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The Ultimate Ranking Recipe: Content, Links & The Power of Persuasion written by John Jantsch learn extra at Duct Tape Marketing

The Duct Tape Advertising and marketing Podcast with John Jantsch On this episode of the Duct Tape Advertising and marketing Podcast, I interviewed Tim Brown, founding father of Hook Company, a number one website positioning and internet design agency specializing in house service companies equivalent to roofing firms, HVAC, and plumbing providers. Tim shares his experience on the ever-evolving world of website positioning, […]

The Ultimate Ranking Recipe: Content, Links & The Power of Persuasion written by John Jantsch learn extra at Duct Tape Marketing

The Duct Tape Advertising and marketing Podcast with John Jantsch

On this episode of the Duct Tape Advertising and marketing Podcast, I interviewed Tim Brown, founding father of Hook Company, a number one website positioning and internet design agency specializing in house service companies equivalent to roofing firms, HVAC, and plumbing providers. Tim shares his experience on the ever-evolving world of website positioning, shedding mild on the essential parts that contribute to profitable on-line visibility and rankings.

Key Takeaways

Tim Brown underscores the pivotal function of high quality content material and powerful backlinks in website positioning success, emphasizing the significance of making authentic, participating content material tailor-made to the viewers’s wants whereas buying respected backlinks. Moreover, he highlights the facility of persuasive messaging and constant collaboration between groups to drive engagement and conversions. By leveraging know-how whereas sustaining a human contact, companies can optimize their website positioning efforts and obtain sustained progress in right now’s aggressive digital panorama.

Questions I ask Tim Brown:

[00:33] What are the massive issues which have modified in website positioning?

[02:03] Would you say Content material and website positioning go hand in hand?

[02:49] How would you clarify the inspiration of website positioning to a newbie?

[04:30] What about individuals who have doubts about hyperlinks?

[07:28] How do you create efficient networks?

[18:16] What KPIs must be thought of to measure efficiency and website positioning efforts?

[21:47] The place can individuals join with you?



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John (00:08): Whats up, and welcome to a different episode of the Duct Tape Advertising and marketing Podcast. That is John Jantsch. My visitor right now is Tim Brown Hook Company, a Google paid adverts, website positioning and internet design agency that focuses totally on roofing firms, HVAC, firms and residential providers companies. A few of my favorites. Tim, welcome to the present.

Tim (00:28): Thanks for having me, sir.

John (00:30): So I assume let’s begin actually broad. What are the massive issues which have modified in website positioning? I do not know, as an instance over the past couple of years?

Tim (00:39): Oh, yeah. So navigating AI is among the greatest troublesome issues that lots of people are attempting to determine. And I’d say the persevering with push to push increasingly adverts onto the entrance homepage of Google, or competing increasingly with paid adverts. And it is the scaling content material factor, and I assume it is Google’s competitors with chat g BT which are a number of the greatest ones. And I feel somewhat bit extra emphasis, it sort of extends outdoors of website positioning now, and folks that did not have methods that prolonged outdoors of website positioning or those that have been simply website positioning specialists must be wanting on the different parts that relate to advertising and marketing. I feel it is simply not that website positioning goes away. We do not know. You realize what I imply? Individuals ask me that on a regular basis, what’s Google Shelf life and stuff like that. We do not know. I’d say website positioning can be round one other 10 years, however I am within the career, so it is onerous to know. However I feel it is simply making an attempt to determine methods to work the opposite issues that interrelate to website positioning and work with them collectively. I feel that is sort of an enormous factor website positioning individuals must be targeted on.

John (01:51): Effectively, and the biggie after all, I imply, I nonetheless battle this battle right now. Persons are saying, yeah, I want any individual to website positioning my web site. And it is like, nicely, there is not any content material. There’s nothing there to website positioning, so to talk. So I imply, you discuss these associated issues. I imply, content material clearly is married to website positioning, proper? Oh yeah.

Tim (02:06): Sure, completely. And content material advertising and marketing virtually. That could possibly be for those who’re an website positioning, that could possibly be your intro to essentially entering into issues which are adjoining to website positioning, however not technically. website positioning in that content material is, and it goes outdoors of website positioning as a result of there’s content material that we make that has nothing to do with that website positioning, nevertheless it does usually positively have an effect on website positioning if you’re doing good content material.

