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Why Structured Data & Semantic SEO Are Important - SMX East 2013


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Behold! My slide deck from "Why Structured Data & Semantic SEO Are Important" at SMX East 2013 in New York.

I'm a huge geek for structured data and semantic markup. I’ve literally woken up in the middle of the night in a sweat with an idea of how I could apply semantic markup to a piece of rich content. I ended up sitting in the kitchen for the next few hours exploring and running things through Google’s structured data testing tool. So, I guess it goes without saying that I’m really stoked to be talking about this stuff.

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Why Structured Data & Semantic SEO Are Important - SMX East 2013

  1. 1. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C Why Structured Data & Semantic SEO Are Important
  2. 2. Sweet Hashtags: #SMX #21c Hi, SMX! Mike Arnesen SEO Team Manager, SwellPath
  3. 3. Hi, SMX! Mike Arnesen SEO Team Manager, SwellPath Sweet Hashtags: #SMX #21c
  4. 4. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C What’s wrong with the web anyway?
  5. 5. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C What does it mean?! Without advanced analysis, it’s hard to understand what pages and sites are about.
  6. 6. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C How we used to convey meaning…
  7. 7. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C Okay …we’re not that bad anymore.
  8. 8. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C Semantic markup changes everything. It’s our mechanism for creating meaningful data!
  9. 9. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C
  10. 10. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C
  11. 11. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C
  12. 12. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C Data pulled from semantic markup is everywhere!
  13. 13. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C What do you mean by “data”? Objects Properties Relationships
  14. 14. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C From Documents to Data Documents (i.e. web pages) can only be read. Data can be used in any way you can imagine. The data from a document can be disassembled, rearranged, & reassembled.
  15. 15. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C When combined, data can be more interesting than the individual pieces themselves.
  16. 16. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C Shared vocabularies make semantic markup meaningful.
  17. 17. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C What is Semantic SEO? Providing open, structured data 
 in order to increase search visibility by helping connect users with information 
 that they want and need."
  18. 18. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C “I don’t want to lose traffic!”
  19. 19. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C You could lose traffic! Yet providing open data earns your site greater trust. A trustworthy resource is worthy of being promoted!
  20. 20. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C Let’s fast forward “Webmasters can improve the rank of their sites by creating high-quality sites that users will want to use and share.” - Google, 2013
  21. 21. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C Let’s fast forward “Webmasters can improve the rank of their sites by providing high quality data that users & applications will want to use.” - Google, future
  22. 22. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C Semantic SEO is the new frontier It allows for more effective organization of the web.
  23. 23. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C Delivering more comprehensive & relevant information
  24. 24. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C Make your site a resource Linked data is a vital building block of the semantic web. Could it be that sites providing a wealth of data will receive the same credit as the sites who are frequently linked to? The more your data is referenced, the more credible your resource becomes.
  25. 25. @mike_arnesen #SMX #21C Thank you!