Weekly Digital Marketing Q&A – Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 120

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Announcement

Hernan: Alright, we are live. Hey everybody, this is Bradley Benner with Semantic Mastery. I'm just kidding. This is Hernan Vasques, how are you guys doing? We're taking over the weekly SEO Q&A called Hump Day Hangouts for the 22nd of February today because our beloved Bradley, and the good old Adam, they are out there in Dallas right now for the Funnel Hiking Live. So I'm pretty sure that if they could, they would join. They will probably join later on if they're not too in depth in a conference or whatever to say some comments, but in the mean time we're taking over. So we have a bunch of announcements. We have a bunch of questions today, but before going in, I want to say hello to my two partners, two friends here. Hey Marco, how are you doing?

Marco: Hey man, what's up? If I can just change what you said a little bit. We're not taking over HDHO. We're actually taking over the world.

Hernan: Right. There you have it. More to come, more to come, because we're going to talk a little bit about that in a second. And there's also Chris, how are you doing Chris?

Chris: Doing good here.

Hernan: Alright. Okay guys, so we have a bunch of questions, but before I just wanted to make a couple of quick announcements. If you haven't done yet, and you haven't signed up for the Vita PowerHouse Video Series that we have put together, that I have recorded and we put together with Adam. It's super super interesting. We shared a lot of interesting information over there, so if you haven't done yet go ahead and do so. I'm going to share the link on the events page so that you guys can join and start checking out that series. That video series that I recorded with the help of Adam and it's basically, it's a lot of good information. Some of it, you guys are already familiar with. Some of it maybe you're not, because we go in depth about the importance and the opportunity that we have as marketers using video marketing, which is huge. Semantic Mastery is built on the basis of video marketing pretty much.

Then it go about different businesses that are also using and leveraging that power. And the funny thing about it is that I read something crazy like 20 percent or something, not even that, like 12 percent of small businesses across the USA are using video marketing to promote their services and products. And they're not using YouTube, they're not using Google, so basically that's one of the reasons why we created Video Powerhouse. Which again, we are re-launching really really soon.

It's going to be a super limited launch. Okay, guys, so it's going to be a super limited launch. We are only going to take so much people in and then we're going to close the gates because we don't want to stress or over stress the networks and we have been working hard for the pass 12 to 18 months, I would say, with the guys at SERP Space, so it's going to be killer. Again, there's a huge opportunity for each of us to tap into the market, so I would suggest you go ahead, sign up for that video series, and also pay good attention to your email for the next couple of days. I would say for next week in particular because we're relaunching Video Powerhouse, it's going to be good. We have a lot of websites and it's super super super powerful. So, that's one thing.

The other thing is that if you guys do not know already, ECVSL 3.0 is launching shortly and you know, I've been using ECVSL I would say for the past year or so, and it's super super interesting for the guys out there that need to realize a solution when it comes to creating video sales letter. If you guys been following us around you know that we have been using video sales letters for pretty much all of our products and you don't have to be this interesting. You do not have to be, like, a digital marketer or you do not have to be in a digital space to use a video sales letter. Again, if you combine the power of YouTube and video marketing with a really good video sales letter that you can rank on Google and YouTube, you can have a killer combo. So video sales letters you can use them for sales of local services, digital, physical products, whatever you want to do.

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The reality is that there's kind of, I feel that sometimes there's kind of these technological … I would say that you need to use a lot of tools to get a really good video sales letter. Well, actually, ECVSL solves that, and that's exactly what I've been using it for over the past couple of months if you would, pretty much all of last year, because it makes creating video sales letter a really good process and easy to use et cetera, et cetera, for the guys that are not technical out there and you don't want to be using, I don't know, Adobe Premiere or whatever you're using for video editing or you do not want to hire a video guy.

This is a good thing, and there's a bunch of advancements when it comes to the 3.0 version, like, for example, right now you have speech to text video creation, you have an embedded … it's interesting, you have an embedded audio recorder within that software, so you do not need to go out or bring your audio from another software. You can do it within video sales letter and there's a bunch of other things.

Another good thing is that you can do this new kind … They call it kinetic style videos, which are moving fonts, if you would, within the video which are really cool for engagement and they grab a lot of attention. And I've been seeing more and more products and services being represented and being … and using this kind of video. So, there's a bunch of advancements and it's pretty inexpensive for what it does, so I'm going to also put the link here so that you can join. It's SemanticMastery.com/ECVSL, SemanticMastery.com/ECVSL and it's there on the events page as well.

So, that's that. Then another thing, another announcement that we had is that we're moving forward with the traffic agency. We mentioned it briefly last week. The idea of a traffic agency that could … Because we have a lot of people actually wanting to implement PPC, mostly Facebook campaigns, Facebook PPC and YouTube ads initially and then Ad Words PPC as well. We will be moving forward.

If any of you guys are needing to get those needs covered, the paid advertising or the traffic cover, just ping us. You can join as a beta testers, if you would. As Adam put it last week, it's not like … we're going to be taking it over from a professional stand point but we need to build the entire structure. That's why we're taking in at-cost, beta testers for the services. Just ping us at [email protected]. That's going to be good.

Initially we're going to be starting with, I think, Facebook advertising and YouTube ads. Then we're going to move into PPC in general, retargeting, maybe email marketing. We have our resident email marketing expert, Chris, over here so that's something that we're planning to do as well.

Marco, I know that you have been deep in the lab, man, over the past several weeks. Do you want to tell us a little bit what's that all about? I know that you're happy; I can feel it in your voice.

Marco: Yeah, I mean, it's incredible. We discovered that GSA still works. We made actual garbage spam links work. Not saying how, that's coming. I have to keep something under my hat. I can't reveal how, but it still works and it still works really well because we hit, just today, number one in a major metropolitan area for a hyper competitive keyword. I mean, we're not going after these long tail keywords that hardly anyone wants where there's hardly any money and say, “Hey, look, we can rank for this.” How 'bout we show you how to outrank Angie's List, Yelp, how about that? When was the last time someone was able to say, “Yeah, we were able to take them down”? You don't hear that very often. We've be able to do it. We're just looking at the test. As you know, we're continuously testing, we're constantly in the lab and we're just searching different paths and ideas, and the only way you can go from theory to practice is through testing, right?

‘Cause I see all of these people posting all of this garbage that people believe in all of these different groups. These masterminds, these gurus, and now we have these child prodigies, these young guns that are supposed to be coming up and they're supposed to be the shit and can rank anything, and they're feeding people garbage. It just amazes me that people fall for it. What we give you, we test it and we test it on our own stuff. So that's what you get at the end. You don't get something that we have no clue whether it works. We're actually checking everyday. Every single day, we're in there and looking and seeing how to improve it, and how to rank even better, and how to eliminate the competition. That's what we're after. Domination, total market domination.

Hernan: Alright, very good. Very good. We're eager to see what you guys can come up with, so that's going to be a lot of fun. Alright, so if that's it with announcements, we have a solid 50 minutes of questions that we can go through, so I'm going to share my screen real quick. I'm going to lose you guys for a minute when I do, but bear with me for a second, so alright, there we go.

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Just let me know when you can see my screen.

Marco: Yeah, we're seeing your screen now.

Hernan: Okay, very good. So, let's jump right into questions.

Link Profile & 301 Redirect

So, Ben says, “Hey, guys. If I'm buying a deleted domain to use for a 301 redirect, as long as the main QR is in the domain, does the link profile matter, even if the domain has low PA/DA, trust flow, and citation flow? After [inaudible 00:11:11] that will transfer through. Is that correct?

Well, Ben, yeah, from a theoretical standpoint, that is correct. The reality is that the link profile from a deleted domain does matter when you're doing a 301 redirect. THat's why we suggest that when you're doing a Switchbox and Switchbox SEO domain, like purchasing a domain strictly for doing a 301, I would go with a blank slate domain. A virgin domain that hasn't been touched before. We're saying that because the only reason that you're actually buying that domain is because you want to have detachable [inaudible 00:11:58], meaning that you want to point to target A today, but tomorrow you want to point it to somewhere else. Or you want to kill it.

However, the history of that domain and if it has actual back links, it will skew your results. It will impact your results. Okay? That's why we are saying that if you're trying to do this strictly from a Switchbox SEO … from a Switchbox SEO perspective, that is doing this from a 301 perspective only, I would go with a completely pristine, new domain that you're positive hasn't been used before.

You can go for a … you can use a main queuer, but that's not relevant actually. What's relevant is that it's a 301, that it's a pure 301, not a 302 or whatever other thing you're trying to do. It's a pure 301, number one. And number two, all of the history of that domain needs to be blank. Even better if it has absolutely no history, you know. Because again, the links and the history of that domain will impact in the 301 that you're doing. You know, in the target. You do not want that. You want it to be kind of a mirror, if you would. You know? Or a Switchbox, a real Switchbox.

After pointing safelinks with high [inaudible 00:13:25], that will transfer through, is that correct?

Well, a portion of it will transfer. Not 100% of it will transfer because there's some links you lost on the 301. That's my experience, anyways. But after doing that, most of it will transfer, but only if the main, again, is a blank slate. It has to be a brand new domain. Because again, the link profile will matter if you're doing the 301. Do you have any comments on this, Marco? Like, on the 301 side of things?

Marco: Yeah, I'm a little confused by the question. If it's simply to mirror the [inaudible 00:14:01] where it's a straight Switchbox, then yeah, you're better off just buying a domain and making it brand new and mirroring whatever website it is that you're redirecting the juice at because the purpose of this is to be able to shut it off at will. Or to point it at another website, a PBN or whatever. THat's the purpose of a Switchbox. If that's what he's talking about. And if not, then of course the link profile is going to matter. It's going to matter a lot. Because if you have garbage links, that's what you're passing through.

And so, yeah, that's going to make a big difference. It doesn't have to have the main keyword because it's a 301. I mean, you're going to take everything that … on the website that you're pointing at and you're going to build it on the website that's going to be the 301, and then you're going through the 301 page by page. And then you're going to do all of your SEO through that 301 for protection. That's how I'm reading this. That link profile, that's what throws me off. Yes, that's going to matter, but it depends on what it is that you're doing.

Hernan: Right, yeah. I guess it depends, Ben. If you're purchasing a 301 because you know, we have been using Bluetooth batteries to purchase these domains that have great backlinks, but we are searching for that link profile. Even if it is one backlink from CNN, for example, or Wikipedia, you know? So, yeah, it does matter.

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Registration Level Redirect Vs Hosting Level Redirect

So two, “Also, is the registration level redirect just as effective as the hosting level redirect? Is one better than the other for passing the link juice?”

Well, good question. In my experience, the .htaccess redirect is faster to pass link [inaudible 00:15:58]. I don't know why, but I've seen results faster, and I've seen a couple of people actually reporting back the exact same thing. You need to be careful with the registration level redirect because sometimes, as I mentioned before, it's not a pure 301. For example, in GoDaddy. You know, GoDaddy, if you redirect, they will not give you advanced redirect options, like [inaudible 00:16:20] for example. So GoDaddy will give you a 301 sometimes, and a 302 sometimes, you know what I mean. So if you want to be 100% positive that you have a 301 redirection in place, you would be better of using .htaccess or hosting level redirect, you know.

301 Redirect & Ranking Videos

Number three: “If I'm ranking a video, do you have to bother with 301 redirect?”

I'm not sure what you're asking here. If you're ranking a video and you want to do like a direct save to it, I would still purchase there cheap domains, like .xyz or .link domains. And you have a bunch of new domains with new extensions that you can use. So, I mean, you can just spend like one buck per year per domain and have a complete Switchbox set, if you would.

Do you have to bother with a 301 redirect? You can point save direct to a video, but as we always say, if you deem your video worthy, or your channel, and you are doubtful about point and save directly to video, I would do a 301. You know, just put a 301 between, and that's pretty much it. Then you can detach if anything goes wrong. So, we hadn't had any issues with save directly to videos, but again, so far. We don't know what's going to happen six months or even three months down the road, so in any case, you should just use a 301 redirect.

Marco: Yeah, if I'm doing YouTube, I usually make YouTube 301.

Hernan: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Marco: I make YouTube. So I'll do the http to hctp, right? Cause it redirects to https. I just make sure that it's a 301 and not a 302. And then spam it that way.

Hernan: Right, right. Also, “Marco, great Facebook post. Great article. I think I'm starting to get my head around SEO. Working on becoming a Mastermind member soon.”

Thanks Ben. We'll be eager to have you on the Mastermind. What post is he referring to, Marco? Did you make a post recently?

Marco: Yeah, I posted [crosstalk 00:18:34]. Yeah I posted in our Facebook groups about the relationship between IFTTT SEO and RYS Academy drive stacks.

Hernan: Right.

Marco: How they're not mutually exclusive. How they react differently but they can be used for the same purpose. So, I did a post about that because there was some questions about whether to even do RYS, if I remember correctly. So I went in and I posted. It turned out into a really long comment. And so I thought it was good enough to post in all of our groups. So, sometimes I do that. I'll start flowing and writing and explaining why, and then I'll just go and share so that anyone can benefit.

Hernan: Nice.

Marco: So that's one of the benefits of getting into either IFTTT SEO MasterClass, MasterMind, RYS Academy. You get the benefit that we often go in there and post for the benefit of the groups.

Putting Drive Sites or G Sites As Website For Google My Business

Hernan: Yep, I agree. I agree. Alright, Joshua says, “What are your thoughts on putting drive sites or G-sites as the website for Google My Business?” I will definitely leave Marco to answer this one. Have you tried that?

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Marco: We do that all the time. Not drive sites, of course, because that would deprecate it. There … you can no longer host sites in drive. But you can do G-sites, and we definitely, all of the time, use them as Google My Business. I mean, you're stacking Google properties. Why would … the question would be, why wouldn't you put-

Hernan: Right.

Marco: a G-site, where you built it the way that we do, right. To make it look good, and we put the CTAs in place, phone number. Everything's in place for conversion purposes. And so, yeah, it's an excellent companion to your Google My Business.

Sending Links In Google Drive Stacks

Hernan: Follow-up question: “Once a stack is complete, are you sending links to the folder or to each property created? PDF, G-doc, et cetera.

Marco: Yes. Meaning, we do everything.

Hernan: Right. Yep.

Marco: So like … [crosstalk 00:20:47] Let me just go [crosstalk 00:20:49]. What happens is, if you order building from us, when you order the drive stack, the VA will go in and set up the drive stack. Once that's done, it gets turned over to the link builder, and he knows exactly what to do. You have to remember, we've been doing this for over a year now. The [inaudible 00:21:10] fee services. So the process is pretty much like auto. One VA does his thing, gets turned over to the link builder. The link builder knows exactly what to do and to which properties, and which amounts. And the trip rate. And so that's how it's done, and then once it's all done, I think that a partial report is done on the link building that was done. So you get all that.

Hernan: Right. Yep, that's basically it. There you have it. So we build links to pretty much everything. That's the main idea, no? That's the main idea.