John (02:36): So for those who’re making an attempt to assist any individual get began, I do know you’re employed with a number of the, and this may occasionally sound stereotypical, however a number of the commerce professions, they know their enterprise, they know somewhat about advertising and marketing. And so for those who have been going to attempt to inform any individual who did not know a lot about website positioning, how would you say, here is the inspiration, here is the weather you should perceive.

Tim (02:57): Yeah, I often simply discuss content material and hyperlinks. So content material and hyperlinks are the 2 greatest ones. After which after I pepper within the technical or conventional website positioning, it is like your web site must be quick and nicely ordered, and it must have templates for sure forms of content material, like with native website positioning native touchdown pages for various cities plus service. So if they seem to be a roofing firm or an HVAC firm or plumbing firm, plumbing plus Indianapolis, we’d like these pages and all of the suburb pages round them. However it’s a matter of getting these items of content material on the market after which hyperlinks from different web sites. I imply, they do not know what which means half the time. And I am so used to coping with contractors, although I am used to utilizing the non-technical phrases, nevertheless it’s simply getting a hyperlink from different web sites again to yours from different, often they need to be in your area of interest or your locality. So that you’re searching for house service or building associated web sites to get hyperlinks to your web site. There’s straightforward methods to do it. I imply, clearly a number of your viewers might be extra superior on this, nevertheless it’s determining, for me, it is determining methods to, why do I want that stuff? Effectively, Google must know that your web site is authentic, and that is one vote. Each hyperlink from a authentic web site is a vote on your web site, that your web site is vital. In order that’s sort of one of many methods I discuss it.

John (04:30): And a number of occasions, I do know lots of people will say, nicely, why would any individual hyperlink to me? You consider the contractor world, I imply, they work with a number of subcontractors. They work with suppliers of taps or plumbing of some type. All of them belong to nri and teams like that. These are the primary locations to go get hyperlinks. They

Tim (04:52): Completely, yeah, for those who’ve acquired a distributor or a producer that you’ve certifications from, if they’ve a listing of contractors, be sure to’re on that. And also you talked about reworking one. There’s different ones clearly in numerous trades. Yeah,

John (05:07): Clearly each trade, yeah,

Tim (05:10): There’s native ones too, proper? Your chamber of Commerce that you simply’re a part of must be a part of, and it’s best to get that hyperlink too and simply be sure they’re linking to you. After which for those who’re a part of a B 9 group they usually have a web site or wherever, all these networking issues, and that is one more reason why I say this. website positioning effort sort of extends past what we’re doing simply in website positioning, as a result of as we community, we get extra alternatives to get hyperlinks as we do actual enterprise, we get alternative. When you’ve got a producer certifications for producers, these are actual alternatives for hyperlinks too. So a number of occasions it is sort of discovering the pure hyperlinks that will come to you from all of the individuals in your trade. Truly, Tommy Meow, who’s an enormous house service trade, he is an superior dude, and he has a enterprise known as the Dwelling Service Millionaire.

(06:01): However he advised me this technique and I did it. He stated, go into your QuickBooks and take a look at everybody you’ve got paid within the final three months, after which ship them a message, somewhat fast electronic mail or somewhat video message and textual content ’em or no matter, and say, Hey, might I do a video testimonial for you? Or might I offer you a testimonial? When you’re proud of their providers, might I offer you a testimonial? Would you contemplate linking to me in your homepage? And I’ve achieved that and gotten ones from very massive web sites. So a number of occasions we wish to comply with the prevailing relationships and organizations that we’re in and get hyperlinks that method, and that is most likely untapped for lots of native house service companies.

John (06:44): Yeah. Yeah. I imply, I am glad you talked about the phrase networking, how I’ve at all times talked about it as nicely, versus it being kind of scammy feeling. It is a very authentic factor. I wish to return to the situation service pages that you simply talked about, as a result of that concept, notably with house providers, notably with native companies, is a method for them to get present in suburbs, nevertheless it’s additionally very spammy. I imply, it has been very spammy. I am not speaking in regards to the method typically. Lots of people have spammed. You go to any individual’s web site and it says principally it is the very same content material, the very same pictures, it simply has a unique identify of a suburb or neighborhood. How do you create these which are truly efficient as a result of Google does not like that sort of content material both. So how do you create these which are actually efficient and helpful versus being spammy?

