Benchmark Search Conference 2017 | Time to migrate to HTTPS

Time to migrate to https

Migrating from HTTP to HTTPS

There are so many reasons to move to HTTPS and apart from the slight ranking boost, Google made it very clear that they really want us to protect our site and our users.

1. Data sent using HTTPS is secured via Transport Layer Security protocol (TLS), which provides three key layers of protection:
Encryption. Encrypting the exchanged data to keep it secure from eavesdroppers. That means that while the user is browsing a website, nobody can “listen” to their conversations, track their activities across multiple pages or steal their information.

2. Data integrity. Data cannot be modified or corrupted during transfer, intentionally or otherwise, without being detected.

3. Authentication. Proves that your users communicate with the intended website. It protects against man-in-the-middle attacks and builds user trust, which translates into other business benefits.

Who is Gerry White?

Gerry White is a technical marketing consultant working with Just Eat supporting SEO on the 14 sites they operate around the world, including apps, mobile, technical and outreach. Ensuring that the sites are organic leaders in the markets they operate in.

With a 17 year history in digital – Gerry has worked on sites from the BBC, McDonalds, Premier Inn and DirectGov in various roles from digital analyst, site search but usually in SEO, as well as spending a large part of his career agency side.

Gerry White also co-runs a digital roundtable conference called Take It Offline which aims to replicate the best of the post-pub conversations, typically in a pub.

Omi Sido and Gerry White

What is the Benchmark Search Conference?

The one­-day event features world­-class speakers that cover all of the need­-to­-know search marketing topics to develop and advance your brand’s search engine presence, including:

Organic search (SEO) – how to achieve and maintain your brand’s ranking in natural search engine results and ensure your customers can easily find you.

Paid search (PPC) – driving targeted traffic to your website by showing ads in search engine results when people search for related keywords.

Social media – enhancing brand awareness and advocacy to support your search visibility; your social authority is increasingly considered by Google as a ranking factor.

Content marketing – how to be smart with your content campaigns to build trust and credibility by returning relevant answers to search queries, and earning quality backlinks.

Who’s behind Benchmark?

Located in North West England, Click Consult is a multi-award-winning search marketing agency with a focus on organic (SEO) and paid search (PPC). With over 70 professionals employed and a portfolio of over 60 clients from across the UK, Click Consult works with businesses looking for a measurable return from their search marketing budget.

Click Consult also provides a range of other services, including content marketing, inbound marketing and conversion rate optimisation (CRO), as well as international and multilingual search.

The company is Google AdWords and Microsoft adExcellence certified and is on the Recommended Agency Register.

BrightonSEO 2017 | Generational Cruft in SEO. There is Never a ‘New Site’ When There’s History

Dawn Anderson BroghtonSEO

Technical SEO solutions that make your site fly

Many big brands think that migrating to a new site or protocol means a new beginning for a website, but this is not so.

Search engines have a big memory and a lot of storage and they remember every single URL you ever created on any subdomain attached to your site.

How can you change the history associated with your site for better rankings and SEO? We’ll explore technical SEO solutions to make your site fly.

Who is Dawn Anderson?

Dawn Anderson is an International SEO consultant, founder and CEO of Move It Marketing Digital Marketing Agency and Associate – Lecturer on Search and Analytics at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Slides: https://www.slideshare.net/DawnFitton/technical-seo-generational-cruft-in-seo-there-is-never-a-new-site-when-theres-history-brighton-seo-concise-deck

About BrightonSEO

BrightonSEO – is a major search marketing event in the UK. One of our favourite events of the year, This is a superb conference for search marketing professionals, novice or expert.

BrightonSEO is a chance to learn from some of the best minds in search, and then rub shoulders with them at one of the friendliest, and largest, gatherings of Digital Marketers in Europe.

Log File Analysis for Better SEO

Log File Analysis for Better SEO

Who is Omi Sido?

Omi Sido https://omisido.com/ is a seasoned international speaker and is known in the industry for his humour and ability to deliver actionable insights that audiences can immediately start using.

