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Chelsea Adams is a long-distance cyclist, aspiring cob house builder, schema/analytics/algorithm obsessor and senior content writer at Bruce Clay, Inc. Chelsea would love to be stuck on an island with Avinash Kaushik, Ben Folds, Geoff Lawton and the world's largest Apples to Apples deck.

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February 13, 2014

10 Link Building Tips We Love From SMX Panelists Past and Future

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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2014 “inbound marketing” is all the rage; but does that mean traditional SEO techniques like link building are becoming outdated or irrelevant?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.

Read the 10 Link Building Tips We Love From SMX Panelists Past and Future.




February 12, 2014

10 Social PR Tips from SMX Social Media Boot Camp Speakers Ric Dragon and Lisa Buyer

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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

11 Technical SEO Elements to Help Your Site Win a SERP Rank Gold Medal

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

6 Lessons You Can (and Should) Learn from Matt Cutts’s Boss, Amit Singhal

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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.

Read 6 Lessons You Can (and Should) Learn from Matt Cutts’s Boss, Amit Singhal.




January 23, 2014

Google is Not Currently Considering Social Signals, But Change Could Be On the Horizon

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“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.

Read Google is Not Currently Considering Social Signals, But Change Could Be On the Horizon.




January 20, 2014

5 Ways to Leverage the “Always-On Google Zeitgeist” – Google Trends

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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

Why J.D. Salinger Doesn’t Need Keyword Research, But You Do

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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

10 Ways to Make Your Content Marketing Strategy Work Harder For You In The New Year [PDF]

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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 […]




December 18, 2013

How to Find Niche Influencers in Google+, Twitter and the World at Large

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In a recent Google+ article I mentioned that it is a good idea to work on engaging your niche influencers in hopes of them, someday, engaging you back or sharing your content with their audience.

In response to this last part, I received an excellent question in the comments section:

“We would love to reach out and engage with our niches Google+ ‘thought leaders’ but we don’t know how to go about finding them. The best we can do is other companies engaged in our business but since they are competitors, they don’t quite fit the bill. Do you have any thoughts or advice on how one can accomplish this?”

Talk about putting the cart before the horse, Adams! How can you engage influencers if you don’t know who your influencers are?

I love this question. I loved it then, and I love it now.

Here’s a spruced up recap of what I told Ken from North Carolina.

Read How to Find Niche Influencers in Google+, Twitter and the World at Large.




December 16, 2013

Christmas Content Marketing Book Giveaway

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The countdown to Christmas has begun and co-authors Bruce Clay and Murray Newlands are getting in the spirit by giving away a copy of their new content marketing book Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals every day from December 16 through December 25, 2013.

The giveaway launched Friday 12/13 on the Bruce Clay, Inc. Facebook page and will reward a new Facebook fan with a book every day for 10 consecutive days. There is no purchase necessary to enter.

To enter the book giveaway visit the Holiday Book Giveaway app at Facebook.com/BruceClayInc.




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