One Person, One Billion Pages - Ancestry @ Conductor C3 2013

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  • Key Tools:1) Webmaster tools (Google & Bing)2) Firefox Web Developer from (Chris Pederick)\3) cURL
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  • Tool Tip:-Used webmaster tools, Conductor & automated tests as primary early warning systems-Used cURL to identify 404 issue for our homepage (per Google, it’s the closest proxy to Googlebot)-Tools to react: we configured our CMS (Fatwire) to publish all robots.txt files to enable on-demand changes

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  • 1. #C3NY ONE PERSON ONE BILLION PAGES Stefan Pioso Director Search Marketing, Ancestry.com
  • 2. #C3NY STEFAN PIOSO 2 Ancestry.com Linkedin.com/in/spioso Facebook.com/Ancestry.com spioso@ancestry.com Leading Online Family History Resource @ancestrydotcom
  • 3. #C3NY AGENDA • Who is Ancestry.com • How one approaches one billion • Building the team [spoiler alert] 3
  • 4. #C3NY WHO WE ARE
  • 5. #C3NY WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE… 5 • Largest online family history resource • 11+ billion records • 50 million family trees • 5 billion profiles • 1+ billion indexed pages • Products • Records & tools subscriptions • Desktop & mobile Apps • DNA • 1x Public | 2x Private • Sold to Permira $1.6b in 2012
  • 6. #C3NY WHO WE ARE NOT… 6
  • 7. #C3NY CAN ONE MANAGE ONE BILLION? • Sure… • Caveat 1 • Caveat 2 • Caveat 3…. • Wait, it depends… • The answer is not binary… 7
  • 8. #C3NY HOW ONE APPROACHES ONE BILLION
  • 9. #C3NY SCOPING PROBLEMS & OPPORTUNITIES 9 Tools Assessment - Tracking systems - SEO configuration - CMS / publishing Site Audit - Inventory content - Tech assessment - Link profile audit Find Stakeholders - SEO proponents - Content creators - Standards owner(s)
  • 10. #C3NY SITUATION OVERVIEW • Assets • Domain authority • Link profile • Scale of available content • Challenges • 100+ subdomains • 5k owned domains • Duplicate content • Few tools to influence site • Disparate platforms, high dependencies 10
  • 11. #C3NY MY REVOLUTIONARY THREE STEP APPROACH 11 Maintain Improve Grow
  • 12. #C3NY ANCESTRY’S APPROACH 12 Maintain  You can’t grow if the baseline is shrinking! • Benchmark • Set SEO standards • Configure & monitor early warning systems • Ensure you have the tools to react
  • 13. #C3NY ANCESTRY’S APPROACH 13 Improve  Make proven entry points work harder & cultivate new ones. • Test what you can change & build what you can test • Leverage common conversion paths where possible. • Focus on template-level SEO enhancements.
  • 14. #C3NY ANCESTRY’S APPROACH 14 Grow  Exploit available content & build where necessary. • Growth opportunities • Collections porting • Data aggregation
  • 15. #C3NY BUILDING THE TEAM
  • 16. #C3NY ANYONE KNOW WHAT THIS IS? 16
  • 17. #C3NY CAN ONE MANAGE ONE BILLION?  Yes, but you’ll need help! • Build credibility • How: Training & data feedback • Demonstrate opportunity • How: Do it, then talk about it • Define clear, measurable plan • How: Create your top 100 • Use skillset to expand into adjacent channels 17
  • 18. #C3NY …IN CLOSING
  • 19. #C3NY WHAT EXCITES US ABOUT THE FUTURE… • Building more content at scale • Asset consolidation • Exploring what big data and cross channel search optimization can deliver 19
  • 20. #C3NY SHAMELESS PLUG…  Very competitive salary & relocation to San Francisco available for the right candidate. • SEO Product Manager • Description: http://goo.gl/MhzirT • SEO Manager • Not yet listed…contact me directly in interested 20 Contact me: spioso@ancestry.com
  • 21. #C3NY QUESTIONS? 21