Bruce Clay Blog - Chelsea AdamsFebruary 20, 2014
It can be lonely living in a world where the majority of folks immediately zone out when they hear the words “algorithm” or “Excel.” It’s hard trying to explain to your husband who Matt Cutts is and why he matters. And it can feel downright isolating always having to turn to online peers for strategy feedback because the people sitting around you have no idea what it is you do.
All that to say, there’s real value in spending three whole days immersed in a world where everyone understands you.
For comic book fans it’s Comic-Con; for roller derby girls it’s RollerCon; for search marketing professionals it’s industry events like SMX and PubCon.
Read Should You Attend a Search Marketing Conference in 2014? to learn more about why we think attending a search marketing conference is never a waste of time.
February 17, 2014
Now companies have a new way to learn your secrets, er, we mean help you get the most out of your brick and mortar shopping experience. It’s called iBeacon and it’s an indoor positioning system that allows in-store transmitters to send signals to nearby iOS 7 and Android devices.
iBeacon technology lets marketers do amazing things (four of which we cover in this post), but is it also a wearable technology gateway drug?
(Spoiler alert: I think it is. Do you?)
Read more of Is iBeacon a Wearable Technology Gateway Drug?
February 13, 2014
In 2014 “inbound marketing” is all the rage; but does that mean traditional SEO techniques like link building are becoming outdated or irrelevant? Absolutely not. We at Bruce Clay, Inc. don’t think so, and, based on the conferences we’ve attended in the last eight months, neither do the SEO thought leaders that teach thousands of rank-hungry professionals at search marketing conferences like SMX, ClickZ (formerly SES) and Pubcon.
That said, there is undoubtedly a right way and a wrong way to approach link building – or “link acquisition” as it’s commonly called in 2014. And, like all other optimization techniques, there’s an etiquette to the art that can take some training.
If you’re ready to start your training today consider these 10 link building tips a healthy dose of SMX room service. Soak up the panel wisdom; wrap your head around how to ethically approach link building; get your feet wet; feel out the waters; and, if you like where we’re going with this, we encourage you to consider attending the Link Building Fundamentals portion of the SMX Search Marketing Boot Camp coming up just around the corner in March. Code BRUCECLAYSMXW14 will get you a 10% discount on any pass and workshop at the conference.
February 12, 2014
Your consumers are on social media – and so are journalists, bloggers, influencers and other spreaders of industry news. So much so, in fact, that not including social media as a part of your PR strategy should be considered a drastic wasted opportunity.
To help you get your head in the social media PR game, I’ve asked two of my favorite social media marketing experts – Ric Dragon and Lisa Buyer – to let us in on their top 10 quick and dirty social PR tips.
Use this list as a starting point, then for a deeper dive into social PR – or if you want the chance to run your PR questions by either Ric or Lisa face to face – consider asking your boss to send you to San Jose in March for SMX West and the SMX Social Media Marketing Boot Camp. Both Ric and Lisa are boot camp presenters speaking about social media, how to do it right, and how it can be an effective tool for PR. Code BRUCECLAYSMXW14 will get you a 10% discount on any pass and workshop at the conference.
Click through for the full post of 10 Social PR Tips from SMX Social Media Boot Camp Speakers Ric Dragon and Lisa Buyer.
February 6, 2014
Like the sizable number of factors that contribute to whether an athlete is able to snag the gold for her home country, there’s a corresponding list of ranking factors that contribute to whether a web page is able to beat out the competition and seize the golden first SERP spot.
At the top of both those lists not to be overlooked is qualifying to compete. For athletes this means training and paper work; for optimizers this means technical SEO. In both cases, you can’t just show up before a series of met requirements deem you eligible to stand at the starting line.
Make sure you content gets to the game on time with this 11-point technical SEO guide.
January 29, 2014
Amit Singhal is funny, he loves his life, he loves his job, he’s a founding father of the modern search industry, and to say he’s kind of a big deal is a grave understatement.
In March 2014 Danny Sullivan will lead a keynote chat with Amit at SMX West in San Jose.
In anticipation of this SMX hour of power, I reviewed the last keynote interview Mr. Singhal had with Internet marketing mogul Guy Kawasaki at SXSW 2013. Below are six lessons I learned from listening to Amit Singhal talk shop for an hour; all of which will help you do your job better, and two of which (the first and the last) may even make you a better person.
January 23, 2014
“Are Facebook and Twitter signals part of the ranking algorithm?” According to a Google Webmaster Help video Matt Cutts released yesterday, the answer is a very definitive no (for right now).
Learn what Cutts has to say about social signals and their affect on ranking in 2014, correlation versus causation, and how the future of Web identity could very well change everything.
January 20, 2014
Google calls Trends an “always-on Google zeitgeist.” Usually when a brand uses a grandiose word like zeitgeist to describe itself I can’t resist an eye roll. In this case I did something more like an eyebrow roll as it struck me like an epiphany how spot-on the word “zeitgeist” is to describe the Trends tool.
Learn more about why you should consider Google Trends much more than just a state-by-state LeBron James peak interest analyzer in 5 Ways to Leverage the “Always-On Google Zeitgeist” – Google Trends.
January 9, 2014
J.D. Salinger didn’t care if people read what he wrote; he didn’t care if his writing was relevant to his audience’s needs, or if it solved their problems; he didn’t want you to easily find what he’d written. For all these reasons J.D. Salinger does not need keyword research.
J.D. Salinger could pull ideas from the sky and write about whatever he wanted because he wrote for himself and his safe and the wants and wishes of his reader didn’t affect his bottom line.
Now, you on the other hand. If you’re reading this blog you probably do care whether people read your content. You understand that creating content no one reads is a drag. And, actually, aside from plain hurting your soul, you understand that content that goes unread is also a huge waste of time and money.
For content creators looking to create relevant content that gets in front of the right audience at the right time the information yielding from keyword research should be considered pure marketing-strategy gold.
Read on for why “Strings Not Things” makes keyword research more important, not less in Why J.D. Salinger Doesn’t Need Keyword Research, But You Do.
January 3, 2014
SEO isn’t dead and content marketing isn’t a fad. In fact, today 9 in 10 organizations market with content, and 78% of marketers believe custom branded content will become more important in the next year. With “the next year” being now. 2014. Is your content marketing strategy ready for 2014? Below is a 10-step kick-start list […]