The problem with blogging and creating blog posts is the fact that you can spend hours on writing and never get ranked. I have seen this with some of our clients. They have spent thousands on content creation and have hundreds of blog posts, but none of them are ranking.
Why is this?
Because they do not follow the formula. You’re being paid to know the formula.
From now on, I want to see 1500+ word articles that follow SEO best practices. Let’s jump in.
How to rank a blog post?
Ranking a blog post is something that every marketer needs to know how to do. You must learn how to write, rank, and optimize a blog post.
It’s hard, if not impossible, to hit that number one spot on Google without knowing the building blocks of a solid post.
You’re competing against people who study blogging all day long, so make sure you follow the steps that I am going to show you.
1. Why Should We Create And Rank A Blog Post?
To get leads.
Writing is an inbound marketing strategy.
Getting a blog ranked on page one of Google can take several months to years.
We want to generate traffic which turns into leads.
Here is a simple infographic that will explain the structure.
3. How To Research, Find, And Use Keywords
You need to do keyword research before you create your blog. You want to think and act like the user and figure out the keywords they will be using in their search queries.
Do not just write an article. Answer the questions your audience is searching for.
Use Google Keyword Planner.
Find keywords that people are searching for and answer their question.
It’s that simple.
Here’s a screenshot to show you what it looks like.
Pick the keyword you want to go after and start with a headline.
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“The headline is so critical that 73% of buying decisions are made at the point where readers come in contact with it. And 8 out of 10 people will read your headline if you make it powerful and relevant to them.”
After the headline, you jump into the opening paragraph or introduction.
Use the keyword in both places.
A combination of the keywords should be used throughout the article.
4. A Quality Blog Post Is Key
Your post has to be unique and contain useful content. Quality does matter.
The more you can help consumers the better.
Last week I was checking up on New Roads Addiction Center to see their progress. They’re showing up in Featured Snippets. Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like.
I usually do not reveal my little marketing secrets but today I am going to give you a glimpse into some cool little marketing trick we like to do for our sites and our clients. We are making these available to the public, but you have to contact us by email. There’s no order page for these.
If you want any of these marketing services I am about to show you, then send an email to [email protected] and let me know what ones you would be interested in.
Let’s get started with the list and then I will go into the details.
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1. Search Engine Optimization. (PR, Backlinks and more)
Here’s the video transcript. Forgive errors I have this done overseas..:)
Hey. In this video, we’re going to discuss a little bit about search engine optimization and also a few little tips and tricks that I like to do whenever I’m trying to rank videos, whenever I’m trying to rank blog posts. I’m going to discuss a lot about search engine optimization today and I’ll show you exactly what we can do as a business as far as Marketing Hy can do for you guys. There are some tips, and tricks, and secrets that we use to rank things. Let’s go over this.
First thing I want to talk to you about is how to rank an actual article or an actual webpage. Okay, this is a big deal for a lot of companies. Search engine optimization has been around for a long time, but there are certain things that you need to do. You need to have great content and you need to have good back links. Let me explain what I did to get the rankings I got and then I’ll show you exactly how I got back links, what I did to push it up through the search engines. Hey, I’m going to jump over to incognito mode, so it’s legit. Video marketing services, okay.
What I did, I went out there to rank this article. I wanted to rank this page and see how fast I could push it to the top. I’m bouncing right now between page one and page two. Oftentimes, I’m position number three on page one. Sometimes I’m position number two. Now this will improve over time as I keep pushing it, but I did make some changes the other day which should take some good effect. I wanted to rank for video marketing services. It’s a very competitive key word. I was like, “Hey, if I can take the number one through three spot on video marketing services, that’d be a good spot to be.” The very first step is you create an actual webpage with video marketing services as the H1 tag. You can do that with WordPress and [inaudible 00:02:09]. Video marketing service is my H1 tag. I create a lot of different words, different combinations. Video marketing, video optimization, marketing services, right audience.
You can see how I designed this whole page, put a testimonial, and then I have a forum here, more information on video marketing services. Then you can see I have these links in here. I did a lot of bolding. I did italics. I did a lot of different combinations of the word video marketing services. Like I said, it took me about two months to start getting on page two, and now I’m hitting page one and I’m hitting page two. I hope to actually secure the position and then see if I can get to spot three, two, or one. Step one: you need to create good content. You can see they can come here. They get a checklist. It does give them a lot of great information. That is step one. The next thing that I do is I create back links. Part of getting your articles pushed or ranking your whole website, you have to get back links, whether you do that manually, whether you have somebody else do it.
