Category Archives: Conferences

Search Bootcamp Ecommerce Ranking Factors Roundtable

On 22 June 2015 I led a roundtable discussion at SEO Bootcamp in London, the discussion covered various eCommerce optimisation issues, and a range of challenges the delegates were currently working on.

eCommerce Roundtable Discussion
eCommerce Roundtable Discussion

“Let’s sit down and talk about unique content, social signals, page titles, content marketing, brand entities, site speed, SSL certificates, image optimisation, re-marketing, XML sitemaps, videos, internal linking, external linking, toxic backlinks, negative SEO, search themes, local search optimisation, Google Now, crawl budget optimisation, keyword research, call tracking, information architecture, merchandising, schema markup, tracking pixels, up & cross-sell tactics, analytics, conversion tracking… feeling overwhelmed by what your ecommerce siteactually needs to perform and make more money? You’re not alone. Centred on Google and Organic Search, this is an intense 60 minute roundtable to cut through the FUD and focus on the activities that bring returns.”

The slides are a summary of a checklist I use to quickly review and prioritise outstanding issues I find with eCommerce websites. The current version of this tool is linked below:

Download the eCommerce Optimisation Checklist
Download the eCommerce Optimisation Checklist

About Search Bootcamp

Search Bootcamp is a full day set of workshops and roundtables allowing SEOs to get together and learn about new developments in search and meet the experts in person. It’s organised by the SEO Monitor team, and you should take a look at their toolset.

Many thanks to my fellow presenters Kelvin Newman(@kelvinnewman), Alexandra Tachalova (@AlexTachalova), Cosmin Negrescu (@ncosmin), Andy Cooney (@Andy_Cooney), Ann Stanley(@AnnStanley), Joe Shervell (@eelselbows), Bastian Grimm (@basgr), and Alec Bertram (@kiwialec) for making it a great event.

And thank you also to Maria, Irina, and Cosmin for inviting me to present.


eCommerce Ranking Factors Slides
eCommerce Optimisation Checklist

Speaking at eComTeam 2015, Brasov, Romania

I’m proud to be invited to run a workshop and speak at the premier eCommerce conference in Romania, eComTeam. For the conference’s 3rd year, it’s doing a 302 redirection to Brasov in central Transylvania rather than staying in Bucharest.

eComTeam 2015 website

There’s a range of fantastic speakers lined up this year, such as Lukasz Zelezny, Violeta Luca, Tamsin Fox-Davies, Alexandru Lapusan, and Judith Lewis. Full line-up here.

On Day 1, I’m presenting the closing slot and will be presenting some thoughts on SEO & eCommerce over the next few years, as well as rounding up some highlights of the day. I’m calling this “What May Come Next – A review of trends & technologies that will impact how we interact with others, use digital media and shop in 2015 to 2020”.

My workshop for Day 2 is eRetail: From average to great in 2015, from the conference programme:

“This year you can rocket your site up the rankings and boost your profits by improving search engine performance and customer appeal. With best practice across content, UX and Search Engine Optimisation, this workshop gives you a comprehensive roadmap to follow. And we’ll also share the worst SEO errors to avoid.”

In the run-up to the conference, I also took part in a Q&A for, the premier business magazine in Romania with the title Expert SEO: Tribul tau este format din 0,1% din piata. Fa-l sa te adore (in English; Expert SEO, Your Tribe Is 0.1% Of The Market. Learn To Love It).

A version in English is published at the Forward3D blog:

SEO Advice for Start-Up Businesses

I will be making materials and slideshows available here and on my Slideshare account once the conference is over.

The presentation slides are below:

BrightonSEO September 2013 Slides

I hope everyone enjoyed BrightonSEO yesterday. Tracking down the slides and videos from conference presentations is always a time-consuming challenge, so I’ve done the hard work for you.

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If you know of any slides or Twitter handles I’m missing to date, please get in touch on @JackNorell or via email at

If you’re the presenter of any of the below, and you’d like to add a short summary of your presentation, add a link to your blog post about it or to your website, please get in touch as above.

Session 1

Social track

Real-Time Marketing for any Brand

Oliver Snoddy Slides @olisnoddy  

Google+ for Brands

Adriano Accardo Slides @AccardoAdriano  

The Ins & Outs of Testing Social

Covers many tools and ways to test your social media efforts.

Jennifer Sable Lopez Slides @Jennita

International track

International Link Curation

What are the key things in creating links internationally?

Kevin Gibbons Slides @kevgibbo BlueGlass UK

International Social & Link Building

Alessandro’ presentation on “International and Social Link Building” focussed on the untapped potential of international social media markets for UK companies. It also featured Batman, Robin and Bane – what more could you want from a Brighton SEO presentation?

Alessandro Brunelli Slides @Ale_Brunelli

The Other Search Engines

Since Google has the biggest market share in Europe, we tend to only watch their developments. Don’t forget we have other search engines too: how are Blekko, Yandex, Baidu, Sogou and other “foreign” engines developing?

