[New Series] Diagnosing Detailed: A Rankings-Recovery Follow Along

Today we released a new video inside of Blueprint but I'm not sending an email about it.

The opening is a little bit personal, but most importantly it's "just" the introduction to a series and doesn't have any actionable takeaways.

Don't get me wrong, it took a few days to put together and it's decently long (18 mins) but I respect your time and watching it should be pretty low on your to-do-list.

The summary is this: We're starting a new series on SEO Blueprint where we will be diagnosing and analysing all of the issues with our own website.

We'll be:

- Looking at log files for the first time inside the course
- Speeding up the site
- Finding and fixing (with code shown) dozens of on-site issues
- Harshly critiquing everything I think is wrong, and why
- and much more.

We've done so many mini audits on so many sites that it should be a nice change to take one project and actually get into the nitty gritty over multiple days / weeks like we would with a client site.

The link is here if you want to watch it, but I also want to clarify that this is absolutely not all that we have planned.

We've invested a lot of time and money into upcoming modules (and software) that will be launching in the first quarter of this year.

There's one project that I'm particularly proud of, which I have been internally documenting for years, that is finally organised and ready for me to start building.

This is just more of a "we're going to do this anyway, so why not document it?" take.

Thank you all for your patience with me in the second half of last year, and I look forward to making up for it with a lot of updates in 2021.

Our Community Ambassador Becomes the Director of SEO at Shopify

After a very rough year for me (Glen) offline - easily the worst of my life - things have admittedly been quiet regarding SEO Blueprint updates.

Because of this I made sure we didn't open the doors to the course during my personal inactivity -- even during what is typically a very lucrative Black Friday / Cyber Monday opportunity.

We have some huge updates coming before the doors open again - including some much requested software we're testing behind the scenes - that I can't wait to share with you.

That said, one person who was a huge help in the community during this time is Kevin Indig, who has been active and invaluable at times in our private Facebook Group.

Kevin was the SEO lead at G2.com when he started helping out, but with today's exciting news he is now Director of SEO at Shopify (!).

Shopify power millions of online stores and are currently trading at an all-time-high on the stock market.

If you missed it, Kevin actually did a great AMA (Ask Me Anything) in our Facebook Group, which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/seoblueprint/permalink/513903169297826/

Huge congrats to Kevin on a professional level, and an even bigger Thank You from me on a personal one.

You've been more help than you will know. 

Shopify are lucky to have you. 

- G

We're Spending $5,000+ to Help Support Members During These Times

Right now the state of the economy is hurting (and scaring) a lot of people.

While some industries are thriving, many more are hurting, and many of you are in a position you never could have imagined just a few short weeks ago.

We thought of a number of ways we could give back and try to help, but I think more than anything right now, cash in the hand is king.

Because of that, we've settled on opening up a members-only marketplace, so we can all buy from - and sell to - each other. You can find it here.

It's already off to a great start, with over 140 comments.

We're personally committing to spending a minimum of $5,000 in response to replies in that very thread, and hope that other members who are doubling down during this uncertainty will find products, services and offerings they didn't know they needed (or didn't know you offered).

Come and join us and share what you have on offer, or take a look at how other members can help with what you're working on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/seoblueprint/permalink/522349818453161/.

It's already off to a great start, with people buying from (and selling to) each other. We would love to see you there.

Here's to hoping the measures we're all undertaking will prevail, and we'll come through this stronger than before.

We're Live with Our Second 'Ask Me Anything' (Plus a Cool Announcement)

Today we are hosting our second ever AMA (Ask Me Anything) which I hope you'll find awesome on its own, but that's not all...

...I also managed to snag this person in to help out in the SEO Blueprint Facebook group for the next few months, so you'll be seeing a lot more of them in the comments to your questions.

Our guest is none other than Kevin Indig, the Vice President of SEO and Content at G2.com. If you're not familiar with G2, they're in the competitive software reviews space, and pull in over a million visitors per month from Google.

There's a lot more that I could say about Kevin, but instead I would love for you to come and join us and ask your questions.

You can do so over here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/seoblueprint/permalink/513903169297826/

Thank you!

A Brand New Page Highlighting our Best Group Discussions

With the most recent opening of SEO Blueprint it was really cool for me to see new members joining our Facebook Group and going back through all of the past discussions.

It also made me realise however that people shouldn't have to sift through hundreds of updates to find the real gems that have been shared.

That's why today I'm excited to announce our community "gold" page - highlighting some of the best discussions - here: https://seoblueprint.com/gold/.

Note: This is still under construction and we have a lot more to add - we're literally going back through every comment ever - but to start with there are some incredible discussions and comments from our community that I'm sure you'll love.

2020 is going to be a great year for this program - with many software additions and research reports on the way - all exclusive for members.

Thank you for being here!

