could push way more power with the new concepts that we applied to always Academy reloaded. So what you did in 2015, is the same basic things that we did in 2017. With with just different techniques, right, we brought in the calendar, we brought in just some different things, adding depth, and breadth to the drive stack, all of these things that that we conceptualize, and we brought in to make them even more effective. But yeah, that what he says, you know, as far you all of course, and the best way to link or, or how to rank a restaurant, it's all the same as the same way a local restaurant gets ranked the same way that a local plumber that any other local type place would get ranked, nothing has changed. And as a matter of fact, whether you doing it locally, or globally, the concepts are the same. You apply the same theory. Enough, nothing has changed. So I mean, just just go through the old training and apply. What's there, because that's what Bradley did. And it's still ranking To this day, guys. We're in 2019. How many updates have we been through? How many things has Google thrown at us? Even in the last two years, and it's still there? You haven't done anything?

Bradley: Not a damn thing, man.

Hernan: Every time I'm saying good. I don't know. I don't know. I don't think it works.

Marco: Yeah, it definitely doesn't work.

Bradley: Alright, so next question.

Hernan: Sorry, sorry. Sorry, Hernan. But get ready for what's coming. Because when Marco it's funny, because when Marco says that he's gonna put the SEO one on his head. He's not fucking around. Yeah. That's pretty cool. So get ready.
Bradley: Yeah.

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Will Changing One GMB Name Affect Other Listings Of The Same Company?

So the next question is got a follow-up question. So I'm going to read both of them before trying to answer. This is a very elementary question. But quite honestly, it's the first time I've had this situation, I have a large law firm that has seven locations across the US. Some locations have a simple name, law firm, and others have a full legal full name listing all the partnerships, example name, name, name, law firm, if I change to a simplified name law firm, will it screw up the other locations? Basically, I'm asking if changing the name will screw up the NA P. I should note that the simplified name was just created a few days ago, the more complex name has been in place for months, if not years. Yeah, it will. I mean it, it will because that's what it called, it's called invigoration, right, it will ambiguous the data that NAP data, the consistency, and it can and most likely will. And my experience, it always does, it will if you change the names, and it's already, especially if they've been in place for any period of time. And they've accrued citations which are published, you know, name, address and phone number published on the web, whether it's a includes a link or not, it doesn't matter. A citation is a citation is a citation. In other words, just publishing the name and address and phone number and website URL, or any combination of those data points, is called a citation. And those pages that that's published on if they're indexed in Google, then Google will count those as a mention of brand dimension. And so if you try to start messing with the name brand, which in this case, the business name or law firm name, and change them in the GMB is, then it's going to have a significant effect on what Google gives credit to that particular business for. That makes sense. So you know, I don't recommend doing it. Or if you are going to do it, then I recommend that if it's a law firm, you probably got a fairly good budget, then you can do it. And what I would recommend in that case is go to https://www.semanticmastery.com/loganix, if somebody wants to post that in the comments section, they have a really good citation cleanup services, the best one out there, in my opinion, and I've used a bunch of the guys, even a lot of other vendors that a lot of you guys are familiar with. I've tried and nobody does as good a job as Loganix, however, you want to pronounce it at cleaning up citations, especially if you've got a lot of them out there. It's expensive, it's 500 bucks per location. But it's a really good service. And if you've got some out there that have a lot of accrued a lot of citations over the months or years, then that's going to it's a big job. And I would recommend just having them do it. And they're about 70% successful with cleaning up citations. In other words, about 70% of the attempts that they make, get accepted and change. So that's what I would do if I were going to do it. Thank you, Adam. If I were going to change the name, and you've got the budget for it, or you can get the budget for it, then I would absolutely recommend that you ordered the citation cleanup service immediately upon changing the names. And also make sure that your client is aware that they will see some dancing until everything gets cleaned up. There's just no way around it. Okay,

Marco: yeah. And even if they don't have a ton of citations, you don't want to create ambiguity, right? Because I did it I unwittingly in a project that I was working on it, I created an ambiguity. And I don't know in cash and the Google cash cycle of what about 30 days. And to this day, I'm still fighting, it's been about 10 months, maybe a year, I'm still fighting it went, because it starts creeping back up. The ambiguity starts creeping back up, and you have to slap it. And it's really, really difficult to get to convince Rank Brain that you met the other thing, not not the new thing. And you want it to go back to the old thing where you started. And it's guys, you don't want to get into trust me, it takes a lot of effort go. Yeah.

Hernan: Sorry, I just wanted to, I just wanted to interject here for a second. Because I think that if he's, if he's working with a law firm, nothing to do it, you know, what you guys talking about, by the way, but if he's working with a law firm, grab a little bit of the budget that he's paying you and join the mastermind, because if you enjoy what these guys are saying right now, and they will save you a ton of money and time, because you know, we fuck up a lot. And we share all of our stuff of the mastermind. So go ahead and join the mastermind, if you think that what these guys are saying is, you know, it's powerful, and it will save you time and save you money, grab some of the money that these these, this, this client is paying you and join the mastermind and that will be one of the best investment that you have ever made in your, in your, in your business, you know, you will increase the value as a marker exponentially for that client and any other client that you might have. So she's wanting to say that.

Bradley: So Hernan gets the prize now instead of Marco.

Hernan: Also, like kind of come back next week. Next week.

Bradley: That was a good pitch, man. That was a good pitch. Appreciate that.

Should I Order Syndication Networks First Before RYS Stacks?

So Alright, so the last question is Austin dawn, he says I'm in the syndication to Dotto training. So he's talking about Syndication Academy. Wow, tons of great info. I don't think I want to put one together though. I agree. 100%. Listen, I've said this a million times I think Syndication Academy is great. Uh, you know, I don't recommend anybody building syndication networks, though. Like, honestly, I think it's great to go through the training. And if you if you're the type that just has to do everything yourself, which you're not Austin Don, apparently, which is good, then then, you know, go through the training and, and put it to use and build it networks. I mean, I did it for several years. When I first started building them, I literally did all the building myself for the first probably two years and I made a lot of money on selling networks to clients as well as getting results as an overall like SEO monthly, you know, service. So you know, you can do it, but I don't recommend it because it is very time-consuming. And you don't need to do it. If you want to you can hire your own VA and put your own VA through our training. If you're a member and have your own in house VA that works specifically for you building networks or an alternative method would be just to purchase them from MGYB. Because we've got all of our VA is that we've trained our arts, the team that we've trained through that same training, right, they've all been personally trained by me and my training, and they built into our specifications. And they've been building we've got donors that have been with us literally for five years now. So they're very, very good at what they do. So I would recommend that that's what you do. Save your time. Let us do it for you to focus on bigger, broader things for your business allow us to do the grunt work, right. So he says what I ordered the first prior to the RYS deck. Yes, absolutely. Austin dawn, you should have the battle plan. If you don't, you should get it. Because the battle plan specifically lays out the order in which you should put these pieces together. And the syndication network always comes first. And then the drive stack when you order the drive stack. Now you can include the syndication network profile URLs in the drive stack build so that now you're building power into the network through the drive stack if that makes sense. So absolutely. If you don't already have the battle plan, get it and go through that and it will show you how to put these pieces together and the order that we recommend. Okay. Any other comments guys in the last two minutes?