Dealing With m.url Subdomain

So, Earl says, “Many of my local clients have m.url sub domains for mobile. I have traditionally spent the bulk of my efforts to get the url site to rank, but expectations that their health would also support the m versions. What additional should I be doing to support the mobile version, with an eye to its Maps placements and overall visibility on mobile?”

Well, good question, Earl. I'll give my input and maybe Marco can chime in on this too, but the way sub domain works, is that they are kind of different entities, you know. They are taken as different entities and it would all depend on how your website is set up. So, for example, on some websites, like some templates or some website builders, for example, they will have the mobile version set up automatically. So if the browser detects, or the website detects, that you're visiting from a sub domain … from a mobile phone, sorry, you'll get automatically redirected to the m dot version. So that's kind of how it's working.

Now, what you can have is a completely html, or whatever it is, like strictly mobile version, like mobile template, of the website on the m dot version. That is, that would be a completely separate [inaudible 00:23:13] dot com website, with a mobile theme. That's being kind of deprecated, as far as I know, because right now with responsive themes and responsive landing page builders, like ClickFunnels, LEAP pages, whatever you're doing, they're all responsive. So you do not need to have an m dot sub domain anymore for people to get redirected. That used to happen when we didn't have responsive themes. Usually the websites used to look like really really bad on mobile. But that's not the case anymore, because again, you can visit the same webpage from mobile and desktop and tablet PCs, and the theme will be optimized for the width of the screen.

Now, with that being said, what you can do is to actually build links to the m dot version, you know? You can … If it's a completely separate entity, meaning if you have the ability of going add schema, maybe add the amp plug-in that we have developed with Semantic Mastery, or have access already to a mobile page on that sub domain, I would strongly suggest that you do so.

Because again, if you want to do Maps placement and visibility on mobile, you need to understand now, Earl, that I would say, 60% of the traffic that goes through Google or Facebook is mobile. So if it's treated differently than the main domain, meaning that you have the ability to actually go in and tweak the code from that sub domain, you can build links. You can treat it as an additional property. As we would … As I would, for example, if I set up different money sites on sub domains, I would treat them completely differently. Of course, if you focus on getting the url site to run, that will benefit the sub domain and vice versa. That's why sub domains are really really powerful. So I would focus on building links and local directories that can point back to the m dot version of the website, but that would be sort of a short term approach.

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A long term approach, I would definitely start educating your local clients to get a responsive domain and a responsive theme, sorry, on the same domain so that everything falls under the same domain and you do not need to do sort of two SEO campaigns, one for mobile, one for desktop. Does that make sense? Do you want to add anything to that, Marco?

Marco: Yeah, if by Maps placement, he means ranking in the [inaudible 00:25:57], that has absolutely nothing to do with whether the website is mobile friendly because all G-sites, which we're totally ranking, are not mobile friendly. If you haven't noticed. And we constantly rank in the three pack. We're ranking the Map. And we're ranking the verified Google My Business Map. And we're sending them to a specific … back to the G-site actually. Or it could be to whatever landing page you want it to be. So, from what I read, there's different things going on here. If you're trying to rank in Maps, you're trying to rank the Map, not the website.

But what you could do is send them, as you mention, to an m dot website, dot url, dot com. And have that m be an html … really light, super fast, loads … eye blink. And, what you would have on there is a click to call button or whatever. But you could have that same thing on your G-site or whatever. Or actually, I think you sometimes get that on the Map. So there's different things.

As you said, if your website is responsive, then it obviates the need for the m version because Google's going to see it as mobile friendly. You can do the test. You go right to Google and test whether it's mobile friendly now. So I don't see any reason for an m version unless you want to send people to a specific, really fast, html landing page where they can just go in and take the action that you need them to take. That would be my take on this.

Hernan: Right. Yeah, I agree. [crosstalk 00:27:49] Mentioning the mobile friendly test. It's been around for a while, so I'll put it here on this page so that you guys can check it out, and you can input your url test here and it will tell you if it's mobile friendly or not. If your website is not mobile friendly, you will also get a … I think you will also get a note on Webmaster Tools, “You need to improve that mobile friendliness”, if you would. Because again, the results on the mobile side of things, and the desktop side of things, you know, they have been different and different. Even more different as we go by.[crosstalk 00:28:23]

Marco: Just one last thing I want to say. If it's mobile friendly, and it's still slow, then you can run into problems. Which is why you might want to have an html landing page. Just something just super fast, and that'll take care of some of the speed problems that you're running into. I would also recommend, if there's speed problems, talking to Clinton Butler, 'cause he's a master at website speed. So those are the things that I would recommend regarding. It depends on what he's doing and why.

Building Sites On Subdomains

Hernan: Yeah. Alright, next one. MM MM. “Do you still recommend building sites out on sub domains? Are the main domains still protected from any aggressive SEO done on the sub domain? Would you recommend a site's blog to go on a sub domain blog site dot com? Any change to this strategy you would use?

Well, yeah. We have been mentioning that, briefly, we still recommend building sites out of sub domains. The blog dot site dot com strategy works really well. However, and as we keep saying, we keep repeating, anything worth your while should be protected. So if you have a client website, for example, or you have a really good money site, or you have a really dear project. Or even if you're doing a blog for your wife or your girlfriend, believe me, I've been there. If you try to spam a sub domain in those cases, it might work right now, but it won't work, maybe won't work, six months down the road and your website will get penalized. You know? So that's why we're saying, “Treat it with with care. Be mindful of the longtime approach.”

The blog dot site dot com strategy works really well when your main website is not a warper site. When you have a client, for example, as Earl had, a client that comes with another technology, or a custom PHP website, or an html website, and they want you to go ahead and optimize that, and to be honest, I don't have the time to learn a completely new technology. I'm really good with WordPress, and I'm fine, I'm comfortable with WordPress, so what I would do is to just tell them, “Yeah, you need to install a sub domain, a blog on a sub domain”. I have a client right now that we're starting to work together. I'm helping them optimize and develop their website and their website is completely customized, and they're trying to get me to go into their CMS and see how we can start building a blog, and say, “No, no way. You need to install WordPress on a sub domain, and we'll go from there.”

So the changes to this strategy, you know, there's not many changes, but be mindful that any spam could come back and bite you in the future. So again, you can use 301's. You can use tier link building for that IFTTT with sub domain. You can syndicate [inaudible 00:31:32] IFTTT network. There's a bunch of things that you can do to protect that sub domain. If you have a trash domain that you want to test, go ahead. But nothing worthy.

Maps Aspect In RYS Stacks

John asks, “Since Google is killing off My Maps app for good next week, I was wondering if you guys had thought of a workaround for the Maps aspect of RYS stacks vaporizing? What do you think, Marco?

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Marco: First of all, he's absolutely wrong. Google is not killing off My Maps. As a matter of fact, it was just redone last year. What was incorporated was the MapMaker app. So I think he got the two confused. My Maps is what's being used right now. It's going to continue to be used. We're going to continue our RYS stacks with My Maps and doing all of the awesome things that we do through the My Maps. So John … And if you are in RYS Academy, this should have been posted in RYS Academy. By the way, because now people are going to think that RYS stacks are going to stop working because Google is killing of My Maps, which again, is not true.

Video-Based Vs Typed Content

Hernan: Right. Okay, Bryan asks, “Is there any benefit from using a video-based blog over typed content? It is easier, more engaging to use video. Will the search pick up keywords? Thanks, Bryan McKay”.

Okay, Bryan, great question. And it's funny, because, you know, we have been talking about the opportunities you have using video marketing for your business earlier on, and I strongly suggest that you go ahead and submit and sign up, rather, for that video series because over there we chat to that particular topic. You know? Video marketing.

Now, there's a bunch of benefits using video-based blog over typed content. Number one: videos, they're far more engaging, as you're currently stating. When you see videos, when doing videos, when producing videos, you can reuse the content over and over again. We are a testimonial of that. We are the example of that because as much as we would like to post more often on Semantic Mastery's blog, all of us are quite busy right now. So what we're doing is to transcribe, you know, Hump Day Hangouts, and we have that posted beneath the video on the website. And that's pretty much, yeah, what we're doing when it comes to video to [inaudible 00:34:16] for the blog, rather. You know?

So, what you need to understand is that video marketing and video production has a lot of benefits. One of them, again, being the possibility of reusing the content. Like transcribing the content, you will have your content needs covered for the blog. You can rip the audio and upload them to SoundCloud, for example, and create a podcast. You can take still shots of the video and if you're good with Photoshop, you can upload those to Facebook, Instagram, I don't know. Whatever you want to do, you know? So that's number one.

Number two is that I read, doing this research for the Video Powerhouse series, that 62% of the queries have videos on page one. Sixty two percent of the queries, the search queries on Google, have a video in it, you know, on page one. And you will have an increase of 32% on the click through rate if you start using videos, and if you get a video ranked on page number one of Google. Not only that, but Google is the number one search engine in the world, and YouTube is the number two search engine in the world, so if you have a video ranked on YouTube and you have a video ranked on Google, just imagine the possibilities and the amount of leads that you can get.

So it's not only about posting those videos to your website, but it's about the additional traffic that you can get from the video if you are uploading them to YouTube, for example. Because, again, you can rank on YouTube. I have a couple of videos ranked on YouTube on my own channels. Semantic Mastery has a bunch of videos on page one of YouTube. And those videos can bring a ton of traffic, you know, to Semantic Mastery blog, to [inaudible 00:36:06], et cetera, et cetera. So that's another of the benefits.

The third benefit is we have yet … I have yet … I haven't seen any kind of video, like other video blogs [inaudible 00:36:24] whatsoever. Yet. You know? I haven't seen any video blogs [inaudible 00:36:30] whatsoever. Yet. Again, yet, because we don't know what's going to happen six months down the road. The reality is that Google loves Google. We're using RYS Academy, which are all pretty much Google properties. Going nuts with that. And YouTube, it's another property that we are optimizing, that we are using to get traffic. But also, Google loves YouTube, so I haven't seen a video blog like a blog or a website that's completely about videos. Okay, it hasn't got anything else. Like no text, nothing else whatsoever. But videos, [inaudible 00:37:10], getting the index.

So if you have the opportunity, Bryan, to make a blog based on videos, I would strongly suggest that you do so. I would also strongly suggest that that you go through the video series that we recorded because, again, there's a huge opportunity and a lot of small businesses missing out. And again, you do not need to go through the whole process of creating a professional video. If you have a smart phone, if you have an iPhone, if you have a Google Nexus or you have like a new Google Pixel or whatever. If you have an Android phone or an iPhone, you have a small recording studio in your pocket. So you do not need to go in debt to hire a video guy or video crew, et cetera, et cetera.

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Also, if you're camera-shy, which could happen, and you're not tapping into that because you're camera-shy, you could just record the screen, with Camtasia, ScreenFlow. Or you could even hire an actor on Fiver to go through that. So, you know, if any of you guys listening to this now is not going through the “trouble” of producing videos for your business and using videos to leverage your business and the traffic, you're really missing out. And there's a window of opportunity right now. That's exactly why we created Video Powerhouse in the first place because we see the opportunity. Again, one of the foundations of Semantic Mastery's success are Hump Day Hangouts. And guess what? We're using YouTube live, like YouTube and YouTube Live, at the same time, on Google Plus. So that's one of the foundations of Semantic Mastery and I think video has a lot of potential.

And if you have the opportunity to go ahead and make videos for your company, Bryan, you need to squeeze every last drop of traffic out of them. Again, you can reuse that content over and over again. And from one hour of our time every week, we are having a ton of results. Again guys, sign up for Video Powerhouse, for that series. Go ahead and pay close attention for the launch because it's going to be a killing. It's going to be a killer. How many, how many … Well, I don't know if we can actually disclose this, Marco, but about the amount of websites that we have right now on Video Powerhouse. I don't know if we can disclose that.

Marco: Sure, we can. Sure, we can.

Hernan: Okay.

Marco: We have around 3000 primary domains, spread throughout categories, right. They're all categorized. So you'll be able to go in there if you're in business, if you're in whatever. There's some things that we won't take. Porn and that type of crap, we won't accept it. There's a human that will actually go through your video and make sure that it doesn't contain anything that we're not permitting in the network, number one, and that it's English, number two. Right now we're only taking English. In the future, we might do something with other foreign languages. As of now, 3000, all in categories.

To add to that, we're at around … I think we just broke 600,000 in the secondary embed network, and again, all categorized. And we have sub-categories. So, more than likely, you're going to hit your niche. If we don't, then we still have a General category, where we have, I think it's around 800 domains, 800 primaries. Of course, in the primary embed network, we are building. The build team is busy throwing IFTTT networks around it so that one will actually turn into around 20 embeds, correct? Because it goes into the main domain, then the IFTTT network will take care of spreading the love around into the IFTTT network. So think of all of the damage that you're going to be able to do using that. You do that, then you go into the secondary embed network then add additional … Ah shit, I'm sorry, I just blanked out. Relevant … sorry, additional relevancy, right?

Hernan: Right.

Marco: With the additional embed network. I blanked out for a second, sorry. But yeah, I mean, it's something that we've worked at really, really hard. It's not just a re-launch. It's something that's totally new and unique and totally different from what it was. What I would say to him, also, is if 62% of results show a video, it doesn't mean that it doesn't show a website. Right? Or some other type. So there's actually a double opportunity. There's opportunity to rank a video, and to rank your content. We use, sometimes, right, we take up four places in the top ten with different methods, and different properties that we use.

So 62% show video, 38% won't show a video, so you're still going to need content, regardless. I say, to just hammer this home, do the video, and then just get it transcribed and you have the content. Very simple.

Hernan: There you have it. There you have it, Bryan.

Identifying If An Entity Has Authority

Chad says … Hey Chad. I see a lot of new faces. This is super cool. Hey Chad, welcome. “I'm of the understanding that topical trust flow is no longer as important as it once was. So where are you looking at now that shows you if an entity has authority or not?

So before I let Marco, I wanted to give my two cents here. Topical trust flow is still a measure that we pay attention to. Not … We haven't been married with any metrics at all. We have been saying that trust flow and topical trust flow they have been showing better results for us, but that doesn't mean, Chad, that you should be paying attention only to that in order to show if an entity has authority or not. So for example, what's the history of that entity? What's the ranking of that entity? How many pages are indexed on Google? How much traffic that entity has?

A great … For example, when I'm looking for web 2.0 networks … when we are looking for web 2.0 networks for example, for IFTTT Academy 2.0 update webinars, we go through SEMrush and we input those networks. And we can see on SEMrush, we can see the ranking history, if you would. So for example, Pinterest is killing it and you can see, if you go to SEMrush.com, you can see you can input Pinterest.com and you can see there's a bunch of page rankings from that domain. So that's telling you that it's “easier” to rank, thanks to that. So there's a bunch of things that you can check, Chad, and that's where the whole [inaudible 00:44:28] comes to play, and I'm gonna leave Marco to talk a little bit about this too. So, what you think, Marco?

