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March 2, 2016

Behind The Scenes With Bing #SMX

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This SMX West 2016 Session opens with Microsoft Bing Ads Evangelist Christi Olson reminding the audience of Bing’s mission: to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Alongside Bing Ads Director of Strategy Paul Apodaca and Bing Ads Account Manager Eric Couch, they’re sharing what’s new with Bing Ads.




RankBrain: What Do We Know About Google’s Machine-Learning System? #SMX

Marcus Tober, Eric Enge, Danny Sullivan

SEO is very tactical. We always try to look behind the curtain of Google’s algorithms. So, it’s no surprise that we all want to know more about RankBrain, Google’s machine learning system that they confirmed out of the blue in October 2015 was “the third most important ranking signal” in their algorithm.

In this SMX West session, we’ll learn about RankBrain based on studies done by the speakers: Marcus Tober of Searchmetrics and Eric Enge of Stone Temple Consulting. They’ll present findings as well as the implications for SEO.

Read the liveblog to find out about RankBrain.




March 1, 2016

Doing What Matters for SEO & Google in 2016 – Googler Maile Ohye at #SMX

Maile Ohye on stage at SMX West 2016

A favorite Googler and SMX presenter, Maile Ohye, senior developer programs engineer at Google Inc. (@maileohye), explains that in 2004 and 2005, Matt Cutts used to say that search engines are chasing the user. In other words, the engine wants to serve the user first and then everything else (rankings, results pages) follow. A problem occurs when when websites then chase the search engines.

An alternative view is when search engines and websites both chase the user, but this is oversimplified. Today she suggests a cultural shift to serving the customer, not the user.

Read about how that all plays out in real life in this liveblog SMX West coverage of Doing What Matters for SEO & Google in 2016.




Googler Speaks Out about Manual Actions at #SMX

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There are two kinds of actions that can come from Google — an automatic “action” where the algorithm makes a decision on how a page should rank, and a manual action. With a manual action, a human being at Google has come across a page and decided it needs to be addressed.

Juan Felipe Rincon from Google’s manual actions team answers the SMX West 2016 audience’s burning questions on manual actions in a live talk with Marketing Land and Search Engine Land Editor Danny Sullivan. Discover Rincon’s answers!




Getting AMP’d: What You Need To Know About Accelerated Mobile Pages & Google #SMX

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One hot topic these days is AMP, short for Accelerated Mobile Pages.

At SMX West, Danny Sullivan moderates as Google VP of Engineering Dave Besbris and Paul Shapiro, organic search director at Catalyst and an early user of AMP, give in-depth presentations followed by a Q&A period to cover:

  • What AMP is
  • Pros and cons of using AMP
  • Features of AMP (what it’s good for, what it’s not)
  • Technical details about implementing AMP (such as components, analytics tracking, including ads with AMP, etc.)

The three are on stage, and Danny Sullivan introduces us to our presenters by telling us that Dave goes by Bes and that Paul wrote this SEL article: “How to Get Started with Accelerated Mobile Pages.”

Dave “Bes” Besbris is our first speaker. Shapiro says Danny Sullivan told him there is a speaker dress code, so he wore his formal hoodie today. ;)

You may have noticed the change to a SERP where there’s an AMP carousel at the top of the page. The reading experience inside an AMP document is excellent. They didn’t want to reinvent something new, they wanted the experience to be the web.

Read more




Linkless Attribution Theater Presentation by Duane Forrester #SMX

Duane Forrester at SMX-Link Attibution

Is it possible to gain trust online without links? And if so, what are links good for? BCI’s Duane Forrester sets the record straight in this brief but valuable #SMX West 2016 theater presentation.

Read the liveblog Linkless Attribution: Why What People Say Will Matter More Than Ever.




Search Whizzes Talk Local SEO Strategy: Adam Dorfman, Greg Gifford, Casey Meraz & Chris Silver Smith LIVE at #SMX

Local SEO Strategy SMX

Got questions about local search optimization? The speakers on this SMX West 2016 panel have answers. Discover the latest local SEO strategies that Greg Gifford, Casey Meraz, Adam Dorman and Chris Silver Smith are wielding. Check it out here!




Keynote: The Future Of Search #SMX

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You’re tuned in to the BCI blog where we’re liveblogging SMX West all week. This is the show’s opening keynote, a demo-heavy presentation by Behshad Behzadi, Principal Engineer, Google Zurich.

Behzadi is the director of conversational search. Danny Sullivan says that Behzadi previously did this presentation at SMX London, and it was a mind-blowing presentation into what’s possible with conversational search. Behzadi has been at Google for 10 years, the first 7 years working on ranking, and the last 3 years working on future tech including Now on Tap.

For what Behshad Behzadi explains is the future of search, including voice search and Now on Tap, read this opening keynote of SMX West.




February 26, 2016

VIDEO: Googlers Take Us Behind the Scenes of the Google Dance #SMX

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Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West 2016 is happening next week, and we’re anticipating the return of the first Google Dance since 2008! SMX West is a digital marketing conference held each year in San Jose, and the dance is a party held on Google’s Mountain View campus for the conference’s attendees.

We invited Google’s Webmaster Trends Analyst Gary Illyes — one of the most-anticipated speakers slated to take the SMX stage — to join us for a special Hangout on Air. Illyes and Search Quality Analyst Nathan Johns were integral in bringing back the Google Dance, and both took a few minutes to tell us what to expect from the fete in a light-hearted Hangout.

Go behind the scenes of the Google Dance in this video!




February 25, 2016

How Google Removing Right-Side Ads from SERPs Affects Organic SEO

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Late last week, Google announced that they were dramatically changing the layout of their SERPs by removing right-side ads from the page. At the same time, they added an extra ad to the top of the fold for “highly commercial queries” and three text ads to the bottom of the SERPs. This eliminates the number of paid ads for certain types of SERPs from as many as 11 to a maximum of seven.

There has been much speculation on what impact this will have in the PPC world, but what do these changes mean for SEOs who are more concerned with organic rankings?

Should SEOs be changing their tactics in light of the SERP shakeup? Or is it business as usual? There certainly seems to be a general consensus that organic SEO is the loser with all of these changes, but I’m not so sure that that is the case.

Read How Google Removing Right-Side Ads from SERPs Effects Organic SEO.




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