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Reader Poll: Best SEO SEM Conferences

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The winds of change are blowing in the search marketing conference scene this year with more offerings than ever. The big conferences persist, while new challengers as well as smaller and more practical seminars emerging.

SEO and Paid Search education is not limited to conferences with the DMA Search Engine Marketing Certification and the SEMPO Institute launching recently. However, conferences and seminars offer the added benefit of networking, prospecting and the kind of after hours education on topics that simply are not publicly available.

Which leads me to this week’s Reader Poll on conferences or seminars that offer search engine optimization and/or paid search marketing content.

What conference has been the best for gaining "how to" SEO/SEM knowledge?

  • Search Engine Strategies (49%, 44 Votes)
  • WebmasterWorld Pubcon (31%, 28 Votes)
  • High Rankings SEM Seminar (8%, 7 Votes)
  • ad:tech (3%, 3 Votes)
  • eTail (3%, 3 Votes)
  • ACCM (1%, 1 Votes)
  • DM Days (1%, 1 Votes)
  • DMA Annual Conference (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Mediapost Search Insider (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Emarketing Association (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Affiliate Summit (0%, 0 Votes)
  • eComXpo (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 89

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There are many regional and industry specific conferences I may have not listed, so be sure to mention them in the comments.

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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on B2B marketing topics including content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely running, traveling or cooking up something new.


  1. That’s a hard questions to answer. Best for what? I thought PubCon was just about as good as SES and with the cheaper pricing it was the best conferene to bring my entire team to, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the best. It depends on what information you’re looking for.

  2. You’re right Stoney, such is the limitation of the polling plugin we’re using for this blog. 🙂

    I agree, Pubcon is a great value and SES offers another perspective and set of networking opportunities.

  3. That is a tough call and I think SES is leading in your poll because it is the most popular (at present). From what I’ve read, Pubcon seems to be very informative as you and Stoney pointed out.

    It will be interesting to see how SMX, which is billed as an “advanced” conference, will be received. There are indeed more and more smaller conferences and training seminars appearing everyday, a good sign that that SEO is here to stay for awhile.

    You’ve been to quite a few of these and I’d be interested to hear your take on which was more “valuable”.

  4. You really can’t compare those different events. For instance, the High Rankings Seminar is just soooooooo different than SES. They are both good in their own ways for what they offer. It really just depends on if you are looking for a search marketing conference or a search marketing seminars.

    Big differences between conferences and seminars!

  5. Avatar Davin Ogden says

    It’s such a hard call to make, when I’ve never been able to attend many of the one’s mentioned. Eventually I’d love to get to the Affiliate Summit which I’ve read so much about, but as of yet, I just haven’t been able to work that in.

    Thanx sincerely, Davin