Well, we actually have the ability to go out and do that for you. That is one of the services. We really don’t market it, but if you guys are in need of this service, we’d be happy to turn around and order this package. First off, I will get myself a press release, so you can see press release on video marketing services. I would then distribute that press release. We give you all these reports if you ever order it. We will do a guest post for that press release, so you can see here we did a guest post on these blogs. Then we will do a boost report where we’ll just do links back into the press release, things like that. Then also I will do a set of hide domain authority links to that article, to different spots on my homepage, and I will go after certain key words like video advertising, video marketing services. You can see we do a domain authority over here.
These five links we have to go out there and we get them by hand. This whole package is not easy to do. It takes a month or so, sometimes two months to get it all done. It’s very intense, but by doing this, we are able to rank almost any page we want. Now there are those really, really competitive key words that you’re going to have to order a bunch of these to make it happen. It’s going to take a year or so, but in the meantime, if you just have one type of key word that you want to go after, you can do it.
Now, it not only benefits you for that key word, video marketing services. If you type in video marketing companies, I am top position there. Got it. If you type in video marketing company, let’s see where. I’m usually top two there. I’m number two on that one. Video marketing agency, see where I’m at there. Number two. Okay, so it not only helps you on that particular page. It also can lift your whole entire website, so anything with video marketing company, video marketing services, video marketing agency, I found those are key words that I can go after. I can rank them, so let’s repeat. Step number one, what you’re going to want to do is create a page with 2,500 words on it. That’s a good number to go after. Make sure you’re using a whole combination of your key words. Make sure your H1 tag is your actual key word you want to go after.
Then turn around and you order a package from us where we will do back links, press release, or you can do it all manually. You can go out there and get your own back links. You can go out there and get your own guest logs. You can go do your own press releases. It’s up to you, but we do offer that if you are looking to get a quick boost. It takes a month and I spent, probably to do that package, it cost me $1,500 to do it all. It’s not like it’s cheap. It’s not $100, $200 service. It takes a lot of time, so plan on $1,500, $2,000, up to $3,000 for it. That is it. Hope you enjoyed. If you have questions, you can always call us, visit our site, marketinghy.com or if you need a video, ydraw.com. That is it. Have a good one.
If you are reading this article it is likely that you have hired the wrong SEO marketing agency or you are getting that feeling that something is a little off with your marketing agency.
Don’t be too hard on yourself, because the odds of picking the right agency is about 1 in 10. The odds are not in your favor. Here is a simple Webinar where we discuss what to watch out for.
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You Hired The Wrong SEO Company. Now What Do You Do?
Jace: Hey guys. This is Jace over here at Yinc marketing, bringing another podcast video, so what we’re calling them. So, today we’re going to be talking about how to protect yourself from hiring the wrong online marketing company. And I wrote this article, you’ll see on August 12th. Also Neil Patel, for those of you guys who don’t know him, he came out with a great article we’re going to go over a little bit of that today. Right here, Don’t get fooled: 17 questions to ask before hiring an SEO Company. So, how this came about was a couple of weeks ago I had a friend give me a ring. He runs a pretty big company and he wanted me to look into his business and see what was going on. I get these types of calls all the time and 50% of the time the SEO company is ripping off their customer.
The other 50% of the time the SEO company or online marketing company is really trying hard to make things work. They just need a little help or a couple of ideas to help.
I asked him a few questions.
He had a feeling they were getting ripped off, they weren’t getting their value for what they were paying. So, I went up there to discuss what this company was doing for them. Well, They didn’t have an e-mail campaign, they didn’t have a good SEO, they didn’t have a content strategy, just zero.
And this happens more often than not. So I came back and kind a created an article talking about that. Then Neil came out with this one. So we’re going to run through it, and hope this helps you guys hire the right company. So first of I got Wes here. Say hi, Wes.
Wes: What’s up guys?
Jace: So Wes here. Wes, can I, say that again. Say what’s up.
Wes: What’s up guys?
Jace: Okay, I can hear. It wasn’t on my ears. Okay, so I’m going to hit the odds. Wes is going to hit the evens. If you have any questions you will have to send us an e-mail. Okay, so first of how would you improve your online search rankings. So what Neil is saying is here ‘Ask these questions.’