From SEO consulting with some of the world’s largest telecommunications and travel companies to managing in-house SEO at Daily Mail and Canon, Omi loves diving into complex data and finding the bright spots.

Slides: https://www.slideshare.net/omisido/log-file-analysis-for-better-seo

Transcript:

Hi, guys. Thank you for coming here today. My name is Omi Sido and as most of you know I am very active online and I love talking about Digital Marketing and SEO.

Server logs analysis

Today I’m gonna be talking about Server logs analysis and how understanding what the Googlebot does and what the Googlebot sees on your website can massively boost your digital marketing efforts.

I’m gonna start with a short story. A few months ago – this is a real story by the way – a few months ago a guy came to me and asked me to teach him the basics of SEO so he can collaborate with his SEO team. Of course, I said yes. So I gave him some books and some blogs to read and we agreed to meet again in two weeks. Hi, David. So in two weeks, in two weeks we went to Costa and of course, I asked the guy him about his SEO knowledge. His answer: Content is king and currently he is reading a book about content creation and semantic search.

While he was talking I wrote a short poem, an SEO poem on a piece of paper and after he stopped talking paused I simply asked him: Can go and upload this poem to the Internet, on the Internet. He was like confused obviously: Omi what do you mean? And I was like: Well, you’ve just told me that content is king. So upload this poem on the Internet and make me famous. I wanna be the King of the Internet. Of course again confused And he said something like “But Omi I need a website”. End of story.

A lot of people come to me. A lot of companies and tell me: Omi, our website is beautiful. Our pictures are amazing. We publish content on a regular basis but somehow we are not ranking well. Why?

I said it before and I would say it again: Yes, content is King. But every King needs a castle, a home to live in. Technical SEO is this castle and by analysing your server logs you basically know whether you’ve got a solid structure or not.

If every time when the Googlebot comes to your website it can’t understand the structure of your website if every time when the Googlebot comes to your website and ignores strategic sections of your website your content counts for nothing. Shall I repeat this one? Your content counts for nothing.

Sorry, I can see a lot of fo people tagging me.

The only way for the Googlebot to understand what’s on your website is to literary come and crawl all your pages. Now some of you may say ‘But what is a log file?’ This is a log file. I know it’s a bit confusing but in all honesty, you don’t have to be very technical unless you wanna be an SEO Geek to benefit from the data, from the information, from the wisdom coming from the server logs. From the server logs.

So to make all these very simple I will give you another story.

Six months ago a company came to me and asked me to analyse their website and give them some recommendations for improving their rankings.
Obviously, I started crawling their website and the first thing I saw was half a million pages but only roughly 20 000 of them active pages. You all know this website. I’m not gonna mention the name because of the NDA but you’ve been there at least once for the last one month.
Half a million pages but only twenty thousand of them active pages. By active pages, you know what I mean pages that get organic traffic.
So I’ve started analysing their website, I’ve started crawling it and of course analysing the server logs so this is what I see. OnCrawl.

154 orphan pages. Yes, 154 000 orphan pages. Some websites don’t even have 154 000 pages. Out of 154 000 pages only 3 000 of them active pages.

Now, what are orphan pages?

Chelsea: Omi, what’s an active page? How do you qualify that?
Getting organic visits.
3 000, remember this number.

So what are orphan pages?

Orphan pages are pages that are not linked from anywhere in your website structure.

This is the definition you see online.

What is my definition for orphan pages? Omi Sido’s definition for orphan pages. Stop hurting your SEO. Please.

How do we find Orphan pages?

The only way to find Orphan pages is to crawl, fully crawl a website. Take all the log file data, combine it together and analyse it. In this case out of 154 000 pages only 3 000 active pages. I had no choice but to literary delete all inactive pages. And I know it sounds a little bit harsh.
Then I continued analysing this website and I find that the bot is spending a lot of time, literary stuck in a section full of non-complaint pages instead of crawling the sections with complaint pages. Remember my what I said earlier about the strategic crawling of your website. I had no choice but to delete another big chunk of this website.

And then what I call duplicate URL crawling. By analysing this website I realised that the bot is spending a lot of its resources crawling pages with parameters even although they were properly canonicalized.

