Is The ID Page Useful Even If You Don’t Have A GMB?

By April

In episode 291 of our weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one viewer asked if the ID page is still useful even if you don't have a GMB.

The exact question was:

Does ID page loop make sense if you don't have a GMB?

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Does Having A GMB Based In The U.S. Limit A Global Affiliate Site’s Traffic Due To GeoTargeting?

By April

In the 291st episode of Semantic Mastery's weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked if having GMB based in the U.S. limits the global affiliate site's traffic due to geotargeting.

The exact question was:

1. If I have a global affiliate site that targets all English speaking people around the world as the offers could be delivered globally, with the primary focus on the US and UK, is it possible that if I create a US GMB, that would limit my traffic to the US and even the US area of the GMB in a similar way that “”geotargeting”” in Search Console does?

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How Do You Make A GMB Page Visible From Page 3 To Page 1?

By April

 

In the 282nd episode of Semantic Mastery's weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked how to make a GMB page visible from page 3 to page 1.

The exact question was:

Hi guys. Can you tell me what exactly I need from you to give my site the push it needs to make it to take it from the top of page 3 to page 1. It's for a local service and I'm looking to dominate my local market. I was looking at the shield, is that right? Same question for my GMB page, what do you recommend to make it more visible?

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How Would You Rebrand A GMB Page With The Same Address And Phone Number As The Old One?

By April

 

In episode 280 of our weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one participant asked how to rebrand a GMB page with the same address and phone number as the old one.

The exact question was:

my clients switched real estate brands. Should they kill the old GMB or ask google to change the name? They created another GMB for the new brand name They are still at the same address same phone number. The other GMB was not optimized? Thank you and Be Well

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Weekly Digital Marketing Q&A – Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 284

By April

Click on the video above to watch Episode 284 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

All right, we are live Welcome everybody to Hump Day hangouts today is Episode 284. Today's the 22nd of April 2020. So we're still going strong here, we got the whole team and we are going to jump into questions. But real quick, I wanted to say if you're watching us live, I'm going to have a link down below the battle plan version 4.0 is getting ready to hit the streets as of next week. But if you're watching this in time, you're going to have a chance to get in on the pre-launch and get special access, along with some extra goodies and possibly a discount. But there's definitely a deadline on this, you've got to hop on before Monday, which would be let me look at my calendar real quick. That would be the fourth. So you've only got a few days to hopefully you're watching this live or you're catching up this week. But you can find that link below and hop on that. So with that said, we've got a couple of other things to cover, but I want to say hi to everybody, real quick.

So let's start at the bottom work our way up, Chris. How are you doing there?

Yeah I'm doing excellent. The weather is good. Corona is like disappearing so like things open and stuff so quite happy here

Nice. Good stuff. Marco, how about you the weather?

It looks nice. It looks maybe sunny. A little bit heavy hitter, man. This is heavy hitter weather so you when you get with the plan, this type of shit that you could get otherwise you got to go with what you got and what can I say?

Very nice. I have myself muted while I was doing some typing. Everyone watching live but just put the link for the Battle Plan for the early access list. Just click on that and get access when it comes out. We're not gonna roll over to you next. How are you doing today?

Doing great. I'm wearing my Semantic Mastery schwag and do good man good. Good. Business is booming. Everything is moving on the right direction. Happy to be here. So good.

Cool. All right, Bradley, how you doing? How come your shirts not as worn as mine?

Mine's got when wear been worn enough to where it's fading so it's all in the secret and how you wash it, man? No, it's just because I worked so hard at my computer. It just wears hard on the desk again. Things are good, man. The weather's nice here and well. They're as good as they can be considered but yeah, I'm still happy and healthy. So that's good enough for me.

Good deal. Well, good deal. I'm glad to hear that. We are going to get into it. We got a bunch of questions today. But real quick wanted to cover a few other areas. Of course, we've talked about the battle plan but also if you're an agency owner and consultant, you want to get more clients, you want to grow your revenue and you want to scale your team, then you need to be checking out 2xyouragency.com if you haven't already joined or if you're a mastermind member, of course, you get access to that for free. If you're mastermind member and you want to access just hit up [email protected] And we will get you in there. And then last but not least, if you haven't yet, mgyb.co is the place to get your done for you services, whether it's press releases, RYS drive stacks, syndication networks, link building all sorts of good stuff, as well as some great training over there. So we've done training with Rob, there's a bunch of webinars, best practices, just some really good stuff over there. mg y b.co. And then last, but not least, of course, subscribe to us on YouTube because we like knowing that you've got access to our good information, and it makes us feel good. I'm not gonna lie, we look at the numbers. Sometimes we're like, ooh, the subscriber counts going up. So help us out in that way. And we'll do the same for you and keep putting out great information. I was just looking before you and I was just looking at the analytics on YouTube, and our viewers are 5050 Subscribe them and nuts. Subscribe. So you guys who are not subscribing, my question to you, and please drop it in.

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Good stuff. And I've got one last thing and then I'm going to turn it over, see if anyone else has some wrap-up comments. But you guys probably saw the post on Facebook or I believe I've had two of them already and then a couple of emails. But we released the video a short while it's not a short video is about say a video series but a video-based training for people who are looking to start their agencies or consulting businesses. You know, I know there's a lot of obstacles to it and a lot of us you know, get stuck some analysis paralysis or you think that the obstacles bigger than you are bigger than it is and you're not sure

How to get around that. So we've just recently put that out as of this Monday. And there's a cool add on you can get for that. Which is it just a real to the point additional video that talks, each of us talking about what our single biggest mistake is, as we've done consulting, or agencies, and what we would do differently in order to avoid that, because that's some real blood, sweat and tears material right there. So I'll put the link down below. If you're that's something you're wanting to do. Maybe right now with the way the world is, and you're looking at, hey, I'd like to start my agency, or I'd like to be doing some consulting on the side to be generating some revenue. I highly suggest checking this out today, and seeing how you can do that and basically shortcut you know, save yourself some time, money and potentially some pain points there.

Great, I guess Other than that, anything else before we dive into questions?

