Increase your Affiliate Link CTR (And Other Community Gold)

One part of SEO Blueprint that we're incredibly proud of is our community. Not only via our Facebook Group (1,000+ discussions) but our below-video comments (1,600+) as well.

Early on we realised there were so many great discussions and incredible replies that were going to be easy to miss, so we created our /gold/ page to highlight them. 

As more and more comments come in, we save them on a Trello board so that when we do update the page, we have quite a few comments to add at once.

Today we've refreshed the gold page, adding things like:

- Kevin's smart tip on getting more YouTube views
- How Purushottam increased clicks on his affiliate inks
- Glenn shared how he creates exceptional content for clients (even in niches he isn't familiar with)

There's much more, but part of the fun is in seeing all of the headlines on our gold page at once and clicking on those that interest you.

Thanks to all who stop by our community each and every day.

If you found value in someone's comments, please do let them know!

Updating Our /gold/ Page With New Community Highlights

When we first launched SEO Blueprint in the middle of 2019, we thought having comments underneath each video would be enough to satisfy the personal aspect of our offering.

The idea being that we try to teach something to the best of our ability, but if you have any questions, we can help you right where (and when) you have them.

That said, creating a Facebook Group was by far the most requested update from our initial members, and I have to say I'm really glad we ended up launching one a few weeks later.

We'll pass 1,000 discussions in there this year, so we created our /gold/ page as a way to highlight the best of what's being shared.


We never personally committed to being in the group very often - I believe our obligation should be to answer comments inside the training - but it turns out that we've been in there 7 days per week for months (funny how that works).

That means we were able to bookmark a lot of great threads and comments, so have just added a dozen or so more to that page.

If you haven't checked it out yet, you can get it at the direct link, here: https://seoblueprint.com/gold/

And if you haven't yet introduced yourself and what you have going on, please feel free to do so here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/seoblueprint/permalink/419865448701599/

Thanks for being here!

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.

A New Version of Detailed Crawler (+ Blueprint Search Functionality)

I'm excited to announce that we have a new version of Detailed Crawler which no longer requires you to keep downloading and overwriting your previous installation.

Instead, the tool now updates itself in-app, and all you have to do is simply restart it to get the latest features.

This change comes with a number of new filters for finding on-site issues, as we try harder than ever to make this the best free crawler on the market (it might actually be the only one).

If you last downloaded the tool before the 14th of November, you'll need to download it again, here: https://seoblueprint.com/detailed-crawler/

Sorry for the hassle, but this should be the last time you ever have to do so manually.

On top of that, we've added a much requested search function to the dashboard area, which should look like this:

Not only does this allow you to search video titles and page content, but it searches comments as well.

So if you want to find all of your own comments, this is one way to do so.

We also had a request to have a page where all of the latest comments are displayed.

I can certainly make this more useful but we've created a page for those as well, which looks something like this:

If you want to find the page again, just go to the main Dashboard area and look at the latest comments, and click 'View All'.

We also made some other announcements recently we didn't send an email about so you can look out for those, but I hope you enjoy these updates!

P.S. If you're not in our Facebook group yet, do come and join us. I shared a pretty cool new tool there this week: https://www.facebook.com/groups/seoblueprint/

(You're welcome to use a pen name if you're not a fan of Facebook for personal things).

A New Video on Mobile Auditing (With Two Real-World Examples)

When most of your website traffic likely comes from people using a mobile or tablet device, it's important to ensure there aren't any obvious issues for the majority of your site users.

That's why in today's video not only will I show you how to look for issues, but also give two examples of issues I came across in the real-world.

(This was also my first time recording videos directly on my phone and embedding them into a normal video, which was fun).

You can find the video here: https://seoblueprint.com/site-on-a-mobile-device/

With the great rollout of mobile-first indexing, how your site appears and how it differs from your desktop experience is critical to keep in mind.

We will have some more videos on this for that exact reason, but I plan to share something a little more exciting in our next update :)

A New Worksheet for How to Act Towards Thin Content

One of the longest videos in the program - and perhaps the longest in the on-site SEO module - is my guide on how to act towards "thin" or "unnecessary" website pages.

At the request of Dane (Thanks Dane!), we've just finished putting together a 16-page worksheet to go with the video as well.

You'll find it directly under the video, here: https://seoblueprint.com/act-upon-thin-or-unnecessary-pages/

I hope this makes life easier for you!

An Interesting On-Site "Issue" I've Been Seeing Lately

One of the things I love the most about SEO is that I continually find new things that affect a large number of pages on one site, that have never been an issue on sites I've analysed in the past.

Today's new video covers a specific example, referring to the character people use before adding their branding in title tags.

I can't say too much since these updates are available to read by non-members as well (though the content isn't), but I think you'll find this one interesting.

Here's the link: https://seoblueprint.com/spacing-issue-in-titles/

I really hope you like this one.

A 30-Minute Video on What to Do With Thin / Unnecessary Pages

Throughout the on-site SEO module, I've shown a number of different ways to find pages on your site (or your clients sites) that probably shouldn't exist.

At times, I've also included a number of hints as to what to do about those pages; such as sharing fixes for the "pages as images" issue which is common on sites running on WordPress.

Thanks to some feedback from Kim and Abhishek, I realised we should definitely have a single, in-depth video on what to do with the majority of "thin" or "strange" pages you come across.

I've just went live with a new video on exactly that: https://seoblueprint.com/act-upon-thin-or-unnecessary-pages/

This video was 40 minutes long before I cut it down to 30, but I like to think there's no fluff and it's full of actionable advice.

Just to make your life easier, you'll find clickable chapters in the play bar so you can skip to the sections most relevant to you.

I really hope you enjoy this one!

P.S. If you're reading this as an email subscriber, I actually made two other updates in the last 48 hours that I didn't email you about.

I try to only email you when I have something big to say, but you can click on What's new in the top right of the page after you log-in, and you'll see what else we've added.

New Worksheet for 'Key Pages Losing Search Traffic' Video

Note: This is a smaller update so we did not send this out as an email to subscribers.

While creating the video on What to Check on Key Pages Which Have Lost Search Traffic, I realised I should probably create a worksheet to go with it.

This was then requested twice in the comments, so we have now put that worksheet live on the site.

You can find it underneath the video, and it looks something like this:

To try to be even more useful, and to hopefully make your life easier, we've also added chapter links to the video, as you can see in the screenshot below:

This means you don't have to watch the whole video again to see what was said about a particular check.

The worksheet also contains a time mention for each specific check as well.

We Are Rolling Out Breadcrumbs to Make Navigation Easier

Note: We did not send an email about this update to changelog subscribers as it's very small.

Thanks to Curtis Storring for the suggestion, you should now start to see breadcrumbs at the top of all relevant video pages.

This not only helps you remember which module you are in, but makes it easier to go back to a specific module overview page if you aren't interested in going directly to the Next or Previous lesson (buttons underneath each video).

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