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October 2, 2012

Link Building in a Post-Penguin World — SMX East 2012

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I’m kind of excited to be covering this session because this is one of the Plus tracks – meaning anyone with the free-level conference pass can attend. Looking forward to seeing what it’s all about.

Today we have Jon Ball (@LinkBuildingJon) of Page One Power. Wow, full house. He is starting down on the floor with the people. I love it when speakers do that. He starts off by saying you can be as relevant as you can be in your topical theme on your site, but if no one links to you, then you aren’t going to get anywhere.




July 27, 2012

On the Shoulders of Olympians: Search Marketing, Content & the Games

Olympic T-shirt from GAP

Looking for the start time of tonight’s opening ceremonies broadcast for the Olympic Games, I ended up getting my info from LATimes.com.

After reading about the spectacle in store tonight, I thought about how stoked the news site must be to land my traffic. And how SEO smart they must be. I wondered what they were doing to be among the top ranked results for those looking for info on the opening ceremonies. And why did I choose that link among those listed?

Read more of Marketing Gold: Opportunities in the Summer Olympics.




March 29, 2012

I’m a B2B Company, Should I Be Using Pinterest?

Every time a new media channel emerges, gains popularity and shows data on reaching people and potentially driving revenue, everyone wants a piece of the pie. A B2C company might not have to think twice about joining Pinterest, but what about B2Bs? What if your product is “services” – does it make sense for you to use Pinterest to reach your target market?

The allure of Pinterest from a Web marketing perspective and one of its main selling points for B2Bs is to drive traffic to your site (and then hopefully convert community members into clients someday – right?).

While we can’t argue the value of social, it’s not always directly related to the bottom line, so it would seem reasonable that Pinterest could be yet another avenue to reach and connect. But, before you go jumping on the bandwagon, remember that money is on the table.

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March 26, 2012

How to Optimize Content for a Local Market: Interview at SES NY

Phillip Thune and Virginia Nussey at SES NY

Those responsible for an online businesses content strategy should be aware of recent changes to Google’s ranking algorithm when assessing content needs of a website. The Google update referred to as Venice places an emphasis on location-based, or geo-targeted, content relevance. Queries that suggest location is an important factor now receive local-specific results where before they were only returned when local intent was explicit.

The critical role of content that meets search engines’ automated qualifications and leads human visitors to convert is a coveted intersection that sets apart successful businesses from the competition. It’s why at Bruce Clay, Inc. content, both on-site and off-site, is a priority within our holistic SEO strategy and is among the top services we offer, including those for local business SEO.

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March 1, 2012

SMX West 2012: The “New” Killer Content

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In this session, our panelists discuss Google’s Panda update and tips for quality content and tactics that will help your overall visibility online.

Read more of The “New” Killer Content.




February 17, 2012

Indicators of Content Marketing Success for Strategies and Organizations

Content Marketing Explosion Infographic

Most reading this probably agree they eat Internet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We’re information (read: content) consumers. My attention’s up for grabs, but you better hit me with your best shot.

On the flip side are the content creators, marketers like you and me. …And everyone else.

With all the hungry infovores on the Web, marketers have long been aware of the opportunity and power of getting content into popular channels of consumption. Yet the volume was dialed up on the content marketing buzz as interesting commentary and reports on the topic came across my screen this week.

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October 13, 2011

Panda Updates: Content Quality, Link Profile or User Behavior? ━ SEM Synergy Extras

Leafar 2x2 Panda et moi

An interesting debate went down in Bruce’s office last week. Usually, discussions about factors that underlie SEO strategy go on behind closed doors and away from outsiders’ ears, but not this time. On today’s episode of SEM Synergy, Bruce, Jess and I postulate what could be the target of the Panda Updates, Google’s most public actions to improve the quality of its organic search results. Excerpts from the show follow.

Jessica: I was reading a post on Search Engine Land and it said that Perez Hilton’s site actually was improved, the rankings, after this Panda 2.5. Do you know Perez Hilton? He’s like this celebrity gossip person. I took a look at his site and I’m really trying to figure out, what is it that Google thinks is quality about this site. There’s lots of ads on it. The content ranges everywhere from a post that’s like 100 words to a post that’s like 900 words, but it’s not written at quality by what our standards would be. There’s Meta information there but it’s kind of sloppy. I’m wondering if it’s really just that you have to dot your Is and cross your Ts and make sure you have all these elements there, versus it actually being quality. I mean, is it quality because people are engaging in it? Is that it?

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October 11, 2011

The Evolution of Public Relations Through Web Marketing

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As old channels of communication begin to change, just as radio transitioned to television, so does the public relations practitioner. What public relations professionals already know is that the Internet is the primary source of information for most people, and that Google is the default search engine to gather that information. As the gatekeeper of information shifted from traditional media to the Internet (this shift really only started sinking in over the past few years in the PR world), Web marketing tactics became the new public relations. Once, the editor of a publication or news channel determined what was noteworthy, today, it is an algorithm. Once a one-way conversation, now it is two.

Read more of The Evolution of Public Relations Through Web Marketing.




September 13, 2011

SMX East 2011: Keyword Research and Copywriting for Search Success

SMX East Keyword Research Expert Christine Churchill

In this session, Christine Churchill, president, KeyRelevance (@keyrelevance) takes us through her strategic process of keyword research through discovery, research, expansion and evaluation with tip sheets. She walks us through some of the best practices in keyword research and copywriting dos and don’ts for SEO, PPC, social media and the up-and-coming mobile user market.

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SMX East 2011: Google Survivor Tips

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Matt McGee is moderating. SMX asked the speakers of favorite sessions from SMX Advanced to update their presentations. That’s what this track is all about.

For this session, the Panda update is the main focus. What was the impact and how did some sites turn around?

Read more of SMX East 2011: Google Survivor Tips.




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