Marco: Yeah, I have a question. If RYS Academy and drive stacks and syndication networks, remember someone called them a link wheel? If they don't work, why are there so many copycat courses and so many people offering them in Fiverr and conquer and all these other marketplaces? What? They must be cheating people out of their money, huh?

Yeah, yeah. Good question, Marco. I wonder why that is.

They don't work done right.

Alright, everybody, thank you for coming and participating today. We will see you guys next week. Thanks, everybody. Bye

bye-bye.

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How Do You Change A GMB Listing’s Name Without Compromising Its Current Rankings?

By April

 

In Hump Day Hangouts episode 246, one participant asked how to change a GMB listing's name without compromising its current rankings.

The exact question was:

Wondering how to handle this: My client is a local franchise store, 6 months in biz, his citations are messed up because I added a primary keyword to the company name in the GMB listing but that keyword is not on any citations. The GMB is listed as: [brand name + city + keyword + city]. His GMB is ranking great for the main keyword in a metro area but the citations show his name only as [brand name + city] with out the keyword. my concern is a big drop in GMB traffic if I take out the keyword from the GMB listing to match the citations. He gets 3-5 new customers daily from google so he knows when it drops. Should I add the keyword to the citations listings? also thinking to drop the first city name so the name would be [brand name + keyword + city] your thoughts? thanks

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What Schema Should You Use On City Pages That Do Not Have Separate GMBs?

By April

In episode 246 of Semantic Mastery's weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked what schema should one use for city pages that do not have separate GMBs.

The exact question was:

Hey! Would type of schema would you recommend on city pages that do not have separate GMBs. Would you actually create citations or profiles for these city pages? By the way, I'm also loving the Press Advantage unlimited plan you all turned me onto last month. Thanks!

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Weekly Digital Marketing Q&A – Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 247

By April

Click on the video above to watch Episode 247 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.

 

Announcement

Bradley: You are already live so, by the way.

Adam: Well, good. Well, behind the scenes. Welcome everybody to the show known as Hump Day hangouts where we outlast Google Hangouts. And we'll explain a little bit about that. But first, I want to introduce everybody and let you know you're in the right place for getting your questions answered. We appreciate you joining us on episode 247. Today is the last day of July 2019. And let's just go down, say hi to everybody real quick. And before we get into it, and we got a few exciting announcements. So Chris, how are you doing today?

Chris: Doing good. Sunny here, even it's dark already. The weather is holding up pretty good. Can't complain.

Adam: Nice. All right. Good deal. Hernan, how about you? How's the let's see, we're going we're in the middle of summer how's winter going for you?

Hernan: It's winter now. Now it's good, man. It's good. Nice, nice HTC I hope I get to you know, I get to rub the OG. So, So yeah, good. I'm good. I'm excited for the live. It's coming. It's gonna be there. It's gonna be awesome. So I'm excited about that.

Adam: Cough Cough go to pofulive.com. Get your ticket today. Okay? I don't know if he said that. But Marco, how about you?

Marco: Hey, dude, man, the position of FU, POFU, however, you want to call it, that, that that's what you want to be. And this is how you start, by the way, coming in here and asking us questions, and then going out and verifying. Don't just take somebody's word for it just because they have a title, just because they work for a big company or whatever. Guys don't fall for that. Because there's a lot of misinformation on the web. I see it. I mean, now I'm just almost like if I weren't in that, whatever timeline and Google, it would be a minute by minute feed of misinformation about SEO, and you're doing yourself a disservice if you pay attention to all the bullshit that you're being fed. Come here. Ask your questions. Don't take our word for it. Verify it, test it. We've already done it. So we're very confident in what we have to say and what we have to offer. But by all means, please go test. And if we're wrong, come back and let us know. We've yet to have someone come and tell us. Look, I went and tested and you're wrong. So please prove me wrong.

Bradley: But we've had people come and tell us that you're wrong. They didn't say we've gone and tested and we have people tell us who is wrong. So by the way, Hi, everybody.

Adam: Yeah, moving on down. Bradley. Hi. How you doing? Yeah, I was gonna mention a video we all were laughing about yesterday, but I'm not gonna tell people who that was. or do anything like that. Yeah. There's a funny moment somebody had put out a video about certain techniques not working and it's something that's worth a while and is going strong.

Chris: So just let them do it. The old hard way with PBNs and stuff.

Adam: Well, Bradley, how you doing, man? I think you've got a storm brewing literally there?

Bradley: I do and two weeks ago, I think it was two weeks ago. I got cut off like 23 minutes in because of an electrical storm. And it's, um, it's looking pretty, pretty bad out there. So hopefully I'll be able to make it through the whole hour. But we'll see if you guys are ready for it then

Adam: I just got a few announcements I want to get through and then we will jump into the questions. Because like last time, we can't guarantee that it will stay up and what I was alluding to in the introduction, I may have misspoken and Bradley is it. It's not Hangouts, it's going away. Right. It's Hangouts On Air is going away. So now it's called Google Webcam or some shit. And I don't know, I have not even attempted today's the last day of Google Hangouts on Air.

Adam: So Bradley, does this mean that Hump Day Hangouts are gone forever?

Hernan: The last day of Hump Day Hangout, we're killing it all over by God's pleasure.

Bradley: No, we're just a few weeks shy of our four fourth, the fifth year, no fourth year anniversary because we started in October of 2015. So Actually, it'll be five years. Five years. It's already shed whose October must have been October 2014, then, yeah. Wow. I'll be damned. Yeah, because we're going to be at a, I think Episode 260 would be our five fifth year anniversary. So we're approaching that anyways, we have out as Adam said, we have outlasted Google Hangouts apparently because Hangouts On Air is going away. They're calling it now Google Webcam or something and you have to fire it up or initiate a different way which I have not learned. However, we can use Zoom which we've been using internally for a lot of stuff and you can actually get a live stream key and pipe it directly into YouTube what using the live stream key so that's probably how we're going to end up doing it so the format of the video itself may change a little bit guys, but you know, it is still going to be right here on https://www.semanticmastery.com/hdquestions is where you can watch the live one and it will be streamed into our YouTube channel so you'll still see it there as well.

Adam: Yeah, yeah.

Chris: Reveal more secrets now. Google is not listening anymore.

Bradley: Yeah, we're piping it into YouTube. there still was.