Oh, I think that's just it's just real quick on my end, guys, every time we upload the battle plan, it's a big ripple. And the reason why it's because the stuff there isn't a better plan will allow you to get the fastest results as fast as possible with the least amount of steps and work in mobile, you're on your end. That's the main goal of the battle plan. So go ahead and subscribe for the early notifications because we're going to be launching really, really soon and every time we do so we get a lot of people in you know, in the queue, and it's going to be pretty inexpensive as well, because we're going to give you the help that you guys need to succeed with your, with your projects right now. So go ahead and get on the pre launch list so we can get you a lot of good stuff a lot of bonuses. Yeah, real quick about that the battle plan, this version, the for 2020, or whatever we're calling it, v3 or whatever.

It's different from our previous additions in that it's more streamlined because of how we've kind of developed the SEO shield and the components and such. So it's a lot easier to implement our methods, no matter what type of project you're doing local, regional, national global affiliate Econ, it doesn't matter what it is, it applies to this the same way to each and every type of business now, or online project. And so our battle plan is definitely a lot more streamlined now. Also, we, you'll see when you get it, but we've also, you know, really made it a lot more simplified to where we're pointing, you know, to additional training when needed, but mainly to mg y b for done for you services and or two other training videos that are just free on our YouTube channel. So there are no links pointing to, you know, external places now that we don't recommend anymore. It's been completely updated. And I think it's a lot. It's a simplified version of it, but it's every bit as effective if not more effective now than ever before.

So with that said, we can get into questions, guys. Let's do it. By the way, we're almost at a million or 40,000 views away from a million views on our YouTube channel, which is good. We get like some balloons dropping. I don't know but it's pretty cool I was looking at lifetime analytics for YouTube today and we're 40,000 views away from a million views so I thought that was pretty cool.

all right here we go You guys should be seeing my screen correct

yeah all right we're gonna start with Mohammed's from seven days ago because I know I didn't get a chance to answer this we'll start right there

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Would An SEO Power Shield Be Better For A YouTube Channel?

so Mohammed asked Hey guys I was about to buy a multi-tiered syndication network for YouTube channel with no money site or anything just the channel but I saw your SEO shield sale with a she'll be better for a YouTube channel I'm leaning towards yes because of the entity building. You know, that's a really good question Mohammed as part of the reason I wanted to answer this because I don't know I've never ordered an SEO shield specifically just for YouTube channel. I've never tested that. Um, you know, the multi-tiered syndication networks work great for sending for YouTube, SEO because it helps to provide all you know all the really good stuff.

knows that it needs for a new video, especially when they're seasoned, that the networks and the multi-tiered syndication network are seasoned. And they, you know, aged a little bit and have relevant content on them. And then obviously, if you link below to them. They do a lot most of the heavy lifting as far as SEO is concerned for YouTube stuff, but I've never done an actual SEO show specifically to YouTube channel. And here's why. Because usually, the YouTube channel is part of an overall entity, right? So it's just part so the YouTube channel gets included in the SEO build-out because it's part of an overall entity, but I've never actually just had us SEO shield built specifically to a YouTube channel. So I haven't tested that, to be honest with you. I'm curious as to what Marco thinks about whether that would work or not or what his opinion of it is, but I would say try it. I know the multi-tiered syndication networks work but I can only assume that the SEO shields would work but I haven't tested and I just have to be really clear about that. But it's a good question. What do you think, Marco?

It's not something that I've tested but it shouldn't be any different than anything else that we build. And let's call it an entity around but it's actually an entity validator that you're looking for is to validate your channel. So let's say that instead of your blogging point or your point of syndication being your money site or a free one of the free blogs, right the Tumblr the blog, or wherever it is that you choose to blog from or in this case, Vila vlog from YouTube. building up your entity shouldn't be any different. Now, the whole thing around this is how do you approach it because when you're building schema, you can't build it on the YouTube channel. The YouTube channel is it's pre-done for you Everything is done that you could add your other profiles and still interlink everything through the syndication network.

In your second-tier syndication and build it up that way, but there would have to be a focal point somewhere else for that entity. And they did this with an old page though, right? Yeah, I mean, you could build the @ID page but the ad this is this is where we get we go to Okay, so where's the ad Id gone? This is the YouTube channel then going to be also the @ID and how to how do we get the schema worked into the YouTube channel.

I mean, this is a test in the making. One of the things, why we went with the heavy hitter club, is because we want to test these types of things. So this is a great test in the making. And as a matter of fact, I already wrote it down on my notes, of things to do for the heavy hitter club is to start a YouTube video. See how we can work the entity around it. I mean, there's no reason why it can't be an s3 and why we can't tag it. From there, right use the @ID, and now I have to kind of figure out, and I'm not going to do this in a free forum, figure out how I'm going to build this entity around this YouTube channel.

When it's something that Google controls, and I can't get into the schema, maybe we can force schema. Somehow I don't know. It involves a whole lot of things. But Mohammed, definitely heavy hitter. If you're not in there already, you should be. And, you know, it's a test in the making, and I'll make sure to set it up. Yeah, and think about that, just and I'm kind of thinking through this too, but because I think it'd be a great test to use YouTube channel as the primary entity asset, and then try to build that out, see what we could do with it. But one thing I know that you could do with it with the ID page, for example, is like, you know, YouTube silos and you embed the playlist that could really help to for, you know, pushing power into the YouTube channel through the ID page to so there, that would be

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A really good test. That's something that's the heavy hitter club was, was made for, you know, so that's awesome. Mohammed will, will, hopefully, you're going to join them the heavy hitter club anyways, and then you can see that test when it gets set up. But I think that that's certainly worth a good test. And if you happen to do so, Mohammed, let us know how it goes. Okay. Aaron's up, he says, I'm really fuzzy about using Google Maps, does it help to create a mind maps with points of interest in the area? Then creating lines to my business location to indicate travel distance in a relationship with that location? Yes, that works really well. Now if you have a storefront business, right, so a business where customers come to your place of business, then yes, you would do it that way where essentially you would have you know, your address because it's not hidden, right? And then you would go from points of interest that and then create driving directions to your location. Alternatively, if it's a service area business, you can do it the other way around, which is to create driving directions from your business to points of interest right within the service area. However, if you're not publishing your address, which if it's a service area business, in 95% of the cases there, you're not supposed to have your physical location published. For service area businesses, then you could just use something like a city center or as like from, you know, city center from where your business is located. and use that as kind of the central point with the driving directions going out to the points of interest.

