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June 26, 2014

A Cheat Sheet for Mobile Design: Responsive Design, Dynamic Serving and Mobile Sites

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We’ve all heard the statistics: 2014 is the year when more people access the Internet on a smartphone than on a computer or laptop. Mobile design is the future. You don’t want your site left behind, but how exactly do you program for this increasingly mobile Internet? There are three main options, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.

  1. Option 1: Responsive Design
  2. Option 2: Dynamic Serving
  3. Option 3: A Mobile Site

In this post, I’ll break down your mobile-readiness options, giving you the pros and cons of each to help you choose the best path forward for your website. Read more of A Cheat Sheet for Mobile Design: Responsive Design, Dynamic Serving and Mobile Sites.




June 25, 2014

Why Press Releases Still Matter to SEOs … and How to Write a Press Release that Entices Media

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In recent years, search engines have devalued links coming from press releases — and while Internet marketers were less than thrilled over the loss of direct SEO benefits, press releases still matter — a lot. Press releases have strong branding value, especially if a journalist turns your press release into an article that will reach the masses and live online.

Engaging press releases benefit all parties involved — journalists and editors get clued in on story leads, and brands and businesses are able to get highly valuable media coverage. How valuable is media coverage? According to Starch Research, news articles have “three times more credibility and six times more readership than paid advertising.” For more than a century, press releases have served as a direct line to media professionals and the starting point of many articles.

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June 23, 2014

Discover What REAL SEO Clients Have to Say About Bruce Clay, Inc.

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Ever wondered what it’s like to work with Bruce Clay, Inc.? We offer Internet marketing services including SEO, PPC, content marketing, web design, and social media marketing. Chances are you’ve read our blog, seen Bruce Clay at conferences or attended one of the SEOToolSet Training sessions … and now you’re thinking of hiring BCI.

Contracting an SEO firm is a major commitment — and even with an award-winning Internet marketing firm that’s been around since 1996, hearing what actual clients say about their experience with BCI is invaluable.

SourcingLine, an independent research firm based in Washington, D.C., recently interviewed four BCI clients as it prepared to release a series of reports ranking digital marketing agencies in major cities (SourcingLine currently ranks BCI as the No. 1 digital marketing agency in Los Angeles and the country).

Read what the following clients had to say in completely independent interviews regarding their experience working with BCI:

  • The Golf Warehouse
  • Soundproof Cow
  • Sylvan Learning
  • Netpicks

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June 19, 2014

SEO Questions Answered in Real Time at the Search + Social Panel

Duane Forrester, Bruce Clay and Maisha Walker.

Tonight Bruce Clay joins Bing’s Duane Forrester, aimClear’s Marty Weintraub and Message Medium’s Maisha Walker for an evening of audience-driven Q & A in Chicago at Search + Social: The Future of Your Business Online (an interactive event powered by Bing and Inc.). Attendees will ask these Internet marketing leaders anything and everything pertaining to search engine optimization, content strategy and social media marketing.

Last month the Search + Social panel kicked off with at Inc. Magazine’s 3-day Grow Your Own Business Conference in Nashville. The Search + Social panel was such hit that when the session broke for lunch, a third of the audience stayed in their seats, hands raised and pens poised for more answers — the Q & A continued for an hour and a half past the session’s end!

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June 18, 2014

Special Report from SMX Advanced 2014

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Still reeling from last week’s SMX Advanced? With dozens of sessions focusing on advanced SEO, PPC and SMM tactics, it was Christmas come early for Internet marketers attending the sold-out conference. With so much critical information coming out of the conference, we sent liveblogger Jayme Westervelt to cover key SEO, social media and content marketing sessions.

Some of the top highlights include the Matt Cutts You & A, where Cutts fielded questions on Author Rank, link removal and his favorite webmaster tools. He also confirmed an algorithm update that was neither Panda nor Penguin and announced Google is trying to make improvements to the reconsideration request process.

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June 12, 2014

SMX Liveblog: Ask the SEOs

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It’s the last session of the conference – this marathon is almost over for my tired fingers. They’ve saved one of the best for last – it’s time for Ask the SEOs. Lining up the speaker table are SEO powerhouses Greg Boser, Rae Hoffman, Jeff Preston, Marshall Simmonds, and Ellen White fielding questions from Search Engine Land Editor Danny Sullivan.

The session starts off with White sharing her story of a recent win and continues on with discussions revolving around internal linking, PR sculpting, getting out of a Penguin penality, SEO tests, responsive design, Panda 4.0 and much more.

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SMX Liveblog: Executing A Flawless Content Marketing Strategy

SMX panel on content marketing

In this SMX session, Chris Bennett, David Roth and Purna Virji will talk about how to how to get the most out of your content strategy. This particular topic is something I’ve recently been working on with my own clients so I can’t wait to hear what tips these speakers will offer.

Chris starts us off with. Chris wants to talk about getting mileage out of your content so you can stop working so hard. Stop spreading yourself too thin and stop wearing too many hats. Stop with the checklist marketing mentality.

You can stop this madness by repurposing your content in different areas for different uses. Take a piece of content (video, infographic, image etc.) and “get your MacGyver on!”

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SMX Liveblog: Advanced Technical SEO Issues

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It’s still a little early for some and the peeps here seem to be a little slow moving this morning, but I’ve downed my cup of coffee and I’m ready to dive into technical issues with this morning’s speakers: Maile Ohye, Eric Wu and Bill Hunt. I love tackling technical problems on client sites and the bigger the site the bigger the problems usually. Hopefully these experts will have a few good nuggets of information for us.

Maile Ohye starts the session with a discussion on JavaScript execution.

“We recommend making sure Googlebot can access any embedded resource that meaningfully contributes to your site’s visible content or it’s layout,” Ohye said.

On May 23, Google announced they are doing more JavaScript exe. They’ve been fine tuning and were finally able to release. Shortly after they launched Fetch as Google that now shows 200 kb of a page, view text content, fix blocked resources at the rate of 500 fetches per week. You are able to select different crawlers including mobile. Use this to check and make sure Google is able to fetch all the important pieces of your site.

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SMX Liveblog: You & A with Matt Cutts

SMX Advanced 2014 Matt Cutts You and A

In this well-anticipated session at SMX, Search Engine Land Editor Danny Sullivan sits down with Google’s Head of Webspam Matt Cutts to answer some of every Internet marketers most pressing questions. The session starts off with a discussion revolving around recent announcements and upcoming algorithm updates, which include changes to the Payday loan update as soon as this week, and a roll out of improvements to Google Webmaster Tools where Cutts suggests marketers keep their eye on.

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June 11, 2014

SMX Liveblog: What Advanced SEOs Should Be Doing about Mobile SEO

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In this SMX session, discover why mobile really matters, how to build a mobile strategy and what makes mobile search so different from desktop search. This session’s speakers include Cindy Krum, Michael Martin, Maile Ohye, and Jim Yu. Kicking of this session on mobile SEO is Maile Ohye, Google’s Senior Developer Programs Engineer.

Ohye stresses the importance of enhancing the user experience with mobile search results that open directly within an app. However, it requires deep links within the app and mapping in the sitemap. But asking for app downloads isn’t the best approach right off the bat, unless they are relationship-ready customers. Improving the app experience is much like Web SEO, says Ohye. You need good content, an enticing search appearance, and a process for building an effective mobile strategy.

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