Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers & Answer Sharing

SMX Social Media — Long Beach, CA

April 23rd, 2008

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Web users rely on community-contributed-content sites such as Wikipedia and Yahoo Answers. These sites enable you to communicate directly with an engaged audience. But contribute to the conversation with care. Too much spin and you’re credibility will be shot-and your brand damaged. You’ll come away from this session knowing how these influential sites work and how to participate constructively.

Moderator:
Danny Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief, Search Engine Land

Speakers:
Lise Broer “Durova”, Administrator, Wikipedia
Jonathan Hochman, Founder/President, Hochman Consultants
Matt McGee, SEO Manager, Marchex
Jeff Muendel, Search and Online Marketing Analyst, Netconcepts

Wikipedia Clinic

SMX Social Media — Long Beach, CA

April 23rd, 2008

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Wikipedia is powerful. Concerned about how your company or service is portrayed? Wikipedia experts answer your questions and take you live to the site for advice on how to interact with the service.

Moderator:
Danny Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief, Search Engine Land

Speakers:
Lise Broer “Durova”, Administrator, Wikipedia
Jonathan Hochman, Founder/President, Hochman Consultants
Jeff Muendel, Search and Online Marketing Analyst, Netconcepts

Free Traffic: SEO/SMO 101 (Search Engine & Social Media Optimization)

Web 2.0 Expo — San Francisco, CA

April 22nd, 2008

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This workshop will cover the fundamentals of search engine optimization (SEO) and social media optimization (SMO). The workshop will focus on how to acquire unpaid (aka â??organicâ??) web site visitors from search engines like Google & Yahoo, as well as from social networking & social media sites like Digg, MySpace, Facebook, & YouTube.

Workshop Presenters:
Stephan Spencer, Netconcepts
Muhammad Saleem, Advantage Consulting Services (ACS)

The Art of PageRank Sculpting

April 1st, 2008

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Originally published in MarketingProfs

Are you keeping track of how much Google values your home page? Google’s trademarked PageRank score, or the value it places on your home and interior pages is measured and displayed in the Google toolbar. Your home page usually scores the higest in your site, and there is a way to ‘sculpt‘ your interlinking within your site to make the most of your PageRank:

With PageRank sculpting, your goal is to optimize the flow of PageRank internally in your site so that the most important of your deeper pages get a larger share of PageRank than unimportant pages.

To read the full article go to MarketingProfs.

The Search Is On

April 1st, 2008

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Originally published in Multichannel Merchant

How do you navigate your way through the promises, uncertainties, and red herrings of SEO best practices? Testing is the key to achieving scalable SEO nirvana on your site. By monitoring and retesting specific SEO enhancements, you validate their benefit and appropriateness for your e-commerce site.

While conversion may be the hot topic for online retailers and marketers, having a well-optimized Website and e-commerce platform that facilitates your pages being efficiently crawled, indexed, and ranked is equally important. With a little upfront polishing, your site can really shine, offering its products to searchers and devoted customers alike.

Consider the following proven best practices as a starting point for your SEO testing regimen…

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When SEO Isn’t Really SEO

March 31st, 2008

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Originally published in Practical eCommerce

Do you know what the difference is between SEO and online marketing? Confused about the terminology? In this article featured on Practical eCommerce, Jeff Muendel discusses how SEO is a specialty within the online marketing field.

By definition, SEO refers to the process of optimizing a website with the goal of having major search engines (primarily Google, Yahoo! and MSN Live Search) return pages from that website in highly-ranked search engine results. SEO is almost always employed as a form of marketing, but it is a very specific form of marketing that takes place within the search engines.

Lately, some industry blogs have suggested that SEO has grown beyond its primary parameters, suggesting that successful SEO includes expanding into other realms of marketing. I don’t think that makes any sense. By definition, SEO – search engine optimization – does not include any form of marketing that goes outside of search engines. The use of the term SEO in such a way is disingenuous and confuses many webmasters and owners of ecommerce sites.

For more about this controversial topic, visit the full article on Practical eCommerce here.

Advanced Tactics in SEO: Part Art, Part Science

MarketingProfs Virtual Seminars — Online

March 27th, 2008

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Ever wonder what the SEO pros know that you don’t? What tools they use every day that you don’t even know exist?

This virtual seminar isn’t about search engine optimization fundamentals. You won’t learn why links are important for rankings; you won’t learn how to justify SEO to your boss. What you will learn is how to take your search engine optimization skill set to the next level, even if you’re already a savvy search marketer.

Two renowned search marketing gurus will open up their toolkits, unveiling and demonstrating powerful tools and immediately actionable tactics. If it’s not practical, it won’t be in this seminar!

YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How to gain higher rankings through Web 2.0, â??The Long Tail,â?? blogs, social networks, widgets, APIs, spiders, and more
  • The tools and techniques to â??reverse engineerâ?? competing sites that outperform yours in Google
  • Well-kept secrets that only the top SEO pros know
  • How to take your search engine optimization skillset to the next level, even if you’re already a savvy search marketer

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
This session is for any marketer who wants in on the â??secret sauceâ?? to rocket past your competitors in the search results. A technical background is definitely not required, but helpful.

PRESENTERS:
Stephan Spencer, founder and president of Netconcepts
Rand Fishkin, co-founder and CEO of SEOmoz

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Screencast on Advanced SEO Tactics with Stephan Spencer and Rand Fishkin

MarketingProfs Virtual Seminars — online

March 27th, 2008

Seminar by Stephan Spencer

Join our founder and president, Stephan Spencer, along with renowned search guru Rand Fishkin, in this archived webinar of an information-packed 131-minutes of advanced SEO tips and tricks. This webinar, for MarketingProfs.com, was called “Advanced Tactics in SEO: Part Art, Part Science”. Ever wonder what the SEO pros know that you don’t? What tools they use every day that you don’t even know exist?

This screencast isn’t about search engine optimization fundamentals. You will learn how to take your search engine optimization skill set to the next level, even if you’re already a savvy search marketer.

Watch Stephan and Rand’s webinar as a streaming Flash video »

Or, alternatively download/watch as a Quicktime (m4v) movie (77 MB).

Content Optimization: Keyword Analytics Tools

March 26th, 2008

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Originally published in ClickZ

Are you interested in doing some content optimization for your website? Do you know the difference between keyword suggestion tools and keyword analytics tools? In this article, written by Director of Natural Search Consulting PJ Fusco, learn about how keyword suggestion tools can really help boost the quality of your content optimization. PJ defines Keyword analytics tools as:

Keyword suggestion tools help you understand what words are used in search queries and what phrases are associated with those words. Keyword analytical tools provide some measure of keyword suggestion functionality, as well as the ability to understand the competition levels for specific search terms. More importantly, keyword analytics tools help you determine the relative size of the search referral market associated with specific keywords and phrases.

Read more about keyword analytics tools and how effective they might be for your site in this article at ClickZ here.

Being Off-Topic, Off-Message, or Off-Brand Can Be Good For Your SEO!

March 20th, 2008

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Originally published in Search Engine Land

Ok, perhaps I’m being a bit provocative here, but sometimes it’s the off-topic, off-message, or off-brand content that earns you the most valuable links—links that you wouldn’t have otherwise gotten. Those links can really pay the bills, in terms of the extra search traffic and resulting sales. The brand police within your company may pitch a fit, but heck, it’ll be worth it! Here’s how it’s done:

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