Posts Not Ranking? Check Your Dates.

Note: According to SemPost this issue has been fixed, but I’m still testing my own sites. 

Three of my big “top 10” Amazon posts weren’t ranking and I couldn’t figure out why.

I had the right keyword density, great titles and descriptions, and the post had great content. 

However, it they were still ranking behind single review posts in the same niche.

So for example if I was trying to rank for “best 13 inch laptops,” my main post of “5 best 13 inch laptops” had a rank of 50+ while a short review of “Toshiba 13 inch laptop” was ranking #9. 

I was tearing my hair out trying to figure out how and why it happened and then I looked at the Google SERPs.

It was showing the wrong publish date for my main article!

The post was published a couple weeks ago, but according to Google it was published in 2009.

I was tearing my hair out trying to figure out why that was so. 

I republished it using a different date, deleted the post and created a new one, and re-indexed the page multiple times.


Then I decided to search it up in Google and found the simple answer here!

If you’re too lazy to click, I’ll explain it here:

The date of the YouTube video embedded in the post overrode the actual post date.

So if I posted something today, but the video was from 2009, Google said that this post would be from 2009.

Obviously this is terrible if you’re creating almost any type of content, but for affiliates like me who target “best of” keywords that’s even worse.

People want the newest reviews, so if my post is from 2009 no one is going to click on it.

Google was already notified of the bug a couple days ago, but I decided to take it into my own hands and removed the embedded YouTube videos from my posts.

I asked Google to re-crawl them, and voila! They were now ranking on the first page!

I’m sure that Google is going to fix this eventually, and when they do, I’ll re-add the videos to my posts, but for now I want them to rank where they deserve to rank.

If you’re having the same issue you can either wait it out or remove the YouTube video from your post to beat out others who aren’t as caught up on the current state of Google.

It’s up to you.

Blog Commenting in 2016 for Traffic, SEO, and Relationships [Experiment]

Blog-Comments-ExperimentSo I was bored and unhappy with my traffic so I got an idea for a new experiment.

My last YouTube SEO experiment was well received, so I think you’ll like this one also. 🙂

You can scroll down to the TL;DR intro section if you don’t want to read the full intro.

The Idea:

I want to increase my blog traffic, and I want to see if I can do so by commenting on other people’s blogs.

Here’s the plan:

I will spend 30 minutes to an hour every day for a week reading posts and commenting on a list of blogs related to my niche. (You can find the list of blogs I’ll comment on later in the post.)

I’ll actually read the post and take some time to create a long, thoughtful comment.

None of that “nice post!” BS.

The basic idea is this:

  1. People see my thoughtful comment.
  2. They click on my name.
  3. They end up on my website.

Simple, no?

The goal of this experiment isn’t just traffic however.

The biggest goal is establishing a relationship with the author of each of the blogs.

If you own a blog  you know how great it feels when someone leaves a thoughtful comment on your post.

And if you don’t own a blog, I’m sure you can imagine how amazing it is.

I’ll spend 30 minutes every day for 2 weeks reading other people’s posts and commenting on them in order to:
1. Get more traffic
2. Diversify my backlink profile
3. Build relationships with the authors of the blogs

Finding Blogs to Comment On

I already have a pretty extensive list of online money making and marketing blogs that I follow, but I need more to make sure that there are at least a couple of new posts per day I can comment on.

I don’t want to clog up this post, but if you’re interested you can click here to see a list of all of the blogs that I was following during this experiment.

For those of you who are skimming and miss the above sentence: click here to see which blogs I was following during this experiment!

How did I keep track of the new posts on these blogs?

I added all of the ones that had an RSS feed to Feedly, and the rest I just put into a favorites folder and checked it manually every day.

The list has 22 blogs, but as you can see I included people who are making thousands online and people who are just starting out because I want to build a relationship with them. 🙂

Plus I think it’s awesome that they’re just starting on their journey, and any support that they can get is great. (So go check out their blogs if you have time!)

There were more blogs that I could’ve included, but I decided to avoid blogs that use Disqus as a way to comment which got rid of some of the big players in the field. Read more


Ranking YouTube Videos With Outsourcing [Experiment]

I decided to try and rank a couple of YouTube videos by outsourcing some link-building and social signals on Source Market.

I have some money to do some testing with, and if this test ends up being successful then I can make bank with videos on YouTube!

First of all here are the videos I’ll be trying to rank:

Keyword: Content Samurai Review

Current Position: 16

Keyword: Polaroid Z2300

Current Position: 4

Keyword: Market Samurai Review

Current Position: 29

As you can see I have 3 fairly low-medium competition keywords with videos that are ranking fairly high already.