The idea here is also to create geo posts on your main money site too, as well. So blog posts that talk about those areas where those points of interest are, right. So you create basically optimized posts, blog posts that are optimized for that particular location, and publish them and you can actually create location-based silos on your site. You can do it that way too. By the way, these can be like hidden blog posts, in other words, they don't have to be public. They're just used for SEO purposes.

And it does work well because we've done that in the past, or I've done that in the past for Google Maps listings that had been pigeon filtered, which means Google, Google Maps was kind of hiding them, even though there wasn't really a penalty. They were being hidden because they were considered too closely related to a similar business. And Google for whatever reason chose another business and would kind of ghost a GMB listing. It's called it was a pigeon filter. And one of the ways to get around that was doing similar to what you're asking about Aaron, which is doing these geo posts, and that that works fairly well. So that's a good question. Anybody want to comment on that on my map as a standalone product in another, I'm not sure how much power you can get from that I would recommend starting out with a drive second G site and the mind map that we build out and either building out the mind map or building out additional mind maps, which you would then embed on the money site, then you could carry all of that relevance through since everything is tied together. But as a standalone, we had a similar question in the mastermind, by the way. And my answer is going to stand firm that I don't recommend that as a standalone, you could push just so much more power and relevance when you relate everything inside a drive second, and the companion G site, and then inner pages on the G site that target the inner pages on the money site.

Yeah, and to be clear, Aaron, when I say, create blog posts, what you do is you would create a blog post about the one particular area that like for example, if you've got, you know if you've got five areas that you service, or that you want to target specifically, each blog post would have its own mind map with driving directions from your point of or from the point of interest back to your business, if you're a storefront business or vice versa, if it's a service area business, that so that you would have literally like five different mind maps in this example, right? So each one would have its own. And then you can have one mind map that has kind of all of them together. But what I'm saying is for the individual posts that are optimized for one particular location, you would just have that mind map on there. And then like Marco said, but you're better off also including those mirroring those onto the G site. Because again, you can mirror the blog posts onto the G site, embed the blog post in there along with the mind map, and then those become link building targets. So but yes, you can do that kind of stuff and it does add relevancy.

Is It Okay To Only Use Service Types Keywords In The Main Menu Of A Website?

Mike's up mic says, Hey, guys, I want to create a strong main menu for a local service site. I have seven top main keywords, is it okay to use only keywords for the main menu so you're talking about like the main navigation menu instead of creating one drop-down or link of services that contain all of the keywords (service types), I want to create the main menu using only service types of keywords, other links like about us, and come tag us can be in the footer. What do you think about that? Thanks, honestly, it really makes no difference in that I'm, that I'm aware of.

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There's, you know, drop-down menus aren't the best thing in the world for SEO. But they're also they're logical for user experience because it would make sense to not clutter up your, if you got seven different services, and you're going to try to push them all into the main navigation bar, but then you don't have things like contact and about, you know, contact us and about us pages and stuff like that up there, and maybe a link to your blog, blog index page and that kind of stuff.
First of all, the menu could get rather busy that way, you know what I mean? Like rather crowded. So, you know, and also, I think it's important to kind of keep in what people are used to, which would be having those other links at the top of the navigation menu instead of having to go search for them. Not that many, many people ever go to the About Us page or whatever, but you know, I would prefer to keep that. Like what people are typically used to and just use a drop-down? That's what I would suggest. But I don't, you know, I haven't tested to see if one way is better than another. So I couldn't tell you I just like I said, for user experience, I think your menu could be rather cluttered that way. And it could also cause people to search for links with that they're looking for, you know if they were looking to contact us about us, that kind of stuff. So my advice would be to not worry about that. I don't see where the SEO benefit would come from, from trying to structure it the way that you are. But honestly, I don't have any definitive answer to that. Does anybody else? No, and I don't see it right. I don't see what the difference would be. And this would be kind of difficult to test because you would need two sites, two sites that are the same, targeting the same thing, one with this type of menu that he's proposing and one with a traditional menu and see which one performs the best. Now that that kind of testing can get can take a whole lot of time and then it turns out that

It makes no difference you just wasted all that time. It's not a waste. It's a test. And it's a perfectly good test. But don't do that until you have time to do the testing right now go with what's working. And by, you know, traditional menus work just fine. You rank just fine. It doesn't matter. Even the, you know, some people have questions about the domains, right, whether using a traditional TLD or a nontraditional to do one of that vanity TLD. And you can rank them both just the same. You can rank anything, just about the same. It's all about power. It's all about the art, right? activity, relevance, trust, and authority. That's what it's all about. Everything else becomes obsolete doesn't matter. It doesn't make a difference when you pushing enough art into whatever it is that you're doing.

What Are The First Steps In Powering Up An SEO Power Shield?

Next question I'm planning on ordering. Yeah, okay, sorry. I just want to make sure I didn't skip on planning on ordering the SEO power shield. But after it's delivered, what are the first next steps to powering up content for Google? Links etc. Yeah, link building and embed, embed, and or link building packages from MGYB is one of the best next steps. Also, if you once you get the branded stack mirroring your and I know there's a question further down the page today about explaining what theme mirroring is, but themed mirroring your money site into the G stack, the drive stack, as well as the G site, that's really, really powerful too. Now, I'll be 100% you know, clear, most of the mirroring that I do is on the G site. And I don't typically always mirror the drive stack like add additional folders that are so for example, you know, if you've got three silos on your, on your, your money site, you would clone each one of your primary drive stack folders and then create them as subfolders one mirrored for each silo, right. And then from there, you would take all the files in the folder are all the files within the silo folder now and optimize them for your particular keywords.