Tim (07:34): Yeah, so I’ve tried that previously. I feel each very long time website positioning has, I truthfully tried to do it with code the place it will inject. I put the identify in as soon as after which it will put town identify in each, I’ve tried all forms of issues, and I’ve tried them and failed at them so you do not have to, so it does not work, or it really works for a really quick period of time after which will get devalued. So for this reason we’re making an attempt to go for long-term helpful content material, website positioning, as a result of it is much less more likely to get, we do a bunch of labor after which three years later the whole lot goes down. So we attempt to make stuff that references actual issues in that city or metropolis. And I additionally do not suppose it is the worst factor. It must be authentic content material, however I additionally do not suppose it is the worst factor to place out 15 of them after which a few two or three sort of take off. And then you definitely carry on constructing into them. You retain on including extra precise native pictures. You retain on constructing out extra native targeted content material. So it is okay to do 15 all authentic content material, however possibly you are solely doing 500 phrases or one thing like that. After which over time, you possibly can actually push into them and attempt to make it extra complete.

(08:47): We have now the identical FAQs on a number of totally different pages, however you may additionally reply them once more otherwise. I might reply the query about what’s a backlink 25 occasions a plumber might reply the query, what is the quickest option to get a bathroom unclogged with infinite variety of variations across the language that they are utilizing? So there’s nothing fallacious with answering the identical questions in a brand new method. And I feel finally the content material, the increasingly you can also make it authentic, the higher. Truthfully, there’s nothing fallacious with beginning with decrease quantities of content material. Then as one thing pops off, I take into consideration minimal viable content material. We have to get a number of content material on the market, and a number of occasions, and that’s the sport proper now, proper? We’re placing out a number of content material and we’re AI assisted. We at all times have each single human, each single piece of content material has human edited, and there is a number of totally different opinions within the website positioning world about what’s admissible and what’s acceptable and all these various things.

(09:53): I discovered that I used to be utilizing AI to create content material myself after which modifying it and making it higher and utilizing it for analysis and utilizing it for various issues. And I felt like if I am not doing that for my purchasers, then I am virtually being like I am holding them again after I actually imagine that that is making my content material higher as a result of it is making me faster on analysis and on various things. So I felt prefer it was acceptable based mostly on that to truly transfer into ai. However there’s totally different opinions on that, and folks which are going full AI with no modifying are getting hammered and harm within the SERPs proper now. So search engine consequence pages. So principally be careful, and that is harmful, nevertheless it’s nonetheless efficient. So it is determining methods to impact

John (10:44): A pair actually sensible makes use of there. You talked about having totally different variations of the identical reply to a query. When you write strong technical reply after which simply take it to AI and say, give me eight variations of this, that to me is a brilliant good use. And positively for those who write weblog submit, asking AI to create title and metadata, meta descriptions, it is higher at that than you and I are as soon as it is acquired one thing good to work with, it is my pleasure to welcome a brand new sponsor to the podcast. Our buddies at ActiveCampaign, ActiveCampaign helps small groups energy massive companies with a should have platform for clever advertising and marketing automation. We have been utilizing ActiveCampaign for years right here at Duct Tape Advertising and marketing to energy our subscription types, electronic mail newsletters and gross sales funnel drip campaigns. ActiveCampaign is that uncommon platform that is inexpensive, straightforward to make use of, and able to dealing with even probably the most complicated advertising and marketing automation wants.