So the very first question is ‘How are you going to improve my rankings?’
You should always ask that. They better have a plan. So number one if any company comes to you make sure they have a plan in place of how they plan to improve your rankings. It’s not just hey it’s going to happen.
Wes: Okay 2.How you make me informed of changes you make to our website? This is just a key of any communication too. There is obviously a technical site of SEO so they are going to go in, maybe change some sitemaps, adjust some coding to make sure you’re getting basically read by Google easier, and just make sure you’re informed on that, so you don’t run on any other issues with other functions on your site.
Jace: Okay, that’s a problem I see everywhere too. A lot of companies do not have good on-page SEO. So, a lot of times when we go into a company to help them out with their online marketing, very first thing we’re going to do is fix their website, fix all the problems they have get him indexed.
Okay, so 3. Past clients
Obviously whenever you’re going to hire somebody ask about their past clients, maybe call one or two of their past clients. So make sure they were doing what they told. Now, Neil, General Motors into it. With Ydraw we work with your fourth Oracle Procter & Gamble, all those big companies. But we don’t hand them out as references due to the fact they are busy, but we’re more than opened to give people any numbers and say ‘Hey, here is a client call him, talk to him, see what we’ll do. So, don’t be afraid to ask that question.
Wes: 4. Do you always follow Google’s best practises?
Now this is an interesting one, because we’ve had site in the past where we’ve had competition, basically buy bad backlinks for our site to hurt our ranking and Google. And so it took us a lot of time to go in and disavow those bad links. Basically I bring that up because there is a way to hurt your site if someone is buying bad links for it. And this is not, it isn’t unusual for us to see SEO companies going and do that. This is obviously your cheaper guys, or your little bit shady guys that will just go in and try and buy backlinks to get your rank up, rather than doing it the right way.
Jace: And it’s very common even on big companies, it’s just the pressure to perform an SEO is pretty big. So they’ll fall into that problem.
Which tools do you use?
I like to use what Google provides. Some companies have customized tools. I don’t think that’s necessary. If you’re like, whenever you hire an SEO Company they should give you access to your analytics, webmaster tools. If it’s a Word Press there’s analytics there. So you should be logging in and you should be able to see exactly what’s happening, as far as traffic do well. And I kind a recommend you to do that often.
Wes: 6.What types of SEO work will you do?
Now, Neil Patel adds least three of the technical off-page and on-page. The technical I mentioned earlier, that’s going in changing some coding, making sure Google can crawl your content. Off-page- that is your inbound links. And what we’re seeing recently is Google is a lot more concerned about social links and social shares. So something to be aware of and then to unpage it your content. Your SEO Companies should be creating content if you want to have success.
Jace: Okay, 7.This is a big one. If any company guarantees you #1 rank, go the other way. They can’t. They cannot guarantee that they are going to rank you on page one. Okay, it’s not hard to do on certain keywords. Yeah, they might get you on a crappy keyword, but the reality is SEO takes a lot of time. So, if they say they guarantee anything, you know you’re dealing with the shady internet marketing company. You’re up Wes.
Wes: Alright. 9. Payment structure, or did I skipped one?
Jace: 8, you’re 8. How often will you report…?
Wes: 8.So, how often will you report on your work, and what will it look like?
This should be happening at least once a month. If you’re a company that needs a more often, make sure that you’ll find an SEO Company that will work with you and report weekly.
Jace: Yeah, weekly’s not a problem. Now, if you want them to report more, you’re wasting their time.
Good payment structure.
Okay, this is actually pretty important. If a company comes to you and they say ‘Hey, we have a great service that offers $250 a month’, you know you’re getting scammed. Okay, nobody is going to work for $250 a month. So, that’s one of the things, I see that often. There are so many companies out there, and you guys have probably got phone calls from a lot of them that say ‘Hey we’re willing to do your SEO for $250.’ It doesn’t work that way. You are not going to get the result and the opportunity cost is going to be huge. Like I mentioned at the beginning, that company we went and visited, yeah, they were spending a huge amount of money, but what was the worst was opportunity cost, of not getting it done correctly. Same thing, if you’re going to pay $200 a month, you might as well keep the money, because you are not going to get a good job. So, what should you expect to pay $100- $200 an hour, or what we have. We have a lot of companies that sign up. They get a full time employee that works solely on their business 40 hours a week. We charge anywhere from $5500, not for that. We also have packages like $1500, but anything lower we don’t mess with.
