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SES Video: Steven Marder Eurekster Swicki

Lee Odden on Aug 22nd, 2007     Interviews, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Social Media, Social Search, Video Interviews

In our continuing coverage of the Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose, we’re shooting periodic video interviews both in the speaker ready room and a few on the exhibit floor.

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In this interview Steven Marder of Eurekster talks about how their Swicki product works both for online publishers to attract and monetize traffic as well as serve as a useful web site marketing tool for SEO efforts.

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Session: Mobile Search Optimization

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 22nd, 2007     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO, SEO Tips

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Mobile search optimization is not something that users should be thinking of, but it’s something they should be doing now. Rachel Pasqua of iCrossing said there are 2.3 billion mobile subscribers compared to 1 billion computer users. It’s easy to forget that not all jobs require the use of a computer on a daily basis. But, most jobs require a mobile phone to stay connected.

Mobile Panel

Gregory Markel of Infuse Creative stated that WAP or .mobi is no longer dominating the mobile scene. With the introduction of the iPhone, the Nokia s60 and Opera Mini True Web Browser, the real web is quickly becoming available. However, most users don’t have those phones yet and we need to start optimizing sites for mobile phones that are currently in the mass market.

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Session: So You Want To Be A Search Marketer?

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 22nd, 2007     Business of SEO, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

So You Want To Be A Search Marketer

Raise your hands if you want to be a Search Marketer! This session I attended on Day 3 of SES San Jose 2007 taught us how to better educate those who want to start in the SEM business, and how the rest of us already in it should continue learning.

First, Pradeep Chodra, co-founder of OMLogic, spoke on the highlights of working in SEM. Some of those highlights include an exciting and adventurous industry, flexibility of where and when you work because the internet is portable and global, the fact that you don’t need a professional degree to be good at SEM and that the salaries can turn out to be very attractive if you work hard and know what you’re doing as a search marketer.

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SES Keynote: Marissa Mayer of Google

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 22nd, 2007     Google, Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Engines

Day three of Search Engine Strategies San Jose started off with Danny Sullivans’ last keynote presentation where he talked to Marissa Mayer of Google, who was giving her first keynote. Overall they talked about universal search, touch on video, personalized search, iGoogle and the iPhone.

Wednesday Keynote with Marissa Mayer

Marissa sated that they felt users were happy with the new universal search. A lot of work had to go into chainging the algorithm to incorporate the additional sources but they were happy. She did say that they had a long way to go yet and other sources, such as scholar, may be added in the future. Google’s goal with universal search is to be more like an encyclopedia with as much relevant information right at your finger tips.

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SES San Jose 2007 Day Two Wrap Up

Lee Odden on Aug 22nd, 2007     Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

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Test: How many geeks (and proud of it) in this picture?

Wow, what a day! With the changes that have happened with Search Engine Watch and the SES conference in recent months, there has been speculation on how the SES San Jose conference would turn out. So far, so good.

Whether it was the improvement in lunch fare from crusty boxed lunches to the hot food (fajitas I believe) or the exhibit hall, the sessions or the after conference activities, everything has been running smoothly.

Here’s a roundup of Day Two coverage of SES San Jose from the TopRank blogging team:

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Google Dance 2007 Photos

Lee Odden on Aug 22nd, 2007     Google, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing

Google Dance

Google did it again last night with a cast of thousands partying their way from 7-11:30 pm at the Googleplex. The rock ‘n roll theme with tattoo inspired artwork set the stage for another festive post conference event. There was dancing and buffets both inside and out, chess, pool, karyoke, meet the engineers and many, many kegs of beer/bottles of wine. Nothing ran out this time except the very cool looking T-Shirts.

TopRank Blogging Team

Always looking to shake things up, the TopRank blogging team convinced Google security to cough up a volleyball and promptly started a game in Google’s sandy volleyball court.

Line for Google Dance
Waiting in line for the bus to Google Land.

Bussing it to the Google Dance
Driving into the sunset, literally.

Welcome to the Google Dance!
Pretty Googlers welcoming SEOs with clapping and cheering. Riiiiight.

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SES Video: Andy Atkins Kruger WebCertain

Lee Odden on Aug 22nd, 2007     Interviews, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Spotlight on Search, Video Interviews

Search engine optimization in English provides substantial challenges for most companies, but what about SEO in 20 different languages? When you drill down into it, there’s a lot “lost in translation” when most companies perform content optimization in different languages.