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Tim (12:30): I additionally just like the get the transcript from YouTube. For example you made a video that was about one thing very technical and you’ve got material experience in that video, utilizing the transcript and turning it right into a weblog submit, nonetheless customise it, make freshen it up, be sure it is human readable and feels good, after which embed the video on the prime of the submit. And if it wasn’t your video, be sure to’re linking to their web site. However I feel if it is your video, finally you may rep content material repurposing, I feel is sort of what you are getting at there too. John is like, AI is so good at content material repurposing, and I like something with ai, we’re utilizing a smaller knowledge set than simply your complete web. I really feel like your complete web is stuffed with rubbish. When you actually blended all of it collectively, it is only a rubbish soup. But when we fed it, let’s, as an instance you are an HVAC firm and you are a provider seller and also you fed it their handbook and also you used it to construct up for provider merchandise that method, that will be an unimaginable use. Mainly, smaller knowledge units higher info.

John (13:45): And the factor I like about video or audio transcripts too, is you mechanically get the voice and tone and magnificence of the speaker, which is one thing that once more, actually informs the AI to talk such as you do. And I feel that is a extremely vital ingredient of it. So

Tim (14:01): As individuals get, lemme do one final 20 seconds on this matter. Individuals get increasingly targeted on ai. There’s a possibility to return to the basics of selling, particularly if AI is automating some busy be just right for you. So return to the find out about persuasion within the fundamentals of selling, and it’ll inform the whole lot you are doing. So it is nice to make use of ai, nevertheless it ought to liberate a few of your time to then return and get higher at persuasion.

John (14:33): So we began speaking somewhat bit about video because it pertains to different content material creation, however how about simply video itself? Do you suppose that right now, the world we stay in right now, everyone ought to have a YouTube channel. They need to be creating video content material, they need to be publishing it in all of the locations you possibly can publish.

Tim (14:52): I am lengthy video. I am lengthy video, and you already know what I like about it? I like that it teaches me issues about consideration and grabbing consideration. I like website positioning, okay, we get a number of leads from our personal website positioning, and I imagine in it for if 70, 80% of the clicks on Google are going to natural, then you definitely should not neglect it, even when it is onerous. Some individuals wish to watch video, so I incorporate it into most weblog posts. We’re incorporating some sort of video. After which I feel the quick kind video stuff, the TikTok Instagram stuff of the world, it is exhibiting us methods to seize consideration faster, getting higher at it. Within the final two days, movies on our TikTok and Instagram have gotten over 2 million views, and that is area of interest stuff. That is roofing. So it’s loopy what’s attainable. And it additionally teaches you issues about how fast everyone’s consideration span is today and the way can we feed that somewhat?

(15:56): How can we be a part of it? I am not making an attempt to create the issue, however I am making an attempt to experience the wave. If that is what’s taking place, then I’ll attempt to be taught it, after which I feel you may apply these ideas to your different content material. I imagine most individuals must be experimenting with video, and I feel it is okay for those who’re contemplating it experiments, and I feel it is nice to fail at it loads and you continue to get higher. All of us get higher by failing at it loads. And it’s, however I do not know if everybody must be chasing virality. Native house service companies shouldn’t be chasing virality. They need to be chasing gross sales enablement video content material, after which leisure. Leisure although generally goes viral. So the purpose is is I do suppose house service companies mustn’t simply be informing, they need to be additionally entertaining their ultimate clients.

John (16:45): Yeah, I bear in mind we now have a shopper that is a house remodeler they usually’ve been within the video for a very long time, and the video that to this date acquired them probably the most consideration and probably the most clicks was a pair guys have been taking a deck, they have been going to interchange a deck on the again of a home. They have been taking the deck off and there was an entire household of raccoons in there, they usually videoed that after which shared that. And naturally, it did not have something to do with the enterprise, however everyone liked it. And so I feel it does. I feel truly, such as you say, exhibiting the human facet is nice, however I completely agree with you. I imply, what you actually wish to get is enterprise aims.

Tim (17:19): Completely. And so it is sort of making an attempt to combine these collectively when attainable. And you will discover for those who tried to go, as an instance if any individual tried to get a ton of views for a 12 months in a row, I did it for a 12 months each single day making an attempt to go viral. It took me seven or eight months to lastly do it. And I used to be like the primary 5 issues that acquired over 1,000,000 views weren’t good for my enterprise actually. I simply began simply slapping my emblem on there simply to attempt to get some sort of model optimistic stuff from it. However I feel you be taught, that is why it is experiments and studying. And most companies although, mustn’t, I do not know for those who ought to do this on daily basis for a 12 months to be taught, nevertheless it’s enjoyable. It is enjoyable. Have enjoyable along with your advertising and marketing if nothing else, have enjoyable along with your advertising and marketing. Yeah.