Why am I not testing this with videos that aren’t ranked at all, or with videos that are ranking in the 100, 200, and 300 for certain keywords?

If this doesn’t work for low-competition keywords like the ones above, there’s no point in wasting my money on higher-comp keywords.

However if my outsourcing strategy does work on the videos above, I’ll try it out with videos in higher competition niches to see what it takes to rank them.

The Plan

On day 1 I’m going to buy 3 sets of this YouTube Service.

1 for each video.

After the job is done (should take 1-4 days) I’m going to wait for 7 days and track the rankings of my videos daily to see where they’re at.

If my videos start moving I will wait until the rankings settle and see how much the $5 blast helped them.

However, if the rankings don’t change at all I’m going to do a quick “split test” of services.

  1. For the first video I’ll order 1,500 social signals.
  2. For the second one I’ll order a different YouTube embeds service.
  3. And for the 3rd one I’ll use the same service I used the first time.

Then I’ll wait another 7 days after the completion of each order and see if the rankings change at all.

This should give me an idea on which of the services are more effective and whether these services are effective at all for ranking YouTube videos!

Day 1

I ordered the first gig for each of my videos for a total cost of $15.

I’m using these $15 as “learning money” so if the campaign doesn’t work, well at least I learned something new!

Day 7

It’s been a week and my rankings haven’t changed much.

Polaroid Z2300- Dropped 1 spot from 4 to 5.

Market Samurai Review- Dropped 3 spots from 29 to 32. (Went up to 28 for a couple days though.)

Content Samurai Review- Went from spot 16 to spot 13, but it was staying around 17 for most of the week.

Since the first gig I ordered didn’t seem to work here’s what I’m going to do now:

  1. 1,500 social signals for the Polaroid video.
  2. This YouTube embeds service for the Content Samurai video.
  3. And this YouTube high-retention views service for Market Samurai. (I know that high watch time helps you rank so we’ll see how this goes)

I ordered all of the above services for a total price of $30.

I’m at $45 spent so far and if none of the gigs work then at least I’ll know that these strategies don’t work!

We’ll see what the rankings look like in a week or so.

Day 10

The video views service was done and my Market Samurai video jumped from #32 to #18 in less than a day!

I’m thinking that the number of views was too high though, so I want to see if I can order multiple videos under 1 gig in order to decrease the number of views per video.

I probably don’t need 5,000 extra views to rank higher.

Even 200 or 300 high-retention views might work depending on the competition.

The retention statistics aren’t available to me yet (YouTube is being slow with reports), but I’ll post them when I have them.

All in all I think I’m getting to closer to being able to rank videos in YouTube!

Day 13

Bought this YouTube package for the Content Samurai video.

It has less views (which is good) and more comments and likes which makes everything look more natural.

The Market Samurai video is still stuck in position 6 and I’m wondering if it’s because it didn’t get any likes or comments.

It doesn’t look very natural when a video gets 5,000 views with no likes or comments, but it did improve the ranking by over 26 spots so we’ll see if likes and comments help the other videos.

I think I’m getting closer to figuring out how to rank videos on YouTube!

Day 25

The rankings started dropping after a quick improvement, but my Content Samurai video that got the comments, likes, and views blast dropped down to a 100+ position.

I think it’s either because there was too much happening too fast, or the viewer retention was too low.

I’ll wait a couple days and then wrap this test up.

Day 29

I checked the audience retention for my Content Samurai video and I figured out why it’s rankings plummeted.

The audience retention for most of the views was at 100%.

This does not look natural at all and YouTube is smart enough to penalize my video when the audience retention is this fake.

My Market Samurai video is still in position 15 and isn’t showing any signs of dropping.

This means that I doubled my rankings for only $9!

Now I’m not sure if the other gigs I ordered to this video affected the rankings, but I’ll do more testing later on.

The Conclusion

Keyword: Content Samurai Review

Starting Position: 16

Ending Position: 100+

Best Position: 13

Keyword: Polaroid Z2300

Starting Position: 4

Ending Position: 4

Best Position: 3

Keyword: Market Samurai Review

Starting Position: 29

Ending Position: 15

Best Position: 6

I knew that watch-time was an important factor going into this experiment, but it looks like if your watch-time and audience retention is too high your video gets booted. (This is what happened to my Content Samurai video.)

Social signals helped the rankings a bit, but not much, and the biggest boost came from this views service.

It boosted my Market Samurai video from #30 to #6 for a few days and then it settled down in the #15 spot.

In a couple weeks I’m going to do some more testing, and I’m also going to experiment with other YouTube SEO ranking factors to see what’s still relevant.