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Marketing in the Age of Google: Vanessa Fox Interview

Lee Odden on Jan 18th, 2010     Interviews, Online Marketing, SEO, Social Media, Spotlight on Search

(CC) Randy Stewart, blog.stewtopia.com

Vanessa Fox works as Entrepreneur-in-residence with Ignition Partners but is especially well known in the Search Marketing world because of her past work as Google’s search engine strategy spokesperson and creator of Google Webmaster Central. I’ve interviewed Vanessa several times on video in the past here, here, here and podcast here but nothing as substantial as what you’re about to read.

Vanessa has a new book coming out called “Marketing in the Age of Google“, which I’ve had the opportunity to preview and it reminds me of how important it is to draw attention to her exceptional insight. My kudos for the book:

Lee Odden

Defining Search Engine Optimization

Lee Odden on Oct 26th, 2009     Online Marketing, SEO

Define SEOThe search engine industry frequently innovates as do consumer behaviors for discovery and sharing. Those changes require search marketers to take a fresh look at what search engine optimization (SEO) is and why companies should or should not engage in its practice.

Defining search engine optimization is often focused on the mechanics:
“SEO considers how search engines work and what people search for. Optimizing a website primarily involves editing its content and HTML and associated coding to both increase its relevance to specific keywords and to remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines.” (Wikipedia).

Even Google offers a definition of what an SEO is along with guidelines:
“Many SEOs and other agencies and consultants provide useful services for website owners, including: Review of your site content or structure, Technical advice on website, development: for example, hosting, redirects, error pages, use of JavaScript, Content development, Management of online business development campaigns, Keyword research, SEO training, Expertise in specific markets and geographies.”

Lee Odden

The Truth About SEO

Lee Odden on Oct 19th, 2009     Business of SEO, Online Marketing, SEO

seo truthI’ve been in the business of SEO for about 12 years and have worked with hundreds of companies of all sizes. I cannot be anything but biased towards the benefits of optimizing web sites to improve visibility in search and the commercial outcomes that can result.

For some, Search Engine Optimization is a favorite whipping boy.  Of course, marketers that have experience with proper SEO efforts and consultants, dismiss the sweeping generalizations often made by those looking to “stir the pot” to draw attention to themselves or who are pontificating based on an incomplete set of information.

All industries have a range of practitioners with varied levels of experience. Ease of online publishing allows anyone with a computer to promote themselves, with or without “real” skills.

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Basics of User Generated Content for Search Engine Optimization

TopRank Online Marketing on Oct 1st, 2009     Online Marketing, SEO, SEO Tips, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Search, User Generated Content

User-generated Content [Note from Lee: User Generated Content for SEO is something we haven't written about in a while, but now more than ever, marketers need to find efficient ways to generate content assets for search engines as well as the ability to meet customer needs to interact and share. Michelle takes an updated look that I think companies would do well to consider.]

You’ve heard it before: Content is king. But there won’t be much of a kingdom unless that content is optimized. But who is going to create it? Useful, relevant content doesn’t come cheap, especially when your goals are to publish on a consistent basis. As an internet marketer, if you haven’t tapped into the power of user generated content, you may be giving up a goldmine of SEO assets to your competition.

Lee Odden

TopRank BIGLIST of 100+ Search Marketing Resources

Lee Odden on Sep 22nd, 2009     BIGLIST SEM Blogs, Online Marketing, Search Marketing, SEO, SEO Training

100 Plus Resources to Learn Search Marketing

TopRank’s Rather Large List of Search Marketing Resources

How do new marketers learn SEO and Pay Per Click? How do professionals stay current with search marketing tactics considering the sheer volume of social media distraction?  Last month we ran a poll of Online Marketing Blog readers to discover preferences for learning and staying up to date with current search engine marketing strategies and tactics.  Below are the top categories selected by readers. However, we’ve taken it a step further and listed over 100 different resources for marketers to start, maintain or advance their level of SEO, PPC and any other type of search based marketing. Enjoy!

Search Engine Marketing Blogs

  • TopRank’s BIGLIST of over 400 Search Marketing Blogs (updated weekly/monthly since Jan 2007)
Jolina Pettice

SES SJ: Duplicate Content & Multiple Site Issues

Jolina Pettice on Aug 13th, 2009     Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Engines, SEO

duplicate-content

It was standing room only for the SES San Jose session regarding Duplicate Content & Multiple Site Issues.

Shari Thurow of Omni Marketing started the session off by addressing why duplicate content is a concern.

