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   Rand Fishkin | @randfish | moz.com/rand

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http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/your-looks-and-online-dating/

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  1. Choose Short Men (and tall women) http://bit.ly/chooseshortmen Rand Fishkin | @randfish | moz.com/rand
  2. Let’s talk about dating… http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/your-looks-and-online-dating/
  3. Here’s the problem
  4. Height Is Holding You Back… As men’s height falls, messages drop (the opposite is true for women): http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/the-biggest-lies-in-online-dating/
  5. Height Is Holding You Back… Not only is height a poor, arbitrary limitation, most lie about it: http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/the-biggest-lies-in-online-dating/
  6. Remove the Irrational Bias And You Can Get Every Other Criteria You Want, Fulfilled
  7. Let’s Apply This Principle to the Marketing World
  8. 8 Irrational Biases (and how your inbound marketing can benefit by rejecting them)
  9. Bias #1: Ranking Position is All That Matters http://www.seomoz.org/blog/mission-imposserpble-establishing-clickthrough-rates
  10. CTR is Influenced By More than Position
  11. CTR is Influenced By More than Position Star Ratings, Reviews & Price Author Photo Date of Publication Video Snippet
  12. Start w/ Great Titles, Meta Descriptions & URLs Terrible Excellent Snippet Testing Tool: http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets
  13. Profile Pics = CTR Boost Rel=Author Guide from AJ Kohn: http://www.blindfiveyearold.com/how-to-implement-rel-author
  14. Video XML Sitemaps = CTR Boost Video SEO Guide from Wistia: http://wistia.com/doc/video-seo
  15. Rich Snippets: High Value in the Right Niches Visual Rich Snippet Guide: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/a-visual-guide-to-rich-snippets
  16. Bias #2: SEO is About Ranking for the “Money” Keywords
  17. The Chunky Middle & Long Tail Are Amazing
  18. Google Wants the Head for Themselves
  19. Google Wants the Head for Themselves
  20. Google Wants the Head for Themselves
  21. Regular Content + UGC = Long Tail Success Tens of thousands of pages of content created by professional marketers (our writers and those who ask Q+A)
  22. Bias #3: AdWords is All The Keyword Research You Need
  23. Search Suggest Is a Great Keyword Research Tool
  24. Search Suggest Is a Great Keyword Research Tool Great tool for grabbing search suggest data: http://ubersuggest.org
  25. Google News: Research the Undiscovered Keywords In the next 1-5 days, these will all have significant search volume
  26. Social Media Leads to Queries
  27. Tools for Tracking Social: PopURLs http://search.popurls.com/
  28. Tools for Tracking Social: Topsy http://topsy.com/s?q=dublin
  29. Bias #4: My Site is the Only Place to Do SEO
  30. Controlling Brand SERPs Matters
  31. Earning Rankings on Other Sites May Be Easier
  32. Dominating SERPs is a Powerful Tactic
  33. Consider SEO for Your Profiles & Content on these Sites, Too. R Users: 100mm 1B+ 200mm 120mm 20mm Users: 15mm Millions 14mm 7.5mm 18mm
  34. Controlling Brand SERPs Matters You can’t let this rank on page 2!
  35. Bias #5: Social Sharing is Fire & Forget
  36. What You Say and How Matters
  37. Timing Matters At the highest point, only ~6.5% of my followers are online, which means only 4,514 of my 69,458 followers could possibly see a tweet. Via http://followerwonk.com
  38. Repetition Matters The 3.5% online at night are almost certainly not the same as the 6.7% online in the morning. Via http://followerwonk.com
  39. Link Placement Matters URL at the end & hash URL in the center of text blocks, no tag next to the URL usernames or hashes around it
  40. Hashtags & Mentions Matter Using the event hashtag will get Mentioning me makes it in front of IFBC attendees sure I see it, which might mean I RT
  41. Snippets Matter in Google+ Not a great image (3:4 style format works best) Comes from title & meta description
  42. Snippets Matter on Facebook When @jennita (Moz’s community manager) shares content on Facebook, she’ll often upload an individual image from the post to make it better stand out in the Facebook timeline
  43. Bias #6: SEO is About Best Fitting to the Perfect Algorithmic Formula