For that silo, and then up and then all the links from inside that would link over to the corresponding pages and posts within that silo on your money site as well as what you Mir on to the G site, which is the same structure. Now, again, I don't always do that and the drive stack, because what I found for a lot of, you know, all I do is local. And so for most local projects, I'm able to mirror onto the G site and accomplish without having to drive do all the additional work in the drive stack. But in some cases, it does require it because I need the additional push. And so as I always talk about and we usually recommend, don't, you know, try to get the best results with the least amount of effort, right? So what I do is I mirror my money site onto the G site, and I do that very thoroughly. And then I use my G site as my link, building target embeds and link building targets and just smash the shit out of it with links and embeds all the time. And if I need an additional push, then I will mirror into the drive stack and do it but right now it's still open manual process on the mirroring work. We're so close guys to be able to offer the drive stack expansion service, inside MGB, but it's not available just yet. So that's why I kind of reserve that for only when absolutely needed, because of the manual component. But, you know, again, once that once we have the ability to do that in mg y, b, there's no reason why I wouldn't smear the shit anyway, you know what I'm saying? So, uh, so yeah, I think first of all theme mirroring is, the first thing you can do is to start building links to your drive stack and your G site. When you get it back. That's hands down. One of the first things I always do, but then while the links are being built, you can start to mirror you know, set up the theme mirroring on the site, as well as Dr. Stack if needed. And then once that's done, now you have additional link building targets for your next batch of links. Does that make sense? Comments?

Nobody, okay.

How Would You Create An Ad Content As A Replacement For A Discontinued Affiliate Program?

 

Cows up next to break the SEO questioning for a second. I have a sales copy. Question for one of you, this is probably going to be one for Adam. And or Hernan, then if you had the opportunity to place an ad right on the sales page of one of your competitors with no limitations to what it could say or how long it could be, what would you say? I'm an affiliate marketer and I plan on creating my own digital products similar to a competitor. Fortunately, I'm already ranking in spots 1234 some of my competitor's product keywords via review blog posts, they dropped their affiliate program, so I'm planning to just create my own product and cross-promote on those review posts. How should I word my own sales message to convert as many of my competitor's prospects as possible? Thanks, guys.

That's a really good question. I would add that one over to Hernan and Adam so Hernan. Yeah, so I'm ruining the question. Sorry. It's okay. I actually don't get the technical back part of this. Like, I mean, you did draw a diagram or can you guys explain Okay, yeah. So he's got affiliate review pages ranked for in positions one, two, and three.

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For a product that he was promoting as an affiliate, yeah, and that product developer has now discontinued their affiliate program. So he's still ranking with those review posts for that product. And since it's his pages, he wants to now link to a similar product that he can get an affiliate commission from that review. So how would you word your How would you push people from that page over to the page that you want them to buy a similar product from? Without? You know, how would you do that? That's what he's saying. What would you How would you write it? What would the copy say?

Right? So there's a couple of options here. And maybe you want to test this, but the first thing that comes to mind is to just be honest, we have had that happen in our in the past. In our end, you know, we were offering a service or a product as an affiliate, and we were using that product, and then for some reason, the service stop working, and then we just went ahead and said hey, This product is no longer available. But if you're looking to achieve the same results, go here and check this out, right? So as long as the product delivers the same result or as long as the frame minutes the same, don't be afraid to be upfront and honest, because, at the end of the day, people are searching for a solution, right? So if the secondary product that you're now offering, whether it's yours or an affiliate is it's providing that solution, then it's just a matter of, you know, reframing it from a perspective of, hey, this offer and unfortunately, this offer is discontinued. But we have found an alternative to this, which is this one, right? So if you want to get x with a why, if you want to, you know, if you're looking to get x results, then click here, and then you're sending them to the next. What would you say in this case?

Yeah, I think it's an interesting one because we're dealing though too, with the organic side. So like if you really did a heavy overhaul like there's, you know, it might change what you're appearing for. So I might keep the contents long as it makes sense in right, like a more alternative to the type of introduction, and be like, Hey, are you looking to learn about this product? Here's a lot of information about it. But this might be a better alternative for you and do that. I mean, I realize that would be the lead-in, and then maybe you could keep the content. Yeah, that I was gonna say one of two things. While you guys were talking, I was thinking about it. One is a purely SEO tactic, which probably isn't allowed or is probably not recommended. Marco would know the answer to this but do like a three-second meta refresh so that when somebody lands on the page with your competitors, your product or that you used to after about three seconds, it redirects to a new page through a meta refresh that talks all about your product or service that could be considered cloaking. Marco, is that yes or no?

That's in that gray area. Yeah.

That's right. So I saw you that the user is going with the intent of seeing one but you're serving the user something else. But then again, he put a pause on that meta refresh, right? You put a timer five seconds so that the user knows you're going somewhere else, man. Yeah, you might overcome that. I don't know. I don't know what legalities on that. Yeah, I neither did I, but it doesn't sound cool. Well, they also have layover plugins that are, you know, again, it's kind of blackhat stuff. I mean, we don't typically care about that stuff. But I'm just letting you know that they have layover plugins where you could literally display one page with the underlying page still like it's still there. But the viewer sees a different page. And again, some of these things aren't 100% kosher, but I know people do it and get away with it all the time. So the other option is like what Adam just said, I like what he said, which is you could add just a new, you know, opening or section to the top of the page that talks about

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Hey, I know you came here to find out about, you know, XYZ product, which there's a thorough, you know, review of it below, however, and then do what Adam or excuse me, Hernan said, which is kind of explain why the new product, which is one that either you develop or another affiliate product and other products that you're promoting is comparable and you know, similarly good and why you recommend that now over the other one or something like that, if that makes sense, because then as Adam said, You're keeping the content that was ranking anyways. And all you're doing now is adding a new section up above that, which shouldn't affect the ranking of that existing page much at all. Because if it's already ranking really, really well, you're just updating that page really, without it as long as you're not changing that page considerably. As the structure of the page, I think you'd be fine. So those are a couple. Does anybody else now? Yeah, I just wanted to say that from an SEO perspective, you can still use that page, and you know how you have this long-form articles that they rank for a bunch of keywords, and you know, 2000 3000 4000 word articles. And they are living breathing things right like that you can add content to them, you can like, on some cases, you might visit the same article like a year later, and it will have like, I don't know, like pieces of content added to it and whatnot and then you know, boxes that will take you to different places, because of course, we're in the digital marketing space, everything changes so fast. So don't be afraid to do those slight changes to the content, and then follow what Adam just said is that, you know, just add a box on top and say, hey, these programs would allow you to achieve the same results that you were looking for. Click here, you know, yeah, I like this, just so people, I mean, just so that they're 100% informed. an overlay is another word for cloaking.