We had to literally reshuffle the whole navigation and stuff like that.
And now have a look at this picture. Yeah, this graph.
Pages crawled and not crawled by depth against SEO visits distribution by depth.

As I told you earlier you don’t have to be very technical to understand the importance of analysing your log files.
Have a look at this section of the graph. Only 49% are crawled. Yet, this section gives the most SEO organic visits.

By the way, I don’t like calling them organic. For me, they are just SEO visits.

But anyway.
Very strange for this website page depth five is giving more organic visits than those two. So I had a lot of conversations basically the idea was what’s gonna happen if I literary delete this group. What’s gonna happen if I force the bot to crawl this section more often and index more pages? What’s gonna happen if I actually combine those two without deleting this one or I combine those two? Notice this is only 19%. I hope you can see it from far. Nineteen percent.

You have to really think how you wanna spend your Crawl Budget.

We deleted, in all honesty, we’ve deleted more than 60% of this website went to the bin.

Just for clarity. These 60% any of these is unique content stuff like that. You are not suggesting

No, I am not suggesting that. Normally Orphan pages that are not visited by anybody even the bots are.

So ok. So to explain. Let’s go a little bit to Oprpahn pages. Normally those are development mistakes, expired product pages. Do we agree on this one? Ok, thanks.

So we’ve deleted. It’s ok. No, no of course yeah. The point I am trying to make and thank you very much because many people don’t actually know what Orphan pages are. You are absolutely right.

We’ve deleted more than 60%. More than 60% of this website went to the bin. Yet, six months down the line this client sells more products than ever. I didn’t say visits I said money. They sell more products than ever. Now that the bot is allowed to crawl the good pages more often resulting in more pages present in the SERPs and-and in a better position.

Some of you may say ‘Omi, this is a big website. They had a literary room for deleting pages’ and in fact, I have a lot of clients coming to me telling me ‘Omi, I don’t care about analysing log files because I only have 10-20 thousand pages’. So let me give you a quick example of a relatively small website.

This website was about to be migrated 6-7 months ago and I was asked to analyse it.

22 000 pages in the structure. 8 000 orphan pages. 8 thousand. After finding this one they nearly fired the whole Digital Marketing team. Thank God they didn’t. I’ve got more followers on LInkedIn.
23% are only bringing 3% of organic visits. Literary. Three percent of organic visits. Is it worth keeping those pages?
On the other side in the previous example – sorry I can’t find it now – in the previous example the Orphan pages were actually bringing 37% of organic visits. Why are you not linking to them?
Internally linking to them first so your customers can find them when they come on your website and second you can improve their SEO value so they bring even more visits in the future.

Guys, I hope I gave you, I’ve given you a good idea of how to.

Girl: I have a question.

Omi: Of course.

Girl: Have you done any analysis of incoming backlinks to those pages that you.

Omi: Yes, you have to do that. You have to do that.

Girl: How to do that all feed into the whole process?

Omi: With the example, I gave you there were no literary no backlinks. But you have to do that, you know.

Guys, I hope I’ve given you enough information but by all means, ask questions.

Benchmark Search Conference 2017 | SEO Lead, Global Channel Optimisation, Vodafone

Benchmark Search Conference 2017 | SEO Lead, Global Channel Optimisation, Vodafone

Who is Nick Wilsdon?

Nick Wilsdon started his online career in 1998, giving his first SEO seminar two years later in Brighton. After moving to Moscow, he became an expert on Russian search, working with gaming clients across CIS markets. During this time he was involved in the Russian start-up community, working with Yandex, RF parliament members and the US State Department.

Since his return to the UK, Nick Wilsdon has held the ‘head of department’ roles at Arena Media, part of the Havas Media Group and within the Dentsu Aegis network.
As the SEO lead at Vodafone Group, he is standardising and improving online performance across 22 markets and 55 partner markets. He is particularly interested in mobile SEO, cross-channel campaigns and joining up the dots in a logical way.

What is the Benchmark Search Conference?

The one­-day event features world­-class speakers that cover all of the need­-to­-know search marketing topics to develop and advance your brand’s search engine presence, including:

Organic search (SEO) – how to achieve and maintain your brand’s ranking in natural search engine results and ensure your customers can easily find you.

