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November 25, 2015

What Bruce, Duane & the BCI Gang Are Thankful For! #Thanksgiving

BCI Thanksgiving 2015

From family to friends, travel to great jobs, babies to weddings, there’s a lot to be grateful for this year. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and in honor of the holiday, some of us on the Bruce Clay, Inc. team shared what we’re especially thankful for.

We are also particularly thankful for the new additions to our team: Duane Forrester, VP of Organic Search Operations, and David Szetela, VP of Search Marketing Operations. Bruce Clay said it best when he said: “I am thankful that the company was able to add key leaders to our roster. Along with myself and the BCI team, we form a powerful force in the SEO and PPC space.”

Click through to read what Bruce and folks on our team are thankful for.

November 17, 2015

Search Expert Duane Forrester Joins Bruce Clay, Inc. as VP of Organic Search Operations to Take the Road Less Traveled

Duane Forrester Headshot

Where does the former lead SEO at Microsoft/MSN and leader in the development of Bing Webmaster Tools go after an eight-year tenure at Microsoft? If the corporate world is a freeway, Duane Forrester heads for the exit, takes the road less traveled, and joins Bruce Clay, Inc. in a newly created position as Vice President, Organic Search Operations.

Bruce Clay, Inc. added Duane Forrester to the team in order to provide businesses with an exclusive advantage in search engine optimization methodology and digital marketing strategy. Forrester was awarded Search Personality of the Year at the 2014 U.S. Search Awards.

“Everyone knows that Duane could have gone to work for any company he wanted,” said Bruce Clay, president of Bruce Clay, Inc. “It is an honor that he chose to work here.”

Get the story behind why Forrester chose BCI over any other agency: Former Bing Sr. Product Manager and Search Expert Duane Forrester Joins Bruce Clay, Inc. as VP of Organic Search Operations.

November 12, 2015

Is Google about to Unplug Its Penguin?

Unplug Penguin Feature Square

TL;DR – A theory: The next Google Penguin update, expected to roll out before year’s end, will kill link spam outright by eliminating the signals of inorganic backlinks. Google will selectively pass link equity by topical relevance of linked sites, made possible by semantic analysis. Google will reward organic links and perhaps even mentions from authoritative sites in any niche. As a side effect, link-based negative SEO and Penguin “penalization” will be eliminated.

Is the end of link spam upon us? Read why we think it’s a good thing that Google is about to kill Penguin.

November 4, 2015

The Power of a Page Analyzer: I Ran ‘The Great Gatsby’ through an SEO Tool & This Is What Happened

Find Out What Happens When _The Great Gatsby_ is Run Through an SEO Tool

Ever wondered what would happen if you ran classic literature through an SEO tool? Me, too!

I’ve got a sweet spot for tools that give me an idea of how I’m doing as a search marketer and content publisher. I think a true test of an SEO tool’s power is whether the software can do the job of a careful human expert in a fraction of the time.

Check out the following experiment, which details what happened when an SEO tool meets F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” While it was devised in fun and out of true curiosity, it ended up being a real-life study of SEO tools at work, worth sharing.

November 3, 2015

Latest on Mobile: Essential Takeaways for Marketers from SMX East & Pubcon

Latest on mobile for marketers

It’s becoming clear that mobile friendliness is more than a responsive website that gets a passing grade on the Mobile-Friendly Test.

The concept of mobile friendliness covers increasingly advanced digital media territory:

  • Mobile apps: Do you have a mobile app? Is it indexable by Google?
  • Mobile conversions and personas: Is mobile traffic failing to convert? That’s to be expected if mobile personas, mobile-specific conversions and calls to action haven’t been identified.
  • Mobile advertising: Are you utilizing mobile search PPC features like call extensions and call-only campaigns?

At the two biggest search-industry conferences this fall, SMX East in New York and Pubcon Las Vegas, search engine reps and renowned speakers covered the full range of Internet marketing topics, especially mobile issues — everything from Google’s mobile-focused features to app indexing to mobile ads. We published 46 sessions and keynotes from these conferences on the BCI blog. Here we distill the most important news and advice related to mobile.

October 30, 2015

3rd Edition of SEO for Dummies is the Perfect SEO Companion

SEO for Dummies 2009

Three years has passed since the second edition and the SEO world has changed drastically. More than ever, digital marketers need a reference guide that’s accessible, reliable, and reflects the latest updates in the industry. That’s what they’re getting in the freshly released third edition. Basically, the book is the perfect companion for any business owner, digital marketer, or anyone responsible to drive traffic to a site. This Halloween season, it also proved the perfect companion for Darth Vader, Tinkerbell, Minnie Mouse and more as the book got into various characters — check it out here!

October 29, 2015

2 Big Things Changing SEO Forever — What’s New in SEO from SMX & Pubcon

New in SEO from SMX and Pubcon

Digital marketers and SEO industry insiders demand outstanding content for their limited blog-reading bandwidth. So, for SEOs who want to get straight to the heart of the latest game-changers, we offer our humble opinion that during the SMX East and Pubcon Las Vegas conferences of the last month, there were two big comets that hurtled from the sky, signaling changes to the SEO landscape forever:

  • Machine learning algorithms ranking content based on searcher behavior feedback
  • Predictive search serving searchers content before they ask

Here’s your front row seat to what’s new in SEO straight from SMX East and Pubcon Las Vegas.

October 22, 2015

Millennials in the Spotlight: The Market Segment Everyone’s Clamoring to Crack


From campaign headquarters to digital marketing agencies, strategists everywhere are thinking about how to entice America’s most talked-about and statistically impactful group: millennials. Bing’s former search industry spokesperson Duane Forrester and Google Web Trends Analyst Gary Illyes are no exception – millennials are on their minds, too, and both of the search leaders’ recent keynote sessions at Pubcon centered on how search engines are moving to serve the rising millennial class. Get the full story in Millennials in the Spotlight: The Market Segment Everyone’s Clamoring to Crack.

October 14, 2015

SEO & SEM in the Competitive Automotive Space – Pubcon Liveblog

greg gifford and ira kates at pubcon

The automotive industry is incredibly competitive when it comes to search engine marketing. To rise to the competition requires in-depth local SEO knowledge and PPC know-how. This session offers strategies for local search marketing, both paid and organic, that all marketers can use. Our speakers are Ira Kates, who will speak to paid search, and Greg Gifford, who addresses organic SEO.

Read the liveblog from Pubcon.

October 12, 2015

Social and Mobile PR Secrets – Pubcon Liveblog

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Do you want press for your business? Yes please! Here’s how to use social media in traditional and new ways to reach and influence the media. New opportunities to be covered by today’s speakers include making sure your content is mobile friendly and targeting the media through paid Facebook promotions.

Read the liveblog Social and Mobile PR Secrets.

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