Wes: 10. How will we contact you?
So, this one just come to expectations. How do you want to be contacted? Do you want a phone call every month, a week? Are you an e-mail guy? What’s the best way to contact you? The only issue we’ve seen with this in the past is we’ll take on a client and then they’re impossible to get a hold of, and it just slows down having success. So if you’re going to hire company, commit to it, make sure you’re available, and then see the revenue boost.
Jace: 11. How will you work tie to other marketing efforts?
Obviously, if they are doing your in online SEO, they need to be tightened everything else, they need to know what’s going on. So, self explanatory on that one. And they need to be aware of your branding. So, just make sure they understand kind of the message you want to put out there.
Wes: 12. What happen if we terminate the contract?
Just know this upfront, make sure you have a conversation about that. The key thing here though is when you do sign up for an SEO service, understand this is a long-term play. This is something that takes time to have success with. You’re not going to see results probably the first couple of months. But, as Google crawls your site, says you’re creating more content and getting more links, that’s when you start to boost. Plan on this six months on a year. That’s a good time for him to look at.
Jace: 13.If you worked with penalized sites…
Okay, this came into play a couple of years ago when Google came out with an add algorithm, deindex a lot of pages, because of bad backlinking. So you may want to ask them have they worked with penalized sites. If they worked with a lot of penalized sites, it’s probably because they’re doing some bad stuff. So, this, I don’t know if this is relevant question. Who cares? If they haven’t worked with penalized sites doesn’t really matter. Do they need to know? Well the only thing you can do is go in and disavow them. So, and then get better backlinks.
Wes: 14. Are you up to date with the latest algorithm changes?
This is important. Obviously, Google’s changing things pretty consistently, but you never really know what the exact algorithm changes are. So, people can guess and say what they’re seeing, but the only two clear ones we’ve seen lately is make sure your site’s mobile friendly and get more social shares.
Jace: 15.How your team adapt to your strategy to my industry?
Obviously, they need to know about your industry. Common- sense. Next. Sorry that’s my phone.
Wes: 16. How do you determine if you’re successful?
Now, there is a couple of ways to look at this. Some companies care about links and what kind of traffic you’re seeing. With Yinc we’re more concerned with revenue. So, if you’re revenue isn’t boosting every month, we’re not doing something right. And so, it’s just the different mentality of what, basically what numbers were basing our success off.
Jace: And you can rank like, a lot of people are ‘Hey I want page one.’ Well that might not add to your bottom line. So we’re really revenue ROI conscious. We don’t care really about rankings. If your ROI is going up and if there is, if you’re buying, if you’re spending money as long as you are making money. Then whether you are on page one or not doesn’t matter. But our goal is page one, it’s just more importantly is ROI.
Why should you hire you over other SEO companies?
Obviously, there is a lot of good SEO companies, but most are bad case. I always call the 80-20 rule, the Pareto Principle. 80% of SEO companies are junk. 20% are going to be good. See which one fits you best. Okay, there are a lot of good ones out there. Some of them are better in certain industries than others. So, do your homework.
Wes: And just to wrap things up for the conclusion, just a reminder, if you are outsourcing internet marketing it’s a long-term play if you’re working with the good company. To have success, marketing company has to basically infiltrate every part of your site, do upsells, you know, e-mail marketing. It takes the whole process. And so, like Jace said six months to an year to really see a lot of results happen.
Jace: Okay, in case if you guys have questions obviously we always give a free consultation out there. So if you have questions about your business, if you have questions about our service, we focus on video, Facebook, e-mail, and PPC campaigns. Okay, so if you have questions let us know. My e-mail is [email protected] . Wes, you can e-mail him at [email protected], and we will talk to you later. See ya.
“How long does it take and why do people charge so much?”
These are just a few of the questions I get asked about Autocomplete. It is kind of a new thing, and people really aren’t sure what to use it for. They are a bit skeptical and don’t want to just jump without getting some assurances.
It’s good to be skeptical, especially when it comes to Google and the latest SEO tactics.
So let’s chat about Google and YouTube Autocomplete…here’s the facts.
I first ran into Google autocomplete years ago when I noticed some negative reviews about a person. When you typed their name into Google you would see something like the following:
John Doe fraud John Doe scam John Doe business
Autocomplete can work in your favor, or it can work against you, but the nice thing is you can change it.
