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Kristi Kellogg is a content writer at BCI, journalist and social (media) butterfly. Her articles appear in newspapers, magazines, across the Internet and in books such as Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals and The Media Relations Guidebook.

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July 29, 2015

Interview with Bing’s Duane Forrester: Looking Into the Future of Search & Tech

Duane Forrester wins Search Personality of the Year at the 2014 U.S. Search Awards.

Anyone who knows Duane Forrester, Bing’s head of search, knows he’s a got a ton of SEO knowledge to share, plus personality to go with it (he is, after all, the U.S. Search Awards reigning Search Personality of the Year). Duane joined Bruce Clay in the studio for a special episode of digital marketing podcast SEM Synergy.

The podcast episode is 30 minutes filled with future-forward perspective on a lot of the search engine optimization industry’s favorite topics — from how and when wearable tech will really take off to the emergence of digital assistants like Cortana and Siri.

Read on for highlights from this exclusive interview with Duane Forrester. You don’t want to miss it when he sounds off on:

  • What users really want from mobile search
  • The growth of mobile-specific algorithms
  • Why Google Glass actually matters
  • How Duane uses technology to overcome human flaws
  • Bing’s approach to SEO wish lists
  • Why search engines aren’t as transparent as they’d like to be



July 20, 2015

Link Building in the Penguin Age: SEOs on Earning, Pruning and Disavowing Links

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Link building is a matter of hot debate among search engine optimization analysts because quality links are vital for top rankings while spam links can land a site with a serious search engine penalty. In the age of Penguin, attention must be paid not only to the links themselves but how they are earned. Even asking for links the wrong way can violate webmaster guidelines, according to a Google blog post from earlier this month.

As moderators of last Thursday’s SEO-focused Twitter chat, #SEOchat, we wanted to hear what top SEOs were feeling about the current state of link building, link removal and disavowing links. The debate was lively and at times surprising. Discover all the thought-provoking and controversial points of view!




July 9, 2015

#Winning at Twitter Chats

#Winning at Twitter Chats

Twitter chats are a crazy-effective way to skyrocket Twitter engagement. The following is a guide that teaches you how to leverage Twitter chats to amplify your brand voice. You’ll learn how to identify Twitter chats that make sense for your niche, engage in them effectively and turbo charge your social media marketing efforts. Fair warning: further reading may result in excess Twitter engagement. Proceed with caution — your Twitter’s about to blow up.




June 16, 2015

In-House SEO or SEO Agency: Which Is Right for Your Business?

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Devising or revising an SEO strategy for your business and wondering whether or not to go with an in-house SEO or an SEO agency? It’s a common – and good – question to be asking. The answer depends on your budget and your goals.

Each option comes with its own benefits – and in a perfect world you would likely have both. Here’s Bruce Clay’s take on the issue: “It’s crucial to stay current with the latest SEO methodology – that’s very time-consuming, though. It requires several hours a day that a solo in-house SEO probably doesn’t have. An SEO agency or consultant can be a powerful ally, filling in the gaps by mentoring and guiding an in-house SEO.”

If it’s a matter of one or the other, however, it’s important to align the benefits of each and determine which is a better fit for your needs. Read on to find out more about the benefits of each option, with food for thought from our SEO Manager, Robert Ramirez.




June 3, 2015

SMX Liveblog: Baidu Revealed: An Inside Look At ‘China’s Google’

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Baidu Vice President Liang Zeng has flown 3,000 miles from Beijing to spend 25 minutes with SMX Advanced digital marketers. Thank you, Zeng!

Baidu is often referred to as the “Chinese Google.” Would you be surprised to learn that in China, Baidu is even more dominant in the search space than Google is in the U.S.? As we’re told in this session at SMX Advanced, Baidu has 96.3 percent market share among mobile users in China.

If you or your client is looking to crack the Chinese search market, it’s imperative that you learn more about the Chinese search behemoth. So, without further ado, get to know Baidu from Zeng.

Read Baidu Revealed: An Inside Look At ‘China’s Google’.




SMX Liveblog: Paid Search: Focusing on Audiences & Categories Instead of Keywords

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In this bite-sized liveblog, Kevin Ryan shares where he sees paid search headed as an industry. Ryan is the founder of MotivityMarketing, a columnist for Search Marketing Land and the author of “Taking Down Goliath: Digital Marketing Strategy for Beating Competitors with 100 Times Your Spending Power.” (Try saying that title ten times fast!)

“Search is declining as a percentage of share – we’re getting less data on search … Our dependence on keywords is a little ridiculous. We need to think about moving away from potentially misleading keywords,” Ryan says.

Read the full liveblog of Paid Search: Focusing on Audiences & Categories Instead of Keywords.




SMX Liveblog: Keynote Conversation with Google AdWords VP Jerry Dischler

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Jerry Dischler, who heads AdWords, is full of contagious energy as he gears up to talk about what’s working and what’s not in search ads and AdWords in this morning’s keynote conversation. Whenever there’s a Googler onstage, the crowd is packed and this session is no exception.

Everyone wants to know the latest news in paid search, and Dischler won’t disappoint as he delves into topics near and dear to search marketers hearts, including:

  • How advertisers can capitalize on the opportunity of Micromoments
  • The future of text ads and buy buttons
  • Advances in attribution models
  • And how marketers are marrying online and in-store strategy

Facilitated by Search Engine Land Editor Danny Sullivan and Search Land Paid Search Correspondent Ginny Marvin, the keynote conversation transpired as follows. Read the liveblog coverage of a Keynote Conversation with Google AdWords VP Jerry Dischler.




June 2, 2015

SEO AMA: Googler Gary Illyes Answers Burning Search Questions at #SMX Advanced

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Googler Gary Illyes sits, cool and collected, on the SMX Advanced stage. Across from him is Search Engine Land Editor Danny Sullivan. Sullivan is about to ask Illyes anything and everything digital marketers have been dying to know in this “Ask Me Anything” session. In the weeks prior to SMX, SEOs have been sending in their questions. Sullivan will ask Illyes those questions and anything else he sees fit to quiz the Google Webmaster Trends Analyst on.

It seems like every SMX attendee is in the standing-room only audience. Read on to find out everything Illyes had to say, including his insights on:

  • Mobilegeddon (a term, for the record, that he hates)
  • The Quality Update
  • When to expect the next updates of Panda and Penguin
  • App indexing

Read SEO AMA: Googler Gary Illyes Answers Questions at SMX.




SMX Liveblog: Mobile Is Still the New Black Says Google’s Gary Illyes

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April 21, 2015 arrived with a bang. Google announced it was the day that mobile-friendliness would officially be a ranking signal for Google mobile search results. That day, dubbed “Mobilegeddon,” wasn’t the the day search marketing changed, however. Improving a website’s experience for mobile users has been an SEO mission a long time in the making. SMX Advanced speakers, including a Google representative, share thoughts on improving a site in light of Google’s mobile-friendly update.

Read the liveblog coverage of the SMX Advanced session Mobilegeddon! Surviving Google’s Mobile Friendly Update.




SMX Liveblog: Mad Scientists of Paid Search

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2015’s “The Mad Scientists of Paid Search” panel features PPC pros at the top of their game: Soren Ryherd, Andrew Goodman and Andy Taylor. Learn why current tools aren’t ideal for the multi-channel landscape, hear what influences a conversion, and get other deep thoughts for paid search professionals to think about.

Read the SMX Advanced 2015 liveblog coverage of Mad Scientists of Paid Search.




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