Adam: Yeah, but yeah, yeah, if you're watching this, it'll be transparent to you Don't worry about it. We just figured we'd give you a heads up to a case you're using it regularly just know that there are some changes coming down. But for watching it, nothing's really going to change. We're just going to put a different video on the page and it'll still be on the YouTube channel. So if you are new to Semantic Mastery, this is your first time joining us thank you first of all for watching wherever you are, if you're at https://semanticmastery com./HDquestions or if you're watching on YouTube, just ask that if you want to get your questions answered, make sure you go to https://semanticmastery com./HDquestions. That is where we monitor for questions and you can ask them ahead of time and then you know if you can join us live if you can't we understand. You can always catch the replay on YouTube and see what the question or rather the answer was to your question. As far as the next step, the question we always get is you know, what should I do? You guys put on a lot of training, you've got a lot of videos, then you know, watch the videos course get the answers you need come to Hump Day Hangouts and then grab the Battle Plan. All right go to https://battleplan.semanticmastery.com you can find out a lot more about that there. And if you're ready to really take things up a notch whether you're got you to know digital marketing agency you want to start one your business owner that really wants to take things up to the next level. Go to https://mastermind.semanticmastery.com find out more about that there. And if you ever have any questions about what you can ping us you can ask about it in Hump Day Hangouts here and we'll be happy Of course to talk about that. If you're more of the done for you type and you want to get stuff done for you go to MGYB.co Great way to leverage it for clients or yourself your own projects. For premium done for you SEO and marketing services, stuff like links embedded syndication networks, our way is drive stacks, all sorts of other stuff as well. That's just the tip of the iceberg. There's more coming out. I think Rob is actually bringing on some beta testers today for a new service. And then, of course, subscribe on YouTube. Whether you're watching this live right now or you're catching on YouTube, hit that subscribe button, stay up to date with these and then all of the I'm going to be humble and say kick-ass content that we put out. I think you should definitely subscribe. So, other than that, you guys, is there anything else? I wanted to talk real quick about POFU Live, but is there anything else we need to tell people about?

Bradley: No, I'm good. No.

POFU Live 2019

Adam: All right. So real quick, I want to tell everyone. If you are interested in joining us in October, it's October 11, 12th and 13th. If you join the VIP event, which I highly recommend you do, we priced it so it makes sense. Go over to pofulive.com. We really want people who are interested in real hands-on learning as well as networking covering a wide range of material to join us this year in Denver for the second year in a row hopefully live. I'm not going to run it down. Go check it out at POFUlive.com and see if you think that this would be a good fit for you. Again, we're really looking for people who are definitely the action takers who want to meet others who are doing some kick-ass stuff and learning from not only us but each other as well as guest speakers. We've got Jeffrey Smith coming and we've also got Adam Benjamin, a copywriter coming. Rob will be joining us. And I'm going to force him to get up in front of people and say a few words but just the amount of networking, what you're going to learn from each other and what we're going to be able to share with you is going to be invaluable. Everyone we talked to last year, you know, really had a great time they learned a lot from it and learned a lot from each other. So just head over to pofulive.com check out the videos from the people who attended last year. I think they say it better than we ever possibly could. But on that note, does anybody want to add to that about POFU Live?

Hernan: Yeah, I wanted to add that one of the best things that POFU Live had, in my opinion, was the fact that we were older there and we were all networking with each other. And a lot of you know, this amount of businesses were burnt bond or were like created during POFU Live. And it happens right when you put together 20, 30, 50 people that are focused. You know, I know in making it happen better focus on getting better clients getting more clients that are focused on growing their own assets. It's like, you know, magic happens so and something else that I found out is that Yeah, I have a visitor here. So something I've got I found out is that. Yeah,

Bradley: I got so many jokes I could say right now. Yeah.

Hernan: So, um, what I'm gonna say I lost my train of thought No, but yeah, but the reality is that I, I've had the honor to work with super, super successful people. And one of the common traits that they have is that they network, right? They get together with other people, other successful people that push them to be better and push them and make them focus and whatnot. So I think that's one of the best things that POFU has to offer. So yeah, hope you guys be there.

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Adam: And I just real quick want to add to this because this is my own personal bias. So for anyone out there who's a little bit like me, you know, I used to hear networking and think like MLM or you know people being you know, crappy and just, you know, rubbing elbows to meet people and stuff like that. And one that's not what we're about and two, that isn't what that means. And so I just bring this up because that was kind of my own thing several years back I avoided stuff I avoided going out to groups like this, and then now realize, wow, okay, like having a mastermind. Being a part of a group doing these events a couple of times a year, our own as well as going to other people. Just really helps accelerate things, you know, making those connections learning from people who know more than you and helping other people in the same fashion just really helps. It's not about

Bradley: What about all the pitching we're going to do from stage to make sure that everybody's buying all our shit. Yes, exactly. Non-Stop pitch fest. It's great now Just kidding. Yeah, no pitches. Now then. Obviously, you know, we have more training, but if you know you can ask us about that. Our speakers. Our guest speakers do not pitch. Yeah, it's about learning. Yeah, it's a training event.

Bradley: It is not a pitch fest. I've been to too many of those and various industries, but internet marketing. One of them where you go thinking it's going to be a weekend where you're going to get some training and it's like very very short on training but long on pitching, you know what I mean? And, and that's, you know, that's not our style so definitely, well alright guys, let's get into it before. We cut off the noise more talk. Let me grab the screen

Should You Get The Whole Syndication Networks Set Up First Before Building RYS Stacks?

Okay, it looks like Brian is up first he says I just bought syndication networks and RYS tax for three clients. First time using the service. I've been through syndication Academy so familiar, but wondering, should I get the syndication network setup in full first, so I can give all the properties to build the RYS stack. Yes. Short answer yes. And what are best practices for providing the best links, content, data, etc for getting syndication networks in RYS stack setup? These clients have websites GMB, some Web 2.0 properties, and content. I see the forms to fill out to get them going but just asking your advice to optimize the setup, and then how to self manage and add value afterward using the RYS instruct guide that comes with it. Thanks.

Okay, so yes, absolutely, I recommend getting the syndication network first, as we talked about in the Battle Plan. That is the process that you know, our step by step procedure is to start with the syndication network, that's always the first thing that we do. Once that has been delivered. Then you order that drive stack that way you can include your syndication network properties, as far as what to include in the orders. For syndication network, really, all you need is a logo, your primary URL, your money site URL, or if it's for a YouTube video, it'll be you know, our excuse me a YouTube channel, then it'll be for that but you want to provide an RSS feed to. Something else, a few people have asked recently that have the press advantage, their own subscription or that have been doing Press advantage, you know, press releases through MGYB, that when we set up an organization page for you, or if you have your own, like I said, your own subscription and you're managing your own accounts, then they also have an RSS feed. And that's something that you can include and have, you know, apple, it's created for your syndication network also. And that's something is very, very powerful, so that you can syndicate those press releases. So keep that in mind guys. That's a feature available in MGYB. You know, for the syndication networks, but definitely get those first provide the logo, the money site URL, just fill out the form and give it what it's asking for. As far as content you don't need any content. The content is going to come from your blog when you're posting or publishing content to your blog. It's going to get syndicated to the network. For your drive stacks, I'll let Marco talk on this briefly too. But for drive stacks, you don't need any content either. You just need basically your a handful of your money site keywords, your primary keywords product and or service keywords and then we do everything else. Marco, can you talk about that?