When there are duplicate content issues it lowers the number of pages available to rank. Less pages to rank can equal less rankings which can lead to lower search traffic.

In addition, Shari mentioned something called ‘Crawler Cap’ which is the maximum number of pages a search engine will crawl of a particular website.

So, if your site delivers duplicate content:

  • it lowers index count
  • the best converting pages might not appear in search results
  • web pages from your shared-content partner sites (affiliates, syndicates) may have better search visibility
Jolina Pettice

SES SJ: Beyond Googling: Where will Customers be Searching in 5 years?

Jolina Pettice on Aug 12th, 2009     Google, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

beyond-googling

Beyond Google. Where will customers be searching in 5 years?

Dixon Jones of Receptional asks the audience: Who doubts life after Google? About half the audience raises their hand.

According to Dixon, there will be life after Google and we are already there. He cites Facebook as an example of a site that is growing links more quickly than Google.

He then goes on to discuss the Trust/Convenience Contract. This contract is illustrated when searchers trust Google to give them data, as opposed to going around knocking on neighbor’s doors to find the answer.

However,  Google isn’t the only choice anymore. Users can and do go to blogs, Facebook, Twitter to retrieve information often removing Google from the equation.

Lee Odden

Intersection of Search and Social Media AdWeekMedia Connect

Lee Odden on Jul 22nd, 2009     Interactive Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO, Social Media

This afternoon I did a live chat with AdWeekMedia Connect, a social network for the ad agency set on the intersection of search and social media. Embedded below is the recorded chat stream:

Here are a few resources on the topic:

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Intersection of Search and Social Media

Lee Odden on Jun 26th, 2009     Online Marketing, SEO, Social Media

search pr socialEarlier this week I gave a presentation on the intersection of SEO, online PR and social media to a great mix of people (mostly agencies) at a SEMPO Arizona event. The SEO/PR/Social topic is an interesting mix due to the convergence that’s been happening over the past 2-3 years and of course, because it’s the essence of what we’ve been doing at TopRank.

Forward thinking companies are investing in social media for a variety of reasons, including gaining a competitive advantage through building relationships, creating content and capturing mindshare.  I think it’s safe to say that companies making investments in better connecting with their customers now, will have a distinct advantage over those that are resolved to “wait and see” with this social web thing.

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SES San Jose Session: Advanced B2B Search Marketing

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 19th, 2008     Interactive Marketing, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing, SEO

Advanced B2B Marketing

If you are in the market to harvest leads from your web site, then this is the session for you! Industry experts Barbara Coll, CEO of WebMama.com, Patricia Hursh, President and Founder of SmartSearch Marketing and Adam Goldberg, Chief Innovation Officer for Clearsaleing gave some tips and insight to help B2B marketers develop search strategies to increase the number of qualified leads from their search campaigns.

Patricia kicked off the session with 10 tips for B2B Marketers!

1. Reach prospects early in the buying cycle
The sales cycle can often be long and complicated. B2B marketers rarely face the fact that people are conducting product searches at the beginning of the buying cycle. Reality is, your customers are looking for your product information way before they are ready to convert. You have to be there early!

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SES San Jose: Keynote with Microsoft’s Satya Nadella

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 19th, 2008     Business of SEO, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Engines, SEO

Keynote with Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella is the SVP of the Search, Portal & Advertising Platform Group for Microsoft. In this session, Satya discussed the evolution of search and outlined strategies to help prepare for success. Specifically, he brings light to how we think about the evolution of search and the unique assets that will take it to the next level.

The evolution of search:

We can categorize the history of search by looking at 3 dimensions:
1. Core technology of search
2. Business model
3. Expectations

The core technology of SEO is the magic of keyword base search. The business model continues to shift with CPC driving efficiency as we continue to measure quantitative results and ROI.

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SES San Jose Session: Search Industry Update

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 18th, 2008     Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

Search Industry Update - Sean Walsh

Paid search not only accounts for nearly 45% of the global online ad spend, but it is also one of the fastest growing online ad formats.

I’m currently enrolled in the Advanced Search Advertising course through the SEMPO Institute and am excited to learn about the new trends in search marketing, shared by industry experts like Heather Dougherty, Research Director for Hitwise, Kevin Lee, Executive Chairman & Co-founder of Didit, Sean Walsh, VP Online Marketing for LuxuryLink.com and Jaideep Singh, CEO & Co-Founder of Spock.com.

Online advertising spend reached $35 Billion in 2007 and is projected to continue to reach $44 Billion in 2008 and $54 in 2009.

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