SEO Archives - Page 4 of 150 - Bruce Clay, Inc. BlogMarch 3, 2016
Adria Kyne, Jeff Preston and Sharon Conner are SEOs with unique perspectives — they oversee search engine optimization for major companies (Vistaprint, Disney and Autodesk, respectively). In a roundtable discussion moderated by Chris Sherman, these three SEO savants answered questions from the SMX West 2016 audience. Read on to discover what these major brands have to say!
STOP READING if you’re not interested in uber-useful charts. Or proving the ROI of SEO to decision-makers. Or insights into how Bing is thinking about search engine optimization — because that’s what you’re in store for if you read this liveblog of this analytics-minded SMX West 2016 session, featuring:
Ryan Jones, Manager Search Strategy & Analysis, SapientNitro
Erin Everhart, Lead Manager, Digital Marketing – SEO, The Home Depot
Derrick Wheeler, Sr Product Intelligence Manager, Microsoft
Still interested? Read our liveblog Analytics Reports & Proving the ROI of SEO #SMX.
March 2, 2016
There’s an invisible web. Just because it’s out there doesn’t mean the search engine can see it and attribute it correctly. The invisible web is a concept that was introduced in Chris Sherman and Gary Price’s “The Invisible Web” in 2001.
In 2013, search marketers saw a big spike in direct referral traffic. Our speaker Marshall Simmonds (@mdsimmonds), Founder and CEO, Define Media Group, Inc. explains what is causing dark search and social traffic, traffic with no referrer data in analytics. Search marketers need to protect their budget by understanding it and explaining it to non-technical people.
The speaker for this SMX West mini-session titled “Understanding Your Consumer’s Journey – Using Search Science for Keyword Research” is Tony Verre, founder of DreamFire Digital Marketing.
He opens with a question: Does anyone here use consumer surveys as a major data point when creating your strategies? You can only believe half of what you hear and read. Accept that consumer surveys don’t always tell the truth.
Find out how to use 4 “search science” keyword research tools to find reliable data points for understanding the consumer’s search journey.
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.
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.
March 1, 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.
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!
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.
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.