John (18:02): So let’s bounce to the one which lots of people have hassle expressing a number of, I am certain not you Tim, however a number of website positioning of us do not actually discuss ROI essentially. What ought to any individual be what KPIs even ought to they be to essentially actually measure the efficiency and their website positioning efforts?

Tim (18:25): That is an enormous query, John. That is a terrific one. I take a look at the upward swing of key phrases and backlinks over the primary six months. I feel the primary six months we’re actually speaking about these very mild, it is sort of delicate stuff. And we now have to clarify to our purchasers why that is good. Why is me rating for extra key phrases, generally not even excessive intent. I feel that there is a component although of, I used to be doing air quotes there, I understand that is audio, so excessive intent being like they’re more likely to buy. And we’re simply speaking by way of that. We’re like therapists for these first six months. And it is robust as a result of it is unclear. And PPC will get to only be like, Hey, we’re over right here being profitable. And website positioning must be like, okay, nicely we will become profitable sometime. And that is what we battle with backwards and forwards. It is not a straightforward job, however it’s simpler if you present them deliverables, if you present them particular issues that have been accomplished on their behalf.

(19:28): So that is what we give attention to. After which we discuss them by way of why extra hyperlink, we educate. We have now to teach. website positioning simply inherently has to teach extra. So here is why we’re getting you extra backlinks as a result of each backlink is a vote for your corporation’s web site. And the extra backlinks we now have, the extra probably you might be to rank excessive. And with content material, the extra we’re rating for one, these are linking alternatives as a result of each single weblog submit on the market individuals might hyperlink to, particularly if it is a good weblog submit, nevertheless it’s additionally giving topical authority. So we discuss topical authority even with our blue collar trades targeted industries we’re speaking about you need to cowl a subject extra in depth, after which clearly the situation pages is somewhat bit simpler to clarify, and we present them these rankings over time. After which as ROI is mostly a 12 months to 2 years, and that is the toughest half about website positioning.

(20:25): We’re speaking about long-term performs with compounding advantages. After which for those who carry on going, it will get actually good. And generally that seems like lies to house service enterprise homeowners and small companies typically. So it is studying sufficient. I feel as a contractor or any variety small enterprise proprietor that is making an attempt to rent website positioning it, attempt to get any individual that has a number of 5 star opinions, attempt to work with an company that truly has monitor file and case research, nevertheless it’s actually onerous, dude. It is a onerous factor. How am I presupposed to belief you? And it is nonetheless onerous, even for those who discover a respected one as a result of website positioning is difficult and a few individuals, that is what most individuals do not wish to say, however some individuals should not even do it. When you’re not going to go onerous on website positioning, for those who’re not going to truly go onerous, you should not do it. It is actually a waste of your money and time. Even for those who’re spending a thousand {dollars} a month, that could be full waste to your cash. What’s worse 5 KA month and any individual’s truly going onerous in your account or one KA month they usually’re not doing something. You possibly can see it is a scary factor to rent. And I feel for those who’re not going to go onerous, simply save your cash and spend it on sponsor a t-ball staff.

John (21:44): Effectively, Tim, I respect you taking a second to cease by the Duct Tape Advertising and marketing Podcast. So that you wish to invite individuals to the place they could join with you and discover out extra about your work.

Tim (21:51): Yeah. Ought to I am going too onerous there, John? Anyway? No,

John (21:55): At not all. We’re simply out of

Tim (21:56): Am I nonetheless plugged in right here? There we go. Yep. Yep,

John (22:00): You are

Tim (22:00): Good., hook company throughout social media hook higher leads with the Google specialised staff that is completely targeted on roofers, plumbers, and HVAC tech firms. And we actually respect these industries. We love you guys. Thanks for being cool to us Hook

John (22:17): Superior. Effectively once more, respect you stopping by and hopefully we’ll run into you considered one of today on the market on the street.

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