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Marco: Yeah. Well with keywords, it depends on whether they order one of our keyword gigs first, right? Or if they're going to provide us with the keywords. So that's a depend on the scenario as with anything that depends right how much information you want in there. We do collect information, as you saw from the contact form. But I mean, our VAs are trained to go out and look for relevant content. Because when it comes to an RYS, a drive stack, and a Gsite, it doesn't matter. We actually want to mirror your money site. So whatever's on your money site, you want that on the drive stick to push relevance from driving and the Gsite over to your website. That's all we're concerned with. Sometimes, the Gsite will rank so we do try to make it as good look as good as possible. But I mean, I don't see anything that you necessarily have to do with the RYS stack except provide the info that we request or order it from us. And yes, by all means, submit your tier one branded as part of the URLs that you want to push relevance to, because that really helps. And then when you do link building, it really helps to have that spread throughout the drive stack.

Is It A Good Idea To Have 4 Pages On Your Website Dedicated To One City In A County?

Bradley: Very good. Next question is from Dave. He says, Is it a good idea to have four pages on your website dedicated to one city and a county. Then each page would be, for example, plumber plus city or 24-hour plumber plus city or emergency plumber plus city after our plumbers plus city, then repeat the same to with the next city or county? I'm going to say no, I would like to get everyone else's input as well. But I don't recommend that years ago. Yes, but now, I think you're better off optimizing one page because those are all very similar. So optimizing one page just has you know, separate basically content sections or header, you know, headings with that, where you can optimize for each one of those sections, you might have a paragraph or two about each one of those types of plumbing services on the same page. However, what I would recommend you do is create a category for that and create so essentially going to create a silo for that particular city. And then that way you can if you find that you need additional, which you likely will, you'll probably need some additional content to help to push that page right and yes, for you know, for SEO purposes, then if you have a category set up for that same city, you know, plumbing cert, you know, plumber, city, plumber, or what however you want to set up the category, you can publish blog posts within that category, like in other words, you can publish blog posting, put, place them in that category, and then use silo linking structure to be able to boost that page, if that makes sense. But instead of having four pages that would likely be thin on content or very close to being almost duplicate content for each page. I think you're better off just optimizing one longer page for all of those terms for that particular city, then creating a category for it. You can even redirect the category URL to that page itself. But that way, whenever you're publishing blog posts, you can place them into that category and then use the internal linking with proper, you know, siloed linking strategy to link back to that page and get a boost from it that way, especially when they're syndicating through syndication network. So Margaret would say you and how would you do it?

Marco: I 100% agree to have one page with all the information on it because it's all relevant. And it doesn't have to we used to target it that way. one page per keyword, but that's no longer necessary. So we give the bot all of the information on one page what I do also recommend to skip navigation links. And what that happens is that then it helps rank up divide up your content, so that you could actually rank with your skip navigation makes it your excerpt

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For that, what that's navigation for that question. And this is especially true a frequently asked questions, but let me just try to stay on this subject here, skip navigation so that Google can pick out it what's relevant and what it will rank it. And it will sometimes and often pick out the question and answer or the service and then the explanation about the service and excerpt and actually put that in the SERPs since you've used skip navigation to guide the user to the best fit for the query. So yes, totally what you said plus, don't leave out skip navigation to guide the user experience.

Bradley: Yeah, you can go ahead Hernan

Hernan: No, no, yeah, I was about to say that with with with Google at this point in time, you don't need to, you can should like have more content and markup properly marketed properly. And you should be on a good spot because the same page could rank for it will run for hundreds and sometimes thousands of keywords, you know, so yeah, I totally agree.

Bradley: Yeah, with a skip links or the jump links, whatever you want to call them, you can actually link those, like from the blog posts, if you're doing blog posts for additional content to kind of give that category and page a push, you can actually link with those within the post directly to those hop links, which would go directly to that section on the page. So that's how you can optimize within the silo for that. So it's very, very powerful. And remember all that gets syndicated through syndication network, so

Okay, well, thanks for refreshing when I didn't ask you to.

Would Havinge A Related GMB Listing Helpful In Ranking A Local Lead Gen Site For Small And Less Competitive Location?

Alright, so the next question is from Gordon, what's up, Gordon? He says, Hey, guys, thank you very much, again for these extremely helpful hump days. It's really appreciated it. You're welcome. As always, Gordon, he says, I know you said previously that it is super difficult to rank your local niche. Though we've answered this multiple times. But let me finish reading it, I guess, local niche lead gen site organically because of the heavy presence of directory type sites on the first page of the Google search results. But if someone wanted to try rank a local lead gen site organically for a small, less competitive location. I was wondering how much of a site ranking factor having a relative GMB listing was, if at all, and whether you can actually just ignore setting one up and still rank without any increase in the degree of site ranking difficulty. Yeah, I mean, as I mentioned before, you can as you if you're in a, like a suburb area, for example. So out of the broader geographic term that most people would be optimizing for, right? So if you're targeting a geographic modifier or a local modifier, tight term, that is not very competitive at all, then yes, you stand a much better chance of ranking organically. And as we've said before, you know, you can do it without having a GMB week for a long time for Well, about a year steady. We pushed the GMBs very hard because we were, you know, so easy to get them and you could get them in each location that you wanted to rank but for what you're trying to do, I would say

I know you know, you're not gonna if you're not going to try to spam GMB into that, then yes, you can chat, you can just set up a, you know, a page on a site, for example, or in a standalone site for that particular area. I would and I'm sure Marco would agree, or everyone would agree that I think you're better off creating a brand. And then building authority through that particular brand domain that may cover multiple areas, even organically if even if you're not trying to rank with the GMB you know, in the map section. Because what happens is over time your site will grow will gain authority, right will accrue authority, which will make it easier over time to rank in new areas when you want to optimize for new locations, as opposed to setting up like individual sites for each location, which is kind of the GMB strategy. But we're talking about organic ranking now. So you really want to accrue that authority and it has a cumulative effect from all the other work

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You're going to be doing so that each time and here's an example. You know, for a lot of the lead gen stuff that I do, I've created multiple subdomain WordPress sites for. So what happens is each new location would get a new subdomain. And then I would install a new WordPress site that was typically usually just a one-page website, well, maybe a couple of pages like contact form and things like that. But what would happen is after like the fifth or six sub domain, then each time I would add go into a new area and I'd add a new sub domain for new location, it would rank so much quicker than what it took to get the first few right, if that makes sense because it was benefiting from all the authority that accrued across the entire root domain as well as all of its what I call sibling subdomains. That makes sense. So you can accomplish that same thing whether using subdomains or not, you could be doing it just through a domain and with inner pages for that matter. So I mean, initially it may be a bit difficult but if you're starting with a low competition area,

Yeah, yeah, you stand a really good chance because a lot of the directory style sites are not going to be targeting on a more granular location level. So again, I say it is absolutely possible without a GMB. Guys input, please,

Marco: it's possible. But when you're talking about local and something that triggers a three-pack, something that triggers the map, you're going up against proximity, right. And so what you're trying to do is put so much power so much relevance and authority that you override, that that proximity factor that's triggering that map, you're trying to get your brand to be so related to the location and to the keyword set to the niche that it actually overrides proximity and creates a knowledge panel rather than the three-pack. Now, the problem that I run into time and again, if I'm going to push that much power, it's going to take a whole lot of money until it's a whole lot of money that most local people don't have to give you if, if you're doing clients, and it's a lot more money than I care to spend in a particular niche in, in, in a location in something that's location-specific unless it's it's a really high ticket item that I might be after that I know that that you know, if I'm doing dental, for example, I know that cosmetic dentistry or maybe a what you call it a facial reconstruction surgery, right and not just getting your face redone or whatever, but reconstruction surgery where they actually had to go in there and work on on the bone or whatever. That's a lot of money also. So that's worth my time. You have to weigh how much you can make from it from and what you'll have to spend to be able to make that and how much time this is all going to require. overriding that proximity factor is not a joke, it can be done but you have to override that you have to somehow overcome that. Because what Google is going to push to that person looking at that particular IP, is something related to that IP. And how do you overcome that?