Marco: Yeah, you know, from what we've been doing, we build our own [inaudible 00:44:42], so to speak, with IFTTT or with syndication. That's what we're doing. Because we go into websites and web 2.0's that we know are trusted and authoritative, without regards to the topic. Because, Facebook, there is no topic in Facebook, it's multi. Correct? But there's also other things. This is where …

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When I take on … I don't know how much of this I should be talking about. But when I take on a coaching student, I charge a lot of money, right? But the one thing that I try to teach them is to think outside the box. You can't get … you can't pigeonhole yourself into relying on Majestic. What if they're absolutely wrong with their algorithm? What if … They're all guessing at Google's algorithm, and nobody knows Google's algorithm except the people who work on it, man.

And so, what I say is, say you're in the home construction industry, or any type of home service, correct? And you want to quote authority, for example. So we don't recommend doing wiki because that's what everybody does. So I try to go really broad, right? I try to go … Okay, architecture. Architecture is totally relevant. So I'll do a quick search on architecture and I'll come up with MIT, with the architecture school. With the School of Architecture. And there's a website called, “architecturaldigest.com”, which is considerably authoritative. And I'll look at their … If I can get … I'll quote … excuse me. I'll link to MIT. I know I probably can't get a link out of MIT, but I'll try to see who is linking into MIT and see maybe I can get a link off of them. See which of those is relevant to whatever it is that I'm doing.

Now, coming down a little bit further, and I always say this, go to This Old House. Go to Bob Villa. Go to Home Depot. Go to anywhere where you can maybe drop a comment, a good comment, a quality comment. Something that adds value to the conversation that's going to stick. That the MOD won't get rid of. Just wherever you can, something that's relevant, so that here is where you should be. And what you take from this is that it's relevancy that we're after, not so much metrics, because we know, because we've done it, that you can inflate metrics to whatever you want just with pure spam. But the relevancy, that's hard to fake, because you know that these websites, these are trusted and authoritative in the niche. That's what we're after.

Hernan: Right, right. Okay, so let's see. Jordan is asking, “Who can eat the most brisket tacos?”.

[inaudible 00:48:04] going to run to market, have an experiment on this. Go ahead, Jordan. Let us know of your results. That would be fun to see.

Ken says, “When embedding a map on a web 2.0 post, is it best to just embed the map by itself like what we do with videos, or is it best to have content too?”.

What do you think, Marco? What does your experiment says about this? Do you have any piece of content?

Marco: No.

Hernan: Or just the map?

Marco: We do special stuff to the iframe.

Hernan: Right. Right. I would suggest that you vary it a little bit, Ken. I would say that, when you do for example, like a video, on Video Powerhouse for example, we would add a link back to the video and a link back to the playlist or the channel, whatever you decide. But we have no text whatsoever, because again, we are aiming to protect the networks, and also to protect the videos. So that's why we don't have any text and it backlinks to [inaudible 00:49:07] whatsoever at all. But you can vary it a little bit and let us know. Marco has his secret sauce to get that going.

Marco: By the way, we keep mentioning Video Powerhouse and we don't mention Maps Powerhouse.

Hernan: Right.

Marco: Which is totally available right now inside of serpspace.com.

Hernan: Yeah, yeah, good point Marco. Good point. Yeah, Video Powerhouse again, and we had … it's sister would be Map Powerhouse, which that could be a big launch on its own soon. Okay, so realize it's available right now, it's available right now, but we don't know how much more before we actually go in there and revamp it.

Alright, so I think we're really good with questions. Wow, that was a good one. A bunch of people say Video Powerhouse link is not working. Earl, Valerie, please check again, because I don't know, maybe serp space is acting up a bit strange, because sometimes it will open, sometimes it won't. So go ahead. If it isn't working, just drop us a link, drop us a ticket to Support at Semantic Mastery. We'll hook you up with the link.

Bryan says, “Congrats at beating Big G and Yelp.”

Cool.

“Links to your video to learn?”

Please see, yeah, Bryan, it's over here.

“Yes, I can, but my idea is to have better serp stuff”.

I'm guessing that means to the video topic that we touch base on, and yeah, definitely, definitely. If you can get a video rank on page number one, you can actually get additional properties, you know? As Marco was mentioning. And that's exactly what we're doing when we're doing RYS Academy, when we're doing IFTTT Academy. Like, we're having a lot of page one rankings thanks to that, and your video will be no exception.

Marco: Yeah, I mean, we can talk about stacking iframes because when you do video embeds, all you're doing is you're iframing the video into whatever property you're doing, which we've proven, we've shown, that the juice flows through the iframe back to the origin or the destination. So with the destination being YouTube, the signals that Google is getting is that someone is publishing the video. And so Google loves that because Google loves itself. Right?

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Hernan: Right?

Marco: Same thing with the map iframe. The map iframe on your property or any other property goes back to wherever it is in drive, wherever it is in the GMB list, whatever page it is, everything will flow there. And this is the beauty, this is the beauty of RYS Academy, guys. We are inside the belly of the beast. We're in there, and good luck getting us out. ‘Cause we're in there. We're tickling stuff, man.

Hernan: Yeah, that's pretty cool. That's pretty cool. Yeah. Good times, good times.

Marco: Carson just asked a question.

Hernan: Yeah, Carson, Carson asks, “What would you suggest for getting more local clients?”

Well, Carson, it's kind of a broad question. It's kind of a broad question, but Bradley actually, he had the video mail, the vmail prospect team course revamped, but it's gonna be strictly for Video Powerhouse users. So if you get into Video Powerhouse, you can get that course. But I don't think it's going to be available for the public unless we convince Bradley and Adam otherwise. But initially, that's a really good starting point. That's a really good starting point because again, that will show you step-by-step how to process those local clients, how to reach out to them, and it's a really cool strategy. But again, Carson, you need to be part of Video Powerhouse. So I would suggest that you wait until the launch of Video Powerhouse so that you can get that and then you can rank those videos that you're doing for local clients using Video Powerhouse as well.

Marco: I would add that we're on episode 120 of Hump Day Hangouts. That means 120 hours of information. Imagine that. 120 hours of answering questions is available in our YouTube channel. It's youtube.com/semanticmastery. Go there, go to the channel search, and just drop your question. Or do the search, “how to get more local clients”. Or just do “local clients”, and you'll see how much information comes up just from that. While you're waiting for Video Powerhouse to open, and you should be one of the first in the door maybe because it's just totally going to kill.

Hernan: Yes, definitely.

Marco: We keep getting into it, but we just put on so much work, so many hours, so much time, so much money that … How long have we been talking about it, since we started?

Hernan: Yeah.

Marco: We've been at this for months and months, just redoing. I think it was April of last year.

Hernan: Yeah.

Marco: April or May when I took over, and we decided that we needed to redo it. So think about how much time, effort, how much work, how much money's been invested, into the back ends so that this works for you guys who are doing video. Not only doing video, because this can complement, of course, your website because iframe on the website or YouTube … People watching the YouTube video if you've done your cards correctly, if you've done everything, will click over to the website. So it works, just everywhere, to bring traffic back to your website. Or whatever property it is that you have. Wherever you want to take action, you can lead them.

Hernan: Alright. Okay. So I think that's it. Thank you, guys. It's been a pleasure, it's been amazing. So thank you, guys, once again. We're gonna end pretty much near so let me turn off the screen, turn off …

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Marco: [inaudible 00:55:39] music for Hernan.

Hernan: There you have it. Okay.

Marco: Hernan looks like Bradley.

Hernan: Yeah, for some reason, yeah. If I turn off this, I look like Bradley. If I don't, there you go. All right, guys, thanks a lot for being here tonight, for being here today. It's been a pleasure. Thanks Marco, thanks Chris. And you know, peel your eyes, peel your ears 'cause Video Powerhouse is coming and it's gonna swallow the market on its entirely. So thanks you guys. We'll see you tomorrow.

For those of you who are on the Mastermind, you will also have Marco, Chris, and I present over there. And the rest of you, we'll see you next week.

Marco: Yeah, I've got some good stuff for the Mastermind, guys, tomorrow, so …

Hernan: Yep, so make sure to join.

Marco: See you tomorrow.

Hernan: All right.

Chris: Bye everyone. Bye.

Hernan: Bye bye.

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Weekly SEO Q&A – Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 114

By April

Click on the video above to watch Episode 114 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: All right. We are live. I'm slightly confused by the new layout. I feel like I'm on the Brady Bunch or something, I don't know if everyone is seeing this. Anyways welcome to Hump Day Hangouts episode 114, we got everybody here, and we're happy to see everybody, so man, I just pick at random, I guess, I'll go backwards. Hernan, how's it going?

Hernan: Hey, guys. Hey, everyone. It's really good to be here. I have no idea how to turn on the mic, off the mic, so I apologize if I'm a bit loud, we'll get use to it.

Adam: all right. Bradley, how's it going?

Bradley: Marsha, Marsha, Marsha. You said Brady Bunch, I had to do it.

Adam: Awesome.

Bradley: I'm good, man. I'm excited about using the new Webinar Jam platform I hope it works well for us guys, to prevent some of the issues we've had with just flat out Hangouts before, so we're going to test it out and see what I guess after one or two Hump Day Hangout sessions, you guys will be the judge and let us know what you prefer.

Adam: Yeah. Definitely. Helpful feedback is appreciated.

Bradley: Yeah.

Adam: All right. Chris, how's it going?

Chris: Doing good. Finally snowy in Austria, enough to go snowboarding, so-

Adam: Nice.

Chris: We'll be off next week a couple days.

Adam: Awesome. That sounds like a good time. Speaking of not snow, Marco how are you doing?

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Marco: Hey, man. What's up?

Adam: How's the weather?

Marco: I cannot complain, man. It's about 85 today. Dip in the pool before Hump Day Hangouts it's always good.

Adam: Not bad.

Bradley: I'm going swimming before Hump Day Hangouts, that's-

Adam: Yeah.

Bradley: [crosstalk 00:01:38].

Adam: Somebody's got an open mic, if you guys can check real quick, while I'm doing the announcements, and see if that goes away. Anyways.

Bradley: What's an open mic mean?

Adam: I can hear an echo. Might just be me, but since we're using a new setup. Anyways, real quick, wanted to let everybody know we've had some updates, we've had some other things going on with Outsource Kingpin, and Content Kingpin which is obviously the Mastery PR products, via kind of Semantic Mastery. On Monday, there's going to be some price increases associated with that, so we wanted to let everybody know today that you've got the opportunity if you aren't in either of those products now's a great time to go check them out. All right. There's some awesome training.

The Outsource Kingpin, if you're not using VA's you should be, I mean, I'll let everyone else expand on that, but that's the bottom line. Then, Content Kingpin is awesome. Great ways for creating really high quality content, but for a really low price. I'm going to put the links up there, if you guys want to say something more about those, I mean, that's obviously not the sales page in Word, but if you want to go in depth real quick, I'm just going to pop the links up, so people can check them out.

Marco: Yeah, man, you mentioned products, I'm surprised you didn't mention that I'm going back into the lab.

Bradley: Yeah.

Adam: Good one. I got to watch it, right? I'm not sure, so I'll let you guys do some talking about that.

Marco: No. We just decided that it was time to shove more, put the children away, shove more shit down Googles throat, and we've been kind of going back and forth, of course, co-creator of RYS Academy, Doctor Gary Kirwan, and then another master spammer that we got hold of, and we're getting together for the next six to seven months, or however long it takes. Just figuring out how to shove more shit down Googles throat, and making them like it. That's what we're into, that's what we're going for, and I think we're going to put RYS Academy on steroids, if not on steroids already. It's going to be, so I'm looking forward to what comes out after we're done.

Bradley: Yeah. That ones going to be a big one, because the first version is so freaking powerful still, and they're going in and adding a bunch of new shit to it already, so it's going to be incredibly powerful, I'm excited to see it. I just want to reinforce what Adam said about Outsource Kingpin, and Content Kingpin, guys, we're tripling the price on Monday, tripling it, so just so you know, there will be not be any whining, or support tickets that come in that get special privileges, unless you're a Mastermind member, but other than that it's going to be triple the price, so if you haven't got them, pick them up now, because we are not going to be selling any cheap products anymore, inexpensive products anymore. They're too damn good. It is what it is.

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With that said, I saw somebody, Jay you asked where do you submit questions ahead of time? On the thank you page, after you register there is a, and I even have a video that I recorded specifically pointing down and saying submit your question, here. You can submit a question there. I'm assuming if you have pre-questions before the next webinar, now that you're registered, you just have to register again, I don't know. We haven't tested that. I don't know if it will give you an error code if you try to preregister.

Also, on the thank you page, guys, there will be a link I point to it in the thank you page video that says that you can auto subscribe to the rest of this Hump Day Hangouts series, so that the notifications will come to you every week without you having to register every week, unless you want to submit a pre-webinar question. In which case just go through the registration process one more time, it's very simple. Okay?

With that said, the questions can be posted here in chat once they're live, and if for whatever reason that doesn't work, posting your questions through the thank you page, like for example if, and again we haven't tested it, but if Webinar Jams says no you're already registered or whatever, then we'll have to set up a Google Forum where you guys can submit questions a head of time, and we might do HD questions, or semanticmastery.com/hdquestions, or something like that, so that you guys can always go to a Google forum, and submit your questions. We'll test it out, again, just bare with us, we're on episode 114 now, and we've done it all 113 episodes on just Hangout platform, so I'm sure they'll be a little bit of kinks and bugs, but we'll work through it. Okay? With that said, can we get into what we got?

Adam: Yeah. Let's do this.

Bradley: Okay. I'm going to grab the screen, and we're going to look at the pre-posted questions that we did receive, and then from there we'll just jump into questions that come through chat, so let me figure out how to share a screen again. Here we go. Are you seeing it?

Hernan: Yeah.

Adam: Yeah.

Bradley: Okay.

Chris: Yeah.

Should You Set Category Pages of An Affiliate Blog To NoIndex To Avoid Duplicate Content Issues?

Bradley: All right, so here's the questions that were submitted the first one was Mark O'Connell, he's a regular, he's the winner of today for the first question. He says, “Semantic Mastery crew, I hope all is well. I have a followup question, I asked this a while back, and what I asked was should I now index my blog category page as it has a summary of the blog posts, and I didn't want any duplicate content issues on my site, and you advised to no index it, so I did and that works well for my lead gen sites, because I don't care about ranking the blog, but I'm about to setup a affiliate site and would like the blog to rank. Should I no index it and forget about ranking my blog, or is there something that can be done? Cheers.”

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What I was saying category pages don't have to be no indexed. Unless, you only have one post in that category. Okay? Because, here's the thing. It depends on your theme, too, because a lot of the times the themes, and I think you said that it shows a summary of the blog post is what you said. Typically a category page, if your theme only shows a summary and the read more link or button, or whatever. To go expand to go to the full post, then that's not going to be duplicate content anyways, unless, again you only have one post in that category, in which case there could be a slight issue with that, but typically with a summary showing instead of the full text of the post, it's not going to create an issue. Okay?

I think, what you're mixing up, Mark, with what I was talking about was tag pages. Not necessarily category pages. Now, category pages, if you're going to be siloing out a site a lot of the times the category pages are going to be the category page URL will be redirected to the actual page URL that you setup, because remember you match slugs, when you're siloing out a site you create a page, and then you go create a category with the same slug. Then, what you can do is redirect the category page URL to the page URL, because remember even though they share the same slug, a category page is going to have domain.com/category/slug, so it's going to insert category in the middle of that link. If that makes sense?