Jan-Willem Bobbink Slides @jbobbink

Networks track

How Do You Trust People and Pages You’ve Never Seen Before

Dixon Jones Slides @Dixon_Jones

Making Sense of Lots of Data

Peter A. Passaro Slides @NousExMachina

Social Signal Processing. An Introduction.

Introduction to Social Signal Processing, the computing domain aimed at modelling analysis and synthesis of nonverbal communication in human-human and human-machine interactions.

Alessandro Vinciarelli Slides / Keynotes @alevincia

Session 2

Creative track

Video Hacks

Phil takes us through tips and tricks on making video work at it’s best for SEO.

Phil Nottingham Slides @PhilNottingham

The Rules of ‘The Game’: 6 Tips for Successful Outreach

Danny Ashton Slides @DannyAshton

Actionable Content Marketing and Strategy

Tony Samios took to the main stage with his presentation on “Actionable Content Marketing and Strategy”, which mixed in-depth, actionable advice with the odd X-Factor audition video. “Ant and Deaf” – quality!

Tony Samios Slides

Linkbuilding That "Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time"

Paul Madden Slides @PaulDavidMadden

LoMo track

Mobile Strategy for Small Businesses

Bridget Randolph Slides @BridgetRandolph

Design for Mobile… Responsive or Adaptive

Justin Taylor Slides @JustinGraphitas

Managing Local Listings

Local Search requires consistent branch level information listed in multiple local listing sites to work effectively. David Whatley from MiShop.local discusses how brands can use their network to significantly extend their local search footprint. He also talks about the “NAP Anchor” – where consistent Name Address and Phone Number together provide the unique identifier for local search.

David Whatley Slides @MIShopLocal

Effective Adwords Tactics for Local Businesses

AdWords have come under fire for becoming too expensive for small and local businesses. These advanced PPC tactics help you become competitive again.

Tara West Slides @Koozai_Tara

Technical track

Crawling the Internet for Fun and Profit

Dom Hodgson Slides @Thehodge

How to Crush the Competition by Watching the SERPs

Rob Bucci Slides @STATrob

In-Core Mining of Large Networks

Sebastiano Vigna      

A Crash Course in Natural Language Processing

Oliver Mason Slides @ojmason

Session 3

Onsite track

The Keyword is Dead: Long Live the Keyword

Stefan Hull

Next Gen Measurement in Google Analytics

Dara’s presentation provides a look into the new ‘Universal Analytics’ and other new features of Google Analytics, with some ideas on how to make the most of what they have on offer.

Dara Fitzgerald Slides @darafitzgerald Fresh Egg

On Page Content Marketing

Lisa Myers Slides @LisaDMyers

Ecommerce SEO – Selling Does Not Make You Link Worthy

Tim Grice Slides @Tim_Grice

Links track

Make Your PR Idea a National SEO Success

Keith White Slides @Keith_Marketing

Data and Content Production

Alan Cairns Slides @lancairns

Low Cost Link Building with Juicy, Juicy Data

Stacey Cavanagh Summary & slides @staceycav

The Inhouse and Agency SEO Should be Friends

If you have a client with an experienced Search Manager in place you should be thanking your lucky stars. The inhouse SEO can be your best asset, so don’t make them your worst enemy. PLUS, the hidden dangers of having a client with no in-house expertise.

Max Brockbank Slides @maxormark

Hacks track

Increasing Prices without Losing Sales

Acquiring customers is increasingly difficult. 98% of site visitors won’t buy and our marketing is incredibly ineffective. This has been bugging marketers for decades. Justin Deaville shows how the lessons that direct mail marketers learnt over decades can rapidly boost your conversion rates through testing.

Justin Deaville Slides @justindeaville

More Offline Leads from Online Traffic

We all spend vast sums of money on digital marketing activities that drive traffic to our websites. What can we do to get the right type of traffic, and increase our conversion rate, leads and sales?

Ali White Slides @AlistairWhite

The Magic of APIs

Matt Beswick Writeup & slides @mattbeswick

Facebook Ad Optimisation

Stephen Croome

Session 4 – Lightning Talks

How We Plan Editorial at BBC Sport

Paul Plunkett Slides @paulplunkett66

Tech Holes in Your Reporting

Katrina Gallagher Slides @Digitangle

Schema & You: Making Microdata Sexy

Sam Harries Slides @PurposeGaming

How Five Ski Companies Built Links with Great Content Marketing

Iain Martin Slides @skipedia

7 Minute SEO

James Ray

Multi-channel Technical SEO

Director of Strategy Mike Briggs was on hand to present a seven-minute “lightning” on “Multichannel Technical SEO”, which he described as “Website Structure for Humans, Robots & Profit”.

Michael Briggs Slides @michaelkebriggs

Breaking Down the Silos

Matt Roberts   @linkdex_matt

Still hungry for more BrightonSEO content? Tony Dimmock put up a round up with links to all the presentations and writeups.