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May 27, 2015

The Complete Guide to Disavowing Links for Google and Bing

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The search engines’ disavow links tools are needed in today’s link penalty environment. As with all powerful tools, they come with questions about proper use and concerns for abuse. It doesn’t help that site owners have no insight into disavow data held by Google and Bing. As is often the case, SEOs have become comfortable with the unknown.

Are you at risk for a Penguin penalty? What about in the next update?

Are you a victim of negative SEO? Are you sure?

How do you know if you have backlinks that others have disavowed?

Would you like to know if another site has disavowed your pages?

On Monday, June 1, we announced the launch of our DisavowLinks service, a new tool that complements and brings transparency to disavow data. Shared at SMX Advanced, the crowdsourced tool was buzzed upon as it provides the search marketing community with much-needed balance to data ownership. Read more about the DisavowLinks tool.

In the meantime, let’s talk about the whys, whens and hows of the search engines’ tools for disavowing links. For steps on disavowing links with both Google and Bing, read the complete disavow link guide.




April 29, 2015

How to Improve Quality Score without Modifying Your Landing Pages

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We at BCI take Quality Score very seriously. After all, it has a direct effect on your ad positioning and how much you spend per click! Having a good Quality Score is a must for any account, however, it can be difficult to optimize for. What works for one account might not work for another, and some things aren’t in your control as the SEM account manager — most notably, landing pages which can require members of design, development or IT to update and manage. Thankfully, there are other components that contribute to Quality Score that are in your control and can make a big difference.

We recently accomplished Quality Score improvements for one of our clients by addressing CTR and ad relevance alone — things you can do, too! Here we get in to how we were able to achieve it, but first let’s understand Google’s formal definition and the components of Quality Score.

Read more of How to Improve Quality Score without Modifying Your Landing Pages.




February 20, 2015

Bada BING, Bada Boom! Man at Center of Microsoft Backtrack Heard ‘Round the Search World: Exclusive Duane Forrester Interview

Duane Forrester wins Search Personality of the Year at the 2014 U.S. Search Awards.

Getting a deal done in two months at a tech conglomerate like Microsoft is the corporate equivalent of a double back handspring. And that’s exactly how long it took Microsoft to fully backtrack on the publicly derided layoff of Duane Forrester.

Forrester, a larger than life personality in the SEO world, literally dubbed the 2014 Search Personality of the Year, has been the voice of Microsoft’s Bing search engine to the marketing community since 2011. Last October, Forrester found his name on a layoff list of 3,000. Search marketers who adore Forrester for his straight-talking, webmaster championing, laid-back demeanor were by turns shocked and annoyed. How could the No. 2 search engine spare its most public figure and PR Ace? What did the move say about Bing’s attitude and support for the search marketing community? In December, Microsoft put any doubt of its commitment to search and the online business community to rest by admitting mea culpa and returning Forrester to his previous seat.

Read on to hear first-hand what happened behind closed doors to return Forrester to his role at Bing. We also get a peek of big things on the horizon at Bing, including Forrester’s recommended process for a mobile usability audit … and a brand new ad type in the works.




January 20, 2015

Bruce Clay’s 2015 Predictions for the SEO Industry

2015 SEO Industry Predictions

Since 2006, Bruce has posted annual predictions of what he expects will jostle the SEO and Internet marketing industry in the year to come. What follows are 9 predictions by Bruce Clay on mobile, local, video, voice search, and shifts among the Internet’s dominant players.

  • Mobile use has surged to 50 percent of U.S. Internet access. Bruce predicts mobile results satisfaction will become the search engines’ priority, and the battleground for Bing and Google’s final search market share showdown.
  • Local results will be the next page-one real estate that search engines look to monetize. Expect enhancements to local listings such as coupons and photos ━ for a fee.
  • Google will introduce an ecommerce product or platform to strengthen consumer use of Google for product searches, as Amazon threatens Google’s PPC revenue.

For more on how and why this all happens and the big picture that ties it all together, read Bruce’s 2015 Predictions for the SEO Industry.




October 2, 2014

SMX East Liveblog: At Meet the Search Engines Session, Google Says Penguin May Come Next Week

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BREAKING NEWS: Google says Penguin Update could come next week.

When Danny Sullivan and an audience of search marketers have a public forum to ask questions of Bing and Google reps and search marketing industry veterans, you can learn something. Here’s a snippet from the session that just happened at SMX East:

Danny Sullivan: “When can we expect that overdue Penguin update, Gary?”

Gary Illyes (Webmaster Trends Analyst, Google): “Soon. Very soon. Maybe next week.”

Read the rest of this frank, PowerPoint-free Q&A session to learn why Gary Illyes called the next Penguin a “delightful update.” Moderated by Danny Sullivan, this highly-engaged discussion, fielded a range of questions, from SMX first-timers to seasoned search veterans.

Read SMX East Liveblog: At Meet the Search Engines Session, Google Says Penguin May Come Next Week




July 11, 2014

3 Enhancements to Bing Ads Manager Rolling Out Now

Bing Bid Estimation Workflow Enhancement screenshot

A few changes to the Bing Ads user interface are rolling out and we got a walk through of them earlier this week. If you’re managing paid search campaigns on the Yahoo Bing network, expect to see these tweaks to your UI in the coming weeks.

  1. Exclude 0-Click Terms in Search Terms Report
  2. Bid Estimation Workflow Enhancements
  3. New Delivery Statuses

Read 3 Enhancements to Bing Ads Manager Rolling Out Now




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!

Read more of SEO Questions Answered in Real Time at the Search + Social Panel.




October 3, 2013

Keyword Tools from Bing & Google, Plus (Not Provided) Workarounds #smx #32B

SMX East 2013 Sponsor

Keywords have been a hot topic of discussion, especially since Google turned all organic keyword referral data into (not provided) a week ago. These speakers are going to tell us about keyword research and planning tools, the Google Keyword Planner tool and the Bing Ads Intelligence Excel add-on, plus some suggestions for how to piece together the lost (not provided) keyword data.

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June 12, 2013

SMX Advanced Keynote: Gurdeep Singh Pall #2KEY

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Bing’s Gurdeep Singh Pall would like to share a facet of Bing we may not be familiar with. Search over the last decade has been driven by keywords. The idea of typing keywords into a search box is soon going to be outdated. Proactive notifications and natural interaction with devices is going to be the new model and technology is catching up.

Whenever there’s a user interacting with a surface, users will want info, insight and task completion right there. The app and device being used will tap into Bing search rather than having to move back to the browser.

Read more of SMX Advanced Keynote: Gurdeep Singh Pall #2KEY




December 17, 2012

Scroogled: The SEO Benefits of Bad-Mouthing a Competitor

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A couple weeks ago, Bing began running their “Scroogled” campaign in “an attempt to tell people not to get screwed over by Google this holiday shopping season”. Or in reality, a new way to draw attention to themselves by calling out their largest competitor.

While I’m not going to get into the merits of spending thousands of dollars on a hypocritical ad campaign, I will say this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a company do this and it certainly won’t be the last. So why not look at the positive side? Results!

When it comes to bad-mouthing competitors, one of the biggest benefits is the boost to your company’s SEO efforts through links & SERP real estate.

Read more of Scroogled: The SEO Benefits of Bad-Mouthing a Competitor.




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