Hernan: Yeah, I just want to add real quick. I love what Marsha said, the fact that when you're approaching this type of, of whether you're working for a client or you're launching your own project, which you very well do. The reality that you need to it's like, it's like any investment, right? There's the risk-reward ratio or you know, the money and the time that you need to put in a project before it becomes profitable. And sometimes, you know, we, we want to, like, we want to send a nuke or we want to nuke the entire search engine and we spend a lot of money and we spend a lot of time for a project that might not be profitable. So if you're going after injury attorney, if you're going And after, like, that's what Marco was saying and come because of medic dentistry, right? Those are niches that might require you to have a nuke, right to nuke it down like to actually go all in and it might take you maybe a year to see results, right. But then when you're going after some other niches where the cash flow is not there, or maybe, you know, the money's not there, that's why I like to I like to work with high ticket potential clients or high ticket items like pool installation or pond installation, landscaping, you know, high high ticket type stuff that you know, will make sense when it comes to using these type of techniques that Marco was saying, which you know, do take time and money. So I love that.

Bradley: Anyone else?

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Right. So Gordon comes up again with By the way, I recently read an article that said that the reason that the local directory sites take up a large percentage of any particular local Google search result is that not 95% of the local businesses in that area have such low SEO signals that Google deems it more appropriate to rank the directories ahead of them. The article said that such situations were actually indicative of it being easier for you to rank a website for that particular niche and location. Can this be? Can this theory be at all possible and have any merit whatsoever? Well, you know, I'm again, it's going to vary it's going to depend on the query and the location because I can tell you for a fact knowing that I because I've battled in local space for a long, long time, that that is not the case for a lot of there is that are more competitive. It The reason that the directories ranked so well, is because they spend a lot of effort to get them to rank and they're, they're benefiting off their inherent authority from being a large authoritative site, which is what we're talking about in the previous question, which is why we record you know, recommend that you're going to build you know, a brand that will start to gain or crew authority for that very reason.

So my point is like, and I always use this example, but like Fairfax, Virginia, like plumber Fairfax, for example. That's the one that I've shown multiple times these Hump Day Hangouts. And it shows that there are only two or three brands in the search results for that keyword. The rest are all directory pages. And it's not because those brands aren't spending a shit ton of money on SEO, trust me, they are. And it's, it's not that those that there are not other people competing. And that's why all of you know, Yelp and home advisor and Angie's List and all of them are ranking. It's because those directories have put, you know, put forth a lot of effort to show up there because they know there's a lot of traffic, so I'm calling that bullshit again, or I should say I should qualify that with it depends on the area. If you're talking about a lower competition where there's not a lot of people competing for particular keywords Plus, you know, location modifier, the location that you're targeting I mean, then yeah, that very well could be that the directories are just ranking there because there are not very many people competing. But in, the more the more competitive areas, which is, you know, you can usually just, and I don't usually recommend using the Google AdWords or ads Keyword Planner Tool for SEO research, however, you can determine where people are competing by looking at the search query numbers, the search, you know, search volume numbers within the Google ads, Keyword Planner, because people that are bidding for keywords and paying for AdWords that you know, you'll see that in the keyword planner, because you'll see what their average cost per click is, you know, and you'll see high numbers and things like that, which is also high volume, high numbers as far as the cost per click, but also perhaps high numbers in search volume, which means there's demand there, and there are people competing in that space, both for ad space or ad exposure as well as for SEO.

So you can use that data to determine which areas are if you go look in the keyword planner, for example, for, you know, plumber plus a location, and it shows very little or no search volume, and which means there's probably nobody bidding on keywords there, then yes, that's an area you could probably write for fairly easily with organic SEO, because it means it's not very competitive. But if you go look at like plumber Fairfax, for example, Fairfax VA, or Virginia or something like that, you know, Fairfax plumber, something like that any one of the variations thereof, you'll see that it's got high search volume, and it's got high cost per click numbers, values, high cost per click values, and that's because it's a very competitive area. So again, those directory sites know that and that's why there are working on, you know, actively or proactively working on ranking on that first page of Google because they know they'll get a lot of traffic from it. Any other comments on that, guys? Marco. I know how you love articles about SEO.

Marco: Oh dude, how did they get that 95% plus number? Did they go? Did they go to every local niche and go through every possible keyword in the niche? And how did they measure whether it would be easy or difficult? Did they try to actually rank in it because we do go after very difficult competitive niches in the competitive very area? Can you type in something that you've not logged in please a plumber in DC or DC plumber?

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Because we went after that two years ago when we were right around this time, as a matter of fact, a little bit before when we were doing RYS Academy Reloaded. And we're like, man, we're in the three-pack number one plumber in DC number two, and then if this was two years ago, Yeah, nothing has been done in two years. And it clearly doesn't work. No, no, it doesn't work. That doesn't work. But you'll see that the G site is ranking in there and plumber in DC organically. There's three of those that you mentioned. Right? What do you call it? The directory type sites and then some under it are also

Bradley: Yelp, Angie's List and home advisor are the three number one or get the first three organic listings guys. Do you think it's because nobody's competing for plumber DC for DC plumber keywords or do you think it's because they're highly authoritative and they're actively trying to rank organically here? Think about it. You know, that's my point. You know, Marco is talking about how using RYS tactics have been able to get this brand, which you know, to rank as well both are well in the maps pack, but just organically down here to sites, you know that the branded domain as well as the Google site but that's what I'm saying the top three are actually those directory style sites and it's not because this is not competitive. Does that make sense? Yeah,

Hernan: we should we should rename we should name RYS Academy, the Freedom Tool or something like that because if you think about it like Yelp, Angie's List and home advisor they're all have their own marketing team those are like teams of people you know I'm probably they have two or three people dedicated to SEO alone and big budget. Yeah, what big fucking budget so they're spending millions of dollars every year not only in advertising but also in SEO. I know I know this because I witness how people you know, they will hire like two or three in house SEOs working eight hours every day. And then you go in with a like 100 times lower budget 100 times less the number of people right because it's usually your own with a BA and then you sneak in under those three behemoths of a website, so that's that's one thing that RYS Academy should be renamed to the freedom to or whatever, you know,

Hernan: This cost is this test was 500 bucks. Yeah, it was a test. And there were named work to you know, that doesn't work by the way that they'll tell you that that RYS drive stacks don't work. But anyway, I just wanted to show that that you have to push that kind of power to beat these people. I'd be wary of anyone pushing that those kinds of numbers unless they back them up with the test that they did. And I'd be careful going into a non-competitive area. If you're planning to make a whole lot of money or just try to rank in a whole lot of low competition area so that you can get a few leads coming in. If these people aren't investing in these low competition areas, it's likely because there's very little money to be made in there, but you can still make money by outranking them in these less competitive areas except you do a whole lot of them so that it makes sense to whatever it is that you're trying to do whether it provides leads for the client, or sell the lead yourself. Yeah.

