Bruce Clay Blog : SEODecember 4, 2013
Pages rank higher in Google when they are tightly focused on a single topic. It’s unlikely that one page will rank high for a dozen phrases. So if we expect to rank, we need to pick a phrase and create a great page on that topic.
But what about just two phrases? Can we optimize a page for a primary and secondary keyword? Yes. Here’s a guide to targeting secondary keywords.
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 8, 2013
After nine months of data collection, the SEMPO and ClickZ 2013 Salary Survey results are in. An annual endeavor, the 20-question survey asked 2,180 in-house and agency digital marketers to discuss their careers including questions on background experience, salary, responsibilities, internal policies, budgets, and compensation perks.
SEMPO Salary Survey Results CoverThe data collected — which is presented in a series of bar graphs, pie charts, and word clusters accompanied by summary text — gives employers and employees a tangible way to answer these two questions: “What’s the health and landscape of my industry?” and “how to do I fare against the competition?”
Read more of 2013 SEMPO Salary Survey Results Now Available.
November 7, 2013
“Would you like to take this survey?”
If you’re asking me from outside of Whole Foods: No.
If you’re @SEMPOGlobal and it’s the annual State of Search survey: Yes!
The State of Search survey is open to anyone who considers themselves a digital marketer (no SEMPO membership required) from now through November 15, 2013. I took it and you should too. To take the survey, head to SEMPO.org to participate in the re-envisioned 2013 State of Search survey.
If you need convincing, here are five reasons why I always participate in the State of Search survey, and why you might consider participating this year.
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 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 21, 2013
Google sent shockwaves through the SEO community recently when it decided to encrypt all of its search query data and push “Not Provided” keyword results to 100%. While this change has been a long time coming, many SEOs are now struck with the stark realization that they are going to have to devise new ways to offer their clients the type of analysis and valuable metrics that they have become accustomed to with almost no keyword data.
Like so many aspects of SEO, internet marketing requires us to extrapolate conclusions from incomplete data. The complete lack of access to referring keyword data is another obstacle that must be overcome, but it also presents a unique opportunity to improve and leverage the structure of your website to help you claim some of that lost keyword data back.
October 17, 2013
No matter how hard we try, Google+ will not be denied. We’ve all seen it: the integration of Google+ into even the smallest facets of search results — from recently added hashtags in people’s posts to the addition of Google+ posts into the Knowledge Graph of the SERP.
And we all know the story about establishing authorship through your profiles and the trust signal an image provides to your result, but this blog post isn’t about that. Though, if you haven’t done so, I highly encourage you to exercise authorship on your site. This post is about Google+ becoming the news. What if I told you there was a way to show up in Google News just by posting on your Google+ profile something related to an article topic?