Cloaking will get you in trouble just because others get away with it doesn't mean that you can get by a manual if you get a manual review, and you're cloaking. That's it, you lose everything it goes by. So just so everyone's aware, and we're clear on what you're doing by overlaying or by cloaking anything. Yep. And I'm, I thought I was clear about that, but thank you for reiterating it. So, before we get people contacting us saying, You told me to do it, because that's not what I said, I said, You know, I know that it can be done, whether you choose to do it or not, it's up to you. And it's probably not a good idea. But I know, I know a lot of people that do that kind of stuff. You know, in the past, I've done local lead gen sites that way where I'd rank my own site and then use an overlay plugin to show you know, whoever was buying the leads from me show their site on top of mine. Mine was the one ranking, not theirs, but you know, those, those were quite popular A few years ago, those type of plugins, but, you know, fortunately, I don't have to, I don't really worry about that anymore.

Is There A Difference In Results With Unique And Spun Content In The Drive Stack?

The next question was from Olaf. He says, Is there a difference in results with unique spun content in the drive stacks compared to just the same text with different titles and keywords? It's a good question. Marco. Sorry about that I was muted. No, we haven't seen any difference. That's why we just go with anything we can grab because it doesn't matter. Perfect. Do you see Seo? Hey, guys, when the shield is in place, generally speaking, how does it take? How long does it take to see effects? Do I simply throw links at it afterward? And can I update the NAP when I moved to another office in a different part of the city? Yeah, uh, how long does it take to start showing effects? It varies. It varies, like, at least my experience is it varies rather wildly between projects. Sometimes I'll see results like in a matter of days. Other times, it will be weeks and it really just depends. I honestly don't know what causes that maybe Marco can shed some light on that, but I know that I always see results. But it's a matter of sometimes, you know, sometimes it's quick. Other times, more often than not for me the drive stacks take several weeks before I see considerable movement from them. But as far as do, we already talked about the best practice which is next links mirroring your G site mirroring your drive stack, link building, and embeds those are hands down the best things that you can do.

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Last question and I'll answer and I'll let Marco chime in is can I update the nav when I moved to another office in different parts of the city? Yes, you can. Just keep in mind that there's going to be a lot of, you know, when you make that move, you have an existing G site and this is outside of the drive stack. Yes, you can go in and update your nav on all your drives, files, right all the files within your drive stack as well as on the G site. Make sure you're updating your structured data on your money site, all that kind of stuff. So it's all congruent. But you also remember you got to clean up any citations and part of the remember when you're pushing content on the web to like through syndication and everything else if you have any PII mentioned in those, those now are all going to be causing NAP issues when you do make that change. So just be aware of that. If you are if you're anticipating a move for the business location, then consider that when you're publishing content and things like that to not include any PII, I'm not saying that you do. But I'm just for other people. Like for example, if you have an NAP and press releases and such, they get published out on the web hundreds at a time. And now all of a sudden, you change when now you've got those press releases to count as citations, because name address and phone numbers published and you can't go update those, right, you can update your organization perhaps, and any new press releases will be show the new nav, but the old ones are still going to be out there. And those are things that you can't update once they're published. So you just got to really keep that in mind when you're doing it. But yes, you can go in and just change your nav within the drive stack the G site and everywhere else that you have editor access. Do you want to comment on that, Marco?

Yeah, on the first part of that how long it takes, again, it depends. different niches react differently. And even within the same niche, I've seen fluctuations where, you know, a week, two weeks, and then other times, it's like, four or five weeks out. And it's still nothing happening. And it doesn't happen until you run some press releases and some link building when you start doing some other stuff to power up. It's an independent, it depends on game and Google. I don't know how else to say Google's broken. And it's so crazily broken, that would that works one day, may work differently The next day, or you'll see that it doesn't work. I was just doing testing that this is what this is where this is coming from. And I ran the tests about six weeks ago. And I got one set of results and I just ran it again today because a mastermind member asked a question about it, and I got different data.

And so if the data isn't consistent, if Google isn't consistent about the results that it produces, then what are we to rely on to say, yeah, it takes this long, or it'll take maybe longer. And in this niche, it'll take this on, we can't do that, because we're not in control of whatever it is that Google is doing in their servers, right and that relational database, and how it relates your entity to the rest of the entities in that relational database to give the user the best results. All we can do is like submit our stuff for indexing, build links, press releases, syndicate the content, power up our tier-one property, look for other link building ready called link building websites, things that are powerful websites with trust and authority for those things so so that we could power up our project the best way possible.

Other than that, I mean, there's no way to say yeah, you can get it number one tomorrow. If that were the case, I'd be a billionaire right now. If I could predict with any certainty that I could rank within a day, and anyone who's saying that I'd call them out on it now I'm one of those people. You got to show me You say you can rank the 24 hours for a real keyword now, no bullshit, no longtail 10-word longtail that anybody could rank for my daughter could probably rank for it right now. I'm not talking about that. I'm just saying it's again, it goes back to it depends. And that's where I'm gonna stay on that.

sounds like that was a dig against your daughter man. She's 18 months but oh god.

Austin's up. He says I just wanted to say what I've seen so far with the SEO shield being built for me is literally mind-blowing. Guys. That's one for the testimony folder. I've built a lot of this stuff by hand before and know the time involved signing up for a heavy hitter, heavy hitter club paid club today should be enrolled by the time this goes live. Thanks again, to all of you. Thanks, Austin. Dawn, that was a great testimonial. Thank you very much for that we did not pay him for that, I swear. So, but thanks, Don. And we appreciate that. And yeah, man, if you've been watching, and I know you have because you've been participating a lot, and I know you're in the real estate business as well.

It works incredibly well for at least the land business, I can imagine it works just as well for the house business, although that is certainly more competitive than the land business. But it will give you an edge over your competitors. Just remember what we talked about several times today already about how to power that thing up. Don't forget to try to mirror at very minimum mirror G site to match what your money site structure is and then embed your G site or excuse me your money website pages into your G site. And when you're ready, come join the mastermind because I've been doing training on how I do a lot of really cool things with the G site including tag silo. Well, that's money site stuff, but really cool stuff. And I'm so close now to have in my next kind of really big project live that I'm sharing with the silo structure, build out the in how I've seen mirrored everything in the mastermind and my next mastermind webinars next Thursday, and the site should be live by then it's taken me almost six weeks to build it. But anyway, you should definitely come to check it out. It will help your business I promise.

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Is There An Update To Twitter's RSS?