Typically with a silo site, there's really no reason, unless it's a blog style site, there's really no reason for you to leave the category pages for visitors to visit, because a lot of the times that's not, you want the top of the silo to be an actual page, and not just an index page, which is what a category page is, is an index page. Does that make sense? What I would suggest is you don't have to no index them, I think you're confusing what I was talking about for tag pages, but for category pages you're usually going to have more than one post in the category, anyway, so you shouldn't have to worry about it. It only becomes and issue if the category page shows the full text post, in which case I would no index it. Does that make sense? Anybody want to add to that?

Hernan: No. I think that was perfect.

Bradley: Okay. All right. We're going to move on. Guys, the reason why I tag pages, I recommend no indexing tag pages, unless you know what you're doing, because a lot of times people when they create a tag, for a post, they use unique keywords, or unique tags for that post. For every single post, for every single tag that you add to a post, WordPress automatically creates a tag page from that tag itself. If you have a unique tag that's only been added to one post, then that tag page that's created automatically by WordPress will be an exact duplicate of your post. Right?

The only difference is in the URL, because just like I mentioned before domain.com/category/slug, a tag page is domain.com/tag/slug. Right? Which would be their post slug, in this case. What happens is you end up with a duplicate page, if you only have one post with that tag, if that makes sense? If you have two posts, with the same tag then that's going to be a tag index page just like a blog, or a category index page, so it's going to list both posts on that tag page for that tag.

Both posts that share that tag will be shown on that tag index page, so that prevents it from being duplicate content, but you can also use canonicals, which you go into your advanced settings, go to tags and in advanced, or click on the tab, and go to advanced, especially if you're using something like Yoast, plug in WordPress SEO, by Yoast, then you can go in and actually set canonicals from unique tags back over to the post, which is something pretty ninja, because then you can build links to the tag page itself. It will be harder for competitors to trace back what it is you're doing. Okay?

It just gives you another, basically another link building point, too. All right. That's probably what you were confusing, but category pages are usually left to index. I mean, there's no reason to not index them unless you're only going to have one post in a category page, but usually your going to end up having them 301'ed to a actual page that's going to be the top of your silo, anyways. Great question, though.

Would You NoFollow Authority Sites To Keep Its Link Juice?

Next one. This one's from Chris, he says, “An on page SEO question, I'm building out an authority site, and I want to sculpt PR authority on my site, via the internal linking instructions and keep as much link use as possible. However, I also want to link out to authority sites, too. Would it be wise to now follow those links, or not? What are your thoughts?”

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I always, no follow outbound links unless I'm specifically trying to push link equity somewhere. For all money sites, I usually just install a no follow external links plugin, that will automatically add the no follow and target equals blank, which means open a new tab for any external links. I usually do that, because if somebody lands on my site, if they click an external link, I don't want that to load in that same tab, because then they go off site. I'd rather open in another tab, so that even if they click over into the other tab, my site is still showing in their browser window, it's a better engagement signal for analytics, for example.

Unless you have some advanced tracking scripts through analytics that show when a cursor, or somebody is off the actual browser tab, but the universal analytics tag, the generic universal analytics tag isn't that sophisticated, you have to go in and actually add scripts and stuff to analytics in order for it to recognize that your mouse is not within the browser, or that somebodies not actually viewing that tab.

When somebody clicks on an external link, and it opens in another tab, then you're still getting under most normal analytics conditions, you're still being shown as time on site, that visitor is still being shown as time on site. Does that make sense? I just learned that in the last week, guys, because I'm brushing up, I'm actually learning a lot about analytics stuff right now, so I didn't know that before, but I still didn't want people to be taken off my site, if they clicked an external link, because they may never come back.

At least when you click a external link it opens in a new tab, and your site is still available for them in another tab, so they can always come back to the site without having to click a back button or whatever. But, to get back to your original question, should you now follow them? I do. There might be some conflicting opinions out there, I'd like to hear Marco, and Hernan's opinion as well, but I usually always no follow out bound links on money sites, unless I'm specifically trying to push equity somewhere.

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Hernan: Yeah. I wanted to say real quick, I'm sorry, again about mic volume I tried to lower it, but I cannot. Sorry. Now, yeah, I don't do follow, I leave them as they are. That's just the way it is. That's just the way I do it, so I think at the end of the day, I think you'll need to test which ones give you more equity, because I understand Bradley's position of no following them to keep the links use, but I also try to keep the [inaudible 00:14:26] flowing, or keep the do not try to stop [inaudible 00:14:29], you know? That has given me good results.

At the end of the day, again, when you for example when you are embedding that tweed, when you're embedding Google Plus post, et cetera, those are usually do follow links. You know? I just want to keep that exact same logic when doing outbound links. In any case, use them, because we have proven time and time again that do follow, no follow it doesn't really matter, because we were getting good [inaudible 00:14:57] from no follow properties, social properties, so at the end of the day it's just a matter of testing, I think.

Bradley: Yeah. Before we get Marco's opinion on that, I want to explain that I totally agree with Hernan, in that don't sweat so much, like for example, when you're trying to get links, inbound links to your site, don't worry so much about them being do follow, no follow. I think there's way too much emphasis put on that now, it used to be a couple of years ago it was so much more important, but now link profiles are so heavily weighted with no follow links, because that's pretty much how most sites are going for external links.

They are doing very similar to what I'm mentioning, which is just no following all external links. It's just an automatic thing. So, because of that it's not necessarily that trying to push link juice, or link equity as it is about pushing relevancy, guys. You don't need to push PR to validate relevancy. Does that make sense? That's why I typically, and again, it's like what Hernan said, I totally agree you should test, you should test for your own specific situation. My logic behind always no following is a lot of the biggest sites do that, most sites do that, now. Where there are no follow links for any external links, number one.

Number two, I don't care about losing link juice, but I no follow them because I don't want to lose the link juice, but it's not necessarily, to me, I don't care whether I'm losing link juice or not, I just want to make sure that the link, no follow or not is linking to something that reinforces the content on the page that I'm linking from. If that makes sense? The bots are still going to crawl that link, there's just not going to pass juice through that link, but if they crawl that link, and they land on the destination page, and it reinforces the content that they just came from, that's a positive signal, regardless. Anyways, Marco, your turn, please.

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Marco: Yeah. Link juice will still bleed. No matter, even if it's no follow. They tell you that it's not passing any link equity, but it will, and it will flow back, but what we do on a money site is exactly what you said, no follow everything, and then we go outside to other properties that we own to push do follow back to the money site, I mean we select places like Twitter, YouTube, and Google, of course, because it's Google to get the do follow links, that we want to power up whatever it is that we're doing, that's why we went into RYS Academy. We're going to show people how to get do follow links from Twitter. I different way than what we showed in the original Twitter SEO Academy, which it turned into Twitter SEO Academy, we can actually get a really good do follow thing out of Twitter.

Those are really powerful, because you have to remember your link profile is going to be mostly no follow. Then, you go into these powerful sites and you get a do follow, Google pays special attention. It becomes really powerful and it's within whatever it is that you're doing, that relevant, niche relevant of course, and [inaudible 00:18:14] I mean, it hits and it'll push everything up, it's unbelievable what happens when everything is sculpted right.

Bradley: Yeah.

Marco: When you do everything right onsite, offsite, and you get hit with a do follow. It just pushes everything up. That's how we're doing it.

What Are Some Best Practices In Keeping The Backlinks And Link Juice From An Old Site To The New One?

Bradley: Thanks, guys. Next one. Let's see. Andy, says, “Hi, all. One of my clients has a website ranking well, however we are building another new site for them, and copying their old site content and articles over. We plan to give the old articles a face lift, making sure it's optimized well, and updated with new images that are more relevant for the market today. Those sites are now live, but the old site will soon be closed. We currently link from the old site to the new one, and eventually will 301 to the old site to the new. Can you give us any tips on this kind of processing work? What's the best way to do this, and make sure that all the back links copy over, and we maximize link juice, et cetera?

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I think while the old site is up, if you have both pages live on the web, like the old page, and the new page, linking from the old page to the new page really isn't the best way to do it, in my opinion. You're better of pointing a canonical to the new page, because it's the same content, it's called a cross domain canonical, and again you can do that with pretty much all of the SEO plugins, now. You just go down to the advanced section within the page editor, itself, go down to the widget area, where your SEO plugin is underneath the WYSIWYG Editor, and click on the advanced settings for whichever SEO plugin you're using, and there's typically a canonical field there, that you can paste the link to the new post. Right? The new page with the content on it on the new website. All right? Because it's the same content, and across domain canonical is how Google actually tells us how we're supposed to handle that.

Once you are done building out the new site, and you're ready to make the permanent switch, then you make the 301. Okay? What I would also do is take an inventory of inbound links to the pages and posts on the old site, take a closer look, this is what I've always done, but take a closer look at the individual pages and posts, unless it's a massive site, but I don't know whether it is or not, but most of the sites that I've dealt with aren't that big, so I'm able to go through and take a look at all the various pages of posts that have inbound links. You'll be surprised a lot of pages and posts won't have any links at all, or they might have a couple spammy links, and stuff like that, in which case I wouldn't 301.

All I'm saying is take a survey of the inbound link profile to individual pages and posts, if it's not a massive, massive site. Find, if you can identify pages, or posts that didn't, that have kind of a poorer link profile built to them or some spammy links, some links from bad neighborhoods, that kind of stuff, then I would not 301 those, I would just take the whole page down, if that makes sense? You're going to copy the content over to the new site, and you're going to have a new page URL, anyway, but then you're not pushing, the way I look at it is if you're going through this process it's a good time to try to clean up some questionable links within you inbound link profile.

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Now, if you notice, here's the thing, if you notice a significant drop, you're going to see a lot of dancing anyways, because you're changing domains, it's just the way it is, but if you after some time has passed, and it should start to settle in, if you're noticing that some of the pages and posts aren't ranking as well as they used to, or whatever, and they happen to be the ones that you did not redirect, because what you deemed were spammy links, then you might want to go back and selectively start re-enabling those 301's, if that makes sense?

Again, I like to try to, if I have to go through that process, anyway, I like to take the time to try to clean up the link profile, and you might not even have that issue, but if it's an older site chances are you probably have some spammy links in that profile, that could be cleaned up. You guys want to comment on that, as well?

Hernan: I agree with you Bradley. Whatever you can do to clean that up and then wait. Give it 15 to 20 days maybe to get that going, but I think that should help.

Bradley: Very good. Jeff's up, “New member of 2.0,” so he's talking about IFTTT, and moving along, “Loving your training and taking action.” Awesome, Jeff, I would plus one you, but I cannot, which by the way, guys do you think, I just was thinking about this while I was listening to Hernan or Marco, but because this chat box is awfully small, maybe what we should do is still set up an event page, and at the start of every webinar, I'll just post the event page link, the Google event page link at the top here, as a sticky comment. Then, that way I can just pull open the browser with that window, and we can see everybody's questions, and that way Wayne can still submit memes, because I'm really going to miss those.

I don't know maybe we'll do that, like I said, this is a work in progress, guys, we're going to work out a system that works well, but what do you guys think about that, comment in the box, let me know if you think having a Google event page available for each one of the Hump Day Hangouts, so that we can see each others questions better? That might be a better way to go. Let me know what you think. We're going to keep moving.

What Are Your Insights On YEXT?

All right. Jeff says, “Any insight on Yext, good, bad or indifferent?” Okay. Yext is okay, it's expensive. It works fairly well, I'm not going to lie, I've used it. The thing that sucks about Yext is when you decide to stop paying them, they go in and basically remove all the listings that they were managing before. It's an absolute nightmare, it's like once you get on the hook with them, you're stuck. You're stuck on the hook, because if you get results, if part of the reason you rank in the maps section is because of the Yext citations that they're managing, which they manage a lot, then you go and you remove that eventually because you decide you don't want to pay them $500.00 a year, or whatever it is $350.00 a year per listing, or whatever it is.

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Then, they're going to go in and basically pull all those down, it's a real pain in the ass, and it can end up really tanking your rankings, because they manage a lot of the higher end citation links. I've made that mistake, I avoided Yext for several years, and I let a salesperson from Yext talk me into testing them, so I've got a few clients in there, and a couple lead gen sites in there that I'm now stuck every single year, I got to pay that bill to Yext for each one of those sites that they manage, because otherwise my rankings can tank. It just sucks because now I'm stuck, my hands are tied. You know what I mean?

I would recommend avoiding them. There's some benefits to them, but I think overall you can still accomplish the same thing without using them, and then you're not, they're not going to pull the rug out from underneath you if you decide, if you build it up on your own, then you don't have to worry about that is what I'm saying. Hopefully, that makes sense.

“How negative is the outcome when cancelling a contract in regards to citations in any paid damage?” I just explained that. “Also it seems like some of their sites have do follow links except, especially to Facebook and Twitter, is it just worth it for a company to keep their monthly subscription or dump it? Any recommendations? Happy new year.” Yeah. Again, you know I think once your on it, you're stuck. Honestly, I've never, I tried to, attempted to pull one down, it was ranking well before, and cancelled it, and I ended up losing my rankings and there was like, I just remember it being a freaking, it's about a year and a half ago, but I just remember it being a nightmare trying to recover those citations that Yext pulled down, because it was like a lot of the directories were saying that I couldn't register that site, the business because of Yext. It was just a pain in the ass, so the way I look at it is if you're already using it, keep using it. If you're not using it, don't use it. You guys have an experience with Yext?

Hernan: No. Unfortunately I haven't Bradley, you're the citation expert, here. With that said, there's a [inaudible 00:26:21] that we start offering that service as well, so-

Bradley: Yeah.

Hernan: I will just tease it, but I won't say anything else, but there's a big probability that we come to an agreement with one big company, so we can start offering that to you guys as well with the quality that comes with Semantic Mastery products. You know?

Is It Safe To Blast The Site.Google.com With SAPE Backlink?

Bradley: Yeah. Okay. The next one, I'm not even going to attempt to pronounce that, let's see, “Is it safe to blast the site Google.com with safe back links?” I'm going to give you my answer, and then I'm anxious to hear the answers to the other guys, too, but I blast the shit out of any Google property with any type of link. I don't care about spamming Google links, usually I try, the first tier links to the Google property, I try to make them somewhat higher quality, but didn't throw kitchen sink spam behind that, but for sites.google.com, yeah, site back links my suggestion is to try to get somewhat topically, well at least categorically relevant links from [inaudible 00:27:25]. I know if you're buying links yourself from the site network, but if you're buying them from, like a black-hat forum provider, you can usually request. If you are buying them from a reseller that doesn't bulk a lot of the times you're not going to be able to specify which type of category it's coming from, but it's an effective strategy, there's no doubt. What do you guys have to say?

