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June 11, 2014

SMX Liveblog: The Periodic Table of SEO Ranking Factors

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This room with packed with a good share of returnees and newbies. We’re told “this session is going to cover everything you need to do to rank well in the SERP.” This session features insights from Matthew Brown, Marianne Sweeny and Marcus Tober. This session is fast and furious, and so is this liveblog. Here we go!

The session kicks off with Tober, who promises to explain the Google algo in detail in the next 90 minutes. He notes the 2014 Ranking Factors: Google+; on-page optimization; strong increase in site speed; the number of internal links; and brand factors.

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June 5, 2014

The State of SEO in Europe (Right to Be Forgotten & More) by BCI’s EU Director

SEO in Europe

What’s the state of Internet marketing in Europe, and what are the biggest needs among EU marketers? In this interview, Ale Agostini, head of Bruce Clay, Inc. Europe, weighs in from a first-hand perspective.

According to Agostini, the biggest need among European marketers is for solid SEO training — because companies that understand Internet marketing the best, succeed the most — especially in Europe’s complex multilingual market. Here in the U.S., we may take for granted the wealth of training opportunities, conferences, and expert information sources available. But marketing in another country and language can be quite different. Search engines roll out updates on a delayed schedule, translated information may be slow in coming, and the number of search industry conferences is still low in comparison.

To help fill the need, Bruce Clay, Inc. Europe will put on a special two-day SEOToolSet® Training July 2–3 in Milan, Italy. This event will be specially geared for search marketers from Italy, Germany, UK, Holland, France and across Europe, and will feature Bruce Clay himself as the instructor.

In preparation for this event, we’re turning our focus on Europe and asking Ale Agostini to weigh in on:

• Top needs of European marketers
• State of SEO in Europe (including the Right To Be Forgotten ruling and Panda 4.0)
• What to expect from Bruce Clay’s upcoming training in Italy

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June 4, 2014

SMX Advanced 2014 Series: Christine Churchill on Keyword Research Post-Hummingbird

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We’re one week out from SMX Advanced 2014, and we’ve got two more installments of the SMX Advanced 2014 Interview Series. Over the past month, I’ve interviewed VIP speakers to get a preview of the tips they’re going to share at SMX Advanced 2014. Today, we continue with Christine Churchill, president and SEO of KeyRelevance. Churchill has been a leader in Internet marketing leader for more than a decade and is the co-founder of SEMPO (Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization). She will grace the SMX stage once again next week to share her keyword expertise in “Keyword Research On ‘Roids! Advanced Workarounds For Vanishing Keyword Data” at 11 a.m. on June 11.

Discover Churchill’s advice for SEO newbies, her tried-and-true tools, her thoughts on “SEO is dead” and her keyword research strategy post-Hummingbird. Read more of SMX Advanced 2014 Series: Christine Churchill on Keywords.




June 2, 2014

How to Use Schema Markup to Improve Your Website Visibility in Search

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Schema markup has become quite a hot topic among SEOs, especially since Bing’s Sr. Product Manager Duane Forrester confirmed that schema markup is a ranking factor. Google also encourages the use of structured data. It’s the newest form of website optimization that hardly anyone is using. In a recent study, Searchmetrics revealed that only a small fraction of domains incorporate schema markup (less than 1 percent!). However, more than a third of Google search results contain rich snippets, which are extra bits of information that make a result stand out.

Bottom line: Internet marketers and SEOs have a huge opportunity to jump ahead of their competition by implementing schema for rich snippets.

This article will help you understand what schema markup is, how it works, and why it’s important for making your website more visible in organic search results. I’ll also show you how to mark up content yourself and point you to some handy resources you or your webmaster can use. If there is one thing you do today, mark up one of your web pages and see what kind of impact it has on search results.

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May 23, 2014

SMX Advanced 2014 Series: David Roth on Content that Ignites Passion

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SMX Advanced 2014 is drawing closer — three weeks to go and we’re psyched. Today, we continue to the SMX Advanced 2014 Interview Series with David Roth. As the vice president of marketing at Move, Inc., the parent company of Realtor.com and other real estate-related web properties, Roth knows the value of high quality, compelling content — and the strategic content marketing that accompanies it.

Roth is a featured speaker in the SMX Advanced panel “Executing a Flawless Content Marketing Strategy” (June 12 at 1:30 p.m.). Alongside fellow panelists Chris Bennett (CEO of 97th Floor) and Purna Virji (Director of Communications at Petplan Pet Insurance), Roth will share his top insights on leveraging content to get the most out your content marketing strategy. The panel, moderated by Chris Sherman of Third Door Media and coordinated by Mark Traphagen of Stone Temple Consulting, will explore advanced social tactics, building authority and trust, and creating conversion funnels that transform readers into customers and fans.