Next are questions from BB who always post multiple questions every week. I keep telling you not to post multiple questions. They're getting shorter though. So you are making progress maybe. But this time, it's only three short questions as opposed to 18 really long ones. Anyways, I'm just giving you a hard time man. He says one is there an update to the Twitter RSS Twitter widgets is a thing of the past. So what do I do? I honestly haven't touched Twitter since the last time I developed content about Twitter, which was probably four years ago, so I can't answer that anybody. I haven't gotten into look at the Twitter RSS feed lately, so I can't say I mean either. I just don't I just hate Twitter to be honest with you. I know it's got some SEO benefits. There's no question it does. I just I've never, ever gave a damn about good Ah, you know how they have their life platform called Periscope. You know, for periscope is the light platform Twitter. And there's a lot of people in periscope apparently. Yeah, and I didn't know and I started going live with restroom because restroom.io will allow you to go live on Facebook, YouTube, and whatnot. And then I started adding networks because you know, why not? They're free. And they have absolutely zero viewers on like twitch for instance, but periscope I got like 50 viewers are a number. I don't know if they're bots if you know is people that are real but I got some use so there might be some benefit over there. Yeah. Oh I'm not saying you can't squeeze benefit from Twitter I know you can I just never had a desire to do anything with Twitter. It's been years since I've even logged into Twitter I think so. I think he can he can always go third party right that this there's something called up RSS app. And you can get a Twitter feed right from there. I just use that about a month ago.

Cool. Man, you know what? Oh, I don't know if I'm allowed to talk about updates.

Adam, what are you talking about? Well, because we're going to be updating something here soon that RSS I might want to play with this as part of the update for the new. Oh, yeah. There's Wow. We could maybe think a little bit. A little bit maybe. Yeah. Syndication Academy.

What we're going to be completely updating it and relaunching that more news to come but this Thank you, Marco, for pointing this out. This is something I would definitely dig into for when I start the development of the syndication Academy 2020 or version, whatever we're gonna call it. So that's coming guys can't say when but it's coming

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Can You Submit English-Based RSS Directories As Non-English RSS Channels?

The next question from BB. Can I submit to English based RSS directories and non-English RSS channels? Yes. Yeah. Because honestly, I don't know that RSS directories that people actually go to RSS directories but there's a little bit of SEO benefit. They used to be more powerful than they probably are now. But yeah, and by the way, if you're going to submit to RSS guys unless you have a tool that does it, just go to Fiverr and, and go get RSS to submit gigs and literally just go to Fiverr and stuff for RSS submit and pay somebody five bucks plus the $2 charge there's like seven bucks an hour or whatever the hell it is to have them do it for you like I will submit your RSS feed to over 100 RSS feed directories for five bucks guys so honestly just pay somebody five bucks give them your RSS feeds, in fact, you can you know I would recommend even creating a super feed or a spliced feed using something like Damon Nelson's RSS masher and then submit that feed and you know, just pay five to whatever it is seven bucks I think with the service fee now and have somebody else do it because it's tedious as hell to submit them on your own and just you know, let somebody else do it.

RankerX VS FCS Networker In Terms Of Linking Campaign

Okay, last question. I think RankerX versus FCS networker which is better for linking campaign understand that GSA is good for third-tier and up an FCS is good for second-tier whereas RankerX comes into play. I couldn't answer that BB. If you want to ask a question about link building tools, I would post that in a free Facebook group and you know, and you know, ask daddy are late builder kills he'll come in and comment on that and he's the one that can give you the best advice on that I don't run link building tools I haven't for at least five or six years. And I don't ever plan on running them again. So I can't answer that. Anybody else has any recommendations?

Yeah, Dadea runs rank correct. Okay. I that that's I believe that says go-to tool. I don't think he uses FCS.

No, he is using FCS because it became cost-prohibitive. They kept raising the rates on it, everything else so, and then he uses GSA but I what I say is, if you're building contextual on at tier two, it would be tier two. Why not build contextual to the contextual?

Yeah, agreed. So yeah, again, just asking the free Facebook group, you know, the audio will can and can help you out with that.

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What Is Theme Mirroring?

Next question was, can you explain what is the mirroring? I think we did that. I'll kind of run through it again briefly. But whatever your primary money site is that the architecture, right, so the structure of the site, hopefully using silos, because they work, what you do is on the G site, you mirror that same structure. So in other words, you create a one to one ratio of pages on the G site for pages on your money site, right? You don't necessarily have to do that for all the posts. Because if you're content marketing as part of your SEO strategy, so you're blogging, right, that you don't necessarily have to create a new page every time you create a blog post. There are ways around that I talked about that again in the mastermind very specifically how to utilize the G site and benefit from all the blog posts without having to create a separate G site page for each blog post. Okay, so I do talk about that in a mastermind can't talk about that right here but on a conceptual level you for all of like your top of silo pages, for example. So your product, main product pages or service pages, or whatever you create pages on the G site that so that mirror, same keyword, you know, optimized for the same keyword, everything else, then you can add content to the page. But all I do is just iframe in my money site pages. So remember, it's a one to one ratio, right? One G site page for every page on the money site. For that, I'm trying that has SEO value, right. And so I just iframe that into there.

Now, there are some other things that you can add into those G site pages too. For example, if you mirror the same structure in your drive stack, which means when you buy a drive stack from us right now, it's for brand plus primary keyword Association. It's about building the entity. Once you get that you can clone that main folder, which clones everything within the folder, and then make that a subfolder of the main folder and then optimize all of the files within that subfolder now title that subfolder for one of your silos, right? So it's optimized for the same keyword. It's mirrored just like your site structure, then all the files within that particular folder can be edited and optimized for the same keyword set is that silo with all of the internal links, the links from the G site or the drive stack files, pointing back to your money site, the same corresponding silo pages and posts within that silo on the money site, and also to your G site that has now been mirrored. Does that make sense? That's when you can also embed your folders. So like again, top of the silo page on your money site has a mirrored top of the silo page on your G site. And now if you have a subfolder from your main drive stack that has been optimized for that particular silo, now you can actually embed that folder and the files in that G site page that make sense. So that becomes your link building target, the G stack or the G site, the drive stack, and the files and folders and files. All of those become your link building targets, not your money site because your money site is being all the links are being built to your money site through the G site and the drive stack.

