State of Search 2015 Conference

As a co-founder of the Dallas/Fort Worth Search Engine Marketing Association, I highly recommend that you plan attend the State of Search 2015 Conference, being held in Dallas on November 16th and 17th, 2015. Back in 2003 when I first personally chose a list of founders and invited them to get together at a local hotel in Dallas, I didn’t envision that we would be at this point: holding an annual conference and having digital marketing and search engine marketing speakers from all over the United States (and beyond) attend. [Read more…]

Click It Summit: Example of How Not to Invite Speakers to Speak at Your Event

I could have written so many different titles for this post. I could have written a title like “Click It Summit Fails at Inviting Speakers” or maybe even “Click It Summit Spams The Internet Marketing Community”. But in all fairness, I decided to just leave it as the current title, showing that this is a lesson how NOT to invite speakers to speak at your next event. [Read more…]

7 Things I learned at SMX West 2015

learning at SMX West 2015

Well, SMX West 2015 is almost over–well at least it is for me, as I’ll be headed out during the last day of this San Jose conference back to Dallas/Fort Worth after more than a week on the road speaking at multiple conferences. I spoke at the awesome SearchFest conference in Portland, Oregon on Friday, left Portland for California, and finally on to San Jose for SMX West 2015. I spoke about SEO Audits at SearchFest and then on the HTTP vs HTTPS panel at SMX West. [Read more…]

34 Speakers to See at SMX West 2015

SMX West 2015

Whenever I attend great marketing conferences, and I have been doing so since 2001, I try to hand pick a list of speakers that you absolutely must see speak. This is my personal best-of-the-best list. I’ve personally heard all of them speak previously, know the information that they present, and consider them the “best of the best”. The bottom line? I know that you won’t be disappointed if you take the time to see any of these speakers present during SMX West 2015, held again this year at the San Jose convention center in San Jose California. [Read more…]

37 Speakers To See at State of Search 2014

State of Search 2014

After all these years, I still cannot believe that it’s come this far. Back in 2004, I hand-picked about 16 of the best Search Marketers in Dallas to join me at a hotel conference room to talk about search. It cost me $87 to rent that conference room for a few hours that evening, and DFWSEM was born. Now, 10 years later, I’m writing a post on my blog about the State of Search, an awesome conference where DFWSEM is pulling in nationally-known speakers for a two day conference about search. Awesomesauce. [Read more…]

33 Speakers I Want To Meet at Pubcon Las Vegas 2014

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The PubCon Las Vegas 2014 conference is taking place from October 6, 2014 to October 10, 2014, where else? But in Las Vegas, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is the big one, the one conference I look forward to every single year. It lasts all week. And the networking and content presented is amazing. I’ve been to a TON of PubCon conferences, and, needless to say, there are speakers at this years conference that I haven’t met. So, here are 33 conference speakers that I absolutely, positively have to meet this year. [Read more…]

I Spoke About SEO To a Room Full of Developers

Little Rock Tech Fest

On Friday, September 26, 2014, I spoke too a standing-room-only crowd of developers at the Little Rock Tech Fest, in Little Rock Arkansas. My session was titled “SEO for Web Developers”. What was interesting to me was the fact that the session was packed: it was truly standing-room-only. I kind of expected an SEO session to be popular, but not that popular. What’s even more interesting, though, were the questions asked during the session. [Read more…]

34 People I Want To Meet at ClickZ Live Toronto 2014 #CLZTO

clickz live toronto 2014

This week, I’m doing “double duty” at the ClickZ Live Toronto conference, being held at the Eaton Centre from May 14 to May 16, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. I’m speaking about SEO Audits in the “Assess. Diagnose. Fix: How to Become a Leading SEO Mechanic” session on Thursday. As a Brand Ambassador for Majestic SEO, if I’m not speaking, then I’ll most likely be at the Majestic SEO booth. [Read more…]

12 Speakers You Shouldn’t Miss at Pubcon SFIMA 2014

I’m here a few days early in Fort Lauderdale, getting prepared for the Pubcon SFIMA conference being held on Thursday, April 24, 2014. I’m honored to have been asked to speak on two separate panels this time:

2014 SEO Basics – While many of the core rules of SEO still hold true, there are some tactics that were OK in early 2013 that are not OK in 2014. This session will cover the 101 basics of SEO today. Make sure your Search Engine Strategies are correct. I’m speaking with Kathryn Parsons, the Marketing Manager (Paid and Natural Search) at Office Depot.

Tomorrow’s SEO Today – Social Search and Beyond – As search results become more personalized, it’s only natural that social media networks play a bigger role in these tailored search results. Learn how social search produces results that are specific to the individual and how your brand can stay relevant in these results as the social impact on search continues to grow. I’m speaking in this session with Mindy Weinstein, the SEO Manager and Trainer at Bruce Clay, Inc.. [Read more…]