  44. Google SEES ALL. KNOWS ALL. http://www.seobythesea.com/2011/07/how-google-might-rank-pages-based- upon-usage-information/
  45. Scale of ROI from SEO Activities Over Time 2004-2009 Highest Value Make the website’s pages accessible to engines Build links to individual URLs for higher rankings Optimize on-page keyword usage/targeting Create content people want to consume & share Optimize metadata, Lowest Value schema, rich snippets, etc
  46. Scale of ROI from SEO Activities Over Time 2004-2009 2010-present Highest Value Make the website’s pages Create content people accessible to engines want to consume & share Build links to individual Make the website’s pages URLs for higher rankings accessible to engines Optimize on-page Optimize on-page keyword usage/targeting keyword usage/targeting Create content people Optimize metadata, want to consume & share schema, rich snippets, etc Optimize metadata, Build links to individual Lowest Value schema, rich snippets, etc URLs for higher rankings
  47. The “Algorithm” Today Has Very Few Inputs: Delightfulness Accessibility & Ability to Reach to Users + KW Targeting + an Audience = Rankings (eventually – sometimes it takes a while)
  48. Bias #7: There’s No Simple Way to Increase Traffic
  49. Site Speed Optimization: Simple. Data from @jcolman of REI http://www.slideshare.net/jcolman/web-performance-optimization-the-silver-bullet-of-seo-and-ux
  50. 404, 500 & 302 Fixes: Simple. http://google.com/webmasters and/or http://pro.seomoz.org can help ID these
  51. Re-targeting: Simple. Increases Traffic. Best retargeting providers? http://www.seomoz.org/blog/comparing-the-top-4-retargeting-companies
  52. Sharing New Content on Each Network. Simple.
  53. Bias #8: CRO is about testing variations of content and design
  54. I want more people who visit the site to subscribe via email From my blog: http://moz.com/rand/
  55. A) More People Visiting B) Higher Conversion Rate
  56. Let’s Improve the Call to Action! This must be the problem!
  57. A/B Testing We’ll show half our visitors one and half the other, and get a winner
  58. Multivariate Testing We’ll show each version to a percentage of visitors and find a winner
  59. We Can Test Everything! Location on Page Display Width Box Color Address Verification Social Proof Inclusion Different Versions Based on User Behavior Loading After the Page Changing Messaging on Call-to-Action Copy Different Types of Pages/Posts
  60. That’s Not CRO
  61. What if this isn’t the problem?
  62. What if this is?
  63. What if this guy is?
  64. Likability Design Branding Historical Experiences Trust Social Proof Word of Mouth Associations UX CONVERSION DECISION Price (it’s a complex process) CTAs Process Copywriting Word of Mouth Timing Amount of Pain Effort Required Discovery Path
  65. Likability Design Branding Historical Experiences Trust Social Proof Word of Mouth Associations UX WHICH OF THESE IS THE Price CTAs REAL ISSUE? Process Copywriting Word of Mouth Timing Amount of Pain Effort Required Discovery Path
  66. Ask Smart Questions to the Right People Never Taken a Took the Free Trial Took the Free Free Trial But Left Trial and Stayed What are you seeking What made you take What initially made from SEOmoz? What’s the free trial? you want SEOmoz? brought you back? What objections did What objections did What would make you you have and how did you have and how did more likely to sign up? you overcome them? you overcome them? What are your biggest What caused you to What’s been most objections to signup? cancel subscription? valuable to you? What would have made Had success w/ Moz? you stay a subscriber? Can we share?
  67. This is How the Pros Do It: Boom. From Conversion Rate Experts’ case study (which is definitely worth a read): http://www.conversion-rate-experts.com/crazy-egg-case-study/
  68. This is How the Pros Do It: Boom. And Shakalaka. From Conversion Rate Experts’ case study (which is definitely worth a read): http://www.conversion-rate-experts.com/crazy-egg-case-study/
  69. This process made SEOmoz $1mm in additional revenue in 2009, when we desperately needed it. CRE detailed their results with us here: http://www.conversion-rate- experts.com/seomoz-case-study/
  70. Remove Irrational Biases. Win at Marketing.
  71. Choose Short Men (and tall women) http://bit.ly/chooseshortmen • Email: rand@seomoz.org • Tweet: @randfish • Blog: moz.com/rand

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