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March 4, 2015

Penguin Penalty Prevention: Link Acquisition & Audit Techniques You Need to Know

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In this SMX West session you’ll learn how to assess whether or not your site has been affected by manual link penalties or by the Penguin algorithmic link penalty. You’ll also learn how to do backlink analysis with recommended tools and how to request link removals. Read the full liveblog coverage of presentations by Marie Haynes, Rae Hoffman and Sha Menz.




What’s Important for Mobile SEO in 2015 (Insights Straight from Google)

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Given that Google is adding mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal, this morning’s SMX West session on mobile search is packed. Everyone is eager to hear insights directly from Google when Webmaster Trends Analyst Gary Illyes takes the stage to talk about the update and answer questions from the audience. In addition to Illyes, the audience will also hear from Mitul Gandhi, chief strategist at SEO Clarity, and Bryson Meunier, Director of SEO for Vivid Seats.

The information presented in this session was pretty significant, so we’re going to go ahead and tell you the two most important takeaways right up front. The two things SEOs absolutely need to take away from this session are:

1) Google’s Gary Illyes revealed that there is a Google team dedicated to indexing mobile sites separately – and the separate indexing of mobile sites is something Google might experiment with in the future.

2) April 21, 2015, by all accounts, is a “very important day.” That is an exact quote from Gary Illyes.

Read more of Mobile SEO in 2015: What’s Important?




March 3, 2015

14 Shady SEO Agency Lies & Client Crimes

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It’s critical to know what your service providers are actually doing when it comes to SEO, explains Motoko Hunt, long-time search marketing consultant and the chairman of SEMPO. In this Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West “Avoiding Shady Search Marketing Practices” session, she breaks down some of the common ways shady digital marketing agencies deceive unwitting clients.

Read 14 Shady SEO Agency Lies & Client Crimes.




SEO Automation for Expansive Websites #SMX #14A

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This SMX West 2015 mini session is a presentation grounded in the belief that you can automate everything for SEO and directly integrate it to your products. This is especially important for large websites. Michael Nguyen, Director of SEO at Connexity/Shopzilla, is our presenter.

What is a large website? Too big to fit in your head. Examples are networks of sites and sites with thousands and millions of pieces of content. Enterprise sites and long-tail businesses are also to be considered large.

Large sites have big problems. Good things about large sites include domain authority and a lot of content.

Read on for the problems with large websites — and solutions including an automation platform.




Injecting SEO Into Your Organization’s DNA #SMX #14A

Micah Fisher-Kirshner

Have you had to deal with last minute changes for designers? Or change 302s to 301s, resulting in more work for IT? All this extra work stems from not knowing the importance of minutiae and how these small things affect SEO. It’s the SEO’s job to train other teams. Explain to the designer why it matters to have text vs. text in an image and to have alt text. Explain the the IT team the importance of a 302 vs. a 301. To the data team, explain the importance of page-level data and parameters at a page level.

They’re owned by different business channels, like engineering, IT, social media, copy, design and project managers. Everyone in an organization needs to know what matters to Google. Yes, everyone.

Read this liveblog coverage of tactics shared by Micah Fisher-Kirshner, Senior SEO Manager at Zazzle Inc, to get a whole organization working to accomplish SEO initiatives.




Intel’s Philosophy and Approach to Big Brand SEO #SMX #14C

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Intel is a Fortune 50 company present in 63 countries with 110,000 employees — in other words, they have a large global footprint. Today, in the SMX West session “Extending the Value of Search Beyond Your Website,” Digital Intel Digital Marketing Manager, Laura Ann Mitchell, and Global Strategies Sr. Vice President, Ken Shults, will discuss how Intel approaches SEO.

Read all of Intel’s SEO Philosophy – #SMX West Liveblog




Keywords Are Dead – Research for Entities & Audiences #SMX #13C

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This session at SMX West 2015 “looks at the shift away from the keyword-based world, with tips and strategies for both SEOs and SEMs for thriving in a concept-driven world.”

Danny Sullivan, Search Engine Land’s editor in chief, is this afternoon’s moderator. That says something about this topic’s significance to current trends in the search marketing industry.

Sullivan says that in the old days, we used to fire up the Overture keyword tool or the GoTo keyword tool and see all the words people were searching for.

Speakers Kate Morris and Marty Weintraub explain that the data given by a straightforward keyword tool isn’t enough today. You have to combine many approaches, getting to the audience and intent with different kinds of tools and data available to marketers today.

Read the full liveblog




Keyword Research for Better Content & Audience Engagement #SMX #12A

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This report from SMX West 2015 takes place on Day 1 of the conference. Session moderator Matt McGee prefaces the presentations with a reminder that the poor keyword has been under attack with things like [not provided] and others. Later today, there will even be a session called “The Keyword Is Dead.” This session’s speakers would disagree with that. The presentations by Mindy Weinstein of Bruce Clay, Inc., Gene Skazovski of Tongal, and Bill Hunt of Back Azimuth will highlight three parts of the research process for keywords.

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How SEOs Should Deal with Direct Answers: Eric Enge, Bill Slawski and Ehren Reilly Discuss

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Direct answers — threat or opportunity? Three of digital marketing’s brightest minds — Eric Enge, Bill Slawski and Ehren Reilly — dig into this hot topic in today’s first SMX West session: “The Growth Of Direct Answers: How Should SEOs React?”

Read: How SEOs Should Deal with Direct Answers: Eric Enge, Bill Slawski and Ehren Reilly Discuss




February 26, 2015

Unprecedented Google Announcement of a Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Change

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This is a huge announcement, guys. Circle your calendars — April 21, 2015.

Google made an announcement today regarding their mobile search algorithm. In an unprecedented move, they have announced the exact date that they intend to change their mobile organic SERP algorithm to more heavily weigh “mobile friendliness” as a ranking signal. That date is April 21.

Read on for what’s changing, what we don’t know (yet) and what this means for you.




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