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Marco: He's talking RYS Academy, here, and you're talking to the unrepentant spammer. I've tried [inaudible 00:27:54]. I've tried to break it, literally. Throwing anything, and everything at it, at not only the sites, but at the folders, files everything that's involved with creating that sites.google.com, and it's still holding. I mean, most of the stuff that we did ranks like crazy still. Anything new that we throw up, now ranks even without back linking.

Bradley: Yeah.

Marco: I mean, it's crazy. It's crazy what's going on. The more that they try to shut things down, the more that they open up for some backdoor goodies, so that's what we're after. Every time they close door, another one opens, so we go in there, and see how much trouble we can get into. Yeah. Totally. Throw a [inaudible 00:28:38] throw the kitchen sink, if a dog gets in the way kick him in there, too.

Bradley: Yeah.

Hernan: Yeah. I wanted to say real quick that it's like those commercials where you see the guys, the stuntmen, and say, do not try this at home. Marco, knows his stuff, and he knows what he's doing, and we're having great results. My point is that whatever you deem worthy, I guess, the keyword here is that the same way we treat our IFTTT properties, like Google Plus, or whatever you're doing for a client, or whatever site you deem worthy, you may want to go with [inaudible 00:29:18], a tier two, maybe a tier one, and then blast them with spam whatever, but keep it safe, but then again, if you want to test with sites.google.com for your own projects, or whatever you do not have, we always say this, do not test on your clients website, by any means, do not test on whatever you deem worthy. Okay? That's really important. I think that's a big caveat, but yeah go to town. I mean, go to town, if you have your own projects that you want to test, or you want to just go totally full black-hat and rank, turn and burn, whatever you are trying to do, go ahead and go nuts.

Bradley: Very good.

Marco: Yeah.

Bradley: Sorry. Go ahead, Marco.

Marco: I'm going to agree, and disagree with Hernan, and that you totally protect the client. You totally protect your money, but if we're doing RYS methods, it all depends on how he's building his G-site, because if he's doing a traditional site then you don't want to spam that site. You do want the next layer of protection, which he should then be building an IFTTT network around it, and spam the crap out of that, going into the Google site. The way that we do it, as you know is we stack Iframes

Bradley: Yeah.

Marco: The power goes through the Iframe to the source, which is inside Google for extra protection and from there it goes out to wherever it is that we want to direct it. That's why it works so well. It's just extra layers of protection.

Bradley: That's a great point, Marco.

Marco: It's Google doing it.

Bradley: Yeah. That's a great point.

Marco: It all depends.

Bradley: Because within the sites.google.com site it's with the way we set them up in stacks, you're right. We don't link usually direct from the sites.google.com site to the money site, it's all the links to the money site are within the Iframes. That's a good point. That separates what I was saying earlier, and what Hernan was saying, is if you were building this site, the Google sites, specifically to link over to your money site, then I would still put that first tier layer of links that were higher quality and then through spam behind that.

As Marco was just saying he's a 100% correct, if you're using the drive stacking method that we do inside of the RYS training, and the RYS stacks that you can purchase, then yeah you can spam directly to the Google site because there's not a direct link to the money site, it's all going through Iframes, and that's a great point. Thanks, Marco. I forgot about that.

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How Does The Video Syndication Using PBNs Work?

Okay. Next one is Justin, he says, “Hey, please go in depth on video syndication PBN's,” I thought we did this a few weeks ago, but we can do it again. Themes, domain name choices, hosting options. Domain name choices, I typically don't give a shit what the name is, because if I'm looking at domains that are themed for particular topics, that's all I care about, I don't care what the name is. Hosting opts, again, usually for, and for video syndication posts, I'm going to let Marco talk a little bit more about this, because he's heading up the Video Powerhouse builds right now, it's something that he took over, but when I was building on a lot of the video syndication sites for my own networks and stuff, I would just get domains based upon metrics. Relevancy wasn't as important a year ago for video syndication sites. I don't know what the impact is now, but I know before it was more about metrics, just like it was for buying domains for SEO. Right? Now, I believe it's going more about topical relevancy. What do you say Marco?

Marco: Yeah. We're theming everything. We want that topical relevancy. If we have a health category, we want it to be in some way related to health we don't want to add something that was carpentry in a health category. We're not even looking at metrics. We don't care of it's zero, whatever because it's third party and they have their own algorithm and they're only guessing at what Goo.gl is doing. From our testing we know that Google wants relevant. Right? Unique relevant content that's updated on a regular basis that's what they want. They tell us exactly what they want, so we're after that. Metrics, if we can get an [inaudible 00:33:35] domain which you cannot. Right? It's clean and it's pristine, yeah, it can be about anything, and you can change it because of the power that it has, other than that then just forget the metrics, look for it to be relevant, look for it to be on point, in your niche, and that's how we're building out Video Powerhouse, and that's how we're building out the secondary embed networks.

We have the primary embeds with roots and we're going to have IFTTT around it, and then from that we're going into the secondary, which is also going to be themed web 2.0's, so we're getting double power. We're getting everything niched, so it's just going to carry, it's going to be the best embed network out there. Period. I don't know how much more I can say, and getting back to his question, that's what you should be doing. Domain names don't matter. Hosting options, hide the footprint as much as you can.

Bradley: Yeah.

Marco: Maintenance involved, there's tons of maintenance, because you have to keep track, they go down all the time, and you have to go in, and you have to fix it, you have to update, I mean, we have a couple of programmers that look over everything, each and every day. Right? That's how much maintenance is involved.

Bradley: For smaller networks you can, syndication networks, you can use Main WP to help you manage all that, and Main WP has extensions such as uptime monitors, and stuff like that, which can notify you when your sites go down. That is a ranking factor, so it does actually matter, to make sure you got a somewhat decent host that your sites aren't going down all the time, I know that, that can kind of suck if you're doing video syndication sites, because you don't want to spend a lot of money on hosting those, because they are just syndication sites, I get that.

You might want to think about maybe getting a better shared hosting account from somewhere like WPX hosting, which is Terry Kyle's hosting, I'm actually testing that right now, one of my newest sites I just bought a hosting package from him. Something like that, that has good managed services, and using various DNS services, third party DNS services, like CloudFlare, Amazon Root S3, and there's other ones as well. That way even if you only have one IP, with video syndication networks, I found that it's not as important to hide the footprint as it is for PBN's.

At some point that may change, though, it's likely to change. You're better off masking, or hiding as much footprint as possible, up front, so that you don't have to do it later. What I'm saying is, for smaller networks you can get away with using one hosting account, one IP. Make sure it's a decent host, though. Then, try to basically split up your sites using different DNS services. Okay? That's another way to kind of minimize your hosting cost, because on of the things that's shitty about using PBN hosts, and stuff, a lot of times those host accounts are so overrun with just shitty sites, and they slam way too many sites on those IP's that the uptime is terrible.

The pages load slow, because of the bandwidth is being hogged by the hundreds of sites on those single IP's. It's ridiculous, so a lot of the times the SEO hosting isn't good. I'd rather spend more money for a better host than try to diversify my IP's, change your SOA records, and things like that to be able to hide the footprint, if that makes sense. Okay? Again, with video stuff it's a little bit more forgiving, guys, certainly than it is for blog networks for websites. All right.

Marco: Yeah.

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Bradley: Sorry. Go ahead.

Marco: The way we went after building Video Powerhouse is just set it up from the get go to hide anything and everything we could, so that we wouldn't have to do it later on.

Bradley: Yeah.

Marco: It's just better. It's preparation. Right?

Bradley: Yeah. I agree with that, because again, even if you can get away with it now, let's say a year from now all of a sudden IP's and footprints effect even video syndication. Video ranking, as it does, and it can become a negative factor like it would for a website. Using blog networks for websites. If that's the case, then you'd have to go back through and rework all of your networks, and that's a real pain in the ass. You're better off setting it up now, the correct way.

Would The Same Image With Different File Names Result To Low Quality Signal Or Not?

All right. The next one is, “If you use a copy of the exact same image on multiple pages and use different file names, is this a low quality signal, or is this a good way to improve relevance?” No. It's a low quality signal Sky, because Google knows, Google can read that image, they're image recognition, algorithm is hell of a lot better than it used to be. Even changing the file names and stuff isn't going to be good enough, I guess if you skew the images and that kind of stuff enough, you could probably get away with it, but it's better to use unique images on every page. Just so you guys know, there's been a lot of testing done. Eric Lancheres, he does a lot of testing on stuff like this. He's done some tests, and case studies where he's proven that using original images over stock images is a ranking factor.

Even if you have a stock image with the licensing and all that kind of stuff, it's the fact that it's not unique, Google knows that image is a stock image, because it's used on other websites. Don't get me wrong, I still use stock images, today, I'm not going to always have unique images for sites, but if you have, if there's anyway you can get unique original images, that's actually a ranking factor. Using the same image on multiple pages that's kind of a negative factor, because Google can recognize that image, unless you're doing something to skew the image to make it unrecognizable. You can do something like go to TinEye and drop the file in there, and see where else it is on the web.

You guys familiar with TinEye? If not, go check it out. You can drop images in there, and it will tell you where else that image is on the web. All right. Let's go take a look at that real quick. Reverse image search, there you go, tineye.com. You can drag and drop an image in here, you can paste URL in here, you can do whatever you want, and it will go out and show you where that image is on the web. Where TinEye has it indexed, anyways. Okay? I recommend-

Marco: Yeah. Can you guys see me right now?

How Does RankBrain Impact The Indexing And Ranking Of Website Assets Like Articles?

Bradley: Trying to stay unique if possible. All right. Last one on this sheet, then we're going to get into what's in here, which I know we didn't get very far. It is what it is. David's up, he says, “What impact do you guys think that RankBrain is having on the indexing and ranking of website assets, such as articles, et cetera?” All right. My understanding is that RankBrain is an algorithm layer that was added. That brings Google search more further into the semantic web, because it understands more what the semantic relationships are between words and entities. More about entities than anything.

I'm going to let Marco talk about this, because I know he's the patent geek out of all of us. As far as indexing and ranking of website assets and articles, again, I don't think it's so much about indexing and ranking. It does have an effect on indexing and ranking, because RankBrain is looking to validate the entity, the publishing entity. Right? The publisher of the content, it's looking at its other relationships to other entities on the web. Who is this entity, and how does it relate, and how does it fit into this topic, this category? Is it an authority site, or is it an orphaned site? Does it have semantic relationships, or does it not? That's going to effect indexing and ranking. Marco, can you share your expertise with this?

Marco: You hit the nail on the head. Entity validation. I mean, as we go deeper and deeper into the semantic web, and we're already pretty deep in the shit, it is what it is all about. You are either a validated entity that's trusted, and authoritative, or you're somewhere in the middle, or your out there at nowhere, and nobody is paying attention to whatever it is that you're doing. You either have to become a seed site, or part of a seed set, or get as close to a seed site, or seed set as possible, so that you feed RankBrain. Right? You feed that artificial intelligence, and get the bot to see you as that validated, trusted entity that's authoritative in it's niche. I hope that makes sense.

Bradley: There you go.

Marco: That's how it works.

Bradley: This graphic, right here.

Marco: That one. Exactly.

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Bradley: Circle of trust. You. If you're not in the circle of trust, and that's what RankBrain does. RankBrain determines whether you are here, or here. That's a funny movie. I haven't seen that in a while, The Fockers.

Marco: I'm going to tease a little bit more in that we're actually after the three pack, and the knowledge graph with RYS Academy revisited. I still don't know what we're calling it. We're still going to call it Rank Your Shit, whatever, because you can rank your shit with it. What we're after is exactly what you're showing. It's showing you how to get into that circle of trust by using Google.

Bradley: Yeah.

Marco: I'm hoping it turns out the way that I see it turning out.

Bradley: All right. We got a few minutes to … let's see, and guys I'll go through the questions later on, and see. I heard you Marco, I don't know who wasn't hearing you, but anyways I'll go through later and see what your responses was to my question about setting up an event page for these. We'll see how that works. Adam, has anybody been paying attention to questions? Nevermind I see-

Adam: Yeah. We've been interacting a little bit.

Bradley: Yeah.

Adam: I just start at the bottom and work my way up.

Bradley: Okay.

Adam: [crosstalk 00:43:35] five minutes.

Marco: Greg has the first question.

Bradley: Okay. “I want to make my page,” is that the one?

Marco: Yeah, or the one below that, Wayne, I think we answered that.

Adam: Yeah. Let's do Greg's question.

Can We Add A Static Page Linking To An Authority Site To Multiple RSS Feeds In Lisa's RankFeeder?

Bradley: Okay. “I want to make a page on my site a static or sticky page,” let me see guys, I'll grab this screen. No, because it will look like that mirror, mirror thing, so nevermind. Okay. “I want to make a page on my site a static or sticky page and co-citation with one particular outside authority site in Lisa's Rank Feeder. Can we add that same page to multiple RSS feeds and have a different page from the outside authority site, to each of the different creative feeds?” Have a different page from the outside authority site to each of the different creative feeds. Yeah. Greg, of course you can. That's actually really powerful.

With Rank Feeder, okay, you guys know those of you that purchased it, if not, it's a very powerful SEO tool for creating co-citation. Yeah. Greg, you can absolutely take one post or page and make it sticky across multiple Rank Feeder feeds, and use different content sources for each feed. That if they're topically relevant, each time they, the third party content sources post new content, or publish new content the feed up dates, the bots come crawling and associates that type of content with your sticky post, your sticky page. Whatever. Yes.

That's a very, very powerful strategy, Greg, and as far as I know, I haven't tested it, but as far as I know, you could probably stack just about unlimited feeds on that, create unlimited feeds with that posted sticky and all it would do is help the relevancy. Again, I haven't tested it, I recommend that you do that, prior to implementing it to a money site, or if it's lead gen site or something that you're willing to test on, that's fine.

What Will You Expect From In-Stream Video Ads?

I wouldn't do it for a client site until you've tested it. That's a very powerful strategy, indeed. Okay. Next, Ethan, “Hey, guys. What are the expectations with In-Stream video ads? I ran a test campaign with placements that were topically relevant, although many of these placement videos didn't have intent, unfortunately the results were disappointing. I've received about 350 views, and only one phone call. My ads are,” is that what happens it just cuts it off?

Adam: I guess we're going to have to figure that out. I don't see a way to expand it, or anything.

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Bradley: Yeah. I think we're going to have to set up an event page for the next one, guys. That's cool, then I can lock the screen on the event page, and you guys can all see what I'm looking at as well. That's probably the way to go, guys. For next week, we'll do that, just so you know. I'll create a Google event page, and I'll post the link as a sticky link at the top of the chat box, here, so once you join the webinar you can just click on that and take us over. By the way, what I might do is create the event page like we have been, and then send an email out notifying you guys that the new event page is up prior to the webinar, so that you can post your questions early. How about that? Let's do that, because that way you guys can still post all your questions on the event page prior to the webinar. I think that's the best way to go. We'll test that for next week, guys, sorry.

Ethan, as far as In-Stream, I have really, really good results with In-Stream ads. It's not all campaigns, there's no doubt. For list building purposes, when I'm driving people from an In-Stream ad to an opt in page, I'm having incredible results with In-Stream ads. In fact, some of my In-Stream ads are actually producing cheaper cost per acquisition, or cost per conversions then a lot of the other types of ads that I'm using, which is incredible.