Paid search (PPC) – driving targeted traffic to your website by showing ads in search engine results when people search for related keywords.

Social media – enhancing brand awareness and advocacy to support your search visibility; your social authority is increasingly considered by Google as a ranking factor.

Content marketing – how to be smart with your content campaigns to build trust and credibility by returning relevant answers to search queries, and earning quality backlinks.

Who’s behind Benchmark?

Located in North West England, Click Consult is a multi-award-winning search marketing agency with a focus on organic (SEO) and paid search (PPC). With over 70 professionals employed and a portfolio of over 60 clients from across the UK, Click Consult works with businesses looking for a measurable return from their search marketing budget.

Click Consult also provides a range of other services, including content marketing, inbound marketing and conversion rate optimisation (CRO), as well as international and multilingual search. The company is Google AdWords and Microsoft adExcellence certified and is on the Recommended Agency Register.

Brighton SEO talk September 2017 | Quick and Dirty Server-side tweaks to improve your SEO

Petar Nikolow


Learn how a messy server can sabotage all your SEO efforts, how to check current server configuration and how to improve and get the maximum from them.

Who is Petar Nikolow?

Peter does software development for his own company MobilioDevelopment. He built his first website in university in 1997 and since then has been involved in websites and applications. Now he thinks the “Less is more” principle needs to be applied to the current web too.

Slides: https://www.slideshare.net/mobilio/quick-and-dirty-serverside-tweaks-to-improve-your-seo-brighton-seo-september-2017

About BrightonSEO

BrightonSEO – is a major search marketing event in the UK. One of our favourite events of the year, This is a superb conference for search marketing professionals, novice or expert.

BrightonSEO is a chance to learn from some of the best minds in search, and then rub shoulders with them at one of the friendliest, and largest, gatherings of Digital Marketers in Europe.

Brighton SEO talk September 2017 | Understanding the Impact of Mobile-First Indexing

Understanding the Impact of Mobile-First Indexing Cindy Krum


Mobile-First indexing is about a whole new index where URLs are not required to compete. Competition is more driven by markup, feeds and potentially Google-hosted options like actions & database information from Google Firebase.

Who is Cindy Krum?

Cindy Krum is the Chief Executive Officer of MobileMoxie, LLC (Previously Rank-Mobile LLC). She brings fresh and creative ideas to her clients, speaking at national and international trade events about mobile web marketing, social network marketing and international SEO.

Cindy Krum also writes for industry publications, and has been published in Website Magazine, Advertising & Marketing Review, Search Engine Land, ODG Intelligence, and quoted by many respected publications including PC World, Internet Retailer, TechWorld, Direct Magazine and Search Marketing Standard.

Slides: https://www.slideshare.net/MobileMoxie/the-truth-about-mobilefirst-indexing-mozcon-2017

About BrightonSEO

BrightonSEO – is a major search marketing event in the UK. One of our favourite events of the year, This is a superb conference for search marketing professionals, novice or expert.

BrightonSEO is a chance to learn from some of the best minds in search, and then rub shoulders with them at one of the friendliest, and largest, gatherings of Digital Marketers in Europe.

Brighton SEO talk September 2017 | Setting AMP for Success

Brighton SEO talk September 2017 | Setting AMP for Success Aleyda Solis


Tips & tools to successfully implement AMP in common scenarios.

Whos is Aleyda Solis?

Aleyda Solis is an International SEO Consultant – a service that she provides with her boutique consultancy, Orainti – a blogger (Search Engine Land, State of Digital and Moz), speaker (with more than 70 conferences in 18 countries in English and Spanish) & author (of “SEO, Las Claves Esenciales”).

Included in Forbes as one of the 10 Digital Marketing specialists to follow in 2015 and in Entrepreneur as one of the 50 Online Marketing Influencers to follow in 2016, she has more than 8 years of experience doing Search Engine Optimization for European, American and Latin-American companies.