Roth, who has worked with companies such as Tivo, Kodak, AOL and Hyundai, shared some of his top content marketing strategies in this exclusive interview. Discover examples of content marketing and brand stories done right, plus advice on how to take your own brand’s content strategy to the next level.

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May 21, 2014

SEO Newsletter: The Survival Guide to SEO Edition

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Coming to you straight from the trenches of Bruce Clay, Inc., it’s the survival guide edition of the SEO Newsletter. Our feature article exposes which ranking factors change most frequently so you can stay alert. Then get expert survival tips from our SEO manager on how to stay ahead of the game no matter what SEO bombs Google may throw your way.

With Google’s search algorithms changing on a daily basis, content strategist Kristi Kellogg advises Internet marketers to adopt a proactive rather than reactive approach to SEO while SEO Manager Mindy Weinstein shares three key search marketing survival tips.

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May 16, 2014

Bruce Clay to Speak in 5 Cities in Inc. Magazine’s Business Conference Series

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What do billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban and SEO expert Bruce Clay have in common? You can find them both speaking at GROWCO, the Inc. Magazine Grow Your Company Conference (GROWCO) May 20-22 in Nashville. While Cuban is one of the keynote speakers sharing insights on how to win at the sport of business, Clay will zero in on SEO inspiration, insights and proven strategies to help entrepreneurs increase web traffic and brand visibility in his panel “Search + Social: The Future of Your Business Online” with Bing’s Duane Forrester, aimClear’s Manny Rivas and Message Medium’s Maisha Walker.

“Experts predict marketers will spend 52 percent more on SEO — but spending more does not necessarily equate to better results; it’s important that business owners and decision makers understand the constantly changing algorithms and their impact on traffic. I’m looking forward to guiding the SEO growth action plan for attendees,” said Clay, founder and president of global Internet marketing firm Bruce Clay, Inc. and author of several books, including “Search Engine Optimization All-in-One for Dummies.”

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May 14, 2014

SMX Advanced 2014 Series: Search and Social Strategy with Lisa Williams

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SMX Advanced is fast approaching — come June 11, SEOs and Internet marketers will flock to Seattle for the much-anticipated conference. Bruce Clay, an official SMX training partner, is gearing up for his SEO Training workshop and Jayme Westervelt is working out her fingers in preparation for some serious liveblogging action (check out our liveblog schedule). With more than 30 sessions focusing on organic, paid, local and mobile optimization, Internet marketers can’t wait for SMX Advanced — we can’t wait either … which is we bring to you the SMX Advanced 2014 Series.

This series will highlight select SMX Advanced speakers. They’ll give us a sneak peak at what their top Internet marketing insights they’ll be sharing at this year’s conference. Today, we’re putting Lisa Williams, director of digital marketing strategy at Search Discovery, in the hot seat. Williams, an Internet marketing veteran with more than 17 years of experience, has been featured in publications such as Glamour, The Boston Globe, Kiplinger, and the Oregonian. shared her expertise at conferences across the world.

Williams is a featured presenter in 25 Social Media Ideas For The Advanced Search Marketer (June 11 at 9 a.m.) — this session will feature actionable ideas and techniques that will help you implement and optimize that sweet spot where search and social intersect.

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May 9, 2014

How to Make the SEO Services Agency–Client Relationship a Success

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What makes the relationship between an SEO services company and a business client successful? That was the question discussed in a recent ISOOSI Chat. Distilling the wisdom shared there, this post covers:
• What businesses should look for when choosing an SEO services company
• What an SEO services agency/consultant should keep in mind when evaluating a prospective client
• How both sides can make the relationship a success

The start of a client-consultant relationship is a bit like courtship. Both parties are rightly sizing each other up, trying to determine whether they’re a good match. Trust-building starts right from the first contact (or doesn’t) …

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May 6, 2014

9 Tips for Getting Your Manual Link Penalty Overturned

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The effect that an unnatural link penalty can have on a website can be crippling. Make no mistake, there is a punitive aspect to these actions. Google is looking to teach webmasters a lesson, one that insures that they will not think about violating the search giant’s quality guidelines in the future. To drive their point home, Google makes the process of recovering from these penalties very difficult.

Link penalty recovery takes time, effort, and a substantial commitment of resources. Depending on your specific situation, you could end up reviewing and/or removing hundreds of thousands (millions?) of links. And generally speaking, there is no shortcut to forgiveness.

A good number of clients that approached our firm over the past year came to us suffering from some form of manual or algorithmic penalty. The good news is that we have seen a high degree of success in getting penalties overturned. What follows is a list of tips for getting a specific type of penalty removed: a manual link penalty.

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