SASCON SEO Conference

I will be speaking at the Manchester SEO conference called, SASCON. Although it sounds like a Southern European military region, it’s going to be good as there is a great line up of speakers.

Click here for the website, I think there are still tickets left and they are a lot more reasonable than London conferences.
So if you are in the area, pop in and say hi.

There are some great people going and I’m looking forward to meeting. If you do go, come up and say hi.

It’s going to be a 6 hour drive, any podcasts you think I should download and listen to on the way?

SEO Blogging, or a River of Effluent?

Aaron Wall has a certain style of blogging, one that is highly readable and underpinned by a true experts eye. He also seems to not mind offending big names, my cynical nature leads me at first to think there is some business logic as to where he aims his criticism, but probably not. I think he really enjoys peeling back the skin of those big names and revealing the raw flesh underneath.

There is so much spin and smoke and mirrors on seo industry blogs, everyone has an angle, those selling services are constantly on the look out for advantage. Which I don’t have a problem with as most industries operate in this way, but it requires special skill to navigate through the rivers of effluent that is the SEO blog scene and establish yourself as a top dog. This skill is not just about being a hot SEO, it’s something much more.

Which is why there is need for the top players in the industry to tell it like it is.

Trust and credibility are golden and are the best marketing tools around. If large amounts of people trust you and what you say and don’t think you are simply bigging up a mate or delivering a slagging to someone just because they are a competitor, it’s powerful stuff.

Of course there are other ways to be powerful but that’s for another post.

Here is the cracking article that inspired this post.
Who Are The Top 10 SEOs in the World?

Long Copy Short Copy

OK, I admit, my post on social bookmarking was a little tongue in cheek. Designed possibly to raise an eyebrow or two? Most likley, but I also like to play around with the medium of blogging. I was just about to call it an art form, but noooooo.

Posts like that are designed to get you thinking. How long does a blog post have to be. My answer to that is “as long as it needs to be”. The style and objective of the blog will help define, plus the nature of the post. Are you trying to sell, inform, argue?

People bang on about the short attention span of internet users, I do this when talking about crafting headlines. But sometimes a long post is needed to lead people through an arguement to help define the points of view. I have seen successful blog posts that are similar to academic essays. Offering meat when everyone if offering lettuce is an interesting tactic.

This post could be quite long, but I have to go and get some sausage rolls from Truro.