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In this video interview from the Exhibit Hall at Search Engine Strategies in San Jose, my long time friend Andy Atkins Kruger of UK-based WebCertain takes a few moments to answer questions about multilingual SEO as well as some of the common challenges that come about when optimizing content not only in other languages but also dealing with corporate speak in those languages.

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Session: Search Engine QA On Links

Lee Odden on Aug 22nd, 2007     Link Building, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Engines, SEO

The floor was open for audience questions as representatives from Google, Yahoo, MSN, and Ask.com addressed issues on the importance and value of inbound links.

One question seemed to resonate throughout the entire session. How can a search engine identify whether a link is paid or organic in nature? Shashi Thakur of Google replied that through both manual and algorithmic methods, the search engine is able to determine the nature of a link.

But why are paid links so bad? Thakur suggests that generally, purchased links are intended only to deceive search engines while adding little to no value to the user.

However, Peter Linsley of Ask.com and Sean Suchter of Yahoo agree that purchased links are not necessarily evil so long as they provide some sort of value and relevance to the user.

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Session: The SEO Reputation Problem

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 22nd, 2007     Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

The SEO Reputation Problem

A common problem throughout time is the proclivity for the dregs of our society to capitalize on any new product or type of business in a dishonest, or flat out crooked, fashion.

Before attending “The SEO Reputation Problem” to cap off Day 3 at SES, I was blissfully unaware of the level of this problem in our industry.

The session, moderated by Exact Target’s VP of Agency & Search Marketing Jeffrey Rohrs included on its panel:

  • Shari Thurow, Founder & SEO, Omni Marketing Interactive
  • Kristopher B. Jones, President & CEO, Pepperjam
  • Jennifer Laycock, Editor-In-Chief, Search Engine Guide
  • Jonathan Hochman, Founder & President, JE Hochman & Associates
  • Kathleen Fealy, KF Multimedia

Thurow & her panel had two things in common:

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Session: In House Big SEO

Lee Odden on Aug 22nd, 2007     Enterprise SEO, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

It can be incredibly laborious when deploying search engine optimization for an enterprise company with tens of divisions, thousands of products, and tens of thousands of web pages. Bill Macaitis, Marshall D. Simmonds, Melanie Mitchell, and Bill Hunt led the “In House: Big SEO” discussion providing insight into how to effectively manage SEO campaigns of tremendous magnitude.

Simmonds of the New York Times shared 5 items to ensure the success of a huge SEO campaign:

  • Organization – The development and time frame of an SEO project plan
  • Analysis – The collection of data describing a program’s current situation
  • Education – The process of sharing tactical knowledge with each member of the team
  • Execution – The implementation of the tactics designed the meet the company’s objectives
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Session: Are Paid Links Evil?

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 22nd, 2007     Google, Link Building, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

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Are Paid Links Evil? Optimus Prime versus Megatron.

As I attended “Are Paid Links Evil?” as my last session of Day 2 at SES San Jose 2007, I was glad to see that everyone there was still in high spirits after the long day of learning, blogging, networking and preparing for the Google Dance. However, I didn’t expect to see a battle of the Autobots against the Decepticons.

Are Paid  Links Evil?

First off in this battle of the galaxies was the ever-famous Matt Cutts, Software Engineer Guru at Google, stating clearly and concisely that paid links that pass Google PageRank are in clear violation of the Google webmaster guidelines. And as we all know, we do NOT want to be in violation of these. Any violation of these commandments could result in being bounced out of the Google index, which could severely impact your website traffic in a very negative way.

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Session: Video Search Optimization

Lee Odden on Aug 21st, 2007     Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Social Media, Social Search

“Video is a compelling SEO channel,” said Sherwood Stranieri of Catalyst Online, “and social marketing and viral marketing are the driving forces behind video optimization.” We’re witnessing, with Google Universal, how digital assets are changing the landscape of search. Video, like audio files can drive unprecedented traffic as well result in a surge of inbound links. This is great- if you have entertaining video content, right? Wrong!

It may seem at first glance, that video optimization makes sense for very particular industries and not others, but this is not the case. Although video optimization is an almost ideal search marketing tactic for individuals belonging to generation “Y”, it is not limited to this demographic. Human beings are interactive and become more engaged when stimulated. Video content plays to our visual and audio senses.

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