After working in different SEO roles at European and American companies, both from the agency as well as in the in-house side, she founded her own consultancy to help from startups in competitive industries to multinational companies with complex Web environments to grow their search visibility & achieve their SEO goals with strategic, technical & in-depth SEO consulting.

Slides: https://www.slideshare.net/aleydasolis/setting-amp-for-success-at-brightonseo

About BrightonSEO

BrightonSEO – is a major search marketing event in the UK. One of our favourite events of the year, This is a superb conference for search marketing professionals, novice or expert.

BrightonSEO is a chance to learn from some of the best minds in search, and then rub shoulders with them at one of the friendliest, and largest, gatherings of Digital Marketers in Europe.

My top 3 BrightonSEO tips

My top 3 BrightonSEO tips

One more time BrightonSEO is upon us. Top Digital Marketers from all over the world are coming our way. Now is the time to network. Saying that let me give you my top three BrightonSEO tips that came up in a conversation with Gerry White (Take It Offline).

Before the conference research, research, research. Research, follow and engage with every single BrightonSEO speaker you wanna talk to on Friday. Know what they are interested in but most of all study their subject. There is nothing easier than approaching a speaker/influencer knowing and talking about their subject.

During the conference follow the BrightonSEO Twitter hashtag and retweet everybody who is using it. DM the people you really want to talk to asking them for a quick chat, or a quick coffee or maybe joining them for lunch.

After the conference, go back to all your retweets and follow everybody who was using the #BrightonSEO Twitter hashtag. Engage with them, discuss BrightonSEO topics. Chances are next year when you come back to BrightonSEO all those people gonna know your name and gonna talk to you like a friend.

Last but not least if you see me at the conference don’t be shy. Come say Hi. Ask the questions. You know me. You’ve got the problems and I’ve got the solutions.

Peace.

Who are your two must see speakers at BrightonSEO?

Must see speakers at BrightonSEO


The other day Gerry White asked me to about my two ‘must see’ speakers at the forthcoming BrightonSEO conference.

Now, choosing two out of twenty carefully selected by Kelvin Newman top SEO/ Digital Marketing speakers is not an easy job.

But to answer the question I would go with Aleyda Solis and Bill Slawski.

Now when it comes to Bill Slawski I believe that I’ve been reading his blog since the very beginning of my SEO career. I’ve learnt so much from Bill Slawski that I can easily call him my SEO father.

The main wisdom coming from his blog is that you really have to try and understand the basics before attempting to understand the complexity of what Google the search engine is.

When it comes to Aleyda Solis she is one of those speakers that I am always looking forward to because she is always talking about the hottest trend, the hottest subject in SEO. She is one of those speakers that induce a desire in me to learn more. To know everything about a given subject. Curiosity.

Who are your two ‘must see’ speakers at the forthcoming BrightonSEO?

The Sunday Talk – Social Media Tips

Social Media Tips


I wanna make a statement. Waking up before 6 am should be illegal.

What do I think about Social Media?

Guys, it’s not even 6 am in the UK.
What I really think about social media is that for decades, large media companies have controlled the tools through which consumers and small business were told what to wear, what to eat, what to buy and what and how to think.
Nowadays consumers and small business possess the same ability to produce, distribute and curate content and disperse brand engagement across vast distances. In my opinion,

Social media transformed the marketing industry forever.

Monday morning. Eight o’clock. One webinar done. Two more to go this week on social media. I think it’s time for some social media tips.

Yes, in my opinion, all businesses should be on LinkedIn. I just don’t get it. Nowadays LinkedIn is like Facebook for businesses.
You’ve probably heard many, many times already, but I want to stress it one more time: LinkedIn is no longer optional, James, for any businesses, big or small. This social network provides you with a large network of professionals, sales opportunities, credibility.

Last but not least marketing platform for your business. And I will give you just one example. I’ve heard it recently that almost 70 percent of B2B buyers, B2B buyers prefer to work with recommendations from their professional network.

Yes, I’ve stopped the car. It’s not always easy to drive and talk, you know. But to continue our conversation.
Social media is meant to be interactive, you know. Don’t simply post and run. I will give you an example. The other day I saw a nice pair of shoes online and I was like ‘Guys, I love your shoes. Where can I buy them?’ It took them three days to answer. Three days. Exactly what I said don’t simply post and run. Spend some time building relationships with your customers, you know. As well as other business owners.

