Bruce Clay Blog : 4/9 : Kristi KelloggDecember 6, 2013
Throughout the year, Internet marketers gather at industry conferences all over the world, from Paris to London to San Francisco to New York. The thousands of SEOs, SEMs, content marketers, SMMs and business owners that flock to these conferences will attest that these conferences are whirlwind of information, education and networking … not to mention fun. Where else but an Internet marketing conference can you learn from the like of Matt Cutts, Duane Forrester, Bruce Clay and Matt McGee in a single day?
Which conferences are you attending this year? In an effort to help you plan, Bruce Clay, Inc. presents the Internet Marketing Conference Calendar — it’s your exclusive guide for all the Internet marketing conferences of 2014.
November 27, 2013
Since Thanksgiving became national holiday in 1863, the last Thursday of November has been a time dedicated to family, friends, food and reflection, as Americans look back on the year and think of the things they have to be thankful for. As the Bruce Clay, Inc. staff reflected on the year, they discovered they had a lot to be thankful within the SEO industry itself.
BCI president and founder Bruce Clay expressed gratitude for Google and the unique opportunity he’s had to be part of SEO from the ground up. “I think that the entire SEO industry would not exist if it wasn’t for Google. Google changing things so often has been a catalyst for the need to have technology that is current. As Google changes, so does the demand for SEO and I am quite frankly thankful that Google has been here and promoted search and, whether intentionally or not, has fostered the need for search engine optimization in general,” he said.
November 21, 2013
This is one SEO Newsletter you don’t want to miss – the End-of-the-Year edition takes stock of this year’s four most significant changes; takes a deep dive into the year’s biggest buzz word: content marketing; and gets up-close-and-personal with this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Vision, Execution and Market Influence: Bruce Clay.
Read more of The SEO Newsletter: The End-of-Year Edition.
November 12, 2013
What is Klout? What is Kred? 3 Ways to Wield Social Influence Scores for Improved Online Interactions
Social influence scores (also known as social authority scores) are a measurement of an individual or brand’s reach online. Klout, established in 2009, and Kred, established in 2011, are two of the apps that that brands and individuals use to measure that reach/influence across social channels.
Influence is determined on a myriad of engagement factors, including shares, mentions, likes, retweets, number of followers and quality of followers. It’s not, however, a race for followers – a high Klout or Kred score comes from quality of interaction, not quantity of interaction. According to Klout, “Posting a thousand times and getting zero responses is not as influential as posting once and getting a thousand responses. It isn’t about how much someone talks, but about how many people listen and respond.”
November 6, 2013
A Twitter Chat (also known as a Tweet Chat) is an opportunity to engage with people around the world on a particular topic. It’s like a chat room – except responses are limited to 140 characters, always include a relevant hashtag and tend to move at lightning speed. BCI endorses Twitter chat participation, especially participation in #SEOchat, where you can find us weekly.
Read more of Twitter Chats: 3 Reasons You Should Be in #SEOChat.
October 31, 2013
It’s Halloween and everybody’s feeling festive, including BCI. Skilled as he is at wrangling the world’s most famous Penguin, Panda and Hummingbird, it only made sense that Bruce Clay dress up as a circus ringmaster — that and that fact that “someone has to wrangle all of these clowns,” he said (joked?).
“Halloween has been a part of our company culture since its inception. It’s an opportunity to not do what you don’t normally do and be creative outside of the box, and to just have fun with the people you work with.” — Bruce Clay
Read more of What Scares an SEO? BCI Goes All Out for Halloween.
October 29, 2013
At some point, you’ve probably heard Twitter labeled as shallow, vapid, useless, etc. — I know I’ve heard as much. And certainly, Twitter has its silly moments, but it is also a powerful platform — especially for a journalist, who has many of the same goals as a publisher. As a journalist, I’m sharing exactly how and why I wield Twitter as a part of my job for businesses curious about the usefulness of this social media tool for their own online brand building efforts.
Read more of Why Use Twitter: A Journalist’s Defense.
October 25, 2013
If you’re a chief marketing officer or senior marketing executive, we know you’ve heard of SEO, and the wonders it can do for your online traffic and revenue. But that’s not enough for you, is it? You’re not a programmer, but you want to know how SEO works, practically, so that you can make the best decisions when it comes to hiring an SEO firm or directing your in-house team.
That’s where the Free Executives Guide to SEO in 111 Minutes comes in. Brought to you by Bruce Clay, Inc., (a leading SEO firm est. in 1997 with offices on five continents), this course teaches executives the brass tacks of SEO.
Read more of The Executives Guide to SEO — The Free 111 Minute Course.
October 23, 2013
October’s SEO Newsletter: The Future Edition looks ahead, exploring developing SEO and Internet marketing trends. Where is the industry going and how can SEOs prepare? In her feature article, Virginia Nussey takes stock of her recent experiences at SMX East, Bend WebCam and Pubcon Las Vegas to answer those questions.
In Why the Future of SEO is Bigger than SEO: Integrating SEO into the Whole, Nussey asserts that “strategizing in buckets is out. It’s time to break down the walls in our thinking and in our marketing services.” Organizations, she writes, are restructuring — the days of siloed client services are coming to an end.
Read more of SEO Newsletter: The Future Edition.
October 16, 2013
When Bruce took off for Bend WebCAM, he knew he would be sitting on an Hot Seat Panel and presenting a three-hour workshop on SEO for the Non-SEO. What Bruce didn’t know was that he was going to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, putting him in the company of last year’s recipient Danny Sullivan and inaugural honoree John Audette.
“It is definitely an honor to receive any award for service to the industry, and receiving this award is certainly a major event in the history of Bruce Clay, Inc.,” Bruce said. “I have always tried to contribute either through the website, the training, the event speaking, and the frequent free advice. Being available, approachable and involved is clearly appreciated by colleagues, and it is really nice that my efforts have been broadly appreciated. I am truly excited that I have joined the few that have already received this prestigious award.”