We have Master class starting in about 10 minutes, so we got to wrap this up in about five. We got Master class starting in 10 minutes, and we're going through a case study there where I'm doing an affiliate case study with nothing but paid traffic, and I'm getting really good results with In-Stream ads, as well. Let me go into that in granular detail on a biweekly basis. If your not in the Master class you should probably join, Ethan, for real, because if you're doing any sort of paid traffic, like I am literally net deep in that right now in the case study, and it's getting more and more advanced, and it's awesome. I'm seeing killer, killer results. Okay? Yeah.

If you structure your campaign properly guys, you should be able to get really good results, it's all about targeting though. You have to make sure, like you said that the videos may not have intent, they may be topically relevant, but you got to try to put yourself in the viewers position and what their intent is at that time. If they're just trying to gain some general knowledge about a particular topic, then they might not be in the position to take action. You know what I mean? They're unlikely to convert, because they're not at that part of the sales cycle, where they want to make a purchase decision, or a take action. Whatever your conversion goal is, you know what I mean? It's a matter of trying to figure out and target specifically the types of videos that they may be watching when their further along in that process, closer to that conversion goal, if that makes sense? You've just got to spend some more time refining your targeting, building your placement list, and maybe test some other targeting types. Okay? [crosstalk 00:48:37].

Adam: All right. I think we got to wrap it up and get ready for Master class.

Bradley: Yeah. Okay. We'll do that, and I got about five minutes, right, or no? Do I have to do it, now? Yeah. Actually because we're starting with-

Adam: Yeah. We should cut it off.

Bradley: Webinar Jam, I probably do need to cut it off. All right, guys. This was our first attempt. We appreciate everybody being patient with this. Next week, like I said, I'll set up an event page, and then I'll email it out to everybody on the list, so you can post your questions early. When we get into the webinar next week I'll post the link to the top of the chat, and everybody can go chat on that event page and hopefully that will work. Thanks everybody for being here. We'll see you guys in Master class in a few minutes.

Hernan: Bye-bye.

Bradley: Bye.

Marco: Bye, everyone.

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Are Google Sites No Longer Free?

By April

In episode 110 of our weekly Hump Day Hangouts, one viewer asked whether Google sites are still free.

The exact question was:

Tried to map a domain to a GSite recently, but wasn't allowed to. Are Google sites no longer free? When I looked they were coming up as a part of the “GSuite”, which is a minimum $5 per month. Will this affect stacks, or am I being paranoid?

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Weekly SEO Q&A – Hump Day Hangouts – Episode 110

By April

Click on the video above to watch Episode 110 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: Hey everybody. We are live, and welcome to episode 110 of Hump Day Hangouts. We got part of the group here, so we'll do quick hello, and then we'll get started. Marco, what's going on man?

Marco: Quick hello.

Adam: Well played. How's the weather?

Marco: It's great, man. It's fabulous. Rain is leaving us, so now we won't have rain for about four or five months, and it'll still be warm.

Bradley: That's because all your rain is going to where Adam lives as snow.

Marco: Yeah.

Adam: That's why I got my beanie on in case we get an avalanche in here.

Marco: Oh crap.

Adam: How about yourself, Bradley? How you doing?

Bradley: I'm good. Happy to be here. I've got a lot of questions already.

Adam: All right. We'll keep going then. I wanted to let everybody know, next week, if you're subscribers, you're going to be getting an email with some special offers. We've got a couple offers next week that we've never had before. Going to leave it at that. We got some cool stuff coming up, and we're also going to be tying that in with some charity work that we're doing. We're going to be donating some money from each of the sales to two foundations I guess you call them. Toys for Tots at the USMC Foundation, and then the other one I believe, Bradley correct me if I'm wrong, but it's the Shriners Children Hospital.

Bradley: Yeah, Shriners Hospital for Children. Correct.

Adam: That's it. Got you, so we're going to be donating 10% of every sale to both of those, or dividing up between those two. Not to get that wrong. Hopefully, and also if you're interested in just donating, we may put a link definitely up to that. If the products aren't for you but you feel like donating and you're in the spirit, then by all means help out some kids over the holidays.

Then Marco and Bradley, you had something about Near Me, right? We had the webinar last week. I think some people were still asking us about the Near Me webinar we did with Mike Pierce, so if you just want to fill people in on what was going on there.

Marco: Sure.

Bradley: Before we do that though, got to say hi to Chris and Hernan who both show up fashionably late. Hey guys.

Hernan: Hey guys. Sorry about that, but for some reason Hangout wasn't liking it.

Bradley: Blame Google.

Chris: Same here.

Hernan: Yeah, always.

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Near Me Domination

Bradley: As far as the Near Me stuff guys, since the webinar that we did with Mike Pierce and Angel Cruz about the Near Me Domination is what it was called, and looking at the Near Me key words there's a shit ton of traffic there. It's kind of tricky as how to I guess monetize that traffic properly. If you're going with local there's I think some restrictions or some road blocks, because people that are searching with the Near Me key word are typically – I mean, that's like a national search. In other words, it doesn't matter where they are in the country, they'll search for that. Optimizing for SEO purposes, there's a ton of traffic. I haven't been through the course 100%. I've scanned through it, but I think that for local stuff there are some challenges that again, are probably resolved within the content itself, but I haven't been through it like all the way through. However, that said, I've been playing with it ever since last week, because when I saw how much traffic there was on those key words it really got me excited.

You guys know I've been doing a ton of pay per click click stuff, Adwords stuff, so I set up several different campaigns now for Near Me key words, and I'm testing affiliate offers. What I'm finding is there is a ton of traffic in those Near Me keywords. For affiliate offers the challenge is people typically that are searching for something Near Me are typically looking for a service or a class or whatever that's near them, so trying to monetize that traffic with affiliate offers is been a bit challenging for me. I'm getting a ton of clicks through to my landing page, but I'm not sure that the offer is jiving correctly with that type of traffic. I'm going to keep testing with various offers to see if I can capitalize on the traffic that's there. It's pretty exciting, and I think I'm going to continue testing with it. I've thrown a couple hundred dollars in the traffic in the last week at it already, and I plan on continuing to test until I find a few methods that work really well. I highly recommend that you guys check it out. I don't know if that offers going to be open for anymore than probably about another 24 hours or so. Adam do you know when it closes?

Adam: Yeah, we'd have to look. I put on there – I'm not sure. Sadly, it might already have ended, but I think – They said a week, and I thought it was last Wednesday, but if not, like I said, check out the webinar. There's some killer information in there.

Bradley: The last thing i want to say about it is just that I think that there is a ton of traffic there. There's no doubt. I've proven that through my own data, which by the way, we're going to have master class after Hump Day Hangouts today. I'm going to be going through some of the Near Me campaigns that I've set up and ad words with the master class guys, so those of you that are in master class, you'll be able to see some of my data from the last few days, so I'll share that with you. But what I'm saying is there's a ton of traffic there, and why not take advantage of it while it's there. What I mean is, every time we find something guys in marketing, especially when you talk about SEO, but I'm doing strictly the PPC stuff on this case study, is we typically want to look for stuff that has longevity. I don't know how long this will last, except that Google is promoting the Near Me searches. They are, and in the webinar Angel pointed that out through what they call micro-moments and all that, so they're actually pushing that.

In part, when you do a search on a mobile device in Google, you'll see for almost every keyword the auto suggest will suggest whatever your keyword is plus near me, and that's even starting to show up on desktop searches. While there are some challenges there, there's a ton of traffic to be had, and I think that we should be exploiting that to the best of our abilities, which is why I'm testing so heavily on it right now. We'll have more data as some more test results come in. Marco, did you want to comment on that?

Marco: Yeah, and it's really simple. I mean Google is behind this, and so they can end it at any moment they want. I mean they could end search at any moment. It's Google's company, guys. They can do whatever they want. They're going to piss off a whole lot of advertisers if they do that, because there's people that are actually paying, like you, for ads for Near Me. If they stop, how many people are investing money in Near Me searches, and ad words, and YouTube ad, and whatever else people are buying ads for. Think of it that way. Personally, I don't think it's short term. Neither is it long term. They're pushing people some kind of way. I don't know what they're trying to teach [inaudible 00:06:42]. I don't know what it is they want the AI to learn. I don't know what they want from this, other than just tons of data, these micro-moments, because [inaudible 00:06:53] just Near Me searches, right? Go ahead Chris.

Chris: Well, the thing is they will replace [inaudible 00:06:58] GPS data, or like data they get from the mobile phones, location based. They get all the data right now and collect on that, and we can literally bank quite nicely on that when they are collecting data. [inaudible 00:07:11] just replace it on any kind of mobile phone and get the data from that phone and it's just replaced.

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Bradley: Yeah, but until that happens why not take advantage of it is my point.

Chris: Exactly.

Marco: When we came out with [inaudible 00:07:26] academy people kept asking, “Well, wouldn't they just close the loophole?” Well, yeah, of course. They just could.

Bradley: It's been two years though.

Marco: They haven't, so why not just keep taking advantage of it? This is the way we do it. We always tell you, “Never experiment on a client site.” So go get your own stuff, do it as an addition to whatever it is that you're doing for your clients. Add a page. If anything happens take it away. Go into a sub-domain. Protect your client at all times, but by all means take advantage of this right now.

Bradley: I agree with that 100%, so anyways. Anything else we got guys, before we move on?

Adam: I think that's it.

Manually Linking To The Blog Posts In The YT Google Video Profile That Ranks Higher Than The Brand Page

Bradley: Okay, cool. Well, let's get into some questions. We'll start with Jordan. He says there's a diagram on the IFTTT Facebook page that makes this a much simpler question, ha. Okay, Jordan. I'm not going to go pull that up right now. Somebody else wants to pull that up for me, and maybe drop the link.

Adam: [crosstalk 00:08:34] actually. Must have clicked on it [inaudible 00:08:36] down earlier.

Bradley: Yeah, okay. Had done for you network built for YouTube for a church. Thus, I have a Google branded page for non-profit client Milestone Church that syndicates their YouTube along with a corresponding profile [inaudible 00:08:52] as pastor little Jeff, or Jeff Little, excuse me. There is also a separate RSS blog fed Google page for the pastor – Okay, blog fed Google page for the pastor that syndicates the blog and corresponding profile for the pastor that receives a blog RSS fee that is built around the leader's name. We are naming this term to search well. Okay. Currently the YouTube fed video Google profile – YouTube fed video Google profile. Number one profile is searching better for pastor Jeff Little than either of the blog RSS branded page or profile number two from the term – Yeah, this is freaking confusing. Do we have a link somewhere for that guys, for the diagram? It would help if I had a diagram.

Adam: No, I'm looking right now. [crosstalk 00:09:43] if you've got it, [inaudible 00:09:44] later on Facebook or something.

Bradley: We might have to come back to this one Jordan. Question, would it hurt to manually link to the blog post in the YouTube Google video profile number one above? Link to the blog post since it ranks higher, or would Google see having a branded page around the person featuring all the posts plus a different profile sharing all the blog posts as gaming the system? Recommendations. Again, without looking at a diagram to where I have a better understanding of this, this is a little bit abstract for me to visualize in my mind.

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Adam: Just got it.

Bradley: You did?

Adam: Yeah, what do you want me to –

Bradley: Drop it in slack. [crosstalk 00:10:24].

Adam: As soon as Facebook plays ball here. There we go, all right.

Bradley: Let's go check it out. YouTube feed, persona – Oh, I know you guys probably can't see this. Let me click on it. Maybe I can zoom in. Corresponding profile persona of pastor little Jeff. Okay. Best ranking for pastor Jeff – Now why do I keep saying little Jeff? Dyslexia kicking in for some reason. It's selective dyslexia. Will it hurt to manually share the blog post to YouTube profile? No, it shouldn't, and the only reason I say that guys is because it's okay to share to both a Google plus page as well as to a profile. It makes sense to do so. I mean, think about it guys. We set everything up in the IFTTT training using pages. The reason we do that is because you haven't been able to post by any automated fashion to a profile until recently, which I think was pointed out to us last week on Hump Day Hangouts. That buffer now allows you to connect to profile, which I confirmed that today actually, and so that's pretty cool. Google had never allowed anybody to automate posts to a profile. It was only automated to Google plus pages, and so that's why we always used pages, number one.

Also, you can separate the page from the persona that way, and that way the persona could actually have multiple pages if needed, and you can syndicate different content to the different pages, so that's in part why we didn't do it. It makes perfect sense that if you have a legit profile that is associated with the page or the business or the brand, that you would also share your stuff on that profile. Particularly because most of the time, the Google plus profiles are going to have more followers and more engagement interaction than pages do, right? That's just the nature of Google plus. If you go through Google plus posts, like just in your Google plus feed, you'll notice that almost everything is done via profile. Like all engagement and most all posts and everything else. Typically the brand posts have very very little engagement, right? Anything that's posted to a brand page has very little engagement. Usually there's not as much interaction, that kind of stuff. You'll see that most profiles are associated with some sort of brand, but the activity is produced from the profile itself instead of through a page.

Again, if you have a specific situation like what you're talking about here Jordan, then yeah it makes absolute perfect sense to be able to also post to the Google plus profile, and you can automate that now apparently, according to Buffer. You might just want to – So that you don't have to do it manually. Unless there's a reason why you're doing it manually, you know so you can add additional stuff into the post and all that, that's fine if you want to do that. If you want to automate that you could always set up a second IFTTT account and a second Buffer account, and therefore you could automate those posting over to the profile page as well. Does that make sense? Guys, was I clear on that?

Hernan: Yeah, I think it was clear enough really.

Website Version To Choose When Evaluating Metrics Of Expired Domain In Majestic SEO

Bradley: Okay, well then we're going to move on. Okay, Dean says, when evaluating the metrics of an expired domain in majestic SEO, would you use the values given by – Oh, this is a good question Dean. You have to look at all of it, Dean. In fact, Terry Kyle – Let's see if we can look this up real quick. Terry Kyle … Let's just go look at his blog really quick. He has a great post about this very specifically if we can find it, and I'm not going to search for it guys. You can search for it yourself, but – Let's see. He might have it here. Just a second. Right here. Well, no, that's not it. This is a different one. This is a different post. Anyways, go search on Terry Kyle's blog. It's blog.terrykyle.com guys. Go search on the blog. Go look through his blog posts. It's somewhat of a recent post within the last two or three months, but he talks very specifically about that. About how whenever you're looking at a domain, especially a domain that you're going to purchase that has expired or whatever, and you're looking at a majestic, you got to look at all versions of the domain, which sucks.

It's really stupid. I wish there was some sort of mean or average that majestic could come up with for all the different variations. It's going to be different if you're looking at sub-domain or the root domain, and that includes dub dub dub dot, or any other sub-domain. Whether you're looking at the full URL including HTTP. All of those are all going to give you different values, and on top of that, you multiply all those different variations by two because there's a historic and a fresh index, and everything is going to give you different results, every single one of those. It ends up that you end up with like ten or twelve different metric values from majestic for every single domain that you look at. It's incredibly irritating, but you have to look at all of them and then make the determination.