So all you do is you hammer away at the G site and their drive stack files and folders. And you push all that relevance through to your money site without an actual physical HTML link pointing directly to your money site. That makes sense. So that's, that's the mirroring on a conceptual level. Again, we get into the nitty-gritty of this stuff, and either our bias Academy reloaded the mastermind or now even have a heavy hitter club. Is that correct? Marco?

Yep. Anything you want to add to that? No, I thought that was perfect. It's just a copy. That's all it is. you're copying open, you're copying over. That's what's called a mirror. When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see the same thing?

That's it. And you know, credit for that theme mirroring, you know, I guess, the term was from network empire for many years ago. And it's great. It just works really, really well. And I love the fact that we like Marco has caused it. We're in the belly of the beast. And that's what we're doing like with we're using Google to insulate the money site and then we push ever thing into the Google properties which funnels down to the money site without ever physically touching if that's that makes sense. And it works incredibly well. So

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Alright, hopefully, that helped. Karen says no question. Just cheers for doing great work. Thank you, Karen.

And let's see next. Show shut up and take my money.

We need more people like you, buddy.

Mohammed says, Hey guys ended up buying the show to report the results as they come in. Yeah, that'd be awesome. Mohammed, let us know, please. And I still think that would be a good test for the heavy-hitter club. Since Marco wrote it down. It probably gets done.

Alright Bibi's back for another set of questions this time there's five

Would It Okay To Use A Simplified Slug To Avoid Keyword Stuffing In Breadcrumb Links?

All right, so BB I'll let you slide with three earlier I'm not going to answer all five right now. Okay, I will answer one, and if there's any time left I'll come back.

Let's say there is a silo domain.com/dogs/dog-food. Okay, is it okay to make the slug of dog food post as simplified form domain slash dog food instead of the subdirectory. Yes, yes, that's the difference between a virtual silo and a physical silo. Right. And, again, if you just go to our YouTube channel and search for silo structure, just go to semantic map or youtube.com slash semantic mastery then use the channel search feature and search for silo structure. That's it. The videos that come up the first two videos are simple silo structure and complex silo structure. If you watch those, those are showing how to set up what's called a physical silo which is showing the silo structure in the permalink. Right, so it's this category slash post name permalink structure, that that's how I used to do it because I used to like to see it in the URL, but we test it I haven't tested it recently on me personally, I haven't tested it recently, but years ago, I tested it but the when you're just using the post name permalink structure, as long as your internal linking is done correctly within your silos, so your internal silo linking is done correctly.

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It makes no difference. At least it didn't years ago. And I'm pretty sure Marco will confirm this, that it doesn't make any difference whatsoever, a virtual silo versus a physical silo, all the internal linking everything, the hierarchy of your categories, and your subcategories and posts. If it's complex, all of that stays the same. The only difference is what is displayed in the URL. And so there is no difference in SEO, whether you use virtual silo or physical silo. And in fact, I recommend using virtual silo now, because it makes the URLs less optimized, right. So it's less likely to trigger an over-optimization penalty for a URL that is hyper optimized with too many occurrences of the same keyword, which is what basically you were asking for here. So yes, virtual silo. Post name. permalink structure is absolutely effective for silos. Does anybody want to comment? Ah, that was perfect. Okay, beautiful. Moving on.

What Should You With A GMB That Is Sharing A Map Pin With Other GMB?

Mohammed says, Hey, guys, one of my real estate clients is moving to a new city and enlisted me to create the GMB in his old city. His realtor GMB shared a map pin with the brokerage I believe this may have affected our GMB impressions. But I don't have proof What should I do with the new one? Do I keep the address shared with his new brokerage or persuade him to move the pin to a new location? That's a good question. Now, I haven't done Local SEO For realtors in probably four years.

But when I did that was, that was pretty common practice. I'm pretty sure it still is where a brokerage has can have, you know, the brokerage itself has its own GMB listing but then individual realtors from within that brokerage can also create their own listing map listing.

It's okay, you can do that Mohammed remembers as long as the name, address, phone number, and URL. So we talked about NAP but URL was part of that right? So there are four data points, their name, address, phone number URL, as long as three of those four data points are you

Make then you can get away with it. So in this case, the business name would be unique, the address would be the same, but then the phone number would be unique and the URL would be unique as long as you can achieve that so the address would be the same, but the business names are different. So for example, let's just use REMAX That's the last time I did a local SEO for realtors, It was for a REMAX brokerage so REMAX Warrington okay would be the name of the primary brokerage but then each individual realtor would have their name, slap, comma, REMAX, right or something like that. That's how you would do it that the business names are different, the addresses the same phone numbers were different. And the URLs were different because each one of the realtors had their own, you know, landing page or website or whatever. And that makes no problem. It's whenever you start to mix up two or more data points, that that causes ambiguous NAP issues. So hopefully that makes sense. Does anybody want to comment on that? Okay

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Do You White Label Your Services?

Nigel is up. Nigel, It's been a while somebody says hey guys thanks for all your help appreciate all you do or appreciate you all excuse me do you currently white label at all? If not, is there an opportunity to white label with you guys my problem is that I have been offered a bunch of services to white label but none that I really know or trust and I'm naturally skeptical and there is the ethics issue specifically I'm getting requests for services but I need fulfillment to be a bit more packaged up and customized for different niches not sure that is making sense but I will say this and I'm certainly willing to do all the work to write up all the copy for such an endeavor like for example creating done for you bundle descriptions based on what can work for the average customer when people trust you. You want to give them something you believe in but it has to be bundled so you don't confuse it yeah which I completely agree with you Nigel which is why we created the SEO shield, which is just a bundle of all the different components because we've been touting use all these different components for years really, and it was you know,

We kept getting the same questions and people would buy one service but not the other. And then they would say, well, well, it doesn't work. And it's whenever we looked into it, it's because they didn't put all the components together as we tell. So that's why we sell the SEO shield now as a bundled service because it just makes it so much easier for everybody. So I know what Marco is going to say I'm gonna say it for him first and then let him say the SEO shield works no matter what industry you're in what business vertical what type of project is local, regional, national, global affiliate e-commerce doesn't matter. Right. So yes, you can white-label because basically, you can just create your own landing page with services or products, but product bundles are whatever that you want to call it, that you can sell to your clients, customers, whatever. And then we can fulfill and you can, you know, bundle them or title them and put descriptions in any way you want. But the SEO shield will work doesn't matter what kind of project it is. So it's just about how you package it right? That's so that's what you're asking. Will we do it?

