By Evan Carmichael on June 9th, 2009
Well it’s been another great day here at SES Toronto. The day started off with a keynote speach by Emanuel Rosen who is the author of The Anatomy of Buzz Revisited. The Anatomy of Buzz is a great book to help you increase your word of mouth marketing and I’ll soon be picking up the Revisited version.
Just like I did yesterday, today I wanted to share with you some of the highlights from today’s workshops. I again stayed mostly to the Geek Track to get really deep on technical issues and tactics to build more traffic. Thank you everyone for the great feedback that you left on the blog from yesterday’s post.
The first workshop that had a lasting impact for me was Information Architecture, Site Performance Tuning and SEO from the Geek Track. Shari Thurow, the founder of Omni Marketing Interactive, discussed site architecture and how to optimize it to perform as quickly as possible. It’s been mentioned a few times at the conference so far that Google will soon (if it’s not already) look at page load time as a factor in your website rankings. If your website takes a long time to load then you won’t rank as high. This is of particular concern to me because as my site has grown, it’s been taking longer and longer to load – fixing the page load time is definitely a high priority item on my task list!
One of Shari’s suggestions was monitor your broken links (are your links working?), crawlability (is your page structure too complicated for Google to follow?), and indexation (are your pages being indexed into Google?).
“It doesn’t matter if you use sub-domains or sub-directories, as long as you do it consistently – pick one and stick with it”
She also advises entrepreneurs to focus your links on what makes sense to the user. Don’t cram websites full of links to try and boost your rankings for those pages. If it doesn’t make sense for the users then the search engines won’t give you the rankings. Also make sure to make your link structure easy to remember. Use your keywords in your URL – it’s better for SEO and people can remember it!
For example, if you had an article on New York real estate you want the link to be www.domain.com/New-York-Real-Estate.html instead of www.domain.com/article.php?id=443. People are more likely to remember and tell people about the article with the keywords in it.
Finally, she discussed sub-domains versus sub-directories. For example, if it would be better to use www.EvanCarmichael.com/Marketing or marketing.EvanCarmichael.com. Her response was that it doesn’t matter if you use sub-domains or sub-directories, as long as you do it consistently – pick one and stick with it. Shari is the author of When Search Meets Web Usability and I’m looking forward to checking out her book and putting her advice to practice!
The next workshop that made an impact was my favourite from last year. It was Tool Time: The Search Marketer’s Free-to-Cheap Goodie Bag from the Nuts & Bolts track. Last year it was my favorite workshop and I was looking forward to coming back this year to cover it. The speakers went over so much information and provided so many useful tools that it was difficult to keep up! I’m going to wait for the slides to be posted to the website and will post my update here as soon as it’s up!
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