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Typically what I do, and again off the top of my head, I think the best version to look at is just the root domain, domain.com in this case. Like if you were going to have a final say that would be the one that I would think would be the best, but again, I'd have to reference Terry Kyle's blog post to get specific on that again. I'm not going to find it for you guys. Just go to his blog and look for it. It's a great post, and he talks about that in detail. Any comments guys?

Hernan: I would suggest that you also subscribe to his blog. [crosstalk 00:16:39] yeah, it's a great blog. Terry's always got [inaudible 00:16:44]. We take a really similar approach with the no bullshit approach. We were saying we were testing it, etc cetera. It's kind of our own [inaudible 00:16:59] if you would. I would suggest you go ahead and subscribe to his blog. We learn a ton of things from Terry Kyle, and not only that we kind of test stuff and then we give it our own tweak. He is also grabbing stuff form our site. I talk from time to time with Terry Kyle via Skype, and he would tell me that he saw one post or whatever from [inaudible 00:17:25] and I could tell he was really interesting. It's a two way interaction, so you guys can get a ton of value from his blog as well.

Bradley: He's one of the people that I truly respect in SEO guys for sure. Definitely go check out his blog, and look that one up specifically Dean. You'll find a great post about that. Chris has got a good point. He says choose the most advantageous and use that as your canonical. In other words, point all of the other versions to that as the canonical, but you know again, just go though that blog post. It'll give you a better idea.

Semantic RSS Plugin

Chris W says, “Does your RSS plug in cause any sort of duplicate content issues if you also have [inaudible 00:18:08] installed?” No, Chris. No. There's no duplicate content issues because of an RSS feed. All an RSS feed does is display content from your blog. A standard RSS feed is not indexable. Google won't index an RSS feed. Now, some of the third party RSS apps that you can use, like FeedBlitz for example. FeedBlitz will index your RSS feed, because it's formatted like an html page anyways. But even so, that's not duplicate content, because it's typically going to be just snippets, and there's going to be multiple snippets on the feed, which will change dynamically every time a new post is added to the blog. It will never be considered as duplicate content.

Not only that, but our RSS plug in gives you a custom RSS feed URL, and then the [inaudible 00:19:03] just uses your standard word press feed, so domain.com/feed, right? Those are not going to be duplicate content. They're just two different feeds, that's all. So no, it will not cause any duplicate content issues, okay?

Duplicate Content Issue That Should Be Avoided With Adwords

Skye says, “What are the duplicate content issues that should be avoided with ad words, and what happens if an exact match phrase was deleted at some point?” I'm not sure what that means, Skye. That you should be avoiding ad words? I've never had any content issues with ad words period, duplicate content issues. I don't know that there is, and I'm not sure what you mean by an exact match phrase was deleted. I'm not sure what that means. If something was deleted just add it back. Maybe you can clarify, Skye. Until then, I'm going to move on.

Indexing A PDF In Google

RYS Academy‘s been updated, guys. Sorry, that was a bad link. How do you get a PDF index to buy Google? Well, the same way you get anything else indexed, Dr. Brian. You can submit it directly to Google. Make sure, first of all, it's like a public PDF. The thing is, is if you've uploaded a PDF let's say to Google Drive for example, or to Amazon or Dropbox, or something like that, unless it's a public link, which you set that as the share URL to make it public for anybody to view, and make it indexable that kind of stuff. You need to make sure that that setting is set correctly, number one. Then all you need to do is go submit the URL directly to Google.

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You can also Tweet the URL if you want. If you've got an active Twitter account. It's crazy, but especially with, and Dr. Gary showed this, which is pretty cool, in the RYS Academy, but if you Tweet – For example, let's see if I can pull something up. I don't know what I have here. No I don't have a doc opened, but if you take a Google doc guys – You know how when you're looking at a Google doc you can see in the top right corner avatars of other people that are viewing it. If it's set for anybody that has the link or public you'll see generic avatars, and it'll say like anonymous monkey and anonymous ferret and things like that. But you'll see all those little avatars on the right, and that's people or bots that are viewing your document. You can actually take a Google doc URL and tweet it out if it's set to public, and you'll see all the Twitter bots come within a matter of seconds sometimes. You'll see the top right corner of the doc just light up like a Christmas tree with all these avatars, and so that means the bots are coming to [inaudible 00:21:41].

The same thing. You can do that. You can index it by submitting directly to Google, or you could do something like Tweet it out, or just build some links to it, and that will eventually get it indexed provided that it's set to public.

Hernan: To add to what you were saying Bradley, you can even upload it to your own Word Press. You can host it somewhere that is public. Again, in the route for example, of your server, and as long as it's accessible by Google, it will crawl the entire doc, because the PDF can have live links that Google can actually follow. It can crawl the text within the PDF, so that's that. Another option I've had great success with was uploading to PDF websites, like PDF hosting websites. Like script, slide share. If you have a slide deck you can turn that into a PDF. Doc stock is another one, but if you upload to script, a PDF, you will get a ton of views and a ton of hits from script, and you have a high chance of ranking it as well, which is the main point.

Bradley: Document sharing sites. That's a good point. Also, Dr. Brian, just so you know, when I said submit directly to Google. Just go to Google and search for submit URL. Submit URL or submit URL to Google, and it's going to be the first link that shows up. Guys, when in doubt go to Google. You can literally submit the single URL directly through Google search console and you're telling Google to directly come crawl this URL please and index it, okay? Problem solved.

Hernan: Just to add on to that, if you spam that URL submitter, you get your IP sandbox.

Sharing RSS Feed URL For Multiple Clients

Bradley: Yeah, that's true. Don't spam it. All right Chick's up. He says, “Cheers. Since several RSS feeds are utilized to power up a tier two network, do you think having three to four customers in either the same or similar niche can share that network from their branded tier one branded networks?” Yes Chick, absolutely you can. As long as it's – Remember guys, tier two networks, which I haven't been recommending for damn near two years now, at least a year and a half. I recommend that you stick with a single tier branded network only for blog syndication. For YouTube syndication there is no limit to how tiers you can go out, because there is no footprint issues, but for blogs there always has been. We try to reduce that by injecting relevant content triggers, or content sources into the tier two networks so that the tier one branded networks continue to only post content form the blog itself. Not other people's content. Unless it's a curated piece of content, in which case it's still being posted from the money site blog, they're just referencing other people's content within the post.

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At the tier two point, the trigger point, so the tier two IFTTT accounts, you can inject other RSS feeds from related content searches, preferably high authority sources, so that you can continually theme your tier two networks and reduce footprint issues. Damon Nelson has RSS masher. I think it's [inaudible 00:25:07] now, or I think it launches tomorrow. We did a special webinar with him last week. It was opened up to our audience only. If you're interested in that I'm sure Adam or Hernan or somebody would drop the link. His RSS masher actually has changed my mind about for blog syndication. Full tier two network. In fact, I spent about two and half hours today developing out the recipes, or the applets I should call them, specifically for that, and no I'm not sharing those here. If you purchased RSS masher, Jamon's going to be holding a webinar next Wednesday evening, so the 21st. At I think 7 p.m. No 100% of the time off the top of my head, but it's next Wednesday evening, and it's a follow up at the end of launch where he's going to be talking about best uses and stuff like that of RSS masher.

I am going to be coming on as a guest to talk about specifically how to use RSS masher for tier two triggers, which now I'm okay with using that for blog syndication. Full tier two networks for blog syndication. I'm going to cover that next week Chick for his webinar. Maybe after that webinar, and maybe after the first of the year or something I'll share that strategy with the rest of everybody else. To answer your question, yes if you have a full tier two network – Let's say you have three two tier rings, and you have three or four or five clients that are in a very similar or related industries, each with their own branded networks, yeah there's absolutely no reason that you can't share that two tier network across all of them. Remember, they're just supporting networks. That's actually a good way to do it in my opinion, because now you're going to be syndicating content from multiple money sites out to tier two instead of from just one, which is where the footprint issue comes in.

The whole reason why we use relevant content feeds from other sources at tier two is to reduce footprint so that the tier two networks don't always just have content being republished from one blog. That's clearly a footprint. You're doing that clearly to gain search results. If you're using four or five money sites to feed out to the second tier blogs, you end up with the tier two networks being fed with multiple content sources so that it's not always just pointing back to one location. In fact, that would reduce or eliminate your footprint issues on its own. You wouldn't even really need related content feeds at that point if you had enough other tier one blogs actually feeding out to tier two if that makes sense. Was that clear as mud?

Marco: Hopefully I didn't confuse you guys with that. We're going to be talking about –

Hernan: I think that's pretty clear.

Can You Upload And Publish Tier 1 Videos Directly To The 2nd IFTTT Ring Or Use The YT Like Recipes?

Bradley: We're going to be talking about this, like I said, next week. Anybody that picked up RSS masher, whether it's from our link or direct from Damon, it doesn't matter. I'm going to be on the webinar with him next week, and we're going to go over this strategy specifically. Ivan's up. “Hey guys. I finished creating a second IFTTT branded network.” Beautiful. Plus one. “Around a new service for video promotion. No website yet. How should I use the videos of my first network? Can I upload and publish them directly to the new ring, or use the YouTube like recipes?” Like recipes, Ivan. That's the best way to do it buddy. Just go ahead and set up the like recipes. They're in the account workbook template. Make sure that you're logged in to that channel, for that second network I mean, logged in to that channel, that YouTube channel, and then go like the videos from the first channel. They should syndicate out to your second network, and that's the best way to do it.

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Greg says, “Wow, got my RYS stack back so quickly from the recent special. I am super impressed.” Plus one. Awesome Greg. Thank you. Justin, our RYS stack builder, is a ninja. There's no other service out there that can build them like he does. I promise you that.

Are Google Sites No Longer Free?

Craig's up again. He says, “Tried to map a domain to G site recently, but wasn't allowed to. Are Google sites no longer free? When I looked they were coming up as part of the G suite, which is a minimum of five dollars per month. Will this affect stack or am I being paranoid?” That's a good question. Marco, I'm going to have to have you comment on that, because it's been a few months since I've built a G site.

Marco: No, I just built one yesterday.

Bradley: Okay.

Marco: I haven't mapped any, so that might be the only way you can map now is by paying Google. I'll have to check it out, but Justin would have told me we now have to pay for G sites if the problem were that they can't be created free. As far as I know, and I just checked yesterday because I was testing, they can still be created – As a matter of fact, I was testing both old and new just to see how much trouble I can get into. You can't do anything with the new ones, but they look really good, so no. I don't see any problems. They're still free. Now, if you want to map – He might be trying to map to the new G sites, and that might be a problem. Now, I don't see any problem with paying Google five bucks a month, because then you become a customer rather than just a mooch. It offers some protection. I'm not saying that you're totally protected, but you do get some protection, so five bucks a month for the G suite go for it.

Bradley: What did you mean by the new sites you can't do anything with them? I'm curious.

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Marco: I can't get an RSS feed, and if I can't get an RSS feed from it then I can't run it into IFTTT. I can't really do all of the stuff that I want. You used to be able to go into the html part and play with that, and now you can't.

Bradley: Yeah, probably because it's responsive right?

Marco: Yeah, that would be one of the reasons, because you can't manipulate, like you can't play with the CSS since they control it. It may be part of a future update where they go as far as WordPress has gone, and give us all that flexibility. I don't see it though. That's what I meant. That I can't do anything with it other than create a site that looks really good on both mobile and desktop by the way, or any type of device. It looks fabulous, and Justin – I forgot to mention that, right? Justin did a whole tutorial on how to create a new G site, and I might be giving that maybe during a webinar. A special webinar, whatever. We'll give that training away if you guys feel up to it. We can discuss it. Anyway, that's what I meant.

Bradley: Stop giving away the farm, dick.

Marco: Yeah, right.

What Permalink Structure To Use On A Mail URL?

Bradley: Oh, how the tables have turned. Next, Emmanuel. He says, “Hey guys. For some weird reason I seem to be having a hard time understanding how to silo out a WordPress site. In the permalinks I have a custom structure of category [inaudible 00:32:33]. When I create a new post the permalink looks like, but when I go to view the category the URL is.”

Yes, Emmanuel, that is correct. Now what you have to do Emmanuel, is you have to 301 redirect the category URL to the actual page that you set up. In other words, in WordPress if you want to set up silo structure and use pages and categories both – Remember, category structure deals with posts, not with pages. If you set a category you put blog posts in the category. It doesn't do anything with the pages. Pages are separate. If you want a silo structure with pages you create a page, which is known as a parent page, and then a child page. That will give you the same structure. The physical silo structure which you see in the URL. In other words, if you had root domain and then you had a top level page, which would be a parent page, and then you want to have a child page, then it would be root.com/parentpage/childpage, so that's the physical silo structure. You see it in the URL. You can literally see it visually in your address bar.

However, if you want to use a combination so you can go to a third level deep via posts, stay with me here guys, then you would still use categories for your silo structure using posts, but what you do is you end up – Remember, with categories you can also create parent categories and sub categories. Top level categories and sub categories, which again, will give you that same structure. Root.com/category/categoryname/subcategoryname, but then you can go even one level deeper, and that's with posts. The way that you work that out or reconcile that inside of WordPress so that you can use a combination of pages, categories, and posts all in the same silo structure, is with the categories you go create the category, then you go create the page. If you are using sub categories as well, which would be known as a complex silo structure, then you would also create corresponding child pages. For every category you create, you create a page with the same slug. You guys get that?

Let's say that your slug is top level silo one. I know that's an incredibly long slug. You would never use that. Let's say it's top level category one, or top level silo page, you would create that as a category. Then you would go and create a page and use the exact same slug. No typos, no changes, nothing. Make sure it's the exact same slug, so top level silo page. Then you go in with a 301 redirect plug, and you can use simple 301 redirects, and you take the category URL. Anything past the .com here in this case, you would the slug part of it, you know what I'm saying, for the category, and then you would point that over to the page URL. The matching or corresponding page URL, so that, if anybody ever clicks on a category it redirects them automatically, and they'll never see it. It's done automatically, but it'll redirect them to the page, which is what you want.

On top of that, whenever you start building out your silo with supporting posts you should always link within the post a contextual link back up to the category. By doing so, you're always going to be feeding relevancy back up to that top level page. You don't want to rank a category page, you want to rank a page, so you want to make sure your category URL is redirected to your page. That's something that we cover extensively in stuff like master class and mastermind. I don't have time to draw out a diagram to show you guys that here on Hump Day Hangouts, nor is this the place for that.

Marco: Hey Bradley, I posted links to our video. We have a video series where we go into silo architecture. Simple. Complex. I posted it further up if anyone wants to click on it and go take a look you're more than welcome.

Bradley: That's a great question Emmanuel, for real. That's a really good question. I understand that trips a lot of people up. Marco, thank you for posting those. I did two videos for simple silo structure and complex silo structure, and there's diagrams in there. If you need additional help beyond that Emmanuel, come join us in the MasterClass, and we'd be happy to diagram that out for you and help you with it.