Well, that's what MGYBis we don't put branding on any of the delivered services. So you can absolutely white-label, you just need to come up with copy and packaging them how you see fit, which will speak best to your desired customer. Does that make sense? Do you want to comment on that Marco? So basically what he's asking for is MGYB. That his comment is, okay, well, I want someone that I know that I can trust. We've priced everything so that people can mark it up. And they can mark it up as much as they want. We've had people charge What was it? $2,000 for a syndication network. And that was a few years back. Remember that? Yeah. Yeah. He had the check. He had the check. Yeah, look, I just sold it. It was about two K. And it's $67. Back then I think it was sick 4760. So I forget what it was, but it was ridiculous. The market but it's what the market will bear. At any rate. What we've done at MGB is set up all of our products and services, what we use in

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Our own projects with our own clients with whatever it is that we do, what we'll be using in the heavy hitter club.

And everything was placed in the store. And it's made available to the general public so that they can go and repeat what we're able to do. We don't just talk about the shit that we do. We don't just, you know, we don't go after these keywords that as I said, my eighth my 18 months old can rank for, we're going aftermarkets, right? We're going after the top. We're not shy about who we go after when you decide to go after Amazon. You're not shy about who you're going after he has yet to get after it. Point is whatever he's looking for. So whatever niche makes a difference, because it's once he orders it, and he tells us the niche is going to be tailored to that niche. That's right. We go in and we detail it we detail we add all of the information, all the necessary information, images, whatever it is that we need to do to package it for that client.

And in that niche, and you know, if I was just looking at our deep keyword research, and we've done the research, I can't remember how many, but it's across a bunch of niches. And I will continue doing more and more and more drive stacks. I mean, we've done drives from CBD oil all the way I think, to art supply.

So a couple of dancing classes hold number, yellow. So it does matter, Nigel, the niche makes no difference. What you have to do is, as Benny said, set up your own land, your own store, I said, Are your own way of selling them so that you write it up any way you want. But then also, you're going to just mark it up and then go buy it from MGYB. That's right. And maybe if you produce enough volume talk, I know one of the owners, By the way, Nigel in case you didn't know, so I can talk to him. And if you produce enough, right

If you're ordering enough, then your volume discount, yeah, I could talk to some of the owners and ask them for a coupon or a volume discount, or something that would make it even better for you to go out and sell it. I know the owners, they're a bunch of bricks, though. So the point is that whatever it is that you're looking to do, it's already set up for you to do it. Now I don't, I don't typically do this unless somebody is in the mastermind. But if you, I'm assuming you're on Facebook, pm me, private message me in Facebook, and I'll shoot you a link to schedule a brief consultation call with me for free, so that I can kind of guide you along kind of get a better idea of what it is that you're trying to do. Because if it's going to help us sell more stuff, and MGYBand helps you at the same time then I'm all about giving you know a consultation call to kind of help you think through this and develop a little bit of a plan for it. So message private message me in Facebook and I'll shoot you a link to my calendly link that you can schedule a call with

With me in the next week or two and I'd be happy to jump on a call with you for a few minutes. Okay.

last but not least, this is just a comment and it's right at the five o'clock mark. So thank you for this Nigel he says you bros you guys are just awesome because you answer everything I just got to drop some kudos so many marketers are just going for the money grab and I'm super happy. I found you guys before this gold rush madness and maybe living in a bubble, but it's like the Wild Wild West. Thanks, guys. Yeah, well, we certainly appreciate that. You know, this being Episode 284 we've been around the block for many years, and we're still here. So you know, it's not just about the money grab for us. We're very, very passionate about this. So thank you. Thank you, buddy. Thanks, everybody. We'll see you guys.

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How Do You Optimize Unverified Map Pins For A Tree Service Business?

By April

 

In episode 279 of Semantic Mastery's weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one viewer asked how to optimize unverified map pins for a tree service business.

The exact question was:

Forgive the second question, but last year I set up unverified map pins for a tree service I'm working with, with the intention of verifying them by phone, but that method stopped working before I was able to follow through. I now have 10-15 optimized map pins pointing to him with variations of his name and tree service/care/company/removal. How would you recommend me best boost these locations' rankings? I was going to order citations for each, and then was wondering if RYS stacks could cover more than one location. Thank you

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Should You Change All Citations And Social Profiles First Before Changing A GMB Page Name?

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In Semantic Mastery's weekly Hump Day Hangouts episode 278, one viewer asked if one should change all citations and social profiles before changing a GMB page name.

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Hello there! A client really wants/needs to change the name of his GMB, should we change the name in all the citations and social profiles first as to reduce the risk of the GMB getting banned?

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How Do You Rank A Local Franchise With Limited Access To Its National Corporate Website And GMB Page?

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In episode 278 of the weekly Hump Day Hangouts by Semantic Mastery, one viewer asked how to rank a local franchise with limited access to its national corporate website and GMB page.

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Hi Guys, Thanks for all the info & motivation you provide on a daily basis! My question, I just landed a local franchisee for a national corporation. They have zero access to their corporate website page and limited access to their GMB. Given these restrictions what would be the best course of action to get their GMB moving upward? Follow SEO Shield and move on? Any other recommendations? Have a spectacular rest of the week.

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Does The RYS Require A GMB Listing?

By April

 

In Hump Day Hangouts episode 276, one participant asked if the RYS requires a GMB listing.

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Does the RYS must have a GMB listing? what if the site is not local related? Can I give an address outside of USA and still rank for a place inside the USA

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What SEO Strategy Do You Recommend Apart From Using Geotagged Phone Images And Reviews?

By April

In episode 276 of our weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one viewer asked what SEO strategy the team recommends apart from using geotagged phone images and reviews.

The exact question was:

Hey guys, my car dealer client has been encouraging me to make use of his staff to help me rank him. I took him up on his offer and got the staff to regularly send geotagged phone images for GMB posts, and even have them uploading showroom pictures to GMB directly through the app. I make sure they send me responses to reviews they get too. My question is, what else can I have them do to help me rank, whether in GMB or elsewhere? I usually have trouble getting this kind of cooperation so I want to make the most of it

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