Does Having Multiple Syndication Networks, Drive Stacks And GSite Enough To Get Decent Trust Flow And Domain Authority In Ranking For National Keywords?

Alright, so Mark earlier you had posted this link to this question here. So I'm going to just hand this one over to you. Yeah, this question always comes up. And I just wanted to answer it's a new person, I understand that you guys also come in from other groups where they're still using these metrics. And he says that he's trying to rank for national keywords while ordering multiple syndication networks, as well as drive stacks plus Gsite be good enough to give me decent trust flow and domain authority. Oh, well, I have to use other link building tactics. here's the deal, why I wanted to ask you this. I can't tell you whether it's going to give you trust flow and domain authority nor do I care whether it gives me trust flow and domain authority because I can push what I call ART and the art of art, which is activity, relevance, trust, and authority into my stream, as you just saw in DC plumber, and people are doing this nationally with affiliates with all kinds of different projects. And we're doing this also with what Bradley is not teaching and what he's in. We're going to push a national brand into this and take some take that guy on that's dominating the space. Now, my point in answering this is I don't care trust flow is a Majestic metric domain authority is a Moz metric. Domain rank, I think it's Ahref. None of them know.

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Okay, we know there are over 200 ranking factors. We don't know how they're weighted. We don't know how much importance Google gives to each one. So that the final piece of the puzzle is your ranking score. It's the ranking score algorithm and it's the ranking score panel. That's what you're after. That's the Holy Grail. Nobody can approximate that. Because nobody knows the weight that each one has. What we can do is pushed, as I call it the ART of art. And yes, I'm taking from Sun Tzu and the Art of War, of course, but activity, relevance, trust, and authority so that I become so trusted and so authoritative in the niche that Rank Brain is forced to find a place for me in the rankings. That's how we do it. That's the way that we do SEO. It's not the only way. But it's one of the correct ways to push away that kind of beat people up and move them out of the way in the rankings. It's to me, it's the only way it's either that or compete with the million-dollar companies and unless you have million-dollar pockets, you can forget it. You can go and do it that way. Look for million-dollar pockets or do it our way which is pushing the ART of ART. So I hope that answers your question fully. And if it doesn't, please come back to the Facebook group. And we can go further into this. Because I this I find this really interesting. And we try to push people away from third party metrics that are simply selling their metric. And it doesn't really apply in most. Yeah, it has to be really high in order for it to make a difference in these highly competitive spaces.

Hernan: Yeah, yeah. Remember how we remember we, we had some case studies of manipulating, manipulate and she say, the main authority like big-time with thousands of thousands of top domains, and trust flow so was easily manipulated. It didn't correlate though, to the traffic or the visitors that those websites have. Because when you so for instance, the traffic and the domain authority school of thought comes from buying PBNs, right and if that was the case then would you would be buying websites with a lot of traffic, but usually you would, right you will buy a domain just because of their metrics, which is fine, right? It's a school of thought. But we went, we were able to manipulate we took, I don't know, domain authority up to 90, and trust flow up to 70 and 80 using like safe links and all that shit. And I remember that you know, it was pretty easy to manipulate and but it didn't correlate with sales, with visitors heads and sales, which is what we're going after. So, I think that that makes a lot of sense. And also, if you guys wanna if you guys want to join the Facebook group, it's free. It's called. If you go to if you go to facebook.com and if you search for SEO and Marketing by Semantic Mastery, you will be able to join the group you should need to answer a couple of questions and then you will be able to join the group free.

Is Local SEO Dead?

Alright, so next one. Let's see this is a good question. said just from Jason. He says, Hey guys loving your Hangouts. Thanks so much, but I'm a bit worried is local SEO dead now? In the previous hump days you said to stay out of the GMB and even clients GMBs are too risky to edit now and that organic rankings are mostly just all directory sites now. So if we can't confidently approach a client and offer an offer to edit and optimize GMB to rank it and can't rank your own site, either, because it's only directory sites ranking, what is there left to do? What are we supposed to sell them just PPC services? If so, can the Battle Plan help me with that? Thanks. Okay. So, unfortunately, I guess what I said the other day was taken a bit out of context when I said that because what I mean in part it was or maybe it was misunderstood, or maybe I said it wrong. Okay. But to clarify, no local SEO is not dead. Not at all. Far from it. But what I'm saying what I was saying was Yes, right now GMBs are a bit risky to optimize, to do anything on page with even valid businesses are getting you know

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getting chopped or suspended by Google because of like valid actual valid changes. So I just say, you know, be wary of that. Be aware that that could potentially can happen. And it sucks because there's not much that you can do about it, except file a reconsideration or reinstatement request and wait until Google finally gets around to looking at it. And hopefully they'll reinstate it. It took several weeks for one of my clients that got suspended for no apparent reason. And it took like three weeks. So I'm just saying just be careful with that. As far as ranking organically again, I'm not saying you can't do that. What I'm saying is that it's difficult to do and it can be depending on the area, like what we were just talking about in the previous question, but for Gordon, was if it's a lower competition area, you can generally get fairly good, organic ranking results without a whole lot of work. It's the more competitive areas that are going to take a little bit of time and the site itself is going to have to accrue some authority typically before you're able to get any significant traction and organic rankings for that. But it can be done and it can be done with really good on page, like site structure number one on-page SEO, you can like you can significantly shortcut the time that it takes and the effort that it takes to rank organically if you have proper site structure and proper on-page SEO. Right. And there's something that we talked about a lot, the best on-page site structure and on-page SEO training that we are aware of and all of my partners will agree is Jeffrey Smith, SEO Bootcamp, which you can get it https://www.semanticmastery.com/seobootcamp for half price. And I'm only saying that because it really is hands down the best on-page training we've ever seen. Jeffrey Smith, what he's able to do with just on-page and the way that he structures his sites is absolutely incredible. He can outrank authoritative sites with little to no backlinks at all because of the way that he structures the sites now. It's a lengthy process to set up sites that way

Once you learn how to do it, you can streamline it, but it's something that I would recommend doing. So have I gone to all my clients and said, No, you know, I can't offer you SEO Services anymore? No, it's not that at all. But what I have found recently, especially, is to offer a more holistic approach like a more overarching marketing approach than just SEO. Right. And you know, guys, we, we've, we've talked about, it should be common knowledge now that you don't want to put all of your eggs in one basket, right? So you don't want to rely entirely on Google for leads. So you're better off in my opinion, right now offering SEO Yes. And organic SEO is certainly something that you can offer but you also want to work into it if possible, as a marketing consultant or professional, right. You want to be able to provide additional services that are going to help the business whether you do them yourself I don't recommend Are you build a team that does them for you, or you outsource them to third party vendors?