Get Our New SEO Extension Before Anyone Else

A couple of weeks ago, in our members-only Facebook Group, we shared a new SEO extension we've been working on for the past few months.

It allows you to massively speed up day to day SEO work and includes a few features you won't find in any other extension.

Here's the link to the group post - https://www.facebook.com/groups/seoblueprint/permalink/484041405617336/ - where you can find more information.

Thanks to your amazing feedback, we've been adding a ton of features and just went live with version 1.1.

We plan to share this with the world in a few weeks, but would love to have you give it a try before anyone else.

(It should also help de-clutter your bookmarks bar a little as well).

A Sneak Peek at My New Report on Affiliate SEO and What's Working

It's possible that one of the sites you discovered me on before joining this program was Detailed.com.

I don't write on the site very often, but when I do I try to have something "big" to say, so this next update I'm working on is no exception.

I've taken the time to dive into 1,000 different keyphrases where articles promoting products and services as an affiliate are most likely to be ranking well.

And from there, I have taken that data and shared some really interesting insights.

The article isn't live just yet, but I wanted SEO Blueprint members to get a first look, so there's a Facebook post on exactly that, here.

Two Pretty Amazing Updates in Our Facebook Group

OK, so I'm slightly biased with that headline, but the feedback to them has been incredible so far and I don't want you to miss out.

First of all, we have just started an AMA (Ask Me Anything) with someone who has been behind the scenes of website sales totalling tens of millions of dollars.

(And in many cases, the sites involved massively relied on search engine traffic).

What would you ask someone who gets to watch exactly what people do after they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a website?

Well, get thinking, because here's your chance to do exactly that: https://www.facebook.com/groups/seoblueprint/permalink/460175621337248/

Just check out that comment count so far:

I can genuinely say this has been the best marketing-related AMA I have ever seen. Our special guest is really going all out with his answers.

If you've been through SEO Blueprint already, you may recall my video on how I find expired domains to pick up - with great backlinks - with ease.

I thought I would make your life even easier by sharing some of the best domains available to buy until the end of the year, spending $500 in the process so you don't have to.

Here's the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/seoblueprint/permalink/460676811287129/

It's already starting to get some great reactions:

Note: There are tabs at the bottom of the sheet so you'll see domains expiring over multiple days.

I have actually placed an order for a few of them myself, and I'll keep updating it daily until the end of 2019.

Finally, are you in the mood to give a little back?

A friend of one of our members has had a brutal time lately, having to fire 33 of his 40 employees, in large part to their poor search engine rankings.

They've shared their story - website and all - and would love some feedback if anyone has the time.

Here's the link to that discussion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/seoblueprint/permalink/460694277952049/

Last but not least, thank you for being part of this incredible community.

I am really proud of what we've built, but if you could see what we have around the corner you would still not believe it (in other words, there's some gooood stuff coming).

Thank you for being here!

Our November Algorithm Update Analysis is Now Live!

I'm very excited (and slightly nervous) to announce that the first draft of our November Google Algorithm Update Analysis is now live.

(Say that three times fast).

You can find the entire analysis here: https://seoblueprint.com/google-algorithm-update/

And you can discuss it on Facebook and ask questions, here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/seoblueprint/permalink/457087024979441/

It's probably best to read this on desktop due to the quick links in the sidebar, but it should look something like this:

I should say in advance that there's no specific "one fix" you need to make in order to recover rankings, but we really have tried to cover all angles.

For now, and probably the next few weeks, this is completely exclusive to SEO Blueprint members (and a few people who submitted their websites for us to analyse).

It's not perfect, and is definitely a draft, but I can say as a team we have never put this much work into a single piece of content...ever.

I'm really proud of the effort we put into this and how valuable we tried to make it, so I hope you feel the same.

We plan to do many more of these going forward - and I absolutely believe the next version will be 10x better - so let me thank you for being part of this community.

We're giving it our all to help your SEO journey, and it's great to have you along for the ride!

We're Giving Away Up to $1,000 in SEO Tool Prizes

As we've just closed the doors on our second ever opening, I thought it would be the perfect time to run a contest I've always wanted to be part of myself.

We're giving away up to $1,000 in SEO tool prizes (split among four winners), and in return, all you have to do is find something quirky or weird about the site I share tomorrow.

This is not a competition about who can write the most or who can spend the most time on a website: It's just a bit of fun, giving you a reason to put some of the on-site modules to the site and bringing our amazing community together.

The contest starts in 24 hours, and you can learn more about it in our Facebook group, here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/seoblueprint/permalink/451823655505778/

Even if you're brand new to SEO, you stand a chance of winning this one.

If all goes well, I would love to run more of these fun contests in the future, so let's see how it goes.

Remember: We want to build an elite and exclusive community, but we also want to be free from elitism and judgement, so if you wish to join our Facebook group with a pen name (as long as Facebook approve your account) that's totally fine.

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