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Does Linkedin Work Well With IFTTT?

Emmanuel is back up. He says, “Also I notice LinkedIn isn't in the IFTTT 2.0 training. Does that platform not work well with IFTTT?” No it doesn't Emmanuel, or else it would have been in there. A couple reasons why it doesn't work very well. Number one, creating fake LinkedIn profiles, they don't stick. They get terminated very easily, so it's a waste of time if you're trying to create persona profiles.

Second, I have tested – It used to be a few years ago where you could post to a company page inside of LinkedIn from IFTTT, but I think that option has been removed, so I just don't mess with it. It's just not worth it. There are ways if you have your own profile for LinkedIn, because I don't recommend creating fake profiles guys for LinkedIn unless you're using Browseo. If you're using Browseo that's a different case all together, because then you're going to have a specific IP associated with that account, and you are going to leave your cookies in that browser specific to that profile anyways, so that you create a digital footprint, which is what you want. Then you can actually build out some great LinkedIn profiles and get a lot of traction and stuff with those, and not have to worry about them being terminated. Unless you're using BrowSEO, then no. I don't recommend creating fake LinkedIn profiles. They won't work. They won't last. Not only that, but it's a pain in the ass to get them to post correctly. There are ways that if you have a real profile, or if you're using BrowSEO, that you can post directly to LinkedIn from other sources instead of through IFTTT.

That's why it's not in there guys, because it's just a pain in the ass. If the company page's posting applet or recipe worked, then I would have added a section in the training for that, but since it doesn't work – I tested that somewhat recently as well, within the last few months, and it still doesn't work, so we just avoided that all together.

Any Advice On How To Get A Video Rank Back To The First Page?

Okay, Brian's up. He says, “Hi Brad and team. I have a video that was on page one of Google for about 140 searches per month. Then it dropped to page two about three months ago. I tried [inaudible 00:39:18], links, ad word for video, social signals, etc cetera. Waited for another month and the video will not move back to the first page. Any advice on how to get that video back to the first page. I even changed the title tag but it will not budge.”

My question Brian, would be have you used silos playlists? Essentially siloing out. If you've been through our YouTube silo academy, which you should have been by now, there's a couple different ways. One of the ways I call a mono-silo within that training. It really helps with videos that won't budge, but you're going to need to create a bunch of supporting videos. They can be spam videos. It doesn't matter, but you need to put them in a playlist. Make sure everything is interlinked correctly within the playlist, within the silo essentially. Then you have all of those additional supporting videos that you can use to build links to, which will force link juice back up to the top of the silo. In this case, the video that you want to rank. It's a great strategy. It works really, really well. It should still work. It's been a couple months since I've done that, but it should still work, because then you're piggy-backing off the internal linking structure of YouTube.

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Marco: I have an even more basic question for him, because he says it dropped, and then he started … He tried embeds, links, ad words, social signals, and all kinds of stuff to it. Did he do that as soon as it started dancing, because if he did he could be permanently sandboxed.

Bradley: Could be.

Marco: I mean, how soon after the video tanked did he start hitting it with everything that he could think of, which is what it looks like he did. Then, after he did all that, he waited. That's what I get from the post. I need to know basically how long did you wait Brian before you started hitting it with embeds, links, Adwords, and everything else?

Bradley: The one thing I would say about YouTube though is that I've taken videos that I have had sandboxed or demoted because of being too aggressive with links and stuff and been able to recover them by engagement signals alone, which doesn't mean buying social signals. It doesn't mean building more links or more embeds. What it means is getting viewers to your video and not spam viewers. Unless you're using something like a CT spam tool. What do I mean by CT spam? Click through spam tools such as crowd search. That's something that will work. It does help especially if you set up referral traffic. We've talked about that before. I'm sure you can find a video on our YouTube channel where we talk about sending referral traffic to YouTube videos. That helps, but also if you buy – I know you said you did ad words for videos, but it depends on what you were doing. If you do ad words for video, and you do, for example, a video discovery ad for your key words and you can get some traffic to your video, it's the engagement signals of people clicking on your video and watching. When you use ad words for video you're paying Google for views. You guys get that? You're paying Google for views.

Now, Google tells you not to buy spam views, or to try to – YouTube will terminate your account if they think you've done that. That's why those viewing services don't work anymore that use to, but if you buy views from YouTube or from ad words for video, then all bets are off. That's not against terms of service. My point is is that you can, especially if it's for a local term, and Brian I don't know whether it's for a local term or not, but you can set up your video discovery ads for example, to that video and have your geo targeting, but go with a broad, like affinity targeting or even topic targeting. Don't go with such key word targeting, because a lot of times if you have a narrow geographic targeting area you won't get much traction with just key word targeting or even placements for that matter.

Placements wouldn't be for video discoveries anyways. That would be for in stream ads, but for video discovery adds you could do something like top targeting or affinity targeting, which is very broad or very general, and you'll get a flood of traffic to your video. That, a lot of the times especially – Again, keep in mind I mentioned the geo-targeting if it's a local keyword that you're trying to rank it for, because if you set up your geo-targeting correctly, all the views that you're paying for from your ad words for videos will be form local IP's. It gives huge engagement signals, the right engagement signals to Google to help promote that video back to page one of the search results, because it's getting local IP click throughs. Does that make sense? If it's not a local video then you can still, it's going to require more views, but you can set up the video discovery ads. Target it that way to where you get clicks through to the video.

Also you can set up an in stream ad. When somebody clicks the link in the in stream ad that takes them to your YouTube watch page for that video. Most people think of in stream ads as driving traffic to landing pages, but you can use a YouTube URL on an in stream ad, in other words you can have people click through from the in stream ad over to a YouTube watch page. That works really well because then you can set up in stream ads with specific placement targeting for other videos that are completely relevant to what it is that you're trying to rank, so now you're getting relevant traffic to that video as well.

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There's two things to keep in mind here. Number one, if it's local set up ad words for video with geo-targeting, but go with broad topic targeting. Like you don't want to go too narrow with keywords or anything else. You want to go with broader topics just so you get a flood of local traffic. If it's anything other than just a local video you can also set up in stream ads on highly relevant videos as placements, and then have those ads click through to that video which will give you that topical relevance engagement if that makes sense. But also, like I said, if you want to set up strictly from an SEO point of view, if you want to set up a playlist using YouTube silo academy strategy, which is using playlists to silo out your channel. You can use something like hang out millionaire or live rank sniper, or something like that to blast dozens of spam videos out in the same playlist that all link back up to that one top of silo video, which is the video that you're trying to rank. Now you have all those different videos as spam points that you can like literally throw kitchen sink spam at because it's going to flow through back up to the top of the silo, which is the video you want to rank.

For ranking videos I don't encourage just doing strictly SEO stuff. Engagement is one of the biggest factors for ranking videos now, so if you can buy engagement signals directly from Google do it.

How Do You Know When Your Site Has Been Sandboxed?

Okay, Virginia [inaudible 00:46:20] is up. “Greetings. How do you really know when your site has been sandboxed? Thanks, Toby.” One good way is to search for the brand name. Do a Google search for the brand name and see. Your site should rank number one for your brand name search. If it doesn't, if there's third party pages and stuff like that that rank above your site, chances are it's sandboxed. Another thing you can do is search for the domain name. In other words, go to google. Search mydomain.com and see. See if it comes up on top. It should. I like to do both. I like to look at the brand search first and then also look at the domain search, and it should be number one both of those. If it's not there's typically an issue, but Marco and Hernan I'd like to hear your thoughts on that as well.

Marco: That's actually a good question. I'm trying to think what have been my experience in the past with this.

Bradley: Okay, so while you're thinking [crosstalk 00:47:29] hold on Marco real quick. Since I searched semantic mastery, you see how this comes up number one? You can do the same thing guys. It's search Google for semanticmastery.com and in both instances you should come up number one. Well, in that case I need to go to google.com to do it, but in either case you should come up number one, and if you don't then there's typically an issue. That's a pretty good indication. Go ahead Marco. I'm sorry.

Marco: I have a really simple way that I test, but I don't know if we should give it away for free. That's my concern. You're going to tell me I'm giving away too much, but there's a really simple method that's like 100% sure for you to know whether your site is sandboxed.

Bradley: Are you going to share it or just tease us?

Marco: I'm asking, should I give it away?

Bradley: Yes, give it away man.

Marco: Okay. You set up a Google doc with a [gobbledy 00:48:27] gook title. Meaningless. Really long tail, and you set up a page on your site with a really long tail with the same page. Long tail page. Then you get them both to index. If you don't rank, the website for that gobbledy gook keyword, but your Google doc does, and it will, then you have a problem. You'll know if you're sandboxed immediately, because you won't rank.

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Bradley: That's true.

Hernan: I like you saying on this case, because I was looking for a panel on SEM rush. On this case I'd like to use SEM rush, because you can actually see – I think that SEM rush in terms of exposure or keywords that you are ranking for, it's one of the fastest ones. Not in terms of links, but in terms of how many key words you have actually ranking within the top 100. Besides that, if you can make a quick search on SEM rush and see how many keywords you have ranking, if you have zero or very little like a couple, there's a high chance that you are being sandboxed besides the other two techniques that Bradley and Marco have shared. That would give you quite a good panorama of what's going on.

How Do You Diversify The On Page SEO Between Branded Domain Vs EMD Domain??

Bradley: Tony's up. He says, “What is the main thing to think of when diversifying the on page SEO between branded domain versus EMD domain?” Okay, first of all, I don't recommend EMD domains guys, unless you're doing turn and burn stuff. I stopped using EMD domains probably close to two years ago now. You can still use EMD domains. There's no doubt you can. The problem with EMD domains is that you're at a disadvantage in that you're so much closer to tripping or triggering an over-optimization penalty right off the bat. You're coming out of the gate already toeing the over-optimization line. Does that make sense?

This is Adam scaring me with the Joker image. Five more minutes. Okay, yeah, but my point is, you're toeing that line right out of the gate, and so that's why I don't like to use EMD domains. You can still do it, but you have to be a hell of a lot more careful, and means all of your other on page optimization stuff that you do has to be diluted or watered down, okay? What I do is I recommend always going with a branded name, or at least maybe a partial match domain instead of an exact match domain. That's better, in my opinion, but if you can go with something branded you're much better off, because then you can optimize as usual. With EDM domains you have to be a lot more careful, because remember, the keyword is in the domain at that point.

You're already sending a signal to Google that you're in SEO, and if you have an exact match keyword in the SEO title, and then you have an exact match keyword in one of the H tags, particularly the H1 tag which is the page title, then that's Google – The first things that Google looks at when the bots come and crawl your page is it looks at your SEO title number one, your URL, your H tag or page title, your H1 tag which is your page title, and then your meta-description believe it or not. Those are the first four things that it looks at.

Why do you think it's in the top of the head section of the site? When you look at view page source all that info's right at the top. The meta-data's right at the top, because Google looks at that first. If it sees an exact match keyword in more than one of those four locations, it's already going to give your page a lower quality score right off the bat. It's tainted. It's now looking at it through an over-optimization lens. You're sending a signal, before the bots even crawl the content on the page, you're sending a signal that yes this page is most likely over-optimized.

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That's why I recommend going with a branded domain instead, and I always like to stick the exact match keyword in the SEO title. In fact, one of our mastermind members, Dr. Gary, who also behind RYS Academy, he actually posted in our MasterMind some examples of how he proved that the SEO title tag is still the most important factor for keyword recognition by Google. That was just this week he posted that. My point is is that when you're doing on page SEO for branded domains you have a lot more flexibility and leeway before triggering that over-optimization filter, in which case, by the way, I would put the exact match keyword in the SEO title, and then I would use variations of that exact match keyword in the other locations such as the page URL, the H1 tag, and the meta-description. Use variations of the exact match keyword, instead of using that EMK, exact match keyword. But for an EMD domain, I would not use the exact match keyword anywhere other than perhaps in the SEO title.

Everything else you'd have to try to de-optimize or optimize less the rest of the page of the post if that makes sense. By the way guys, keep in mind that when Google crawls your site, not just the content of the page or the post. That's why a lot of the SEO plug ins are junk in my opinion because all they do is, as far as analyzing content and telling you when it's optimized well or not. Like if you are using the Yoast plugin for SEO and you try to get that little indicator green, chances are you're way over-optimized for that page. Remember, when Google crawls the page, they're looking at your header, your sidebar, and your footer as well. Not just the content of that article body. You want to make sure you don't have the keyword stuffed in your navigation bar. You don't want to have to many occurrences of the keyword in your sidebar or your footer, because all of that is taken into play.

There's a great tool, and I know we got to go, there's a great tool that you can use. It's free. It's called SEO centro, seocentro.com, and if you go there there's a tool. It's called keyword density. Right here on the left sidebar. Click on that. You can paste your URL in here of the page or the post once it's been published on your site. Fill out the caption, click submit, and you'll see what Google is looking at. The page in it's entirety, including the header, sidebar, and footer. You'll see the keyword density there.

I've been using … It's funny we also talked about this in the mastermind this week too, but I've been using very specific thresholds. 2% for single word keywords, you want to stay under 2%. You'll know what I'm talking about if you use this tool. It'll show you one word keywords, two word keywords, and three word keywords that it's analyzing. For one word keywords you want to stay 2% or under. Two word keywords you want to stay at 1% or under, and for three word keywords you want to stay at .2% and under. That's just a rule of thumb I've been using since about [inaudible 00:55:43] around April or May of 2014, and it's held true up until now.

Hernan: Before you move on Bradley, I'd just like to mention because you mentioned one of the best things about our MasterMind, and that's how we get all of this input and sharing from the members in the MasterMind. Dr. Gary is one who happens to be – He helped me with RYS Academy. Clint Butler is another one who's constantly in there just killing it, and sharing all of the stuff he's doing. Now that you pulled up Wayne, he's another one that's constantly in there. Greg. It's not just us in there answering questions like we do on Hump Day Hangouts, or giving webinars or whatever. There's a whole bunch of give and take and people just sharing all sorts of different strategies, so guys our mastermind is just about the best mastermind that you can imagine. Of course I'm biased. I will admit that. I want to be totally transparent, of course, it's ours, but there's nothing like it anywhere. I can guarantee it.

Bradley: Clint, and I know we got to go before I get yelled at, Clint says, “I gave MasterMind members a bunch of the document sharing sites that have tons of link value to help boost the IFTTT stacks, RYS stacks, and money sites. I did the same with audio sites for those who leverage content in multiple formats. Join and get them.” Clint is absolutely correct. I sent Clint also a big list of sites, webtubes and stuff, and he went through every single one of them and confirmed or verified whether they were valid or not, and whether they should be used, and that was incredibly helpful, and we have a big ass list inside mastermind for that as well. Like Marco just said, our mastermind does rock guys, but enough of that. MasterClass starts in about three minutes, unless I'm late because I stayed too long for this. Thanks everybody for being here. We'll see you guys next week right before Christmas, and if we don't see you next week merry Christmas. Thanks everyone.

Marco: Bye bye everybody.

Bradley: See you guys.

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