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May 29, 2014

An Inside Look at the New ‘Fetch as Google’ Feature [VIDEO]

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On Tuesday, Google released an update to its Fetch as Google feature within Webmaster Tools. This valuable tool, which has been around for years, allows webmasters to view the source code and headers of their site the way Googlebot sees them. Tuesday’s update enhanced the tool’s capability, enabling webmasters to see what Googlebot sees in a browser window, as well.

Rendering Pages with Fetch as GoogleSince Tuesday’s update, we’ve fielded questions from clients such as “Will Google render all the JavaScript on my site?” and “Does this negate the need for Ajax-enabled crawling?”

Knowing that the SEO industry at large has vested interest in answers to these and other questions, I interviewed Bruce Clay, Inc.’s Director of Software Development Aaron Landerkin. Read more of An Inside Look at Rendering with Fetch as Google.




May 27, 2014

8 Actionable AdWords Tips for PPC Managers

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Any successful PPC manager will tell you the same thing: a solid account structure — built on a firm understanding of your website’s navigation and existing performance data — is the basis for improved reporting, budget management and, most importantly, performance.

But successful PPC managers will also tell you that this is only the beginning — in addition to a solid account structure, there are many ways to improve your results and create a highly successful campaign. In the years I’ve spent managing SEM campaigns for both national and international companies, including Inc. 500 companies, I’ve come up with 8 actionable AdWords tips that will help PPC managers skyrocket their campaign’s success

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May 23, 2014

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

David Roth of Yahoo!

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 7, 2014

SMX Advanced 2014: The Liveblog Schedule and Where to Find Bruce

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SEOs and Internet marketers the world over will flock to Seattle, WA, next month for SMX Advanced 2014. Attendees can choose from more than 30 “tactic-packed” sessions on SEO, SEM, SMM and content marketing on June 10-11 — all led by leaders in Internet marketing, including Danny Sullivan, Greg Boser and Christine Churchill.

And of course let’s not forget Matt Cutts’ “You & A Keynote” where Cutts (Google’s head of web spam) addresses questions from the audience. In short, SMX Advanced is a conference with major names lined up on the marquee — it’s the Coachella of SEO.

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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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May 2, 2014

Ultimate Guide to Real Estate SEO: 7 Ways to Earn Traffic & Leads

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When house hunting, 90% of buyers use the Internet. In fact, 53% of buyers start their search online, according to “The Digital House Hunt,” an extensive report on real estate consumer trends conducted by Google and the National Association of Realtors.

seo real estateMore than ever, people head online when it comes to looking for homes and finding realtors. Between 2008 and 2012, real estate-related searches increased by 253%. With so much opportunity online, realtors can’t afford to miss out on this valuable traffic; for professionals in real estate, SEO is more important than ever.

When it comes to capturing traffic for terms related to real estate, SEO efforts begin with local keyword targets on a personal website.

“You have to carve out a niche for yourself — think locally, and then expand,” said Robert Ramirez, a senior SEO Analyst who has managed real estate SEO for agents at Sotheby’s and Century 21.

Read on to discover Real Estate SEO: 7 Ways to Earn Traffic & Leads.




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