In time you can change the results to say:
John Doe business John Doe reviews John Doe insurance
This is just one benefit. If you have negative reviews on Google Autosuggest (also called autocomplete) it can be changed or adjusted with more favorable terms.
If you are trying to make a name for yourself, or if you are trying to run a nice business, you do not want negative results popping up in autosuggest. It’s bad news.
Google Autocomplete can also be manipulated in your favor. Meaning we can drive traffic using keywords.
Let me explain.
Here is something we did we YouTube Autosuggest. (if you haven’t noticed already, I am using autosuggest and autocomplete interchangeably. They are the same thing. I want to rank for both keywords so I am using both of them in this article. A different lesson for a different day.)
I wanted Google and YouTube to bring up my company name for the following keywords:
1. Whiteboard Video 2. Explainer Videos 3. Whiteboard Animation
Here are the results. (make sure you are searching in incognito mode)
Google autosuggest for Whiteboard Animation
YouTube autocomplete for Whiteboard Videos
YouTube autocomplete for Explainer videos
As you start to type in the word explainer video, Ydraw gets suggested as one of the top picks. Ydraw is in the video business, so YouTube has worked amazingly well. You can check them out at ydraw.com
Obviously you will want to have a good video on YouTube.
If you want to dominate the YouTube Autocomplete, you have to make sure you have a YouTube Channel and some compelling videos for people to watch.
Since video continues to grow year over year you should really think about a video marketing strategy.
Do you have an explainer video? If not…Get one!
Because the YouTube autosuggestion strategy could be a great way to get viewers.
Let’s assume you are in the financial industry and somebody is looking for investment advice. When they type in “Investment advice” they see your company’s name or your personal name pop up in the top spot.
“Investment advice John Doe”
You will get traffic, which mean more leads, which means more business and money.
As you can see, this is for YouTube. You can do the same thing for Google search, but it takes double or triple the effort.
Word of warning…
Google changes all the time. This is not a “one and done” type of strategy. You need to be persistent and consistent to make happen.
We do offer this type of service for all types of companies. Yinc saw the opportunity and had a machine/software created. We also have a network in place that conducts searches for us manually.
You can do this yourself if you and a group of people can dedicate a couple of minutes a day to conducting searches.
The more competitive the keyword, the harder the results.
Here is how to to it.
1. Open up a new browser in YouTube
2. Search for the keyword you want to compete for
3. Add your company onto the end of the keyword
Keyword + Company Name
“Explainer Video Ydraw”
4. Click on your video
5. Watch your video to the very end
6. Scale it and get others to do the same thing
Contact us if you are interested in the Google and YouTube Autocomplete strategy.
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How YouTube Autosuggest and Google Autocomplete Can Work In Your Favor. It’s all about getting results by manipulating the Google Autosuggest.
Recently, I have gone a little overboard with my studies in online marketing. I just love to find little tips and tricks to help my own marketing efforts and yours.
So lets talk about marketing.
I’m big on it.
When I say marketing this includes every bit of interaction your company has with the outside world.
It’s so important to keep up on the latest trends. Yes, most of them are not going to contribute to your bottom line, but some will. If you don’t keep up, you will eventually get burned.
Here are a couple of Jaceisims
A message has to be heard and understood. It doesn’t do you any good to plant confusing seeds. (which most companies do) Simplify your message!
Simple can be harder than complex.
The better you teach the more you sell.
As long as you have material and content. Most customers and clients are 70% sold by the time they contact you.
Stop trying to sell with marketing. Instead, use marketing to help customers buy..
So enough of that..
I wanted to put together a comprehensive checklist.
Here is what everything single company should have in place if they expect to make it online.
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Once everything is put into place, you can determine where your highest ROI is coming from and allocate more resources to that avenue.
Now, I always get companies who say that the system doesn’t work with B2B businesses.
As if a B2B business advertise to Aliens…☺
At the end of the day B2B companies are ran by people and they are the decision makers behind a B2B business. The system works for any business marketing to any customer. Especially aliens…
How do I know this? Because it has helped land clients like: Amazon, Ford, Oracle, Google, Disney, P&G..etc.
So the questions is…
What are you lacking?
We are here to help and answer questions.
I would recommend reading our guides and blogs. Overtime we will discuss each one of the 13 steps in detail.