You can still provide these and kind of manage the work like act as the conductor, right, of all of the different pieces that you're managing for a marketing campaign for a business, which could be SEO, content marketing, which is really part of SEO anyways, inbound PR, right? So that's like getting a public relations to work out there that includes press releases, interviews, articles written like, you know, not not like spammy SEO articles, but like, you know, news articles written which again, can be press releases, but getting maybe, you know, interviews done on podcast, things like that. Those are all considered inbound PR. PPC, absolutely Pay Per Click, remarketing, right video stuff, all these things that direct mail, believe it or not, I started doing direct mail for one of my newer businesses. I've been doing a lot of it in the last couple of months actually. And direct mail, believe it or not, has a significant effect on your digital presence, which I never would have put those two together over the last several years because I've been entirely a digital marketer for many years now. But now I'm seeing the actual benefits of being able to provide or incorporate direct mail and other types of online, or excuse me offline marketing into an overall marketing campaign, because it will have an effect through what we call social engineering on on an online presence, because if people see a brand name outside of digital right outside of Google, for example, if they see it on in direct mail, or if they see it on maybe published in places that they're reading and low around their local town or something, they may go to Google, it's likely that they'll go to Google and search for that brand name. And that is a huge ranking signal guys. That's called a navigational search query. A brand search is a huge SEO signal, right because it creates it signifies that the brand is got is is is popular, it was gaining popularity. And so Google loves that and will actually start to give or promote a brand in the search results because people are going and searching for that brand name. And so it's, it's very interesting. But what I'm saying is, instead of just focusing like on SEO, for example, try to think of more of a holistic approach. And that's part of what my what I'm going to be talking about it at POFU Live this year is about how I'm seeing in one of my own businesses now how having a more holistic approach, as I call it, to marketing has an effect all across the board, including digital and SEO for that matter. So what do you guys think?

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Hernan: I love that I actually love that. Actually, you know, if you're running radio ads, like who, who the fuck, listen to the radio, right? But if you're running radio ads that can also help your digital presence because it's the same thing, right? And then if you're doing remarketing now, the reality is that I think that I mentioned that last time they hang out the fact that people need more and more touching points to make a transaction right? And the touching points are all over the place. They're not only on their computer, but they're also on their mobile phones, and they're on their email and on social media and then on Google and search engines, and then, you know, banners and so it's like, the more holistic you can be for your client, you become a local marketing expert, not a local SEO expert, right? It's like saying, Well, I'm a local Facebook ads guy. Well, what happens if Facebook changes the rule of engagement? Right, you're fucked. So I definitely do agree with Bradley in terms of being more holistic, because that will not only give you more ease in terms of how you can approach a project and give the guy results, but also will make you more valuable, which translates into that you can charge more money because you're giving much more value to the businesses that you're working with. So the more toolbox you can dominate and master and you can have them on your tool belt, the better. It's like, you know, you become a more well-rounded marketer or expert in the field. So you can effectively charge more money at the end of the day. So that's pretty cool.

Marco: Everything in our Battle Plan still applies whether local or nonlocal. It's just a matter of how you apply syndication networks as far as your entity, your RYS plus drive stack, then your press releases then embeds and then link runs link building into embeds and press releases, drive stack plus GSite being your SEO shield and your filter and your power up to whatever it is that you're doing wherever that juices going. It goes through that drive stack that g site to amplify the power. And RYS guys come on two years ago, we haven't done anything to DC plumber, and it's still right there dominating the three-pack.

Bradley: So much more needs to be said, SEO. Yeah, SEO Virginia's and a four years boom. And that's a word good. That was showing that right there, May 16, 2015, is when I did it, and you can see it still. Boom, you know, so many versions of that, like SEO agency and the same thing I've met, my budget was five hours of time. That was it. Like there was no money put into that at all. It was five hours of my time to put that and it's ugly. It's awful because it was the very first drive stack I ever built, which I don't build them now. Look, it's even got a broken iframe from a Google Plus post that used to be there. And it's not where you know, and it's a shitty spun content. I mean, it's awful guys, but it's still ranked number one. And it's, you know, all the other SEO agencies in Virginia are below it and have been for what

Hernan: you have like three or four spots in there because you have the bradleybenner.wordpress.com which is you know, syndication networks, the network as well. URL and then bookmark

Bradley: Yeah, I'm having the same thing. And I'm on a different IP. So and what's crazy is this site guy is a one-page site. There's no blog on this. There's really no content on this site. It's just a one-page site. And it's just it's a benefited from the authority from the drive stack. And that's basically it. So again, it's, you know, you could, that if you were to look at my SEO metrics on any of these, you'll see that they all suck according to third party metrics. But the proof is in the results, guys, you know, so,

Alright, moving on. Because we're gonna we're gonna run out of time here and there are a couple of other questions I'd like to get to hope.

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How Do You Rank YouTube Videos In Google SERPs?

Okay, so the next one is sky blue says I'm finding it easy to rank videos on YouTube with CTR software, and producing high-quality videos, but I've been struggling for the past year to Rank YouTube videos and Google search. I've used RYS stacks, embed networks and other link building tools, which normally would have got my videos ranked, but I'm not seeing much of a positive effect using these same strategies in Google anymore. Any tips on what you find currently working for ranking videos in Google? Yes. And I've said this some dozen at least a dozen times, if not many times more than that. And we've even done training on it. I, you know, again, I can't assume that you've seen all of that, but YouTube, or buying real traffic to the video, which you can do through Google ads, that is, you know, do all of the SEO things that you've been doing, there's no question. Also, make sure your siloed like if you're if you're having a particular video or keyword that you're having a hard time ranking in Google search, again, use the YouTube silo method to and create just like you would be trying to rank a web, a web page or you know, or for a keyword using a website, you know, you take that broader keyword and then you find supporting type keywords and create additional content with long-tail keywords. And then you create that internal linking structure that links back up to that page so that each one of those becomes another potential like, you know, piece of content that can you can build links to which will and you can push your direct the link equity back up to the top-level page, the one that you're trying to rank well, you do the same thing with the YouTube silo. Right? So do all of those SEO things that you're talking about, make sure you're also using the YouTube silo structure, which is essentially using playlists. But then also by real traffic, guys, you know, if you're getting great results using CTR software, click-through rate, click what I CT Spam, right-click through spam software or there, there are also CT spam, you know, groups where you know, things like that, that's fine. That's great that it's helping you in YouTube. But if you want to rank more on better on Google, by direct traffic signals you can get, you can buy relevant and targeted traffic directly from Google, right from their Google Ads platform. And it works really, really well especially if you're doing all of the SEO stuff and on top of it, right. You know, and by the way, there are some keywords that Google just does not like to rank videos for. Just Just know that I know because sometimes I've seen struggle really hard to get anything to rank and in once I do get it to rank, it doesn't last on page one, it gets pushed to page two very quickly. And it's just one in sometimes you discover those kinds of keywords that just don't want to rank videos. or Google doesn't want to rank videos on page one for. However, for a lot of this stuff, like I said, if you buy real traffic signals, right from a targeted and relevant audience, which you can do through Google ads for very inexpensive, right, so again, if it's local stuff, you can set your geographic targeting to you know, a radius or within a specific zip code or a specific County, for example. And that way, all of the views that it starts to accrue are from IPs within a specific geographic region, which will help it to rank for a local type of keyword. But it doesn't have to just end it that right. You can also do audience targeting or what we found to work really, really well is what they call in market or life event audience target targeting because those are highly relevant. Viewers in Google knows that guys if you're buying traffic from a particular interest bucket or audience type bucket from Google. In other words, Google has identified people that have, you know, using Google products that are in the market for a particular product or service, right? That means they are actively seeking that type of product or service. They're doing recent searches. They're consuming content. They're engaging with content and videos and things like that around that particular topic, product or service. Right? So Google knows that and it puts them in this bucket that you can access and you can, you can buy traffic signals from that particular bucket. You can tell Google Okay, look, I want you to show my video to these people because you Google are telling me that they're interested in this product and or service. So now when, when they view that video as an ad, now it's it's registering as a view from a relevant audience. So as Marco just talked about art activity, relevancy, trusted authority, now you're getting two of those signals.