If you are in the restaurant business and somebody downtown uploaded a nice chicken recipe online just say something. Say like ‘nice recipe’. His followers will see your comment and they will definitely check your profile as well and probably follow you.
So the conclusion is:

Re-post content you enjoy and take the time to answer questions or address concerns in an honest but professional manner.

Well it’s Friday and you are probably fed up listening to my voice all week so let’s ask Zara Altair one of the best American ghost writers about her top social media tip.

Zara Altair: My social media tip is Be yourself. So what that means is the basic essence of you, the basic essence of you. David Amerland in SEO help calls it ‘your signal’. And it’s essentially living your mission statement so that if you are doing short conversations that may be a long stream on Twitter or very involved conversations on Google Plus chatting with people on Facebook each one can be a little bit different but underneath is you. So that’s my Social Media tip whatever your strategy for different Social Media platforms the most important thing is letting yourself shine.

We all know Omi. We all instantly know Omi and that’s because he is giving us that sense of himself. And Omi is a great illustration.

So, Be Yourself!

If it’s time to go back and rethink your mission statement for your business I highly recommend doing and SEO Help is a great way to get in touch with that. It’s in questions section number 19 ‘From strings to things’. Anyway, that’s my tip because you are always going to be real and that’s the way people engage and connect with you.

Social Media is all about connection. It’s not about broadcasting the great thing that you have whether is a product or service. Social media is about connecting with people in a real and honest way. So even when you are sharing articles which may illustrate your expertise or find the benefit of your product still you are going to be connecting to the people who respond to that. So you ‘Be yourself’. That is my tip.

Fixing the old lady is never an easy job. It’s very similar to your online reputation. Once it’s damaged going back is not an easy job. Yous should constantly monitor your brand mentions online so you are in a position to respond to negative sentiment straight away.
Now I am leaving you with Gerry White the founder of the Take It Offline movement in the UK.

Gerry White: Hi, so Omi was asking some tips for Social media and one of the biggest tips I can give anybody is basically about engagement. It’s not a broadcast medium. If you are somebody who is just broadcasting on Social Media you are probably just broadcasting to other broadcasters. Nobody is gonna listen to somebody who just broadcast so engage, talk, discuss. You will learn more. You will find out stuff.

Social media is for engagement not just for broadcasting.

David Amerland: When it comes to Social Media the questions that we face and the problems which we actually have to deal with the challenges if you like are not dissimilar to the ones which we face in the offline world.
So essentially they are problems which revolve around content, quality, quantity, identity, authenticity.

We ask ourselves all the time ‘How do I manage to project the real values of me without oversharing? How do I become authentic when essentially I am creating layers of artificiality which allow me to connect with my audience. How do I manage to be human?
In other words when everything which we do is very intent driven, very intentional and a lot of the times like this video in many ways clearly over thought.

Well, there is an easy solution to this and essentially the way out of this morass of complexity is to take the entire content creation approach in a very sustainable manner and make it part of the narrative of your identity. In other words do not be afraid to imbue what you do in the online world with all the interesting things which drive you, with all the things which essentially challenge you and project those touch points of humanity, those touch points of essentially the shared journey in the online world with a content which you create with your audience.

And if you do that, if you create the kind of narrative which becomes part of your identity which has to some degree vulnerability if you like but also manages to show evolution and some kind of development than you are bound to basically connect with people at a more human level. You are bound to find more of an audience in what you do and that audience will resonate more with your content. So you will avoid the pitfall of sounding too artificial, not human in other words and the audience will appreciate this. I hope this helps. Take care.

Social Media Tips

Saying something smart after Gerry, Zara and Mr David Amerland is not easy. So I will leave you with one of my favourite Omi Sido’s Social Media quotes.

Selling on Social Media is for amateurs. Connecting is for pros.

Guys, next week I am going to the beautiful Spanish city called Valencia but you do come back here next Sunday cause you’ve got the problems and I’ve got the solutions.