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Our takeaways from Pubcon Las Vegas 2015

Posted on November 12, 2015

Daniel and I just finished up our annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for the largest SEO conference in the world, Pubcon.

As usual, we had quite a few 'knowledge bombs' dropped on us by some of the amazing speakers from all over the world. Along with this we always enjoy getting some difficult questions answered, as well as being reassured that Optimising is doing things the right way for all our clients.

The biggest highlight for both Daniel and I, was seeing two SEO veterans we have admired for a long while from afar, Rand Fishkin, and Wil Reynolds.

James & Daniel with Wil ReynoldsAfter Wil's presentation, he was lucky enough to give us a few moments to chat, for which we were very grateful for.

Now, with hundreds of streams and speakers, usually it would be hard to pick out my favourites, but this year it was easy, Wil and Rand. Two guys who are super well known in the industry, and always putting out goldmine presentations, thoughts, and information into the community.

Wil Reynolds - The Changing Face of Search

This year at Pubcon, Daniel and I were lucky enough to finally see one of our SEO idols, Wil Reynolds in the flesh. The reason that Wil is such a breath of fresh air in this industry is that he looks at things from a different, more real, and more realistic perspective.

His main philosophy is based around doing 'Real Company Shit Stuff', which actually means, SEO should not be about gaming the system, it should be about doing the things your company should be doing, and doing it better than your competitors.

Here's one of our favourite presentations he has done:

This year Wil spoke at length about his changing attitude to SEO, and the fact that as SEO's we must now embrace Paid Search, and start incorporating it into our 'SEO strategies'.

Obviously not everything WIl presents is applicable to all businesses now. As the name suggests, this presentation was about 'the future of search'.

The way we'll take this information now is:

  • Take the time to consider the actual value of the keywords our clients think they want to rank for (For more testing around ROI on specific keywords)
  • Experiment with using clever use of paid search to further activate content marketing efforts
  • Spend more time doing more with the traffic that the website has. Either updating to bring it up to date, or expending on popular content areas that there is an obvious demand for.
  • Continue to focus less on 'keyword rankings' and more on ROI.

We took lots out of Wil's presentation this year, and look forward to getting the chance to hear him speak again one day in the future.

For those of you who are interested in stalking Wil like we do:

Rand Fishkin - 2 Algo Google

The second day of Pubcon was another nerdy SEO moment, getting to finally see Rand Fishkin speak live after watching him in so many great Moz videos over the many years he's been in the game.

Rand is widely thought of as the face of the SEO industry, on the back of the tools and company he has managed to build at Moz, and his continual innovation in our industry.

Some of our favourite Rand & Moz content include:

This year Rand gave a very interesting presentation on his theory around Google now having two pronged of search algorithm, looking at how Onsite SEO is changing and how that is impacting how marketers need to start thinking about SEO.

The main takeaways we'll be taking back home with us to Optimising is:

  • Google has become very good at working out search intent by looking at both the language and keywords.
  • They can separate navigational from informational queries.
  • Google can now determine whether a query is navigational or informational.
  • We need to start working harder to create content 10X better than the BEST content we're competing against.
  • I need to grow a better moustache..

Want to stalk Rand too?

Pubcon crowd for Rand

We had a fantastic time at Pubcon this year, and continue to be amazed at how much we are able to learn from this conference year after year. It has not only made Optimising a better company, it's made our efforts go further for our clients.

See you next year Pubcon!

About the Author

James Richardson

Sales Director

James Richardson started his online career by running online Sports Fan sites (luckily none are still online today), with the pinnacle of the site being a write up in the Sunday Herald Sun 'Wired' column.

His professional career began at a ASX listed company, Melbourne IT, where he held various senior roles across the Sales and Marketing teams, before deciding to venture out on his own.

Running several successful online websites and businesses himself, he is well placed at understanding your business needs.

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