Right off the bat, you're getting the activity signal from the view. And you're getting the relevance because it's from a known audience within Google that is that Google knows and told you were interested in that product or service or topic, whatever.

Marco: Yeah, we talked about this in way more detail in our mastermind. Correct. So I mean, if you really want to get deep into this, I suggest that you come and join our mastermind because that's where everything happened. That's where we go really into detail. And plus, you'll get the training, the ads training on top of that. So it's just the place to be is at the Semantic Mastery Mastermind.

Bradley: So we're going to move on but that's I would recommend doing that the Ctr the click-through steps, bam software in the groups and stuff can help to a degree. But if you really want to get better, the best results or if you're in a really competitive type of keyword, then you know buying real engagement signals from a from real, relevant traffic. That can also by the way, potentially convert take whatever conversion action you want them to do they could become leads or prot, you know purchasers of a product or whatever the case may be. So it makes sense to do it and it's very inexpensive to do you can you can accomplish it with a small budget.

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Should You Be Concerned With Exact Match Anchors From GSite And RYS To Money Site?

Okay, uh, let's see if we can try to get through the next two very quickly you do you need to be concerned with exact match anchors from Gsite, RYS to money site or should we do exact match anchors? That's for you, Marco.

Marco: Yeah, that's a question for RYS group isn't it? If you're in there you and it's it's in the training everything that you've just asked us in the training to get it from there or when you get them done for you, sir? done. It's done for you. You don't even have to worry about whether you do exact match anchors or how it's linked. But what about done for you drive stack? What about somebody ordering and done for you drive stack would you get a match? Now get the deep keyword research. That's what I would recommend. Get the deep keyword research from MGYB. And we will take that. And that's how we push all of the relevance through all of those related keywords that we get, which is thousands of keywords from our deeper keyword research.

What Are Your Thoughts On John Mueller's Statement About Google Ignoring rel=”nofollow” For Links?

Okay, last question, guys. It looks like we're going to miss Ernest. But what I'd like to get this one he says, because I know Marco, I knew this would set mark off. He actually talked about this, and I think it was our mastermind, just today, actually. But he says I gotta ask, What is your take on John Mueller from Google stating that Google ignores rel=”nofollow” for links? This is confusing and would certainly be contrary to everything website developers and SEOs have been doing for years. That's, yeah, sorry about that. That's not what he said.

Okay, is that no, no, that's not what he said. It's misleading because that's not what he said. And what Search Engine Journal says. He said, is that what he said? So please pay attention to what the guy said, it's definitely not the case that you have any kind of ranking advantage by marking all outgoing links, nofollow. That's what he said. And I called bullshit on what he said because I know for a fact, and it's tested and proven that sculpting this shit, right? works. You just have to do it. Right. How do you do it? Right again, that took place in our mastermind. It's been an ongoing discussion. For what about a month and a half since two months maybe? Since I since I revealed that again, you know what's working before it's working now, in our mastermind, and I told him, this is how you do it now. Don't do what we used to do. And we went through the whole discussion. Somebody actually took the time to call me on it. And they went and they applied it to one of their websites one something that they're working so immediate results. So I call bullshit on John Mueller. Plain and simple. tested and proven. Thank you.

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Which Keyword DFY Service Should Be Purchased In The RYS Order In MGYB?

Bradley: All right, we got about a minute it says which keyword done for your service should be purchased to be sent in with your RYS order. And that's what you just said the deep one correct?

Marco: if you want the most effective if you want to have like like everything that's available under the sun and then some get our deep keyword research content as we go in there for almost three days and pull up but

Bradley: Let me jump on that for just a minute. what's crazy is if you do that if you get the deep keyword research, spend the money on that and then use that or submit that with your drive stack order and we use all those keywords to build it build out the drive stack, watch your money site if you haven't connected to search console, watch the impression count from you know take a screenshot before you order the drive stack and then after the drive stack and and you know like I said it takes a few weeks but what you will see as month over month you'll see your impressions go for number of keywords that your site your money, psychotics over four will significantly increase month over month. And it's crazy because Google will start to recognize your domain your site for a lot of these additional keywords. It's crazy. So and that's something that I love to do with clients guys, I take screenshots when we start on I start a new project for clients, or for a new client, for example. And then one of the first things we do is order drive stacks and you know, hammer with links, but with all the keywords every single month, I can show that their impression counts are going up, you know, for from, and I explained to them that that means that their site is being discovered for more and more different keywords. And it's a great way to get, you know, a known for a lot that adds that additional relevancy is what I'm trying to say.

Marco: Yeah, it can be overwhelming when you get that spreadsheet with all of those tabs, right with all of those sheets and all of that information. But we do filter it, we do get rid of the duplicates, we put it into three silos for you. You can divide it into however many silos you want because the are other market-level keywords are categories and subcategories that can be applied from that. So it's up to you what you do. But if you just apply those three silos as we give them to you, not only to the drive sec, but to the website, and how we show that it should be done, you'll see significant, as Bradley said, you will see significant increases in everything that you're doing, because of all of the relevance that we don't usually add to it.

All right, 5:01, one more minute behind but looks like we got all the questions. So thanks, everybody for being here. We will see you guys next week. Thanks, guys. Alright, man. Bye, everybody.

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What Do You Think Are The Niches That Have A Lot Of Spam Listings That Trigger Google’s Suspension?

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In episode 244 of our weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one viewer asked about the niches that have a lot of spam listings that trigger Google's suspension.

The exact question was:

Based on your experience, what are the niches, in addition to Pest Control, that you believe Google thinks have a lot of spam listings and that Google may have a “”trigger finger”” for regarding their suspension tirade for just editing a listing. . . . Thanks again

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